Natalee Holloway’s mother sues Oxygen for $35 million over ‘hoax’ series about her daughter’s disappearance

The mother of Natalee Holloway, the teenager who disappeared during a 2005 class trip to Aruba, has filed a $35 million lawsuit against Oxygen Media, saying that its series, “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway,” was “a pre-planned farce” and a “hoax.”

In the suit, filed in federal court in Alabama on Friday, Elizabeth Holloway says that, not only did the six-part series, which aired last year, contain “gruesome depictions of Natalee’s death and desecration” that were “lies,” but that the defendants obtained the elder Holloway’s DNA under false pretenses.

According to the suit, Oxygen and Brian Graden Media, also named as a defendant in the suit, “made the knowingly false declaration that they had discovered how Natalee died, where she was buried, that her body was exhumed five years after her death, and that her remains were then desecrated.”

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WASHINGTON - JUNE 08: Beth Holloway participates in the launch of the Natalee Holloway Resource Center on June 8, 2010 in Washington, DC. The non profit resource center was founded by Holloway and the National Museum of Crime & Punishment and was created to assist families of missing persons. Beth Holloway's daughter Natalee is the Alabama teen who disappeared five years ago in Aruba. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Joran Van der Sloot (C) of the Netherlands is escorted by the police as he is transferred from the police headquarters to the prosecutor's office in Lima June 10, 2010. An official at the Peruvian national police's criminal investigations unit told Reuters on Tuesday that Van der Sloot admitted he killed 21-year-old Stephany Flores, whose body was found in a Lima hotel room last week. REUTERS/Stringer (PERU - Tags: CRIME LAW)
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Joran van der Sloot, 20, takes a walk to the local supermarket near the house of his parents in Oranjestad, Aruba, just after he was released from prison 07 December 2007. Van der Sloot was the prime suspect in the disappearance of US woman Natalee Holloway in May 2005 while she was on an end-of-school vacation. Van der Sloot who was one of the last people to see the woman alive was arrested twice, once in 2005 for three months to be questioned, and once more in November 2007. The case was thrown out due to lack of proof. AFP PHOTO / ANP PHOTO RAUL HENRIQUEZ NETHERLANDS OUT / BELGIUM OUT (Photo credit should read Raul Henriquez/AFP/Getty Images)
Beth Holloway, whose daughter Natalee disappeared five years ago in Aruba, speaks at the launch of the Natalee Holloway Resource Center (NHRC), a non-profit resource center created to assist the families of missing persons founded by Holloway and the National Museum of Crime & Punishment, in Washington June 8, 2010. Joran Van der Sloot, linked to the mysterious disappearance of Natalee in Aruba, has confessed to the murder of a female student in Peru, police said on Tuesday. Van der Sloot was arrested twice in the Holloway case, which was much publicized in the United States, but he was never charged due to insufficient evidence. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SOCIETY)
MERIDIAN, MS - JUNE 6: Diane Jacob joins a prayer vigil at Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church for missing teen Natalie Holloway, who disappeared a week ago while on a senior trip to Aruba, June 6, 2005 in Meridian, Mississippi. Holloway's father, David Holloway, belongs to the church in the southern city of about 40,000 residents. A massive search for the teen along the coast of Aruba has ensued and two men have been charged in connection with her disappearance. (Photo by Marianne Todd/Getty Images)
Daily News front page June 3, 2010, Headline: NATALEE HOLLOWAY SHOCKER - FIEND'S ON RUN - Suspect hunted in new brutal hotel murder (Photo By: /NY Daily News via Getty Images)
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Beth Holloway, whose daughter Natalee disappeared five years ago in Aruba, speaks at the launch of the Natalee Holloway Resource Center (NHRC), a non-profit resource center created to assist the families of missing persons founded by Holloway and the National Museum of Crime & Punishment, in Washington June 8, 2010. Joran Van der Sloot, linked to the mysterious disappearance of Natalee in Aruba, has confessed to the murder of a female student in Peru, police said on Tuesday. Van der Sloot was arrested twice in the Holloway case, which was much publicized in the United States, but he was never charged due to insufficient evidence. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SOCIETY)
MERIDIAN, MS - JUNE 6: Jacki Curry holds her daughter, Jessica Curry, 19, during a prayer vigil at Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church for missing teen Natalie Holloway, who disappeared a week ago while on a senior trip to Aruba, June 6, 2005 in Meridian, Mississippi. Holloway's father, David Holloway, belongs to the church in the southern city of about 40,000 residents. A massive search for the teen along the coast of Aruba has ensued and two men have been charged in connection with her disappearance. (Photo by Marianne Todd/Getty Images)
MERIDIAN, MS - JUNE 6: Mayor John Robert Smith and his wife Kelly Smith join a prayer vigil Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church for missing teen Natalie Holloway, who disappeared a week ago while on a senior trip to Aruba, June 6, 2005 in Meridian, Mississippi. Holloway's father, David Holloway, belongs to the church in the southern city of about 40,000 residents. A massive search for the teen along the coast of Aruba has ensued and two men have been charged in connection with her disappearance. (Photo by Marianne Todd/Getty Images)
MERIDIAN, MS - JUNE 6: Mayor John Robert Smith and his wife Kelly Smith join a prayer vigil at Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church for missing teen Natalie Holloway, who disappeared a week ago while on a senior trip to Aruba, June 6, 2005 in Meridian, Mississippi. Holloway's father, David Holloway, belongs to the church in the southern city of about 40,000 residents. A massive search for the teen along the coast of Aruba has ensued and two men have been charged in connection with her disappearance. (Photo by Marianne Todd/Getty Images)
Dutch citizen Joran Van der Sloot waits for his trial to begin at the courtroom in the Lurigancho prison in Lima January 11, 2012. Van der Sloot, who was arrested but never charged in the 2005 disappearance of 18-year-old Alabama native Natalee Holloway on the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba, has told police he killed 21-year-old business student Stephany Flores after meeting her in a casino in Lima. He may accept murder charges against him in a plea offer to judges on Wednesday in exchange for a reduced sentence, his lawyer said. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares (PERU - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Joran Van der Sloot of the Netherlands (C) is transferred by the police to the Justice Palace to be held temporarily before being moved to a prison in Lima June 11, 2010. An official at the Peruvian national police's criminal investigations unit told Reuters on Tuesday that Van der Sloot admitted he killed 21-year-old Stephany Flores, whose body was found in a Lima hotel room last week. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares(PERU - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)
A woman looks at a newspaper headlines (UP) 22 November 2007, announcing the arrest of the main suspect in the 2005 disappearance of US teenager Natalee Holloway on the Caribbean island of Aruba, at Aruba Head. Joran van der Sloot, 20, was arrested in the Dutch city of Arnhem at the request of the authorities in Aruba, prosecutors said. Van der Sloot spent three months in jail in Aruba while being questioned over Holloway's disappearance, before being released due to a lack of evidence. AFP PHOTO / ANP PHOTO RAUL HENRIQUEZ - NETHERLANDS OUT - BELGIUM OUT (Photo credit should read Raul Henriquez/AFP/Getty Images)
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However, the suit contends, rather than being “an unscripted and true-crime documentary” as portrayed, it was actually “preconceived and written in advance.”

“In truth, despite their representations to [Holloway], in the Series, and in the media, Defendants knew prior to filming their Series that they would not find Natalee because the Series was pre-conceived and was not a real-time investigation discovering new facts,” the lawsuit continues.

The defendants’ “misconduct,” the suit says, “raised Beth’s desperate hopes for the discovery of her daughter … Defendants’ misconduct truly made Beth believe that she could finally lay Natalee to rest.”

The suit alleges fraudulent misrepresentation and suppression, among other counts.

 

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