'The Bachelor' sues website for soliciting spoilers

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ben-flajnik-bachelor.jpgSpoiler site Reality Steve has been the go-to destination for "The Bachelor"-related dirt for a while now, but now the show's producers are fighting back against the online leaks.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Bachelor" producers filed suit on Dec. 7 against Stephen Carbone (Reality Steve himself) for getting his hands on confidential show-related information by soliciting participants, cast, crew and anyone else involved in production. Carbone allegedly offered money to former "Bachelor" contestants in emails and Facebook messages in exchange for spoilers. 

In an email on Nov. 17, Carbone allegedly wrote to a former "Bachelor" hopeful, saying, "Let me just say, I'm very well aware of your contract. I also know that over 500 contestants have been on this show and not one of them has ever been sued for the $5 million. It's just a scare tactic. Trust me."

He continued: "Just like they had no idea you sent me that last email, they'll have no idea about any correspondence either. I know you're scared and a little paranoid by it, but don't be. Unless they are hacking your email or tapping your phone, there's absolutely no way for them to find out."

Carbone posted a letter from his attorney to the "Bachelor" producers in response to the lawsuit, which says, "There has in fact been no interference with your clients' participant contracts, and your assumption about alleged disclosures of information by any such participants as stated in your letter is incorrect. Thus, there are no valid grounds, or need, for the possible lawsuit threatened in your letter."

The producers are asking for at least $75,000 in damages and an injunction in the suit, which cites "intentional interference with contractual relations and unfair competition."

What do you think of the lawsuit? Are the producers right, or should Carbone be able to obtain spoilers any way he can?
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