The Real World: Key West faces lawsuit

Wealthy tour mogul Ed Swift is seeking a legal injunction against production of The Real World: Key West. In preparation for the arrival of this season's seven strangers, the 6,000-square-foot house next to Swift's property has been covered with exterior lights that he claims are "brighter than the Key West High School football field during a nighttime game," and a fleet of cars and trailers is constantly parked in the immediate area.

Swift calls the vehicular congestion an "unavoidable eyesore," and says that the lights and the several cameras that appear to be pointed at Swift's home prevent his family from using "entire sections of their home for fear of ending up on national television." In addition, Swift's lawsuit suggests that The Real World house is not zoned for commercial filming, but a Monroe County, Florida, official says that a permit is not needed for filming on private property.

Although it's likely that a hearing will be held in late September, MTV and its parent company, Viacom, have no plans to halt production of The Real World. A spokesperson would say only that the show "looks forward to a successful season in Monroe County and to showcasing the area to the world."

Swift's home and The Real World house are actually located in the exclusive community of Key Haven, just outside of the Key West city limits. Swift owns a company that runs Key West's Conch Train and several sailing tours, along with similar tour outfits around the country. Though many of Key West's longtime residents have expressed displeasure at the arrival of The Real World, they may not necessarily side with Swift in his case. The Key West Citizen reports that locals "have long complained about commercialization of the historic district, including what they consider an intrusion that Swift and his partners brought to Old Town with their trains and trolleys."

The Key West installment of The Real World will be the 17th season of the once-groundbreaking reality show, which is currently airing its Austin, Texas, chapter on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on MTV.

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legal problems?
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I love this show. They shouldn't just stop production of this show for one person. Millions of people love this show INCLUDING ME!!!!!!!! :) :)
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The real world is a good show so they better put it on air
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I'm surprised this hasn't happened before. The guy is only out for fame or money-- I bet MTV if offesr the guy money, he'll drop the whole thing.
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Hes just seeking attention!!!
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Ehh ,this guy just wants attention.The real world has had problems like this before.

And mtv does air music videos.Whether or not you watch them during the times they are on is a whole other thing though.
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It is time for the show to die. Bravo to the man. This show needed to end after season 3. Reality television is going away, MTV needs to be proactive and remove it. Maybe one day you can see videos on MTV again.
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With the history of the real world cast and their houses I also would not want them parking themself next to my home. Ones home is suppose to be safe and happy not light camera and action.

I am assuming that with the price of this person home he is living in a community with certain regulation that the other home owners have to follow. How far in advance was he and the others in the neibohood told of the up coming show.?

Him being so close the real world house was he not givin the option to say he did not want them there?

Other then the money issue. I would like to see the real world future home be in a town were they would not disturb others.
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Yeah, but Wouldn't that happen to any house they pick? That the people would think of suing? It's ridiculous if you ask me. If you don't like it, then move.
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When will they - MTV - learn?
They are always "sailing close to the wind" with this series.
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Ha! Good for this guy. I hope he wins.
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Yeah that guy is just being a di ck.
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Pleeeeeease. Okay if this dude's so rich, why doesn't he go stay in one of his many other homes and stop being such a freakin p****. It is not that serious. Trust and believe.
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This person is just looking for fame!
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I'm not surprised. They have had legal problems at other cities too.
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also, that blonde chick on the Austin Real World....she's really pretty. Except when she laughs (cause her mouth is GIGANTIC)
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not a fan of The "Real" World.....they pick the scummiest, sluttiest, fakest people around to be on that show
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