Family Is Suing Dancing With The Stars Pro Val Chmerkovskiy and CBS

People is reporting that a family is suing Dancing With The Stars pro Val Chmerkovskiy and CBS. Below is more detail from the People article…

A family is suing Val Chmerkovskiy for allegedly sharing a meme that mocks their daughter, who has Down syndrome.

According to the lawsuit obtained by PEOPLE, Chmerkovskiy shared a meme of the girl, which includes a photo of her drinking a soda along with the text, “Letting your kid become obese should be considered child abuse.”

The lawsuit claims the photo was taken in June 2008 while the girl was at a baseball game without the family’s knowledge. The photographer allegedly posted the photo soon after on his Flickr account with the text, “Everything that’s wrong with America.”

The photo eventually became a meme in 2014, and the lawsuit claims that the Dancing with the Stars pro, 29, helped it go viral when he allegedly shared it on his Facebook page in January. The lawsuit says the meme also appeared on, and is naming CBS as a defendant, as well as the original photographer.

“Although we have not yet been served a copy of the complaint, we have removed the photo in question from a gallery that was published in 2011,” a rep for CBS told PEOPLE in a statement.

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