Why Natalee Holloway's Mom is Suing NBC-Owned Network

February 05, 2018Feb 05, 2018

Natalee Holloway's mother is suing Oxygen Media, an NBC-owned channel, for using false pretenses to get a sample of her DNA. 

Fox News reports that Beth Holloway is claiming that the NBC-owned channel informed her that people associated with a docuseries about her daughter discovered what might be parts of Natalee's remains in Aruba.

Consequently, the show requested a DNA sample of Beth. The sample, says, Fox, was used during the taping of Oxygen's six-part series on the disappearance of Natalee Holloway. 

According to the mother, she had believed that the show truly had discovered remains and as a result, she provided NBA-owned Oxygen a saliva sample. But the skeletal remains did not end up belonging to Natalee. In fact, not only did they not belong to Natalee, but only one in four of the bones sampled were discovered to be human remains. 

The mother is alleging that the company outright lied to her and that she would have never participated in the series had she known the truth about the remains. 

Fox News reports that Natalee's father, Dave Holloway, played a very important role int he series. In fact, Dave Holloway traveled to Aruba with a private investigator for eighteen months to search for Natalee's body. In August 2017, Natalee's father spoke with Fox News as he was awaiting the results of the DNA test. He claimed at the time that he wasn't optimistic that the results would yield positive. 

"We’ve chased a lot of leads and you have your hopes up, but when they fall through, you basically go to a funeral. Over and over again," he remarked, according to Fox News. "So you have a wall built up, which I do, and so you just wait and see and try not to think about it. And that’s the only way I can cope with it. I’m sure when that day comes very soon I’ll probably be disappointed once again, if it’s not [Natalee's]."

According to Courthouse News, Natalee's mother filed a $35 million lawsuit over the six-part series about Natalee's father searching for her remains. The website claims that according to the mother, the entire show was a "pre-planned farce." 

Beth Holloway currently lives in Jefferson County Alabama and filed the complaint on Friday in Birmingham federal court. She is claiming fraudulent misrepresentation and seeks $10 million in compensatory damages and $25 million in punitive damages.

She claims to have suffered immense emotional distress because she watched the show hoping to learn news of her daughter, but instead simply endured gruesome summaries of what happened to her daughter, many of which were false.

Natalee Ann Holloway was an American teenager whose mysterious disappearance captured international news. The girl vanished on May 30, 2005, while on a high school graduation trip to Aruba in the Carribean. The disappearance, which caused a media sensation, is still a mystery that remains unsolved.

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