CBS fighting Janet Jackson's breast fine

July 28, 2006 at 4:57 PM
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NEW YORK, July 28 (UPI) -- CBS wants a U.S. court to overturn a $550,000 fine for airing the 2004 Super Bowl half-time show that briefly exposed Janet Jackson's breast.

The Federal Trade Commission has decided to fine television stations for showing the provocative half-time show in which singer Justin Timberlake appeared to expose Jackson's right breast. The FTC maintains CBS intentionally broadcast what it knew would be an offensive incident.

The network Friday asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, headquartered in Philadelphia, to overturn the FCC's finding that the broadcast was indecent, The Wall Street Journal reported.

"CBS has apologized to the American people for the inappropriate and unexpected half-time incident, and immediately implemented safeguards that have governed similar broadcasts ever since," the company said in a statement. "However, we disagree strongly with the FCC's conclusions and will continue to pursue all remedies necessary to affirm our legal rights."

The FCC plans to "vigorously defend" its fines. "CBS's continued insistence that the half-time show was not indecent demonstrates that it is out of touch with the American people," Tamara Lipper, an FCC spokeswoman, said in a statement. "Millions of parents, as well as Congress, understand what CBS does not: Janet Jackson's 'wardrobe malfunction' was indeed indecent."

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