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10-31-2003, 04:50 AM
Legal threat over transsexual show

The story has received national media attention
Six men are considering suing Sky One after they say they were tricked into competing for the affections of a transsexual in a reality TV programme.
They say they were duped into kissing, cuddling and holding hands with the woman, Miriam, who is in fact a man.

The men want to stop the show from being broadcast but Sky says it has a legally-binding contract with them.

There's Something about Miriam was filmed in Ibiza last smumer and is due to go out on 16 November.

In the show, the men had to pick the woman they found most attractive from a line up and all selected Miriam.

But they were not told Miriam was a male pre-operative transsexual.

One contestant was so angry with the trick that he is said to have punched the show's producer when he discovered the truth, according to reports.

Cameras filmed the men attempting to woo Miriam, including scenes of them kissing.

Viewers are told at the start of the show that Miriam is a male-to-female transsexual.

But the contestants, who are said to include a Royal Marine commando, a ski instructor and an ex-lifeguard, only discover the truth when Miriam picks the winner and then lifts up her skirt.

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10-31-2003, 04:55 AM