Val Chmerkovskiy is being sued after posting a meme on his Twitter account.
According to TMZ, the Dancing With The Stars pro is facing a $6 million lawsuit after posting a picture of a girl with down syndrome drinking a soda with a pretty harsh caption. According to the report, the 16-year-old girl claims that Val has caused her “emotional distress” and is seeking financial compensation.
“The girl claims in 2008 she was at a baseball game and someone took the picture of her drinking a soda. The guy posted the pic with the heading, ‘Everything that’s wrong with America.’ The pic became a meme in 2014, and Val posted it 3 weeks ago on Facebook. The caption on the meme read, ‘Letting your kid become obese should be considered child abuse,'” reports TMZ.
Val Chmerkovskiy reportedly responded to the lawsuit in a post.
“I am truly sorry for the lack of sensitivity… You’re handicapping your kid, and they’re defenseless. [Kids] don’t know better. That’s why you’re there,” Val allegedly said in response to the teen’s mother.
According to Page Six, Chmerkovskiy deleted the post. Although he has not publicly reacted to the lawsuit by way of a statement, he has posted at least one thing on social media that could be symbolic of how he is feeling.
A photo posted by Valentin (@iamvalc) on Jan 29, 2016 at 8:09pm PST
Val Chmerkovskiy has been on tour with Dancing With The Stars Live for the past several weeks. He has been fairly active on social media and has posted quite a few positive messages. While he and his brother, Maks, tend to be outspoken, the two generally don’t find themselves in any kids of “trouble.”
This lawsuit is very serious for Val, but it’s unknown how he plans on handling it. Chances are, Val has his lawyers working to get this situation taken care of one way or another.
Do you think Val should have to pay this girl for posting the meme?