Media & Communications Law

Nancy Grace Settles Suit Over Alleged Show-Related Suicide for $200K Trust Fund

Talk show host Nancy Grace and CNN have settled a suit brought by the family of a young woman who committed suicide in 2006 after being aggressively interviewed by Grace about the then-recent disappearance of her 2-year-old son from her home.

Melinda Duckett, 21, shot herself on the day the taped show was supposed to air, the Associated Press reports.

The defendants have agreed to establish a $200,000 trust fund to help find her son, Trenton. If he is not found by 2017, or he is found dead in the meantime, the money will go to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

A federal judge must still approve the settlement in the Ocala, Fla., wrongful death case before it is final.

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