CBS Faces 2nd Suit Over Televising of Luster Video

Times Staff Writer

Another woman has filed a lawsuit against CBS Inc. and several individuals over a video showing the drugged woman in private activities with convicted rapist Andrew Luster.

The suit, filed Thursday, alleges that Luster, 39, drugged the plaintiff without her knowledge, leaving her unconscious. The woman, identified only as “Tonja Doe,” said she was living with Luster when the incident occurred.

Luster was convicted a year ago of raping three women in 1996, 1997 and 2000 after knocking them out with gamma hydroxybutyrate, or GHB, known as the “date rape” drug. He is serving a 124-year sentence in Monterey County.

One of the victims was identified during his trial as Tonja Doe, 30, a girlfriend of the suspect. Thursday’s lawsuit alleges that without the permission of Luster or the plaintiff, Luster’s mother, Elizabeth Luster, and CBS obtained the video, distributed it and televised private scenes depicting the plaintiff.


The defendants couldn’t be reached for comment.