Nearly a year after Corey Simms first waged a custody battle against Leah Messer — his ex-wife and mother of his five-year-old twin daughters, Ali and Aleeah — a new report claims he won’t be able to use footage from Teen Mom 2 as evidence in the case.
According to The Ashley’s Reality Roundup, footage from the MTV reality show — which is currently in its sixth season — was recently thrown out in court.
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“Legally, Corey can’t use the footage from the show against Leah, no matter how damning,” an insider tells The Ashley.
“Nothing in the show can be used in court by parties that have signed contracts. The reason is because in the contracts, it says that MTV has the right to portray things however they want.”
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Despite being labeled “reality” TV, this means MTV can take some creative liberties when it comes to editing.
“The contracts state that the show may not depict a whole truth,” the insider continues. “So when Corey tried [to use the episodes] as evidence in court, the judge said no right off the bat.”
Fans may remember when Teen Mom OG star Amber Portwood was found guilty of domestic violence, footage of the Indiana native assaulting her ex, Gary Shirley, on her reality show was used as evidence.
In Corey’s situation, the material is not admissible in court because the mother-of-three didn’t actually commit any crimes in front of the camera.
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As The Ashley notes, the 23-year-old may have made some questionable parenting decisions (that would support Corey’s claims) — but failing to brush your daughter’s hair isn’t a crime.
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