Radar Online has been hit with charges of violating four child labor laws with regard to Octomom Nadya Suleman and her octuplets. The celebrity gossip website maintains that they have broken no child labor laws. The Hollywood Gossip reported Tuesday that the state of California maintains that Radar Online, in making videos of two of the octuplets, Noah and Isaiah, when they first arrived home had failed to get permits to tape the children, failed to provide proper safeguards for the welfare of their subjects, taped them at hours and for periods of time contrary to state law, and failed to provide a supervisor to watch over the children.
Radar Online defended making the videos, stating that as members of the press, they did not have to obtain permits or restrict the hours in which they pursued a story.
Gloria Allred, the child advocate lawyer who slapped Nadya Suleman with a child labor lawsuit in May, held a press conference Tuesday. She said, “Because Nadya Suleman has chosen to commercially exploit these babies, she and those with whom she has contracts must follow the law that is there for their protection. If the parents and the media do not protect them, others will.”
But Gloria Allred has been dogging Nadya Suleman for months. As the attorney for Angels in Waiting, Gloria Allred represented the nonprofit nursing organization when Dr. Phil McGraw arranged for them to help watch the octuplets. The octuplets hadn’t even made it to the Octomom’s new house in La Habra before the deal fell through. It seems that Suleman wanted the Angels in Waiting to be party to a reality show. Suleman denied that this was true.
After Dr. Phil got the two sides to agree to talk again, Angels in Waiting went to work for the Octomom, providing natal care for the first couple of octuplets released from hospital care. Within a week they were fired. A subsequent press conference revealed that Nadya Suleman spent little time with her children and only seemed to appear when “cameras were rolling.” Suleman said that she felt that the nurses were spying on her.
Radar Online was there for it all. In fact, Radar Online has posted over 100 videos and stories about the Octomom.
And as long as Octomom Nadya Suleman is willing to allow access to her children and stories of those children continue to be newsworthy, media outlets like Radar Online will continue their “journalistic pursuits.”