The estate of the man at the centre of the popular S-Town podcast is suing the show’s creators, saying they exploited details of his private life for financial gain.
Craig Cargile, the executor of John B. McLemore’s estate, filed the lawsuit Thursday in Bibb County, Ala.
The lawsuit contends McLemore did not give permission to broadcast the intimate details of his sexual orientation, mental state and other aspects of his life.
Emails sent Saturday to the press contacts for S-Town and Serial podcasts were not immediately returned.
S-Town tells the story of McLemore, an antique clock restorer from Woodstock, Ala.
McLemore in 2012 sent an email to the makers of This American Life asking for help in a murder investigation. The 2017 podcast focused on McLemore, who killed himself in 2015.