Man who agreed to be filmed dealing drugs for True Life sues MTV


A man who appeared on MTV’s True Life: Addicted to Pills is suing the network, claiming that he was set up by a producer when he agreed to be filmed supplying drugs on the show.

On December 9, 2013 MTV aired the episode in question. On December 20, 2013 Kentucky State Police arrested David Nickell as well as Cortney J. Howard based on the illegal actions they were filmed undertaking on the show.

During the episode Howard is seen numerous times taking her young son along during drug deals. During one of these meets, Nickell buys pills from a drug dealer and then supplies them to Howard. It was this incident broadcast on MTV that Nickell is suing over.


TMZ obtained court documents in which Nickell is stating that a producer for the show told him it would be better if the kid was around and that he would not get in trouble. He is suing not only MTV but the producer and parent company Viacom as well.

Prosecutors eventually used the MTV video in court to nail Nickell – he ended up spending months behind bars for the conviction.

On July 27, 2013 Nickell posted on Facebook about appearing on the show:


When a friend thought he was making it up Nickell responded, “Ok Connie like I would put something on here like that and make myself look stupid. I doubt it. Just check it out when this season comes on. Then I’ll laugh at you.”

On June 19, 2014 he wrote, “Well….All I can say is that its good to be back….”

Just Mugshots has David listed for multiple arrests since 2008.

Nickell still has MTV posted as one of his TV favorites via Facebook…