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Tour magnate must face ‘Real World’

Court rules MTV reality show can film 17th season in Key West house
/ Source: The Associated Press

Tour magnate Edwin O. Swift has lost his battle with MTV's "Real World."

A judge ruled Tuesday against Swift, who had sued to stop the show from filming its 17th season at the house and property next to his in the exclusive Key Haven neighborhood. The show's premise is to bring together seven strangers and film them at all hours to see how they get along.

Monroe Circuit Judge Mark Jones ruled that the producers, Bunim/Murray Productions, were permitted to keep filming. The judge also said in court that lights outside the home could not get any brighter, said Sandy Bohrer, lead lawyer for Bunim/Murray and a partner in Holland & Knight's Miami office.

Swift's lawyer, Derek Howard, didn't return a phone call seeking comment.

Swift is the owner of Historic Tours of America and a Key West resident. He had claimed that exterior lighting installed by the production company was brighter than that used at the local high school football stadium and would interfere with his family's activities.

He also said that video cameras set up to record every move of the cast members outside appear to be pointed at his house.

Swift's company operates the Conch Train and sailing tours in Key West and similar operations in Boston; San Diego; St. Augustine, Fla.; Savannah, Ga.; and Washington.