A man whose daughter allegedly committed suicide after watching Netflix’s popular show “13 Reasons Why” is planning to sue pop singer Selena Gomez who serves as the show’s executive producer.
Herndon and his wife, Donna, discovered their 15-year-old daughter, Bella, hung in her closet on April 18. The teenager was rushed to the hospital, and died 10 days later.
In an exclusive interview with RadarOnline, Herndon slammed the singer-actress saying Gomez couldn’t be more clueless.
Herndon learned shortly after her his teenage daughter’a funeral that she had binge-watched the Netflix show. He began his quest to stop the show from being renewed for a second season.
After the incident in April, Hernodon had said that his daughter had battled depression, and claimed the show was a trigger for Bella.
“Selena Gomez and Netflix need to understand that not everybody’s going to understand this very well. Some people who are battling with depression, this could catch them at the wrong time, creating what is called the trigger event,” Herndon said.
The series has been accused of glamorizing suicide from parents and school districts. Netflix has made an effort to include trigger warnings and mental health experts have provided resources in response to the series.
Herndon said he has reached out to Gomez and her team via her website begging for her to end the show but received no response.
Herndon claimed Netflixhas ignored his emails and phone calls multiple times. With season 2 ready to air, he said he’s lost all hope that the new episodes won’t trigger vulnerable viewers from hurting themselves.
“I’ve seen too many posts by the creators who indignantly say it’s helped more people than it’s hurt,” the devastated dad said. “How many people have to be hurt before somebody aside from me stands up and says, You know, this is wrong.”
Herndon said no matter how much time has gone by, he and his wife experience the effects of their daughter’s suicide daily. “Every day we’re assaulted by these feelings we get for Bella. I can’t control how sick it makes me feel,” Herndon said.
He added that seeing Gomez receive attention for speaking up about her own health struggles angered him even more.
“She has spared no expense rattling her own saber about her kidney transplant,” Herndon said. “She talked about how painful it was and spent significant effort getting that ‘oh poor me’ out there.”
Herndon said that if he could, he would sue everyone involved in the show.
“Suing a billion-dollar company like Netflix is not within my means right now unless there are other like-minded individuals that want to engage collectively together to bring a suit against them,” said Herndon.
Herndon added he would bring forth a huge liability and wrongful death suit, naming “Selena, Netflix, the show director, screenwriter – anybody I could think of.”
“I’d do it in a heartbeat,” Herndon said.