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DEA agent loses appeal over video of him accidentally shooting himself during gun safety demo
WASHINGTON (AP) ' A federal agent who accidentally shot himself while lecturing children on gun safety has lost his appeal in a lawsuit over release of the video that subjected him to ridicule on the Internet and late-night talk shows.
Lee Paige sued his employer, the Drug Enforcement Administration, after video of the 2004 accident in Florida appeared in the news and went viral on the Internet. The video shows Paige shooting himself in the leg just as he tells a group of youth that he's the only one in the room professional enough to handle the gun.
Paige claimed the DEA's release of the video invaded his privacy. The appeals court on Tuesday upheld a lower court judge who ruled that Paige had provided no evidence of who made the video public.