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Penn & Teller Caught in 9/11 Stir

5/22/2006 9:21 AM Eastern

Footage of a private mourning room that appeared on a Showtime series raised the ire of some family members of victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, AP reported.

Footage of the Family Room -- which was set up at the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. agency's offices in 2002 as an interim memorial to the victims of the attacks -- appeared on Showtime’s Penn & Teller: Bulls---! May 1, according to AP.

Victim family member Anthony Gardner told AP he brought the film crew into the room in February to show the producers a photograph in the room of his brother, Harvey, who was killed in the attacks.

“That's a very sacred place to the families ... especially the families who lost loved ones who were never identified," Jack Lynch, who lost his son in the attacks, told AP. "There's no place else to go but there.”

LMDC assistant vice president Anthoula Katsimatides -- whose brother was killed at the World Trade Center -- told AP in an e-mail that "the decision to showcase the Family Room in such a context was completely inappropriate.”

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