I sent this email to A&E Network CEO Paul Buccieri. I never heard back. I think this is too important to be buried and unanswered. It deserves to see the light of day. Therefore, I decided to share this because it is not OK for Buccieri and A&E to continue to support the man who damaged my mother for life.
Dear Mr. Buccieri,
I am writing this hoping that you will hear me out. I believe you will be glad that you listened.
My father, Mike Rinder, a man who you employ and support by putting on the air on a family TV network, brutally assaulted my mother in front of my eyes in 2010. He cracked her shoulder, tore her skin and mauled her arms.
If you or any other man in a network job, or the host of any network program, brutally assaulted a woman during an altercation – let alone an assault witnessed by one of their children – they would justifiably be fired because it would be the right thing to do.
I have personally witnessed the pain my mother endured for years. I have comforted her through surgery, physical therapy and the realization that she will never fully recover the use of her right arm. I watched as Mike Rinder committed this horrible act on my mother, yet you pay him to produce a TV show. You can’t deny the fact she suffered injuries during the encounter, but instead of showing zero tolerance for such behavior, you support him and arrange for him to be paid large sums of money to go on TV.
I now have over 240,000 people who support my efforts to get justice for my mother.
Take a look at my campaign: www.justice4mom.org. My Instagram page is @tarynteutsch2. My Twitter account is @TarynTeutsch. You will see that I have a lot of contacts. I have been speaking to many women. I have made myself known across Los Angeles and networked beyond to reach out to women’s groups, domestic violence victim groups, and many other community workshops.
There is no excuse for violence against a woman. Mike Rinder assaulted my mother. He can make all the excuses he wants, try to minimize the damage he inflicted on her and spin the story whatever way he dreams up. But violence is violence, and it is never justified when inflicted by a man against the mother of his children.
I will never stop speaking out until I achieve justice for my mother and my father is called to task for what he did to her. Mike Rinder deserves no support from A & E and no televised platform to continue to pretend he is something that he is not. He abused my mother. That is who he is, and I will continue to make sure the world knows it.
Taryn Rinder Teutsch