Wednesday, April 17, 2013

'Rachael Ray' show sued over 'weight loss segment torture'

The "Rachael Ray Show" has been sued by an obese teen over what the suit says was "great pain" and "humiliation" during a weight-loss segment. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by Christina Pagliarolo in Los Angeles Superior Court.

According to the lasuit, Pagliarolo worked out with Eric Viskovicz, a weight loss expert, "on or about April 21, 2011." However, things did not go as planned, or at least as Pagliarolo had been expecting.

The filing alleges that despite the fact that Viskovicz "was aware that, as a result of heavy workouts earlier that same week, [Pagliarolo's] legs had become extraordinarily weak and painful," he kept working her. It says that even though the trainer knew of the teen's "generally poor physical condition," he made her keep running after she told him she could not continue. He then "yelled and screamed" at her "in a manner that caused plaintiff [Pagliarolo] to feel anxious, demeaned and threatened."

Finally, the teen was "coerced" to take a hike, at which time her "legs, did in fact, give out on her" and caused her to "fall in a manner causing serious injury to her legs." A video showing Pagliarolo on the show is embedded.

The lawsuit names Viskovicz, "The Rachael Ray Show," and CBS (the show's current production company), failed to provide "a reasonably safe course of fitness training." Pagliarolo further alleges that she suffered "great pain, mental anguish, shock, humiliations, feelings of helplessness and desperation" as a result of the "grossly negligent, careless, reckless, wanton, and outrageous" conduct by the trainer.

The lawsuit does not list a specific amount for damages. However, it says that Pagliarolo is seeking "punitive damages in an amount appropriate to punish and make an example of Defendants and each of them." A spokesperson for Rachael Ray told media sites that "We haven't received this purported lawsuit but if it does materialize we will defend ourselves against it vigorously and fully expect to prevail."

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