Rachael Ray Sued: Watch Video Of Christina Pagliarolo 'Humiliated And Anxious'; Is The Lawsuit Justified? [VIDEO, PHOTOS & REPORT]
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Rachael Ray has been sued by a former guest of her Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show. The Rachael Ray Show, which airs on CBS, is being sued by Christina Pagliarolo, who claims she suffered emotion abuse during a segment of the show, TMZ reports on April 16, 2013.
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Now, Rachael Ray is being sued by the 260-lb teenage girl. Pagliarolo agreed to appear on the popular talk show in the hopes of losing weight. Her lawsuit against Rachael Ray claims that her trainer shouted at her during a hike and "made her run like Forrest Gump."
Allegedly, the Rachael Ray trainer even forced her to fall off of a StairMaster by cranking up the speed until she couldn't keep up. Pagliarolo claims that she suffered serious injuries as a result.
Rachael Ray is being sued for negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress. When TMZ contacted the Rachael Ray Show about the alleged lawsuit, they claimed to be unaware of it. "We haven't received this purported lawsuit but if it does materialize we will defend ourselves against it vigorously and fully expect to prevail," a show rep told TMZ.
Now, Christina Pagliarolo has been left "humiliated and anxious" by her appearance on the Rachael Ray Show. The teenager who is suing claims that what she experienced was far worse than any P90X training and more intense than any The Biggest Loser show.
This isn't the first time that Rachael Ray has been sued. In 2008, an ex-employee filed a lawsuit in the New York Supreme Court against CBS and The Rachael Ray show. The ex-employee, payroll accountant Aaron Ferguson, was an admitted anorexic for six years.
Allegedly, Ferguson was driven from his job after he spoke out against nasty comments made by his boss Mary Kelly about the show's thin executive-in-charge Priscilla Taussig. He claims his boss constantly said things to him like "Anorexics are sick in the head," "Anorexics should not be able to work," and "Did you see Priscilla today ... all you can see are her sickly bones."
The 2008 Rachael Ray lawsuit is particularly interesting in the lack of concern from Human Resources at the Rachael Ray Show. Ferguson was told by a human resources rep that he needed to accept that "TV is TV" and "that is how television works." After Aaron Ferguson told Kelly that her comments were creating "a hostile work environment," she replied, "I can say whatever I want. It does not concern you... Are you giving your two weeks' notice from today?"
The Rachael Ray show also offered him $4,000 if he would leave immediately and sign a waiver. Instead, he sued them for $1.5 million dollars for disability discrimination.