If you can't take the heat…
Well, you know how that saying goes. One teenage girl, however, is suing The Rachael Ray Show for allegedly overworking her for a weight loss segment on the show.
E! News obtained the lawsuit filed Tuesday by Christina Pagliarolo in L.A. Superior Court. According to the suit, Christina worked out with Eric Viskovicz, a weight loss expert, "on or about April 21, 2011" for a segment on the show…and it didn't go too well.
The suit alleges that Viskovicz "was aware that, as a result of heavy workouts earlier that same week, [Pagliarolo's] legs had become extraordinarily weak and painful." It also claims that though the trainer knew of the teen's "generally poor physical condition," he made her keep running after she told him she couldn't and "yelled and screamed" at her "in a manner that caused Plaintiff to feel anxious, demeaned and threatened."
Pagliarolo also alleged Viskovicz made her exercise on a Stairmaster "and continually increased the speed" despite her requests to stop. The teen also claims that she fell off the machine and was "yelled and screamed at" again, "causing her to feel even more anxious, fearful, and threatened."
Then, according to the suit, the teen was "coerced" to begin a hike, during which her "legs, did in fact, give out on her" and caused her to "fall in a manner causing serious injury to her legs."
Essentially, Pagliarolo says each defendant, including Viskovicz, The Rachael Ray Show and CBS, failed to provide "a reasonably safe course of fitness training" within the context of her appearance on the series. Pagliarolo alleges that the "grossly negligent, careless, reckless, wanton, and outrageous" conduct caused her to suffer "great pain, mental anguish, shock, humiliations, feelings of helplessness and desperation."
Although a specific amount is not listed, 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, however, told E! News, "We haven't received this purported lawsuit but if it does materialize we will defend ourselves against it vigorously and fully expect to prevail."