Tori Spelling's new lawsuit against Benihana is pretty pathetic

Sep 3, 2015 at 12:27 p.m. ET
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Tori Spelling is suing Benihana after she slipped and fell on one of their hot hibachi grills back in April.

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Spelling sustained burns that were so bad, she was hospitalized and had to get skin grafts on her arm, where she sustained second- and third-degree burns, according to TMZ.

She's stating in the lawsuit that she wants compensation for medical expenses, general damages and wage loss, though TMZ notes that she did not state where she was employed in the suit.

Now, it is understandable that she would want her medical bill covered. I'm surprised the chain didn't outright offer to cover her expenses. But to sue for an accident that, by all outward reports, was due to unpredictable circumstances just seems extreme.

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Plus, the logistics about how Spelling even fell on the grill to begin with seem suspect. If you've ever been to a Benihana before, you know that the grills are separated from patrons by the tables and chairs. And the setup of the restaurant — at least whenever I've been — seems to be strategic so that guests are never in the direct line of a grill. So Spelling wouldn't have been exposed to the grill unless she was walking where the chef stands, which just seems negligent.

Of course, these are my own assumptions. I have no idea of the actual details of what happened during the case, and I could be mistaken. I haven't been to this particular Benihana, which is located in Encino, California, though I have been to my fair share in both California and Arizona. How can you resist that delicious shrimp and steak option? Admittedly, I may just be slightly biased because I don't want Spelling to ruin the amazingness that is Benihana.

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But the lawsuit seems even more suspect when you add in the fact that there are multiple reports of the McDermott/Spelling family money problems that Spelling even confirmed herself in her book.

Do you think Spelling's lawsuit is legit, or is she just trying to take advantage of the situation to get some easy cash?

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