VIDEO: Rachael Ray sued by overweight teen
Rachael Ray is being sued by an overweight teen who says she was tormented in a bid to lose weight on the daily talk show.
A teen claims her short stint on the Rachael Ray show left her hurt and humiliated — and now she wants the TV personality to pay up.
Christina Pagliarolo is suing the Rachael Ray production for negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress over an appearance she made in a bid to lose weight.
The teen claimed on the show that at 260 pounds, she was subject to constant bullying by other kids and wanted to drop 70 pounds by prom. Ray set Pagliarolo up with fitness trainer Jennifer Giamo and arranged to follow her progress on the show.
"Christina sets out to lose seventy pounds and is supported by friends, family and the community," reads a video description on Giamo's YouTube channel. "Christina works out — which she is not used to — and even participates in one of the fitness boot camps offered by JG Fitness."
"Jennifer Giamo is her personal trainer and gives her the workout of her life! Christina stepped up to the challenge by running, doing exercises and various calisthenics, while monitoring her heart rate and maintaining fluid levels. Christina was not used to this type of strenuous activity, however, she kept sight of her weight loss goals and kept pushing herself. The end result was that Christina felt great about her accomplishment and the fact that she did not give up. Great job, Christina!!"
But what really happened, Pagliarolo claims in her suit, was nothing short of humiliating. According to court documents, the trainer allegedly screamed at her while running up mountains and cranked up the speed on the StairMaster until she fell, leaving her with leg injuries.
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No word so far on how much the teen wants in damages, but regardless, Rachael Ray's team says they have not even been served yet.
"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 spokesperson for the show told the Huffington Post.