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'Rachael Ray' show sued by teen featured for being overweight

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   April 17, 2013 at 8:08 AM   |   Comments

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April 17 (UPI) -- Rachael Ray's daytime talk show is being sued by former guest, Christina Pagliarolo, who says she suffered emotional abuse during a segment on the show, TMZ reported Wednesday.

The 260-lb teen agreed to appear in the hopes of losing weight, but the lawsuit contends that her trainer shouted at her during a hike and forced her to fall off a StairMaster. Pagliarolo says she suffered serious injuries as a result.

"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.

"Rachael Ray" has faced legal problems before. In 2008, an anorexic ex-account for the show sued for disability discrimination, after he was asked to leave for telling his immediate boss that she had created a "hostile work environment" for him.

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