The "Rachael Ray" show has allegedly been slapped with a lawsuit from an overweight teen who says her participation in a weight loss episode supposedly left her humiliated and hurt.
TMZ reported Tuesday that Christina Pagliarolo has sued the "Rachael Ray" show for negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress stemming back to an appearance she made on the CBS series when she was 18 years old.
Pagliarolo's goal was to lose 70 pounds by prom. On the episode, which aired two years ago, she discussed the difficulties she was having in high school because of constant bullying. At 260 pounds, the teen decided to enlist the help of Ray, who turned to a fitness trainer.
In her lawsuit against "Rachael Ray," Pagliarolo claims the trainer made her run and hike mountains, and yelled and screamed at her, according to TMZ. One time when she was on the StairMaster, the trainer kept upping the speed and then yelled at her when she fell. She claims these training sessions left her with leg injuries.
Despite the report, those at "Rachael Ray" claim they have not yet received any lawsuit.
"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.
However, this is not the first time the health and cooking show has faced legal woes.
In 2008, a former accountant for the "Rachael Ray" show sued for $1 million claiming he was forced out of his job because he had an eating disorder, the Associated Press previously reported. He claimed that after complaining about being mistreated by his supervisor he was fired.