Fear Factor' sued for rat-eating episode
Viewer contends show caused him 'injury and great pain'
CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) -- A viewer is suing NBC for $2.5 million, contending that he threw up because of a "Fear Factor" episode in which contestants ate rats mixed in a blender.
Austin Aitken told The Associated Press he watches "Fear Factor" often and had no problem with past installments where the reality show's participants ate worms and insects in pursuit of a $50,000 prize -- but eating rats went "too far."
"It's barbaric, some of the things they ask these individuals to do," Aitken said Thursday.
Aitken's handwritten lawsuit contends the rat-eating made his blood pressure rise, resulting in being dizzy and lightheaded -- and vomiting. Because he was disoriented he ran into a doorway, "causing suffering, injury and great pain."
Asked why he didn't shut off his television before the rat-eating segment, Aitken said he couldn't do it quick enough.
NBC responded with a brief statement: "We believe that the claim is completely without merit."
Aitken, a 49-year-old part-time paralegal, said he wants to send a message to NBC and other networks with the lawsuit. He said he isn't concerned with winning a cash judgment in court.
"I just put any figure. You really think I expect to get $2.5 million?" he said.
Couldn't the fat lard bucket find his remote bloody control? This coupled with the 'Randy Moss Incident' - when the aforementioned Moss pantomimed pulling his pants down and mooning the Green Bay crowd which was codemned by Fox commentator Joe Buck as, and I quote, "the most disgusting act I have ever seen" - and Janet Jackson's incident at the Superbowl where supposedly normal Americans were thinking of suing the CBS Network for 'mental suffering' leads me to believe there are far worse things than George W. Bush in America. Like Americans.