'Fear Factor' sued for rat-eating episode

  1. '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.

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  2. 35 Comments

  3. by   Spidey's mom
    I read that this morning - he knew what he was getting into when he turned on Fear Factor.

    Gross though, very gross.

    steph
  4. by   lisamc1RN
    I hope he gets laughed out of court. *shaking head* Wait a minute... I get nauseaus just at the thought of eating those bugs that they eat. Maybe there's some money in it for me?
  5. by   unknown99
    It was his choice to watch it! He could have easily turned it and there would have been no problem! His fault totally!
  6. by   URO-RN
    Has this guy ever heard of "turn the channel".?
  7. by   z's playa
    North America...the land of law suits. Ridiculous and otherwise.
  8. by   z's playa
    Quote from Jo Anne
    Has this guy ever heard of "turn the channel".?

    Seriously. :chuckle
  9. by   Roy Fokker
    Quote from sagarcia210
    It was his choice to watch it! He could have easily turned it and there would have been no problem! His fault totally!
    Yep.

    Just another example of how the courts have become not a place to get justice but to make money. I especially liked homw he refused to do any interview unless it was paid

    I sincierly hope - for the love of sanity and all that is good - that the courts throw this case out! If they don't a lot of honest people are going to lose serious faith in the justice system.
  10. by   SharonH, RN
    Quote from BeachNurse
    'Fear Factor' sued for rat-eating episode
    Viewer contends show caused him 'injury and great pain'



    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.

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    That's actually pretty funny! This guy got up and tried to run from the television.....
  11. by   smk1
    i quit watching FF when they made people eat cockroaches years ago! THis guy is a lunatic, there is a reason we have different channels and an on/off button, and if you can't get to the button fast enough, you can always close your eyes. Sheesh!
  12. by   URO-RN
    well, i guess we should all sue for watching all those "graphic" episodes of e.r. ...


    rats?? tossed his cookies because of rats?:stone if the public had an opportunity to see a reality show about all the gross things that we deal with qd.

    ie) patient vomiting his own stool..projectile style all over his room wall....:uhoh21: i was the nurse that noc...now that will make anyone toss their cooks.
  13. by   z's playa
    Quote from SMK1
    i quit watching FF when they made people eat cockroaches years ago! THis guy is a lunatic, there is a reason we have different channels and an on/off button, and if you can't get to the button fast enough, you can always close your eyes. Sheesh!
    Grooooooooooos me out! Where's the puking smiley again?
  14. by   URO-RN

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