Elisabeth Hasselbeck Is So Sued
Someone’s cooking up trouble for Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
The Boston Herald reports that Falmouth, Massachusetts, resident Susan Hassett has filed a federal lawsuit against the sometimes combative View co-host’s dietary book, The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide, which was published in May.
Hassett claims that she had sent Hasselbeck a copy of her own tome, Living With Celiac Disease, in April 2008, adding that she also included a homemade cooking video, a personal note, a newspaper and a business card.
And that’s just a little too much of a coincidence for Hassett to swallow.
Hasselbeck “wrote” The G-Free Diet after discovering that she suffers from autoimmune disorder celiac disease, which is believed to be aggravated by gluten proteins found in wheat, barley and rye. Among other things, the illness’ symptoms include chronic diarrhea and fatigue.
Publicists for both ABC, which airs The View, and Hachette Book Group, which published Hasselbeck’s book, have so far declined to comment.
But that shouldn’t stop you from speaking up. Have your say in the comments section: Do you think Elisabeth Hasselbeck is capable of stealing an idea for a book from a woman who was only trying to help her?