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Man sues NBC over his reaction to Fear Factor

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In early 2005, a part-time paralegal from Cleveland, Ohio named Austin Aitken sued NBC seeking $2.5 million after he saw an episode of the reality competition Fear Factor containing a stunt with contestants eating a blended rat stew. He claimed he was so grossed out by what he saw that he became severely disoriented from his blood pressure rising, which then led to him throwing up and injuring himself by running into a doorway.[1]

Aftermath

U.S. District Judge Lesley Wells threw out Aitken’s lawsuit a couple of months after he had filed it due to the show being protected by First Amendment to the United States Constitution.[2]

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