LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Watching contestants eat dead rats on NBC's gross-out stunt show 'Fear Factor' so disgusted a Cleveland man that he has sued NBC for $2.5 million, saying he could not stomach what he saw. In a handwritten four-page lawsuit filed in federal court in Cleveland on Tuesday, paralegal Austin Aitken said, 'To have the individuals on the show eat and drink dead rats was crazy and from a viewer's point of view made me throw-up as well an another in the house at the same time.' 

He said the show also caused his blood pressure to rise so high that he became dizzy and light-headed, and when he ran away to his room, he bumped his head into the doorway...

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Should this man win his lawsuit against `Fear Factor`, since the episode made him throw up?
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Watching contestants eat dead rats on NBC`s gross-out stunt show `Fear Factor` so disgusted a Cleveland man that he has sued NBC for $2.5 million, saying he could not stomach what he saw. In a handwritten four-page lawsuit filed in federal court in Cleveland on Tuesday, paralegal Austin Aitken said, `To have the individuals on the show eat and drink dead rats was crazy and from a viewer`s point of view made me throw-up as well an another in the house at the same time.`

He said the show also caused his blood pressure to rise so high that he became dizzy and light-headed, and when he ran away to his room, he bumped his head into the doorway...

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17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 1/17/05 - 2:45:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes and Just watching the PREVIEWS makes me vomit and I can't control watching previews. I think that show is just asking for a lawsuit. Somebody could get very sick or even die who is on that show.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 1/17/05 - 2:46:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
no...if he didn't like it he could've changed the channel
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 1/17/05 - 2:46:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
Of course, I don't WATCH the show. But people are going to - that's what the network wants.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 1/17/05 - 2:47:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
I didn't ask for those PREVIEWS to come into my house!
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 1/17/05 - 2:48:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
I understand that's what they want, but people have to know what they can and can't stomach, it's not NBC's fault he couldn't decide in time
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 1/17/05 - 2:50:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
maybe he should be asking them to tone down the show instead of opting to sue for a sum of money that makes absolutely no sense
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 1/17/05 - 2:52:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
What about if a contestant dies because of poisoning?
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 1/17/05 - 2:53:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's much wiser to not watch the show, yes, but who said people are wise?
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 1/17/05 - 2:54:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
I believe they sign waviers, but I see your point, that would be something to take up with the show's creator and would probably result in the show being taken off the air
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 1/17/05 - 2:55:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
what a f**king moron. he's an even bigger moron than the morons on the show. i hope he loses, and loses BIG.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 1/17/05 - 2:56:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think so I mean it is his fault for watching it. If they can't handle it then don't watch it. It's entertainment for most people including myself.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 1/17/05 - 2:58:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
"it is his fault for watching it. If they can't handle it then don't watch it."

EXACTLY. he doesn't have a legal leg to stand on.

17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 1/17/05 - 3:00:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
Well, I don't really think he needs to sue either, but I also think it's irresponsible to put that garbage on the air.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 1/17/05 - 3:02:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
He couldn't turn off the tv? People are so dumb.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 1/17/05 - 3:03:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
Noooo. The networks don't want that!
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 1/17/05 - 3:10:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
that guy is dumb.. he could have easily chaged the channel.. you can expect something gross like that in the show.. plus you know what they are going to do before they o it anyways
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 1/17/05 - 3:15:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
ok, apperantly lots of us have somthing that that man does not, remote contoles or buttons on the tv that CHANGE THE CHANNEL. if i saw that they were gonna eat rats on a show i would change the channel, turn of the tv something.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 1/17/05 - 3:47:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
I watched the rat episode, it was pretty nasty. But I can handle it - I even usually end up eating dinner when the show is on and only once did I have to stop eating because I was getting so grossed out. People who watch the show should know it's disgusting and that they might be repulsed by what the people are eating.

I was wondering about the safety issue with the rats too though librarygirl - with all the food, I've read it's all boiled and all tested to make sure it's safe to eat. But how do you boil a rat?

17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 1/17/05 - 3:55:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
If he didn't like the show, why didn't he change the channel? The show is stupid, but to go as far as suing NBC is insane.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/23/05 - 6:38:46 AM EST (GMT-5)
Change the dang channel!!! And for those that said something about previews hmmm I wasnt aware that you can not change the channel even during those...
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/23/05 - 6:56:12 AM EST (GMT-5)
Hmmmm...
'This TV programme made me sick and dizzy.'
'Oh? Well that's no good, why didn't you change the channel?'
'Um... no comment.'
Well that'll stand in court. It'd almost amusing how stupid people can be.
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 1/31/05 - 5:24:01 AM EST (GMT-5)
i'm REALLY against frivolous lawsuits ... but then also really hate reality t.v. - because its existence alone causes networks to stop making good shows.

so i guess i *do* hope this guy wins. ...not because i feel sorry for him, but because i support any effort that will slow the growth of reality tv.

17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 1/31/05 - 5:26:38 AM EST (GMT-5)
while that is disgusting and horrible...no he should not win this lawsuit, because he could have just changed the channel.
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 1/31/05 - 5:30:34 AM EST (GMT-5)
i dont think they should even show that kind of crap on tv. its just disgusting poo. of course, we can change the channel, but sometimes curiosity is the best of us. anyway, why do they make people drink and eat such crap. just stupid.
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 1/31/05 - 5:34:14 AM EST (GMT-5)
It's a stupid show, but the man could have just changed the channel. Fear Factor will just die out, like all reality shows, but this is just bringing it more publicity.

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