Real Injuries on a Reality Show
LOS ANGELES (CN) - A Mexican model claims she was told to keep doing dangerous stunts during a reality TV show, even after she fractured her right hand.
Yered Licona Gonzalez aka "La Wanders" sued Liberman Broadcasting in Superior Court.
She claims she went to Liberman's Burbank studio on July 24, 2013 to participate in events for "Esto Es Guerra" ("This Is War").
Defendant Liberman Broadcasting operates the studio, according the lawsuit.
Gonzalez claims the defendants told her to run full speed on a treadmill while putting a meal together.
She lost her balance and fell from the treadmill, but the director told her to do the same stunt two more times, her lawsuit says. During her second go around, Gonzalez says she was injured.
"Gonzalez suffered a fracture in her right hand along with strains, bruises and lacerations to her knee, back, shoulder, and neck area," the lawsuit states.
Gonzalez says she was never given protective gloves or a safety harness. The production told her that sturdy knee pads were too unattractive and gave her nylon kneepads instead, she says.
Even after a paramedic was summoned and concluded that Gonzalez needed medical attention, she was told to participate in another event that involved swimming around rotating obstacles, he claims in the lawsuit.
During that stunt, Gonzalez says, her fractured right hand was caught in rotating machinery. She says she asked the director to stop the cameras and help her but he ignored her and kept filming.
After she removed her hand from the device, Gonzalez says she was in "extreme pain." While her hand was stuck Gonzalez says she "believed that she was going to die by drowning in the pool."
"Indeed, she has had deathly premonitions in the past," the lawsuit states.
It continues: "Sometime in 2011, Gonzalez was kidnapped in Mexico, where she resides. She was held at ransom for five (5) days, without knowing if she was going to be killed, and/or physically abused, and without knowing if she would ever see her family again; she felt hopeless, similar to the feelings she felt while in the stunt mentioned immediately above. As a result of the kidnapping, Gonzalez received psychiatric therapy, and because of the incident herein, she has continued with this therapy."
To cap it off, Gonzales says, even though she was injured, the producers asked her to stay and record testimonials for the show.
When she was finally taken to a hospital in the early hours of the next day - five hours after she suffered the injury - she learned she had broken her finger on her right hand, the complaint states.
She seeks $100,000 in damages for negligence, negligent facility owner, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
She is represented by Omar Anorga.