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Esposito attacks CBS over illness

Blue Bloods cast member Jennifer Esposito is blasting CBS for sidelining her from the US crime show.

In Twitter postings, the actress has accused CBS of "absolutely shameful behaviour" in putting her on unpaid leave from the Tom Selleck-starring police drama.

Jennifer tweeted that she had been diagnosed with celiac disease and requires a reduced work schedule. She said CBS believes she is angling to win a pay raise.

CBS has responded that because Jennifer cannot fulfill the full-time demands of her role, it has "regretfully" put her character, Detective Jackie Curatola, on a leave of absence. The network says it hopes the actress will be able to return.

Celiac disease is a digestive disorder caused by foods that contain gluten, a protein found in wheat.

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