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Tori Spelling ‘sues Benihana for burns’

Tori Spelling is seeking compensation for injuries she sustained after falling on a hot grill during a trip to the Encino branch of Japanese restaurant chain Benihana.

The 42-year-old reality star-and-actress dined at the company’s Encino, California branch last April with her family.

But the occasion ended in disaster, as Tori tripped and fell onto a hot grill, which resulted in hospitalisation.

And TMZ reports Tori has issued a lawsuit against Benihana Inc., seeking compensation for the "deep second and third degree burn injuries” she sustained from her fall at the Encino restaurant.

Benihana is a franchise corporation which owns 116 restaurants around the world. Dining at one of these locations is meant to be a festive experience for visitors, as an entertaining chef uses a traditional Japanese teppanyaki table grill to cook their meals right in front of the guests.

However, in this case it seems the grill led to painful burns for Tori. According to her lawsuit she incurred expensive medical expenses in addition to “general damage”. The website also claims she added wage loss to the case, although her employment details were not further elaborated upon.

An alleged eyewitness previously told The Daily Mail the accident took place while Tori, her husband Dean McDermott and their four small children were enjoying a meal along with some other guests at Benihana Encino.

“Tori had been laughing and having fun with her family at Easter brunch, when she got up to leave and tripped, falling backwards on to a scorching hot grill,” the source said. “She shouted out in pain from a large burn on the back of her right arm.

“You could tell she was hurting, but she was trying to put on a brave face for the sake of her four young children who were quite obviously worried.”

Apparently Tori went home that night and tried to power through the burns, “but doctors said she risked severe infection and scarring if she didn't act right away”.

She then underwent a skin graft to treat the condition.

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