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Elisabeth Hasselbeck sued over new book

TV personality Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s new book about living with celiac disease has landed her in a legal battle with another author who has also written about the subject.
/ Source: Access Hollywood

Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s new book about living with celiac disease has landed the TV personality in the midst of a legal battle.

According to the Boston Herald, “The View” co-host is being sued in federal court by Susan Hassett, who claims Hasselbeck infringed on her copyrights after she published her new book about celiac disease, titled “The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide,” which was published in May.

The suit claims that Hassett sent the TV personality a copy of her own book, “Living With Celiac Disease,” a cooking video, note, her business card and a newspaper article in April 2008.

Hasselbeck, who is expecting her third child, recently announced she suffered from the autoimmune disorder linked to gluten proteins in wheat, barley and rye. The disorder can cause chronic diarrhea and fatigue. The 32-year-old said she discovered she was afflicted with the disorder after appearing on CBS’s “Survivor: The Australian Outback” in 2001.

Reps for ABC and Hachette Book Group, Hasselbeck’s publisher, could not be reached for comment when contacted by the Herald.