Susan Aikens, who stars in the reality television show "Life Below Zero," has sued the series producers, alleging she was injured while being forced to film dangerous scenes for fictitious narratives.
Aikens' grievances largely center on a producer who she alleges was verbally abusive and intimidated her and other crew members.
The producer demanded Aikens drive her snowmachine into overflow, according to a civil complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Anchorage. She was badly hurt in a crash and then made to wait for medical treatment so desirable footage could be captured, the complaint says.
The 32-page lawsuit lists multiple defendants including the BBC and three of its subsidiaries, producer Aaron Mellman, and unnamed crew members. It alleges the defendants breached a contract, interfered with Aikens' business and intentionally caused her emotional distress.
Years ago my daughter, who worked on some of these shows, clued me into to just how fake they all are.
In her words literally EVERYTHING that happens is scripted, including fights, love affairs, and yes dangerous incidents.
I think this lawsuit is great in that perhaps it will pull back the veil and allowing potential viewers see that it's all bullshit.