The View co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck is being sued for copyright infringement, The New York Daily News reports. Susan Hassett, a self-published author, contends that Hasselbeck's best-selling book, "The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide," contains content lifted "word for word" from a book that Hassett wrote.
Hassett reportedly sent Hasselbeck a copy of her self-published book, "Living with Celiac Disease" in April of 2008, along with a homemade cooking video, newspaper article, business card and personal note. This came after Hasselbeck announced that she suffers from Celiac disease, a digestive disorder that prohibits the digestion of gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley.
Hassett’s lawyer, Richard C. Cunha, has submitted a letter (obtained by TMZ) to Hasselbeck and ABC, alleging an “exhaustive list” of similarities between his client's book and Hasselbeck's, including phrases and chapter titles. In the letter, he cites a number of examples, including the following:
Hassett's Book: (p. 37)
"A person with celiac disease should only shop in the outer isles of the supermarket. The reason being the only thing down the other isles is things you can't have."
Hasselbeck's Book: (p. 78)
"The foods in the outer isles of the supermarket should be the foundation of your
Representatives for Hasselbeck and ABC have yet to comment on the issue.