Eliisabeth Hasselbeck is fighting back against an allegation that her new book is a work of plagerism. In a statement to RadarOnline.com, The View cohost’s rep said:
“Neither Center Street [the publisher] nor Elisabeth Hasselbeck has been served with the Complaint in this action. However, there is no basis for the allegations in the Complaint as published in the press. Ms. Hasselbeck worked diligently and tirelessly on her book and is disappointed in this attempt to discredit her work and her ability to bring this important message to the public.
Hasselbeck, 32, is being sued for copyright infringement by a Boston, MA, woman who claims Hasselbeck stole her idea for a book about living with Celiac Disease.
Susan Hassett, a self-published author, claims she sent Hasselbeck a copy of her own book, Living with Celiac Disease in April, 2008, along with a homemade cooking video, a personal note and a business card.
Hasselbeck, published her own book on the disease titled “The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide” last month. Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder linked to gluten proteins found in wheat, barley and rye.
Hasselbeck says she realized she suffered from the ailment after returning from a stint on Survivor Australia, where she wasn’t eating the same foods that she normally did in the United States. She is now expecting her third child with her NFL hubby Tim Hasselbeck.
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