Before Gina Krasley's death, the 30-year-old My 600-Lb Life alum was one of 10 current and former cast members to sue the company that produced the TLC reality series, accusing Megalomedia of causing them "intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence."
Despite Megalomedia's attempts to dismiss the various cases, a judge ruled in favor of the cast members last May, granting their request to consolidate the lawsuits into one parent suit.
As Starcasm noted, the consolidation did not form a class action lawsuit against Megalomedia; however, it does mean that evidence and/or information uncovered in a deposition that pertains to one cast member could be used in regard to the claims of any one of the other nine.
Krasley, specifically, accused the production company of failing to administer a psychological evaluation on her prior to filming, failing to provide adequate mental-health services during filming, and failing to properly train employees on how to handle depression and the risk of suicide that often accompany the extreme weight-loss regimens the cast members are ordered to follow.
She claimed producers intentionally put her in stressful situations in order to secure high ratings when she appeared on the show during Season 8.
In court documents obtained by The New York Post, Krasley accused Dr. Younan Nowzaradan – the show's primary physician, who specializes in vascular and bariatric surgery – of putting her on "an extreme weight loss diet" in order to be considered healthy enough to undergo the life-saving operation, only to be forced by producers "to eat excessive amounts of food on-screen to portray her as someone who could not follow the diet."
"Defendants created this narrative and then for Dr. Nowzaradan to express disappointment for failing to obtain the necessary amount of weight loss to be a candidate for the surgery," the lawsuit stated, going on to note that Krasley failed to lose the required amount of weight and was therefore "not permitted to proceed under Dr. Nowzaradan's care."
The first lawsuit of the bunch was filed by the family of James L.B. Bonner, who committed suicide in 2018 after his appearance on Season 6 of the show.
As Radar previously reported, Krasley died last Sunday in her New Jersey home, "surrounded by her loving family," a few weeks after revealing that she was suffering from an unidentified illness.
According to AceShowbiz, Krasley had said in a video that she'd become immobile and was experiencing pain in her legs. She also reportedly revealed her hands had become so numb that she could no longer hold up her cellphone on her own.
The former reality star was allegedly receiving home care and seeing a neurologist as recently as four days before her death.
No details have been revealed regarding the cause of her passing, but in lieu of flowers, her family has asked that friends and fans donate to a "mental health charity of your choosing."