A Falmouth woman isn’t taking a kind view toward “The View” star Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s book on her recently diagnosed ailment.
Susan Hassett, a self-published author, is claiming in a federal lawsuit filed in Boston that the celebrity infringed on Hassett’s copyrights by publishing a book on celiac disease, titled “The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide,” last month.
In her suit, Hassett 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, a newspaper article and a business card.
Hasselbeck recently discovered she’s long suffered from celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder linked to gluten proteins found in wheat, barley and rye. The disease can cause, among other things, chronic diarrhea and fatigue.
Hasselbeck has said she discovered she had the ailment after returning from a “Survivor” show taping in Australia, where she felt fine and hadn’t eaten the same types of foods as she normally does in the United States.
A publicist for ABC, the network on which “The View” is aired, and for Hachette Book Group, publisher of Hasselbeck’s book, couldn’t be reached for comment.