Actress Tori Spelling has agreed to postpone a lawsuit against Benihana, who she blames for burns she suffered after falling on an open hibachi grill in 2015, according to Daily Mail.
Spelling, 44, alleges she sustained “deep second- and third-degree burn injuries” at an Encino, California, location of the restaurant franchise in April 2015. TMZ noted that she is suing the corporation for lost wages, medical expenses, and “general damage.”
PEOPLE has reported that Spelling endured extensive injuries to her right arm, requiring skin graft surgery. Court papers later revealed the 44-year-old also underwent debridement, staged surgical excision, and multiple steroid injections.
“Tori hadn’t even started to eat when she slipped and fell. Not thinking, she grabbed onto the side of the hot grill and burned her arm,” a source told PEOPLE shortly after the incident. “At the time, it didn’t seem as bad as the doctors told her it was the next day.”
Conversely, Benihana maintains that Spelling’s own negligence and conduct led to her injuries. The Japanese steakhouse has requested the suit be thrown out and the actress pay their legal fees.
However, Daily Mail has speculated that the Beverly Hills, 90210 actress is pushing for a settlement. Agreeing to an October 16 trial date, Spelling and Benihana’s attorneys will attempt to mediate the dispute before it goes to a jury trial.
A settlement may be a saving grace for Spelling and hubby Dean McDermott, whose financial troubles are well-documented.
As Crime Online previously reported, McDermott, 50, was caught splurging on motorcycles and cryotherapy while allegedly owing hundreds of thousands of dollars to creditors and his ex-wife.
The IRS drained McDermott and Spelling’s bank account in April of this year, Page Six revealed. In June 2016, the debt-ridden couple was allegedly hit with a $707,487.30 lien for unpaid 2014 federal taxes.
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