Actress and reality TV star Tori Spelling is suing Benihana after having suffered serious burns at one of the restaurant chain's locations on Easter Sunday.
The lawsuit filing -- obtained by TMZ.com, which first reported the news, as well as People magazine and other outlets -- alleges Spelling, 42, slipped and fell at Benihana in Encino, California, "and sustained deep second and third degree burn injuries requiring hospitalization and surgery." Reports at the time indicated she fell onto one of the hibachi grills. Spelling posted an Instagram photo that day showing herself and two friends, captioning it, "Thanks for an amazing day . . . Perfect Easter Sunday! Aside from the Benihana Burn!"
According to the suit, which seeks unspecified damages, the "True Tori" star and former "Beverly Hills, 90210" cast member accumulated hospital and medicine expenses and has suffered loss of wages and of earning capacity.
A representative for the restaurant corporation, which the suit names in addition to the Encino location, told Newsday, "Unfortunately, Benihana does not comment on pending or current litigation."
Spelling's husband, "Chopped Canada" host Dean McDermott, 48, said several days after the accident that his wife's burn had required skin grafts. A candid photo of Spelling taken in July shows a large, roughly rectangular deep-red area over most of the underside of her right forearm. On April 29, while promoting his new cookbook in Manhattan, McDermott told the TV show "Extra" that Spelling was "recovering, doing pretty good, at home resting; she's not here in New York with me."
Spelling has not commented on social media.
The Aventura, Florida-based Japanese-restaurant chain Benihana has 96 restaurants nationwide, plus 14 franchise locations in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.