Giambattista was in the news to begin with because of accusations she was smuggling rats onto planes in her underwear. In the segment, Leno, along with comedians Alec Mapa, Kira Soltanovich, and Jim Norton, made fun of the bizarre incident, with much of the commentary being sexual in nature.
Giambattista is suing Leno because of the personal fallout from the segment, in which one of the jokes was about using the rat as a replacement for a sex toy.
Since the segment aired, Giambattista claims she and her husband, Steven Goldring, have become “pariahs in their own community, among their long-standing group of friends, among their co-workers and even among family.”
Even worse, Giambattista and Goldring’s intimate life has suffered because, “Every time he looks at her he thinks of Defendant Leno and the heinous segment depicting her as a sexual deviant.”
Watch the Leno segment below (the bit in question starts at the 2:34 mark), via NBC:
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