Flight Attendant Accused of Hiding Rats in Her Underwear Sues Jay Leno Over ‘Tonight Show’ Jokes

Nov 20, 2013  •  Post A Comment

A flight attendant has filed a lawsuit against Jay Leno over jokes that were made about her on NBC’s "Tonight Show," The Huffington Post reports.

The woman says she was wrongly accused of "using her underwear and pantyhose to carry pet rats aboard airplanes," the story reports.

"The former American Airlines flight attendant, 55-year-old Louann Giambattista, accuses Leno and three other comedians of having made ‘sickening, outrageous and disgusting attacks’ in a July 2013 segment titled ‘Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda,’" the story reports, adding: "A copy of the suit, obtained by Courthouse News, takes specific issue with humorous statements made on Leno’s show that accuse her of ‘engaging in bestiality and sexual misconduct with a rat.’"

The report quotes the following three jokes made by comedians who were guests on the show:

Alec Mapa: "If I were one of those rats, I would be really upset. I prefer not to sit in cooch."

Kira Soltanovich (reportedly referring to a popular brand of vibrator): "A filthy rodent like a rat does not belong on an airplane. She could have used what the rest of us ladies use — a rabbit."

Jim Norton: "I don’t understand this one at all. If she wanted something that creepy-looking in her underwear she should have hooked up with me."

Giambattista has also reportedly sued American Airlines, alleging a "relentless campaign of discrimination."

The Huffington Post report adds: "The suit further alleges that Giambattista’s sex life with her husband has also been harmed by the Leno segment: ‘Every time he looks at her he thinks of defendant Leno and the heinous segment depicting her as a sexual deviant.’"

louann giambattista.jpgLouann Giambattista


  1. Did they refer to her by name?
    Or did she out herself by filing these suits?
    Should someone have thought twice about their actions? If so, which person?

  2. Do you think her attorney took this case on contingency?

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