Jay Leno Slapped With Bizarre Bestiality Lawsuit

Jay Leno Slapped With Bizarre Bestiality Lawsuit

Former airline attendant says she was painted as a sexual deviant because of a report about a rat in her underwear

Jay Leno could probably find a lot of fodder for his monologue in this next story — if it didn't have the potential to be a legal headache for him.

The “Tonight Show” host has been hit with a lawsuit by a woman who claims that she was falsely accused of bestiality during a segment of “Woulda, Coulda Shoulda” on the NBC late-night offering, Courthouse News Service reports.

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In the complaint, filed in New York Supreme Court in Nassau County, former American Airlines flight attendant Louann Giambattista claims that a July 2013 episode of “The Tonight Show” picked up a story about her supposedly smuggling her pet rat onto work flights in her underwear and/or pantyhose. (Giambattista says that the story was the result of an alleged “relentless campaign of discrimination” by American Airlines.)

According to the suit, “Leno and his guests falsely accused Ms. Giambattista of engaging in sexual relations with a rat,” primarily via the comments made by the panelists on the “Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda” segment.

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Among the comments: “[If] I were one of those rats, I would've been very upset. I prefer not to sit in cooch.”

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.”

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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.”

A spokesman for “The Tonight Show,” which is also named in the suit along with NBC Universal Media, has not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment.

Giambattista, who's also suing American Airlines in a separate complaint, is seeking unspecified damages.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

  • awful headline

    “Jay Leno Slapped With Bizarre Bestiality Lawsuit”

    Is it me or is that just an awful headline in The Wrap's attempt to drive traffic?

    Leno wasn't slapped with a “Bestiality” lawsuit. He's being accused of making false claims and defamation. The headline reads like Leno was involved in bestiality in an attempt to drive traffic to this site — shame on you, Wrap!

    • http://www.thewrap.com TheWrap

      hmm, would better headline be: Jay Leno Sued Over Joke About Woman Having Rat in Her Drawers. nah, too clunky. sw.

      • Mark Davis

        He's right. I read the headline and thought that Jay Leno was involved in sexual acts with animals.

  • jay

    why. is. this. news.
    Sharon, please rein in your staff.

  • http://www.tedflicks.com Ted Faraone

    Oh, Please!

  • patrickstibbs

    Perhaps because the woman is very well endowed, I hear she's a Double D-Con.
    Sorry…it's late and I'm bored.

    • Jim Van

      Find something ELSE tot!do!with your time, Bucko!

  • Lois Lane

    Jay…why didn't you just do that great impersonation, “Come out and take it, you dirty, yellow-bellied rat, or I'll give it to you through the [back?] door” [James Cagney quote from "Taxi"] ?

    Talk about a perfect segue way…..lol

  • David

    This woman has bats in her belfry and rats in her…well, you get the idea.

  • Alex

    Just a money seeker, come on!

    • Jim Van


  • demoncat_4

    and Jay compettion start moving on the story. jay slapped with bizzare beastiality suit . rat upset it would maybe do something to the steredess

  • secretwhistler

    Something fishy about that rat!

  • A.L. Hern

    It's not a “bestiality lawsuit,” it's a defamation lawsuit.

    • Steve Frank

      jews love headlines like this, they know it attracts dumb non jews.

      • martindmadrid

        Steve Frank:


  • inthebusiness

    i smell a rat.

  • Fake Wrap


  • http://www.Xenu.net/ simkatu

    A comedian can make false claims. They are jokes folks. Nobody expects that the monologue of a comedian is the nightly news.

    • Lawrence Brown

      Daily Show? Newsbusted? Weekend Update? MSNBC?

  • rr3A

    Whatever it takes to have people read pathetic articles…..

  • Steve Frank

    Whatever happens, a jew will win, whomever has more jews as lawyer, they will win.

    • Roger Woodcock

      If I'm in a jam, I don't care if my Jewish, Gentile or a pink with blue polka dots Alien just as long as they know their stuff.

      • Steve Frank

        I can respect that opinion.

    • martindmadrid


      You obviously have a problem with people who are Jewish. How about just keeping it to your tiny self, instead of showing the entire world what a jerk you are.

      • Steve Frank

        How bout you tell the j ews the same thing.

    • Steph

      Steve -
      Your ignorance is showing. You'd appear much smarter if you kept your mouth shut!

      • Steve Frank

        Oh ok j ew stop trying to shut up people when people talk the truth about you weasels.

        • OrionnoirO

          So anyone who doesn't approve of stereotyping is a Jew? I myself am FAR from being Jewish in descent, and I also find your comments a bit disconcerting.

  • davecu

    All Jay did was report that she had a rat in her pants.
    That was HER choice, not his.

  • Bert

    I hate to say, but who gives a rat's ass?

  • bcmugger

    Wow leno should sue this website for defamation too.

  • potter19

    file a ridiculous suit against a celebrity and negotiate a settlement; why didn't I think of that?