Wendy Linden claims in the lawsuit filed Wednesday that the show's producers recruited her at an April 21 taping to ask scripted questions of the cast. She said producers assured her that cast members wouldn't touch her, and that she wouldn't be exposed to any "hazardous activities."
Instead, according to the lawsuit, as Linden stood at a podium to ask questions, cast member David England ran across the stage and crashed into a lectern behind her. The lectern allegedly hit Linden and threw her backward onto the concrete floor to the delight of the "cheering Jackass crew."
Linden said she suffered spine and knee injuries. Taping continued while she waited backstage for an ambulance, according to the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages.
The action filed in Los Angeles Superior Court alleges negligence, battery and intentional emotional distress. It was filed against MTV Networks, MTV Music Television, Viacom, Montana Productions and England.
A call to MTV after hours Thursday was answered by a recording, and Viacom officials did not immediately return a message left after business hours.
Linden said she received a letter of apology from England.