A contestant from the first round of "Survivor" has sued the executive producer of the CBS reality series, claiming he rigged her early rejection from the island.
In a 14-page lawsuit filed Monday against CBS Corp. and "Survivor" creator Mark Burnett, San Francisco attorney Stacey Stillman claimed Burnett convinced two fellow contestants to vote her off to protect 72-year-old Rudy Boesch.
Boesch was the only remaining contestant over age 40, and Stillman alleges Burnett rigged the vote so the show would appeal to an older demographic.
CBS denied the allegations and said Burnett would have no comment.
"We heard about Stacey Stillman's allegations several months ago," CBS said in a statement. "They had no merit then. They have no merit now that she has packaged them into a frivolous and groundless lawsuit."