Ricki Lake Sued Over 2010 Malibu Fire

Ricki Lake Headshot 2011
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The former talk show host was hit with a lawsuit relating to a blaze that damaged a Malibu home she rented last year.

Ricki Lake has been alleged to be a fire starter.
The television personality has been sued, TMZ reports, in Los Angeles County Superior County court by Hovsep Kousouyan, who alleges the former talk show host burnt down his Malibu home last year.

Lake, who has a memoir forthcoming in 2012, has yet to respond to the suit, which was filed last week in Los Angeles.
In September of 2010, Sgt. Ernie Masson of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept. Malibu/Lost Hills station told Access Hollywood that the home, which Lake was renting, had “burned to the ground,” causing traffic on Pacific Coast Highway to stall “for hours.”

A different LACSD official, Lt. Rich Erickson of the Malibu/Lost Hills Station, told the Los Angeles Times Sept. 18th: “It appears that she was refueling some sort of portable heater when a couch caught fire and that set the whole house ablaze.”

In legal papers Monday, the owner claims that Lake had admitted liability when she spoke with emergency officials who responded to her 911 call.

Kousouyan says his house was all but destroyed, and he wants Lake to reimburse him for all costs incurred.
The home owner’s court filing says Lake essentially admitted liability when she spoke with emergency personnel who responded to her 911 call last year.
He is seeking undisclosed damages for the house, which could easily run into the millions, given the size of the home and exclusive location.