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The Most "Gruesome" Celebrity Lawsuit Ever

3/18/2009 3:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kim VoIt may be one of the most horrifying, head-scorching, skin-sizzling events ever -- and it allegedly went down at the same place Britney, Paris and Goldie Hawn have gotten their hair did.

The guy accused of torching his client's head is Kim Vo -- a self-proclaimed "master-colorist" featured on shows like "Extreme Makeover" and "Shear Genius."

According to a lawsuit filed today in L.A. County Superior Court, one of Kim's clients -- an actress named Carly Steele -- came to his Beverly Hills salon for a coloring in January. Things were going fine until Carly claims the aluminum foil Kim personally applied and set under a hair dryer began burning her, causing her hair and scalp "to smoke and burn."

In the suit, Steele claims, "she leapt from the chair" and people tried to remove the foil -- but, "they too were unable to remove the scalding and fiery foil and coloring agent which were scorching and sizzling into [Carly's] hair, scalp and head.

Steel claims she suffered "severe, debilitating and gruesome injuries" and is suing for an undetermined amount for her health care costs, plus other damages.

Calls to Kim have not yet been returned.

UPDATE: Kim released the following statement: "I was shocked to learn that a claim was filed and released to the press yesterday. To go to the press without having served me seems like an attempt for free publicity. I wholeheartedly dispute her allegations and will vigorously fight her accusations," stated Kim Vo, owner of the salon.

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