The actress and reality star reportedly tripped while leaving a Benihana restaurant

By Tim Nudd
Updated April 14, 2015 02:20 PM
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Tori Spelling inadvertently performed her own tableside trick at a Benihana restaurant on Easter Sunday, and it landed her at the doctor’s with serious burns.

The actress and reality star, 41, tripped and fell backwards onto a hot grill on April 5 and ended up needing skin grafts on her right arm, PEOPLE has learned.

“It was an unfortunate accident. She had a little burn,” said husband Dean McDermott, 48.

Spelling’s rep had no comment, but according to a source, “Tori hadn’t even started to eat, when she slipped and fell. Not thinking, she grabbed onto the side of the hot grill and burned her arm. At the time, it didn’t seem as bad as the doctors told her it was the next day.”

It was a painful ending to what looked like an otherwise happy outing with kids Liam, 8, Stella, 6, Hattie, 3, and Finn, 2, as well as extended family. Spelling posted several photos on Instagram that day, including one from what appears to be the restaurant itself.