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Zeta-Jones Not an Atkins Diet Devotee

LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones is jumping into the legal fray -- again.

On Nov. 7, the same she won $24,250 from a British tabloid that published unauthorized wedding photos, the Welsh beauty's lawyers sent a warning letter to media outlets regarding "her likeness and persona [having] been improperly linked" to the Atkins diet, according to the website The Smoking Gun.

The two-page document asserts that press accounts, such as the New York Post and London's Sunday Telegraph, claim that Zeta-Jones shed pounds via the Atkins diet, which her lawyers say "has been derided by nutritionists and other health care officials for decades."

Her lawyers feel that any link to the weight loss program could hurt the actress' chances at landing endorsement deals.

"In essence, my client is being made to look as if she's more concerned about her outward appearance than she is with serious health concerns," says attorney John H. Lavely in the letter.

Zeta-Jones' lawyers have not contacted the Atkins Nutritional Institute, says the company's spokesman, Richard Rothstein.

"It's never been our policy to seek celebrity endorsements," Rothstein tells The Smoking Gun. "Where tabloids get their info is a complete mystery to us."

On Sept. 25, similar circumstances prompted Zeta-Jones to sue cosmetics company Caudalie for $15 million, claiming that ads are incorrectly linking her with their line of products.

The litigious and apparently carbohydrate-consuming actress currently appears opposite George Clooney in "Intolerable Cruelty."

To view the letter, visit The Smoking Gun website.

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