Zeta-Jones May Sue Over Atkins Diet Stories
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Lawyers for Oscar-winning actress
Catherine Zeta-Jones say she may be beautiful, but she didn't
get that way from the Atkins diet, thank you very much, and she
won't have anyone suggesting that she did.
Lawyers for Zeta-Jones have sent a letter to news
organizations saying that she has been wrongly linked in some
reports to the diet which, according to the letter, "has been
derided by nutritionists and other health care officials for
A copy of the letter first surface on the Web site The
Smoking Gun (www.thesmokinggun.com). Zeta-Jones attorney John
Lavely, who signed the letter, could not be reached for
Richard Rothstein, a spokesman for Atkins, could not be
reached for comment late on Tuesday, but told The Smoking Gun
that the Atkins organization had not been contacted by lawyers
"It's never been our policy to seek celebrity
endorsements," Rothstein said. "Where tabloids get their info
is a complete mystery to me."
Lavely said in the letter, "By stating that Ms. Zeta-Jones
uses or endorses the Atkins diet, these publications are
falsely representing to the average reader, including many
young women who look up to my client and admire her beautiful
appearance, that Ms. Zeta-Jones would recommend this diet to
(those) looking to lose weight,"
Lavely added that the news reports made it appear that
Zeta-Jones "is more concerned about her outward appearance than
she is with serious health concerns."
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