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Zeta Jones may sue over Atkins 'slur'
Zeta Jones and her husband Michael Douglas were recently awarded £14,600 in damages against Hello! magazine
Zeta Jones may sue over Atkins 'slur'
16.05PM GMT, 12 Nov 2003

Oscar-winning actress Catherine Zeta Jones may sue over stories in the press that she has used the Atkins diet.

Lawyers for Catherine have claimed she has been wrongly linked in some reports to the diet which, they say, "has been derided by nutritionists and other health care officials for decades".

The attorneys say they are investigating the stories and "intend to pursue claims on her behalf against each and every publication responsible for the creation and initial growth of these false and damaging stories".

Her attorney, John Lavely, wrote in a letter sent to news organisations: "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."

The letter added that the reports implied that Zeta Jones is "more concerned about her outward appearance than she is with serious health concerns".

The media have learnt to sit up and take notice when the star sends her lawyers into action - Catherine and hubbie Michael Douglas were recently awarded £14,600 in damages against Hello! magazine for publishing unauthorised pictures of their wedding.

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