- The Homepage for New Zealanders
SEARCH : nz sites nzoom FOR : MORE SEARCH :
| web search | nzoomail
Zeta-Jones' diet threats
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones
-Douglas, Zeta-Jones win $39,000
-Douglas says revenge behind snaps
-Hollywood couple sue over wedding
Nov 12, 2003

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 organisations saying 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 decades."

The attorneys say they are currently investigating the stories "and we 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."

A copy of the letter first surface on the website The Smoking Gun ( Zeta-Jones' attorney John Lavely, who signed the letter, could not be reached for comment.

Richard Rothstein, a spokesman for Atkins, could not be reached for comment late on Tuesday, but told The Smoking Gun that the Atkins organisation had not been contacted by lawyers for Zeta-Jones.

"It's never been our policy to seek celebrity endorsements," Rothstein says. "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."

© Reuters

Click here to get the latest ONE News and more sent straight to your inbox
ONE News sourced from TVNZ, RNZ, Reuters and AAP
- CYF sorry after damning report
- Somali stays after court order
- Two arrested over teen's death
- Melbourne train crash hurts 13
- Whale Rider tipped for Oscars
- Zeta-Jones' diet threats
- Book of records celebrates
- Actor Art Carney dies
- Locals waiting for Burt
- Aid agencies slam Jolie film
- Kylie Minogue UK's brightest star
- Cash boost for local films
- Opera win gives second chance
- The heady life of Hugh Hefner
- Matrix Revolutions rips open wallets
- Douglas, Zeta-Jones win $39,000
- Paltrow praises NZ director
- Satisfaction for Hong Kong
- Timberlake shines at MTV awards
- Adams linked to Princess Diana
- Cameron and Justin tipped to wed
- Righteous Brothers singer dies
- Paris Hilton sex tape leaked
- Love denies using "street narcotics"
- Dido indebted to Eminem
- Reagan mini-series cancelled
- Kylie's crossdressing secret
- Becker boozed for stress
- Britain's highest paid woman
- Burt Reynolds wows Taupo
- Weather hinders search for climbers
- Final bursary exams start
- Huge blaze on North Shore
- Kiwis on guard in violent Basra
- Car bomb explodes near Afghan UN
- Melbourne train crash hurts 13
- Flynt snaps up topless Lynch pics
- McDonald's not lovin' it
- Dollar and demand have FPA in a spin
- Power Beat to appeal
- Shoppers still spending up large
- Job ads hit 12-month high
- Peters calls for fewer MPs
- One News/Colmar Brunton poll: November 03
- Stricter paedophile parole welcomed
- Mixed reaction to top court judges