Jessica Simpson's Hurting Millions of Fat People in America
If nothing else, Alex Astilean, owner of SpeedFit, knows how to make headlines. This week he remarked of Jessica Simpson and her manager/father Joe's refusal to release or re-film a botched workout video, "they are hurting millions of fat people in America."
The video, filmed during a lull in Simpson's career in 2005, was the result of a multimillion-dollar contract the actress had signed with SpeedFit. But the video just wasn't any good. Or it showed Ms. Daisy Duke in less than flattering light. She and her father refused to let the video see the light of day, and last year Astilean sued the actress for $10 million. Simpson refused to settle, and now Astilean is suing her father - who seems as much involved in anything his daughter does as she is herself. Simpson's rep talked to the New York Post about the lawsuit, albeit briefly (apparently Jessica doesn't have the same PR flair as the company that's suing her). "It's a legal matter that's in the hands of attorneys." A source close to Simpson tells MSNBC, "The worst thing in the world would be for that tape to get out." "Jessica was a mess during that shoot. She had no focus, she put out something that was entirely unusable," continued the unnamed source. "They asked her to come back and reshoot, but she refused, and that's why she's facing a lawsuit now." MSNBC reports that Simpson's unprofessionalism on the set isn't anything new.
According to an anonymous magazine editor, a particular shoot with Simpson turned out to be "an absolute disaster. She showed up and looked liked she'd been drinking. We were there for hours and we had maybe three usable photos from the shoot. We asked for another shoot, and she refused." But who's this editor to complain. As Speedfit's boss and now we all know, it's the fat people in America that are really the victims here.