A talentless, vacuous celebrity versus a fad-diet-pitchman. Must someone win this lawsuit? The legal clash of tabloid Titans concerns a few of Kim Kardashian's Twitter posts in October. The first one to offend Cookie Diet's Dr. Sanford Siegal, from October 29:
"Dr. Siegal's Cookie Diet is falsely promoting that I'm on this diet. NOT TRUE! I would never do this unhealthy diet! I do QuickTrim!"
Siegal, who's based in Kendall, points out that Kardashian is under contract with QuickTrim, as evidenced by that fad diet's website. She's also pitched QuickTrim via Twitter with the help of these totally not-Photoshopped bikini shots.
The other offending Tweet:
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"If this Dr. Siegal is lying about me being on this diet, what else are they lying about?"
From a release that Siegal's media team put out:
"Perhaps I shouldn't presume to question Kim Kardashian's medical opinion. After all, I'm no reality TV star, just a physician who's treated more than a half million overweight patients during a fifty-year medical career," said Dr. Siegal. "But when I saw her derogatory comments about my diet and my character, I knew we had no choice but to take action. Disparaging someone's product while surreptitiously hawking someone else's in the same breath is, to use Kim's words, 'not cool!'"
Siegal may be feeding cookies to dieters, but he's serving up red meat to his lawyers, who in 2007 filed suit against a former associate of Siegal, Sasson Moulavi of Boca Raton, who had the audacity to market his own "cookie diet." More about their legal battle from this New Times article of April 2008.