Well former ‘Real Housewife’ and natural foods chef Bethenny Frankel isn’t having much luck when it comes to her Skinnygirl Margarita. Last week, we reported Whole Foods pulled the plug on Frankel’s cocktail line, because it wasn’t “all natural,” like the reality starlet claims. Well now one Skinnygirl consumer is suing Frankel over her misleading product.
The class action lawsuit, filed in federal court in California and obtained by TMZ, was filed by Reneta Bonar. She claims she and other Skinnygirl consumers were misled into buying the product due to false advertising claims.
Bonar also alleged Frankel and Beam Global Spirits, the manufacturer of the popular cocktail line, tricked people into buying the product. According to Bonar, “deceptive statements” were made regarding the ingredients of the beverage.
Even though the alcoholic drink is FDA-approved, court documents accuse Frankel and its maker that her margarita line is not “all natural.” Brought to light last week, the Skinnygirl product was revealed to have a small amount of sodium benzoate, a chemical preservative.
Bonar’s complaint seeks unspecified damages from Frankel and Beam Global. It also demands that the manufacturer “engage in a corrective advertising campaign.” However, Beam has dismissed the legal action and claims the product “meets the highest quality standards,” it revealed in a statement.
“In today’s litigious society, nothing is surprising,” the company’s statement reads. “The litigation filed in relation to the labeling of Skinnygirl Margarita is frivolous. We will defend our case vigorously, and we are fully confident we will prevail.”
Tuesday, Frankel released her own statement on her website and titled it “Setting the Record Straight.” She wrote, “We would not sell anything that I don’t personally drink. I’m a natural foods chef and health is a top priority for me and my family. The Skinnygirl Margarita is made with natural ingredients and its label is consistent with U.S. federal regulations, which is why it is carried in stores nationwide and continues to fly off the shelves.”
“I built my brand on trust and honesty,” she continued. “I don’t take lightly obvious attempts to put my integrity in question. I will always answer your questions and concerns directly and truthfully.”
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