by Allyson Koerner
Categories: Eats, Entertainment, Film/TV, Lifestyle
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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.”

Will this affect whether you buy the popular Margarita line? Let us hear your comments!

About Allyson Koerner

Allyson Koerner first found her love of writing while attending Westminster College in Pennsylvania, and that passion evolved while she was earning her Master's in Print & Multimedia Journalism at Boston's Emerson College. She's an experienced writer dabbling in all things vegan, green, entertainment and TV-related. Feel free to keep tabs on her over at Twitter: @AllysonKoerner.

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  • Jessica

    Get over it Bonar. If you’re so worried about what goes into your body then maybe you shouldn’t be drinking.

  • ashley

    It figures. Now sleazy lawyers and poor consumers want a piece of her $50 million. People should try to make a living finding their own innovative ideas instead of trying to take advantage and bumming off of successful people.

  • herwin

    “We would not sell anything that I don’t personally drink”
    if that is going to be the defense in court… ?

    bottom line is, there is something in the drink and it ain’t on the label listed as an ingredient. As a consumer we have the right to be informed about ALL ingredients, especially when food is marketed as “all natural”.

    Just remember McDonald who fries/fried french fries with a (very tiny amount of) extract of meat (and a whole other bunch of crapolas) for that “special” taste, without telling the consumer about this ingredient.
    They got sued by Hindus and the Hindus did rightfully win.

    We want to know what we eat, so producers should label correctly and honestly.

  • Michael Johnston

    Shut up loser, get a life and a job and stop trying to sue people for frivolous crap.