Jessica Simpson has been tangled up in a $10 million lawsuit for over a year. She was paid $1 million by Speedfit, a workout company, to promote their exercise system. However Jess showed up to the shoot drunk (according to MSNBC), and Joe Simpson has done everything he could to make the video go away, including preventing its release. Now Speedfit owner Alex Astilean says Jessica’s recent weight gain is karma, as a result of Simpson pulling out of her contract and dragging out the lawsuit.
An exercise video featuring Jessica Simpson and produced by workout company Speedfit was leaked to the Internet Jan. 27 by Speedfit owner Alex Astilean. The video’s since been taken off YouTube, and Astilean is seething.
“This is a vendetta between me and (Jessica’s father) Joe Simpson,” Astilean said.
In 2007, Astilean sued Jessica Simpson for $10 million after she prevented the release of the video. Astilean says he paid Simpson a million dollars for her participation, and that she injured “millions of fat people” by not allowing its release.
The case has lingered on so long, Astilean says he can no longer afford an attorney and will have to represent himself.
“I have a conference call with the judge on Feb. 5 and I will have to tell the judge that my house is being foreclosed on, I cannot afford an attorney,” says Astilean. “But look at the pictures of her — karma has hunted Jessica to the ground and she knows it.”
I don’t think weight gain is necessarily karma, but I do think this story shows just how unfair and manipulative Joe Simpson is. Jessica definitely came across as a moron in the little snippets of the Speedfit video, but not more than usual. And if she came to work drunk, that was her own fault. She also pocketed the $1 million, even though Joe Simpson has prevented the tape from being released. How unfair is that?
Here’s Jessica Simpson performing at the 99.9 KISS 24th Annual Chili Cook Off inPembroke Pines, Florida on Sunday. Images thanks to WENN.