Jillian Michaels: "Shame on the LA Times for Saying I'm a Fraud"

Celebrity Body Oct. 14, 2010 AT 8:47AM
Jillian Michaels: "Shame on the LA Times for Saying I'm a Fraud" Credit: Valerie Macon/Getty Images

Jillian Michaels, who has appeared on NBC's The Biggest Loser and Losing It with Jillian, is firing back at the Los Angeles Times, which printed a scathing op-ed piece this week, calling her "an actress playing the role of fitness trainer."

Among the allegations in the piece (written by James S. Fell, a certified health expert based in Canada): Michaels' techniques are shoddy and her routines unsafe.

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Asked about the claims Wednesday at a Guess/Marie Claire event, Michaels scoffed. "Apparently I'm an actress," Michaels, 36, sarcastically told UsMagazine.com. "Shame on the Los Angeles Times for saying I'm a fraud and not a trainer. I currently own two certifications, one of which doesn't expire. I developed my own continuing education program for trainers, with sports medicine doctors. I've been a trainer since I was 17-years old for 19 years."

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She told Us she plans to take legal action.

Said Michaels, "I'm going after them."

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While chatting with Us, actress Vanessa Marcil overheard the conversation and asked if the op-ed piece was really that bad.

"Honey, they said I was a total fraud!" Michaels responded. "They didn't do any of their homework. They flat-out [lied]. It's defamation, it's libel, it's full-on."

In recent months, Michaels has been slammed with law suits over her dietary supplements.

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In August, an anonymous plaintiff filed a $10 million suit alleging that her product, "Triple Process Total Body Detox & Cleanse," contained dangerous ingredients.

Last February, two women separately sued Michaels for false advertising on a diet pill she endorses, "Jillian Michaels Maximum Strength Calorie Control."

Michaels has said the suits are "baseless" and is standing by the supplement and its Utah-based maker, ThinCare International. "My reputation and credibility are of the utmost importance to me," she told the Associated Press.

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