For those who believe that a Hollywood actress would do practically anything in an endorsement deal, Octavia Spencer has filed a lawsuit that suggests otherwise, notes The Hollywood Reporter in the below exclusive.
Spencer, who won an Academy Award for best supporting actress in 2011â€²s Help, says that when she agreed to endorse Sensa Products, she made it clear that she would only promote a â€œhealthier lifestyleâ€ and not significant weight loss. She says she passed up a $3 million offer from another weight loss company to take Sensaâ€™s $1.25 million one (with an additional $100,000 going to charity) because the company agreed to various stipulations, including that the ad campaign wouldnâ€™t focus on significant weight transformation, wouldnâ€™t use before and after photographs and wouldnâ€™t be placed in tabloid magazines or on gossip websites.
But according to a breach-of-contract and fraud lawsuit filed on Wednesday in L.A. Superior Court, the ad campaign didnâ€™t go so well, and at some point, after the actress had lived up to her side of the agreement by losing the contractually required amount of weight, Sensa began â€œschemingâ€ to extradite itself from paying the actress.
Among Sensaâ€™s alleged actions was sending the actress a termination notice dated Aug. 6 that claimed Spencer was in breach of her agreement by insisting upon adding the hashtag â€œ#sponâ€ (meaning â€œsponsorâ€) at the end of her tweets for the diet product company. â€œSensa manufactures and markets a diet product designed to trick oneâ€™s brain,â€ says Spencerâ€™s lawsuit. â€œTherefore, itâ€™s not surprising that it would manufacture allegations against its most prominent spokesperson, Octavia Spencer.â€