Former supermodel Linda Evangelista has filed a $ 50 million (approximately $ 68 million) lawsuit over cosmetic procedures, which she says left her “brutally disfigured” and made her a recluse.
The Canadian model, one of the biggest figures on runways and magazine covers in the 1990s, said in an Instagram post that she had undergone a treatment to reduce fat about five years ago.
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“To my followers who have wondered why I have not worked while my peers’ careers have thrived, the reason is that I was brutally disfigured by Zeltiq’s CoolSculpting procedure, which did the opposite of what it promised,” she wrote. in the post on Wednesday.
She said she developed a rare side effect called paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH) after the procedures, which causes people to develop a swelling in the areas being treated.
“PAH has not only ruined my livelihood, it has sent me into a cycle of deep depression, deep sadness and the lowest depths of self-loathing. In the process, I have become a hermit,” she said.
Zeltiq Aesthetics, a unit of Allergan Aesthetics and parent company AbbVie, did not return a call for comment.
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Evangelista on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in federal court in New York against Zeltiq for negligence, misleading advertising, claiming that the company failed to warn customers about the possible side effects.
The lawsuit states that Evangelista underwent several procedures between 2015 and 2016 to reduce fat on her thighs, abdomen, back, flanks and chin. Corrective surgery had not worked to repair PAH.
She is seeking $ 50 million in compensation for lost income and emotional distress and says she was now unemployed as a model and has not earned anything on modeling since 2016.
Reporting by Jill Serjeant Editing by Bill Berkrot.
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