An exercise video Jessica Simpson filmed six years ago may soon be released, despite a long legal battle eventually ensuring the opposite. I don’t know why she’s THAT worried. Nothing can make her look worse than the ridiculous questions she asked on her MTV reality show with Nick Lachey, so I’m sure she’ll be fine. Besides, showing some skin never hurt anyone. Read on for details (aaand the full pic…LOL).
According to RadarOnline.com, Simpson made the tape for Speedfit but did not approve of its release, leading to a protracted court battle. Now a new owner has purchased the tape and is challenging prior rulings about its release.
“I bought rights to distribute the Jessica Simpson exercise video from Alex Astilean. My intent is to re-edit it,” the buyer, Ed Meyer, tells Radar. “I believe that the NY Court’s recent judgment in favor of Jessica Simpson is moot and has no teeth, and I believe that I can distribute the new video from California.”
The video was filmed in 2005 and wrapped up in legal proceedings until May 2010. The ruling in favor of Simpson is a “huge hurdle” for Meyer’s plan to release the tape, Radar says.
“Speedfit LLC and its owner Alex Astilean were barred from using Simpson’s name and likeness to promote the video, which her team contended was not good enough to be sold,” Radar reports. “Astilean was ordered to pay Simpson’s business manager David Levin $50,000 for defamation.
Writing to Simpson’s lawyers, Meyer now contends, “While your client Jessica Simpson believes she has a valid New York court order preventing such a contract, she actually does not.”