Skinnygirl and Bethenny Ever After star Bethenny Frankel once again finds herself involved in a lawsuit over her multi (multi, multi!) million dollar baby. Although she sold her Skinnygirl Cocktail line to Jim Beam for a few bucks, Starcasm.com reports that she was recently deposed in a class action suit regarding the brand. The suit alleges that the drinks are made with rotgut tequila instead of the 100% blue agave tequila that the label boasts. Okay, sure.
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Not being much of a tequila drinker, I did some research as to what rotgut tequila is. Cleveland.com’s Tequila! Forget the Shots of Rotgut, Try a Sip of True Refinement was very helpful in my quest. It states:
Tequila is a distilled spirit derived from the nectar of the blue agave, a succulent plant that flourishes in the volcanic soil common to Jalisco, a Mexican state in that country’s western highlands. By law, tequila has to be produced within Jalisco or a few closely prescribed regions of Mexico and made from a specific varietal, Weber Blue agave. (If a bottle’s label doesn’t declare “100 percent agave tequila,” chances are other liquids and sweeteners have been added.)
The site which shills premium Don Modesto tequila elaborates:
[T]he tequila has to be made from 100 percent blue agave like ours. The best tequilas are 100 percent agave, while lesser mixto tequilas can squeak by with a minimum 51 percent agave. If the label does not say 100 percent agave, it is a mixto.
So, what I gather is that rotgut tequila is not up to par quality. Funny I didn’t just get that from the term “rotgut.” Since Bethenny is all about promoting a lifestyle, I can imagine that if she’s saying Dom when it’s really Andre, people are going to be a tad miffed. As she no longer owns the brand, it is unknown as to what capacity she will be needed in the suit. However, if her deposition was taken, someone obviously thinks she has some information about the rotgut fiasco.
Well, if Bethenny was putting fake tequila in her cocktails, you won’t be shocked to learn that she also carries faux Hermes. An insider close to the reality starlet turned talk show host tells RadarOnline.com, “Bethenny’s first Birkin bag worn on Real Housewives [of New York] was bought off eBay.” No shame in that game!
The source continues, revealing that Bethenny has a woman who brings fake Hermes, Gucci, and Chanel bags to her home. The insider explains, “The bags are the highest-quality knockoffs from China; it’s really tough to tell the difference.”
Well, who doesn’t love a bargain I ask? Not that Bethenny’s fake bags are cheap, one is a student loan payment (of course I’d rather have the handbag!). Bethenny’s faux pieces still range from $750 to $1500, which is a steal compared to the $5000 to $50,000 price range of the real deals. Yikes!
DO YOU THINK IT WAS NECESSARY TO DEPOSE BETHENNY IN THE SKINNYGIRL CLASS ACTION SUIT? SHOCKED TO LEARN THAT BETHENNY LIKES A “BARGAIN” BAG?