Kate Winslet Threatens to Sue Over Diet Claims
The allegations, which were printed in the glossy magazine Grazia, are "completely untrue," Winslet told reporters on the red carpet at the BAFTA awards in London on Sunday.
"I'm going to fight for myself. I don't want people thinking that I would ever go to a diet doctor, I would ever buy into that stuff," Winslet, who is nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her role in Little Children, told a BBC radio interviewer. "I never have done, I never will."
Last week, Grazia printed a story alleging that the actress visited the Chinese Healing Institute in Santa Monica to help with neck pain, and also to lose weight.
On Monday, attorneys for the actress at Schillings law firm in London said proceedings for libel were being issued. Winslet's rep, Sara Keene, underlined her client's feelings, saying: "Kate is angry and upset about it because it is an issue she feels very strongly about. She will be issuing legal proceedings. She wants to get the message out there."
Winslet, a mother of two, has become well known for not bowing to the trend for super-skinny actresses, and is often heralded as a role model for her stance.
"I will continue to say what I feel about this issue of women being thin and emaciated. It's just out of control," she said Sunday. "I know I'm a role model to young women. It's a role that I take very, very seriously and I would never want anyone to ever think I was a hypocrite in doing something like going to a diet doctor, for goodness sake. I mean, it's really, really ridiculous."
In 2005, Winslet told PEOPLE for the annual Most Beautiful issue, "I know that I have a real woman's figure. It's nice that it's acknowledged and appreciated, that I refuse to conform. I don't starve myself."
On Monday, Grazia issued a statement saying, "The matter is in the hands of our lawyers and not something on which Grazia wishes to comment at the moment."