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Star's in Big Trouble with Detroit Big Girls

11/2/2007 3:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Star - click to launchA Detroit organization says Star Jones screwed them, big time! The founder of Full and Fabulous says Star Jones stiffed her organization and partied on their dime -- and TMZ has the documents that seem to prove her point!

The local women's group -- Full and Fabulous, a non-profit organization that helps plus-size women and girls cope with peer pressures -- told Detroit TV station WXYZ they invited Star to speak at their "Health, Beauty and Self-Esteem Expo" during the 2006 Super Bowl in Detroit. They say Jones demanded first class airfare, a suite at a five-star hotel and $30,000 to show up. They bought Star the plane tickets to Detroit, which she used to party it up over Super Bowl weekend and plug her book. The only thing is -- she never showed up at the Expo!

star - click to launchSharon Dumas Pugh says that for nearly ten months Full and Fab sold dinners, did car washes and even found sponsors to help raise the cash to bring Star to Motor City. We're told they also sold tickets for the event, but when Star was a no-show, they had to return ticket money. As first reported by Steve Wilson of WXYZ, Sharon says they gave Star a $10,000 deposit, and sent her an additional $6,000 -- which Sharon told us Star claims she never received. TMZ has obtained several emails and letters that show the back and forth between Sharon and Power Performers, who brokered the deal. Oh no they didn't!

Check Star's reaction when investigative journalist Steve Wilson of WXYZ in Detroit confronts her about allegedly ripping off the Detroit non-profit. And she's a lawyer!

Star's rep vehemently denies the group's story, and issued the following statement to TMZ: "It is unfortunate that Mr. Wilson and this for-profit Expo has chosen to so gravely distort the facts surrounding this speaking engagement for their benefit. Ms. Jones' lecture agency William Morris was contacted on April 18, 2005 to have her speak at an Expo on February 4, 2006 for $25,000. Per the accepted terms of the deal a deposit was to be issued by the organizers on July 4, 2005 with the balance being submitted 48 hours prior to the scheduled travel date."

TMZ obtained the contract for the event between Star Jones and Power Performers that ndicates if the "event purchaser" fails to pay the $25,000 appearance fee, Star is under no obligation to proceed with the appearance and she can retain any amounts paid to her or on her behalf -- such as plane tickets. The contract also indicates a $10,000 deposit was to be paid by August. We're told that payment wasn't made until January.


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Star Jones was in the right place at the right time, when working for the Brookyn District Attorney. They needed a Black spokeperson, during the Bensonhurst MurderTrial of Joey Fama, who killed Yuseff Hawkins.
She fit the bill, she was a second rate trial attorney, but spoke well, so she got the nod. She made herself into a self promoting talking head.

2510 days ago


Don't like her, never liked her. Not that it matters, but she was actually prettier when she was FAT...she looks like a skeleton but if she looked like Halle I don't like her personality or anything about the woman.

2510 days ago


Since she has lost all this weight, well actually lied about it she thinks she is a diva.. I am glad Rosie called her out on it.. tht is why she quit the show cause she couldn't handle the fact that she was a liar.. saying she worked out and did pilates for a year and lost 150 pounds... yeah right...Give it rest Star

2510 days ago


Star who?

2510 days ago

dee dee    

Why would anyone want here . She is HORRIBLE and was the same way on the view . I fell sorry for the company that thought she was even worth 30k and first class accomidations Hello she is a slime ball who married a rich man and had bypass surgery..She needs to get over her self and i hope your orgination sues her assfor three times the amount!


2510 days ago


Gastric bypass....didn't improve her appearance.......she looks like a bobblehead

2510 days ago


who pays attention to these over puffed up bimbo's anyway? she looked better when she had the blubber on, can not be trusted with telling the truth like most women, and is not good looking. what good is she? lol

2510 days ago


Will Star Jones please, please just go away!! I can't stand her, never could. She is so self righteous it's difficult to bear. I don't know one single person who is a fan of hers. Why is she famous? I think her 15 minutes should have been up at least a few years ago.

2510 days ago


I agree that she looked better when she was heavier. Is she a diva? Diva? Does she know what a Diva is?

2510 days ago

Michael Muench    

Star Jones is PATHETIC and she always has been. She has always been this way, fat or skinny. No one should pay her for appearance but it is sad that a non profit group paid her to speak and she "stiffed" them."

2510 days ago


She's one of these people that have limited real talent, but have a conniving silver tongue when it comes to self-promotion. Don't like her - never have. And yes - when she was much heavier - she was actually pretty. Almost looks related to Michael Jackson - sorta freaky - ya know? Same surgeon, perhaps?

2510 days ago


Star Jones exhibits extemes in everything she does. As previous stated, she has a habit of "bending" the truth to suit her own personal agenda.

I don't believe she had any intentions of showing up at that expo and used a legal loop-hole in the contract to keep that agency's money. Shame on her for abusing those less fortunate than herself. She should be contributing to the cause, NOT taking from it. And speaking of abuse........

When is she going to release her husband from that farce of a marriage and allow him to find the man of his dreams?

2510 days ago


I agree that Star was MUCH more attractive when she was a "big girl". I think it was foolish of this organization to try to book her to talk to "Full and Fabulous" women, anyway! Clearly this woman has body hate issues--she had a gastric bypass and lied about it for a year. Full and Fabulous would be better off with someone who is clearly "together" as far as her weight goes--M'onique, for example! With women dying everyday from anorexia, girls as young as 7 yrs old dieting, women need POSITIVE role models--which Ms. Jones certainly is NOT.

2510 days ago

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2510 days ago

Jaani Mathews    

Just because Ms. Jones IS a lawyer, is no reason for her not to keep her word and show up at the expo. You would think she would be a little more sympathetic to the cause. After all, she spent many years as a PLus size person. How quickly we forget.

2510 days ago
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