Fitness guru Jillian Michaels is sheltered in a hotel and warning her fans to be careful when traveling abroad.
The 43-year-old, who rose to fame on “The Biggest Loser” shared the details of her harrowing experience, involving the Italian mafia, on her Facebook page on Saturday.
“Beware… You guys know I keep my social pretty straight forward. Fun memes, nutrition tips, fitness videos etc. But I feel compelled to ask you all to be VERY CAREFUL with any holiday rentals you book on line. ESPECIALLY now that it’s summer – apparently this type of scam is rampant. It has happened to me three times in the last 6 months and this last episode was actually terrifying and involved veiled threats to mine and my families well being if we didn’t pay up ‘additional funds,” she wrote.
She said she rented a private yacht, at a price of more than $60,000, to take her and her family cruising around the Amalfi Coast for 12 days. But she was horrified to find the vessel in disrepair with electrical issues, no wifi and no hot water.
“The boat was shown in pictures as pristine and if you google the boat (called The Never One Yacht) you will see how the boat was shown in pics on line. Below are pics of what the boat actually looked like. It was not only filthy, but it had no hot water, no air con when not docked, no wifi, partial electricity, it was clearly in total disrepair,” she said in her Facebook post.
She said she received a refund of 6.700 euros, but that was far from the worst of it, according to TMZ.
Michaels claimed that the crew of the boat held her up for more money on the trip’s third day because, they said, the gas money was drained “because of Mafia in Capri.”
She told TMZ that the crew would not take her to shore until she paid the money they were demanding.
“By the third day of our charter we were being extorted for money and things became so escalated we literally feared for our safety,” she added on Facebook with the warning, “Bottom line – this stuff is no joke. You could lose a lot of money and that sucks, but in some instances there is real danger. Be so so careful when dealing with rentals.”
The superstar trainer and her family and friends are holed up in a hotel and have reached out to the FBI and State Department because they feared for their safety, but have not had luck getting help, she said.
Michaels included tips for traveling and photos of the yacht she rented.
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