Gannascoli, better known as The Sopranos' gay
mobster, is being taken to court by the maker of a diet
pill he was paid to promote, but the actor says homophobia
is the real reason for their lawsuit.
The company that
makes the diet pill Stacker 2 filed a lawsuit on
Thursday claiming the TV star has been slacking in his job
to promote their drug. Gannascoli, who played the
closeted Vito Spatafore on The Sopranos, was paid $316,000 over the past 2 1/2 years
to spread the word about Stacker 2.
"He was very
difficult to work with all the time," Robert
Occhifinto, president of NVE Pharmaceuticals, told The
Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J.
signed with another diet pill maker last month, countered
Occhifinto's claims by telling The Star-Ledger, "I begged [NVE Pharmaceuticals] to do things,
but they wouldn't. They didn't like [that] I was doing the
gay thing." (The Advocate)