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Sopranos gay mobster sued by diet pill maker

Sopranos gay mobster sued by diet pill maker

Gannascoli claims drugmaker didn't like his gay role.

Joseph 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.

Gannascoli, who 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)

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