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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Biggest Loser’ Drug Allegations Are Target of L.A. Sheriff’s Department Investigation


'The Biggest Loser' is being investigated after allegations of illegal drug use Credit: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

The Biggest Loser is being investigated by police after allegations of illegal drug use on the set of the hit TV show, Los Angeles Sheriff's investigators confirmed on Tuesday, May 31.

Sherrif's Lt. James Royal told CBS Los Angeles that an investigation got underway earlier in May after "a journalist advised Malibu/Lost Hills station personnel of a news report regarding unsubstantiated allegations of illegal narcotics use in the past on the set of the television reality show."
The move follows a report last week’s New York Post in which Season 2 contestant Suzanne Mendonca claimed contestants were encouraged to take drugs or throw up in order to shed weight.
"People would take amphetamines, water pills, diuretics, and throw up in the bathroom," she told the outlet. "They would take their spin bikes into the steam room to work up a sweat. I vomited every single day. Bob Harper tells people to throw up: 'Good,' he says. 'You'll lose more calories.'"
The Biggest Loser producers deny the allegations and said in a statement obtained by Variety that they believe them to be "without merit and false."
"The safety and well-being of our contestants is, and has always been, paramount," the producers' statement continued. "Contestants are told at the start of the show that there is zero tolerance for any weight loss drugs. We prohibit the use of any illegal substances, in addition to the many other rules and procedures of the show that are designed to ensure safety.”
 

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