By Amy E. Feldman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - When you sign a release, what are you releasing?
The reality show Mob Wives, featuring the outspoken Renee Graziano, daughter of a member of the Bonnano crime family turned into a bloody, and later bitter battle. With a plastic surgeon that is.
Ms. Graziano opted for a full body lift that led to complications, which, according to her, caused her to almost die. The plastic surgeon says that her comments were defamatory and caused him to lose his business.
I think he’s lucky that’s all that happened when the daughter of a mob boss was unsatisfied with his work. But his lawsuit was tossed out of court. Why? Because he’d signed a release that says that his appearance could be used as the producers chose and that he released them from any claims or demands.
And whether to try a free product or to get your 15 minutes of fame, or otherwise participate in any lottery, you may be asked to sign a release. It may seem like an offer you can’t refuse, but understand that if you sign the release, you won’t be able to sue if the results are less than perfect.
Also, before getting plastic surgery on TV, think about getting your head examined.