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Jane Fonda Sued By Former Workout Instructor

October 14, 1987

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A former aerobics instructor has filed a $2.3 million lawsuit against Jane Fonda and her exercise studio, alleging the actress and others conspired to steal her clients.

The suit was filed on behalf of Audrey Pressman, who worked at the Beverly Hills studio from 1979 until 1985, court records revealed Tuesday.

Ms. Fonda’s attorney, Larry Stein, said a similar claim by Ms. Pressman had been dismissed in federal court, but refused further comment.

In the suit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Ms. Pressman claims she was already a well-known aerobics instructor with a large clientele when she went to work for Ms. Fonda and The Workout Inc. in 1979.

She said her salary at The Workout was based on how many clients attended her classes. Ms. Pressman contends she lost income and clients because the defendants allegedly told them her exercise classes were dangerous.

The lawsuit claims The Workout induced Ms. Pressman’s clients to buy yearlong memberships with promises she would continue to be an instructor. However, she claims the defendants were actually planning to fire her.

Ms. Pressman was terminated in May 1985. The suit says she lost clients because they all had entered into long-term contracts with The Workout.

The lawsuit also contends Ms. Pressman participated in the development of Ms. Fonda’s exercise program. It asks for $370,000 in general damages and $2 million in punitive damages.

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