NEW YORK (CHASING NEWS) - Collette McLafferty was famously sued for $10 million for being "too unattractive" to be in a Pink tribute band. The shocking lawsuit ended up ruining her life.
Chasing News’ Sibile Marcellus first brought you this story a year ago. She met with Collette at her home in Bushwick. The claims in the case have been dismissed, the case is ongoing, now she's making claims against the man who did this to her.
Collette had a rent stabilized apartment on the lower east side, but she had to give it up to pay her legal fees and move to Bushwick.
Before she left her Lower East Side apartment, Collette made a music video about her experiences. It's very touching and moving, very raw to the tune of Pink's song "Perfect."
She produced it herself. She watched it and broke down in tears.
“it was really hard leaving my apartment but I knew that it was important for me. It's one thing to tell someone they're unattractive, it's another thing to ruin their entire life. For two years this lawsuit has been my life,” Collette recalled.
She says she was suicidal, would drink heavily. She tried to avoid bars so they wouldn't recognize her.
“I would go to bars in the daytime and just teld the bartender my story and I would rotate my bars,” Collete said.
She put her dating life on hold and it's still on hold.
“I still can't date. I was too distraught. I am just way too crazy to date anybody,” Collete said.
News of her lawsuit spread to England and internationally that she was too ugly.
“There were days when I would just google myself and drink because to see your name and the word ugly over and over again, and this was reported in the UK and Japan. The whole world is reporting that you're so ugly and so terrible and so unattractive that someone sues you for $10 million,” Collete said.
Now she wants to prevent this from happening to anyone else.
She's been advocating for Collette's law, been to the capital in Albany to advocate for it, so that if you bring a frivolous lawsuit against someone, you pay.
She now wants Charles Bonfante to pay the $13,000 in legal fees she has.
Charles Bonfante could not be reached for comment. I left a voicemail for him at the law offices of Charles Bonfante III & associates which was not returned.