Video of Jillian Michaels arguing with yacht crew allegedly scamming her has emerged after she took to Facebook on Saturday to warn her followers about being taken advantage of by unscrupulous vacation rentals through services such as Airbnb.
The video, acquired by TMZ, shows Michaels having a confrontation with crew aboard the yacht she’d rented for 12 days, which she described as “filthy.” In the video, Michaels tells the crew that it’s “fraud, and it’s extortion.
In a lengthy Facebook post, the fitness trainer and star of “The Biggest Loser” complained about being scammed not once but three times within the past six months.
“Beware,” writes Michaels, noting that “apparently this type of scam is rampant. It has happened to me three times in the last 6 months and this last episode was actually terrifying and involved veiled threats to… my [family’s] well being if we didn’t pay up ‘additional funds.'”
According to Michaels, she booked a boat that looked “pristine” in the photos she saw online, but the reality was far from that.
“It was not only filthy, but it had no hot water, no air con when not docked, no wifi, partial electricity, it was clearly in total disrepair,” she writes. “If that would be all it would be one thing, but this situation turned aggressive and threatening. By the third day of our charter we were being extorted for money and things became so escalated we literally feared for our safety.”
Michaels offers some suggestions to prevent from being the victim of a vacation-rental scam, such as paying with a credit card requesting to see the property in a FaceTime video.
“Bottom line — this stuff is no joke,” she adds. “You could lose a lot of money and that sucks, but in some instances there is real danger. Be so so careful when dealing with rentals.”