Jillian Michaels is best known for her mega-successful fitness empire. The 43-year-old is infamous for dishing out tough love on NBC’s hit show “The Biggest Loser” since 2004, as well as her own line of workout videos and a number of other business ventures.
Suffice it to say, whether it comes to the gym or the office, Jillian is fierce.
But when a recent dream vacation on the Amalfi coast of Italy went wrong, Jillian found herself dealing with people who are much, much more intimidating.
In fact, on Saturday, Jillian wrote on her Facebook page that “things became so escalated we literally feared for our safety.” According to reports, she and her family were being “extorted” by the Italian mafia…
It started when she flew her family and friends over to the picturesque Italian coastline to spend more than a week aboard a yacht. According to the Daily Mail, she paid a whopping $60,000 up front for the luxurious vessel.
However, after only a few days, the crew informed her that she needed to cough up even more money — around $7,000, according to reports — because they claimed to have run out of fuel.
Jillian, however, insisted they only traveled 70 nautical miles — approximately 80 miles.
She wrote, in part:
This last episode was actually terrifying and involved veiled threats to mine and my families well being if we didn’t pay up “additional funds.” … 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.
In a private video clip obtained by the Daily Mail, Jillian is reportedly heard telling the crew:
“You are essentially holding us hostage on the boat. You won’t let us down, you won’t let us go to dinner. I’m asking you for the 50th time, what do you need the money for?”
In the video below, she can be heard insisting that her conversation with the crew be “documented.” However, the crew was not having it:
In her Facebook post, she detailed that she booked the yacht through “what seemed like a legit company” called CharterWorld LLP, specifically through broker Amanda Brilliante.
In Jillian’s emails with Brilliante prior to boarding the boat, the broker reportedly wrote: “Capri is like mafia in particular.”
That statement was accompanied by a playful winking face.
And that email served true when the crew reportedly informed Jillian it needed more money because the “mafia in Capri” took its fuel money.
Aside from the intense standoff, Jillian also highlighted the very inaccurate description of the yacht, posting pictures to her Facebook page showing what appears to be mold, holes throughout the vessel, and poor conditions, writing:
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.
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Thankfully, Jillian was able to get off the yacht on Saturday, according to the Daily Mail, and remains in Italy. She told the publication:
“We are doing ok. Feeling really grateful to have our loved ones and health. I haven’t left the country yet and I am truly unclear of how far these individuals will go as I was physically intimidated and threatened in emails.”
It’s unclear if she paid the extra thousands of dollars the crew was demanding, but she mentioned in her Facebook post that the United States embassy has a fraud investigator who “can help.”
The mother of two is just happy to be safe and sound. She wrote that “at the end of the day it’s just money,” but she warned fans to learn from her mistakes and always “protect yourself and your family.”