By Alex S. TuchmanPublished February 04, 2017 12:03AMLOS ANGELES — It’s been more than 30 years since Hollywood stars like Natalie Portman and Meryl Streep became plastic surgery stars, and there are few women who have made more waves than actress Naomi Watts.
After starring in the TV series “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” she was named the first-ever Playboy Playmate of the Year and went on to play a series of memorable roles, including the one that got her the plastic surgery she had hoped for.
But in the years since, Watts has made headlines for other reasons, including a 2011 plastic surgery operation on her legs that caused her to lose her right leg in a car crash.
Watts underwent a series a surgeries to replace her legs with prosthetics.
But in the process, she became a celebrity in her own right, and the surgery she underwent was never covered by insurance.
Now, Watts and her husband, Steve Watts, are suing an orthopedic surgeon who says he didn’t get her the surgery he thought he had.
They are asking a federal court to force the surgeon to pay her.
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, seeks to stop the surgery because it would require her to pay $4,500 in cosmetic surgery for an “immeasurable emotional and physical pain and suffering” and the “loss of her career as a result of the surgery.”
The lawsuit says that in order to “prevent further litigation,” it is “immediate and unarguable” that the surgeon violated her right to privacy.
Watt, whose name is being withheld because she is not a patient, declined to comment.
She is also represented by attorney Michael Karp, who did not immediately return messages seeking comment.
Steve Watts declined to be interviewed.
A spokeswoman for the surgeon, Dr. Robert G. Miller, did not return a message seeking comment on the lawsuit.
The surgeon has not responded to a request for comment.
Wearing a prosthetic limb in the past, Watts was known for her role as Dr. Rachel Maddow on the MSNBC talk show.
The lawsuit comes as the Trump administration is looking to expand the list of people who are covered by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a federal law that requires insurance companies to cover the cost of cosmetic surgeries for the disabled.
President Donald Trump signed the bill in May, and since then, lawmakers have debated whether to repeal it.
The Senate approved a repeal of the law on Feb. 3, but Republicans in the House of Representatives have not voted on it.
The Trump administration has said it is considering the expansion of the ACA’s coverage, but has not made a final decision.
The measure has been blocked in the Senate.