Naomi's 10 Year Old Perfume Contract Still Causing a Stink
Jan 31, 2011 - by Lester Brathwaite
In 1998, Naomi Campbell signed a perfume contract with Moodform a company which included her former agent, Carole White to market her own fragrance. Over 10 years later, White is suing the catwalker for breach of contract. But before heading to the New York State Supreme Court, Campbell's attorneys are asking to hold the case's oral arguments in private and to have the transcript sealed. In other words, to keep it in the closet...anyone?
Moodform agreed to handle the creation of the fragrance, the bottle and packaging design, market research, testing, branding and advertising and in return Naomi would pay the company 25% of her profits from sales.
According to Moodform's attorney, Dan Bright, there was no guarantee anyone would pick...up [the deal], however Moodform was close to inking a deal with Estée Lauder. They, however, got their panties in a bunch after reports circulated that the super had a drug overdose while on vacation in the Canary Islands and the deal fell through.
Campbell then crawled out of her crypt and eventually signed a licensing deal with Cosmopolitan Cosmetics that would give her 4% of her fragrance's net sales, thus in turn giving Moodform 1% of overall product sales.
Moodform claims they stopped receiving payments after Naomi signed a new deal with Muelhens, an affiliate of Cosmopolitan, to sell the same fragrance line in 2008.
Bright and his client estimate that Campbell made $15 million off her perfume and are now seeking $8 million, in addition to other costs.
Got all that? So now Naomi and co. are trying to keep the upcoming hearings private. In a letter to the judge, Judith Gische, Naomi's attorney, Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks, stated that:
"[T]he defense has 'serious concerns' that perjury allegations made against Campbell, her manager Bruno Michel and her U.K. lawyer Gideon Benaim will 'poison any potential jury pool' if made public."
No stranger to legal troubles, Campbell was called to the stand at the Hague this summer over allegations that she had received blood diamonds from ex-Liberian president Charles Taylor.
Carole White was also subpoenaed and joined hands with Mia Farrow to throw Naomi under the bus, testifying that the supermodel did indeed receive those "dirty looking pebbles."
Looks like Carole White and Naomi Campbell have a lot of issues to settle and whether it's done publicly or privately, it's going to get ugly.
And Mia Farrow better watch her back.
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