Katy Perry is tangled up in a business dispute.
The pop star, who signed on as a face of Good Hair Day (ghd) styling products back in 2011, is now being sued by the brand’s U.K.-based parent company in what it says is an effort to ward off a lawsuit from Perry herself.
According to the complaint filed in federal court in California, plaintiff Jemella Group Ltd. paid Perry $4.5 million to appear in their ads and be a celebrity spokeswoman for the brand for two years.
The suit, filed April 11, states that their contract expressly was intended to protect both parties from “claims of oral deals that plague the entertainment industry.”
According to JGL, Perry’s agent at CAA then claimed that there was an oral agreement and that the original contract had been amended to allow for another two and a half years of the “Wide Awake” singer modeling for the brand, to the tune of another $6.5 million.
“It is undisputable that the parties never entered into the required signed agreement,” the suit states. Now, JGL alleges, Perry (referred to as Killer Queen LLC in the suit) and CAA have repeatedly threatened to sue the product house for breach of oral contract and defamation.
So, in an effort to counter what they deem would be a fruitless lawsuit, JGL struck first and is asking that a court declare it not liable for any of Perry’s grievances. The plaintiff is also asking that Perry’s camp pay its legal fees and “take nothing.”
Meanwhile, Perry’s rep told TMZ, “They’re backing out of the deal because of an ownership change, and just throwing shade to hide their bad faith.”
by Natalie Finn