Los Angeles, October 28 -- Iconic British supermodel Naomi Campbell is being sued by a fragrance marketing company for breach of contract as she allegedly failed to pay the company that helped her develop the fragrance.
The Miami-and-London-based cosmetic marketing company, Moodform Mission, says Campbell was paying the company since 2001, but in 2008 she suddenly stopped the payments, thus they have filed a lawsuit against her.
Naomi net lucrative profits, but didn’t share
The 39-year-old supermodel, whose feisty temper has landed her in a series of legal tussles in recent years, is making millions and millions on such fragrances as "Cat Deluxe," "Cat Deluxe with Kisses," "Cat Deluxe at Night" and "Seductive Elixir," Campbell's former management company, Moodform Mission, claims.
In a lawsuit filed Monday in Manhattan, Moodform Mission is accusing Campbell of violating a 1998 lucrative, split-the-proceeds agreement, costing the company a portion of the proceeds from three of her scents.
The three fragrances in question here are Naomi Campbell, Cat Deluxe and Seductive Elixir.
In their lawsuit, the group accuses Campbell of withholding millions of dollars from the company. It says the model did not hand over its cut of the proceeds from a fragrance-licensing agreement.
Got tired of sharing the profit
Moodform alleges that after seven years of forking over their contractually-required quarterly cut, last year Campbell suddenly stopped sending them their share of the profits from her body fragrance lines.
Campbell “has made millions of dollars from the sale of fragrances and cosmetics products conceptualized, created, developed and marketed with the assistance of Moodform Mission,” states the suit.
"The perfume did well, and she basically sounds like she got tired of sharing the money with the people who put this together for her," New York Post quoted lawyer Daniel Bright, who represents Moodform Mission, as saying.
Bright further told the Post that Moodform Mission designed everything from the original concept to the bottles and packaging. The group did years of marketing before convincing a subsidiary of Proctor & Gamble to do the manufacturing.
P&G sent Moodform to Naomi for payments
When Moodform went to the Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble, which sells the fragrances but isn't named in the lawsuit, to ask why the payments had stopped, they told the group to ask the supermodel, the lawyer told The Post.
"When my client said, "Why?" they said "Talk to Naomi -- her people say we shouldn't pay anymore," Bright said.
Bright would not disclose how much money Moodform Mission is seeking in its lawsuit as a confidentiality agreement has barred him from discussing the lawsuit.
Although no word on how much Moodform is looking to rake in, the buzz is that it could be over 8 digits.
Naomi camp’s response to the lawsuit
Meanwhile, Campbell’s lawyer, Marty Singer, has called the lawsuit “ridiculous and absurd.” Singer told gossip Web site TMZ that it is Moodform Mission that actually breached their fiduciary duties among other acts of misconduct.
Singer states, "The lawsuit is nothing more than a preemptive strike since Moodform knows that my client has substantial claims against Moodform and their principals for millions of dollars for breaching their fiduciary duties among other acts of misconduct."
A spokesman for the supermodel, who is more famous for her violent behavior than modeling, issued a statement yesterday, saying: "She is confident that the judge and the jury in this case will fully vindicate her."