Prince Loses Legal Battle Over Fragrance
A New York Supreme Court Judge Prince has ordered music icon Prince to pay nearly $3.95 million dollars to Revelations Perfume and Cosmetics after reneging on a 2006 endorsement deal to promote a fragrance related to a campaign designed around 3121, a single on the artist’s album. Because the judge also ruled that there was no evidence of ”malicious intent”, the firm is not entitled to punitive damages.
According to a lawsuit, he backed out of interviews and in-store events to promote the scent, while samples were not handed out at concerts as incorporated in the deal.
Attorney’s for the firm claims his actions caused the scent to flop resulting in its licensing deal being canceled.
The suit read: ‘‘Since July 2007, despite repeated attempts by Revelations, there have been virtually no communications from anyone who could commit to or coordinate any promotional efforts by Prince.”
Prince argued that he informed the company in December 2006 that he would not do interviews for the fragrances, but the court found that the musician ”continued to send mixed messages” for some time, at one point indicating he would appear on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show.
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