Fashion designer sues reality TV star over new clothing line
on Wednesday,March 24,2010 18:03
A lesser-known fashion designer is accusing Whitney Port, star of the MTV reality series The City, of stealing her work for the recently released clothing line Whitney Eve.
TMZ reports that Adrienne Baravetto has brought suit against Port for breaking an oral agreement that was made between the two women and Port's father when the line was still in its developmental stage.
Baravetto alleges that although she never signed an official contract, the three parties agreed that she would receive an $80,000 salary and 25 percent ownership of the company for the line, which was originally called Eve & A.
However, as soon as the line received positive media attention as was purchased by a series of high-end retailers such as Fred Segal, the Ports rebranded the designs and cut Baravetto out.
Port's representative told the news source that Baravetto's requests for the money she was promised and punitive damages are "baseless and without merit."
Whitney Eve was debuted at Gen Art's Fresh Faces in Fashion Show on March 9 in Miami, according to the Miami Herald.
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