donderdag 26 januari 2012

Kim Kardashian To Be Grilled Over Her Finances In Court As She Seeks $20m For Old Navy's Use Of Lookalike Model

Kim Kardashian is set to appear in court to defend her reputation and face questioning over how much she has earned from her reality TV career.
The 31-year-old will be the star witness in a court case as she seeks up to $20m damages from clothing giant GAP.

Lawyers for GAP have indicated they will call for the reality star to give evidence in her lawsuit against them for illegally using her likeness in an advertising campaign for their brand, Old Navy.
Defending her own honour: Kim Kardashian will appear in court to battle clothing giant GAP
Defending her own honour: Kim Kardashian will appear in court to battle clothing giant GAP

Clothing giant GAP have begun an investigation to see just how much the Kardashian name has been tarnished following the public backlash over her 'staged' 72 day wedding, according to the Hollywood Reporter.


They will be questioning clothing retailer Bebe to find out why they dropped its Kardashian line and also finding out if her popularity has waned.

They will also be examining Kardashian's singing and acting ability so they can draw comparison to the look-a-like actress they used in an advertising campaign.

Guess the look-a-like: Which is Kim and which is Melissa? Guess the look-a-like: Which is Kim and which is Melissa?
Guess the look-a-like: Which is Kim and which is Melissa?
The investigation to be carried out by Los Angeles based lawyer Louis Petrich is in response to a lawsuit the reality star filed against GAP.
Kardashian is seeking up to $20m in damages by claiming the clothing retailer cashed in on her fame by using Melissa Molinaro in an advert for the Old Navy brand.

She claims GAP violated her rights to her name and likeness and wants share of the profits they made from the sale of goods promoted in the advert.
Happy as a clam: The 31-year-old didn't seem bothered as she headed to a meeting in Santa Monica, CA today Happy as a clam: The 31-year-old didn't seem bothered as she headed to a meeting in Santa Monica, CA today
Happy as a clam: The 31-year-old didn't seem bothered as she headed to a meeting in Santa Monica, CA today
But GAP have contested the lawsuit and hope their investigation will show the public did not believe Kardashian was involved in the advertising campaign.

According to the Hollywood Reporter Petrich will be seeking financial records that show how much Bebe and Sears earned by making deals with Kardashian.

He also wants to find out why Bebe dropped Kardashian.
Looky-loo: Melissa Molinaro appears in Old Navy's advertisements
Looky-loo: Melissa Molinaro appears in Old Navy's advertisements

Capitalising on her fame: Kim thinks that Old Navy is taking advantage of her selling power
Capitalising on her fame: Kim thinks that Old Navy is taking advantage of her selling power


Legal sources told the Hollywood Reporter that one line of action being considered is to show that Kardashian is 'libel-proof' with a reputation so tarnished that no injury could cause her any damage.

Petrich, who has a reputation as tough lawyer,is expected to spend the rest of the year gathering the evidence in preparation for a jury trial in Los Angeles.

Kardashian will be called as a witness as would her former boyfriend Reggie Bush who began dating Molinaro after the commercial appeared.

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