EEK! Ariana Grande is suing Forever 21
Ariana Grande is suing bosses at clothing chain Forever 21 for hiring a look-alike to star in a campaign she bailed on.
The 7 Rings star claims she walked away from a deal with the company late last year over financial issues, but executives went ahead with their campaign - and used a doppelganger instead.
According to documents filed in California federal court and obtained by TMZ, Forever 21 bosses contacted Grande's representatives to thrash out a potential endorsement deal linked to the release of her album 'thank u, next', but talks broke down.
The complaint suggests the firm's marketing heads published at least 30 unauthorised images and videos misappropriating Ariana's name and likeness.
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According to the $10 million lawsuit, Grande alleged that Forever 21 wanted her to endorse its “clothing and accessory products” sometime between late 2018 and early 2019, but the deal fell through after they were unwilling to pay her “fair market value.” Because of this, Grande’s team said the retailer hired a look-alike and referenced imagery from her “7 Rings” music video and capitalized off of Grande’s then newly released album. Forever 21 said they dispute the claims and hope to come to a “mutually agreeable resolution” with Grande. (: Getty Images, @forever21)
Grande also alleges the company stole imagery from her album to create a false perception that she was endorsing the brand.
She is suing for at least $10 million in damages.