A New York judge ordered pop star Prince to pay $3.95 million to a perfume maker for failing to promote the 3121 line of scents on Friday.
Prince was sued by Revelations Perfume and Cosmetics in 2008 for failing to promote their perfume, which was supposedly inspired by his 2006 album 3121. The company said they spent millions of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses in reliance upon Prince’s commitment to promote, and when the matter went before a special referee, the estimation of actual damage was accepted. Now, a New York Supreme Court judge has confirmed the award.
The Hollywood Reporter explains:
“The fraud committed by the Prince Defendants was not fully manifest on December 2, 2006, and the Prince Defendants continued to send mixed messages to Revelations regarding Prince’s commitment to promoting the fragrance. For example, it was not until January 2007, when [Revelation's top executive] met again with Prince, that Prince informed him that he did not want his name to appear on the fragrance bottle or carton. Then, in late February 2007, Prince represented to Revelations that he would commit to appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show prior to the launch of the fragrance. … However, this appearance never occurred.”
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