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Sarah Jessica Parker is suing in the city.
Parker, 53, filed a countersuit against Kat Florence Design in Manhattan earlier this month, claiming that she performed the services and obligations in her contract — but the company never coughed up the cash they owed her.
Page Six previously reported that the jewelry company first sued Parker in April, claiming that she signed a $7.5 million endorsement deal that would allow the company to use her name and face to promote its “Sarah Jessica Parker D-Flawless Diamond collection.” She was contractually obligated to promote the brand, but KFD claimed that she did not uphold her end.
In her countersuit, Parker claims that she posed for photo shoots, appeared in on-camera interviews and participated in the selection of jewelry pieces. She also says the company was still using her photos on their site and included screenshots as receipts.
The “Sex and the City” star said that Kat Florence Design “abruptly and without notice or explanation stopped making its quarterly payments to her” in October 2016. When Parker and her company, Tandu Productions, confronted KFD, they were told that “its failure to pay was due to the addition of new investors who directed the company to suspend payments.”
Parker said she fought back, and then “KFD began to insist that Ms. Parker perform additional services that were not part of the agreement and indicated it was unwilling to continue the relationship unless she performed these additional services. For example, and amongst many other demands, KFD insisted that Ms. Parker make over 100 Instagram posts per year even though the agreement contained absolutely no social media obligations.”
Parker said she tried to work with the company, but “after nearly one year” she decided that she “had no alternative but to initiate litigation” and alleged that “in response KDF raced to the courthouse in an effort to paint itself as the wronged party.”
Parker claimed that she only received $1.375 million from the company and wants an additional $6.125 million.
“KFD itself prevented Ms. Parker from performing such services by refusing to discuss scheduling in good faith, by failing to make payments under the agreement, and by insisting that Ms. Parker perform services that were not required under the agreement,” Parker’s suit now alleges.
Parker also claimed that KFD “transferred its assets and operations to a new company in Thailand – Kat Florence Atelier – in an apparent effort” to avoid paying any judgments in the United States.
“We deny any alleged breach of the endorsement agreement as Ms. Parker and her company, Tandu productions, failed to adhere to her obligations under the contract,” Kat Florence Design’s lawyer told us. “They have additionally attempted to go beyond the contract and bring in an additional individual and company from a foreign country that had no obligations under the agreement and are impermissibly attempting to hold them liable as well. All claims will be fully defended to the fullest extent of the law and we believe our client will ultimately prevail.”
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