California Girl Katy Perry, has found herself in the middle of a “he said, she said” legal dispute. In an April 11 complaint filed at a California federal court, the singer is being sued by U.K. beauty company; Jemella Group Ltd., in what they describe is an effort to ward off a lawsuit from Perry herself.
The 28-year-old pop star inked a $4.5 million deal with Good Hair Day (ghd) styling products in 2011 to become the celebrity spokeswoman of the brand, and to appear in their ads for two years. The singer is now being sued by ghd’s U.K.-based parent company; Jemella Group Ltd. (JGL).
In short, JGL is alleging that Perry’s camp amended the original contract to allow the singer to “model” for the brand for another two and a half years, for an additional $6.5 million. The suit filed on the beauty company’s behalf states that their contract expressly was intended to protect both parties from “claims of oral deals that plague the entertainment industry.” JGL adds that both Perry and her agent at CAA, have threatened to sue the product house for breach of oral contract and defamation.
Because of that JGL has decided to take legal action against the singer, asking the court not to hold them liable for any of Perry’s grievances or legal fees. The singer’s rep commented, “They’re’ backing out of the deal because of an ownership change, and just throwing shade to hide their bad faith.”