Destiney Bleu is a popular celebrity designer whose clients include Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Serena Williams. Khloe Kardashian is a reality TV star best known for “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”, as well as co-founder of Good American designer jeans. But if a brewing legal battle proceeds into the courtroom, they’ll soon be known as “defendant” and “plaintiff.”
It all started when Bleu took to Twitter last week and snidely accused Kardashian of copying her designs for Good American knock-offs, claiming Kardashian purchased one “of everything” on her website.
Specifically, Bleu is claiming that Kardashian ripped off her design for a crystal-bedazzled bodysuit, which resulted in a terse response from the reality star’s company when the Good American Twitter account posted photos of such stars as Cher, Britney Spears and Diana Ross wearing spangled bodysuits, writing: “Important to know your fashion history #nofrauds.”
Next, Good American hit Bleu with a cease-and-desist order, reports People, insisting she stop making “false statements,” asking that she “make an appropriate corrective statement” and requesting “that [Bleu’s] trolls stop attacking [Khloé Kardashian’s] social media channels.”
The same evening, lawyers representing Bleu responded with a 27-page legal document including actual receipts of the items that Kardashian allegedly purchased — including an invoice for customized underwear bedazzled with the name of Kardashian’s boyfriend, Tristan Thompson.
The document, notes People, counters claims made by Kardashian’s lawyers that she had “never heard [Bleu’s] name” and “never saw [her] samples,” and also includes screenshots of email exchanges between Bleu and Kardashian’s former assistant/stylist.
In the latest shot in what looks to be an escalating legal battle, Good American has released the following statement, calling Bleu’s claims “flagrantly false” and branding them a “publicity stunt.”
“Ms Bleu’s claim that Good American and Khloe Kardashian copied or stole her designs is flagrantly false and little more than a cheap publicity stunt and an attempt by Ms Bleu to get her 15 minutes of fame. Ms. Bleu did not create the concept or design of a bodysuit with crystals — a fashion style that has been around for decades as evidenced by the fact that Cher has been wearing these styles for over 25 years,” notes the statement.
“The Good American design team designed a range of 11 bodysuits and had never heard of Ms. Bleu or seen her designs,” the statement continues. “The letter from her lawyer — sent to the press for no legitimate reason — is outrageous, defamatory and misleading in the extreme. Good American will absolutely not stand for anyone trying to damage its reputation and plans to deal with this through the proper legal channels.”