Sarah Jessica Parker is accused of not living up to her end of the bargain.
The two-time Emmy winner is being sued by British jewellery designer Kat Florence over their collaborative line of diamond jewellery, which launched in 2016.
Back in April, Florence accused Parker, 53, of failing to adequately promote the launch of the line, a task she was allegedly paid millions to do.
The actress is being sued for breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation; the plaintiff is seeking damages related to costs of producing the line and compensatory damages.
Florence’s company Kat Florence Design Ltd. told a New York federal court on Wednesday that Parker was paid $5 million. Additionally, SJP was paid 10 per cent of all profits from the jewellery sales, totalling an estimated $7.5 million,” reports WWD.
The contract supposedly required SJP to publicly endorse the line through photoshoots, interviews, and public appearances. Florence says SJP was unwilling to compromise on her busy filming schedule to attend obligatory promotional events.
On Wednesday, Sept. 12, news broke that the company is seeking $150,000 in restitution after allegedly allowing SJP to keep accessories for two months, including $40,706.72 earrings and a $27,115 ring, only to never have them returned.
“This is just plain false,” Parker’s lawyer Ira Schreck, told Us Weekly in a statement on Wednesday. “SJP was under contract to Kat Florence and was asked to keep the jewellery so that she could wear it on red carpets and other events when appropriate. Sarah Jessica Parker is as honest and trustworthy a person as anyone I have ever met.”
“She has never and would never hold onto anything belonging to someone else,” Schreck continued. “In fact, she has been asking ever since Kat Florence wrongfully stopped paying her to have the pieces returned but Kat Florence didn’t seem terribly interested in getting them back.”