Kendall Jenner has been sued by Liu Jo, an Italian fashion brand, for breach of contract although her model management company denies the allegation.
The Italian company filed a legal complaint on August 2 at a court in New York City, accusing the Keeping Up With the Kardashians of breaching the terms of a contract after she failed to appear during the second part of two planned photoshoots wherein she’ll be paid $1.5 million and a 20% service fee. However, she denied breaching the said contract.
Based on the lawsuit, the model had her first photoshoot in July 2019 and by February 2020, the fashion brand had already paid her $1.35 million. Their second photoshoot was supposed to take place in March 2020 but the pandemic prevented the 25-year-old from traveling abroad.
According to the lawsuit obtained by E! News, both parties agreed to move the photoshoot in the fall but without a definite date. Kendall allegedly ceased to respond to the brand until Liu Jo informed her that the contract was terminated after it considered her breaching the said contract. Further, the complaint claimed that the company failed to obtain a refund.
On the other hand, a spokesperson of The Society management, which represents Kendall, informed TMZ, “This suit is without merit. The Society Management, on behalf of Ms. Kendall Jenner, has continually offered Liu Jo alternative dates and locations to fulfill an agreement that was forced to be delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.” The outlet also reported that she “has willingly offered to complete services honoring her commitments.”
It is also mentioned in the lawsuit that Liu Jo said that after she proposed to move the shoot to October, the company found out that she “would be traveling to Italy in September 2020 to perform a photoshoot for a different designer.”
After she allegedly “continued to fail to respond to urgent requests and communications relating to the logistics” of the October photoshoot, the fashion brand informed her “she was in breach of her obligations under the agreement”. Kendall explained to the company two days later that it was impossible for her to travel to Italy back then.
The company added in its filing that based on the terms of their contract, the model must refund at least its first and second payments after failing to attend the second photoshoot. Liu Jo is asking for $1.8 million in damages.