Prince Ordered to Pay $4 Million to Perfume Company
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Prince will pay nearly $4 million to a company called Revelations Perfume and Cosmetics for failing to promote one of its scents. The perfume line 3121 was tied in with the 2006 Prince album by the same name under conditions that went something like this: Revelations would sell perfumes based on the album and Universal Publishing Group would receive 50 percent of the perfume profits, so long as Prince promoted the scents. (Really wishing it was possible to smell things through the internet right about now.)
But according to Revelations, Prince didn’t meet his obligations, refusing interviews and live events, neglecting to hand out promotional samples at concerts, and continually dismissing requests that his image appear on the packaging. The company filed a lawsuit in 2008 after perfume sales didn’t meet the agreed minimum, and the deal had to be scrapped. Prince’s legal defense was that he informed Revelations he wouldn’t perform his duties and thereby shouldn’t be responsible for their out-of-pocket 3121 losses, an argument that was dismissed by a New York judge on Friday.
Prince’s lawyer told the Hollywood Reporter: “This was a default judgment, not based on any trial on the merits and without any ability of Prince to challenge the factual assertions of the plaintiff. The Judge’s refusal to set aside the default for good cause is currently being appealed. Every ‘fact’ in the Judge’s opinion was an adoption of the assertions made by the plaintiff due to said default judgment and are vehemently denied by Prince.”