Kendall Jenner is being sued for allegedly violating a modeling contract with Liu Jo, an Italian fashion brand. The company accused Jenner of failing to attend at the second of two scheduled photoshoots for which she was to receive a total of $1.5 million plus a 20% service fee, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in a New York City court.
Liu Jo asserts Jenner, 25, shot the first photographs in July 2019, with a second shoot scheduled for March 2020 in London.
However, she was unable to travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic, although the corporation had already given her $1.35 million of the whole amount. The parties initially decided to delay the second shot until the fall.
The company then “proposed multiple alternative dates and locations,” but Jenner allegedly “repeatedly failed to provide Liu Jo with definitive responses to Liu Jo’s proposals, proposed no reasonable alternatives and ultimately turned down all of Liu Jo’s good-faith offers of compromise,” according to the documents obtained by Page Six Style.
According to a spokeswoman for The Society Management, representing Jenner, “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. Jenner has willingly offered to complete services honoring her commitments.”
Additionally, Liu Jo claims that Jenner informed them that it would be “impossible” for them to go to Italy for a September 2020 shoot, only to return for another brand’s campaign. In November, the model had a star-studded birthday celebration in Los Angeles.
According to the company, Jenner eventually “ceased responding” and made contact “only after Liu Jo informed her that it considered her in breach of the contract and that, therefore, the contract was terminated.”
They assert that they have had “no success in obtaining a refund” after paying the model for labor on two shoots.
“Liu Jo was forced to find replacement models and restructure its entire Spring/Summer 2021 photoshoot — at great expense to Liu Jo — due to Ms. Jenner’s refusal to uphold her end of the bargain,” the lawsuit states.