Prince ordered by judge to pay $4 million in perfume lawsuit
Prince has been ordered by a judge to pay $4 million after the "Purple Rain" singer failed to promote a fragrance named after his 2006 album, "3121."
The lawsuit, which was filed by Revelations Perfume and Cosmetics Inc. in 2008, stated that the singer refused to do interviews or in-store events to promote the 3121 fragrance and canceled the licensing agreement after the company failed to meet minimum sales requirements. Revelations went after both the singer and his record label Universal Music.
According to the New York Law Journal, judge Louis Crespo plans to award Revelations their out of pocket loss of $3.9 million from production, development and distribution. However, Crespo rejected the perfume company's claim for an additional $3.4 million in lost profits and their charges of punitive damages.
The $4 million decision would have to be upheld by another judge. Prince's lawyers told the Law Journal that they plan to fight that amount.
Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson, produced ten platinum albums and thirty Top 40 singles during his career. The 53-year-old singer has produced 35 albums and earned seven Grammy Awards.
In February, Gwyneth Paltrow performed Prince's 80s hit "Kiss" on FOX's "Glee," where she guest stars periodically as substitute teacher Holly Holiday. Prince rarely licenses out any of his music, so it was a major score for the musical comedy.
Also in February, Prince closed out his "Welcome 2 America Tour" at Madison Square Garden. During the show, Prince invited reality star Kim Kardashian on stage and promptly kicked her off, saying "Get off the stage!" when she didn't dance, according to Spin magazine. Prince gave Kardashian another chance later in the night and according to her Twitter, Kardashian redeemed herself.
"OMG Prince just pulled me up on stage!!! I'm shaking!!!!" Kardashian wrote on Twitter. "This time I redeemed myself! We all danced while Prince played the piano! Wow! What a night!"