Victoria's Secret Model Sued for $3M by Modeling Agency
A Victoria's Secret model has been hit with a $3.3 million lawsuit from her former modeling agency in New York City, reports The Huffington Post.
Marilyn Model Management is claiming that Victoria's Secret model Constance Jablonski violated a contract she had with the agency.
Jablonski, who is the face of Calvin Klein and Christian Dior, changed modeling agencies before her three-year contract with Marilyn was over, the lawsuit claims.
According to the purported contract terms, Constance Jablonski was obligated to stay with Marilyn until September 2014. Instead, she left and went with DNA Model Management.
The lawsuit alleges that "DNA's wrongful conduct is for the purpose of destabalizing Marilyn's business..."
From what's been reported, the suit appears to be alleging tortious interference with business. That seems to be the claim against DNA which, as Marilyn asserts, stole Jablonski under false pretenses. The lawsuit seeks an injunction to bar DNA from representing Jablonski.
But the lawsuit isn't only against DNA. It's against Jablonski, too.
Contracts are easy to make and can sometimes be easy to break. For example, let's assume that Jablonski had landed her Estee Lauder and Victoria's Secret gigs by herself, without Marilyn Modeling Management's help. If that were the case, Jablonski may have a defense against the lawsuit: She could potentially claim breach of certain provisions in the contract (and it's hard to guess what those provisions could be, as the contract remains under wraps for now).
She could even say that the company failed to perform under the contract.
But from the looks of it, that argument is unlikely. According to Marilyn, the young model was a no-name when she showed up at the agency. Two years later, she was landing high-profile modeling gigs.
Of course, the agency changed during the time she was there. That may also be a card that Constance Jablonski could try to play. According to her Twitter post, it appears part of the reason that Jablonski left MMM is because Marilyn Gaultier herself exited the agency.
- Supermodel Constance Jablonski in $3M Agency Suit (ABC News)
- 'Breach of Contract' and Lawsuits (FindLaw)
- Lessons Learned the Hard Way: Business Contracts (FindLaw)
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