American model Kendall Jenner is firing back at the fashion photographer her sued her over her ill-fated Tupac T-shirts. He was promised to sell the new designer T-shirts at Kendall’s fashion shops all over the United States.
The 22-year-old actress Kendall Jenner and her younger sister Kylie Jenner were forced to pull a line of T-shirts with their graphic images superimposed over a range of musical celebrity icons, after failing to get permission from any of the pictures’ owners. On this Friday TMZ revealed that Kendall Jenner is counter-suing on a fashion photographer, Al Pereira, to the tune of $22k for ‘needlessly defending’ the ‘frivolous’ lawsuit.
After the Jenner sisters were attacked on all sides after unveiling their self-admittedly ‘not well thought out’ line, which included images of Tupac Shakur, The Notorious BIG, Jim Morrison, Metallica and Pink Floyd, they apologized and pulled out the T-shirts. Even though they only sold one or two T-shirts, Pereira wanted $25k to finish this matter.
Pereira later dropped the legal suit; but on Friday he refiled it, this time against Canada Inc, the company was designed and manufactured the clothing for Kendall Jenner fashion outlet.
According to TMZ, Kendall’s legal team branded Pereira’s lawyer a ‘troll’ who has filed more than 450 copyright infringement lawsuits in the past three years in an effort to cash in. Kendall Jenner was also sued by another photographer, Michael Miller, for the same issue.
The estates of Biggie Smalls and Jim Morrison both filed cease-and-desist orders after the launch of the T-shirts, which were selling for $125 each. After pulling the designs from the shops, the Jenner sisters admitted the images used ‘were randomly selected and not planed out.
‘We did not mean to disrespect these icons and understand that we missed the mark completely,’ the sisters said to media. ‘We sincerely apologize to the artists, their families, friends and anyone who may have been offended.’
Pereira is a respected snapper who specialised in music; in 2007 many of his hip hop photographs were featured in a retrospective exhibition of his work at Brooklyn Public Library. Ironically, given the current lawsuit, he said at the time: ‘I wanted to photograph people whom I thought were important. There was no money in it when I started. I did it just for the love of music and photography.’
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