The Purple King Himself , was just ordered by a New York judge on Friday to pay 3.95 million for backing out of a deal to promote a Fragrance. The company started the lawsuit back in 2008. In 2006 Prince signed a deal with Revelations Perfume and Cosmetics in 2006 to be featured in a campaign for a scent inspired by his album title 3121.
According to the lawsuit, Prince backed out of several interviews and in-store promotional events for the fragrance. He also promised the company that he would hand out samples at his concerts, which never happened.
Lawyers filed documents in the courts that claim the fragrance flopped terribly due to Prince’s Misinformation and failure to promote the fragrance as he promised.
‘Since July 2007, despite repeated attempts by Revelations, there have been virtually no communications from anyone who could commit to or coordinate any promotional efforts by Prince.”
Prince didn’t go down without a fight. Him and his lawyers argued that he informed the company back in December of 2006 that he would not be doing any interviews for the fragrances, because of the products not being of standards that the company promised, and could potentially damage his reputation as an artist.
The judge on the court case wasn’t buying Prince’s statement. He found that Prince ‘‘continued to send mixed messages” for some time. Prince even went as far as stating to the company that he would do an appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show, to promote the company and the fragrance.
The Judge’s Statement was as follows :
“The fraud committed by the Prince Defendants was not fully manifest on December 2, 2006, and the Prince Defendants continued to send mixed messages to Revelations regarding Prince’s commitment to promoting the fragrance. For example, it was not until January 2007, when [Revelation's top executive] met again with Prince, that Prince informed him that he did not want his name to appear on the fragrance bottle or carton. Then, in late February 2007, Prince represented to Revelations that he would commit to appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show prior to the launch of the fragrance. … However, this appearance never occurred.”
A New York Supreme Court Judge ruled in favor of Revelations although said that since there was no evidence of ”malicious intent”, the firm is not entitled to punitive damages.
After, Revelations Perfume and Cosmetics gets finish with Prince, he may be broke, but hes still “Purple” pretty, they can’t take that away!!