Lauryn Hill Stole Clothes from European Tour, Lawsuit Claims

By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on September 26, 2011 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Singer Lauryn Hill is being sued by fashion consulting company Via Davia Vintage.

The fashion company was hired to outfit Hill for her 2007 European tour. As part of their services, they provided Hill with an entire wardrobe of high-fashion items.

As it turns out, Hill kept the clothes - and didn't pay up.

The lawsuit alleges that Hill reneged on her original promise to pay the company a weekly fee for the four weeks she was loaned the clothes. Instead, Hill kept the clothes for three months, way beyond the agreed time frame.

And, the company accuses Hill of only paying a small fraction of their agreed fees. She also only returned 30% of the items provided.

What happened here? Was this a simple misunderstanding or a breach of contract?

Most companies don't usually resort to litigation as their first step. So, it seems likely that Via Davia Vintage probably tried to reach out to Hill and her representatives before filing suit.

But, for whatever reason, Hill decided not to pony up.

Will the fashion consulting company win the legal battle? It probably rests on the terms of the contract.

Hill's representatives haven't commented on the litigation yet, according to the New York Daily News. There may be there is a plausible explanation for why Hill decided not to pay the fashion company.

If not, Hill may be in some serious legal trouble, and she may be forced to pay the company damages to compensate them for breaching her end of the deal.

This isn't Hill's only legal dispute stemming from her 2007 European tour. Lauryn Hill was sued by guitarist Jay Gore last month for $20,000, who says the singer never paid him for his work on the tour.

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