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Katy Perry not popular enough for $2 million, says GHD

By | Published on Wednesday 17 April 2013

Katy Perry

Katy Perry and hair straightener manufacturer GHD have found themselves in a legal tussle over whether or not an oral agreement was made to pay the singer $2 million to continue acting as an ambassador for the brand.

Perry signed a $4.5 million contract with the company in 2011 to promote its products, and her agent claims that it was subsequently agreed the singer would continue in this role for a further year at a fee of $2 million. However, the British company says that no such second agreement was made, because it decided not to renew the deal after research showed that people in Europe aren’t that keen on Perry any more. GHD’s parent company Jemella Group has now filed a lawsuit, in which it explains all of this, in a bid to put an end to the matter.

Confirming that Perry plans to counter sue if the cash isn’t handed over, a rep for the singer told TMZ: “Jemella’s attempt to embarrass Ms Perry by including defamatory statements about her in a public filing is shameful”.

Perry herself added: “They’re backing out of the deal because of an ownership change, and just throwing shade to hide their bad faith”.

Jemella Group was sold to Lion Capital by Montagu Private Equity in February for an undisclosed amount.