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Judge Says Prince Should Pay Perfume Manufacturer $4 Million

A New York court has determined that Prince should pay almost $4 million to a perfume manufacturer for failing to market its scent.

Revelations Perfume and Cosmetics sued the singer in 2008 after he backed out of a commitment to promote the perfume inspired by his album '3121'.

The company claims it spent $1 million to make the perfume and more than $2.5 million for licensing privileges to the musician's name, likeness and album title.

However, it said in the lawsuit that Prince refused to make any public appearances to promote the fragrance and aborted potential interviews with Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg.

Prince's refusal to participate in interviews and in-store events eventually forced the cancellation of the licensing agreement because Revelations failed to meet minimum sales requirements.

A court referee has recommended a $3.95 million award.

Prince's lawyer says the singer will contest the award, but he will have no choice if it's confirmed by a second judge.

September 5, 2011 |

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