Chelsea Handler sues lingerie maker ThirdLove for $1.5M claiming they backed out of endorsement deal


Chelsea Handler sues lingerie company ThirdLove for $1.5M claiming they backed out of endorsement contract

  • Handler, 47, filed suit in the Superior Court of California claiming company didn’t fulfill obligations 
  • Comic said late last year, she agreed to a deal for $1.06 million and  expenses 
  • Handler said she began ‘specialized exercise regimen’ to prepare for ad campaign 

Chelsea Handler has filed a $1.5 million lawsuit in California against the lingerie brand ThirdLove, claiming they failed to pay her in accordance with a contract they had.

Handler, 47, said in court docs filed Thursday in the Superior Court of California that ThirdLove didn’t ‘fairly compensate her for an advertising campaign it hired her to spearhead,’ according to Page Six

In legal docs, Handler said she agreed to a deal with ThirdLove for $1.06 million, as well as related expenses, late last year.

The latest: Chelsea Handler, 47, has filed a $1.5 million lawsuit in California against the lingerie brand ThirdLove, claiming they failed to pay her in accordance with a contract they had. She was snapped last year in LA

The latest: Chelsea Handler, 47, has filed a $1.5 million lawsuit in California against the lingerie brand ThirdLove, claiming they failed to pay her in accordance with a contract they had. She was snapped last year in LA 

ThirdLove ‘loved Handler’s unique, active, body-positive image and brand’ and hoped to make her the centerpiece of a TV advertising campaign, Handler said in legal docs.

The Livingston, New Jersey native said that she started a ‘specialized exercise regimen’ to prepare for her appearance in ads for the lingerie brand, and had ‘multiple meetings’ with reps from the company ahead of a scheduled shoot slated for late January.

Handler said in court docs that she declined other professional opportunities as part of her commitment to ThirdLove, TMZ reported.

The Chelsea Lately personality said she traveled to Whistler, Canada ‘on her own dime’ for a planned photoshoot around January 26, when the company canceled the shoot and contract, according to Page Six.

ThirdLove 'loved Handler’s unique, active, body-positive image and brand' and hoped to make her the centerpiece of a TV advertising campaign, Handler said in legal docs

ThirdLove ‘loved Handler’s unique, active, body-positive image and brand’ and hoped to make her the centerpiece of a TV advertising campaign, Handler said in legal docs

Handler, pictured in January, said that she started a 'specialized exercise regimen' to prepare for her appearance in ads for the lingerie brand

Handler, pictured in January, said that she started a ‘specialized exercise regimen’ to prepare for her appearance in ads for the lingerie brand

The comic was seen appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last fall

The comic was seen appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last fall  

Attorneys for Handler said the comedian ‘believes and is informed that despite the representations made to her, the ThirdLove creative team in charge of her campaign had never obtained approval from its Board of Directors.

‘When the Board learned of the campaign at the eleventh hour, it instructed ThirdLove’s officers to terminate the parties’ agreement.’

Handler said in legal docs that ‘repeated requests’ for the company to pay her for the shoot and contract violation went unfulfilled.

Handler’s legal team also included promissory estoppel in its legal complaint, according to the outlet, which quoted experts who called the factor a litigant’s ability to ‘recover on the basis of a promise made when the party’s reliance on that promise was reasonable.’

A lawyer for Handler told Page Six: ‘We think the complaint speaks for itself. Nothing else from us at this time.’

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