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Uma Thurman Sues Lancôme

Star seeks $15 million, beauty firm countersues.

Could Uma Thurman be headed back to court? The actress on Friday filed a $15 million lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan against Lancôme for allegedly continuing to use her image in advertising even though her contract had expired.

According to Thurman’s lawyer, Bert Fields, her contract with Lancôme ended in 2004, but the brand has continued to use her image to sell products all around the world during the past four years. She is seeking $15 million from the French company, owned by L’Oréal.

But Lancome is fighting back – the company filed a suit of its own earlier this week in the State Supreme Court in Manhattan, saying it did not violate the contract and does not owe Thurman money.

A spokeswoman for L’Oréal said: “The use of Ms. Thurman’s image after her contract expired, however minor, was neither deliberate nor intentional. As this matter is currently in litigation, it is Lancôme’s policy not to comment on legal matters while they are in progress.”

For more, see Monday’s issue of WWD.

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