News: Akon Files Lawsuit Over "Konvict" Bootleg Fragrance Line
Monday, Apr 26, 2010 3:10PM
Konvict Musik label head Akon has reportedly filed a lawsuit against former associates who allegedly stole his trademark for a fragrance line.
Details about the lawsuit were revealed online over the weekend.
Grammy winner Akon claims some former business partners stole his name and slapped it on bootleg perfume - and he's suing them. The R&B rapper and music producer had talks with the fragrance developers but was stunned when they formed Konvict Cosmetics International and started selling the scent "Konvict" without his approval, the suit says. (New York Daily News)
Additional reports claim the hitmaker has requested a cease in the company's production.
The Grammy-nominee and founder of record label Konvict Muzik was recently in talks with fragrance developers to create his own scent. Akon is demanding the company ceases production. Representatives from Konvict Cosmetics had not responded to requests for comment as WENN went to press. (Contact Music)
Rapper 50 Cent recruited actress Kim Kardashian for a fragrance line last year.
The 28 year-old reality star is developing her first fragrance in a joint venture with Lighthouse Beauty, which is also behind 50 Cent's soon-to-launch men's scent. According to Women's Wear Daily, Kardashian's new fragrance is expected to launch in spring 2010. Kardashian first disclosed her plans for a fragrance on her official Web site in July. (American Superstar Magazine)
Artists like Diddy and Jay-Z have also ventured out into the fragrance industry.
Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West all got fragrance deals when Iconic Fragrances, LLC (where Jay-Z is a principal) signed an agreement with Parlux. Also part of the contract is the announcement of an upcoming scent with a "well-established female artist." Considering it's Jay-Z's deal and he's married to Beyonce, let's read between the lines on that one. (New York Magazine)
No further details have been revealed as of now.