Anna Nicole Smith Sued by Live 8
The reality show star is in hot water over her concert appearance last summer
Organizers of this summer’s Live 8 concert have filed a lawsuit against the Trimspa diet company over its “scantily clad” spokeswoman Anna Nicole Smith’s “intoxicated” appearance and “erratic behavior” at the fund-raising event in Philadelphia.
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, claims that Trimspa failed to control Smith and reneged on a $320,000 promotional fee, according to documents obtained by the Smoking Gun Web site.
Live 8’s lawsuit says: “To add insult to injury, when Ms. Smith showed up at the Philadelphia concert … she was intoxicated and scantily clad” in a such a way as that it “damaged Live 8’s reputation,” reports the Smoking Gun. Live 8 is seeking $500,000 in damages.
The UK-based Live 8 seeks to relieve poverty in Africa, and organizers including Bob Geldof and U2’s Bono helped set up a worldwide series of concerts to coincide with the G8 economic summit.
Speaking to the British Press Association, Smith’s attorney Howard Stern denied his client was intoxicated. He also claimed that the former Playboy model and reality show star’s outfit was submitted to Live 8 officials before the concert and that they approved it.
According to news photos of the July 2 concert, Smith’s outfit consisted of a shiny pink vest bound by a string at her bust. Live 8’s legal papers now categorize her costume as “totally inappropriate for a broadcast that would be seen by millions of people in the United States and then rebroadcast throughout the world.”
“We were aware that it might be perceived as revealing,” said Stern. “I was told that she looked beautiful and not to change a thing.”