Whitney Port’s design career is taking off in stores, on the runway, and on MTV's The City. Looks like our girl's a rising star in the celebrity fashion world. Right?
Well, she's officially hit a snag in the form of a lawsuit just filed by designer Adrienne Baravetto, who claims she helped Whitney Port design and launch her line.
In 2007, Baravetto alleges she had an oral agreement with Port and her father, Jeff, including a $80,000 yearly salary plus a 25 percent stake in the company.
Baravetto also alleges that she did virtually all the design work and that the Ports haven’t paid her a dime. Pretty shady if so. But is this claim even legitimate?
Port’s lawyer Michael A. Taitelman said the following:
Did Whitney Port cut out a former design collaborator?
“The lawsuit that Adrienne Baravetto filed against Whitney Eve, Inc., Whitney Port and others regarding the Whitney Eve clothing line is baseless and without merit. Whitney Port is, and always has been, the designer of Whitney Eve."
"Baravetto worked for Whitney Eve for a short period of time ending in early 2008. For more than two years, she has been silent. For reasons that we will uncover, she has decided to make these unsubstantiated allegations at this time."
"The defendants will vigorously defend themselves, and upon the successful conclusion of this lawsuit, intend to hold Baravetto and her counsel accountable.”
Sounds confident. Counters Baravetto’s attorney Peter Maretz, “Ms. Baravetto did the heavy lifting for these designs and she just wants to get paid fairly.”