Kylie Minogue is reported to be suing Australian publisher AUSTRALIAN CONSOLIDATED PRESS and ESTEE LAUDER for allegedly using her photograph without permission.
According to the BBC, Minogue says that her photo was used without permission in a promotion for Estee Lauder’s Tommy Girl perfume in the April 2001 edition of magazine Cleo.
Her lawyer, Mark Klemens, said she supplied the photo to the magazine – published by ACP, which is owned by media magnate Kerry Packer – for a competition to win tickets for her gigs in Australia, but it appeared in a two-page spread entitled Tommy Girl Rocks Kylie.
She’s seeking damagesfor alleged breach of copyright, claiming that she was distressed at having her name and image associated with a product she had not agreed to endorse.
The Federal Court in Melbourne ordered both sides of the dispute to mediation, and if the case is not resolved by August 31 a hearing will take place.
Minogue appears at the V2001 festival in Chelmsford and Staffordshire on the weekend of August 18 and 19.