Paris Hilton has become the subject of a $34 million (£22.6 million) class action lawsuit after reportedly failing to show up for a series of scheduled appearances in Italy and Germany over the weekend (11-12Sep09).
Promoters booked the socialite to appear at a number of industry events, but mysterious circumstances led to Hilton refusing to attend them. She snubbed one party in Frankfurt, Germany, where she was expected to be a guest of Hungarian royal Frederic Prinz von Anhalt's adopted son Marcus.
The bosses of top store Mediastar, where Hilton was supposed to appear on Saturday (12Sep09) afternoon to choose the winner of a contest, are suing the socialite for $7.3 million (GBP4.8 million) and now it looks as if others she let down are following suit.
German newspaper Bild reports a $34 million class action suit is planned.
Michael Marx, who organised the events in Germany, tells the publication, "Mediastar is not alone with the lawsuit. Paris Hilton also pulled out of appearances in Italy, postponed flights, threw the whole programme over.
"After examination of all the facts and contracts it (suit) can even become more than 23 million Euros ($34 million)."
However, Hilton has hit back at the claims, insisting she was misled by promoters into making the agreement.
A spokesperson for the star says, “On arriving in Germany Miss Hilton’s security visited the ‘night club’ booked for the appearance and discovered it was a strip club, the venue had been misrepresented to Miss Hilton by the talent promoters. Miss Hilton does not support or endorse strip clubs and this type of establishment.
"Given this blatant and exploitive misrepresentation, the promoters were in material breach of their contract and Miss Hilton was, consequently, excused from further obligation to appear and instead remained in the privacy of her hotel. Any other reports of events from this night are fabricated and false.
"Miss Hilton did honour the remainder of her agreement with the promoters and attended the additional three events in Italy."
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