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Hailey Bieber Sued By A Clothing Company



Hailey Bieber is being sued for trademark infringement over her skincare company Rhode by a similarly named clothing company.

Rhode NYC claims that Bieber’s company Rhode is too close to its brand name, which it has trademarked, according to legal documents obtained by TMZ on Tuesday.

However, a source close to the 25-year-old model and wife of Justin Bieber claimed that Hailey and Rhode NYC both have trademarks for different kinds of business, meaning the clothing company might not have a basis to sue her.

No thanks: In the court filings, Rhode NYC claims that Bieber tried to purchase the Rhode trademark from it, but the brand's owners Purna Khatau and Phoebe Vickers refused to sell

In the court filings, Rhode NYC claims that Bieber tried to purchase the Rhode trademark from it, but the brand’s owners Purna Khatau and Phoebe Vickers refused to sell.

The company also claims that Bieber’s minimalist Rhode logo looks similar to its design.

The company, which was founded in 2013, theorizes that Bieber’s company has been so successful so far because of her fame and connection to her pop star husband, rather than the quality of her skincare products.

Hailey, who boasts more than 45 million Instagram followers, and Justin, who has 243 million followers, have both been promoting the products to those masses.

As evidence of the confusion allegedly caused by Bieber’s company name, Rhode NYC’s owners cite customers who have accidentally tagged Bieber or her company on social media when they meant to tag the clothing company.

Rhode NYC is requesting that Bieber’s company drop the Rhode name if it prevails in court.

Later on Tuesday, a source associated with Bieber told TMZ that she owns the Rhode trademark for skincare products, whereas Rhode NYC owns the trademark on the name for selling clothing.

They also noted that Rhode is the model’s middle name, and they claimed that gave her priority over the clothing company as she was more established in the public eye than it is.

Speaking out: Rhode NYC defended itself in a statement posted to Instagram on Tuesday afternoon. It wrote in filings that customers have accidentally tagged Hailey's company when they meant to tag the clothing seller

On Tuesday afternoon, Rhode NYC issued a statement about the lawsuit on its Instagram page in which it stuck to its guns.

The founders opened by describing themselves as ‘two women entrepreneurs who met in college, built the RHODE brand, and put years of hard work into our minority co-owned company.’

They wrote that they had filed a lawsuit against Bieber, adding, ‘We didn’t want to file this lawsuit, but we had to in order to protect our business,’ before taking a more diplomatic approach by complimenting Bieber.

‘We admire Hailey. She has worked hard and earned the ability to create her own skin-care line. We don’t want to sue Hailey; we want to celebrate her. As fellow women entrepreneurs, we wish her every success.’

Different trademarks: A source connected to Bieber claimed that she owns the skincare trademark for Rhode, while Rhode NYC owns the clothing trademark of the name

They claimed that Bieber ‘could choose any brand for her skin-care line.’

‘We have only the brand name “RHODE” that we’ve built. That’s why we didn’t sell her our brand when she asked four years ago, and why we ask her now to change her skin-care line’s brand,’ they continued. ‘Her using our brand is hurting our company, our employees, our customers, and our partners.’

The founders remained defiant in their conclusion.

‘We’re confident in the lawsuit’s outcome, but we hope Hailey will now understand the harm we’re sure she never meant to cause and change her skin-care line’s brand.’

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R.Kelly To Get Sexual Disorder Therapy And Have No Contact With Minors Upon Being Released



R.Kelly, the disgraced R&B hitmaker who was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the sex crimes for which he stood trial, has been given some conditions to follow when he is released.

According to TMZ, prosecutors believe Kelly is especially dangerous to society because he continued his criminal behavior for years after being convicted of sex crimes in Chicago.

Following the revelation, the Judge ordered Kelly to notify anyone who chooses to live with him that he is a sex offender.

Ann M. Donnelly, the judge, also ordered that the singer receive mental health treatment upon his release. His treatment will include therapy for an unspecified sexual disorder, and he must avoid all contact with anyone under the age of 18.

It was also learned that he will only be allowed to be around someone under the age of 18 if it is a family member or in a therapeutic setting with a “responsible adult” present.

All of the scenarios listed above would have to be approved by his probation officer first. Kelly will be on supervised release for 5 years after he is released.

The disgraced singer still faces another federal trial and two state trials, and if convicted again, he will almost certainly face even more restrictions.

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Funke Akindele Accused Of Cheating On Her Ex-Jusband JJC Skillz



Famous Nigerian actress Funke Akindele and her husband Abdul Rasheed Bello, also known as JJC Skillz, have finally divorced after reports of their marital problems spread.

Mr Bello announced in an Instagram post that he and his wife have decided to divorce after attempting to resolve their marital issues for over two years.

JJC Skillz confirmed his divorce by stating that his wife forced him to leave their marital home three months ago.

He revealed that all attempts to persuade his wife to settle their differences amicably had failed, and they had finally decided to divorce.

He wrote on Instagram; “Dear friends and family I need to let you know that Funke and I have separated. While it lasted we shared a lot of things together and have created 2 beautiful children. The last two years have been extremely difficult for us.

I know I have tried my best to fix things but I believe it is beyond repair now. 3 months ago and at Funke’s insistence I moved out of the house and apart from AMVCA have not been able to get Funke to sit down in an amicable manner to discuss the future of our relationship. I’m making this announcement so that the public is clear that we both are pursuing separate lives.

We still have issues that need to be addressed such as the custody and wellbeing of our children which is paramount as well as business interests which need to be disentangled but I have no doubt that these will be resolved one way or the other.”

Benito Funke, Funke’s stepson, has dropped a bombshell on the internet, which has elicited mixed reactions from social media users.

In particular, Benito revealed several shocking allegations of cheating on the part of the actress and his father, JJC Skillz, in an Instagram Live video shared on his page.

According to Benito, his father discovered Funke cheating on him with another man, which led to their divorce.

He also claimed that Funke was a bully who enjoyed seeing her employees and others suffer.

The veteran Nollywood actress has yet to respond to the serious allegations leveled against her.

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Bobrisky Puts Her White Mansion On Display To ‘Compete’ With Jackie Appiah



Bobrisky claims to be the newest billionaire in town, flaunting her magnificent mansion on social media.

Bobrisky took to Instagram to share a video of himself bragging about his wealth with the public. This follows the highly publicized multimillion-dollar mansion of Jackie Appiah.

Following the video of Jackie Appiah’s opulent mansion, pressures have mounted as some female celebrities have begun to flaunt their homes in order to attract attention.

There’s no doubt that Jackie is living many people’s fantasy lifestyle. As a result of this, Bobrisky has pitted his mansion against the Ghanaian screen goddess.

Following Bobrisky’s post, some netizens congratulated him on his latest accomplishment, while others chastised him for his phony lifestyle.

Take a look at the post below;

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