“Southern Charm” viewers noticed Naomie Olindo engaged on her clothes firm, L’Abeye, in previous seasons, however some observed that there was no point out of it throughout season 8. On October 20, Page Six reported that Olindo had simply been sued by her former enterprise accomplice, Virginia “Ginny” Cox, for fraud and breach of contract over Cox’s departure from the corporate.
The lawsuit, which was filed by Cox in Charleston on September 19, claims that the “Southern Charm” star used “misleading techniques” to regulate the enterprise, misappropriated funds and prevented Cox from discovering one other job after she was “terminated” from L’Abeye. Cox’s lawsuit requests a trial by jury on 14 causes of motion resembling breach of contract, dissolution of partnership, intentional interference with a contract, fraud, and defamation.
Olindo’s legal professional advised Page Six that the claims within the lawsuit are “false and deceptive” and have been “made by a disgruntled former worker.” The assertion added that Olindo wouldn’t be commenting additional on “pending litigation” however can be “submitting a proper response to those allegations that may assist to set the file straight.”
Heavy reached out to Olindo for remark.
Naomie Olindo Was Accused of Registering Herself because the Sole Owner of l’Abeye Without Ginny Cox’s Knowledge While Publicly Stating That the two Were Co-Owners
The lawsuit filed by Cox, out there on the web site of the Clerk of Court’s Office in Charleston, argues that Olindo requested Cox to affix the L’Abeye venture as a co-owner with a 50% stake within the enterprise at the beginning of 2018 on account of Cox’s trend expertise. Cox’s LinkedIn web page signifies that she holds a bachelor of utilized science with a give attention to retail and trend merchandising from the University of South Carolina-Columbia.
The enterprise formally launched in June 2018, the publication wrote, after Cox and Olindo labored collectively in Los Angeles to construct a emblem, and web site, and meet with distributors. The lawsuit claims that Olindo obtained a $50,000 mortgage from her father to assist launch the enterprise however that she as a substitute used it as a purpose to maintain income from Cox. Cox and Olindo went to Wells Fargo to open a enterprise checking account however the lawsuit argues that Olindo advised Cox “she couldn’t embrace Plaintiff on the Wells Fargo checking account as a result of she owed her father this cash.”
Olindo additionally allegedly employed an legal professional to arrange the clothes model as a “sole member restricted legal responsibility firm” and listed the fact star because the “sole member and proprietor” with out Cox figuring out, the lawsuit added. Cox argued within the authorized grievance that the transfer was an intentional approach to deny her of any “reputable pursuits” in L’Abeye.
Cox denies that Olindo was the only real proprietor of L’Abeye within the lawsuit and stated each of them had been in settlement that they have been co-owners and Olindo even said that publicly on varied events. For a number of months, “[Cox] and Olindo despatched textual content messages to their mutual buddies informing them of their partnership and selling the enterprise as co-owners,” it added.
Cox was featured on “Southern Charm” in season 6 as Olindo’s enterprise accomplice when viewers noticed the primary cast member beginning the brand new enterprise. The lawsuit lists a number of events when Olindo shared publicly that she and Cox have been co-owners, together with at a May 2019 Startup Grind occasion.
The web site for the occasion states, “Naomie Olindo and Ginny Cox are the founders of L’ABEYE… As a cast member on Southern Charm, Naomie used her platform to launch the web girls’s retailer, L’ABEYE, with accomplice Ginny Cox.”
Naomie Olindo Was Accused of ‘Misappropriating’ the Company’s Funds & Illegally Terminating Ginny Cox From the Company
Cox argues within the submitting that she labored for the corporate nearly each day whereas Olindo “took frequent holidays and failed to help with the operations of L’Abeye for weeks at a time.” The lawsuit claims that the model grew to become profitable and “generated vital gross income and substantial revenue,” nevertheless, Olindo, who was answerable for the enterprise’s monetary accounts, “organized to withdraw from the enterprise substantial sums for private bills unrelated to enterprise whereas concurrently paying [Cox] considerably lower than her 50% entitlement.”
Olindo often advised Cox that their enterprise account funds have been low and Cox replied that it did not add as much as the revenue they have been making. “Because Olindo was controlling the checking account, Cox was unaware of the quantity of funds that Olindo was misappropriating,” it states, and provides that Cox was “excluded” from any additional conversations concerning the funds after she questioned them.
Everything modified on May 19, 2022, when Cox argues that she was “terminated from all positions” with the corporate and commenced stating that Cox was not employed by L’Abeye and had by no means been a co-owner.
Cox additionally claims that she utilized for different jobs after her dismissal however that Olindo “contacted potential employers and urged them to not rent” her.