Two modelling agencies’ fight over Maryna Linchuk
has ended up in New York Supreme Court.
Ford Models is being sued by major competitor DNA Model Management, with the latter accusing the former of interfering in the model’s contract and hurting DNA’s reputation.
DNA is now seeking $2 million in damages, according to Wednesday’s filed complaint. Furthermore, Linchuk is accused of breach of contract.
The complaint claims Linchuk signed an exclusive management agreement in 2006, leading to DNA apparently advancing "significant sums of money to Linchuk and on her behalf."
"DNA has invested heavily in promoting, marketing and managing Linchuk's career," states the lawsuit. "As a direct result of DNA's efforts, Linchuk has become a successful and sought after model."
However, Linchuk revealed to DNA earlier this year that she was considering leaving. Immediately thereafter, a Ford representative told DNA that the model had requested it pass all bookings to him.
Ford “induced Linchuk to break her contract with DNA," the lawsuit claims. "But for said actions, Linchuk would have not breached her contract.”
According to DNA, "Ford continues to contact DNA's business clients and contacts, advising of Linchuk's alleged dissatisfaction with DNA, damaging DNA's business reputation within the modelling community."