A woman who claims she is a “Champagne Girl” and dresses in her underwear is suing Chanel and her eponymous fashion line.
Jill Sondheim, whose real name is Joan L. Sondhen, is one of the stars of the “Mona Lisa” television series, the second-most watched show in the world after “The Bachelor.”
Her real name was revealed to be Joan M. Sontag in 2011 and she has appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Ellen.”
In April 2016, Sondheimer sued Chanel, saying she “willfully and maliciously” plagiarized parts of her style and personality from the late artist’s works and called it “a serious breach of copyright” in a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Sordheim alleged she was paid to design and produce the costumes and aviator-style sunglasses for Chanel’s aviator line.
Chanel has denied the claims, which she says are false and “baseless.”
The suit alleges that Sondhels appearance in the series was inspired by her mother, who died when she was in her late teens.
She claims Chanel “willingly and malicious” stole her mother’s style and inspiration for her designs.
The suit seeks to recover damages and punitive damages for breach of contract, negligence, and breach of warranty.
Sondheling also said she was “very much a victim of her creative license and artistic fraud” and was not entitled to the benefit of publicity she claimed was paid.
Soprano, pianist, choreographer, actress, singer and singer-songwriter, who has appeared in “Sopranos” and other television series such as “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and the “Fringe” series, is the daughter of the singer, producer and actress Joan Sondheit.
Her first acting role was in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and she is the author of the memoir, “The Little Prince: A Life Story of a Child and His Life.”