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Jay-Z testifies in NYC in breach of contract suit in perfume deal

Rap mogul Jay-Z testified Friday in a Manhattan courtroom against claims he reneged on a deal to promote his eponymous fragrance, Gold Jay Z — insisting he did “a lot” for the launch.

The “Empire State of Mind” rapper, whose real name is Shawn Carter, is named in a breach of contract lawsuit filed by Parlux Fragrances accusing him of failing to push the Gold Jay-Z fragrance line as part of a 2012 agreement. Jury selection in the civil case started earlier this month.

Carter, clad in a black suit and white shirt, entered New York State Supreme Courthouse early Friday prior to the hearing.

Jay-Z, clad in a black suit and white shirt, entered New York State Supreme Courthouse early Friday prior to the hearing.
Carter, clad in a black suit and white shirt, entered New York State Supreme Courthouse early Friday prior to the hearing.
James Keivom for NY Post

“I’ve done a lot for the Gold Jay-Z launch. I didn’t have to show up for one weekend. I had a year to complete these,” he testified when asked about the agreement to make at least three promotional appearances for the fragrance.

Parlux claims in a suit filed in 2016 that Carter, 51, failed to promote the perfume during appearances on “Good Morning America” and in Women’s Wear Daily, as well as refusing to do a promotional spot at Macy’s.

The company claims it lost $18 million because Carter allegedly didn’t live up to his end of the deal, naming Carter and his company, S. Carter Enterprises, as defendants.

The “Empire State of Mind” rapper is named in a breach of contract lawsuit filed by Parlux Fragrances accusing him of failing to push the Gold Jay-Z fragrance line as part of a 2012 agreement.
The “Empire State of Mind” rapper is named in a breach of contract lawsuit filed by Parlux Fragrances accusing him of failing to push the Gold Jay-Z fragrance line as part of a 2012 agreement.

Carter, meanwhile, countersued, claiming he’s still owed $2.7 million by Parlux as part of the deal.


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