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Whitney Port: Why She's Being Sued for $90,000

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Whitney Port isn't just the pretty face of her clothing line, Whitney Eve.

She designs it all, too.

At least that's what her lawyers are saying in response to a lawsuit filed by a former friend-turned-employee who claims she's responsible for almost all of the designs.

In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on March 19, Adrienne Baravetto says she worked for The City star and her father, Jeffrey Port, in 2008 when the line was called Eve & A.

"The actual designs were virtually all done by Baravetto, much of which was inspired by her own vintage clothing collection," the lawsuit says. "Baravetto presented design ideas to Whitney Port, [who] made minor, if any, modifications to Baravetto's work.

The suit alleges that Baravetto was booted from the company after Port and her dad "falsely" said Whitney was the sole designer and that Baravetto was "nothing more than a consultant."

Baravetto is seeking $90,000 in back pay along with punitive and statutory damages.

However, Port's lawyer, Michael A. Taitelman, called the suit "baseless and without merit."

"Baravetto worked for Whitney Eve for a short period of time ending in early 2008," Taitelman said in a statement. "For more than two years, she has been silent. For reasons that we will uncover she has decided to make these unsubstantiated allegations at this time."

Perhaps we could be seeing a courtroom battle on television. MTV announced earlier today that the new season of The City will premiere April 27.

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