Bethenny Frankel might want to mix herself a Skinnygirl margarita right about now.
The reality-TV star and overnight liquor mogul has been sued by Raw Talent Inc., which used to represent her, for fraud and other alleged bad business, with the company claiming Frankel "willfully and knowingly fleeced" it out of an estimated $12 million in commissions.
All told, Raw Talent says it deserves at least $100 million in damages.
According to the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Raw Talent says that it shepherded Frankel's career to where it is today and, "instead of showing appreciation to the source of much of her recent success," she "willfully and knowingly fleeced it of an estimated $12 million in commissions."
The suit states that Frankel agreed to pay 10 percent in commissions when she signed with the company in the summer of 2008, and in August 2008, she sought counsel about developing and marketing her Skinnygirl cocktail line. According to Raw Talent, it was with her managers' guidance that she got the brand off the grand, ultimately selling it this past March for a reported $120 million.
But the plaintiff says it never received its due commission and Frankel needs to pay—a lot. In addition to the $12 million, Raw Talent estimates it's entitled to punitive damages upward of $100 million.
Team Frankel, meanwhile, is pooh-poohing the claims.
"Unfortunately, one of the signs of success is being the subject of frivolous lawsuits, like this one," her rep tells E! News. "This is simply someone with his hand out, who did nothing to earn it, and I am not going to be bullied. We are exploring all of our options, including filing counterclaims against these people."