Apparently getting paid hefty sums of money to wear beautiful pieces of jewelry isn't as easy as it sounds.
Charlize Theron has been ordered to court in a long-pending breach-of-contract suit filed against her by Swiss watchmaker Raymond Weil, which is seeking $20 million in retribution from the actress for reneging on an exclusive contract to make her wrist the sole provenance of the luxury company.
A judge in the U.S. District Court of New York already granted a summary judgment in favor of Raymond Weil; a separate trial to settle the issue of damages will likely be held early next year, the company said.
The odd legal action, filed early last year, stems from a 14-month contract the Oscar winner entered into with the watchmaker. Per the deal, Theron agreed not only to appear in advertisements for the brand but to exclusively wear Weil timepieces at public events—particularly those that are heavy on the paparazzi.
But around the same time, the 33-year-old actress also signed on to appear in ads for Christian Dior's J'Adore perfume, which led her to make what may go down as Hollywood's priciest fashion faux pas when she donned a Dior watch—i.e., not a Raymond Weil timepiece—to the 2006 Austin Film Festival.
Adding insult to injury, Theron also lent her name and image to Montblanc, and appeared draped in the venerable designer's jewelry on a particularly prominent Geneva billboard.
It looks like an offense punishable by more than the fashion police.