Judge orders Paris Hilton and Italian lingerie manufacturer LeBonitas to settle dueling lawsuits
A federal judge got tough with hotel heiress Paris Hilton on Monday, and she liked it.
“I love this judge. He’s so old,” Hilton, 31, was overheard telling her legal team as she waited to meet with 78-year-old Judge Alvin Hellerstein, who ordered her and Italian lingerie manufacturer LeBonitas to settle their dueling lawsuits.
When she emerged from Hellerstein’s Manhattan chambers, Hilton was chatty and buoyant.
“It’s looking good. I’m happy as of today,” she said, declining to reveal if a settlement was imminent.
Hilton sued LeBonitas more than a year ago for $1.5 million, charging it breached a contract by not promoting a line of undergarments she lent her name to. LeBonitas countersued, blaming the failed dealings on an uncooperative Hilton.
“I have 17 product lines,” Hilton told reporters, as if looking for an excuse.
She said she chose to wear white-framed Chanel sunglasses to court because they “go better with this outfit,” but pointed out her militarylike jacket and purse were from her own Honey Bunch collection.
Hilton arrives at court in Manhattan on Monday for the latest salvo in an ongoing battle with a rival lingerie maker. (John Taggart for New York Daily News)
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