It's a smear: Zeta-Jones
September 26, 2003

Has a French make-up company smeared Catherine Zeta-Jones? The actress, pictured, filed a lawsuit yesterday in a federal court that seeks $15 million (R105 million) from the cosmetics firm Caudalie for running an ad campaign that says the Chicago Oscar-winner "was spotted buying the complete Caudalie range of skincare" and had used the company's anti-ageing spa in Las Vegas.

Her lawsuit states that she has never purchased such products, nor did she receive services from the spa and claims the company had no right to use her name in promotions.

The star of Entrapment and the upcoming comedy Intolerable Cruelty has an exclusive deal to promote Elizabeth Arden cosmetics.

In her lawsuit, Zeta-Jones also named as defendants the retailer Neiman Marcus Group Inc, for spreading the promos on its web site, and the Turnberry Place condominiums, the location of Caudalie's Las Vegas spa.

Calls for comment placed to the Caudalie's United States operation in Dallas, Neiman Marcus headquarters and the Turnberry Place condominiums were not returned. - Sapa-AP

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