3.21.2006

Talk about "you'll never eat lunch in this town again"!

OVERCOOKED

March 21, 2006 -- DON'T cross Claudia Schiffer . The Teutonic temptress just forced her former cook into bankruptcy. Sophie Mitchell had borrowed a quote from a letter the supermodel wrote to her mother and put it on the jacket of her new cookbook. "We love Sophie, and everyone loves her cooking, too," appears on the cover with Schiffer's name in giant type. But she never gave permission for Mitchell to use it, reports British Vogue Online. Ordered to pay damages, the cook has subsequently declared herself bankrupt.



That's just cold. Truly truly cold.
Yea, you shouldn't use stuff without permission, and how the cook got access to the model's letters to her mother is perhaps a different story, but really now...do you suppose the cookbook sucked so much CS didn't want her name on it? Or maybe she's embarrassed to have people know she actually...eats?


(thanks to Miss Kitty for the link)

11 comments:

Lisa S. said...

Yikes! Sounds like someone came down with a little case of the Teutonic Plague. Rather nasty of Ms Schiffer who makes how much an hour? Granted permission probably should have been gotten but suing a woman into bankruptcy?

Must have had something to do with the limburger and blotwurst omlette....

kitty said...

That kind of treatment keeps the tabloids in business, not to mention the dozens of gossipy online sites like Bitter Waitress, Dlisted, Defamer, POPSUGAR and The Superficial, just to name a few.

Anonymous said...

How much in damages did the woman have to pay? If the settlement was small, and she declared bankruptcy, then the cook was already broke and you shouldn't blame Ms. Shiffer for it. If the settlement was enormous, then yes, Ms. Shiffer was being vindictive.

But I don't know - I'm feeling some sympathy for Claudia. If someone read a letter that I wrote to my mom, stole a sentence from it and slapped it onto a very public place for their own financial gain, I think I'd be annoyed too. I doubt that Ms. Shiffer sued in order to bankrupt her former cook, but rather to keep this woman from walking all over her.

Supermodels must have people trying to use their name or image without permission all the time, and suing such people may just be business-as-usual for Ms. Shiffer and her well-coiffed ilk. Their image is their profession, and they do need to control it.

Yes, it's only one sentence on a cookbook cover, but there is a principle involved. The woman stole a line out of a personal letter, made it public, and used Claudia's name without permission. It was a stinky thing to do.

Another Kat said...

It's from a letter Schiffer wrote to Sophie's mother...

Curiously, though, BOL describes the book as having a foreword by Ms Schiffer

http://www.uk.bol.com/offers/ProductDetails.asp?pid=000000000000135469

Naomi said...

Yep, I reckon I'd be pretty cross if someone I "loved" put my name all over their book without bothering to ask me. And, needless to say, I'm not even a supermodel.

December Quinn said...

That's lousy. I hesitate to say there must be something else going on there, because I don't know anything about Claudia Schiffer, but man...that's so cold it's hard to believe any actual human being would behave that way.

Jenny D said...

Yes, surely the letter is to SOPHIE'S mother. There must be some other backstory, though, in any case.

Anonymous said...

when i read this, i assumed the letter was from claudia to sophie's mother, but it is a little vague.

i thought a letter belongs to the person who receives it. if this had been a letter from claudia to sophie would there have been a legal issue?

i'm sleepy now.

Laura(southernxyl) said...

More information here.

The letter was to Sophie's mother.

You can say, well she shouldn't have blah blah, but it really makes Schiffer look like a jackass IMO.

Sam said...

"And for my going away dinner, Ms. Shiffer, here is my omlette à la poison du rat. Bon appetite."

Anonymous said...

Well it does look like the publisher rather over-egged the pudding with the prominence of Ms. Schiffer`s name, but the real issue is clearly one of context. Putting aside the fact that the cook is arguably cuter than Claudia Schiffer, we have to accept the fact that we`re in super-model territory here, and the quote was perhaps contextually mis-used. In fact, the complete quote may have been "we all loved Sophie`s cooking - it looks just the same coming up as it did going down..."

Allegedly.