Even before the 76th Golden Globes started, there was a breakthrough star on the red carpet: the Fiji water girl. The woman was seen on the red carpet and appeared in the background of several photographs featuring celebrities. The internet loved how she made direct eye contact with the camera in every image she photobombed. However, Kelleth Cuthbert aka Fiji water girl has filed a lawsuit on Thursday against the company that made her famous.
In the civil complaint, Cuthbert alleged that FijiWater created a “worldwide cardboard cutout marketing campaign” based on the unauthorized use of her “photograph, likeness, and identity.” According to Cuthbert Fiji initially attempted to negotiate an agreement with her agent, but no agreement was reached. Soon after, cardboard cutouts of the model appeared in several grocery stores, prompting the lawsuit.
Cuthbert became an unexpected star at the Golden Globes after she appeared in the background of numerous celebrity photographs while sporting a blue Marchesa dress and passing out Fiji waters to stars on the red carpet. Additionally, her legal team estimates that she generated more than $12 million worth of brand exposure from her work on the red carpet.
Fiji Water disputed the accusations in a company statement, calling the lawsuit “frivolous” and “entirely without merit.”