Lawsuits that Hit the Headlines: 10 Most Talked About Legal Tussles Involving Celebs

Lawsuits that Hit the Headlines: 10 Most Talked About Legal Tussles Involving Celebs
Ed Sheeran, Johnny Depp and Kendall Jenner | Getty Images

The glitzy world of celebrities often comes with its fair share of controversies, and legal battles are no exception. From copyright disputes to defamation claims, some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry have found themselves embroiled in high-stakes lawsuits. In this article, we delve into the 10 most talked about celebrity lawsuits where courtroom drama became primetime television.

Ed Sheeran, Johnny Depp and Kendall Jenner | Getty Images
Ed Sheeran, Johnny Depp and Kendall Jenner | Getty Images

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1. Meghan Markle 

Meghan Markle | Getty Images | Charles McQuillan
Meghan Markle | Getty Images | Charles McQuillan

 

In 2019, Meghan Markle embarked on a legal battle against Associated Newspapers over alleged copyright infringement, invasion of privacy, and breach of data protection laws. This legal showdown revolved around the publication of a deeply personal letter exchanged between Markle and her father. In 2021, the court delivered a verdict favoring Markle, compelling the paper to compensate her for the intrusion into her private life.

2. Ed Sheeran 

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Ed Sheeran | Getty Images | Dave J Hogan
Ed Sheeran | Getty Images | Dave J Hogan

 

Ed Sheeran found himself in a legal tangle when musician Sami Chokri accused him of copyright infringement in his chart-topping track, "Shape of You." The legal battle culminated in a verdict favoring Sheeran since actual plagiarism beyond mere coincidence couldn't be proved.

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3. Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop 

Gwyneth Paltrow | Getty Images | Rick Bowmer-Pool
Gwyneth Paltrow | Getty Images | Rick Bowmer-Pool

 

In 2018, Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle brand Goop ended up in a legal muddle due to misleading health claims surrounding Vaginal Yoni Eggs. This controversy compelled Paltrow to resolve the matter by paying a substantial $145,000 settlement and reimbursing customers who had bought the products. It's worth noting that Paltrow, the multifaceted American actress, singer, lifestyle writer, and businesswoman, boasts a remarkable net worth estimated at $200 million.

4. Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson | Getty Images | Jason Merritt
Scarlett Johansson | Getty Images | Jason Merritt

 

Scarlett Johansson, the acclaimed American actress with a net worth of $165 million, took legal action against Disney when they chose to release "Black Widow" in theaters and on Disney+ simultaneously. Her lawsuit claimed that this move violated her contract and resulted in a staggering loss of $50 million in expected bonuses. The lawsuit was eventually resolved through private negotiations, and it is estimated that Johansson received compensation amounting to approximately $40 million.

5. Johnny Depp 

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Johnny Depp | Getty Images | Atsushi Tomura

 

Renowned American actor and producer, Johnny Depp, embarked on a legal battle against The Sun newspaper, accusing them of branding him a "Wife Beater." However, the outcome saw Depp on the losing end of the courtroom drama despite his significant net worth of $150 million and legal arsenal.

6. Britney Spears

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Britney Spears | Getty Images | Lester Cohen

 

After a grueling 13-year legal battle, the protracted conservatorship feud between Britney Spears and her father, Jamie Spears, reached its conclusion in November 2021. It saw Britney triumphantly reclaim authority over her life, financial matters, and personal decisions, along with the control of her net worth, which stands at an impressive $60 million.

7. Kelly Clarkson 

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Kelly Clarkson | Getty Images | Amy Sussman

 

Kelly Clarkson refused to back down against a $1.4 million lawsuit from her former management company, Starstruck Management, and hit back with a counter-suit, alleging an attempt to defraud her. Central to her defense was the assertion that there was no legally binding contract in place.

8. Kendall Jenner 

Kendall Jenner | Getty Images | Presley Ann
Kendall Jenner | Getty Images | Presley Ann

 

Back in 2017, Kendall Jenner faced a legal challenge when she was slapped with a $90,000 lawsuit for her involvement in promoting the dubious Fyre Festival through her social media platforms. The lawsuit contended that her promotional efforts were deceptive, as they didn't adequately disclose the paid nature of the endorsement. Notably, Kendall Jenner boasts a considerable net worth, estimated at $60 million, highlighting the stark contrast between her financial stature and the legal trouble she found herself in due to the controversial festival promotion.

9. Kate Middleton 

Kate Middleton | Getty Images | Charles McQuillan
Kate Middleton | Getty Images | Charles McQuillan

 

In 2012, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, pursued legal action against Closer Magazine after they published invasive photographs of her sunbathing at a secluded villa. The court ruled in her favor, ordering the magazine to pay $119,000 in damages as well as imposing supplementary fines on its editor and owner. This legal victory not only safeguarded her privacy but also showcased her commitment to protecting her personal boundaries amidst her elevated status.

10. Kesha 

Kesha | Getty Images | Frazer Harrison
Kesha | Getty Images | Frazer Harrison

 

In 2014, singer Kesha filed a lawsuit against Dr. Luke, accusing him of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse and attempts to invalidate her contracts. The legal dispute is still in court, and Kesha recently faced a setback with an appeal ruling against her in a defamation case.

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