Jon Kopaloff, FilmMagic
As Allhiphop.com reports, Empress Haircare Products has filed a lawsuit against the hip-hop mogul, claiming that his Sean John clothing company stole its name. According to the suit, Diddy's reps tried to trademark "Empress" last year, and when that failed, they offered to buy the rights.
When Empress refused to sell, Diddy's peeps reportedly tried to trademark the slightly different term "Empress Sean John." They were again turned down, but that didn't stop Sean John from releasing its Empress Sean John line of lotions and scents.
The case is now before the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, Allhiphop.com reports, and Empress Haircare Products is seeking damages that are triple the amount suffered -- and triple the profits Diddy has earned with the line.