Jezebel just ran a crazy story (way too long for me to actually finish) about a pretty big situation going on over at Next models right now…
Anna Marie Jagodzinska, pictured here in an ad for the jewelry brand David Yurman, is suing her former agency, Next, for allegedly stealing $320,000 of her earnings; her co-plaintiffs are the Estonian Karmen Pedaru, who accuses Next of taking $400,000, and the Pole Anna Cywinska, who says she’s out $30,000. These models left Next in April of this year, and are claiming that since then, Next has flatly refused to pay them their money.
There are two main issues in the lawsuit. Each plaintiff is seeking the return of those earnings, plus $1 million in punitive damages. Additionally, the three allege that Next’s breach of fiduciary duty was so extensive and so serious that they want the right to open their former agency’s books to identify other victims. (Full disclosure: when I modeled, Next was my agency in New York and Los Angeles. After I stopped working, in the summer of 2009, Next paid me my outstanding earnings in full and in what I considered a timely manner.)
To document their claims, Jagodzinska and Pedaru filed at Manhattan Supreme Court copies of the seven-page contracts they signed with Next and assorted other papers. Among them is Jagodzinska’s account statement at Next, dated April 23, 2010.
Below is one of Anna’s bills (those are some major taxes), which breaks down her jobs within the ten month period.
Thoughts on this? Someone please tell me if this looks right, and do they have a case?