Oh man - if this is true, then we would have NOT expected this kind of shadiness from HERE!
Gayle King, has been reportedly sued by professional matchmaker Orly Hadida AKA "Orly The Matchmaker," because she claims that The Big O's main BFF wanted to find some loving, and entered into a verbal agreement with her, under the terms that she would either be compensated monetarily or by being featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show!
Obviously, according to Orly, neither of these two things happened, so she's now seeking compensatory, general, and punitive damages, statutory penalties, restitution, and legal fees for breach of contract!
Plaintiff and Defendant entered into an oral agreement whereby Plaintiff agreed to act as a matchmaker for Defendant and provide introductions to potential matches in exchange for either an appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," to promote herself as a matchmaker, or payment at her normal rate for work performed.
The work Plaintiff performed for Defendant exceeded one of her package labeled "Orly's Celebrity of Fourtune 500 Search," wherein clients will receive a "two year membership of introductions to the most sought after bachelors in the world, providing the gentleman is single." This also gives clients access to two other programs; the "Orly's Multi-Millionare U.S.A. Search" and "Orly's High-Profile Billionaire Worldwide Search." For this program, clients are required to pay $500,000.00.
In the last two years, Plaintiff provided Defendant with at least five introductions to attractive, fit, and wealthy men that fit within Defendant's detailed specifications. As a result of Plaintiff's diligence, Defendant went on several dates with more than one of these men…Plaintiff spent hundreds of hours finding these men to introduce to Plaintiff, organizing dates, providing advice and counsel by telephone and following up with conversations after each introduction with both Defendant and the men she had met.
With the end of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" quickly approaching, Plaintiff contacted Defendant again about appearing on the show on or about May 8th, 2011. Defendant thereafter breached the contact by refusing to respond to Plaintiff's demands for performance under the terms of the contract.
The show went off the air in or about May 2011, and Defendant had still not arranged for Plaintiff to make an appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Therefore, under the terms of the contract, Defendant owes Plaintiff payment for work performed. Plaintiff reasonably believes that Defendant never intended to either put her on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" or pay her for work she performed.
Yeesh! Well - it will certainly be inneresting to see if she can actually prove that she has been in contact back in forth with Gayle over the period of time that she claimed she had been!
All the more reason that everyone should ALWAYS get their business deals in WRITING!
What do U think? Should Gayle have to pay up?
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