Amex Sues Courtney Love for $352K, IRS Sues Robin Givens for $292K
American Express Co wants Courtney Love to leave home without it.
The financial services firm sued the musician in Los Angeles on Wednesday, alleging she owes more than $350,000 in unpaid charges and other fees on her AmEx Gold card.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, seeks $352,059.67 for the unpaid balance, damages, attorney's fees and late charges, and says Love's charging privileges were suspended after she "failed and refused" to make payments.
Courtney's attorney claims there are charges on her credit cards that were never made by his client.
"Amex knows the claim has no merit," Love's attorney said in a statement released to Access. "We have told them this for a long time. Amex's law policies allowed fraudulent transactions to be charged to my client's card."
Meanwhile, the U.S. government has sued the actress Robin Givens over what it says is $292,000 of unpaid federal taxes, interest and penalties as far back as 1996.
In a lawsuit filed this month, the feds asked the federal court in Tampa, Fla. to enter a formal judgment against Givens on 39 separate assessments covering eight of the 12 calendar years through 2007. Such a court finding would make it easier for the Internal Revenue Service to try to collect the allegedly unpaid amounts through garnishing her earnings or levying her assets, such as bank accounts.
According to the government lawsuit, Robin failed to pay $222,000 in federal taxes. The other $70,000 the government is demanding consists of interest and assorted penalties, including for failure to pay, underpayment of estimated tax and late filing. The pleading does not state what her total income or tax was for the years in question, nor the extent of any partial tax payments.
Robin is no stranger to trouble involving taxes. Public records show numerous state and federal tax liens against her over the years in New York, Florida and California. Many of the federal liens may be part of the new lawsuit against her. In some cases, the liens, which are claims to proceeds from real estate and other assets in the event of a sale, have been released, suggesting payments were made.
BTW: Robin plays the role of Wendy in the yet-to-be-released film Queen of Media.
As she not learned anything from: Xzibit? Method Man? Lil Kim?