Model's suit names Orem firm
A professional model is suing an Orem-based cosmetics distributor
for selling a face cream that allegedly scarred her face, damaging her
ability to land modeling contracts.
Before and after photos of
Catherine King, a California model who is suing Unicity for
distributing a cream she says scarred her face.
Catherine King, who
lives in California, in April 2003 purchased a bottle of Be Night
Recovery Serum, distributed by Unicity. She says she developed open
sores on her face right after she started using the cream, which she
says contained metal shavings.
King's lawsuit in Provo's 4th
District Court says she didn't initially connect skin irritations and
blemishes with the product. However, when she opened a finished bottle,
she found a black lubricant-like substance in the pump, tubing and
bottle, according to court documents.
The open sores healed but left pock-like marks on her face, the suit says.
whose pictures have appeared in Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar and Shape,
has also done TV ads for Christian Dior cosmetics, Pantene, Miller Beer
and food-making companies, according to court documents provided by her
She filed a lawsuit in 4th District Court in March 2005, asking for damages for future lost wages.
that the skin on her face is flawed, certain companies may not be
interested in having her promote their products, said her attorney
Her modeling agency estimated that over a 15-year span, the scarring will cost King $4 to $5 million in lost revenue.
However, there is not yet a damage amount listed in the lawsuit.
The suit names Unicity, as well as the Japanese company Shiseido,
and an American company, Davlyn Industries, believed to have made the
Unicity is just a distributor — not a producer — of the cream and
other cosmetic products, said Steven Densley, who represents Unicity.
Fourth District Judge James Taylor ruled last week that Densley and
Terry Plant, who is representing Shiseido and Davlyn, are entitled to
see tax returns from King, both from the United States and Canada.
Catherine King alleges a cream contained metal shavings and damaged her ability to land contracts.
"The plaintiff has made a claim for lost wages," Densley said.
"We're trying to determine what her past income was in order to
determine what it might be in the future and how it was affected by
Sykes fought the release of the tax documents, citing federal
privacy laws and the irrelevance of any income not directly tied to
The attorneys have until Oct. 5 to gather evidence.