Why Is Zooey Deschanel Suing Steve Madden Shoes?

Zooey Deschanel seems like a sweet girl, but she’s also got a bit of a fierce business side. The actress is apparently suing Steve Madden for $2 million for a collaboration that never happened. Apparently, Deschanel had planned to team up with the footwear retailer to create a line of shoes and accessories, and, in a verbal agreement with them, settled on a fee of $2 million for her work, which would be paid regardless of if production never happened. (Her “work” was to be 13 days of meetings, photo shoots, and the like—so now you know how much celebs get paid to do these things/what “work” is entailed for the celeb “designer.”) Trouble started when first Steve Madden wanted to lower her rate to $1.5 million, which she agreed to. When the deal eventually fell through, Zooey’s lawyers argued that she is still owed the $2 million because of the company’s original promise. What do you think—fair or ridiculous? [Fashionista]

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