Donald Trump’s modeling agency, Trump Model Management, is being sued in New York state Supreme Court for trying to poach models from New York Model Management. According to its complaint, NY Models, which reps Liberty Ross, Malaika Firth, and Sui He, as well as an impressive men’s board (think: Guerrino, Gryphon O’Shea, and Charlie France) claims that its former booking agent, Lorraine Ospedales, is in breach of the non-compete clause she signed in 2011 at New York Models, stating she wouldn’t “attempt to solicit or take away” any clients — or provide information about any of the firm’s models — for a period of six months if she went to another agency. Ospedales joined Trump’s agency this year and is allegedly attempting to poach a number of NY Models’ star faces.
The suit alleges that when Ospedales joined the team at Trump in March, she “was contacting models whom she knew to be under contract with [New York Models] in an attempt to induce them to breach their contracts,” and that Trump Models was “aiding and abetting” her “wrongful actions.”
Ospedales allegedly tried to poach beauties including Christina Makowski, Vanusa Savaris and Veronica Zoppolo. “Ospedales has attempted to solicit no fewer than three models … within the first 30 days following her departure, which is a clear violation of her employment agreement.”
New York Models is suing for unspecified damages for breach of contract and other claims.