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Model Erin Heatherton, 28, sued by ex-business partner

A fashion stylist is suing Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Erin Heatherton for $10million, claiming the runway pro backed out of their business venture to pursue a relationship with NFL player Jordan Cameron. 

Clare Byrne, who has worked for Teen Vogue and Barneys, filed the lawsuit against Heatherton in Manhattan Supreme Court this week, the New York Post reported.

Byrne claims that in 2015 she was approached by Heatherton, who has also posed for Victoria’s Secret, to develop the business strategy, brand concept and clothing prototypes for the model’s clothing line that was to be called RetroActive. 

Jordan Cameron is pictured above

Clare Byrne, a fashion stylist, is suing Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Erin Heatherton (left) for $10million, after claiming the runway pro backed out of their business venture to pursue a relationship with NFL player Jordan Cameron (right)

Byrne claims that in 2015 she was approached by Heatherton (above), who has also posed for Victoria's Secret, to develop the business strategy, brand concept and clothing prototypes for the model's clothing line that was to be called RetroActive

Byrne claims that in 2015 she was approached by Heatherton (above), who has also posed for Victoria’s Secret, to develop the business strategy, brand concept and clothing prototypes for the model’s clothing line that was to be called RetroActive

According to court papers, the 28-year-old model (above) 'repeatedly demanded that Ms. Byrne continue working on the project to meet an aggressive timeline' since they wanted to debut RetroActive at the 2016 Super Bowl

According to court papers, the 28-year-old model (above) ‘repeatedly demanded that Ms. Byrne continue working on the project to meet an aggressive timeline’ since they wanted to debut RetroActive at the 2016 Super Bowl

She agreed to a discounted $25,000 fee for 20 days of consulting services in exchange for a 40 per cent equity stake in the future company, according to the lawsuit. 

Byrne claims she organized fittings and created a marketing plan for RetroActive while working over the summer on the project. 

According to court papers, the 28-year-old model ‘repeatedly demanded that Ms. Byrne continue working on the project to meet an aggressive timeline’ since they wanted to debut RetroActive at the 2016 Super Bowl. 

But Byrne alleges that after four months into the project, Heatherton told her in October 2015 she was abandoning RetroActive without ‘warning or justification’, the suit says. 

But Byrne alleges that after four months into the project, Heatherton (above) told her in October 2015 she was abandoning RetroActive without 'warning or justification', the suit says.

The stylist claims that Heatherton wanted to focus on her relationship with Cameron (above)

But Byrne alleges that after four months into the project, Heatherton (left) told her in October 2015 she was abandoning RetroActive without ‘warning or justification’, the suit says. The stylist claims that Heatherton wanted to focus on her relationship with Cameron (right)

The stylist is seeking $10million for her breach of contract claim. Heatherton (above) has not commented publicly on the lawsuit.

The stylist is seeking $10million for her breach of contract claim. Heatherton (above) has not commented publicly on the lawsuit.

The stylist claims in the suit, ‘Ms. Heatherton wanted to focus on a new romantic relationship and no longer wished to pursue RetroActive.’ 

Byrne alleges that the model, who has also worked for Chanel, began dating Miami Dolphins tight end Jordan Cameron. 

The stylist is seeking $10million for her breach of contract claim.   

‘In the alternative’ she’ll settle for $97,000 in unreimbursed expenses, the suit says.

Heatherton has not commented publicly on the lawsuit.

 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk