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Britney sued over fragrance deal

A brand marketing company that brokered a deal for Britney Spears' fragrance line is suing the singer and her father, claiming the pair secured a new deal that stinks to the tune of more than 10 million dollars (£6.25 million).

Brand Sense Partners' lawsuit claims the pair renegotiated a royalties deal with cosmetics company Elizabeth Arden last year that cut them out of their 35% commission on the fragrance line.

According to the lawsuit, the company first began working with the singer in 2003 and brokered the perfume deal in 2004.

The lawsuit claims Britney and her father Jamie negotiated a new deal last year for the singer's newest perfume scent called Radiance. The lawsuit states the agreement directly between the singer and cosmetics company directly violates the original deal with Brand Sense.

The marketing company is seeking more than 10 million dollars and punitive damages and is asking a judge to rule that it is entitled to a 35% commission on all lines of Britney's perfumes created by Elizabeth Arden.

Spears' publicist Jeff Raymond did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

The lawsuit was first reported by celebrity website RadarOnline.com.

Jamie Spears controls his daughter's financial affairs along with a lawyer as part of a court-ordered conservatorship established in 2008 after a series of high-profile incidents of erratic behaviour and hospital admissions.

The conservatorship has generally granted Britney a form of legal immunity. Although she's been sued by former bodyguards and an ex-manager, a judge has so far ruled that she cannot be deposed or ordered to give evidence.

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