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Judge: Prince Should Pay $4M In NY Perfume Lawsuit

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NEW YORK (AP) – A New York court says Prince should pay almost $4 million to a perfume company that claimed he hobbled its efforts to market a perfume named for one of his albums.

A court referee recommended a roughly $3.95 million award last week. The award would have to be confirmed by another judge.

Prince’s lawyer hasn’t responded to phone and email messages left Friday. He told the New York Law Journal the “Purple Rain” singer and songwriter would fight to keep the suggested award from being confirmed.

Revelations Perfume and Cosmetics Inc. says it licensed the Minneapolis musician’s name and likeness and the album title “3121” to market its fragrance in 2006. The Huntingdon Valley, Pa.-based company says Prince broke promises to help promote the scent after its July 2007 launch.

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