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Friday, 15 June, 2001, 15:35 GMT 16:35 UK
Kylie 'sues media mogul'
Kylie Minogue
Minogue says she did not want to endorse fragrance
Kylie Minogue is suing cosmetics giant Estée Lauder and publisher Australian Consolidated Press (ACP), owned by media mogul Kerry Packer, for allegedly using her photograph without permission, according reports.

Ms Minogue says that her photograph was used in a promotion for Estée Lauder's Tommy Girl perfume in the April 2001 edition of the magazine Cleo, reports the Australian Associated Press news agency.

Kerry Packer
Kerry Packer, Australian Consolidated Press owner
Mark Klemens, the pop star's lawyer, said his client supplied the photo to the magazine - published by ACP - to be used for a competition where readers could win tickets to her recent concert tour.

However, the magazine went on to use the photo in a two-page spread entitled Tommy Girl Rocks Kylie, according to reports.

Mediation

The singer is seeking damages for alleged breach of copyright.

At a preliminary hearing in the Federal Court in Melbourne on Friday the two parties involved in the dispute were ordered to mediation.

Mr Klemens said Ms Minogue was distressed at having her name and image associated with a product she had not agreed to endorse, AAP reported.

"She's got on with her job. I don't think she's hurt by it, but it certainly distressed her," he said.

It is reported that the two parties have until 31 August to resolve differences, otherwise a court hearing will take place.

This summer the Antipodean singer will perform in Britain at both legs of the V2001 pop festival, which takes place on 18 and 19 August in Chelmsford and Weston Park.

Ms Minogue will be joined on the bill by the Coldplay, Texas, Embrace and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

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