Balenciaga sues company for $25 million over ad featuring child pornography ruling: Report


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A red wool coat from the (circa 1957) Spring-Summer collection of Spain’s late designer Cristobal Balenciaga stands on exhibit at the Modern Art Museum of Mexico in Mexico City, Thursday, April 28, 2016. The exhibit displays original designs and drawings from the fashion icon who created a modern style for women in the mid 20th century. (AP Photo/Berenice Bautista) Berenice Bautista/ap

Balenciaga sues company for $25 million over ad featuring child pornography ruling: Report

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Balenciaga is reportedly suing a production company it hired to shoot a campaign after documents from a Supreme Court decision regarding child pornography were spotted in an ad.

The fashion house has been under fire over the last week for recent ads that featured young child models with teddy bears dressed in BDSM gear.


Following the backlash, Balenciaga released a statement apologizing.

“We sincerely apologize for any offense our holiday campaign may have caused. Our plush bear bags should not have been featured with children in this campaign,” it said in a post to its Instagram story last week. “We have immediately removed the campaign from all platforms.”

Notably, the suit against the production company North Six and set designer Nicholas Des Jardins, along with his company, only addressed the inclusion of the legal documents from the 2008 United States v. Williams decision. The decision ruled that a law prohibiting the pandering of child pornography was not overly broad or unconstitutional.

The fashion house is suing “to seek redress for extensive damages defendants caused in connection with an advertising campaign Balenciaga hired them to produce,” per the Manhattan Supreme Court summons, as reported by the New York Post.


Balenciaga has had a close relationship with reality television star Kim Kardashian, whose fans urged her to speak out during the controversy. She broke her silence Sunday, tweeting that she is “currently re-evaluating my relationship with the brand, basing it off their willingness to accept accountability for something that should have never happened to begin with — & the actions I am expecting to see them take to protect children.”

In recent paparazzi footage of Ye, the artist formerly known as Kanye West, the artist pointed out the lack of celebrity influencers who have denounced “the Balenciaga situation.” Ye was dropped by the designer last month following his antisemitic comments.

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