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Zooey Deschanel

Sues Shoemaker

for $2 Mil

12/17/2010 9:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Zooey Deschanel is suing popular shoemaker Steve Madden for a whopping $2,000,000 -- claiming the company stiffed her completely over an endorsement deal she made with them in August 2010.

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According to a lawsuit filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court, Deschanel and SM made the $2 million deal ... but Madden came back to Deschanel saying they couldn't get retailers to back the deal, so they re-negotiated for $1.5 mil.

Zooey says she held up her end of the deal -- including turning down other deals -- but Madden never forked over the $1.5 mil.  Deschanel also claims SM promised her a percentage of the profits as well -- if sales reached a certain level.

Calls to Steve Madden were not returned

46 COMMENTS

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1.

www.hairclub.com    

Howard Stern's pen is.

1321 days ago
2.

diogenes    

Wish her well. Like her singing and her sister.

1321 days ago
3.

Joao    

who is she

1321 days ago
4.

Mr. Dude    

Always thought she was cute, too bad she won't get naked.

1321 days ago
5.

NDNchief    

I heart Zooey. Everything she does.

1321 days ago
6.

TheMachine1    

Looked up this Steve Madden on wikipedia. "In 2002, Madden was convicted of stock manipulation, money, and securities fraud."

1321 days ago
7.

icantbelieveitsnotbutter    

For those of you who do not know who this actress is, her sister Emily, plays the lead character in Bones, a Fox TV show hit. Zooey is great. I love her work.

1321 days ago
8.

wil    

NEVER HEARD OF HER! STOP REPORTING ON NON-FAMOUS PEOPLE TMZ!

1321 days ago
9.

wil    

#10, ICANTBELIEVEITSBUTTER....so, her sister is famous...why is there a story about her and not her sister?

1321 days ago
10.

fifi    

I know Zooey better than Emily. Zooey is an actress & a singer in a critically loved band, "She & Him". Most of you probably know her from cotton commercials & Rimmel commercials I think.

1321 days ago
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LAWRENCE    

Whomever made this deal should be fired, I've never heard her name in my life. This is laughable at best.

1321 days ago
12.

Matty26    

just cause you may not have heard of her, doesn't mean shes not newsworthy. she was in 500 days of summer, weeds, hitchiker's guide to the galaxy...and those are just off the top of my head. wikipedia it.

1321 days ago
13.

Stace    

This just shows the mentality level of the majority of TMZ posters. Zooey is an accomplished artist. If you don't know who she is, you should, she's brilliant. To Jason - if she's such a media whore, why is it you don't know who she is? Go figure.

1321 days ago
14.

Blue Lake    

Steve Madden shoes are the crummiest brand in the world. That aside, Zooey had no other deals and any company that would even think of paying her more than five bucks is nuts.

1321 days ago
15.

Andrea    

Um, hello she is famous...every heard of a little movie called ELF with Will Ferrell or how about the movie The Happening?! or The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy?...She's a great actress.

1321 days ago
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