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The lawsuits are flowing! Fiji Water is countersuing the so-called “Fiji Water Girl,” Page Six has exclusively learned. The brand claims in court papers that model Kelleth Cuthbert (real name Kelly Steinbach) has “bitten the hand that feeds her” and has wrongly turned on “the very company that is entirely responsible for providing her the opportunity and the means to capitalize on her fleeting 15 minutes of internet fame.”

The legal floodgates opened after unknown Steinbach became famous overnight for photobombing celebs on the red carpet at the Golden Globes while serving bottles of Fiji Water. But days after the hoopla, Steinbach sued Fiji Water and The Wonderful Company, alleging in legal papers that they “intentionally created cardboard cutouts of Steinbach for use in a cardboard cutout marketing campaign” and that she’d been “pressured … into video recording a fake signing of a fake document to simulate Steinbach signing on as a Fiji Water Ambassador.”

Fiji fired back in LA Superior Court papers filed Friday by alleging Steinbach’s claims are false, and that she’s the one who’s “materially breached” a contract which permitted the use of her likeness in Fiji ads. Fiji alleges in its counterclaim that Steinbach and her team agreed to a one-year deal that would give her $90,000 as a brand ambassador, and that Fiji could use her “name, likeness and performance” during the term. The brand claims that she confirmed she was a brand ambassador in a local TV interview and was then videotaped signing the agreement last month at the brand’s offices — where she was allegedly shown the cardboard cutouts and told about the plan to place them in stores.




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