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Kim Kardashian says she’s the target of a “shakedown” because she’s accused of using her celebrity status to get a black-owned business. She’s being sued for trademark infringement.

Cyndie Lunsford, the founder of Brooklyn-based SKKN + Beauty Concept, opposed Kim Kardashian’s “SKKN By Kim” trademark. Beauty Concepts’ lawyers warned Kim about “SKKN+” Their request was allegedly ignored.

Kim Kardashian’s lawyer says the lawsuit “isn’t what it seems,” and says the suit is a “shakedown” to protect Kim’s new brand. According to Kim’s lawyer, Beauty Concepts never sold SKKN+ products. They added, “the business was a one-person shop offering facials from a single Brooklyn location.”

The fight between Kim Kardashian and Beauty Concepts continues. Kim’s lawyers claim the lawsuit is a ploy to get a big payout.

The reality TV star and business mogul is accused of exploiting black culture and ruining black businesses. Fans said she copied Lori Harvey’s SKN By LH after launching SKKN and SKKN BY Kim.

Do you think Kim infringed on the small business owner’s trademark? What about Lori Harvey’s line?

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