Naomie Olindo
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 12: Naomie Olindo attends SU Magazine's 17th Anniversary Celebration at Avalon on August 12, 2017 in Hollywood, California. Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images


  • Naomie Olindo's former business partner sued her for 14 causes of action, including fraud and breach of contract
  • Virginia Cox is seeking a trial by jury and is hopeful for an award based on actual and punitive damages
  • Olindo reportedly approached Cox as co-owner with a 50% stake in L'Abeye in early 2018 but fired her in May

Naomie Olindo is at odds with a former business partner from her fashion company, L'Abeye.

In the court documents obtained by Page Six, Virginia "Ginny" Cox, who used to be Olindo's business partner, filed a lawsuit against the reality star in Charleston, South Carolina, on Sept. 19. She sued Olindo for 14 causes of action, including breach of contract, dissolution of partnership, fraud and defamation and was hopeful for an award based on actual and punitive damages, Us Weekly added. Cox also claimed that Olindo kept her from landing a new job after they parted ways.

In her filing, Cox said Olindo approached her to join her business venture as co-owner with a 50% stake in early 2018 due to her background in fashion. Cox is a former retail store manager and buyer.

Cox and Olindo traveled throughout Los Angeles to meet with vendors, worked together to create a logo and a website and helped promote the brand. In June 2018, Olindo secured a $50,000 loan from her dad as startup capital. However, Cox alleged that the "Southern Charm" star used it as the reason to withhold profits from her moving forward and alleged that she wasn't aware of their profit margins.

"At times, Olindo would mention to Plaintiff that their account funds were low and Plaintiff would question Olindo about the low funds because of the amount of revenue and profit that L'Abeye appeared to be making," Cox's court filing read, Us Weekly reported. "Subsequently, Olindo excluded Plaintiff from any information about the finances."

Olindo reportedly hired attorney Brian Collie at the firm Buxton & Collie and allegedly had him set up L'Abeye as a "sole member limited liability company," in which "she was the sole member and owner."

"Plaintiff had no knowledge of this false representation made to Collie," the lawsuit read, adding that failure to add Cox as a member in the LLC "effectively and intentionally" deprived her of "her legitimate interests in the business," according to Page Six.

Cox also said in her complaint that her work ethic was much stronger than Olindo's. According to her, she spent hundreds of hours helping build the brand. She also stressed that Olindo mentioned they were business partners in several podcasts and media interviews.

Olindo fired Cox in May, alleging that the latter "never had an ownership interest." Cox seeks a trial by jury. The Bravo personality has denied her former business partner's allegations.

"Our client does not comment publicly on pending litigation," Olindo's attorney told Us Weekly Thursday. "However, obviously these allegations made by a disgruntled former employee are false and misleading. We will soon be filing a formal response to these allegations that will help to set the record straight."

Naomie Olindo
MIAMI BEACH, FL - JULY 20: (L-R) Alex Kalyvas, Naomie Olindo, and Rouge Apker attend the opening night party and fashion show of Salon Allure 2012 at WET at W South Beach on July 20, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida. Aaron Davidson/Getty Images for W South Beach Hotel & Residences