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Posted: February 01, 2019

’Fiji Water Girl’ sues company that gave her big break

Viral ‘'Fiji Water Girl' Suing Company

By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

She was in the spotlight more than the stars walking the red carpet at the 2019 Golden Globes, but now the model known as the Fiji Water Girl has sued Fiji and its parent company.

Kelleth Cuthbert, whose real name is Kelly Steinbach, says Fiji Water and The Wonderful Co. misappropriated her likeness and violated her right of publicity, Entertainment Tonight reported.

Matt Sayles/Invision for FIJI Water/AP Images
Kelleth Cuthbert is seen standing behind Jamie Lee Curtis at the 76th annual Golden Globe® Awards, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Cuthbert is now suing Fiji Water.

She claims the company created a “worldwide cardboard cutout marketing campaign based on the unauthorized use of [her] photograph, likeness and identity.”

She also claims Fiji official added her into known photographs and movie stills for social media posts.

>> Read more trending news 

Fiji Water replied to the suit through a statement to Entertainment Tonight. The company called it frivolous and without merit.

“After the Golden Globes social media moment, we negotiated a generous agreement with Ms. Cuthbert that she blatantly violated. We are confident that we will prevail in Court. Throughout our history, we have had a sterling reputation working with talent,” company officials said.

>>Read: Golden Globes 2019: 'Fiji water girl' photobombs celebs, wins the internet

She said that the company tried to get her to allow them to use her likeness and she felted pressured to recording a simulation of her signing a document. But she claims the document wasn’t a real legal agreement and not signed by Fiji Water, Entertainment Tonight reported.

Her attorneys say Cuthbert generated $12 million of “brand exposure.”

She’s asking for both compensatory and statutory damages.

Cuthbert came under fire from stars who did not want to be part of an advertising campaign during the awards night.

Jamie Lee Curtis released a statement after Cuthbert photobombed her red carpet moment E News reported.

Curtis said that she tried to move from the advertising promotion. 

“I knew why there was a photographer poised there and I moved away as I said out loud that I didn’t want to be doing advertising for either,” Curtis said. “Clearly this angle shows that I moved from her being behind me and yet from the side it still happens.”


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Golden Globes 2019: 'Fiji water girl' photobombs celebs, wins the internet

A star was born at Sunday night's Golden Globes – at least on social media.

>> Golden Globes 2019: Lady Gaga wins best original song, channels Judy Garland on red carpet

>> PHOTOS: 2019 Golden Globes red carpet

As celebrities hit the red carpet before the awards show, a woman holding Fiji water bottles made appearances in several photos, sharing the spotlight with Idris Elba, Heidi Klum, Jim Carrey, Alyssa Milano, Richard Madden and other stars.

>> Golden Globes 2019: Sandra Oh makes history 3 times over

Meme-worthy snapshots of the model, affectionately dubbed #FijiWaterGirl on Twitter, quickly went viral.

>> 2019 Golden Globes honor best in movies, TV: Winners list

People magazine identified the woman as Kelleth Cuthbert, a model and Fiji "brand ambassador," a company spokesperson told BuzzFeed.

>> Christian Bale thanks Satan in Golden Globes acceptance speech

She appeared to embrace her viral fame, sharing an Instagram photo with the hashtag she inspired.

>> Check it out here

>> Read more trending news 

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Golden Globes 2019: Lady Gaga wins best original song, channels Judy Garland on red carpet

Lady Gaga didn't just win the award for best original song at Sunday night's Golden Globes; she appears to have won the red carpet, as well.

>> PHOTOS: 2019 Golden Globes red carpet

The actress and singer, who scored a best actress nomination for her role in the remake of "A Star Is Born," turned heads in a blue Valentino gown that mirrored one of Judy Garland's looks from the 1954 movie.

>> See the gowns here

But Gaga told "Entertainment Tonight" that the nod to Garland was accidental.

>> Golden Globes 2019: Sandra Oh makes history 3 times over

"It looks an awful lot like that, doesn't it?" she said while comparing the two dresses. "She looks beautiful. This is Valentino Couture custom creation for me. That's special, except I'm missing the gloves. Thank you for showing me that. It made my night."

>> Read more trending news 

Later that evening, Gaga's ballad "Shallow," which she wrote with Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt, won the Golden Globe for best original song. But she lost out to "The Wife" star Glenn Close in the best actress category, much to fans' dismay.

>> 2019 Golden Globes honor best in movies, TV: Winners list

>> Christian Bale thanks Satan in Golden Globes acceptance speech

Gaga, however, took to Twitter to praise Close, calling her a "true legend" who "deserves every award."

>> See her tweet here

Read more here.

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Golden Globes 2019: Sandra Oh makes history 3 times over

At Sunday night's Golden Globes, actress Sandra Oh earned a place in entertainment history – three times over.

>> PHOTOS: 2019 Golden Globes red carpet

According to Vox, the "Killing Eve" star took home the Golden Globe for best actress in a TV drama, becoming "the first woman of Asian descent" to win the award since "Shogun" star Yoko Shimada in 1980. In addition, Oh, who won a Golden Globe for best supporting actress in 2006, became "the first woman of Asian descent to win multiple Golden Globes," Vox reported.

>> 2019 Golden Globes honor best in movies, TV: Winners list

Oh also "was the first person of Asian descent to host" the awards show, Vox reported.

>> Christian Bale thanks Satan in Golden Globes acceptance speech

As she accepted her latest award, Oh thanked her parents in English and Korean.

"Mostly, there are two people here tonight that I am so grateful that they're here with me. I'd like to thank my mother and my father," she said, adding in Korean, "Mom and Dad, I love you."

>> Watch her speech here

Fans shared their emotional reactions on Twitter:

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2019 Golden Globes honor best in movies, TV: Winner’s list

A glamorous night in Hollywood as the stars turned out for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards.

>> Read more trending news 

Here’s a list of the nominees and the winners.

Best Motion Picture – Drama

“Black Panther”

“BlacKkKlansman”

“Bohemian Rhapsody” - WINNER

“If Beale Street Could Talk”

“A Star is Born”

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

“Vice”

“Crazy Rich Asians”

“The Favourite”

“Green Book” - WINNER

“Mary Poppins Returns”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Lady Gaga – “A Star is Born” 

Nicole Kidman – “Destroyer”

Melissa McCarthy - “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Glenn Close – “The Wife” - WINNER

Rosamund Pike – “A Private War”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Bradley Cooper – “A Star is Born”

Willem Dafoe – “At Eternity’s Gate”

Lucas Hedges – “Boy Erased” 

Rami Malek – “Bohemian Rhapsody” - WINNER

John David Washington - BlacKkKlansman

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Emily Blunt – “Mary Poppins Returns”

Olivia Colman – “The Favourite” - WINNER

Elsie Fisher – “Eighth Grade”

Charlize Theron – “Tully”

Constance Wu – “Crazy Rich Asians”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Christian Bale – “Vice” - WINNER

Lin-Manuel Miranda – “Mary Poppins Returns”

Viggo Mortensen – “Green Book”

Robert Redford – “The Old Man & the Gun”

John C. Reilly – “Stan & Ollie”

Best Director

Bradley Cooper - "A Star is Born"

Alfonso Cuaron - "Roma" - WINNER

Peter Farrelly - "Green Book"

Spike Lee - "BlacKkKlansman"

Adam McKay - "Vice"

Best Supporting Actress 

Amy Adams - "Vice"

Claire Foy - "First Man"

Regina King - "If Beale Street Could Talk" - WINNER

Emma Stone - "The Favourite"

Rachel Weisz - "The Favourite"

Best Supporting Actor

Timothee Chalamet - "Beautiful Boy"

Mahershala Ali - "Green Book" - WINNER

Adam Driver - "BlacKkKlansman"

Richard E. Grant - "Can You Ever Forgive Me?"

Sam Rockwell - "Vice"

Best TV Drama

"The Americans" – FX - WINNER

"Bodyguard" - Netflix

"Homecoming" - Amazon Prime

"Killing Eve" - BBC America

"Pose" – FX

Best TV Comedy/Musical Series

"Barry" - HBO

"The Good Place" - NBC

"Kidding" - Showtime

"The Kominsky Method" - Netflix - WINNNER

"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" - Amazon Prime

Best Actor, TV Comedy/Musical

Bill Hader - "Barry"

Michael Douglas - "The Kominsky Method" - WINNER

Donald Glover - "Atlanta"

Jim Carrey - "Kidding"

Sacha Baron Cohen - "Who Is America?"

Best Actress, TV Comedy/Musical

Kristen Bell - "The Good Place"

Candice Bergen - "Murphy Brown"

Alison Brie - "GLOW"

Rachel Brosnahan - "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" - WINNER

Debra Messing - "Will & Grace"

Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series - Drama

Jason Bateman - "Ozark"

Stephan James - "Homecoming"

Richard Madden - "Bodyguard" - WINNER

Billy Porter - "Pose"

Matthew Rhys - "The Americans"

Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series - Drama

Caitriona Balfe - "Outlander"

Elisabeth Moss - "The Handmaid's Tale"

Sandra Oh - "Killing Eve" - WINNER

Julia Roberts - "Homecoming"

Keri Russell - "The Americans"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited TV Series or a TV Movie

Connie Britton – “Dirty John”

Patricia Arquette – “Escape at Dannemora” - WINNER

Laura Dern – “The Tale”

Regina King – “Seven Seconds”

Amy Adams – “Sharp Objects”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited TV Series or a TV Movie

Antonio Banderas – “Genius: Picasso”

Daniel Bruhl - “The Alienist”

Darren Criss – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story - WINNER

Benedict Cumberbatch – “Patrick Melrose”

Hugh Grant – “A very English Scandal”

Best Limited TV Series or Made for TV Movie

"The Alienist" - TNT

"Sharp Objects" - HBO

"The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" – FX - WINNER

"A Very English Scandal" - Amazon Prime

"Escape at Dannemora" - Showtime

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Limited Series or TV Movie

Alex Borstein – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Patricia Clarkson, “Sharp Objects”- WINNER

Penelope Cruz– “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”

Thandie Newton – “Westworld”

Yvonne Strahovski “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series, Limited Series or TV movie

Alan Arkin – “The Kominsky Method”

Ben Whishaw- “A Very English Scandal  – WINNER

Kieran Culkin – “Succession”

Henry Winkler – “Barry”

Edgar Ramirez - “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”

Best Original Song

All the Stars - "Black Panther"

Girl in the Movies - "Dumplin'"

Requiem for a Private War - "A Private War"

Shallow - "A Star is Born" - WINNNER

Revelation - "Boy Erased" 

Best Animated Film

"Isle of Dogs"

"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" - WINNER

"Incredibles 2"

"Ralph Breaks the Internet"

"Mirai"

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Alfonso Cuaron - “Roma”

Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie and Peter Farrelly - “Green Book” – WINNER

Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara – “The Favourite”

Barry Jenkins – “If Beale Street Could Talk”

Adam McKay – “Vice”

Best Foreign Film

“Roma” – WINNER

“Capernaum”

“Girl”

“Never Look Away”

“Shoplifters”

Christian Bale thanks Satan in Golden Globes acceptance speech

Actor Christian Bale won the Golden Globe on Sunday night for best actor in a movie musical or comedy for his portrayal of former Vice President Dick Cheney in the film “Vice.”

>> Read more trending news 

Bale, 44, gained 40 pounds for the role and basically transformed himself into Cheney, so it was no surprise that he won the award, but his acceptance speech was a little unexpected and lit up social media.

After thanking the usual people, his wife and children included, Bale veered off script, crediting the devil for his inspired performance.

“Thank you, Satan, for giving me inspiration on how to play” Cheney, Bale declared.

>> Related: Photos: 2019 Golden Globes red carpet  

This was Bale’s second Golden Globe win. He won a best supporting actor Globe in 2011 for his performance in “The Fighter.” He was nominated in 2014 and 2016 for his roles in “American Hustle” and “The Big Short,” respectively.