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Jimmy Choo Exec Sues Her Mother

First Posted: 03/28/08 03:46 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 01:25 PM ET

Jimmy Choos

Tamara Mellon, the savvy entrepreneur who took Jimmy Choo shoes from a dodgy London neighborhood to the world's trendiest retail districts, has battled drug problems, a failed marriage and scandal-hungry reporters.

Now she's taking on her mother.

Mellon filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court last month that accuses her mother, Ann Yeardye of Beverly Hills, of improperly receiving about $8 million in proceeds from the sale of London-based Jimmy Choo in 2004.

The suit isn't expected to scuff the brand that found fame on the feet of "Sex and the City" heroine Carrie Bradshaw and stars such as Naomi Watts, Helen Mirren and Zhang Ziyi. It shouldn't affect the Choo domain, which has grown to more than 65 retail locations (a Rodeo Drive boutique opened in December) and is expanding into handbags, sunglasses and perfume.

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Filed by Michelle Kung  |