Wendy Williams, how you doin’?
Not very well, it seems. According to the New York Daily News, Williams’s failure to pay her $419,000 bill at a Chinese factory where her shoe line is produced has caused protests, general unrest, and even resulted in a kidnapping.
Apparently, Williams and her husband Kevin Hunter made a deal with small Chinese manufacturing firm Max Harvest International Holdings last year to produce shoes for her line ‘Adorn.’ The manufacturing firm’s shoe factory has so far produced 12,140 shoes with Williams’s logo on it–but they’ve yet to be properly paid. The factory’s workers and owner are demanding payment, and are protesting against both the manufacturing firm and Wendy Williams.
The tumult has reached such a level that, according to sources, the factory’s owner actually kidnapped one of the manufacturing firm’s managers, holding him hostage for two weeks before finally releasing him unharmed. Now, the manufacturing firm’s owners, who wish to remain unidentified, have fled Hong Kong in fear of further altercations.
So why hasn’t Wendy Williams, a successful TV host and celebrity in her own right, paid the bill? Well, according to the manufacturer’s lawyer, Staci Riordan, it’s all just a misunderstanding.
“Things don’t work in China the way they work in the United States,” Riordan told the paper. She added that she had been in negotiations for months to reach a settlement with the manufacturing firm, but if nothing can be agreed upon, the manufacturer will file a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Let’s hope this one gets resolved soon.