Uh-oh. Du Juan has been sued by a Chinese modelling agency New Silk Road for an alleged contract violation, and she might face fines of as much as 4.5 million yuan (roughly $659,000).
In September 2002, the model signed a contract with New Silk Road after winning the agency's annual model search, according to China Daily. The paperwork required that New Silk Road remain her only agency, but Du Juan signed with IMG in 2005, before the contract term expired. The agency is seeking a portion of the model's IMG earnings plus 3 million yuan (about $439,000).
Du Juan's lawyer claims she was forced to sign the contract to compete in the final round of the model search, rather than after the competition, like New Silk Road claims.