BREAKING: Luke Combs Offers Support To Fan Facing $250,000 Lawsuit Over Fan-Made Merchandise
“This is not the kind of person I am,” Combs stated. “I’m not greedy in any way, shape, or form.”
Luke Combs; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Luke Combs took to social media early Wednesday morning (Dec. 13) to address a lawsuit that was filed on his behalf. The legal action involves a fan who was selling unauthorized homemade Luke Combs merchandise through Amazon.
Combs Said He Was Unaware Of The Lawsuit
Combs responded to the matter after seeing a news report from WFLA stating that Nicol Harness was hit with a lawsuit and asked to pay Combs $250,000 after reportedly selling 18 tumblers for $20 apiece, totaling $380.
Harness, who has congestive heart failure, and is unable to work a typical 9 to 5 job, told the outlet, “It’s very stressful. I don’t have money to pay my bills. I just want this resolved. I didn’t mean any harm to Luke Combs. I quit selling the tumbler. I pulled it down. I just don’t understand.”
She went on to explain that she discovered that she was unable to access the funds she generated on Amazon following a recent hospital stay and couldn’t figure out why the platform would not disperse the earnings. Later, she found an email in her spam folder from Combs’ legal team stating that she had 21 days to respond. With no knowledge of the email in her junk folder, and a hospital stay thrown into the mix, Harness was unable to respond back.
According to the local news station, Harness was one of “various” sellers who was sued by Combs for selling counterfeit merchandise. The case was reportedly closed and the Illinois judge ordered each defendant to pay $250,000.
Harness Says She “Didn’t Mean Any Harm”
She shared a message to Combs via WFLA. “I would tell him I’m sorry, like I said I didn’t mean any harm. I’m a supporter of Luke Combs. I respect him. This is not something I meant to go wrong like this. I just want to get back to my day to day life.”
In a video message, Combs stated that he was “completely and utterly unaware” of the lawsuit and that he devoted two hours in the early morning of Wednesday doing everything in his power to “make this right.”
He explained, “We do have a company that goes after folks, only supposedly large corporations operating internationally that make millions and millions of dollars making counterfeit T-shirts, things of that nature, running illegal businesses. And apparently, this woman, Nicol, has somehow gotten wrapped into that, and that makes me absolutely sick to my stomach.”
He Spoke With Her Over The Phone
The two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year said he reached out and spoke with Nicol and is taking action to help.
“It makes me sick, honestly, that this would happen, especially at the holidays,” he said.
He promised to send her $11,000, which is double the amount that is locked up in her Amazon account, plus he is going to launch a tumbler in his official store and share “all that money” with Nicol and her family.
“I can’t imagine being in her shoes,” the North Carolina native added.
Before the video came to a close, the 33-year-old singer/songwriter revealed that he also invited Nicol and her family to a show so that he can give her a hug and “say sorry in person.”
“It makes me sick,” he stated. “This is not something that I would ever do. This is not the kind of person I am. I’m not greedy in any way, shape, or form. Money is the last thing on my mind. I promise you guys that.”
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.