Country music star Luke Combs was involved in a legal dispute after his representatives sued Nicol Harness, a Florida woman, for using his likeness on fan merchandise she sold online. The lawsuit, filed in October in an Illinois federal court, was for copyright infringement.
Harness, who has congestive heart failure and operates an online business selling tumblers and t-shirts, was unaware of the legal action until its conclusion on November 15. She faced a judge’s ruling ordering her to pay $250,000 in damages and prohibiting the use of Combs’ trademarks.
Harness, distressed by the hefty financial penalty, stated she lacked the means to cover the sum. Her tumbler sales, totaling $380, led to this legal ordeal, causing her stress and financial uncertainty. Following an interview with WFLA where Harness expressed her distress and intentions, Combs responded with a public apology via social media. He expressed remorse, stating he felt “sick to my stomach” about the situation, and emphasized his concern for his fans, particularly during the holiday season.
Combs extended a heartfelt invitation to Harness and her family to attend one of his shows for a personal apology and comfort. The legal action was reportedly targeted at multiple counterfeit sellers, mainly larger operations in Asia. Combs’s apology underscored his genuine concern for fans inadvertently involved in legal disputes and his intention to resolve the matter amicably, expressing regret directly to Harness.