Luke Combs has vowed to raise money for a Florida woman he unwittingly sued over her selling drink tumblers that featured pictures of the country singer.
The singer found himself in an unexpected legal situation when he woke up to the news that he had won a $250,000 judgment against Nicol Harness, who had made $380 selling 18 handmade drink tumblers featuring Combs’ likeness.
Addressing the legal drama via social media, Combs insisted he was “completely and utterly unaware” of the lawsuit or the judgment that was handed down in Illinois court and was only aware of the news when he saw Harness crying over the lawsuit on television.
“I don’t have money to pay my bills,” Harness told the outlet. “I just want this resolved. I didn’t mean any harm to Luke Combs. I quit selling the tumbler.”
"It's 7.27am here in Tennessee. I woke up at 5am to use the restroom and the first thing I saw is this - a woman that's being sued by me for $250,000," Combs said after discovering the news.
"We do have a company that goes after folks, supposedly large corporations operating internationally – that make millions and millions of dollars making counterfeit t-shirts, things of that nature, running illegal businesses, and this woman, Nicol, has somehow gotten wrapped into that," he explained.
"That makes me absolutely sick to my stomach."
Combs said he has since been in touch with the woman, saying, “She told me that she was absolutely shocked by this.”
"I'm so apologetic. It makes me sick, honestly, that this would happen, especially at the holidays. I can't imagine being in her shoes. She was never supposed to be involved in anything like this. No fan should ever have to be involved in anything like this," he added.
Combs has since begun selling a similar tumbler on his website and will donate the proceeds to "help with her medical bills".
“And she got in trouble, apparently, for making tumblers, so I’m gonna make my own tumbler that’s gonna go up today. I’ll keep you posted on that, but all that money is gonna go to Nicol and her family, to try to help with her medical bills. Hopefully, that can help her out,” he said adding that he had given $11,000 to the woman as an apology.
“Again, this is unbelievable. I was completely shocked when I saw this this morning. It makes me sick. This is not something that I would ever do. “
He added, “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. And I invited Nicol and her family out to a show this year so I could give her a hug and say sorry in person.”