Pay Up! Seven Celebrity Stiffers

Celebrities are no strangers to a free ride.

Designers provide them with couture clothing, jewelers loan them bling and even car companies offer the keys to a free set of wheels in exchange for the red-carpet spotlight celebrities can bring to their products.

It's no wonder, then, that some celebrities get caught in the freebie trap, believing they are entitled to goods and services even when there is a price tag attached.

Queen Latifah is the latest celebrity to be sued for not paying. Courtney Love and Michael Jackson have been sued multiple times for skipping out on their bills.

Below, takes a look at seven celebrity stiffers accused of not paying their tabs:

Queen Latifah

Earlier this week, the rapper-actress was slapped with two separate lawsuits from a fashion stylist and a makeup artist who say she stiffed them out of $1 million.

Celebrity cosmetologist Roxanna Floyd claimed to have lost $700,000 after Latifah failed to pay her for work she did between July 2005 and February 2008 to develop, market and produce Latifah's Queen Collection for CoverGirl, according to The Associated Press.

Fashion stylist Susan Moses claimed that she was cheated of $300,000 during the same period for advising the "Hairspray" and "Mad Money" star on her Curvations full-figured lingerie line.

The entertainer's rep told AP the lawsuits have no merit but refused to comment on pending litigation.

Courtney Love

When a clothing designer Love commissioned sent her an invoice, the rocker's response was to go off on a extended rant via Twitter and her MySpace page.

"oi vey don't f*** with my wardrobe or you will end up in a circle of corched earth hunted til your dead," she wrote in one disjointed message, complete with spelling errors.

Now, Love is facing not only a breach of contract lawsuit from designer Dawn Simorangkir but a libel claim as well. Love's lawyers did not respond to's calls for comment.

This is not the first time Love apparently has tried to skip out on payment for services rendered by others. In 2007, swanky California rehab center Beau Monde International filed a suit against Love for her failure to pay an outstanding $181,000 tab for a three-month stay in 2005.

According to the complaint, $36,000 of her bill at the boutique rehab center, which accepted no more than five patients at a time, was for "spa and other incidental costs."

In September 2005, Love was sentenced to 180 days at a drug treatment facility for violating her probation on drug and assault charges.

Her attorney told AP at the time of the lawsuit that it would be "resolved to the satisfaction of all parties shortly."'s calls to her attorney to determine how the lawsuit was resolved were not immediately returned.

Tyler Perry

In an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Atlanta-based movie mogul recalled his subcontractor father being stiffed repeatedly by his bosses when Perry was young.

Now, Perry, who earned $125 million in 2008, according to Forbes, is being sued for allegedly stiffing six contractors who worked on his 30,000-square-foot mansion and movie studio.

The creator of such hit movies and TV shows as "Madea's Family Reunion" and "House of Payne" can afford to pay the bills, which add up to slightly less than $200,000, but he told the paper he refuses to because the work was shoddy and he believes the contractors are trying to take advantage of his celebrity status.

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