Cole Hamels Suing Promoter After Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Entry Denied

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2016

Oct 14, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels throws a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning in game five of the ALDS at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports
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Texas Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels has filed a lawsuit against Cornucopia Events after he and his wife were unable to get into the 2015 Victoria's Secret fashion show.   

According to the Associated Press (via ESPN.com), Hamels claims Cornucopia Events did not get him or his wife into the event last year even though he paid about $70,000 for three VIP packages. 

Per the AP report, Hamels' lawsuit states the money was supposed to cover a "four-night stay in a luxury hotel, a limousine with champagne, access to exclusive restaurants and goodie bags."

However, Hamels' suit alleges he and his party did not receive any of the perks paid for and were not granted entry into the fashion show that took place in November and was broadcast on CBS the following month. 

Law360 obtained a legal document in the case (via Lindsey Foltin of FoxSports.com), stating "The Cornucopia defendants held themselves out to be a 'VIP' concierge/lifestyle management company with access to the Victoria's Secret fashion show. The Cornucopia defendants did not intend, could not and/or failed to provide the Hamels any entry at all to the [show]."

The AP noted Hamels is seeking "$150,000 in damages for fraud and misrepresentation" in his lawsuit, and Cornucopia's managing director did not immediately respond to an email. 

Hamels filed the lawsuit in Philadelphia on Feb. 19, per the AP report. The 32-year-old spent the first nine years of his career with the Philadelphia Phillies before being traded to the Rangers last July.

He led the Phillies to a World Series title in 2008, winning NLCS and World Series MVP after posting a 1.80 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 35 innings during the postseason. 

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