Cole Hamels Shutout of Victoria Secret Fashion Show Brings Lawsuit

Lily Aldridge
The Associated Press

Texas Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels filed a lawsuit against a British events promoter in Pennsylvania after he and his wife failed to receive their tickets to a Victoria’s Secret fashion show they had paid $70,000 for as part of a VIP package deal.

Hamels, traded last year to the Rangers from Philadelphia, and his wife, former reality TV star Heidi Strobel, accuse Cornucopia Entertainment Ltd. and its affiliates of fraudulently selling them tickets to the New York fashion show, which denied them entry.

According to LAW360, “an initial pleading states that Hamels and his wife paid roughly $70,000 for the VIP package, which was to include tickets to the Victoria’s Secret fashion show and its after party and a four night stay at a five-star hotel. Importantly, the Hamels never received their tickets to the show.”

The lawsuit seeks more than $50,000 in damages.

Forbes magazine reports that “Cornucopia Events was founded in 2002 as a full service entertainment and events agency tailored to the needs of the fun and fashionable. The company’s website lists many fashion shows that it is working with in 2016 and claims that it has worked with Victoria’s Secret in the past.”

Hamels and Strobel met at a minor league game about eleven years ago when Strobel threw out the first pitch. Deadspin reported that the veteran southpaw was on the disabled list at the time and just went up and asked her out.

Deadspin also noted that Strobel as a contestant for the show Survivor “was a woman who, after three weeks on an island with little food, proved herself to be 85 percent breasts.”