Hello, I hope this gets you well.
My boyfriend and I are not having a good relationship. He has been with another man for over 25 years and I have been with him 7 years, yes, he is a narcissist by the book and it comes with all the lies, manipulations and cruelty. While we were together he opened up a home store with a business
partner. After about 3 years they already have 5 stores and 2 pop up stores. I have my little company of Olive Oil, however different than him I don't have millions of dollars and I still haven't had money to do my own bottles. So about 2 years or so ago, I had the idea of creating their store an olive oil brand.
I had the oil and he could design the bottle and we would be ready to go. It was established that we had our first
product together. Everything was fine and he always paid me ahead of time so I would have enough money to produce the bottles and do everything calmly.Last October, I had the idea of adding the balsamic vinegar to our line, it would be our second product together, he paid me ahead of time as always but I did not deliver anything until today. Why? Because I was being mistreated by him, I was left bruised twice, I was mentally abused many times, during the entire time I was going to therapy, I could not work, I had nightmares and it was a horrible situation.
About two months ago, things were kind of ok so I called him and he would never answer, I went to his office when he started to scream and say things that I can't repeat. I turned my phone on to record he calls his business partner to come down, she knows the entire situation and she knows he had had a partner while having me and she states on my recording that she knows he had hit me many times. Anyway, she asks me to leave and she says for him to find someone else. That made me crazy because she is kind of covering for his abusive and aggressive behavior. Anyway, I leave and while going to my car he says I am not welcome there anymore, NOT WELCOME HERE ANYMORE. I call his business partner and I say, listen, you guys know I am the only one in my company so I can't deliver anything.
Now, they opened up a store at the Hamptons this summer and I have not yet communicated, I knew they had olive oil in stock and I have not delivered the vinegar, after almost 10 months.
They emailed me couple weeks ago canceling the orders and said I don't owe than anything.
Now, my question is: can they do the same bottle they designed for us with somebody else? I feel like they wanted me out of this despite the aggressive behavior and everything else, maybe because of his partner of 20 something years?
He stated many many times in many emails and texts that he was my only client.
I don't even know how to deal with this but I feel the abuse continues since now they are still going to sell the products we created together for their brand and I am left with my little company empty handed.
I am not even thinking about my nightmares and me left bruised many times.
Do I have rights?
Thank you so much,