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Ne-Yo Sued for Backing Out of 2009 New Years Eve Performance

July 14, 2010 4:26 PM | Ne-Yo | R&B | Comments (0)

ne-yo.jpg Washington State Promotion Company’s lawyers are suing Ne-Yo. The artist has been ordered to stand trial for allegedly backing out of a 2009 New Year’s Eve performance in the Seattle area.  Ne-Yo was allegedly paid $95,000 up front for the appearance, but, according to the lawsuit, he never showed up.

The lawsuit states that Kenyohn Clark of Maryland-based Wet Entertainment and booking agent Mike Esterman reached an agreement to pay Ne-Yo a total of $140,000 for the gig at Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center.

Mike Esterman is also being sued for $1 million in damages for not ensuring the singer’s appearance. He also failed to return the fees paid by Wet Entertainment.

Esterman told MTV News in February of 2009, that the lawsuit is without merit. “I still don’t know anything about the details,” he said. “All that I know is that this is a frivolous lawsuit. The guy is looking for a free payday. The promoter is looking for a lottery ticket to make some big money off of a big name”, he added.

The law firm Bowie & Jensen, representing Wet Entertainment, issued a press release today stating Ne-Yo and his team will go to trial in Annapolis at the end of July in Anne Arundel County.

The lawsuit states, “Ne-Yo failed to appear at a New Year’s Eve concert and no defense exists that would excuse his failure to appear,” adding Clark’s and Wet Entertainment’s “reputations in the music industry and entertainment community have been damaged.”
Bowie & Jensen further stated that “at the last minute, after tickets ranging from $125 to $1,275 for a platinum VIP package were sold, first class airline tickets were booked and swank hotel rooms were paid for, Ne-Yo backed out. The plaintiffs seek at total of $500,000.



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