Akon Sues Talent Agency For $750K Over Secret Bookings
Producer/singer Akon is suing a talent agency against his former booking agency American Talent Agency (ATA), claiming the company has held on to hundreds-of-thousands of dollars of performance fees.
Akon and his company Kon Live Touring Inc. filed the lawsuit yesterday (March 4th) in United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, for break of contract, trademark infringement and unjust enrichment.
According to the complaint, Akon terminated his agreement with ATA in September of 2010, claiming the company was booking unapproved appearances for Akon, in addition to failing to pay earned performance fees.
Akon claims he ordered ATA to stop using his name, image and likeness for commercials purposes, but the company secretly booked him in places like Dubai, India, Nigeria and Singapore.
The lawsuit claims ATA wrongfully kept deposits from promoters who thought they would secure Akon at special events.
Akon's lawsuit claims Kon Live Touring is owed over $750,000 and continues to represent Akon on their website.
Akon, who's stable of artists includes Lady Gaga, Ya Boy, Colby O'Donis, Ray Lavender, and others, is represented by Creative Artists Agency, LLC.