Lil' Wayne Catches Heat From Ex-Manager

ImageLil Wayne's former manager Melissa Philipian, filed a lawsuit against the rapper in U.S. District Court in Miami this Wednesday, April 5.

Philipian is President of the Miami Beach company White Tides Entertainment. According to Philipian's lawsuit, Wayne fired Philipian in December because he was unhappy with the quality of a hotel room she'd booked for him. The lawsuit alleges that since her dismissal Lil Wayne has failed to pay Philipian over $500,000 in back commissions and states that he owes White Tides 15 percent of his earnings over the next two years according to a contract he signed in June 2005.

"We're probably looking at damages in excess of $1 million," Philipian's lawyer Richard Wolfe told The Miami Herald.

According to the lawsuit, Lil Wayne's contract with White Tides covered a three year term, with an allowance for Wayne to end the agreement in writing after one year of service for specified contract breaches. If the court agrees with Philipian and Wolfe, Lil Wayne could be held liable to pay White Tides for the next two years.

The suit also claims that since Wayne signed with the White Tides, the company had booked at least 21 concerts for the 23 year old rapper in addition to arranging product and publicity deals as well as guest performances on other artist's projects.

''Sometimes artists make it big, and they want to forget about the people who helped them get there,'' Wolfe told The Miami Herald.

Lil Wayne, born Dwayne Carter, began his recording career at age 12. Since going solo at age 16 he's released four gold records and his latest album Tha Carter II debuted at No.2 on the Billboard 100 before going platinum.

Currently attending the University of Houston, Lil Wayne has endorsement deals with Reebok and Warner Bros. and oversees Cash Money Records as well as his own label, the recently launched Young Money Entertainment.

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