Ricky Martin is facing a $3 million lawsuit from his former manager.
In new court docs obtained by ET, Rebecca Drucker, who served as Martin’s manager in 2014-2018 and again from May 2020 to April 2022, is alleging that she did not pay the money owed as per that management agreement. What they established was, with the suit noting that Martin “maliciously refused to pay Rebecca millions of dollars in commissions that she owes under their management agreement.”
In the complaint filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Drucker sought $3 million, “or as evidenced, and unpaid commissions accruing on an ongoing basis.”
Drucker claims that she “saved Ricky Martin’s career” and that he “protected” the “Livin La Vida Loca” singer from “the consequences of her reckless indiscretion”.
“Rebecca did this not only because she was his manager, but also because she thought Martin was her best friend,” said Joshua M., attorneys at Venable LLP. The lawsuit, filed by Rosenberg and Armound Ghorchian, read.
Drucker alleged she was in “a toxic work environment” and pointed to “a particularly ugly incident involving Martin and his representative Jose Vega in Dubai” in 2018 that led her to resign from the role. After Martin asked for Drucker’s return for months, she says she decided to give “one more shot” to her professional relationship with Martin, returning as manager in May 2020.
But upon his return, Drucker claims he found that the Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story actor’s personal life was “in disarray”.
“Although Martin’s career flourished since Rebecca was rehired as his manager in May 2020, he was forced to deal with Martin’s personal issues, such as a nanny to look after his children. problems with, Martin’s non-payment of taxes, and his substance abuse, among other issues,” the suit alleged.
Drucker also claims that he took steps to protect Martin’s career. In September 2020, Martin received a letter from a highly-respected litigation attorney in Los Angeles, threatening to publicly file a legal complaint against Martin if he resolved a claim against him by this lawyer’s client. Did not pay money to do.
“After reading the legal letter, Martin collapsed. He expressed his extreme fear to Rebecca that if it were threatened, the consequences for Martin would be disastrous,” the suit alleged.
In response, Drucker brought in “one of the top defense attorneys in Los Angeles” to defend the artist against the “disastrous claim.”
“Needless to say, the claim ultimately never saw the light of day,” Drucker alleged, alleging that “once again” he “saved Martin’s career” with the “extraordinary managerial and advisory services” he provided during the ordeal. was provided.
The handling of these cases was all “part of the job” for Drucker, claiming that he was “not receiving the compensation from the Martin Entities that he deserved.”
In addition, after Martin’s attempt to resign as manager in July 2021, Drucker remained in the role at an increased rate, claiming he would be paid a ten percent commission on gross income as part of a management agreement going forward. Instead, five percent they agreed to in May 2020 — which they claim Martin Entities has refused to pay them and will in the future be “a singer, songwriter, actor, sponsor and others”. Martin’s services between professional activities are likely not to pay him” claims Drucker “he is entitled to based on said future gross income.”
The complaint, Drucker’s attorney says, “only scratches the surface,” said Rosenberg, adding that Drucker is eager to take the case to trial.
“Rebecca looks forward to spending her day in court and prosecuting her claims in front of a jury,” Rosenberg said after Wednesday’s filing.
ET has reached out to Martin’s representative for comment.
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