Lawyer Cost Steven Tyler A Big Raise For ‘American Idol’
Turns out, Steven Tyler could have earned millions through contract renegotiations with American Idol, if it weren’t for lawyer Dina LaPolt. This was recently revealed by Tyler’s former manager. Basically, Kovac Media Group/Tenth Street Entertainment has filed an $8 million lawsuit against Dina and her firm. But strangely enough, Tyler’s name does not feature anywhere in the lawsuit.
Instead he is referred to as “The Artist” throughout the filing, despite this it’s amply clear from the parties involved, him being a part of a band and his role as that of a judge for two seasons on the Fox show, reveals exactly who “The Artist” is. The suit basically stakes claim that, in 2011 LaPolt cost “hot commodity” Tyler a $6 million to $8 million raise in his Idol contract for a second season on the show. “LaPolt undercut TSE’s strategy to leverage the Artist’s popularity for a more lucrative deal. She told American Idol’s agent that Kovac “overplayed his hand with his aggressive behavior” and that American Idol could get the Artist for cheap, thereby undermining and negating Kovac’s/the Artist’s position in the negotiations,” the 19-page suit claims.
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It is also being claimed that, along with Tyler, Kovac/TSE also lost out on a huge chunk of money that, Tyler would have paid the companies in the form of commission. Besides the $8 million, the plaintiffs are also seeking interest, punitive and exemplary damages, legal fees and other costs. It basically looks like Dina and her firm if they lose this case, would be taken to the cleaners. If the allegations are true, Tyler on his part does have a reason to be agitated, because $8 million is no laughing matter, even for someone like Steven Tyler.
The allegations are really serious also because TSE and Tyler were both LaPolt’s clients at the time the negotiations took place, and if the claims turn out to be true, then it would amount to serious breach of trust on the part of LaPolt and her firm. The plaintiffs are claiming that, LaPolt went behind their back only so she could earn the extra buck, which was in violation of her fiduciary duties.
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