Kelis Hit With Lawsuit For Failing To Pay Talent Agency (Updated With Kelis Statement)

It seems that Kelis has been hit with a lawsuit for failing to pay a talent agency for “goods and services” for Kelis’ performances on a variety of shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Today Show and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.The Plaintiff, Drive Talent Inc., filed the lawsuit in the Supreme Court of the State of New York on December 17th, claiming Kelis owes them $11, 817.91.The lawsuit also claims that the Plaintiff, Drive Talent, was hired by Kelis and her management team between March 30th, 2010 and July 13th, 2010.The company also claims that they worked with Kelis on a variety of television shows and non-televised appearances in the United Kingdom, France and other countries.Drive Talent Inc. claims that Kelis’ label, Interscope, paid the money to Kelis, who only made partial reimbursements for travel, labor and production items purchased for her appearances.**Update**Kelis issued the below statement to Singersroom regarding the lawsuit:”Drive Talent has been paid in full for services rendered for the assistance in production for various TV performances. Any claims stating otherwise is clearly an effort to gain press attention. The amount claimed to be owed is not for services rendered which Drive Talent would like the public to believe but over a dispute stemming from a European promotional run in which Drive Talent authorized the spend of close to $11,800 of the artist’s money to a vendor they hired without approval from either the artist or management. We look forward to presenting our case in court and are confident once a review has been made of all evidence we have to support our argument that it will be clear Drive Talent has absolutely no ground whatsoever to stand on.”


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