Akon Sues Former Booking Agent Over Non-Payment & Copyright Infringement

R&B singer Akon filed a lawsuit on Thursday (Mar. 3rd) in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against his former booking agent American Talent Agency, for breach of contract, trademark infringement, and unjust enrichment, among other claims.

Akon split with ATA in September (2010), after the company failed to compensate Akon for monies earned from performances and for booking unapproved appearances and performances for Akon and Kon Live Touring. At the time of termination, ATA was instructed to immediately stop providing any further booking services on Akon’s behalf or exploiting his name, picture or likeness for commercial purposes.

Despite a null booking agreement, ATA has secretly booked appearances for Akon in, among other places, Dubai, India, Nigeria and Singapore. ATA has wrongly received substantial deposits from promoters hoping to secure Akon’s appearance at events.

ATA reportedly owes Akon’s Kon Live Touring at least $750,000 in performance fees for live shows.

The lawsuit also says the company continues to falsely advertise itself as Akon’s booking agent on the ATA website.


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