R&B singer Akon’s former booking agents have hit back after the âAngelâ hitmaker filed a suit, accusing them of failure to pay performance fees and breach of contract and trademark infringement.
The singer/producer and bosses at his Kon Live Touring, Inc. company filed a complaint against American Talent Agency, Inc. on Thursday in New York, claiming ATA officials failed to pay “earned performance fees” and booked “unapproved appearances and performances for Akon.” The suit also
Insisting they’re the ones who are owed cash, ATA bosses are hitting back, stating they’ve done nothing wrong.
“American Talent Agency was instrumental in building Akonâs international brand over their four-year-long relationship with him, including lucrative cellular company launches in Uganda and Guinea, the MTV Africa Music Awards in Kenya and a performance in Dubai, which was Akonâs highest paid performance to date,â a spokeswoman tells WENN.
“Akonâs accusations of failure to pay earned performance fees and bookings of unapproved appearances and performances are untrue… In actuality, there are many performances for which Akon and Kon Live Touring Inc. owe American Talent Agency several thousands of dollars in fees for dates booked by American Talent Agency and also several thousands of dollars for costs in connection with performances booked by American Talent Agency for which Akon unilaterally canceled or failed to appear, which American Talent Agency has had to absorb on behalf of Akon and Kon Live Touring Inc.â
“American Talent Agency will vigorously defend the allegations made against them and will be bringing claims against Kon Live Touring Inc. and Akon individually.”