Terrence Howard - Empire

Terrence Howard Sued By Former Management Company

So, they were going to kill Lucious Lyon off?

Terrence Howard has been slapped with a lawsuit by his former talent management company, who claims he failed to pay them after they saved him from getting fired from “Empire.”

According to the suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, Authentic Talent and Literary Management “intervened with the Los Angeles based executives of Imagine and effectively saved Howard ‘s job on Empire by convincing those executives not to terminate Howard from the show.”

Here’s more scoop via Deadline:

The jury trial seeking breach of contract complaint filed today in L.A. Superior Court (read it here) against Howard and his loan-out company is a far too frequent Hollywood tale of a talent leaving an agent or manager behind and not handing over contractually obliged commissions, that detail certainly stands out.

Seeking a court order to enforce the payment of commissions, Authentic allege they are owned $250,000 as of right now and more of their 10% over the 7-season contract Howard has with the series. They also say that since the CAA-repped Howard parted ways with them in September 2014 after signing with them in the summer of 2013, they did receive payments for a while but nothing since March 2016.

“Plaintiff has made repeated efforts to obtain payment from Howard and has been quite patient with and respectful of him,” says Authentic against their former client, who cut ties in September 2014, about 4 months before Empire debuted to huge ratings. “Unfortunately, Plaintiff s patience and respect has been unrequited. Accordingly, Plaintiff has been forced to bring this action for substantial monetary damages and other relief.”

With the likes of Brie Larson and her Kong: Skull Island co-star Tom Hiddleston,Power’s Lucy Walters and Empire’s Gabourey Sidibe among their clients, Authentic are seeking also general, special and consequential damages, quantum meruit and unjust enrichment as well as a full accounting.

“Since making one late payment in March, 2016 (relating just to the first few shows of Season 2), Howard has without justification failed and refused to pay Plaintiff any further post-termination commissions,” the attorney Matthew Rosengart represented Authentic states. “He has failed to do so despite having received millions of dollars from Empire and despite being in a position to receive millions more.”

The suit also says that Howard explicitly promised in an email of September 8, 2014 to pay the required commission “until the end of Terrence’s present contract withEmpire.” The complaint adds, “Howard well knows, and has conceded, that his contract and long-established industry practice require him to pay Plaintiff commissions on an ongoing basis through the duration of his seven-year Empire contract.”

Do you think “Empire” would have been as successful without Terrence Howard?

Empire” season 3 premieres on September 21. Will you be watching?

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