Ricky MartinIts former talent manager issued a stark warning to the Grammy winner and Emmy nominee: pay or reap the whirlwind. Specifically, “in excess of US$3,000,000, or as evidence, and unpaid commissions are being accrued continuously,” reads a complaint filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court by Rebeeca Drucker against The Assassination of Gianni Versace: An American Crime Story star.
“Rebekah Drucker saved Ricky Martin’s career”, the singer’s manager “Livin’ la Vida Loca” regularly mocked the breach of a 15-page oral contract between 2014-2018 and 2020-2022. “There’s only one problem: Martin outright and maliciously refuses to give Rebecca millions of dollars in commissions he owes her under their management agreement.”
Jury Seeking Case (read it here) adds that “Martin has now threatened Rebecca and is trying to get her to sign a non-disclosure agreement to silence Rebecca about Martin’s disgusting behavior she witnessed and must suffer.”
Unpaid commissions between reps and their former clients are a virtual subcategory in the LASC table. However, in the case of Martin and Drucker, the latter clearly and frankly wants the former to know that she “will not be silenced”. “For years, she protected Martin from the consequences of his reckless actions. Rebecca does so not only because she is his manager, but also because she thinks Martin is her best friend,” reads the lawsuit filed by attorneys Joshua M. Rosenberg and Armount Ghoorchian at Venable LLP.
Now, with claims of a “toxic work environment”, “a particularly ugly incident in Dubai involving Martin and his agent José Vega” in 2018, “personal life messed up” and “Martin doesn’t pay his taxes and abuses drugs,” Drucker and her attorneys did nothing to hide the fact that they believed they had goods for Martin if he did. we do not solve.
Shooting the cannonball over an unspecified “potentially career-ending September 2020 allegation” on the legal bow, Drucker and her team signal that they may not be the only ones. Most have merchandise that is said to be Martin. Between the details of the failed promises and the 5% to 10% increase in commissions as part of a short-term settlement is a perceived legal threat:
Rebecca not only acts to advance Martin’s cause but also performs services to protect it. In one example among many, on or about September 2020, Martin received a letter from a highly respected litigation attorney in Los Angeles, California. Rebecca stood beside Martin as they read the legal letter for the first time. In that letter, the attorney threatened to publicize the legal claim against Martin if he did not pay to settle the claim against him that the attorney’s client alleges. After reading the legal letter, Martin broke down. He expressed extreme fear to Rebecca that if this threat were carried out, the consequences for Martin would be dire.
In response, Rebecca quickly brought in one of the top defense attorneys in Los Angeles, whom Rebecca had previously held for a client. Based on Rebecca’s advice, Martin retained the famous litigator to defend against this devastating claim. Needless to say, the final statement has never seen the light of day. Once again, Rebecca saved Martin’s career with the exceptional mentoring and management services she provided him during this ordeal.
While the minutiae of a potential scandal are waiting to happen CAAMartin-repped remains locked and key, attorneys like Rosenberg and Ghoorchian will be hard-pressed to make claims like “end-of-career allegations” unless they have something to back up.
“This claim only scratches the surface,” Rosenberg will say Wednesday outside the filing. “Rebecca looks forward to one day going to court and prosecuting her claims before a jury.”
Martin’s representatives did not respond to a request for comment on Drucker’s complaint or her allegations. If they do, we’ll update this story. We know that Martin is being represented on this matter by Lavely & Singer, with Andrew Brettler as head of the case.
Getting ready to release a companion EP to his Latin Grammy Award-winning EP soon Pause, Martin is also starring in the upcoming Apple TV+ series Mrs American Pie. The comedy, written by Abe Sylvia and directed by Tate Taylor, also stars Carol Burnett, Kristen Wiig, Josh Lucas, Allison Janney and Leslie Bibb.