Kevin Hart is being sued by a former business partner who’s accusing the comedian of failing to pay commission on a lucrative marketing deal.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, iGo Marketing & Entertainment claims the Night School star failed to follow up on his end of a deal that involved “marketing and celebrity tie-in deals” on Hart’s behalf. The company claim Kevin agreed to give them 15% on any deal they negotiated for him.
In the lawsuit, iGo claims they secured numerous deals for Hart over the years, such as partnerships with Miller-Coors, Coke-Zero, Vitamin Water, Electronic Arts, two deals with Caesars Entertainment, the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Verizon Wireless.
In 2015, they negotiated a three-year deal between Hart and Rally Healthcare that called for him to get paid partly in cash and part in stock options. But that same year, Hart terminated the deal with iGo and did not pay them their 15% on the third year option of the deal or for the value of the stock option.
They are suing for breach of contract and are seeking no less than $1.8 million, the report states.
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Hart responded to the lawsuit, claiming he never had a written agreement with iGo. He also claimed since the third-year option to the Rally deal kicked in after they parted ways, he didn’t owe them 15% of that money.
To add insult to injury, Hart then counter-sued iGo for allegedly using his name and likeness for marketing on their website without his permission.
The comedian is demanding the lawsuit against him be dismissed and he be awarded unspecified damages for the use of his image. He is also seeking an injunction against his ex-business partner from continuing to use his name and likeness to market themselves.
Ny Magee, EURWeb.com
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At 17, I won my first Grand Slam, and I knew I had more in me. In fact, I was so sure that when I packed up my life and left my dad’s house to move in with my sister Venus, I told him he could keep my US Open trophy. Don’t worry, I assured him. I would get another one for my house. Now that was confidence. I went on to win the US Open not one or two but six times.
Since that fateful victory in 1999, I’ve won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, 39 Grand Slam titles in all, and countless gold medals. I have been asked what keeps me motivated to continue playing tennis. To me, the answer is simple: I love the sport. When I’m giving speeches I always say how important it is to love what you do. If you don’t, then find something that speaks to you. Follow your passion. Of course, there are times when loving tennis is hard.
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Teen Turned Away From Summer Job for Hair Picked Up By Modeling Agency
A Fort Worth teen who says he was turned away from a summer job at Six Flags Over Texas because of his “extreme hairstyle” is finding new opportunities as a model.
Kerion Washington’s story went viral, gaining national attention after his mother, Karis Washington, posted to Facebook about her 17-year-old son’s experience.
Now, Washington thinks being turned away from that job was the best thing that could have ever happened to him.
“When one door closes, another one will open,” Washington told NBC 5 in March. Now, he says the saying holds true.
“No I never thought that [this would happen.] It was just crazy that it happened,” Washington said.
Washington’s luck turned around when Corrie Caster, head of development of IMG Models in Los Angeles and scouting for IMG Worldwide, discovered Washington’s story. It’s the same modeling agency that represents some of the world’s biggest names in fashion.
“For Corrie to reach out to us, that was a blessing,” said Washington’s mother.
Caster then reached out to Austin-based Jones Model Management. Caster asked the talent agency to work with Washington, get a portfolio together and send it her way because she thinks he has what it takes.
“We got him here and he was a natural,” said Leslie Jones with Jones Model Management. “We are just helping him learn how to pose and how to walk. He was just so good for it being his first time.”
Washington said this is all like a dream.
“I just thought it would be another job offer for just a regular job for the summer, but when I heard about modeling, I had to take it,” Washington said.
The high school junior is now something of a celebrity among friends and family.
“I had a lot of people on Instagram telling me, ‘Congratulations! Keep doing better. Keep rising,'” he said. “I like the support. It keeps me going. It’s really cool. I even had people from school saying, ‘Oh yea…you famous!'”
To think, it all happened because Washington was turned down.
“I don’t know what the next step is going to be going forward, but I am ready for it,” Washington said.
He also said he has learned a valuable lesson and hopes others learn the same from his story.
“You should never listen to what people have to tell you. You should always be you,” Washington said.
Six Flags Over Texas has since changed their policy on “extreme hairstyles” and now allow employees to wear dreadlocks.
Disney’s Freeform responds to critics of Halle Bailey casting as Ariel
Disney’s Freeform issued a scathing response to critics of its casting of Halle Bailey as Ariel in the upcoming adaptation of “The Little Mermaid.”
When Disney announced Bailey, half of the sister duo Chloe x Halle, had been cast in their live-action remake of the 1989 animated film, the decision was met with an outpouring of support from Mariah Carey, Halle Berry, Janelle Monae, Zendaya and Lin-Manuel Miranda, among many others. The announcement marked the first time Disney has cast a woman of color in the role of a traditionally white princess for one of its live-action remakes.
But it also prompted the hashtag #NotMyAriel. Some social media users objected to a black woman portraying a red-headed underwater princess.
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“Danish mermaids can be black because Danish *people* can be black,” said the letter, which was posted on the network’s social media accounts. “Black Danish people, and this mer-folk, can also *genetically* (!!!) have red hair.”
Bailey, an actress and singer, stars in the series “Grown-ish.” She and her sister gained popularity with their YouTube covers and were signed to Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment music label. They appeared in Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” film and toured with the singer.
Freeform said Bailey was cast as Ariel because she is “highly talented.”
“So after all this is said and done, and you still cannot get past the idea that choosing the incredible, sensational, highly-talented, gorgeous Halle Bailey is anything other than the INSPIRED casting that it is because she ‘doesn’t look like the cartoon one,’ oh boy, do I have some news for you…about you,” the network said in its open letter.
The live-action production of “The Little Mermaid” will be directed by Rob Marshall and feature the original movie’s songs such as “Under the Sea,” “Part of Your World” and “Kiss the Girl,” as well as music by Alan Menken and Miranda.
Marshall said that Bailey “possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance — plus a glorious singing voice — all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role.”
Bailey expressed her excitement Wednesday after her casting was announced. She shared an image of an animated Ariel of color with the caption “dream come true…” on her Twitter and Instagram accounts.