Rihanna Files Lawsuit Against Two Former Employees
Pop-Star Rihanna, has filed a lawsuit against two former employees and The New York-based, Berdon LLP , for allegedly causing her to lose millions. The star filed the lawsuit in a Manhattan federal court under her real name, Robyn Fenty. She claims that the two defendants have taken million of dollars in revenue from her, which she acquired over five years on four national, and international tours. Rihanna and her attorneys have accused the accountants of bad bookkeeping, along with failure to recommend that the star should cut back on some lavish expenses during a 2009 tour, that were costing the artist a substantial amount of money.
According to the lawsuit, during Rihanna’s 2009 “Last Girl on Earth” tour, it was brought to her attention that the tour had somehow managed “significant net losses,” which happened despite the fact that the tour had been generating significant amounts of positive revenue. The lawsuit continues to explain that the defendant’s had taken a grand whopping 22 percent, while giving Rihanna, a mere 6 percent.
In the lawsuit, Rihanna is claiming that these practices are not standard accounting protocol and that the terms listed had never been agreed upon. She also claims that they in no way ever advised her about her net losses.
The defendant’s reportedly began working for the star after she had hired them back in 2005. This would be back when the Barbados native singer was only 16 and just starting her career. At this point in time, she was virtually unheard of in the music world and her rise to stardom was far off. She fired the duo in September of 2010 and blamed them for an ongoing investigation by the IRS, which was consistently auditing the star for lapses in her tax reports. This investigation has caused the star to pay millions to correct the defendant’s negligence.
The Pop-Star’s attorneys are also blaming the firm for encouraging the star’s purchase of a new home back in 2009, despite the fact that tour revenue was in the red–something, the attorneys’ claim, a competent business adviser would not have done.