The former manager of
Melissa Philipian, president of White Tides Entertainment, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Miami April 5th, claiming the 23-year-old rapper owes her at least $500,000 in commissions. The unceremonious dumping was allegedly because the performer wasn’t happy with the quality of a hotel room Philipian booked for him, according to The Miami Herald.
Philipian’s lawyer, Richard Wolfe, said Lil’ Wayne also owes White Tides 15 percent of his earnings over the next two years under a contract he signed in June 2005. The amount of damages could be more than $1 million.
“Sometimes artists make it big, and they want to forget about the people who helped them get there,” Wolfe told the paper.
The lawsuit says Lil’ Wayne’s three-year contract with White Tides can only be terminated in writing after one year of service for specific contract breaches. A disagreement over a hotel room doesn’t qualify, Wolfe claimed.
White Tides booked about 21 concerts, arranged product and publicity deals and organized Lil’ Wayne’s guest performances on other artists’ albums and videos, the suit reportedly said.