Terrence Howard’s “empire” comes crashing down amid new lawsuit.
The 47-year-old is being sued by his former talent management company for $250K, claiming that the father of four has breached their contract.
On Tuesday, August 2, Authentic Talent and Literary Management filed a formal complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court, stating The Best Man Holiday star owes them a quarter of a million dollars for failing to fork over their commission earrings after they parted ways with the blockbuster star, reports E! News.
According to the lawsuit, the management company alleges they played “a key role in the resurgence of Howard’s career” as well as provided him with “professional, personal and other advice and career guidance.” In other words, in the absence of Authentic Talent and Literary Management, Howard’s career would be no more.
Furthermore, Authentic Talent and Literary Management claims that after Howard accepted the role of hip hop artist and CEO of Empire Entertainment, Lucious Lyon on the hit Fox show “Empire,” the actor terminated their partnership, but never paid his dues.
In addition to being entitled to 10 percent of the revenue Howard received while he was under contract, the company claims that includes his “Empire” salary. Although Howard has yet to respond to the suit, Authentic Talent and Literary Management is moving full speed ahead, acquiring Mathew Rosengart as their point legal representative — the same lawyer who represented Sean Penn in his defamation lawsuit against film and television producer Lee Daniels.
In case you missed it, the “Empire” co-creator previously compared Howard to Penn, sparking the heated legal battle. Penn subsequently dropped the $10 million lawsuit against Daniels after the director reached out to make amends and delivered an out-of-court settlement including an apology as well as a donation to the Oscar-winning actor’s charity, Haitian Relief Organization (HRO), which he established nearly six years ago, helping people in Haiti rebuild homes, schools and hospitals following the disastrous earthquake in 2010.
Here’s to hoping Howard and his management company can come to similar, peaceful terms without dragging each other through the mud in court. What are your thoughts on Howard’s alleged legal woes? Sound off in the comment section below.