Rapper Eve has been hit with a breach of contract lawsuit for allegedly failing to pay her management company commission for big endorsement deals.

The BARBERSHOP star and her manager TROY CARTER are among those who have had papers filed against them in the NEW YORK SUPREME COURT on 27 June (03) by WILHELMINA ARTIST MANAGEMENT.

According to the lawsuit, Eve entered into an exclusive two-year deal with Wilhelmina in May 2001 which allowed the company to represent her in the field of commercial marketing activities, which include modelling; runway; fashion; commercials; spokesperson deals; tour sponsorships; celebrity endorsements and product placement.

The lawsuit alleges that Eve negotiated a side deal with INNOVO GROUP executive ANTHONY OTTIMO - who is also being sued - to launch her FETISH clothing line after Wilhelmina introduced the parties and initially negotiated a contract to have Eve endorse a variety of fashion items for TGG ENTERPRISES INC.

In addition, the papers allege that Wilhelmina was never paid for negotiating contracts with REEBOK and CANDIES SHOES, and that Eve attempted to sever ties with the company without paying its commissions.

The specific amount of damages sought by Wilhelmina are not specified in the lawsuit.

25/07/2003 19:49