“See You Tonight” singer Scotty McCreery might be seeing the courtroom soon, because his former manager is suing him.
On July 3, music industry veteran Todd Cassetty filed a lawsuit in Davidson County Chancery Court in Tennessee. According to the Nashville Post, the lawsuit claims that McCreery never compensated Cassetty after he took over managing the American Idol winner’s career. Court documents list Scotty McCreery, his mother Judith McCreery, and Scotty’s production company Blue Crew Productions, Inc. as defendants.
McCreery signed with Cassetty Entertainment in October 2012 after fulfilling his contractual obligations to American Idol. McCreery even tweeted out the news to his followers last October:
Pumped to have @ToddCassetty as my new manager. We’re gonna be thinking outside the box and taking my career to the next level!
— Scotty McCreery (@ScottyMcCreery) October 31, 2012
Cassetty claims, however, that McCreery never provided compensation. “Celebrities should be required to pay their bills, just like anyone else,” his lawsuit reads.
In part of the legal complaint obtained by Nashville Post, it alleges an email sent from McCreery’s mother (Judith) to Cassetty stated that he was McCreery’s “unofficially official” new manager. However, Cassetty claims that a formal agreement never materialized. He maintains he was under the impression he would be compensated at a standard music industry rate of 15-20 percent. His lawsuit is calling those claims “fraudulent and deceptive.”
Today, Scotty McCreery addressed Cassetty’s accusations in a press statement:
“There is no truth to these allegations. I have offered to pay Todd more than once, but he wanted an unreasonable amount for only five months of work. Anyone who knows me knows how I conduct myself, so I am not worried they will believe any of this. This is just an attempt to embarrass me and my family. The facts will come out when we have our day in court.”
-Ashley Quadros, KNCI/Sacramento