According to The Hollywood Reporter, Motley Crue has been dragged into a lawsuit between Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler’s former management company (Tenth Street Entertainment) and his lawyer.
Kovac Media Group (d/b/a Tenth Street Entertainment), which served as Tyler’s personal manager, sued attorney Dina LaPolt last October claiming she cost Tyler a $6 to $8 million pay raise in 2011 in his contract for another season with “American Idol”. Kovac Media Group, run by Allen Kovac, is now claiming that LaPolt has attempted to retaliate against him for the lawsuit by “conspiring” to “set up a competing management company” to steal away Motley Crue, the “world-famous rock band” that Kovac has been representing for the past 15 years.
On Monday, January 7th, declarations by Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars and drummer Tommy Lee were filed along with new court papers by LaPolt asking a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to strike Kovac’s complaint based on California’s anti-SLAPP statute. According to Mars’ declaration, he first learned of what had happened on Oct. 15, when he got an e-mail from LaPolt describing the dispute and stating that he should get an independent attorney if he was concerned. Mars says he was “completely shocked and mad that Motley Crue’s manager had sued our lawyer. I trust Dina implicitly, to the point that she is my trustee if I die or become disabled.”
A few hours after Mars read the e-mail, he says he was informed that Pam Malek, the band’s business manager, had told one of Kovac’s attorneys to draw up documents giving Kovac $200,000 of Motley Crue money. According to Mars, the money was supposed to repay a personal loan that Kovac had given to the band’s singer Vince Neil (no longer a shareholder in the band), but Mars said that he never voted for that to happen. “Once I saw Pam Malek’s e-mail, I got very concerned about her ability to be unbiased and act in my best interests,” says Mars. “Because Pam is also the business manager for 11-7 Recording Corp. (one of Allen Kovac’s companies) and represents many of Allen Kovac’s clients, I felt she was controlled by him and would do whatever he demanded, whether or not it was in my best interests.” Malek was later terminated, and Mars hired new representatives. Mars calls Kovac’s assertion that LaPolt was interfering and guiding him to retain new business reps to be “false and ridiculous” and that “any strain between Motley Crue and Allen Kovac is caused by Allen Kovac’s actions.”
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