Former Employees Sue White Star Owner
April 20, 2009 at 12:51 PM (PT)
Today's CITY PAPER in NASHVILLE is reporting that nine former employees of WHITE STAR ENTERTAINMENT are suing owner/founder JAMES C. LESTORI. The lawsuit seeks $900,000 in compensatory and $1 million in punitive damages, plus $30,000 for the an assault charge against one of the employees.
According to the report: "They claim he attracted all of them to come to work for him in Nashville last year with claims that he had the financial wherewithal to launch an ambitious music enterprise, but that the business abruptly failed in December and that Lestorti has not been heard from since. The plaintiffs say they are owed $300,000 for unpaid compensation as well as loans that some of them made to LESTORI."
Some of the juicier tid-bits from the story include the charge that Mr. LESTORI's brother once referred to him as "the devil himself."
Last fall WHITE STAR announced the signing of three artists- GEORGE DUCAS, DANIELLE PECK and JASON MEADOWS, and then abruptly closed shortly afterwards.
Read the article here.