Ne-Yo Loses Law Suit With Concert Promoter
August 25, 2010 at 2:22 PM (PT)
KENYOHN CLARK, a WASHINGTON DC club owner and concert promoter, has won a lawsuit against GRAMMY-award winning singer/songwriter NE-YO, after the singer failed to show up for a concert.
NE-YO, whose real name is SHAFFER SMITH, and his booking agent, MIKE ESTERMAN, have been order to pay $131,629 to the event promoter, CLARK. in a ruling handed down TUESDAY by ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY CIRCUIT JUDGE PHILIP T. CAROOM.
CLARK sued NE-YO and the booking agent after the singer canceled an appearance at a 2008 New Year’s concert event in BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON at the last minute. The event promoter stated in his suit that he had offered NE-YO $140,000 for the concert, which he hoped some 30,000 people would attend. The day of the event, CLARK said he received a text message from a travel agent saying that NE-YO would not make it to the concert in time because he was just returning from a trip to AFRICA. CLARK said many concertgoers wanted their money back, and in the end, half of the expected number of attendees showed up, paying an average of $125 per ticket.
In a separate message, NE-YO’s manager asked whether the concert could be re-scheduled for next FEBRUARY or MARCH. So far there has been no response from the promoter.