(LOS ANGELES) — Steven Tyler has come to the defense of his lawyer, who’s being sued by the Aerosmith singer’s former management group for allegedly ruining the rocker’s chances at scoring a big pay raise for being a judge on American Idol.
Kovac Media Group/Tenth Street Entertainment filed a lawsuit in October against attorney Dina LaPolt, claiming her negotiating strategy cost Tyler a $6 million to $8 million pay raise in 2011 in his contract for a second season with American Idol, and as a result cost them commissions. Tyler was an Idol judge for two seasons.
Tyler and American Idol are not named as defendants in the lawsuit, but that hasn’t stopped the singer from blasting the former managers.
Deadline.com reports that in a legal response on Monday, Tyler stated, “It is an understatement to say that I was very unhappy with the services and conduct of Allen Kovac. Among other things, he was disrespectful and rude to my business associates, insulted and verbally abused my fiancée, my lawyer, my family, my assistants, and my accountants.”
Tyler added, “This lawsuit is nothing more than Kovac’s desperate attempt to exact revenge for his loss of one valuable management client, mega famous rock star and television personality Steven Tallarico p/k/a Steven Tyler…”
LaPolt’s lawyers are seeking to have the lawsuit dismissed.
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Scott Stuntz, Teton Valley News
Brett Crandall, BYU-Idaho Communications