Hollywood Docket: Terrence Howard Settles Manager Lawsuit; Fox News Mole; Kermit's German Troubles
A roundup of entertainment law news including the Fox Mole being investigated for grand larceny.
Terrence Howard has settled a dispute with Victoria Fredrick, who alleged in a lawsuit last year that she acted as the actor's personal manager and was owed commissions.
In a complaint filed in Pennsylvania federal court, Fredrick said that she became Howard's personal manager in 2005 and that an agreement entitled her to 10 percent of Howard's earnings in the entertainment industry.
Fredrick demanded her allegedly owed portion from Howard's $1.75 million payday for Fightin, $1 million salary for Winnie, and further commissions for his work on such films as Hustle n Flow, Idlewild and Iron Man.
Howard disputed Fredrick's role.
Last week, the case was voluntarily dismissed with prejudice. Details of the settlement haven't been publicly revealed.
In other entertainment and media law news:
- Fox Mole Joe Muto tweeted this morning that law enforcement seized his iPhone, laptop and old notebooks. The warrant revealed that he was being investigated for grand larcency, likely in connection to Muto's paid work to spy on Fox News from inside and report for Gawker. Muto tweeted that him turning over a clip of "Romney talking about his horses" had made Fox upset, and took a shot at the Murdoch company, saying, "I should have done something more innocuous, like hacked a dead girl’s phone and interfered with a police investigation."
- The Miss America Organization is being sued by Phyllis Wayne, whose late husband wrote the famous composition, "There She Is Miss America." According to a copyright lawsuit, the pageant obtained a sync license from the Waynes for many years, but the license allegedly expired in 2010. Wayne says the song continues to be used nonetheless.
- The producer of the indie film, From the Rough, starring Academy Award-nominated Taraji Henson, claims in a lawsuit that the designer hired to create the website for the film, hijacked the domain name, changed the passwords, stole promotional material, and wouldn't return the website for 15 months as the parties argued over money. Now, the web designer is being sued for more than $200,000 in damages for conversion, fraudulent concealment, breach of oral contract.
- Speaking of movie promotion, Kermit the Frog allegedly violated German media law in an appearance on the local Pro7 network by mentioning the theatrical release of Disney's The Muppets. The country has a law about product placement without proper disclosure. Here's the The Hollywood Reporter story.