11:59am PT by Ashley Cullins
Play Producer Sues Management Firm Over Failure to Deliver A-List Stars
June Entertainment is being sued for allegedly taking $200,000 to secure A-list talent for a series of plays but never securing the actors, according to a complaint filed Wednesday in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Starvox Entertainment is suing June, claiming it paid a $25,000 deposit to secure Gary Oldman to perform in Sleuth, $45,000 in deposits and fees to nab Miley Cyrus for a role in Grease and a combined $130,000 to land Keira Knightley and Al Pacino in a production of Wait Until Dark.
According to the complaint, none of those castings happened and signatures on talent contracts sent to Starvox appear to be forged. Knightley's manager Adam Isaacs told Starvox he didn't sign any such form, doesn't know the June executives involved and that "Keira [Knightley] is also back in the U.K. with a new baby and under no circumstances does she want to do a play right now."
Starvox is suing for breach of written agreement and fraud, among other claims. It is seeking $200,000 plus interests, costs of the suit and any other damages the court deems proper. June executives John Ryan Jr., Barry Waldman and R. Scott Reid are also named as defendants in the suit.
June Entertainment has not yet responded to a request for comment.