Ricky Martin was indicted on Wednesday by his former talent manager Rebecca Drucker.
Drucker claims Martin owes her over $3 million in unpaid commissions.
Drucker also said in the lawsuit that she once saved Martin from a scandal that ended his career.
Ricky Martin was sued on Wednesday by his former talent manager Rebecca Drucker, who alleges the singer paid her no more than $3 million in commissions.
In the lawsuit, filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court, Drucker also alleged that he once saved Martin’s career from a “devastating” scandal, said he had substance abuse problems and fostered a “toxic” work environment.
“She protected Martin for years from the consequences of his reckless indiscretions. Rebecca did that not only because she was his manager, but also because she thought Martin was her dear friend,” the lawsuit said.
Insider reached out to Drucker’s attorney for more information about the alleged scandal Martin was dealing with, but received no immediate response on Thursday. A lawyer for Martin also did not respond to Insider’s request for comment on the lawsuit.
In the lawsuit, Drucker said she first became friends with Martin in the early 2000s and started working for him around 2013. But they initially split in February 2018 “after a particularly ugly incident in Dubai involving Martin and his representative José Vega and other disputes,” according to the lawsuit.
Drucker said that after she stopped working for Martin, his… “career took a nosedive” and he “begged” her to come back and work for him. She accepted in May 2020 and initially came to an agreement to receive a 5% commission, according to the lawsuit.
According to the lawsuit, Drucker has “brought Martin’s career back to life in every way” thanks to her assistance with contracting, touring and sponsorship deals.
And it wasn’t just business transactions that Drucker helped Martin. According to the lawsuit, Drucker was “forced to deal with a litany of Martin’s personal problems, such as problems with the nanny he hired to care for his children, Martin’s non-payment of taxes, and his substance abuse, among others.”
Drucker also recalled performing when Martin’s career was threatened by scandal.
In one of many examples, Martin received a letter in or about September 2020 from a highly respected trial attorney in Los Angeles, California. Rebecca stood next to Martin as they first read the legal letter. publicly file a legal complaint against Martin if he would not pay money to settle a claim against him brought against him by his attorney’s client,” the lawsuit reads.
“After reading the legal letter, Martin collapsed. He expressed his extreme fear to Rebecca that if this threat was carried out, the consequences for Martin would be catastrophic.”
Drucker “quickly got one of the best attorneys in Los Angeles” to work for Martin, and “needless to say, the claim never saw the light of day,” the lawsuit said.
“Martin came out unscathed and continued his professional revival. Once again, Rebecca saved Martin’s career with the exceptional management and consulting services she provided him during this ordeal.”
The lawsuit insinuated that Martin was far from grateful for Drucker’s work. The lawsuit said Martin “promoted a toxic work environment in which he constantly mistreated, manipulated and lied to Rebecca.”
After a “communication failure” in July 2021, Drucker resigned, but again Martin “begged” her to stay, increasing her commission to 10%, according to the lawsuit. She initially agreed, but was later forced to resign in April 2022, the lawsuit revealed.
Drucker is now seeking millions of dollars in unpaid commissions from the deals she brokered for Martin.
According to the lawsuit, when Martin and his business entities realized they owed Drucker millions “they flatly refused to pay her anything,” which Drucker called “the ultimate betrayal” in the lawsuit.
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