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Tuesday
Dec182012

Steven Tyler Blasts Former Managers in "American Idol" Pay Raise Lawsuit

Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images(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.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Sunday
Jul012012

Take Two: Tom Cruise Using Same Powerhouse Attorney Used for Nicole Kidman Divorce

George Pimentel/Getty Images for Creative Artists Agency(NEW YORK) -- This time the shoe is on the other foot, but Tom Cruise will have a familiar face at his side. Dennis Wasser, the Los Angeles based powerhouse divorce attorney who represented Cruise in his divorce with actress Nicole Kidman,  will represent the actor against Katie Holmes in the celebrity divorce bombshell of the year.

A source familiar with the actor confirmed Wasser has taken the case.

When asked if Cruise would try to move the case from New York to California the source would only say that "the approach will focus on the best interests of the child."

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Some legal analysts have said that Holmes' decision to file for divorce in New York may give her an advantage in her effort to gain sole custody versus joint custody, and provide more privacy since New York seals divorce filings that are often available in California.

Cruise's publicist said the actor was "deeply saddened" by Katie Holmes' divorce filing last week, and a source close to the "Rock of Ages" star told ABC News that Holmes' decision came as a "complete surprise."

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