Country music superstar Taylor Swift has been hit with a lawsuit for allegedly keeping a multi-million dollar paycheck for a gig she never performed.
Swift has reportedly been sued over the $2.5 million paycheck she received to perform at the Capital Hoedown concert in Ottawa in August 2012. The concert was canceled by organizers and $1.8 million had to be refunded to customers, but Swift allegedly kept the $2.5 million advance fee she was paid.
The complaint, filed in federal court in New York by Florida-based ticketing company Fire USA Inc, stated that the 23-year-old singer performed a breach of agreement by refusing to schedule a new performance after the Aug. 11, 2012 concert in Ottawa that was canceled.
In the suit, the company claims "Swift and/or through her agent Messina refused to perform and/or reschedule a new appearance," which "amounted to a breach" of a October 2011 contract between the parties.
Organizational problems led to the cancellation of the concert and Swift had already been paid a non-refundable deposit of $250,000 in late October 2011, followed by $2.2 million that December.
After customers, who purchased tickets through Evo Merchant Services (a New York credit card payment processing company), demanded their money back, the payment company filed a claim against FIRE for $1.8 million in losses.
Now the company that sold tickets for the event feels that Swift should use her sizeable fee to refund $1.8 million worth of ticket purchases, according to documents filed in New York federal court. The singer's representatives contested that her deal was not with the ticket company and thus she is not liable for the refunds. They also claimed they have not yet seen the lawsuit.