Beyoncé Sued for Breach of Contract

Software developer says the star pulled out of deal.

Posted: 04/27/2011 07:09 PM EDT
Filed Under Jay-Z, Beyoncé

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A summons was served for Beyoncé in New York City yesterday, alleging that she reneged on an agreement to develop a motion-sensing dance video game, to be called Starpower: Beyoncé. The company Gate Five is suing for $100 million to cover lost investments and estimated profits from the venture.

The document, which can be read here, says, in part: “Though she had already negotiated lavish compensation terms to which she was contractually bound, Ms. Carter, at a crucial moment in the project’s development, made an extortionate demand for entirely new compensation terms she suddenly decided she wanted. When her maneuver backfired and drove away the financier (who found Ms. Carter too erratic to do business with), she pulled out of the project in breach of the agreement. Her actions where so unscrupulous that her then manager (who is also her father) renounced them.…”

Gate Five says that as a result of Beyoncé pulling out of the deal, they were forced to lay off 70 people the week before Christmas.

No comment yet from Beyoncé’s camp.

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Do you think Beyoncé really pulled out of this deal?

60% No way, they’re just trying to get money out of her.
40% Probably. It sounds like some diva mess.