Pulling out of a gay pride event has resulted in a lawsuit for Ciara. A Hollywood nightspot is suing the "Body Party" singer, alleging she signed a $10,000 appearance fee contract only to walk away from the deal.
The Factory claims CiCi first signed on to sing at the L.A. Gay Pride weekend celebration tonight (Jun. 7), but had to scale down to merely making an appearance due to restrictions in her contract for tomorrow's show that she is headlining. Venue reps claim they were under the impression that Ciara would still be stopping by, and is suing to recoup money lost from her cancellation just earlier this week (Jun. 3), saying that they were left to scramble for an adequate replacement and lost money in marketing and promotion.
A rep for Ciara countered, telling TMZ that she nixed the gig long before the final negotiation stage, and that her slot on the Pride Festival's main stage took precedence. "Ciara's commitment to perform at L.A. Gay Pride on Saturday (June 8) night prevented her from making such a Friday night appearance. Despite being notified early last week that Ciara could not appear, the Factory continued to market and promote Ciara's appearance."
"The reason for the continued marketing/promotion is unclear, as it is not known why the Factory would intend to continue to mislead the public, to cause damage to the L.A. Gay Pride festival and to attempt to portray Ciara in a negative light.”
Ciara's team followed with a tweet clearing up any more confusion. "The ONLY place Ciara will be performing at this weekend is headlining the Gay Pride Festival. Other advertisements are false!!"
L.A.'s Gay Pride festivities kick off tonight with the Pride parade scheduled for Sunday (June 9) at 11 a.m.
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