Celine Dion has released a statement in response to the ruling that she owes commissions to ICM Partners and partner Rob Prinz for her concert deal with AEG.
The California Labor Commission has ruled that Celine must pay commissions on the deal, which was reached in 2017 at a value of $500 million. ICM Partners, her former agency, negotiated the deal and they sued her in 2019 for unpaid commissions.
Deadline reports that the “ruling states that ICM Partners is due 1.5% of the gross compensation earned or received from all Las Vegas residency performances, 3% of all touring performances and 1.5% from performances in her home province of Quebec.”
Celine and her attorney have both spoken out with statements, with her lawyer committing to appealing the decision and taking the lawsuit to a jury.
Click inside to read Celine Dion’s full statement…
“I have paid Mr. Prinz many millions of dollars over the years. And when this all started, my team made an extremely generous offer to pay him and ICM many more millions for years to come, even though our old agreements were over and we had not made a new one. I’m not saying that Mr. Prinz did not do anything, but he’s taking much more credit for my career than he deserves. Mr. Prinz had never asked to be paid for 10 years for a few months’ work, and I never agreed to it,” Celine said in her statement.
She added, “When Rene was alive, he took care of my business and was always very fair with the people we worked with, and he taught me to be the same. Because he wasn’t here to stand up for me at the hearing, I feel like Mr. Prinz and ICM took advantage with their demands for money and revealing confidential information about my AEG deal. I feel betrayed.”
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