Jill Scott: Countersues Record Company That Sued Her
Neo-soul siren Jill Scott is fighting back against her longtime record company Hidden Beach Records.
BV Buzz reported back in February that the boutique music label filed a suit against Scott claiming that she had “breached her contract” with them.
Now the Philly-bred singer has countersued, filing paperwork first discovered by RadarOnline.com claiming that Hidden Beach cost her millions of dollars.
Additionally, the 38-year-old vocalist claims that she was mismanaged by the recording company and that they broke contractual promises to her.
Having released six CDs for Hidden Beach, Scott alleges in legal docs that she lost “millions of dollars in damages as a result of Hidden Beach’s mismanagement of her career.”
She is also upset that the record company is unlawfully using her name in the digital realm.
The cross complaint said “in a bizarre and unlawful attempt to hold on to Ms. Scott’s name…Hidden Beach has launched and continues to operate a “Jill Scott” website, a “Jill Scott” Facebook page, and a “Jill Scott” MySpace page.”
Scott’s attorneys are requesting that the label “stop misusing her name on internet sites.”
The singer, who is currently featured in Tyler Perry’s ‘Why Did I Get Married Too?,’ is asking for a jury trial.
After BV Buzz’s original report, Scott released a statement about Hidden Beach’s lawsuit against her.
“The lawsuit filed on February 3, 2010 by Hidden Beach Recordings against Jill Scott has no legal merit and misrepresents the history of Ms. Scott’s relationship with the label. Jill Scott has the legal right to terminate her recording contract with Hidden Beach Recordings under California’s 7-year rule, where she had been a recording artist for more than 10 years. During her time at Hidden Beach Recordings, she released several highly successful albums. At this time, with many creative projects in the works which include music, film and television roles and product development, Ms. Scott looks forward to continuing to further her artistry and building the Jill Scott brand in other creative environments.”
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