Leah Remini's former managers have sued the actress, claiming a share of her $100,000-per-episode fee for the upcoming ABC comedy "Family Tools."
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court and obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, management company The Collective claims it signed Remini to an oral contract in November 2011 and agreed to manage her in exchange for a standard 10 percent commission from her earnings. A month before signing with The Collective, Remini had entered into a talent holding deal at ABC, so the parties allegedly agreed that the managers would not commission her $330,000 "holding fee" or certain $165,000 "advance talent fees" but would be entitled to commission any series deals that arose from the holding deal.
Remini soon scored the ABC project that became "Family Tools," which ABC is set to launch May 1. The show allegedly will pay her $100,000 per episode during the first season, with 4 percent raises in each subsequent season. The suit says she has filmed 10 episodes so far.
On Oct. 26, Remini allegedly fired The Collective "without warning or justification" and has refused to pay any commissions from "Family Tools."
"Notwithstanding Plaintiff's counsel in furthering Remini's career, which among other things led her to landing a role in the ABC television series 'Family Tools,' Remini refuses to pay Plaintiff for its services in direct breach of the talent management agreement entered into between Plaintiff and Remini," the complaint alleges. "Remini's behavior will not be tolerated."
The Collective claims it is owed $67,000 in commissions from the first 10 episodes plus 10 percent of her pay on all future episodes of the series -- which, if it's anything like Remini's hit CBS sitcom "The King of Queens," could be a significant amount of money.
THR has reached out to Remini's attorney Tom Hoberman for comment and will update with a response.
The complaint, filed by Bryan Freedman and Brian Turnauer of L.A.'s Freedman & Taitelman, alleges causes of action for breach of oral contract, quantum meruit, declaratory relief and accounting.
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