MOSCOW, February 10 - RAPSI. The MUZ-TV channel's operator TV Services extended a list of defendants in its lawsuit filed with a Florida court against a U.S. company failing to secure Lady Gaga's performance for the MUZ-TV June 2012 music awards ceremony, according to the petition made available to the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.com).
TV Services initially sued NWE Talent Agency & Management Company and its agent Ryan Burke. However, the plaintiff now decided to sue U.S. businessman George Sergeev, his World Media Alliance and the Vision Entertainment Worldwide company.
The lawsuit was filed on January 26. According to the plaintiff's statement, the MUZ-TV channel planned to secure Lady Gaga's performance at the MUZ-TV music awards in June 2012 in Moscow. The plaintiff first approached Sergeev who, in turn, connected it with NWE agent Ryan Burke.
TV Services maintains that it agreed with NWE that the latter would secure Lady Gaga's performance for the MUZ-TV music awards. MUZ-TV transferred the required amount to NWE's "escrow account." However, the defendant failed to secure Lady Gaga's appearance at the ceremony.
Besides, the plaintiff asserts that NWE had never been in negotiations with Lady Gaga's managers. Although the plaintiff duly demanded to return the money, the defendants refused to do so.
Ultimately, TV Services filed a lawsuit with the U.S. court in Florida, seeking to return the funds as well as recover consequential damages since NWE failed to secure Lady Gaga's services for the required date.
Pursuant to the case documents, MUZ-TV transferred $1.65 million to the defendant: $1.5 million were paid to NWE and $150,000 - to Sergeev's World Media Alliance.
The plaintiff also says that NWE has already cashed $450,000 allegedly to pay for the "intermediary services." In his regard, TV Services requested the court to freeze the rest $1.05 million on the escrow account. The court satisfied the petition and frozen the assets.