Celebrities "double dip" all the time to make easy cash under the table. It's a shady practice that is frowned upon by the music industry. Double dipping may have gotten R&B singer Ciara into hot water with a Los Angeles nightclub promoter.
It all unfolded when Ciara agreed to accept $10,000 to make an appearance at West Hollywood nightclub Hit Factory for a gay pride event Friday night. But Ciara was also contracted to perform at another LA area gay club on Saturday night, which would've been a conflict of exclusivity.
Hit Factory's promoter says CiCi's people told him she would only show her face in the club's VIP for the 10 grand -- not perform live. But Ciara's people claim they told the club she would not show up at all. They say the club continued to promote her appearance anyway.
The promoter allegedly paid Ciara the $10K up front, but Ciara never showed up on Friday as agreed.
Hit Factory's promoter filed a breach of contract lawsuit -- and since he knew where CiCi would be performing on Saturday night, he sent a process server who worked his way to the front of the stage and handed off the court summons to Ciara while she was performing. Once Ciara realized what she was reading, she tried to toss the papers back, but it was too late! By law, she was served once she accepted the summons. Now the lawsuit can proceed with or without her.
According to gossip website TMZ, the promoter is seeking $10K plus attorney's fees and court costs.
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