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Elizabeth Mallalieu, New York - United States - on 11/10/13
It all started in Las Vegas back in February 2011 when XS co-owner Jesse Waits introduced William Morris Endeavor agent, Joel Zimmerman, to casino high roller Don Johnson. Deadmau5 was set to perform that night at the club and Don Johnson offered the Canadian DJ $200,000 to play Bon Jovi’s single “Livin’ On A Prayer,” which he agreed to do (check out the video below). When Zimmerman and Waits went to collect the money the next day from Johnson, he refused to pay up and quickly left Vegas in his private jet.
As Deadmau5 is one of the top earners in the agency’s electronic music division, WME didn’t want to burn bridges and offered to make up for $150,000 of what was promised to Deadmau5. According to the legal papers, “Waits said he would contribute $50,000 toward the $200,000.”
Now, a lawsuit has been filed as a result of the incident. Waits is suing Deadmau5’s agent, claiming that the $50,000 he paid was a loan rather than a payment to Deadmau5. William Morris Endeavor countered, saying that Wait’s is guilty of “negligent misrepresentation” since he made the offer to Zimmerman knowing that Johnson wouldn’t pay in the end. It is believed that the two entities have reached a “tentative settlement” although nothing is confirmed yet.
via In The Mix
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