Russian media holding UTV, which owns Muz-TV channel, has filed a $1.8 million lawsuit with a Miami court, claiming losses from U.S.-based New Wave Entertainment over a canceled Moscow concert by popular singer Lady Gaga.
UTV claims it attempted to book the popular American singer through Miami-based New Wave Entertainment to perform at the Muz-TV awards ceremony in June 2012.
"ZAO TV Service (Muz-TV) and the American NWE Talent Agency & Management Company reached agreement that the U.S. side would organize the arrival and concert by Lady Gaga in Moscow at the Muz-TV awards ceremony in June 2012. The Russian side paid the necessary reservation deposit but the Americans could not guarantee the concert on the date for the channel," Muz-TV said in a statement.
New Wave Entertainment claimed it had connections to Lada Gaga to organize the tour but failed to secure the singer’s performance in Moscow, despite receiving a $1.5 million advance and $300,000 in agency fees.
"As a result, ZAO TV Service has applied to a court in Florida, U.S.A., with a lawsuit against the agent company to return the insurance deposit and compensate for losses suffered by the TV channel," Muz-TV said.
New Wave Entertainment has so far refused to return the funds.