Chip Lightman, producer of the "Donny & Marie Show" at the Flamingo, said he filed a lawsuit in Clark County District Court on Friday, alleging the headliners and their production company were involved in "contractual interference and deceitful dealings."
Lightman told Vegas Confidential that the headliners owe a minimum of two more years of commission and that he decided to go public when they refused to negotiate "a reasonable settlement."
The Osmonds returned to the Strip two years ago following a long absence after Lightman and his then-partner, Wynn Las Vegas headliner Danny Gans, worked out a deal that was followed by a number of extensions.
Lightman said he was informed by Donny Osmond that his contract would not be renewed unless he agreed to take a 50 percent pay cut. Lightman said the show has been doing "record-breaking numbers … the only one show on the Strip that’s not offering discounted tickets."
Lightman alleged in the interview that Donny Osmond "on many occasions would go around me and call the hotel and get in business discussions he should have been having with me."
"This is the way they show their gratitude by cutting me out of a deal that I am entitled to and deserve," said Lightman. He added that producers traditionally receive from 10 percent to 20 percent commission, but he indicated his was "under the norm."
AGASSI, GRAF SUE
Andre Agassi and Stephanie Graf and two associates have filed a lawsuit against their partners who founded Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace.
Joining Agassi and Graf in the lawsuit are his former coach Darren Cahill and Todd Wilson, an executive in Agassi’s foundation. They are seeking unspecified damages for breach of contract, conversion and negligence.
They were partners in Touch LLC, which operated Pure under the management team of Robert Frey and Steve Davidovici.
After Pure’s success, Frey and Davidovici created Pure Management Group and formed other clubs and restaurants, "many of which would compete against Pure."
"Significant improprieties" led to an IRS raid in 2008 and defendants used Pure’s resources to defend Davidovici to the tune of $1 million in legal fees, according to District Court document.
THE SCENE AND HEARD
MGM Resorts International executive Felix Rappaport will be among the pallbearers for Tony Curtis’ funeral at the Palm Mortuary and Cemetery, 7600 S. Eastern Ave. Curtis’ family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Shiloh Horse Rescue and Sanctuary operated by his wife, Jill. Mail to: Shiloh Charitable Trust, 2598 Forest City Drive, Henderson, NV 89052.
Siegfried Fischbacher, in the crowd at Joan Rivers’ show at The Venetian on Thursday night. Rivers sent a video to Frank Marino’s 25th anniversary celebration, which was marked Thursday night at his "Divas Las Vegas" show at Imperial Palace. … I’ll be tapping the keg tonight at 7 p.m. at the Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas and signing my book "Sinsational Celebrity Tales."
THE PUNCH LINE
That Snooki novel ain’t gonna write itself." — From David Letterman’s Top Ten Other Reasons Why Rahm Emanuel is Leaving the White House.
Norm Clarke can be reached at (702) 383-0244 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com.