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Pop Star Shakira Sued for $100 Million in Breach of Contract Claim


Posted on Jan 01, 2016

On November 20, 2012, the ex-boyfriend of pop star Shakira filed a breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty action in a New York court. Antonio de la Rua, who dated the Columbian musician for 10 years, is seeking $100 million in damages relating to his allegations that she failed to uphold their business agreement. He asserts that she owes him a portion of her past and future partnership profits.

In his filing, de la Rua stated that:

  • Four years into their relationship, Shakira asked him to take charge of her brand
  • She agreed to give him a share of the profits from her music and business ventures
  • He agreed to contribute his business and marketing skills, knowledge, and expertise
  • Following their break-up in 2010, Shakira asked him to continue their professional relationship and told the public that they would remain business partners
  • In 2011, she terminated his services

Although their alleged agreement was never put in writing, de la Rua contends that they had an oral contract and Shakira failed to live up to her end of the agreement. Over the course of their relationship, Shakira became an international star. De la Rua states that he is responsible for successfully brokering multimillion-dollar deals for the singer. He also credits himself with making the decision for Shakira to record the hit song “Hips Don’t Lie.”

Contact a New York breach of contract attorney today at (888) 497-3410 for more information about breach of contract and other business litigation matters.

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