Celine Dion Has Lost A Legal Battle Over Unpaid CommissionGet the Full StoryVariety says that Celine Dion just lost a lawsuit between herself and her former talent agency ICM Partners. ICM was suing Celine, saying she owed them a whole bunch of money in commissions, as stipulated in her contract with them. A judge has sided with ICM, saying to poorly quote one of Celine s songs that it should all be coming back to them now.
This begins back in 2017, when Celine signed a multi-year touring and performing contract with AEG that was allegedly valued at 500 million. ICM claims that they never got a cut of Celine s deal. In 2019, ICM and her longtime rep Rob Prinz dropped her as a client, because she hadn t paid them the commission they were owed, and they decided to sue her to get their money.
Celine tried to argue that she had already paid Rob tons of money in the 30 years she was a client. She also claimed that Rob and ICM tried to take advantage of her after her husband, Rene Angelil, died in 2016, because Rene handled the business side of things, and she wasn t used to doing that on her own:
I have paid Mr. Prinz many millions of dollars over the years. And when this all started, my team made an extremely generous offer to pay him and ICM many more millions for years to come, even though our old agreements were over and we had not made a new one. I m not saying that Mr. Prinz did not do anything, but he s taking much more credit for my career than he deserves. Mr. Prinz had never asked to be paid for 10 years for a few months work, and I never agreed to it. When Rene was alive, he took care of my business and was always very fair with the people we worked with, and he taught me to be the same. Because he wasn t here to stand up for me at the hearing, I feel like Mr. Prinz and ICM took advantage with their demands for money and revealing confidential information about my AEG deal. I feel betrayed.
Deadline has the details of ICM legal win, and according to ICM, they believe the decision made by the California Labor Commission was fair. The CLC argued that there was an abundance of evidence to show that Celine had a valid contract in place that promised her talent agency a percentage of her deals. Also, that it was irrelevant that Celine wasn t working with them anymore; Rob Prinz reportedly negotiated her deal with AEG, and therefore was entitled to some of that money.
The ruling states that ICM Partners is due 1.5 of the gross compensation earned or received from all Las Vegas residency performances, 3 of all touring performances and 1.5 from performances in her home province of Quebec. It also includes interest calculated at 10 per annum. The commissioner ruled that Prinz was not entitled to collect commissions on Dion s 5 million sign-on bonus.
I m bad at math, so thankfully the internet has figured out that there was about 13 million at stake here. Celine reportedly made 42 million this year, on top of her reported net worth of 800 million. Still, Celine s attorney Zia Modabber released the following statement, saying that the wrong decision was made and that Celine s contract with ICM was outdated. They also plan to appeal the decision:
With due respect to the Labor Commissioner s office, we think they just got it wrong. The decision imposes on Celine a common agent s agreement that she and Mr. Prinz abandoned decades before. Forcing that old arrangement on her now as if she were a new artist rather than an international superstar ignores the history of their later contracts and wildly overpays Mr. Prinz for his contribution.
Given their long history of much more limited contracts, if Mr. Prinz wanted to go back to their original agency agreement, he could have asked for it and there would have been some agreement, or not. We will appeal this decision and have a jury decide what is right.
That mention of a jury tells me that Celine wants to take this all the way to a trial, which again, the woman is worth much, much more than a measly 13 million in overdue talent agency fees. I just hope that they re able to find a jury who can remain impartial. I know personally that during the jury selection process, I d just have to think of the chorus of The Power of Love, and I d say, Give her whatever she wants!