LOS ANGELES (KABC)– Actor Terrence Howard has filed a lawsuit against Creative Artists Agency LLC, alleging the talent agency fraudulently convinced him to take less money for his role in the hit TV series “Empire.”
“Despite this sense of trust, it would not be until years later that Howard would discover that CAA…placed its own financial interests, as well as those of the production companies it also represented, ahead of his own,” he said. declared the Los Angeles. The Superior Court lawsuit states.
Although Howard — who appeared at a news conference Friday with his lawyer to announce the lawsuit — knew that CAA was preparing the project and receiving fees, he was unaware of the conflicts of interest facing CAA was faced with not only having their own financial interests incorporated into the project, but also representing the actors and production companies, the complaint states.
“Mr. Howard is going to file a lawsuit based on the duties of his agents who have simply failed time and time again,” said attorney James Bryant of the Cochran Law Firm. “This is a man who was the lead actor, once again, on one of the most successful television shows in network history, where Fox made over $125 million a year alone. in advertising revenue. This man was underpaid time and time again.”
While the producers want to keep the production budget as low as possible, the actors want to be paid the maximum for their work, the suit says. Lawyers say CAA convinced Howard that his salary was fair for his acting work on the show.
“I trusted CAA to take care of me, and they took care of themselves,” the actor said. “I can’t say it was a racial issue, but I can’t imagine white actors comparable to the numbers, accolades and global recognition that I have. I can’t imagine that the CAA would allow them to be misused and treated the way they allowed Fox to mistreat me or get paid the same way I was paid.”
Howard, 54, is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. Eyewitness News reached out to CAA for a statement but did not receive a response. The Cochran Law Firm said the lawsuit does not include an amount for damages at this time and said it will be determined at a later date.
“Empire” had a first pilot that reached nearly 10 million viewers, marking Fox’s highest-rated debut film in three years, the suit says.
“As a result, ‘Empire’ was an instant hit, not only exceeding the channel’s viewership expectations, but also garnering significant praise from critics across the entertainment industry,” it said. trial.
Howard’s film roles include “Crash” and “Hustle & To flow.”
City News Service, Inc. contributed to this report.
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