Chris Brown’s former manager lost a bid to seize more than $1.5 million in assets from the singer for allegedly failing to pay commissions owed for personal services, court papers obtained Wednesday show.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Chalfant on Tuesday rejected a motion brought by lawyers for Michael Guirguis and his firm, Nitevision Management. Guirguis, also known as Mike G, sued the singer last summer for allegedly beating him up on May 10 last year, just days before Brown was to leave for a European tour.
Mike G also alleges that Brown defamed him and Nitevision Management with Instagram postings in which the entertainer claimed that he fired Nitevision because his ex-manager stole money from him.
Chalfant’s ruling dealt with Nitevision’s breach of contract claim related to the terms of a written personal management agreement between the parties made in April 2014.
The motion sought specific assets from Brown, including money in his deposit accounts and his interests in real estate, except for his primary home. The motion did not seek the “Run It” singer’s earnings.
“Although there can be no dispute that Brown owes Nitevision the unpaid commissions, he refuses to pay them,” Mike G’s attorneys stated in their court papers.
In a sworn statement regarding the asset seizure bid, Mike G maintained that the singer has a history of financially unsound behavior that could make the defendant’s solvency questionable in the future.
“I have worked with Brown since 2012 and have seen firsthand Brown’s lavish spending habits,” his former manager said.
He said the 27-year-old singer “travels on private jets domestically and internationally, and spends anywhere from $50,000 to $200,000 per trip.” The plaintiff also argued that Brown’s video shoots have often exceeded his record label’s budgets, and said the singer has had to pay six-figure sums of his own money to cover the additional costs.
Brown was fired in July from his Las Vegas residency at Drai’s Beachclub and Nightclub in July, where he earned $3 million annually, Mike G said.
Nitevision could suffer “great or irreparable injury” if Brown is allowed to continue spending large sums of money without the funds being replenished, his ex-manager said in his court papers.
Brown also has not allowed Nitevision to inspect and copy books and records relating to the singer’s gross revenues, which the company is allowed to do under the 2014 agreement, according to the plaintiff.
—City News Service