A talent management agency is suing the father of 15-year-old Disney Channel singer/actress Kylie Cantrall, alleging he suddenly stopped paying 10% commissions owed under an agreement made for the benefit of his daughter.
Rafterman Entertainment Media Inc. brought the lawsuit Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court against Alexander Cantrall and the company he formed on behalf of his daughter, Hello Kylie Entertainment Inc., seeking unspecified damages. The suit’s allegations include breach of contract and promissory fraud.
A representative for Alexander Cantrall could not be immediately reached.
“With every passing day, as obligations are flouted with increasing abandon, Alexander Cantrall places his daughter’s company and ultimately her career in greater jeopardy,” the suit alleges. “Although (Alexander) Cantrall portrays himself on his social media as a `Supa-Dad,’ the reality is that Alexander Cantrall has been pulling the strings with regard to Kylie’s career in order to enrich himself to the detriment of others who have helped nurture Kylie’s career, including plaintiffs.”
In allegedly refusing to pay Rafterman Media the 10% talent management commission that was agreed to and repeatedly reaffirmed, Alexander Cantrall and Hello Kylie have “demonstrated a blatant disregard for their contractual obligations and a propensity for outright fraud,” according to the suit.
In December 2016, Alexander Cantrall asked Rafterman Entertainment to represent his daughter in her nascent entertainment career when she was 11 years old, had no record of success and needed experienced and sophisticated management, the suit states.
The defendants promised to pay the plaintiffs a 10% gross commission for projects arising while Rafterman Entertainment represented the singer, including residuals, the suit states. During the December 2016 meeting, Alexander Cantrall promised Rafterman Entertainment that the payments would be made and reiterated the terms time and time again, not only to Rafterman Entertainment, but in front of the singer and her mother, Carol Borjas, who is Alexander Cantrall’s ex-wife, the suit states.
With Rafterman Media’s guidance, Kylie Cantrall’s career skyrocketed, according to the suit, which says that by the end of 2018, she had landed a guest star role for the Disney Channel series “Bizaardvark,” a recurring guest star role in the Disney Channel series “Raven’s Home” and ultimately the lead role in the hit Disney Channel series “Gabby Duran & the Unsittables.”
“With plaintiff’s guidance, Kylie catapulted into being the next big Disney star,” the suit states.
In December 2018, Alexander Cantrall abruptly terminated the firm’s services, but for the next 18 months payments were made as scheduled, the suit states. Last July, Alexander Cantrall and Hello Kiylie made a “strange” direct deposit without any of the description and supporting documentation that accompanied prior commission payments, the suit alleges.
In a series of text messages three months later, he threatened to cut the plaintiff’s commissions from 10% to 5% before ultimately stopping payments altogether, the suit alleges.
“`Gabby Duran’ currently is in the midst of taping its second season, yet the defendants have abruptly terminated commission payments …,” the suit states. “In short, Alexander Cantrall and Hello Kylie have completely abandoned their promised commitments to plaintiffs, not only breaching the management agreement and exposing prior misrepresentations, but also demonstrating the extent to which Alexander Cantrall is breaching the obligations he owes to his 15-year-old daughter.”
Rafterman Media is asking that Alexander Cantrall be replaced by a court-appointed receiver who can provide “sufficient structure where not only past-due commissions are paid, but future commissions are substantiated and conveyed as well.”