DJ MK settled a lawsuit he filed against his former management company in which he alleged they wrongfully withheld more than $1.5 million in commissions due under a contract.
Lawyers for MK, whose real name is Marc Kinchen, and MDM Artists told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Steven J. Kleifield during a hearing Thursday that the case was resolved. No terms were revealed. MK’s primary attorney is Mathew Rosengart, who recently was given prelimiminary approval by a judge to represent Britney Spears in her bid to end the conservatorship imposed on her in 2008.
MK is Will Smith’s former in-house producer and he has worked for Celine Dion, Rihanna, Diplo, Mary J. Blige, Pitbull and Lana Del Rey. He sued MDM Artists Inc. and its principals, Marci Weber and Mark Davenport, in July 2020, alleging breach of contract, unjust enrichment, fraud, unfair business practices and that the defendants put their interests ahead of those of the plaintiff.
MK alleged he was intentionally misled about the terms of his management agreement with MDM Artists, saying they effectively coerced him into signing it during a surprise meeting at an airport in January 2015, the morning after a late night/early morning concert without giving him the chance to have an attorney review it.
“Davenport foisted a 12-page document on MK at an airport after MK had performed all night, told him he had to sign immediately and lied about its contents,” the suit stated.
Contrary to Davenport’s misrepresentations at the airport, the provisions of the initial agreement and the purported management agreement were not the same, according to the suit, which sought $1.5 million allegedly owed MK, as well as both compensatory and punitive damages.
In his court papers, defense attorney Mark D. Passin said MK “repudiated a talent management agreement” between the parties after the defendants “revived his musical career and brought him to the brink of stardom.”