Sandra Bernhard’s $250k Lawsuit
The comedian is being accused of a handful of things including inflating her fees. According to her former manager, James Sliman who started working with the actress back in 2013 and continued on for 11 years is revealing that she was kind of a terror.
In July he filed a lawsuit against her in New York where he is looking to get $250k out of her for alleged breach of contract, wrongful termination, and commission and fees he says are outstanding.
He also alleges in the court docs obtained by Daily Mail that she forced him to do “many unscrupulous, questionable and embarrassing things” in the 11 years he was employed as her manager.
He has also accused her of creating a “hostile” workspace essentially making it hard for him to complete his tasks.
‘Phony Invoice’ From Sandra Bernhard
One of the biggest accusations that Sliman has against Bernhard is she used “phony invoices” to escalate her booking fees. She also supposedly cheated venues out of merch revenues, “In dozens of instances, maybe hundreds, Miss Bernhard coerced me into sending phony invoices from her to charity organizations, LGBT charity organizations, television shows, documentary filmmakers etc… who wanted to interview her.”
His description of Bernhard’s acts makes her seem like someone who is knowingly and willingly scamming people. “Whether or not she was already being paid a fee, she would insist I get them to also cover costs of her hair and make-up people.”
The accusation continued. “When they agreed, she would tell me to say it cost $1,000 when it was really only $2-300.”
Sandra Bernhard Was ‘Supplementing Her Income’
The comedian who is best known for her role on Roseanne in the 90s allegedly had a whole scheme going . Sliman claims after he sent the invoices to Bernhard, she would just “pocket the money” and it quickly “became a small way she could supplement her income.”
He also mentioned that this is from “a woman who everyone knows is a multi-millionaire.” He went on to share that he was eventually wrongfully terminated by Bernhard in July after she “could not admit that her live shows were now selling poorly and her asking fees were too high.” He also claims that she even tried to scam a few venues out of their pay as well.
Give The Venues Their Coins
Bernhard apparently “had various ways of trying not to pay venues 20 percent of her merchandise sales, which is standard. She would simply refuse to pay it, or tell them they could only have 10 percent or just lie about how much she sold.”
This was achievable because of venues being “cash only” and she “would tell me she never reported that money to her accountants.”
Silman also claims that he was a shoulder to cry on for Bernhard but realized she “started asking more and more of me” and “took extreme advantage of our business relationship and used me to do the work of up to four people.”