Macy Gray is accusing her talent agent of luring her away from her sick daughter to go on a tour that they promised would make her money but only ended with her in the red.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Gray (real name Natalie Hinds) is suing her agent International Creative Management (ICM).
She says she brought on ICM to handle her concert bookings in 2016. Gray says that they were paid a cut of her earnings.
Around early 2017, she began to plan a European tour which she claims she was told would gross $500,000.
She claims that right before the tour was to start, she was told they had not come up with the full $500,000 for the tour, despite promises and her already spending $40k in travel costs for herself and the band.
Macy Gray says she was not really interested in doing a tour because her daughter’s health problems were worsening at the time. She says that her agent promised her over and over and even said he would cut his commission from 20% to 10% for the tour if he was unable to secure the $500k.
The tour was to last about two months and the agent said he would do whatever it took to make it profitable.
She completed the tour and found out she was still in the red despite the promises by the agent. The biggest unpaid bill was to her tour bus company.
The singer says she kept getting the run around from her agent and claims to be owed $22k from ICM. She claims ICM told her they would release the money if she extended their deal for a year.
Gray was “absolutely floored” and says this was “an attempt to extort her” knowing she was under both “serious emotional and financial duress.” Gray feels that she had been lied to by her agent and was upset that she missed nearly a month with her ailing daughter, who really needed her at the time.
As a result, she claims to have suffered not only economic damages but also “extreme anxiety, panic attacks, humiliation, embarrassment, emotional distress, sleeplessness and discomfort.”
The singer is suing for fraud and demanding unspecified damages.