DJ Pauly D’s Jersey Shore salary has been revealed in a lawsuit filed on Thursday in Los Angeles by his former talent agency, International Creative Management.
According to E!Online, ICM submitted court documents to L.A. Superior Court alleging that the 31-year-old “Jersey Shore” star owes the company $370,000 in commission he refused to pay up for the past two seasons of the show, plus 10 percent of what he makes during the show’s upcoming (sixth) season.
The documents state that, Pauly D, whose real name is Paul DelVecchio, made as much as $150,000 per episode during season five, totaling $2.1 million for the 12 episodes and that figure will jump up to $175k for each episode in season six.
International Creative Management believes they are entitled to DelVecchio’s money because “standard custom and practice in the entertainment industry that talent agencies are entitled to post-termination commissions on all deals they negotiate for their client.”
Meanwhile, DelVecchio’s lawyers seemed dismayed that ICM would reveal how much the young actor gets paid, citing the firm’s decision to “disclose his confidential business affairs to the public in disregard of any duties it owes as a talent agency.”
While a portion of Pauly D’s financials were put on display for the world to gawk at, it is unclear if all of the Jersey Shore stars are earning the same per episode stipend. However it has previously been reported at least several members of the cast earned $100,000 per episode for Season 4 which premiered in August 2011.
Besides Jersey Shore, DelVecchio is currently starring in his own spin-off, “The Pauly D Project,” which had become one of the top 10 cable shows since its March 29 debut. It shows his “transition from world-famous housemate to world-class DJ, with his best friends from his home state of Rhode Island along for the ride.”
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