Ciara was served with a lawsuit during a performance at L.A. Pride Saturday night.
The trouble started Friday, when the Atlanta R&B singer was sued by The Factory — a club in West Hollywood — for bailing on a performance scheduled for that night. Ciara’s management claimed that they informed the club of her absence, but the club continued to promote her appearance.
According to the lawsuit, which was obtained by TMZ, Ciara signed a $10,000 deal to appear at the club. The Factory said that the singer didn’t tell them she couldn’t perform because of restrictions in her contract with the L.A. Pride Festival. The Factory is suing Ciara for breach of contract and wants the 27-year-old to pay back the money it spent to promote her appearance, plus the money that is being lost by her last-minute decision not to perform.
However, Ciara’s representative said that the “princess of Crunk&B” backed out of the performance before a deal was finalized.
“Ciara’s commitment to perform at L.A. Gay Pride on Saturday night prevented her from making such a Friday night appearance. Despite being notified early last week that Ciara could not appear, the Factory continued to market and promote Ciara’s appearance,” the representative said.
The rep added, “The reason for the continued marketing/promotion is unclear, as it is not known why the Factory would intend to continue to mislead the public, to cause damage to the L.A. Gay Pride festival and to attempt to portray Ciara in a negative light.”
Things came to a head Saturday night, when a woman walked up to the stage and handed Ciara the lawsuit. The singer took one look at the document and tossed it back before continuing her performance. The woman who served the lawsuit then turns to the camera and says, “She got served. She threw it away, but she got served.”
What do you think of Ciara being served with a lawsuit mid-performance?