Beyoncé will have to face the music when it comes to a video game project she abandoned last year. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Charles Ramos rejected her request to toss the suit and now the singer will face a $100 million lawsuit filed by Gate Five, LLC.
Judge Ramos charged that Beyoncé “double crossed” the firm when she ditched its project to make a dance video game. In the suit filed in April, Gate Five accused Beyoncé of a “bad faith breach of contract so callous that, on what appeared to be a whim, she destroyed Gate Five’s business and drove 70 people into unemployment, the week before Christmas .”
The firm claims she backed out at the last minute on the project for a video game called “Starpower: Beyoncé” after making an “extortionate demand” for more money, and the firm financing the game backed out because of Beyoncé’s move.
Beyoncé’s lawyers tried to make a case that the star had a right to walk because Gate Five had not secured financing for the project by a mid-November 2010 deadline, but the judge wasn’t hearing it. I wonder how this will play out in the end.
What do you think of the judge’s ruling? Was Beyoncé wrong to back out at the last minute?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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