Concert promoters and musicians sue each other all the damn time over everything from disputed fees to canceled dates to whether all the M&Ms in the dressing room were green as specifically noted in the rider. Never before has a promoter taken a legal fight quite as hard, though, as poor Diego Hernan de Iraola.
The Argentine head of Five Entertainment claims in a new Miami lawsuit that reggaeton star Daddy Yankee inflicted such emotional stress by canceling a tour that de Iraola suffered "extreme distress," "nosebleeds" and even, yes, "bleeding in his eyes."
De Iraola writes in the suit -- filed last week in in the U.S. District Court's Southern District of Florida -- that Daddy Yankee and his agent, Edgar Baldiri Martinez, signed a contract with his promotions company to perform six concerts around Argentina last November.
The Argentine paid the singer $800,000 up front for the rights to the shows, he says, plus hundreds of thousands more promoting shows from Buenos Aires to Cordoba.
But shortly before the start of the tour, he says Daddy Yankee "abruptly and without cause" cancelled the whole shindig, and then refused to pay back the money Iraola had already invested.
It would be quite an understatement to say that the promoter didn't take the news well. Let's let de Iraola's attorney's describe how he felt:
As for De Iraola personally, he began to experience repeated panic attacks for which he sought treatment from the emergency room several times (including on the night of the cancellation of the tour). As mentioned in paragraph 65 above, he also began to suffer from high blood pressure due to stress, which caused him to experience nosebleeds, bleeding in his eyes and numbness in his limbs. De Iraola was admitted to the emergency room several times for these complaints.Riptide sent an email to Nevarez Communications, the Doral-based PR firm that represents Daddy Yankee, but we haven't heard back yet.
In the months following the cancellation, De Iraola lived almost entirely confined to his home, due to debilitating anxiety and fear of public places and travel. He became increasingly depressed and suffered from extreme insomnia.
He sought treatment from a psychiatrist, whom he saw twice a week and who prescribed for him medication for his depression and anxiety. De Iraola remains under the care of a psychiatrist.
De Iaola wants back the $820,000 he says he spent on the cancelled tour, plus emotional and punitive damages.
Read the complaint for yourself here:
Daddy Yankee Suit
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