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Salman,Katrina and many others sued $1mn for allegedly breaching contracts

Written by Shruti Misra

Superstar Salman Khan, among numerous other Bollywood artists like Katrina Kaif, Akshay Kumar, Ranveer Singh and Prabhu Deva, are facing a lawsuit for allegedly breaching contracts.

An Indian-American promoter sued the actors, claiming that they refused to perform at a concert in the US despite having taken money for it, reported The Indian Express.

The lawsuit was filed on June 10, 2018, by the Chicago-based Vibrant Media Group before a Northern District Court of Illinois, Eastern Division. The case has been assigned to District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman.

Others sued by the promoter include Sonakshi Sinha and singers Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan and Usha Mangeshkar.

The media group declared “breach of contract” in their lawsuit against the artists and their respective agents, Matrix India Entertainment Consultants Private Limited and Yashraj Films Private Limited.

According to the complaint, in 2013, Vibrant Media Group had hired the artists to appear live and perform at the concert ‘Celebrating 100 years of Indian Cinema’, which was to be held on September 1, 2013.

Due to Salman’s legal proceedings in Rajasthan at the time, he was unable to leave India, resulting in the cancellation of the show. However, the media house had agreed to postpone the event, not cancel it.

It recently came to Vibrant Media Group’s attention that Salman, along with the other artists have agreed to work with another promoter. They did not return the money they were paid for the show. “All calls to Mr Khan, his agents, and other artists, for the return of the funds have gone unanswered,” the group said as it sought damages of at least $1 million.

 According to the complaint, the media group made an advance payment of more than $200,000 dollars to Salman for the concert to be held at the Sears Centre in Chicago on September 1, 2018. Katrina was paid $40,000 and Sonakshi $36,000. None of these funds have been returned, apparently.

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