Ricky Martin has been hit with a $3 million lawsuit from his ex-manager Rebecca Drucker.
Drucker, who worked with Martin from 2014-2018 and then again from 2020-2022, is suing the “Livin’ la Vida Loca” singer for unpaid commissions, according to legal documents acquired by the New York Post.
Filed Wednesday (June 29) in Los Angeles Central District Court, Drucker noted two separate occasions where his “personal and professional life [being]” was “in absolute turmoil” and allegedly helped the Puerto Rican singer navigate the world of “recording contracts, touring and sponsorship deals, and other professional endeavors.”
“Rebecca Drucker saved Ricky Martin’s career,” the 15-page suit alleged. “There is just one problem: Martin completely and maliciously refused to pay Rebecca the millions of dollars in commissions that he owes her under their management agreement.”
Drucker also claimed in the suit that the singer, 50, was threatened and intimidated with a “potentially career-ending allegation” in September 2020. “Rebecca has also fiercely protected Martin,” she alleged in the suit, noting that she “advised him and brought in top litigation counsel to handle the matter.” Due to her help and knowledge of the music industry, she noted, Martin reportedly “emerged unscathed and proceeded with his professional resurgence.”
“Now set to play a lead role in the highly anticipated Apple TV+ series Mr. and Mrs. American Pie, Martin is once again primed to reach the heights of fame and fortune,” Drucker claimed. The lawsuit also accuses Martin of having “a toxic work environment” and how Drucker was “forced to deal with a litany of Martin’s personal issues, such as problems with the nanny he hired to care for his children, Martin’s nonpayment of taxes and his substance abuse.”
The document then alleged that there was a “forced” ending of their business relationship and claimed Martin manipulated and lied to her, which led to her departure earlier this year. Drucker alleged that Martin has “threatened” her to keep her mouth shut and stay silent with a nondisclosure agreement, which she refused to sign and has requested a trial by jury and causes of action in her file.