Well, Pauly D sure isn’t haven’t a very good day. The Jersey Shore star is being sued by International Creative Management, which claims it is owed a big piece of Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio’s pay, and that’s nothing to sneeze at.
The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday, claims that Pauly D and his company, Blowout Enterprises, entered into a representation agreement in January 2010, just after Jersey Shore premiered on MTV.
According to ICM, the agency negotiated increasingly large paydays for DelVecchio as the popularity of the reality show increase, in exchange for 10 percent of Pauly D’s gross compensation. The suit says that the agreement was sailing along just fine and dandy until season four, when DelVecchio stopped paying the commission, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit claims that, for Season 4 of Jersey Shore, Pauly D’s pay was $100,000 for each of the 12 episodes, plus a $400,000 signing bonus, adding up to about $1.6 million.
The Pauly D lawsuit goes on to claim that, for the upcoming sixth season, DelVecchio will rake in $175,000 for each of 12 episodes, making for a total of $2.1 million.
DelVecchio’s attorney, Hillary H. Hughes, says the Jersey Shore star owes ICM nothing and accuses them of trying to “take advantage” of its former association with Pauly D.
“We are surprised by ICM’s contention that it is due commissions after ICM was terminated in favor of William Morris Endeavor,” Hughes said in a statement. “ICM was paid for its services. It is even more disappointing that an agency like ICM would choose to take advantage of its former relationship with a client and disclose his confidential business affairs to the public in disregard of any duties it owes as a talent agency.”
The suit says that Pauly D and ICM parted ways in May of last year, but that ICM is still due a 10 percent commission on any deals it initiated.
In all, ICM says DelVecchio owes them $370,703.73 in back commission for Seasons 4 and 5, plus 10 percent of whatever DelVecchio earns in the sixth season.
The Pauly D lawsuit also calls for a written accounting of DelVecchio’s compensation, pre-judgment interest, costs of the suit, and “such other and further relief as the Court may deem just and proper.”
You can take THAT to the bank.
You can view the full lawsuit below.