Being Lucious Lyon Might Cost “Empire” Castmember Terrence Howard $250,000
(AllHipHop News) Actor Terrence Howard is reportedly facing a default judgment over his “Empire” breach of contract lawsuit.
Bosses at Authentic Talent and Literary Management filed a complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court last year, claiming Howard, who hired the services of the agency in 2013, owe them at least $250,000 in commissions.
Howard has since moved on from the firm, but Authentic bosses claimed he agreed to pay them post-termination commission fees in a 2014 email.
Executives at the company also claimed they were responsible for preventing Howard’s termination from the hit show, through which he has enjoyed a career comeback as Lucious Lyon.
There were no details as to why Howard’s role on the show was in jeopardy, but Authentic bosses alleged they “intervened with the Los Angeles-based executives of Imagine and effectively saved Howard’s job on ‘Empire’ by convincing those executives not to terminate Howard.”
According to reports, the actor never hired an attorney to represent him and did not respond to the lawsuit.
A hearing was held in March, but the 48-year-old was reportedly absent and a judge ruled he was in default.
A dollar amount of what is owed has not been revealed. But Howard signed a seven-year contract for the show and Authentic executives asserted they are entitled to 10 per cent of his earnings for the duration of the contract, which will expire in 2020.