Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Ranveer Singh and Prabhu Deva have been sued by an Indian-American company for breaching a contract.
According to reports, the actors refused to perform at a US concert despite having taken money. Others who have been sued include the names of B-Town singers like Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik and Usha Mangeshkar.
The lawsuit, filed by Chicago-based Vibrant Media Group before a Northern District Court of Illinois, Eastern Division on 10 June, has been assigned to District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman.
The Vibrant Media Group in its lawsuit against the Indian artists and their agents Matrix India Entertainment Consultants Private Limited and Yashraj Films Private Limited alleged “breach of contract”.
According to the lawsuit, in 2013 the 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. That show had to be cancelled as Salman was unable to leave India because of his legal troubles in Rajasthan. The Vibrant Media Group had agreed to postpone the event.
Reportedly, the group in question paid more than $200,000 to Salman in advance of the concert to be held at the Sears Centre in Chicago on September 1. Katrina was paid $40,000 and Sonakshi $36,000. None of these funds have been returned, it alleged.
It also learned that, Salman Khan and other artists instead of keeping their promise to it or even offering to return their deposits, have agreed to perform with another promoter. The group revealed in its statement said, “All calls to Mr Khan, his agents, and other artists, for the return of the funds have gone unanswered.”