By Tim Kenneally
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) – Leah Remini’s new TV gig is already giving her a headache, months before it even starts. Former “King of Queens” star Remini is being sued by her former managers, the Collective Management Group, which claims that it’s owed $67,000 in commissions relating to her upcoming ABC comedy “Family Tools,” which debuts May 1.
In a complaint filed with Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, the Collective says that it entered into an agreement with the actress in November 2011 that guaranteed the company 10 percent of the earnings that emerged from projects that Remini “discussed, negotiated, contemplated, or procured/booked during Plaintiff’s representation of Remini,” regardless of whether the income was earned after she and the Collective parted ways.
According to the lawsuit, that would include the $1 million that it says Remini will earn for the first season of “Family Tools.” (The suit allows that it isn’t owed commission on a $330,000 talent holding fee that Remini received from ABC prior to officially being booked on the show.)
Remini, pictured above wearing the self-satisfied smirk of someone who just might stiff her former managers out of their commission, terminated her agreement with the Collective “without warning or justification” in October, the suit says.
Alleging breach of oral contract among other charges, the suit is asking for an order stipulating that it’s owed the $67,000, plus unspecified damages, interest and court costs.
Remini’s agent has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.
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