"The truth will come out."
These were the words of Nadine Lustre's legal counsel Atty. Lorna Kapunan after Viva Artists Agency (VAA) filed a lawsuit against the actress over her alleged “continuous violation” of her contract.
“We welcome the complaint and we are confident that the truth will come out about VAA being predatory, oppressive, and abusive not only of Nadine, but its many other talents,” Atty. Kapunan said in an interview with ABS-CBN News.
The legal counsel added, “The contract is an Agency contract and Nadine is the Principal — and it is the right of the Principal to terminate the Agent when it is not performing its commitments under the Agency Agreement.”
She continued, “We are prepared to prove VAA’s material breach of the contract. We are likewise prepared to show that VAA is guilty of tortious third party interference by its threatening/ pressuring third parties dealing with Nadine in good faith and scaring them with potential court cases.”
The legal counsel said that this is not Nadine’s “fight alone” and that “it is for all talents/artists who are similarly situated.”
“Nadine is now self-managing which she has every right to do especially during this difficult pandemic. It is her prerogative to continue to earn without VVA getting an unconscionable amount in agency fees which it does not deserve,” she said.
VAA announced on Friday, November 11, that it filed the complaint before the Quezon City Regional Trial Court.
"The lawsuit was filed because, early this year, Nadine violated her valid and existing Agency and Management Agreement with VAA, by contracting independently with advertisers, promoters, and other third parties, in utter disregard of the exclusivity of her contract with VAA,” the talent management said via statement through its legal counsel Chino Paolo Z. Roxas..
VAA said that Nadine signed a contract with them as their exclusive talent until June 2029.
“Despite her continued success as an exclusive artist of VAA for almost a decade, Nadine still chose to violate and disregard her contract with VAA.
"Ms. Lustre should honor and respect the sanctity of contracts and that third parties are put on notice that any direct dealings with Ms. Lustre for her services as a performing artist or endorser shall be in violation of Ms. Lustre’s contract with VAA,” the talent management stated.