Celebrity choreographer Laurieann Gibson (who has worked with the likes of Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Diddy and more) seems to have brushed off a lawsuit accusing her of doing an aspiring artist dirty and now a New York judge has hit her with a $100K judgement for not showing up to court.
A company named Black Pearl Records filed a lawsuit against Laurieann for breaching a contract to help their up and coming artist.
Black Pearl Records stated they signed Gibson to be the choreographer, creative director, artistic director and creative producer for their artist Just Ivy back in May 2014. Laurieann was to help Just Ivy for her promo tour where each performance would be 15-20 mins. The rehearsal was to take place for a period of 6 weeks with the first block being 3 weeks then a break followed by another 3 weeks.
Black Pearl Records said they paid Laurie Ann $50,000 prior to the rehearsals. However, they said that Laurieann only showed up for the first 2 weeks and then went MIA and didn’t explain her absence.
The company said they tried to contact Laurieann but her manager said she would not be coming back unless they paid an additional $25K. They filed suit against Laurieann for breaching the contract and demanded $100K in damages. The company said she had blown off the lawsuit despite being served the legal paperwork last year. They demanded the court award them a default judgement in the amount of $100K.
Then on June 19th, the NY judge hit her with a $100K default judgement in the case. The order granted Black Pearl Records their motion for a default judgement due to Laurieann never trying to defend herself against the allegations in the suit.
Hmph, I feel Laurieann needs to fulfill her obligations if she signed a contract. Word to the wise Ms. Gibson, don’t try dancing out of this one.
By Monique C. Tillman