LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A talent management agency has reached a settlement in a lawsuit it filed against the father of 17-year-old Disney Channel singer/actress Kylie Cantrall, who allegedly stopped paying 10% of commissions , which were owed under an agreement in favor of Kylie Cantrall’s daughter, a company lawyer, told a judge Tuesday.
The announcement came during a scheduled final status conference before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Terry Green regarding plaintiff Rafterman Entertainment Media Inc.’s lawsuit against Alexander Cantrall and the company he founded on behalf of his daughter, Hello Kylie Entertainment Inc. founded. No terms were disclosed.
The lawsuit’s allegations included breach of contract and debt fraud. In their court filings, attorneys for Alexander Cantrall alleged that Rafterman Entertainment was not licensed as a talent agency.
Last August, the judge granted Alexander Cantrall’s motion to have Rafterman Entertainment’s allegations heard by the state labor commissioner rather than the courts and ordered a stay of the litigation. During a status conference on February 2 about the labor commissioner’s procedure, the judge scheduled the final status conference for Tuesday.
According to the talent agency’s complaint filed in February 2021, Alexander Cantrall has increasingly jeopardized his daughter’s business and ultimately her career.
“Although (Alexander) Cantrall portrays himself as ‘supa-dad’ on his social media, the reality is that Alexander Cantrall pulled the strings on Kylie’s career in order to enrich himself to the detriment of others who helped raise her promote Kylie’s career, including the plaintiffs,” the lawsuit alleged.
When Alexander Cantrall and Hello Kylie allegedly refused to pay Rafterman Media the agreed-upon and repeatedly reiterated 10% talent management commission, “they demonstrated a blatant disregard for their contractual obligations and a propensity for open fraud,” according to the lawsuit.
In December 2016, Alexander Cantrall asked Rafterman Entertainment to represent his daughter in her burgeoning entertainment career when she was 11, had no track record and needed experienced and sophisticated management, the lawsuit states.
The defendants promised to pay the plaintiffs a 10% gross commission for projects that arise while Rafterman Entertainment represents the singer, including final payments, the lawsuit states. During the December 2016 meeting, Alexander Cantrall promised Rafterman Entertainment that the payments would be made and kept repeating the terms, not only to Rafterman Entertainment but also to the singer and her mother, Carol Borjas, Alexander Cantrall’s ex-wife, was in a suit.
Under Rafterman Media’s leadership, Kylie Cantrall’s career has skyrocketed, according to the lawsuit, which says she landed a guest-star role on the Disney Channel series Bizaardvark, a recurring guest-star role on Disney, by the end of 2018 Channel series Raven’s Home and eventually starred in the hit Disney Channel series Gabby Duran & the Unsittables.
“With plaintiff’s leadership, Kylie catapulted herself to become the next big Disney star,” the lawsuit reads.
In December 2018, Alexander Cantrall abruptly terminated the firm’s services, but payments for the next 18 months were on schedule, the lawsuit said. In July 2020, Alexander Cantrall and Hello Kiylie made a “strange” direct deposit without the description and supporting documents accompanying previous commission payments, according to the lawsuit.
In a series of text messages three months later, he threatened to cut the plaintiff’s commissions from 10% to 5% before finally stopping payments altogether, the lawsuit alleges.
“In short, Alexander Cantrall and Hello Kylie have completely waived their promised obligations to the plaintiffs, not only by breaching the Management Agreement and exposing previous misstatements, but also by demonstrating the extent to which Alexander Cantrall is in breach of the obligations, which he gave to his 17-year-old daughter.”
Rafterman Media called for Alexander Cantrall to be replaced with a court-appointed receiver who could “provide a sufficient structure in which not only overdue commissions are paid but also future commissions are accounted for and communicated.”