Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson, the Grammy and Oscar-winning singer-songwriter known as HER, is suing MBK Entertainment, the record company owned by her longtime manager Jeff Robinson, over the rights to her music catalog. HER signed with Robinson in 2011 when she was 14 years old.
According to legal documents referenced by The Blast, HER is suing for a declaratory release and violation of the Business and Profession Code and is seeking release from its contract with MBK. The lawsuit was filed in the California Supreme Court for Los Angeles County on Thursday.
All of Wilson’s HER releases were released under the MBK logo and distributed by Sony Music’s RCA Records. It’s unclear if her dispute extends to her management contract with Robinson, who previously managed Alicia Keys.
At the time of this article’s publication, neither Robinson nor RCA representatives have responded to diversityrequests for comments.
The documents reportedly state that the contract makes HER an “exclusive collaborator” for an “initial period” that “ends at a later date of 15 months after May 19, 2011, or 12 months after the commercial release in the United States of Wilson’s first album. contract and up to five additional option periods of more than one year each.
They also state that EE believed that the contract made her an exclusive employee of MBC “after the current date.” [May 19, 2011] and possibly much longer as each option period is tied to the commercial release of an MBK music album.” She also alleges that, in her role as manager, Robinson fired the law firm that initially represented her, and alleges that “Robinson had his own lawyers represent Wilson in subsequent contract negotiations, including publishing and touring agreements.” She then alleges that “these lawyers took 5% of the deals they negotiated, but they did not have a written fee agreement or waiver of conflict signed by Wilson and said they were providing ‘as a service’ to their client Robinson , who was paid a 20% commission on each of these transactions.”
She reportedly alleges that the IBC “significantly restricted” her “rights to work” and that she “could not freely provide her recording services except as authorized or dictated by the IBC.” She also claims that MBK “has the exclusive right to use her name and likeness in their records.”
In a lawsuit filed in California, she notes that most of her recordings were made in the state, although she is “informed and believes” that MBK is a corporation based in New York. She alleges that her contract forces her to work “for more than seven years after May 19, 2011” and also alleges that it violates California Labor Code 2855, which “prohibits the enforcement of a service contract (such as an Agreement) after seven years. special, unique, extraordinary or intellectual character.
“Wilson’s seven years have expired,” the lawsuit says. “The IBC’s attempts to interfere with this important and fundamental public policy of California should not be tolerated.”
HER seeks “an injunction that the Agreement is voidable and cannot be enforced against Plaintiff under California law to the extent that it requires Plaintiff’s services after May 18, 2019” – and is effectively void.
She requires a judge to rule that the agreement violates the seven-year rule of the California Labor Code and requires “restitution and forfeiture of funds in accordance with the evidence; for legal costs incurred in connection with this; and for such other and additional assistance as the Court deems just and appropriate.”