A former manager for the R&B singer Ashanti who claimed to have been instrumental in the singer's career sued her yesterday (June 6), seeking millions of dollars in damages for breach of contract.

A former manager for the R&B singer Ashanti who claimed to have been instrumental in the singer's career sued her yesterday (June 6), seeking millions of dollars in damages for breach of contract.

In the Manhattan federal court suit, former manager Linda Berk said she had guided Ashanti, 25, from an unknown minor to a "music and entertainment superstar" before her contract was cut short in May 2003.

Berk and Ashanti met in 1993 and signed an initial contract in 1999 that agreed Berk would act as a co-manager with Ashanti's mother Tina Douglas. Four years later she was informed the contract would be terminated, the suit said.

"The contract naturally expired and we didn't renew it," a spokesperson for Ashanti said.


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