Ex-Exec Sues Label For Slander

The former president of SEA Records in Nashville is suing the label and several of its top executives, claiming her reputation was slandered.

NASHVILLE--The former president of SEA Records in Nashville is suing the label and several of its top executives, claiming her reputation was slandered.

In the suit, filed May 12, Felicia "Lisa" Wysocky says label executives engaged in a pattern of "persistent, intentional constant savaging...for purely malicious reasons of the reputation Wysocky had built up in Nashville over the previous 19 years as an executive in the music industry."

Listed as defendants in the action, filed in the circuit court for Davidson County, Tenn., are SEA Records, parent company Sterling Entertainment Associates and several related businesses. Also named are SEA/Sterling CEO Tina Corry, SEA consultant Bob Saporiti and SEA/Sterling attorney Alan Phillips.

Wysocky was hired to run SEA last October and resigned from the company in December. The label recently relaunched under new management (Billboard, May 8). She claims in the suit that CEO Tina Corry maligned her by telling numerous people both inside and outside the company that Wysocky had embezzled several hundred thousand dollars.

Wysocky calls those allegations "false and slanderous." She says she left SEA because of Corry’s "her questionable business practices and her poor treatment of employees, vendors and potential business partners, her explosive temper and foul mouth, and her rants and raves."

Since her exit, Wysocky says she has been "shunned at business functions" and has been unable to find other work. Wysocky had filed a previous suit against Corry and her company in the Davidson County chancery court March 17. That suit charged SEA with breach of contract and failure to pay salary and health benefits.

On April 16, Sterling filed a counterclaim against Wysocky, also citing breach of contract as well as fraud and theft. The new filing leaves Wysocky with two suits over the same subject matter pending in two different courts.

The attorney who represented Wysocky in the March 17 filing, Jim Harris of Gordon Martin Jones & Harris in Nashville, is no longer her counsel. Harris tells ELW he has agreed to "a substitution of counsel" and he expects Wysocky’s new attorneys to seek to have the two cases "joined." Wysocky is now represented by Nashville attorney Philip Lyon and Los Angeles attorney Neville Johnson.

In a prepared statement, a SEA spokesperson said, "We anticipate full vindication of all the superfluous charges alleged against Ms. Corry personally and her privately-owned companies."

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