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Romeo Santos Sues Former Booking Agent for Nearly $500,000

Romeo Santos
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Romeo Santos performs onstage at One Voice: Somos Live! A Concert For Disaster Relief at Marlins Park on Oct. 14, 2017 in Miami.

Santos accuses Angelo Medina of withholding money from the urban bachata star’s 2015 tour.

Latin star Romeo Santos is suing his former co-manager and booking agent Angelo Medina, accusing Medina and his Puerto-Rico based company, Publimagen, of withholding $481,146.11 in proceeds of a 2015 tour from the singer "for themselves and/or their benefit."

The lawsuit brought by Santos and his company I Love Amiguita Inc. and filed yesterday (March 26) in U.S. District Court in New York, accuses Medina of breach of contract and theft of money earned by Santos for his performances. Medina, who had worked with Santos when he was the frontman of the pioneering urban bachata group Aventura and in his earlier days as a soloist, could not immediately be reached by Billboard for comment despite attempts to contact him.

The claim is in connection with 15 North American dates on his Vol. 2 World Tour that took place in June and July 2015. Medina was responsible for negotiating and collecting the fees for Santos’ concerts. Medina contractually earned a 10 percent commission, and was to have distributed the rest of the money as Santos instructed. Specifically, Medina was to have paid Santos’ label, Sony, on the artist’s behalf, which, according to the lawsuit, Medina has not done.

Santos is seeking to recover the $481,146.11, money that he claims Medina withheld, as well as attorney fees and other costs.

Santos, known as the "King of Bachata," signed with Roc Nation in 2016, and was named CEO of the company’s newly created Latin division. His longtime manager, Johnny Marines, left his position as president of Roc Nation Latino last July but continues to work with Santos.

The singer’s current 23-date "Golden Tour" is mostly sold out and is on track to gross $1 million on average per show. Santos has already grossed $5 million from three sold-out nights in front of 42,000 fans at Madison Square Garden in New York in February.