The parents of the members of Dream Street have filed suit against the teen boy band’s creators, alleging that their children were exposed to booze, women, and pornography. The lawsuit, filed in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, alleges that Louis Baldonieri and Brian Lukow “have engaged in a wide range of conduct and activities that plainly threaten and impair the minors’ well-being,” according to an affidavit from band manager John Stuart.
Baldonieri and Lukow denied the charges, with Baldonieri saying the parents were the ones setting a bad example. The adults were “teaching kids you can sign anything, then lie, cheat, and defame people for your benefit,” Baldonieri said.
The lawsuit seeks back pay and the release of the singers — Jesse McCartney (15), Frank Galasso (17), Matthew Ballinger (16), Gregory Raposo (16), and Christopher Trousdale (16) — from their current contract. Baldonieri said the parents were trying to make a financial killing now that the five-member group has become popular.
In their lawsuit, made public today (April 23), the parents said they were trying to protect the youths. Stuart said in his affidavit that the executives encouraged the teens “to have sexual relations with teen-age girls” and offered them liquor. Two of the teens received pornographic E-mails from a band investor, the court papers alleged. The mothers of the singers also claim that the executives called them “dumb housewives” in front of their sons.
Released last year, Dream Street’s self-titled Edel debut album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart and peaked at No. 37 on The Billboard 200. The set has sold 703,000 copies in the U.S. to date, according to SoundScan.
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