Ricky Martin is being sued by former manager for breach of contract, according to legal documents.
In the complaint filed in the L.A. Central District Court, Rebecca Drucker — who managed the Puerto Rican superstar from 2014-2018 (and was rehired again from 2020-2022) — alleges that Martin “completely and maliciously refused to pay Rebecca the millions of dollars in commissions that he owes her” under their management agreement.
Adding that she provided him with “invaluable services as his manager and top advisor” and “guided” him on his recording contracts, touring and sponsorship deals. Drucker specifically mentions Martin’s 2021 North American joint tour with Enrique Iglesias, which grossed a total of $19 million, according to Billboard‘s 2021 Year-End Boxscore chart.
She also says that in September 2020, Martin was threatened with a “career-ending” allegation that she advised him on and recruited “top” litigation counsel to handle the matter. As a result, the “Tiburones” singer “emerged unscathed and proceeded with his professional resurgence.”
According to the document, Drucker and Martin’s professional relationship ended in April after the singer-songwriter “forced” her to resign as her manager. She adds in the complaint that she refused to sign a nondisclosure agreement. Drucker is requesting a trial by jury on all issues and causes of action.
The lawsuit comes on the heels of Martin’s forthcoming projects, which include a grand return to television and a follow up EP to his Latin Grammy-winning album, Pausa.
Martin will be the male lead in Mrs. American Pie, a new Apple TV+ comedy series where he’s set to play Robert in the 10-episode series based on the novel by Juliet McDaniel. Mrs. American Pie is Martin’s first television project since Ryan Murphy’s drama The Assassination of Gianni Versace on FX, in which he played Antonio D’Amico.
Martin’s rep did not respond to Billboard‘s request for comment at time of publishing.