Jennifer Lopez‘s exciting Thursday is met with a small hiccup. Nothing big, just a pissed off former chauffer who filed a breach-of-contract suit against the American Idol judge, Nuyorican productions and her manager, Benny Medina. According to E!, Hakom Manoukian gave up his private limo company to become their full-time chauffer in April 2011.
The suit claims that Manoukian was promised an annual salary of $72,000 plus production pay whenever Lopez was performing, filming or completing engagements. This would add up to about $200,000/year if matched up with Lopez’s schedule.
However, Manoukian claimed to received no production pay and on one occasion was “chastised and humiliated” by Medina, who told the chauffer that it was “a big mistake to hire him,” that he was not “presentable” and couldn’t speak English well enough to handle such a job.
Manoukian stopped working for Lopez in September 2011 after being demoted to her LA-only driver. The court docs, obtained by E!, state that “Manoukian alleges deceit, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, constructive fraud, failure to pay overtime, failure to provide meal periods, unfair business practices and wrongful termination. He is seeking unspecified damages and overtime compensation.
Well then! In other Lopez news, the singer (who wore the most amazing Yeojin Bae Spring 2021 dress last night, according to Red Carpet Fashion Awards) is debuting a music video for “Follow The Leader” with Wisin and Yandel this morning on Twitter (7am PT/10am ET). This is the first video to ever premiere on the social networking platform. “Become a part of history – follow me @JLo on Thursday for the first ever video premiere of “Follow the Leader” on Twitter. Look for my tweet at 7am PT/10am ET,” Lopez wrote on Facebook.