Not everything is going well for Seal of late. While he’s said to be over the moon about his wife’s, Heidi Klum, pregnancy, he’s lost one big court battle. A court ruled that Seal will have to pony up $915,300 to his former manager in commissions that the court rule were owed.
Justice Charles Gray ruled the Grammy award-winning singer was contractually obliged to pay the commission — more than 10 years after they stopped working together.
The judge backed a claim by John Wadlow, who was Seal’s manager until 1995, for further payments under management agreements made in 1990 and 1995. Seal, whose hits include “Kiss From a Rose” and “Crazy”, was ordered to make an interim payment of 500,000 pounds by July 21.
Wadlow had sought up to 1 million pounds. A future court hearing will decide the full amount to be paid to him. Earlier this month, Seal, 43, told the court he had seen Wadlow as a surrogate father but later felt that his ex-manager had “ripped him off”.