Singer-actress Nadine Lustre is daring Viva Entertainment to sue her for unilaterally cancelling her contract with her management outfit for 10 years.
Speaking through her counsel Lorna Kapunan, Nadine branded her contract with Viva as “unconscionable, oppressive and illegal”.
By bringing the case to the court, Kapunan said Viva risks seeing a David striking out a Goliath “that has taken advantage of young artists in the industry for the longest time”.
Any legal action by Viva, Kapunan stressed, will pave the way for the litigation of Nadine’s contract in the proper forum.
Nadine, who was also on the news recently after he and partner James Reid announced that they have already parted ways, broke the news on Monday (January 27) that she has unilaterally terminated her contract with Viva without stating the reasons.
But Viva countered by warning anyone who will deal with Nadine directly that will be liable for breach of contract, stressing that the 26-year-old actress is still legally an exclusive artist of the outfit.
It warned: ”Viva shall initiate appropriate legal action against Nadine and/or third parties that directly deal with Nadine in contravention of Viva’s management contract.”
Nadine worked under Viva since 2009, starting as a member of girl band “Pop Girls”. Viva also produced her movies. Her former boyfriend James left the agency last year and established his own music label Careless. Nadine is now also a contract artist of Careless.
Kapunan said they have not received any official response from Viva since they informed the outfit of Nadine’s decision. “Instead, they “chose to wait in ambush to malign Nadine and harass third parties dealing with her in good faith. This is wrongful and malicious contract interference by Viva actionable in law for damages.”