Pay Yo Bills: Talent Agency Says Kelis Owes Them $10K Of Nas’ Money

- By Bossip Staff

Despite the ridiculous child support settlement, Kelis isn’t one to sit on her behind waiting for a man to take care of her. And one company is claiming that once she gets her checks, she isn’t one to split it with anyone either.

R&B singer Kelis has been hit with a lawsuit for failing to pay a talent agency for “goods and services” for Kelis’ performances on a variety of shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Today Show and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Plaintiff Drive Talent Inc. filed the lawsuit in the Supreme Court of the State of New York on December 17th, claiming Kelis stiff them for $11, 817.91.

The lawsuit claims that Plaintiff Drive Talent was hired by Kelis and her management team between March 30th, 2010 and July 13th, 2010.

The company claims they worked with Kelis on a variety of television shows and non-televised appearances in the United Kingdom, France and other countries.

Drive Talent claims that Interscope paid the money to Kelis, who only made partial reimbursements for travel, labor and production items purchased for her appearances.

Kelis, on the other hand, says that’s just what they get for their own bad business.

“Drive Talent has been paid in full for services rendered for the assistance in production for various TV performances,” a representative for Kelis told “Any claims stating otherwise is clearly an effort to gain press attention.”

According to Kelis’ reps, Drive Talent’s claims are without merit, because the amount in question was spent without anyone’s authorization.
“The amount claimed to be owed is not for services rendered, which Drive Talent would like the public to believe, but over a dispute stemming from a European promotional run in which Drive Talent authorized the spend of close to $11,800 of the artist’s money to a vendor they hired without approval from either the artist or management. We look forward to presenting our case in court and are confident once a review has been made of all evidence we have to support our argument that it will be clear Drive Talent has absolutely no ground whatsoever to stand on.”

As quick as Kelis’ response came, we’re pretty sure that Drive Talent isn’t getting another dime.

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