Chappelle sued over commissions

A New York man who claims to have been Dave Chappelle's personal manager for nine months has sued the comedian for more than $850,000, a sum allegedly owed as commission on deals including the ill-fated renewal of Chappelle's Show on Comedy Central.

Mustafa Abuelhija alleges breach of contract and other claims against Chappelle and his production company, Pilot Boy Productions, as well as Focus Features for its role as purchaser of the film Dave Chappelle's Block Party, on which Abuelhija is demanding a producer credit.

According to the complaint, filed this week in US District Court for the Southern District of New York, Abuelhija claims that Chappelle made him his personal manager in August 2004. Abuelhija said he was promised 5 percent of the revenue from Chappelle's personal appearances as well as 10 percent of all revenue the comedian received through any entertainment deals.

The agreement was never put in writing, Abuelhija's suit said.

The lawsuit also purports to shed more light on Chappelle's lucrative deal with Comedy Central, reportedly worth an estimated $50 million, for the third and fourth seasons of Chappelle's Show.

According to Abuelhija, Chappelle received a $4.5 million nonrefundable upfront payment, 50 percent royalties on DVD and merchandising sales (retroactive to the first season's DVDs), $275,000 per episode, and about $25,000 per rerun.

Chappelle was expected to launch the third season last February, but that never happened, amid reports that he had ventured to Africa and sworn off further involvement with the series for unspecified reasons.

Abuelhija said he worked as Chappelle's personal manager through June 23, when he was fired.

His suit demands $113,000 in commissions for Chappelle's personal appearances, 10 percent of Chappelle's profits from Block Party, at least $611,500 from Chappelle's Show, and at least $140,000 from the Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth DVD.

A spokeswoman for Chappelle did not return calls seeking comment.

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SCREW MUSTAFA!
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its not daves fault, he was pressured to quit his show by people who thought he was sending the wrong message to people about african americans
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He should start working again to pay off that lawsuit if the guy wins his case.
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'The agreement was never put in writing'

Yeah, that sounds like solid manager.

Also, if you feel pooped on by TV celebrities, it's due time to turn off the tube and go for a walk, dude.
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'The agreement was never put in writing'

Now that sounds like a solid case. What manager worth two poops does not have a signed contract with their client?

I also don't think crack has anything to do with Dave deciding he wanted out. That kind of overwhelming pressure from suits and dipsh*t fans, much less your own expectations, would be enough to make anyone with half a brain say: enough of this fool's game. If you fee shat upon by TV celebrities, turn off the tube and go for walk.
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too bad you can't un-smoke crack rocks and get yer money back. I still can't believe chapelle would **** on his fans like that.
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