Braden Merrick, former manager of rock act The Killers, has filed a federal lawsuit against the band and their lawyer for an alleged breach of contract.
Merrick is seeking $16 million in the suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas. He says he was fired last May, once the Killers had found success.
“As soon as he made them superstars they decided to stop paying him,” said Merrick’s lawyer, Howard King. King told the Associated Press on Wednesday that Merrick is “entitled to a percentage of their income for his services as a manager and a producer.”
He added that Merrick’s contract with the band was to have run through 2007. The two sides were in talks for a settlement before the lawsuit was filed, which Killers’ lawyer Robert Reynolds said surprised both him and the band members.
“The only statement the band would like to make at this time is that the claims alleged by Mr. Merrick are absolutely meritless and we intend to defend this action vigorously,” Reynolds said.
The Grammy-nominated Killers formed in 2002 and their debut album “Hot Fuss” has sold more than 6 million copies.