Terrence Howard was almost axed by “Empire”, with the blockbuster claim made in a lawsuit from the actor’s former management company over commissions the company claims they’re owed, alleging the firm intervened to save his job and prevented him from losing one of TV’s most high-profile roles.
As Deadline reports, a lawsuit launched by Authentic Talent and Literary Management (Howard left the firm, and is now repped by CAA), claims that “plaintiff intervened with the Los Angeles-based executives of Imagine [producers of the hip-hop hit] and effectively saved Howard ‘s job on ‘Empire’ by convincing those executives not to terminate Howard from the show.”
The lawsuit, however, makes no mention of the reason why Howard’s job was in jeopardy, or when the potential firing was to occur, but claims Howard reneged on making scheduled commission payments.
“Plaintiff has made repeated efforts to obtain payment from Howard and has been quite patient with and respectful of him,” says Authentic’s suit. “Unfortunately, Plaintiff’s patience and respect has been unrequited. Accordingly, Plaintiff has been forced to bring this action for substantial monetary damages and other relief.”
“Since making one late payment in March, 2016 (relating just to the first few shows of Season 2), Howard has without justification failed and refused to pay Plaintiff any further post-termination commissions,” adds the suit, stating that Howard made an explicit promise in an email to pay the commission “until the end of Terrence’s present contract with ‘Empire’.”
However, the suit adds: “He has failed to do so despite having received millions of dollars from ‘Empire’ and despite being in a position to receive millions more.”