Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is going to court to iron out a dispute between his former manager, who insists that she’s owed commissions that the “Game of Thrones” star says she isn’t entitled to.
In court documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, the Danish actor is suing former manager Jill Littman and Impression Entertainment, contending that he shouldn’t have to continue to pay Littman commissions after their business relationship ended; Littman’s lawyers, however, contend that the actor signed a 2014 deal that obligates him to continue to pay commissions from his “Game of Thrones” salary, even if their professional relationship were to end.
Coster-Waldau, however, contends that he only signed the agreement in question — which the suit refers to as “sham documents” — because he believed they were necessary to sponsor his work visa.
“Indeed, the only real factual dispute in this case is the timing of the Defendants’ dishonesty,” writes the actor’s attorney. “In either case, Coster-Waldau is entitled to a declaration that the Sham Documents are not and have never been binding contracts, as well as compensatory and punitive damages for Defendants’ disloyal and fraudulent conduct.”
In addition, Coster-Waldau is seeking a temporary restraining order that would prevent Impression from proceeding with arbitration relating to the unpaid commissions, claiming that “the arbitration provision in his contract is unenforceable because the documents were signed as a result of fraud,” reports THR.
Impression attorney Howard King, however, disagrees, claiming that the same email in which Coster-Waldau fired his manager also “acknowledged his obligation to pay commissions to Impression on his earnings from ‘Game of Thrones’ ’till it ends.”
Adds King: “Chutzpah equals enjoying eight years of superb management, signing written contracts promising to pay commissions for ‘Game of Thrones’ in 2011 and 2014, terminating Impression by email in 2015 with profuse thanks for a career and promising payment of ‘GOT ‘commissions, then deciding in 2017 that it was all a dream and he doesn’t owe any commissions.”
“I am disappointed that, in addition to reneging on his contractual obligation to pay Impression for the hard work for which he expressed his gratitude many times, he has chosen to try to publicize our issues instead of to abide by the arbitration agreement to which he willingly and knowingly consented,” says Littman in a declaration filed on Friday.
Coster-Waldau is asking the court to declare his 2011 and 2014 contracts invalid, and to terminate any arbitration efforts related to the unpaid commissions.