‘Thug in My Life’ chart regular Rihanna has been ordered to pay a five figure fine this week, after she skipped legal depositions arranged by the accountants she claims mishandled her finances during her time with them.
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Upon filing a suit against David Berdon‘s Berdon LLP, the Pop Princess was required to sit down with the company- who house her former accountants- for a deposition, which would have seen her give an oral statement explaining why she was suing the company.
Originally scheduled for November 2012, the first deposition saw the star skip the meeting and subsequently skip three more, wasting the time and money the company had taken to set them up.
So, as to recoup the capital they lost because of her no-shows, Berdon called on the case’s judge to fine the star. Upon investigating the case, the judge sided with them and has now ordered the ‘A Girl Like Me‘ star to pay $47,050 to cover Berdon’s legal bills.
In adding to this, she has been required to attend a new deposition on Wednesday August 28th.
If she does not attend, she is likely to see her case thrown out by the court.
This case comes five years after she cut ties with business manager Patricia Jordan, reportedly blaming her for the ‘financial woes’ she faced following the release of 2007’s ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’.
Speaking at the time, Williams explained:
“It’s not my fault that she only has $20,000 to her name. I’m a professional Business Manager, I have a staff of more than a dozen, I have worked for many high-profile actors, musicians and multi-million dollar corporations.
Why would I steal from Rihanna? I showed her all the paperwork and tried to explain to her the circumstances but she wouldn’t listen. She called me all sorts of horrible names and stormed off. I now feel compelled to share with the world the background story as I will not allow my name to be slandered.
Def Jam doesn’t fund Rihanna properly, so Marc uses the money Rihanna makes from third-party endorsements and from tours to fund her album and music videos. I don’t want to disrespect Marc’s name. He is a fantastic manager and genuinely believes in Rihanna. But he uses her money to fund her future projects because he believes he can break her in the world market.
Her album sales are not nearly as close to her single sales and he knows that if she is only known as a singles artist she will only be as good as her last hit. Unfortunately, he didn’t inform his client and I’m receiving the brunt of it.”
Two years later, Rihanna dropped Jordan to sign with Jay Brown‘s Roc Nation, one year after the company had signed Brit-Pop songbird Rita Ora and announcing her arrival at the music group a month before the release of her fifth studio album, ‘Loud‘.