Clint Black Is Suing His Manager
Clint Black is suing his manager/accountant, Charles Sussman, for misguiding him financially, according to Nashville's The City Paper. In a lawsuit, filed November 7 in Davidson County Chancery Court, Black seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages from Sussman and his Music Row firm, Gudvi, Sussman and Oppenheim, claiming they "repeatedly engaged in self-dealing, negligence, and/or gross negligence" with his finances. According to the complaint, Black was inadvertently "providing an interest-free, unsecured loan" to Equity Records because Sussman allegedly convinced him to assign over 500 thousand dollars in royalties to the company, in which they both have minority ownership, but gave him nothing in return. In addition, Black claims Sussman had him sign more than one million dollars worth of personal guaranties for Equity, and was secretly taking monthly payments from the label. Finally, Clint accuses Sussman of keeping him in the dark about the specifics of Little Big Town's contract with Equity and leading him to believe they were signed to a long-term deal. Of course, the group made its move to Capitol Records in April.