Lopez faces lawsuit seeking damages after canceling KKTC gig July 26, 2010Posted by Yilan in Cyprus, KKTC, Turkey.
Tags: Istanbul, Kibris, KKTC, Lopez
Jennifer Lopez is facing a hefty lawsuit seeking compensation for pulling out of a contract in which she agreed to stage a concert to promote a newly built $220 million hotel in Turkish Cyprus. She backed out of the deal after a storm of angry protests from Greek Cypriots.
The hotel’s CEO, Murat Bozoğlu, announced on Saturday that the hotel plans to seek compensation, claiming that Lopez’s withdrawal is politically motivated and that the resort had suffered damage as a result of her decision, which, he said, was a violation of a contract the Latino star signed with the hotel. Bozoğlu did not say how much the organizers would ask for, but media reports speculated on Sunday that it could be as high as $100 million.
Reports that Lopez would perform at a luxury hotel in Turkish Cyprus on her 41st birthday later this month triggered an online campaign by Greek Cypriots that pushed for the event’s cancellation. Following weeks of controversy, Lopez announced she had canceled her planned participation. “Jennifer Lopez would never knowingly support any state, country, institution or regime that was associated with any form of human rights abuse,” a statement on the singer’s website said last week.
Accompanied by his lawyers at a news conference in İstanbul, Bozoğlu said: “We signed a 16-page professional agreement with Lopez, and we specified all the conditions one by one under which she could cancel her participation. Lopez’s pretexts don’t fit any of these reasons. This being the case, we have the right to seek compensation for damages from her,” Bozoğlu said.
Saying that Lopez had severely damaged the image of the hotel, Bozoğlu added that they will fully exhaust their options using the best lawyers from New York to protect their rights. The hotel director also said his company will send an official notice to the singer in the hope that Lopez will reconsider her decision. “If we don’t get an answer, we will start the legal proceedings,” Bozoğlu said.