By: Smashley Nicole
The Backstreet Boys may have fired former manager Lou Pearlman over 15 years ago, but that doesn’t mean it was a clean break. In fact, they want Lou Pearlman to stop playing games with the 3.5 million dollars he still owes them based on their original contract. According to Billboard the original suit was initiated in 1997 by band member Brian Littrell in the Circuit Court of Orange County, Florida. The complaint alleges Pearlman “orchestrated control over a number of corporations that held rights to the Boys’ entertainment services and products since the band first formed in 1993.” Mirror also reports that in 2008 Pearlman plead guilty to numerous charges, including carrying out a long-running Ponzi scheme, racking up over 300 million dollars in debt. He is currently serving a 25 year sentence in jail.
In more recent reports, state that the amount that was supposed to be paid to the boys still has not been paid. According to Perez Hilton, the members of the band, Nick Carter, AJ McLean, Brian Littrell, Kevin Richardson, and Howie Dorough are all reportedly set to appear in court later this month as a part of Pearlman’s ongoing bankruptcy case. The trustee of the case filed an objection on the grounds that the band failed to provide the court with the “backup information to allow the trustee to confirm valid claims for fees and costs.” The band is also seeking repayment for court fees which are estimated to be over $87,000.
Fingers crossed for them, we hope they get the money they deserve, and can finally move on from this court mess.