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Tween singing sensation Cam Anthony is being sued by his Miami production company, which claims the vocalist dropped it the same day he performed for a nationwide audience on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
The lawsuit filed Friday by 12th & Collins Entertainment LLC in Miami-Dade Circuit Court also names as defendants Camren Prattis, Anthony’s given name, and his mother, manager Melissa Sherman.
The complaint alleges the performer and his mother improperly ended their contract with the company. Anthony’s legal name is Camren Prattis. The 12-year-old crooner appeared on DeGeneres’ show Jan. 13.
“Prattis and his mother pledged his exclusive services as a recording artist to my client, and they broke the agreement without cause,” said Miami attorney Richard Wolfe, who is representing the production company.
Wolfe, a partner at Wolfe Law Miami, said his client spent significant time and money representing the budding star to major distribution companies such as Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group.
Prattis, a Philadelphia resident hailed by DeGeneres for his “golden voice,” has been described as a young Michael Jackson. He has more than 500,000 hits on his YouTube videos and more than 30,000 likes on his Facebook page.
“Prattis and his mother apparently don’t have high regard for contracts. It seems his mother is teaching her young son that signatures on agreements don’t mean anything,” Wolfe said.
Prattis and Sherman have given no reason for terminating their relationship with 12th and Collins, Wolfe said, merely notifying it by email Jan. 12 that they were pulling out of the contract.
“This breach of contract prevents our client from being able to profit off of Prattis’s sound recordings, advances, merchandise, live performances and concerts,” Wolfe said.
The suit asks the court to declare Prattis is still bound by the contract and requests an injunction to prevent Prattis and Sherman from working with any other music or entertainment company.