Manager sues Idol winner

Music Row veteran says singer, family dallied for months after committing to deal [Updated with McCreery response]

UPDATE: A spokeswoman for McCreery sent us this statement from the singer: "There is no truth to these allegations. I have offered to pay Todd more than once, but he wanted an unreasonable amount for only five months of work. Anyone who knows me knows how I conduct myself, so I am not worried they will believe any of this. This is just an attempt to embarrass me and my family. The facts will come out when we have our day in court."

As originally reported:

“Celebrities should be required to pay their bills, just like anyone else,” reads the first line of a lawsuit filed by artist management company Cassetty Entertainment against former American Idol winner Scotty McCreery.

The lawsuit, filed in Davidson County Chancery Court last week, maintains that McCreery — pictured here with Cassetty in happier days — refuses to pay the new management company for services rendered.

Cassetty Entertainment, run by music industry veteran Todd Cassetty, signed McCreery as its first artist in October 2012. But Cassetty claims he was “strung along for months” as McCreery failed to officially memorialize the management agreement. The parties parted ways in April.

According to the lawsuit, Cassetty claims that McCreery, 19, offered to pay him 15 percent of all gross revenues. But McCreery's mother, Judy, stepped in and offered only two percent, the lawsuit claims.

Cassetty started managing McCreery after he was released from XIX Entertainment, the company he was contractually obligated to work after winning American Idol. Judy McCreery told Cassetty in an October 2012 email that Cassetty was “unofficially official” their new manager, according to the suit.

Cassetty started managing Scotty McCreery then but an official management agreement was never memorialized. The suit claims that the McCreerys kept assuring Cassetty that he would be paid at the “industry standard” of 15-20 percent of gross revenues. The lawsuit calls those claims “fraudulent and deceptive.”

Cassetty is asking for a money judgment including actual, consequential and punitive damages. Don Passman, a Los Angeles-based attorney representing McCreery, declined to comment on the case Monday afternoon.