Stories about celebrities acting up can end up unintentionally hilarious, but this one goes one step further by invoking the ruination of Christmas! If you're a fan of artist/actress Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, or if you just like sticking up for the little guy, then you may be interested to know that the hit singer is being sued by small developer Gate Five for failing to stick around and help them complete the dance game StarPower: Beyoncé.
According to a copy of the summons filed in the New York Supreme Court, Beyoncé had entered a "services and exclusive license agreement" in the summer of last year to work with Gate Five on a game based on her career. At the time, she had already "negotiated lavish compensation terms to which she was contractually bound," but that wasn't enough to save Christmas.
Ms. Carter, at a crucial moment in the project's development, made an extortionate demand for entirely new compensation terms she suddenly wanted. When her maneuver backfired and drove away the financier (who found Ms. Carter too erratic to do business with), she pulled out the project in breach of the Agreement.The summons also mentions the financial devastation the breach caused, calling Beyoncé's actions "so callous that, on what appeared to be a whim, she destroyed Gate Five's business, and drove 70 people into unemployment, the week before Christmas."
So while it seems there's definitely grounds for litigation on Gate Five's part, one has to wonder why they seem so desperate to paint Beyoncé in a negative light even before both parties get to court. Theirs almost sounds like a desperate plea for sympathy rather than a secure knowledge that they had their contract all in order.
By the time this is over, it might be said that if Gate Five liked it, they should've put a completion clause on it.