Viva Artists Agency files lawsuit vs Nadine Lustre for violating her contract

by Jojo Gabinete
Dec 11, 2020
Viva Artists Agency: "Ms. Lustre should honor and respect the sanctity of contracts and that third parties are put on notice that any direct dealings with Ms. Lustre for her services as a performing artist or endorser shall be in violation of Ms. Lustre’s contract with VAA."
PHOTO/S: Nadine Lustre Instagram

Ang pagwawalang-bahala ni Nadine Lustre sa exclusive contract na pinirmahan niya sa Viva Artists Agency (VAA) ang dahilan kaya sinampahan siya ng kaso sa Regional Trial Court ng Quezon City nitong Biyernes, December 11, 2020.

Kaugnay nito, naglabas ng opisyal na pahayag ang VAA, sa pamamamagitan ng legal counsel nilang si Chino Paolo Z. Roxas.

Dito ay idinetalye ang mga dahilan kung bakit nila sinampahan ng kaso si Nadine.

Nakasaad dito: "VIVA Artists Agency, Inc. (“VAA”) filed today a lawsuit against its talent, Nadine Lustre (“Nadine”) before the Regional Trial Court of Quezon City.

"The lawsuit was filed because, early this year, Nadine violated her valid and existing Agency and Management Agreement with VAA, by contracting independently with advertisers, promoters, and other third parties, in utter disregard of the exclusivity of her contract with VAA.

"Thus, the case seeks, among others, to stop Nadine from continuously violating her Agency and Management Agreement with VAA and for Nadine to honor her contract."

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Ayon pa sa statement, sa simula ay pumirma ng five-year contract si Nadine sa VAA noong 2009.

Na-renew raw ang kontrata noong 2014 para sa panibagong "10 years" o hanggang June 20, 2024.

Noong 2015, na-extend daw ang kontratang ito ng lima pang taon, o hanggang June 29, 2029.

Ibig sabihin, may natitira pang mahigit siyam na taon sa existing contract ni Nadine nang tinapos nito ang kanyang kontrata sa VAA.

Binanggit din sa statement ang mga ginawang hakbang ng VAA upang maging "one of the most sought after artists in the entertainment industry" si Nadine.

"Through VAA’s efforts, Nadine’s career took-off in 2014 owing to the Viva-produced blockbuster movie “Diary ng Panget” starring Nadine and James Reid, which introduced the “JADINE” loveteam to the public.

"On the heels of the success of “Diary ng Panget”, VAA negotiated for JADINE to be featured in ABS-CBN shows to promote the loveteam, resulting in the record-breaking teleserye, “On The Wings of Love”, more popularly called by fans as “OTWOL”.

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"Despite her continued success as an exclusive artist of VAA for almost a decade, Nadine still chose to violate and disregard her contract with VAA."

Diin ng VAA: "Ms. Lustre should honor and respect the sanctity of contracts and that third parties are put on notice that any direct dealings with Ms. Lustre for her services as a performing artist or endorser shall be in violation of Ms. Lustre’s contract with VAA."

NADINE TERMINATES CONTRACT WITH VIVA

Noong January 27, 2020, naglabas ng press statement ang legal counsel ni Nadine na si Atty. Lorna Kapunan tungkol sa desisyon ng aktres na umalis sa Viva kahit hindi pa tapos ang kontrata nito.

Kabuuang pahayag ng abogada:

"For the information of the public, Nadine Lustre is no longer a talent of Viva Artists Agency.

"Consistent with her rights under the Civil Code of The Philippines, specifically Article 1920, she has decided to terminate her agency contract with Viva.

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"As of now, Nadine is self-managed and will continue to be so indefinitely.

"She shall directly manage her affairs from now on, and bookings and inquiries may be directly addressed to her."

Nakapaloob sa Article 1920, Chapter 4, Modes of Extinguishment of Agency na karapatan ng isang talent na umalis sa isang agency kung kailan nito gusto.

Sabi rito: "The principal may revoke the agency at will, and compel the agency to return the document evidencing the agency. Such revocation may be expressed or implied."

Si Nadine ay exclusive artist ng Viva mula nang ilunsad siya bilang bahagi ng all-female girl group na Pop Girls noong 2009.

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Viva Artists Agency: "Ms. Lustre should honor and respect the sanctity of contracts and that third parties are put on notice that any direct dealings with Ms. Lustre for her services as a performing artist or endorser shall be in violation of Ms. Lustre’s contract with VAA."
PHOTO/S: Nadine Lustre Instagram
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