July 27, 2012 12:11

Black Eyed Peas to sue former manager for fraud

Will.i.am and co. accuse their former manager of "fraud and deceit"

Black Eyed Peas to sue former manager for fraud

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Black Eyed Peas have filed a lawsuit against their former business anager.

Three members of the group, will.i.am, Taboo and apl.de.ap have accused former manager Sean M. Larkin of "fraud and deceit" for failing to file taxes on their behalf, the LA Times reports.

The band members claim the fraud cost them $3.2 million (£2.1 million) after he allegedly failed to file income tax returns for the band and their companies between 2002 and 2009.

"Larkin falsely represented … on numerous occasions that he was taking care of everything and that they had nothing to worry about," the band members' lawyers wrote in the lawsuit.

The band members discovered in 2009 that they had huge tax bills to pay. They eventually sacked Larkin and paid off their taxes, but according to the suit, he has yet to provide them with the financial records they need to complete returns for their touring company.

According to the July 19 suit, after band members discovered in 2009 that they had massive tax bills and confronted Larkin, he promised to file the delinquent returns and cover all the costs. But, the suit alleges, "Larkin's representations proved to be false."

The musicians eventually fired Larkin and paid off their taxes, but according to the suit, Larkin has yet to provide them with financial records they need to complete returns for their touring company.
Fourth band member Stacy Ferguson, aka Fergie, has her own business manager and is not involved in the case.
Earlier this month, Black Eyed Peas' single 'My Humps' was voted as the dance track with the worst lyrics of all time in a poll.

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