Taylor Swift’s former manager has filed a lawsuit claiming he’s owed millions of dollars in commissions for playing a key role in building her career before she signed with Nashville-based Big Machine Records. Dan Dymtrow, who managed Swift from April 2004 (when she was 14) until July 2005, filed the suit in federal court in New York.
Dymtrow claims his management deals with the singer and her parents, Scott and Andrea Swift, were to provide him a commission of between 5 percent and 10 percent from Swift’s career. He also says he introduced her to Nashville music executives, including Big Machine chief Scott Borchetta. He further alleges Swift’s parents delayed signing the recording contract until after he had been fired to avoid paying him his commissions.
In 2007, Dymtrow filed a suit against Swift and her parents alleging they were in breach of a management contract for only paying him $10,000 for his efforts prior to her deal with Big Machine.
On Wednesday (Oct. 6), attorneys for Dymtrow and the Swifts filed a joint letter with the court to share documents both sides hope will provide evidence to prove their claims.
No court date has been set. The Swifts are being represented by Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, a law firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
Contacted Friday afternoon (Oct. 8) by CMT.com, Swift’s publicist said the singer will not be commenting on the case.
However, the Hollywood Reporter reports that Swift’s attorney, Paul LiCalsi, says Dymtrow’s claim of being responsible for launching her career “is ludicrous.” In terms of the former manager’s involvement with Swift, LiCalsi added, “To say that is worth millions is just the height of overreaching.”
Swift’s new album, Speak Now, will be released on Oct. 25.