A jury in Nashville has ordered Scotty McCreery to pay his former manager $239,329 to compensate for five months of back pay. The court ruling came Wednesday (June 18) in a lawsuit filed by Todd Cassetty.
McCreery and Cassetty teamed up in late 2012 but parted ways early the following year. Cassetty claimed that he was owed the industry standard of 15 percent of McCreery’s gross revenue during that time, according to The Tennessean , Nashville’s daily newspaper. They did not have a written agreement in place when the relationship ended.
The singer’s mother, Judy McCreery, was listed as a defendant in the case. She has been actively involved in the business side of her son’s career.
When the lawsuit was filed in July 2013, Billboard reported that Judy McCreery offered a 2 percent payment to Cassetty. However, an email from Scotty McCreery was brought up in court stating that he would provide a check to Cassetty for 15 percent of tour revenue.
Last July, Scotty McCreery released the following statement: “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.”
Following Wednesday’s ruling, McCreery issued another statement regarding the outcome.
“I am very pleased with the management fee ruling of only $239,000, which was less than half of the $570,000 Mr. Cassetty requested,” he said. “It was always my intention to pay Mr. Cassetty and indeed had offered to pay him more than once. His request, however, for over half a million dollars was too much for a few months of work.
“While it has been difficult to risk having my reputation challenged, I always believed that the truth would prevail, and it has. I have a management team, including a professional business manager, in Nashville advising me. Now I am happy to put this behind me and focus on my music. As always, I am thankful to my fans for all of their support.”
After winning American Idol in 2011, McCreery was managed by 19 Entertainment, but he parted ways with that firm before working with Cassetty. McCreery’s hit singles include “I Love You This Big,” “The Trouble With Girls” and “See You Tonight.”