Scotty McCreery’s Former Manager Awarded in Lawsuit

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A suit filed against Scotty McCreery by the singer’s former manager was settled Wednesday, June 18. A jury in Nashville ruled that Scotty owes music industry veteran and ex-manager Todd Cassetty $239,329, putting an end to the legal dispute.

Cassetty sued Scotty last year for back pay, arguing that he was owed the industry standard of 15 percent of Scotty’s gross revenue, but Scotty disagreed and the case went to trial. Scotty was first managed by 19 Entertainment after winning American Idol in 2011, but left that company and hired Cassetty to manage him. The two never finalized a written agreement and ended their business partnership in April of last year.

Cassetty claimed in the suit that he had not been compensated. Scotty’s mother, Judy, has been taking care of most of Scotty’s business affairs. She was also named as a defendant in the case.

Scotty noted that he intended to pay Cassetty 2 percent instead of the standard 15 percent. The jury award was less than the $570,000 Cassetty had requested.

In a prepared statement, Scotty said, “While it has been difficult to risk having my reputation challenged, I always believed that the truth would prevail, and it has.”

Scotty added that he was pleased to have the matter behind him.

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