Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's character, Ser Jaime Lannister might have lost his sword-wielding hand on the hit HBO series, Game of Thrones, but now the actor claims his former manager is now trying to swindle him off-screen of an arm and leg.
The Hollywood Reporter states that the 47-year-old Danish star sued former manager, Jill Littman and her talent agency on Friday, claiming she is seeking commissions she is not owed.
While Littman and her agency, Impression Entertainment tried to get Coster-Waldau to sign written agreements early in their relationship, the actor preferred to operate under oral contract. However, now the two are arguing over the question as to whether the contract detailed if pay was meant to remain after their relationship ended.
In the case, Littman cited written deals between 2011 and 2014, claiming he was to pay her commission even if they stopped working together.
But Coster-Waldau claims they are "sham documents," that are not binding on him and that the two only had a verbal agreement. Within those terms dating all the way back to 2006, he asserts that he would only pay Littman 10 percent of his pay while she represented him.
In 2011, the actor and his former manager decided he should have a "three-year, O-1 visa," a condition available from the U.S. government to foreign nationals considered to have "extraordinary abilities" in various disciplines, including the arts.
"Indeed, the only real factual dispute in this case is the timing of the Defendants' dishonesty," wrote attorney Michael Plonsker, guessing as to whether Impression always intended to hold Coster-Waldau to the terms of the agreement, while misleading him.
He adds that in either case, the Game of Thrones actor is entitled to a "declaration that the Sham Documents are not and have never been binding contracts, as well as compensatory and punitive damages for Defendants' disloyal and fraudulent conduct."
The actor asked the court for a temporary restraining order directing Impression from proceeding with the settlement. The Reporter states that Coster-Waldau and his attorneys claim the "arbitration provision in his contract is unenforceable because the documents were signed as a result of fraud."
Attorneys for Littman's agency are in opposition of the motion filed, with the Reporter stating that when Coster-Waldau fired his managers, he also "acknowledged his obligation to pay commissions to Impression on his earnings from Game of Thrones 'till it ends' and that Littman's work for him was 'absolutely stellar.'"
With the case under way, if the court discovers either of the documents are binding, Coster-Waldau wants the court to strike the provisions related to arbitration, the term of the agreement, Game of Thrones and any provisions that require him to pay her.
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