The former manager of actress Melissa Joan Hart, Kieran Maguire, filed suit against her in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, claiming breach of oral contract, fraud and unjust enrichment, among other alleged infractions. According to the suit, Maguire became the actress’s manager in August 2006 and quickly revived her career from its post-“Sabrina the Witch” doldrums.
“Melissa Joan Hart has no heart, as evidenced by this action,” the suit begins, rather fancifully.
“Indeed, Maguire’s advice and counsel was integral in thrusting Hart back into the Hollywood spotlight to once again be advertised as ‘America’s Sweetheart,'” the suit claims.
Maguire claims to have played a key role in numerous deals for Hart, including commercial gigs, her appearance on “Dancing With the Stars” and the ABC Family sitcom “Melissa and Joey.” But in March 2010, the suit says, Hart abruptly canned Maguire, without explanation, in “what can only be described as ‘being cheap,'” the suit asserts.
Since the canning, the suit says, Melissa Joan Hart has failed to fork over Maguire’s 10 percent commission on “Melissa & Joey,” as their agreement allegedly calls for. And that really peeves Maguire, especially since, he claims, the actress got a pay raise for the fall 2011 season of “Melissa & Joey.”
The suit also claims that, in 2008, Hart briefly stopped paying her manager commissions, and “admitted to Maguire that she owed him the commissions and that she was ‘just being cheap.'”
Maguire figures he’s owed $56,250, by Melissa Joan Hart, plus whatever extra might be due to him from Hart’s alleged pay raise. The suit also seeks interest and costs.
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