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Following news that Nadine Lustre broke up with on and off-screen partner James Reid, the actress has announced that she is officially leaving VIVA.
She has been with the talent agency for many years, including when she was a member of the girl group Pop Girls.
A statement released by Kapunan & Castillo Law Offices said, “Consistent with her rights under the Civil Code of the Philippines, specifically Article 1920, she has decided to terminate her agency contract with Viva.”
It adds that she will be “self-managed and will continue to be so indefinitely. She shall directly manage her affairs from now on, and bookings and inquiries may be directly addressed to her.”
However, the entertainment company is denying the claims, saying that she “remains an exclusive artist of VIVA as she has a valid and subsisting management contract.”
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In their statement, VIVA said, “any dealings or professional engagements entered into by Nadine, without the consent or approval of VIVA constitutes breach of contract. VIVA shall initiate appropriate legal action against Nadine and/or third parties that directly deal with Nadine in contravention of VIVA’s management contract.”
Nadine’s camp has since responded to VIVA’s statement. According to Lorna Kapunan, “We welcome any legal action by Viva so their unconscionable, oppressive and illegal contract with Nadine (and their other artists) can be litigated in the proper forum.”
She added that the company has “taken advantage of young artists in the industry.” She said, “Viva lawyers have not replied to our earlier letters but chose to wait in ambush to malign Nadine and harass third parties dealing with her in good faith. This is wrongful and malicious contract interference by Viva actionable in law for damages.”
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