A “disgruntled” former business partner is suing Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) for unpaid fees related to Brown’s efforts to manage and promote his daughter, “American Idol” semi-finalist Ayla Brown’s career.
According to Mother Jones, Wayne Laakko, co-owner of Double Deal Brand Records, maintains that the Browns have “nearly bankrupted” his company by backing out of a business deal and that he will be releasing a series of embarrassing videos of the senator. The first of which, released TK, depicts Brown saying said he would stalk “one or all of those Pussycat Girls,” by which, we assume, he means lingerie-pop act, The Pussycat Dolls.
Laakko claims that the Browns owe his label two more records, according to the stipulations of Ayla’s contract and the senator and his daughter owe him “a substantial amount of money” for production, merchandizing and promotional fees. Brown’s attorney denied the accusations to Mother Jones, but now Laakko has decided to have “a little fun” at the Senator’s expense.
At the Double Deal Records YouTube page, Laakko has posted a 2006 interview snippet in which the man operating the camera (reportedly the art director of Ayla Brown’s single recorded EP, “Circles”) asked Brown who else he would “stalk,” apparently in reference to an earlier remark.
“No, just kidding,” Brown said. “That was a joke,” he said, laughing, then, after protesting that he’s “taking pictures, doing paperwork,” he answered, “Probably one or all of those ‘Pussycat Girls.’”
“Oh, there we go,” said the interviewer, “the Pussycat Dolls.”
“Yeah, whatever they are,” replied Brown.
It’s the first of what Laakko said will be a series of six videos.
According to Laakko, his relationship with the Brown family went sour shortly after Brown was elected to the U.S. Senate in a 2010 special election to fill the seat left vacant after the death Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA). He said that his business relationship was primarily with Sen. Brown, who handled most of the details of his daughter’s nascent career. All the work produced for Ayla Brown had to be cleared through Sen. Brown’s office and advisers, including former Boston Herald scribe Eric Fehrnstrom, who is currently advising both Brown’s re-election campaign and the presidential campaign of former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA).
The Browns walked away from Double Deal altogether in May of 2010, and efforts to reach a settlement broke down in February of 2011. Laakko said, “My company offered their lawyers the ability to walk away with our work, our years of help and work and guidance, and we basically asked them to pay us back to zero. I wasn’t asking for millions of dollars. I was asking to walk away even.”
Ayla Brown, according to a family attorney, is currently “writing, networking, tweeting, making appearances, and performing live shows wherever she can get them: at malls, fairs, festivals, games.” She hasn’t released any new material since the self-published Circles EP, which came out in January of 2010.
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