Had it not been the intervention of the same firm that sued his ass, of most loved face and of course the king of the hit show “Empire” would have found himself at the other side of the show— a sheer audience.
Terrence Howard’s former managers at Authentic Talent and Literary Management filed a complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court alleging Howard, who hired the agency in 2013, owe them $250,000 in commissions.
Despite Howard having since fired the firm, Authentic bosses claim he agreed to pay them post-termination commission fees in a 2014 email.
Authentic were responsible for preventing Howard’s termination from Empire, through which he has enjoyed a career comeback thanks to his role as Lucious Lyon.
There are no details as to why Howard’s role on the show was in jeopardy, but Authentic bosses claim they “intervened with the Los Angeles-based executives of Imagine and effectively saved Howard’s job on Empire by convincing those executives not to terminate Howard from the show.”
Howard signed a seven-year contract for the show, and Authentic executives assert they are entitled to 10 per cent of his earnings for the duration of the contract, which will expire in 2020.
Authentic claim Howard did make several payments to them through 2015 and 2016, alleging the total amount they received was equivalent to 10 per cent of the gross revenue he made for the first and second seasons of Empire, but these stopped in March 2016.