Steve might be in trouble
Steve Harvey has seen some temporary embarrassment over the last year — whether it was his gaffe at Miss Universe or getting clowned for meeting with Donald Trump — but this latest development might hit Harvey where it hurts: his wallet. The Family Feud host is being sued for allegedly not paying a fair share to the man he charged to gather donations for his charity, the Steve and Marjorie Foundation. According to TMZ, Harvey is on the hook for a decent chunk of change.
The suit was brought on by Vincent Dimmock, who claims he was hired by Harvey to raise $20 million, with the understanding that he’d be entitled to 12.5% of whatever he raised. Dimmock said he got together pledges for $20 million and even delivered the first million to Harvey, but when the time came for Harvey to pay, he backed out.
Dimmock levels various allegations at Harvey throughout the suit and tells of a meeting in May where he claims that Harvey was a total boor. The gossip website reports that Dimmock’s tale includes Harvey disparaging women, blaming Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry for giving him bum investments and trashing Barack Obama for his ill-received meeting with Donald Trump.
TMZ got a hold of Harvey’s agent Todd Frank, and he told the site that the allegations don’t match up with what he knows of Harvey. “It sounds fake. Steve is the most loyal guy in the world,” he said. “I’ve never been stiffed on a commission from Steve Harvey in 21 years.”
Twelve percent of $20 million is a load of cash, but it’s far from the worst lawsuit we’ve seen a celebrity face this year. Ja Rule is staring down the barrel of a $100 million lawsuit after his luxury Fyre Festival turned into an unmitigated disaster.
Fans who had spent up to $100,000 were stranded on an island with no lights, no organization, little food and no entertainment.
“So Fyre Fest is a complete disaster. Mass chaos. No organization. No one knows where to go. There are no villas, just a disaster tent city,” William N. Finley IV tweeted out from the scene at the time.
After a chaotic day on the island, Fyre Fest tweeted out that the event had been cancelled.
“Due to unforeseen and extenuating circumstances, Fyre Festival has been fully postponed,” they wrote. “After assessing the situation this morning and looking at best options for our guests, we cannot move forward as we hoped we could. At this time, we are working tirelessly to get flights scheduled and get all travelers home safely.”
The organizers, who include Ja Rule among their ranks, were hit with a lawsuit for $100 million. The suit claims that Fyre was “nothing more than a get-rich-quick scam from the very beginning” and that the lack of “adequate food, water, shelter, and medical care” put attendees at risk.
Not All Bad
It’s not all bad news for Harvey. He was recently tagged to replace Pitbull as the host of FOX’s New Year’s Eve program after Mr. Worldwide held down the festivities for several years. And if this lawsuit doesn’t go his way, we’re sure he could use the check.
What do you think? Do you think Steve Harvey really stiffed this guy out of his cut? Does that sound like Steve Harvey to you? Do you think he’s in financial trouble after a rough year? Sound off in the comments and be sure to SHARE this article.