The former manager of Atlantic Records songstress Jewel has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the singer and her mother, Lenedra Carroll, claiming that she was wrongfully fired and is owed millions in commissions on the singer’s earnings.
In the complaint filed Monday in L.A. Superior Court, Inga Vainshtein — who discovered Jewel five years ago, when the singer was performing in coffeehouses and living out of her car — claims Carroll induced Jewel to fire her longtime manager, and by doing so breached Vainshtein’s personal services contract with the singer.
The suit comes as Jewel’s latest for the label, “Spirit,” bowed as the third bestselling album in the nation last week with first-week sales of more than 368,000 units.
The disc has already been certified double-platinum (2 million units) by the Recording Industry Assn. of America, which tracks shipments of albums to retailers, but not yet sold through to consumers.
The lawsuit’s claims include breach of written contract and interference with contractual relations. Vainshtein seeks an accounting of Jewel’s earnings, alleging that the singer’s mother suggested the breach so that she could earn the commissions on Jewel’s earnings that were going to Vainshtein.
Vainshtein is seeking more than $10 million in compensatory and punitive damages.