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Scotty McCreery's Former Manager Files Lawsuit Claiming Non-Payment; McCreery Denies Allegations

Image courtesy of Mercury/19/Interscope (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Mercury/19/Interscope (via ABC News Radio)

Scotty McCreery has been hit with a lawsuit by a music industry veteran who says he served as Scotty's manager but was never paid.

In a suit filed in Chancery Court in Nashville last week, Todd Cassetty says that he served as McCreery's manager from October 2012 to April 2013, during which time he was promised the industry standard 15-20 percent of McCreery's gross earnings.  But he alleges that he was never paid.

Furthermore, he claims that when he severed ties with McCreery, Scotty's mother, Judy , stepped in and changed the terms of the prior deal, offering only two percent of gross revenues for the period. 

Cassetty and McCreery never memorialized their agreement in writing -- although Cassetty's complaint cites e-mails hashing out the specifics and notes that last November McCreery approved a press release announcing Cassetty as his "exclusive manager."

The suit accuses Scotty, his mom and his management company with breach of contract, "unjust enrichment" and fraud.  Cassetty is seeking actual and punitive damages from McCreery as well as payment of his legal costs.

McCreery claims there is no truth to these allegations, calling them "an attempt to embarrass me and my family."

The singer says in a statement, "I have offered to pay Todd more than once, but he wanted an unreasonable amount for only five months of work. Anyone who knows me knows how I conduct myself, so I am not worried they will believe any of this."

McCreery adds, "The facts will come out when we have our day in court."

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