'Ghost Whisperer' haunted by lawsuit

May 2, 2007 at 5:29 PM
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LOS ANGELES, May 2 (UPI) -- "Ghost Whisperer" Jennifer Love Hewitt is being sued for breach of contract by her former management agency in Los Angeles.

Handprint Entertainment LLC claimed Hewitt didn't honor an oral agreement to pay a 10 percent commission for each deal Handprint brokered for her while she was with the company, E! News said Tuesday. The particular transaction in question is Hewitt's turn on CBS' "Ghost Whisperer," a role that returned her "to national prominence as a television star," the company claimed in a lawsuit filed Friday in Los Angeles.

Hewitt paid Handprint 10 percent of her earnings from the first season of "Ghost Whisperer," the suit said.

"California law requires that even television stars comply with contract law," the suit continued. "Love Hewitt 'knows what she did last season,' and knows that she owes Handprint its 10 percent commission this season, too."

The drama is in its second season and is expected to be renewed for a third.

Court documents said Hewitt signed with Handprint in 2002 and then dropped the company in 2005, taking employee Dannielle Thomas with her to continue as a personal manager.

Handprint is asking for at least $350,000 in damages.

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