March 23, 2005
Nugent v. Muskegon: Day 1
The first day of rocker Ted Nugent’s suit against Muskegon, Michigan, went into the books Monday with testimony that the city’s cancellation substantially harmed Nugent’s career. Muskegon canceled the concert and issued a press release saying the action was caused by the guitarist’s use of "potentially offensive racial terms" during a radio interview. Nugent denies using such terms.
Nugent’s agent, Adam Kornfeld, testified that after Muskegon’s action bookings for Nugent dried up. Kornfeld, who has represented Nugent for 21 years, said that immediately after the Muskegon action, "The phones died. It seemed like Ted was a pariah."
In addition to his $80,000 contract fee, Nugent is seeking $1 million in damage to his career. Some of the terms from Nugent's standard performance contract are here.
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