A lawsuit over monies from Judge Judy is headed to court -to be presided over by someone other than Judge Judy Sheindlin.
Talent agency Rebel Entertainment Partners has claimed that it has not received contractually obligated payments for Judge Judy since 2010, because the show is losing money due to Sheindlin’s annual salary of as much as $47 million ($A62m).
“Defendants agreed to pay Scheindlin an upfront salary that is far in excess of any person in non-scripted television, and then included that fee in the Show’s production expenses, thereby preventing Rebel from receiving any back end compensation,” writes Rebel’s attorney Bryan J. Freedman.
But Judge Judy has called baloney on the claim.
“The fact that Richard Lawrence is complaining about my salary is actually hilarious,” Sheindlin said in a statement. “I met Mr. Lawrence for 2 hours some 21 years ago. Neither I nor anyone involved in the day-to-day production of my program has heard from him in 20 years. Not a card, not a gift, not a flower, not a congratulations. Yet he has somehow received over $17,000,000 from my program. My rudimentary math translates that into $8,500,000 an hour for Mr. Lawrence. Not a bad payday. Now complaining about not getting enough money, that’s real chutzpah!”
Sheindlin is not named as a plaintiff in the suit.