TeenStar say the singer hasn’t kept his side of the deal, and are now claiming £100,000 from him.
The 18-year-old won the X Factor-esque competition before his big break with Simon Cowell et al, but has now allegedly gone back on his word and is not honoring their agreement.
Future Music Ltd, trading as TeenStar, have filed with the County Court business Centre. Luke has apparently filed a defence, according to Future.
The rules of the competition stated that the winner must give TeenStar (run by Future Music) ‘first refusal on management services within 18 months of winning’.
The rules also state: “Competition finalists, defined as any act making the Grand Final, acknowledge and agree to make themselves available for appearances and promotion for an 18 month period from the end of the competition for a minimum of 5 times.”
The rules are displayed on the entry forms and on the website’s terms and conditions.
However, the company are now claiming £100,000 through the County Court Business Centre because they say Luke, who came third in 2013′s X Factor, has gone back on his word.
Future Music boss Chris Grayston told Mirror Celeb: “We invested a lot of money in Luke and coached him throughout the X Factor process. We advised him on song choices and even helped run his social media and that fan following was what helped him in the competition.
“Now he says he has no intention of honouring our agreement and playing the five gigs and says we ought to be happy with him playing one unannounced gig for us.”
He added that he wishes his alumni all the success in the world if they continue onto great things, and won’t stand in the way of Luke’s success – but he won’t “waive his rights” either.
His TeenStar competitions have discovered several other X Factor contestants, including Lucy Spraggan and Jahméne Douglas, as well as non-X Factor-related Birdy.
The Mirror also claim to have seen an email in which Future Music told Luke’s agent that ‘eight management companies were invited to pitch for managing his music career’.
Luke eventually completed a contract with Crown management, who manage the likes of Union J and Ella Henderson.
The email from Future Music states that there is an obligation that Luke must appear at at least five promotional events in the year following his TeenStar win.
Crown Management apparently offered one gig as a settlement.
Future Music have turned to money to resolve the situation as they have “been ignored” after months of emails.
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