29 Jan – Nadine Lustre's legal representative recently stated that they are not at all concerned over threat of lawsuit from Viva Artists Agency after the actress announced that she is leaving the company to be self-managed.
As reported on PEP, Atty. Lorna Katipunan, who responded to VIVA's previous statement expressed, "We welcome any legal action by VIVA so their unconscionable, oppressive and illegal Contract with Nadine (and their other artists) can be litigated in the proper forum. It's about time that David strikes out a Goliath that has taken advantage of young artists in the industry for the longest time.
"Viva lawyers have not replied to our earlier letters but chose to wait in ambush to malign Nadine and harass Third parties dealing with her in good faith. This is wrongful and malicious Contract interference by VIVA actionable in law for damages."
Back on 27 January, VIVA released a statement to deny Lustre's contract termination, saying that the actress cannot unilaterally withdraw from her contract, and that they shall "initiate appropriate legal action against Nadine and/or third parties that directly deal with Nadine in contravention of VIVA's Management Contract".
Lustre has been with VIVA since as early as 2009, when she was launched as part of Pop Girls through VIVA Entertainment.
(Photo Source: Nadine Lustre Instagram)