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OFF BEAT: DJ Pauly D sued by former talent agency over commission fees


“Jersey Shore” cast member DJ Pauly D’s “G.T.L.” catchphrase has taken a whole new meaning: gym, tan and…lawsuit.

The self-proclaimed “guido” and star of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” and his personal services corporation, Blowout Enterprises L.L.C., are being sued by his former talent agency, International Creative Management Inc., for nonpayment of commission fees, according to court documents filed Thursday in the Superior Court of California in Los Angeles.

ICM represented DJ Pauly D, who’s real name is Paul DelVecchio, during contract negotiations for “Jersey Shore” in 2010. In May, Mr. DelVecchio discharged ICM as his talent agency and allegedly refused to pay $370,000 in commissions owed to the Los Angeles-based talent company, according to court documents.

“ICM went to bat for DelVecchio, successfully negotiating lucrative amendments to DelVecchio’s participation agreement with MTV,” ICM said in the lawsuit. “Now, DelVecchio and Blowout refuse to pay ICM nearly $400,000 in commissions on amounts Defendants already received.”

“ICM was paid for its services,” Mr. DelVecchio’s attorneys, Hillary H. Hughes and Garvey Schubert Barer, said in news reports. “It is even more disappointing that an agency like ICM would choose to take advantage of its former relationship with a client and disclose his confidential business affairs to the public in disregard of any duties it owes as a talent agency.”

ICM seeks damages no less than $370,000, according to the lawsuit.

If Mr. DelVecchio ends up paying the back commissions, it’ll be a bad hair day that no amount of gel could tame.