VIVA warns legal action vs Nadine Lustre

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 27 2020 09:43 PM | Updated as of Jan 28 2020 12:33 PM

Actress Nadine Lustre. FILE/Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

MANILA — (UPDATE) Viva Artists Agency (VAA) on Monday said it will “initiate appropriate legal action” against Nadine Lustre, following the actress’ announcement that she has “terminated” her contract with the local entertainment giant.

VAA, which helped raise Lustre’s showbiz career as a girl group member to an award-winning film star, stressed that she “remains an exclusive artist of VIVA as she has a valid and subsisting management contract.”

Lustre’s legal team earlier on Monday announced that she “has decided to terminate her agency contract with VIVA,” saying she is currently “self-managed and will continue to be so indefinitely.”

Lustre will “directly manage her affairs from now on, and bookings and inquiries may be directly addressed to her,” her camp’s statement added.

In a statement given to ABS-CBN News’ Mario Dumaual, VAA said that “any dealings or professional engagements entered into by Nadine, without the consent or approval of VIVA constitutes breach of contract.”

“VIVA shall initiate appropriate legal action against Nadine and/or third parties that directly deal with Nadine in contravention of VIVA’s management contract,” it said.

Lustre, 26, made her showbiz breakthrough via the VIVA Films romance flick “Diary ng Panget” in 2014. She, however, has been a ward of the larger Viva Entertainment as early as 2009, when she was launched as part of the sing-and-dance group Pop Girls.

Under VIVA, she starred in eight films in a lead role, released a solo album, and staged two major concerts with her former boyfriend James Reid.

Reid, at the time, was also a contract star of VIVA, until he left the talent agency in 2019.