The lawsuit against Mariah Carey by a South American concert promoter has been thrown out, however, litigation against her company Mirage is set to proceed.
The case relates to two concerts that were supposed to take place in Argentina and Chile in October 2016. Just days before the concerts kicked-off, Carey cancelled supposedly due to poor sales, but claimed that the cancellations were because the promoters failed to pay her. Carey’s representation filed a suit against promoter FEG Entretenimientos, noting that the crew could not travel to Argentina and Chile on the promise of payment. Additionally, they sued for damage to Carey’s reputation and loss of possible revenue elsewhere.
TMZ reported that the promoter said in their counter-suit that they paid the singer 75 percent of the $703,100 bill for the performance, which met standard procedure. FEG believed low sales caused Carey to cancel her shows, but then she defamed the company in a tweet to her 17 million followers, blaming them for the cancellation. The promoter also claimed that Mirage was just an “alter-ego” of Carey.
Law 360 reports that New York judge William Pauley threw out the claims against Carey, noting allegations that Mirage was her “alter-ego” were “too weak” to hold her personally liable for the company’s contracts. As for the “defamatory” tweet, the judge said that she was simply expressing an opinion.
While the case against Carey herself was dismissed, Pauley said FEG’s case against Mirage could proceed. Although Mirage presented emails that showed it acted in accordance with its contract with the promoter when cancelling the shows, Pauley said the winder litigation could not be resolved based on that correspondence and nothing else.
Carey is currently performing on her Las Vegas Residency, The Butterfly Returns, at Caesars Palace. Shows will run through September and then pick back up again next February 2019.