A multi-million dollar dispute between a founding shareholder of booking and promotions company Headline Entertainment, Allison Hunte and its Managing Director, Jerome Hamilton, is now before the Supreme Court.
Miss Hunte has filed a lawsuit against Mr. Hamilton and Headline Entertainment. She’s asking the Court to order that a forensic audit of the company be carried out. The lawsuit says since it’s inception over 20-years ago, Headline has managed bookings for some of the country’s leading entertainers including – Sean Paul, Shaggy, Beenie Man, Buju Banton and Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley.
Miss Hunte says as a director and shareholder of the company she supplied a loan to Mr. Hamilton and other stakeholders which facilitated the company being founded in 1997. But, she says Headline Entertainment and Mr. Hamilton, in his capacity as Managing Director, have never paid her a dollar from significant profits made by the company which is said to be the leading promotions firm in Jamaica and the Caribbean.
Miss Hunte says she’s not been paid sums due to her arising from hundreds of successful business deals entered into by the company.
She says the deals resulted in entertainers, including Sean Paul, Shaggy and Junior Gong, doing hundreds of performances in Jamaica and across the world.
The Director of Headline Entertainment has also alleged in Court documents obtained by our news centre prior to a Court hearing this week that she was illegally removed as a Director of the company and replaced by media personality, Carlette DeLeon.
Miss Hunte says after taking legal action she was reinstated. She’s also accusing Mr. Hamilton of not ensuring that the company keeps proper financial records.
The Managing Director of Headline Entertainment is also accused in the Court documents of using profits generated by the company to subsidize several of his other business interests. Mr. Hamilton denied the series of allegations in a defence filed on his behalf by his Attorneys. But Miss Hunte has asked the Court to order that a forensic audit be done of the company.
The case is to be next heard on July 30 this year. Miss Hunte is being represented by Anthony Gifford and Emily Shields. Headline Entertainment is being represented by Sashawah Newby.