American actor Tom Arnold has filed a lawsuit against Network Ten and A List Entertainment for allegedly defrauding him into clearing his summer schedule to make room for a comedy tour that never ended up happening.
Arnold appeared on the Australian I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here last year, and had agreed to go on a comedy tour afterwards, provided that he was paid the guaranteed amount of $560,000 (AUD).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Arnold filed a lawsuit in LA claiming that Network Ten and A List Entertainment went back on the promise of the comedy tour, and still owe him $185,000.
"It was agreed orally and confirmed in writing that the guaranteed compensation to be paid for the two engagements — as a package — would be $425,000 [USD]," writes Arnold's lawyer, Marty Singer. "Plaintiffs agreed to the deal and blocked off Arnold's schedule in prime summer months when he typically receives his best engagements and highest compensation."
The lawsuit also claims that the editing of the show reduced Tom Arnold's comedic ability. Then, the defendants allegedly backed out of the comedy tour, despite assuring Arnold in the beginning that his depiction in the show wouldn't endanger the Australian comedy tour.
Network Ten responded by providing a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
"All amounts owed to Tom Arnold by Network Ten have been paid," they wrote. "We have fully discharged all our obligations to Tom Arnold. And we have received no notice of any legal proceedings."
The news comes just a day after Network Ten announced that they are going into voluntary administration.