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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Shakira's Ex-Boyfriend Antonio de la Rúa Sues for $100 Million

If Shakira and her ex-boyfriend Antonio de la Rúa were on friendly terms after their 2010 split, that peace seems to have dissipated with the breakdown of their professional relationship. Late last month, de la Rúa filed a lawsuit against his former flame, seeking an astronomical $100 million in damages for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty.

William Reid, de la Rúa's attorney, notes that Shakira was successful long before she hired Antonio as her business manager, but claims "the financial success she enjoyed with Antonio was unparalleled." 

"De la Rúa spent more than six years building the 'Shakira brand' into one of the most valuable pop-star brands in the entertainment industry," reads the suit. "The profits earned by the partnership in 2011 and 2012, and millions of dollars that it will earn in the future, were generated by the deals he conceptualized, originated, negotiated and executed."

Though de la Rúa continued to work with Shakira after they split after ten years together, he was dismissed by October of the following year "as if he were a mere employee," reads the suit.
Shakira doesn't appear to be sweating the case: On Saturday, she posted a picture of her soccer star boyfriend Gerard Piqué with the loving caption, "... Pero cuántas alegrías más me vas a dar?"
She and Piqué are currently expecting their first child together.

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