EXCLUSIVE: RuPaul’s Drag Race – Season Five Finalist Detox Accuses Managers of Fraud, Demands Damages for Unpaid Royalties and Screwing Up MAC Cosmetic Deal
The Dirty can exclusively reveal RuPaul’s Drag Race season five finalist, Detox, has slapped his former managers with a lawsuit … accusing them of screwing him out of royalties, dropping the ball on a MAC cosmetic partnership and for breaching their contract … and he’s demanding they pay up in damages for their actions.
Season five finalist Detox Icunt aka Matthew Sanderson – who finished 4th in his first season – filed suit against Producer Entertainment Group and Six Degrees Worldwide Entertainment.
The reality star is accusing his ex-managers of breach of contract, fraud and intentional interference with prospective business advantage. Sanderson explains he signed on to work with the managers back in 2012.
He was asked in 2015 he agreed to co-write and record one song to be on a holiday album entitled “Christmas Queens”.
“In exchange for the above, Sanderson was to receive $500, to be paid after 5,000 copies of the album were sold. After costs were recouped, Sanderson was to receive an additional $500 at sales of 10,000 units, an additional $1,000 at 20,000 units, and an additional $1,000 for every 10,000 units sold after the initial 20,000. The song Sanderson recorded was called “This is How We Jew It,” which has received over 1.6 million YouTube views.” However, he says he never was paid a dime in royalties.
Further, he says at the insistence of his manager he put out new music – despite his father passing – and he co-wrote and recorded a song entitled “Supersonic” and paid for all expenses by himself. The track has over 600k views on YouTube and is for sale on iTunes.
Sanderson accuses his managers of also failing to pursue performance and other business opportunities brought to them … including a deal with MAC makeup and various other live performances … including failing to secure him an offer for a TV show to be filmed earlier this year.
Detox is suing for in excess of $75k, punitive damages and all unpaid royalties owed to him for his music and other work.
The reality star placed 4th in the fifth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race and then was the runner up of the second season of All Stars for the show.
Earlier this month, drag queen & season six finalist, Adore Delano, sued Producer Entertainment Group for $3.5 million in lost wages and punitive damages. He claimed to have pulled in over $2.5 million in the past 3 years but only saw $300k. He believes his managers conspired with his record label and others to embezzle his profits and line their own pockets. PGE fired back denying the allegations.