Zooey Deschanel has filed a new complaint in her lawsuit with her former management firm, Seven Summits. Per The Hollywood Reporter, in papers filed lasted week in Los Angeles Superior Court, the actress alleges that while she was on tour with her musical group She & Him, Seven Summits partner Sarah Jackson purposely barged into Deschanel’s private dressing room, accompanied by strangers, while she was dressing.
“Jackson brought the two strangers in the dressing room to help further [the manager’s] career and to potentially generate revenue for [the firm],” states the cross-complaint.
The “New Girl” star is also claiming that the management firm doesn’t have an enforceable written agreement and is breaching fiduciary duties, stating, “the document upon which Cross-Defendants rely does not appear to contain [her] signature.”
Additionally, Deschanel states that Seven Summits took advantage of her relationship with CAA by requesting that agent Jim Toth meet with an actor that the firm was trying to manage. After the actor didn’t sign with them, they encouraged her to switch to UTA, “despite the fact that [Seven Summits] knew CAA and the agents representing [Deschanel] were (at the time) the agency and agents most well-suited for [her] entertainment career and that changing to UTA was not in [her] best professional interests.”
The whole story began in December of last year when Seven Summits sued the actress for commissions on the television series “New Girl” and her website Hello Giggles, which she sold for reportedly around $20 million. Ultimately they requested that she pay them 10 percent of her income from the sale and what’s she made from her roles, including the Fox comedy. She refused to pay the commissions, citing that it was “completely absurd and meritless and was filed in retaliation” and that they had no right to seek commissions from her “completely unrelated sale” of the website since it had nothing to do with her acting career.