Patrick Dempsey Says Clothier Owes Him $1.5M
LOS ANGELES (CN) - Actor-racecar driver Patrick Dempsey claims in court that a Los Angeles-based clothing company owes him $1.5 million on an endorsement contract.
Dempsey is best known for his role as Dr. Derek Shephard on the TV show "Grey's Anatomy." On the big screen, he appeared opposite Reese Witherspoon in "Sweet Home Alabama" (2002) and in "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" (2011).
He sued L.A.-based GBG Spyder USA on Tuesday, claiming it breached written and oral contracts to pay him $27,083.33 per month for 36 months, for promoting its products through personal appearances and displaying its "bug" or Spyder logo at racing and training venues, among other things.
Dempsey claims Spyder inexplicably stopped paying, and owes him $1,483,083 under the contract.
"This constitutes both a material breach of the agreement, as well as an anticipatory breach of the agreement for future years, both of which resulted in damages to plaintiffs, and excused any further performance by plaintiffs," according to the Superior Court complaint.
Spyder allegedly indicated it is not obligated to pay because there was never a signed, written contract, just emails and oral agreements.
Dempsey wants $1,483,083, plus interest.
His attorney Robert Beckham, of Calabasas, did not immediately return a phone call Wednesday.