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Ex-Manager Sues Frances Fisher for Its 10%

LOS ANGELES (CN) - Actress Frances Fisher "betrayed" her former manager by refusing to pay commissions for her role in the ABC fantasy-drama series "Resurrection," the management company claims in court.

Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management sued Fisher and her loan-out company Free Reign on Monday in Superior Court, for breach of oral contract and quantum meruit.

Sanders Armstrong complains of a "sudden and unexplained cessation" of commissions to Fisher's talent manager Tammy Rosen.

Rosen individually is not a party to the lawsuit.

According to the nine-page complaint, Rosen has been Fisher's manager for 13 years. For the past three years Rosen has worked for Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management, during which time Fisher signed a deal to take a role on "Resurrection," the company claims.

The actress paid the management company its 10 percent commission during season one, according to the complaint, but reneged on that deal during season two.

"In sum, Fisher has betrayed her manager of 13 years who helped her extend her acting career in a highly competitive industry, especially for women," the complaint states.

Fisher allegedly parted ways with Rosen and the management company in May 2013. Rosen then sent an email to Fisher and her talent agent Michael Greene confirming that the management company could still collect the "Resurrection" commissions, the lawsuit states.

On June 5, 2013, the management company says, it sent an email to confirm that arrangement.

According to the complaint, that email stated: "'As agreed upon, 10% will [be] paid on the original series contract for Resurrection on a per episode basis.

"We've all been doing this a long time and we appreciate that this was dealt with respectfully and in acknowledgment of Tammy's hard work.

"Frances, best of luck on the series. We hope it's a great experience for you.'"

But Fisher later "inexplicably stopped" paying commissions for the second series, Sanders Armstrong says.

It claims Fisher gets $46,800 per "Resurrection" episode and owes at least $60,840 in commissions. That amount may rise depending on how many episodes of the series are filmed, according to the complaint.

Sanders Armstrong seeks damages and costs. It is represented by Bryan Freedman with Freedman + Taitelman.

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