NASHVILLE (CN) – Billy Ray Cyrus former road manager – and sometime farmhand – says the singer fired him due to age discrimination. Paul Abraham, 61, claims that before he was fired, Cyrus called him an “old fart,” and Cyrus’s wife said that “Paul was too old to do his job.” Abraham sued the Cyruses, their Singin Hills Farm and Flatwoods Productions in Davidson County Court.
Abraham claims the Billy Ray Cyrus said that he, Abraham, was “old and dumb and don’t know anything about running a farm.”
Abraham says he has “20 to 30 years experience in the music industry as a road/tour manager.”
He was “last hired” by Cyrus in September 2007. “Plaintiff’s responsibilities included managing all tour, travel, and show arrangements including family arrangements and personal services for Billy Ray Cyrus and his entire family. Additionally, plaintiff managed the 14 to 17 members of the band hired by the defendants as employees,” Abraham says.
“When not on tour, plaintiff worked primarily in Tennessee at the farm known as Singin’ Hills and at various times at the California home of the defendants performing various personal services for the defendants and their family.”
Abraham says the “defendants made a work force reduction” in May 2010, and the only people they fired were him and a farm manager, who was 53.
Abraham seeks lost wages and punitive damages for age discrimination and harassment.
He is represented by Charles Friddell.