Najwa Karam speaks out
The managing office of Lebanese singer Najwa Karam has released a statement by the singer regarding recent allegations of a lawsuit against her in Tunisia. The singer wanted to clarify to people what had actually happened between her and the concert agent that sued her.
According to the UAE based daily, Al Bayan, Najwa revealed that the agent had asked her to perform at the Carthage Festival in 1998, whereas the contract signed between them only states that she performs in a number of cities around Tunisia and not at festivals. Najwa had turned down the agent’s request for singing in Carthage due to the fact that she was not prepared for it, especially since the festival is such a prestigious one that needs preparations in advance.
The singer’s actions made the agent accuse her of going outside the boundaries of their contract stressing that she must sing at any given place. Najwa added that the agent is known for creating disputes and filing lawsuits against singers, stressing that this instance has nothing to do with the love and respect she feels for the Tunisian people.
A Tunisian court had ruled in the favor of a the agent and sentenced Najwa with a fine of 11 thousand US dollars, marking the second time the same agent wins such a lawsuit. The agent revealed that the court ruling was very fair since the singer had broken previously signed contracts to hold performances in Tunisia in 1998.
The agent added that the verdict will be followed by another fine as compensation for the damage the singer caused making him seem unqualified for such a position in front of different festival organizers. The second case the sponsor won was against prominent Iraqi singer Kathem El Saher for the same reason.