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“Pants on the Ground” singer sued

american-idol-larry-platt-pants-on-the-ground-2jpg-b1f762f60174f065_largeAttorney Leron Rogers of the Hewitt & Rogers law firm has filed a lawsuit against Larry Platt, whose song “Pants on the Ground” made him an overnight celebrity after he performed it as an “American Idol” audition.

Rogers says the suit was filed on behalf of his client, American King Music, regarding a music distribution agreement for the song “and for expenses related to producing, writing and recording of Mr. Platt’s official recording of the single.”

Platt’s manager, Pinky Brittain, called the lawsuit “absurd.”

“This is another ploy to claim something that belongs to Gen. Larry Platt,” she said. “He can’t get a break. This is so stupid.”

Platt, who has appeared on The View and on the Grammy Awards red carpet and has been honored by the Atlanta City Council and Georgia Assembly since his song captured the nation’s imagination,  recorded a full-length version of “Pants on the Ground” with hip hop artist Mims at Mims’s studio.  American King Music, Rogers said, “funded the recording session and music distribution of the single on iTunes as well as Mims’ production and co-writing of the full-length song.”

In a statement Rogers said, “My client, American King Music, who funded Mr. Platt’s recording session with Mims, would like to compensate Mr. Platt for the sales of the full-length hit song ‘Pants on the Ground’ which we made available on iTunes. However, Mr. Platt and his representatives have failed to take care of Mr. Platt’s obligations.”

Brittain counters that Platt never signed an agreement with American King Music, and says her client’s attorney is Phaedra Parks, whose name has been bandied about as a potential addition to The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

82 comments Add your comment

Joli

March 12th, 2010
9:52 am

Oh good grief!

Tammy

March 12th, 2010
9:53 am

LEAVE MR.PLATT ALONE.

Rod

March 12th, 2010
9:56 am

Obviously Mr. Platt doesn’t know the legal ins and outs of the music business. You knew someone would try and screw him over.

dood

March 12th, 2010
9:57 am

General Larry Platt’s next hit song: “Frivilous Lawsuits, get ‘em out”

Marcos

March 12th, 2010
9:57 am

Mims is one sleazy rip-off artist.

JEWELL ROLLEN

March 12th, 2010
10:00 am

IS ANYONE SURPRISED THAT “THE POWERS THAT BE” WOULD TRY TO STICK IT IT LARRY?

Quincy J.

March 12th, 2010
10:05 am

There goes his recording contract. What talent… What are all those buttons he wears?

Anyone want to go to Burger King for lunch?

Peachy

March 12th, 2010
10:08 am

“Pants IN the Ground???” I thought it was “Pants ON the Ground.” “Pants IN the Ground,” makes no sense!!??!!

Justine

March 12th, 2010
10:08 am

I have known Larry for several years and I know him to be an honorable, respectable and kind person. We all knew someone would try to take advantage of himm Thus music industry ask why people are not buying their products its because there products no longer speak to music but to greed and this is just another example. I AM WITH LARRY

MS

March 12th, 2010
10:10 am

Karma. The music biz is ruthless. That’s just really sad. JERKS!

Cutty

March 12th, 2010
10:10 am

Gen. Platt has the backing of many. One hit wonder Mims will be shocked when the ‘real’ lawyers come with a countersuit.

Gigga02

March 12th, 2010
10:11 am

People will try to get money any way they can. That lawyer must need business extremely bad to sue for the above reason, like they wanted to set him up instead of explaining everything to him.

BeBe Duckworth

March 12th, 2010
10:12 am

Which BK, Quincy?

cookie19

March 12th, 2010
10:12 am

LAWYERS IN THE GROUND LAWYERS IN THE GROUND, EVERYBODY HAPPY WITH LAWYERS IN THE GROUND. SNEAKY ONES, SLEAZY ONES, THEY ALL LIKE TO CHEAT. THEY’LL SUE YOU FOR THE SHOES ON YOUR FEET.

drunk dawg

March 12th, 2010
10:14 am

this guy rocks….leave him alone. he sends a great message and hopefully gets our juvenille delinquint’s attention who still walk around with their stupid pants still on the ground, it makes them look animalistic

BA

March 12th, 2010
10:14 am

What exactly makes this news? Just another idiot trying to make a buck over some idiotic song about hood rat blacks and stupid wannabe white kids walking around with their pants hanging down.The Atlanta City Council and The Georgia General Assembly had him as a guest. What an embarassment for Georgia! I would say what an embarassment for Atlanta, but they are used to that.

Larry Flint

March 12th, 2010
10:17 am

I heard Larry wrote a new song while out in Vegas………..Pants Down Around My Knees which was performed at one of the local “Cat Houses”…..lol

krispy

March 12th, 2010
10:24 am

It’s “Pants on the Ground” not “Pants in the Ground”. Learn how to proof read your articles before you post them you AJC fools…

K-Ster

March 12th, 2010
10:27 am

Wait… Why is he being sued? The only thing the mentions WHY he’s being sued is the quote: “My client, American King Music, who funded Mr. Platt’s recording session with Mims, would like to compensate Mr. Platt for the sales of the full-length hit song ‘Pants in the Ground’ which we made available on iTunes. However, Mr. Platt and his representatives have failed to take care of Mr. Platt’s obligations.”
So…Lemme get this straight. Mr. Platt being sued because the producer wants to pay Mr. Platt? Can we get a new reporter to write this article in an effort to explain the headline? There’s no real mention of why Platt is being sued. Apparently he’s just simply being sued. No wonder news media is going down hill…

Whopper

March 12th, 2010
10:27 am

Is The Attorney sure it wasn’t Burger King Music?????……..it seems he dreamed this suit up while choking on a “Whopper” while someone’s pants were on the ground………….

Traci

March 12th, 2010
10:29 am

Should have known the lawyers would start to show up — gotta get their “Hands in Your Pockets”

Cookie — can you write some lyrics for this song!

Jew Broad

March 12th, 2010
10:37 am

Come on guys don’t talk about Burger King, your making me hungry!

Traci

March 12th, 2010
10:40 am

Ohhh Boy….. Leron Rogers, Esq.

here is what his website said:

He has represented multi-platinum selling and Grammy wining artists, songwriters and producers as well as successful management companies, record labels and publishing companies. Some of Mr. Rogers’ elite celebrity practice has included representation of Steve Harvey, Multi-platinum R&B group Silk, DMX, Q. Parker (112), Erick Sermon (EPMD), Professor Griff (Public Enemy), Dead Prez and Lil Scrappy among others.

His elite celebrity practice has represented:
Silk—- WHO?
DMX– Jail Bird
Q – WHO?
Parker (112) — WHO?
Eric Sermon – WHO?
Professor Griff – Public Enemy — I think I heard of him in the 90’s
Dead Prez — I have heard of them – good group — but they get no radio play
Lil Scrappy — LIL’ WHO?

His website says he has represented Steve Harvey — I can’t see this happening – Steve has suits older than this guy….

Hewit & Rogers — needs all the BAD PRESS they can handle…just gotta jump in the fray…gotta be in the mix —free publicity… I HOPE NOT — But with that list of ELITE CLIENTS – yours not mine— WELL…….I’m just saying…. (do I need to toss in the word allegedly!) LOL

Uncle Tom

March 12th, 2010
10:53 am

Who is Mims? Who is Larry Sinclair?

Rich

March 12th, 2010
11:14 am

[...] be done hearing about the General. But in the face of all that is logical, we’re not. Platt is now being sued by American King Music — a website-less record label started by rapper Mims (he of “This Is [...]

TheStandard

March 12th, 2010
11:18 am

Another crook in a suit with a law degree (or maybe not) preying upon artists in the music industry who know no better and have zero business sense.

DAVID: AJC Truth detector

March 12th, 2010
11:25 am

Morons…..sue Morons….sue morons

Curious George

March 12th, 2010
11:27 am

With all the untold wealth Mr. Platt is receiving from his budding musical career, what type of gratuity do you think the hardworking servers who wait on him in restaurants will typically receive?

why do

March 12th, 2010
11:28 am

they call his dump arss a general? was he ever in the military? if not the military should sue him for saying he is when he is not…

I am so sick of hearing about that nasty greasy old man I just wanna hurl

JOKE

March 12th, 2010
11:29 am

Really? Who Cares? The “General” as most are calling him now supports a cop killer. Based on our judicial system, the pin he wore the night of the show is in support of a convicted cop killer. Nothing great about that.

Kim

March 12th, 2010
11:30 am

Larry Platt stole that song anyway. He, nor anyone else, should make a dime off it. Stop celebrating this freak.
He’s supposedly a “civil rights icon”, but his behavior in Vegas showed what he is,,,an old pervert. Every photo of him showed some barely-legal WHITE girl draped around him. I didn’t see ONE black girl with him. Guess he doesn’t really like hood rats, he just wants all the dumb ghetto morons to celebrate him, and because he’s black, they did. Idiots!

Stupid

March 12th, 2010
11:31 am

This guy never served in the military so he is no General. All he does is live off of the Government and run around with that cop killer Troy Davis photo button hanging on his shirt.

Shananeeeee Fananeeeee

March 12th, 2010
11:32 am

Awwwww…………another wonderful person to represent Atlanta, with this guy and the Real Gals of Gwinett Atlanta looks great! Who couldn’t love another guy with his pants sagging to the ground, a proud adulter, and a woman with a checkered past of numerous arrests for thefts. Thanks Larry, Kim, and Sheree………great representatives for our city.

What?

March 12th, 2010
11:33 am

Kim- don’t sell yourself short. You’re quite possibly a bigger idiot than Platt. A racist one at that.

General whatever

March 12th, 2010
11:40 am

can’t believe she referred to him as General, just cause Hosea Williams gives you a nickname doesn’t mean it makes you an official rank and title from the military. Maybe he should go back to being a civil rights activist

emack06

March 12th, 2010
11:41 am

JOKE, Kim, Stupid, you are all first class di.cheads with your racist rants. I guess its just typical behavior from you lowlifes. I’d rather have one Larry Pratt in this world than the three of you pisswipes. The guy is an activist and you know nothing of him. The guy he supports, Troy Davis, what proof do YOU have that the guy actually killed a cop. As I understand it, this case is now in doubt. I wonder if that cop was anything like those katrina thug cops who killed two innocent men? Pratt has his 15 mins, let him enjoy it and stop being so jealous.

Kim

March 12th, 2010
11:41 am

What….you’re the moron. Just because a white person doesn’t agree with a black person, that doesn’t make them a racist. It makes them sick that your “community” will celebrate ANY black person, regardless of actual contributions to society.

Anyway, looks like Larry is the racist. What he got against the sista-s? He don’t want no black chicks, just some pristine young white girls. Now who is the racist?

Black people need to come up with a new argument OTHER than racism. Show a little intellegence and form an ARGUMENT, and take your race card and shove it you-know-where.

TheStandard

March 12th, 2010
11:42 am

SMH… his family really needs to look out for HIM and not themselves … and making him look like a fool after all he’s weathered!

Good lunk getting a comment from Phaedra. She doesn’t even get back to clients anymore. She’s too busy bit by the celeb bug herself in reality show land. Recently married someone who was a defendant in an embezzlement case. What is it with the PK kids?! The forefathers must be beaming (O-o)

Kim

March 12th, 2010
11:44 am

And I agree, Troy Davis was railroaded by ACTUAL racists, and should be granted a retrial immediately so he can prove his innocence.

Gee, would a racist whitey sat that?

TheStandard

March 12th, 2010
11:47 am

BTW, the civil rights movement was very much a war. I see the same effects in individuals who fought in the civil rights movement that I see in Vietnam vets.

You People are Idiots

March 12th, 2010
11:56 am

All you black people want to worship Tiger Woods and say he is one of you. That makes me LMAO. Tiger Woods HATES black people. He didn’t marry and black woman and NONE of the women he had affairs with were black. His friends are not black so you might as well admit it black people… Tiger HATES you

Say What!????

March 12th, 2010
11:58 am

Where were all of these negative comments when they exploited William Hung? You had nothing to say when HE Banged He Banged all the way to the bank for a whopping total of $25k. I dare believe that Platt is making any more than that…besides haven’t some of you complained that all he does is take YOUR taxpayer dollars?? So it makes perfect sense try to prevent him from actually earning a living off of money you don’t have to spend to support him…Hmmm

Definition” Capitalism-make $$’s by any means necessary and fight like h*ll if they try to get it back

LLL

March 12th, 2010
12:01 pm

To “You People are Idiots” Get a life! Why do you care what black people do? Mad because you may tan all day and you still won’t be like us or be us! Don’t hate, appreciate!

Downtowner

March 12th, 2010
12:09 pm

If Platt never signed anything, then “taking care of his obligations” was voluntary by American King Music. How would they have any grounds for a lawsuit? Just because you file a lawsuit doesn’t mean you’ll win it!

Tiger Must Hate His Dad Too

March 12th, 2010
12:12 pm

Saying Tiger hates black people is absurb & stupid. Maybe he just hates what he sees in the mirror everyday, himself. He has issues & I could care less if he hates me or not because the feeling is mutual. I don’t care for him or Kobe Bryant. They don’t sign my checks & do anything for me, not that I want them to, so why should I care how they feel about anything or anyone. GET A LIFE!

Chris

March 12th, 2010
12:13 pm

LLL –

Take a look at Attorney Leron Rogers. He’s black. Go play your race card somewhere else.

LLL say what??

March 12th, 2010
12:20 pm

LLL,

Put the pipe down son. Now step away from the computer. Someone at the Library is waiting to use yours.

BigDrew

March 12th, 2010
12:30 pm

It’s amazing how quickly race comes into play. As a black man I don’t care if Tiger Woods like black people or not. My wife is black but that does not mean I hate white people. Some or you need to take some time to grow on a personal and spritual level. Go read a self improvement book. Start with John Maxwell or Les Brown……….

TigerWoods

March 12th, 2010
12:32 pm

I don’t hate Black People… I hate myself! There… I said it.