A week after an entertainment lawyer said his client had filed suit against Larry Platt of “Pants on the Ground” fame, the overnight celebrity’s lawyer says he has yet to actually see the lawsuit.
“I don’t know if this was a publicity stunt,” said Phaedra Parks, who represents Platt and calls the lawsuit frivolous, baseless and without merit. “My client hasn’t been served. The appropriate way to serve a lawsuit is through a process server, not the press. I don’t know if they know that rule.”
Leron Rogers of the firm Hewitt and Rogers said he filed suit on behalf of his client, American King Music, and is attempting to serve the papers.
He said the two sides met recently to try to work things out but “in the meantime, the legal process continues.”
Rogers’ publicist e-mailed a copy of the lawsuit, which bears a time stamp and a case number. Rogers said his client funded a recording session with Platt and rapper Mims at Mims’ studio. The session produced a full-length version of the song that could be released on iTunes.
Rogers in a statement that said his client wants 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.”
In an interview with the AJC, Rogers said both sides had enjoyed an amicable relationship until recently.
“My client was forced to file this lawsuit,” he said. ”This is about fairness and good faith.”