A legal battle between Chris Tucker and a former employee has come to end with both men reaching a settlement.
TheJasmineBrand reports that documents were filed on Jan. 22 that the comedian and Terry Hodges attended a mediation hearing on Jan. 21 in an attempt to resolve a lawsuit Hodges filed against Tucker, who filed a $250,0000 countersuit accusing the worker of blackmail.
The filing reveals that a full settlement came after Tucker and Hodges were able to address their issues. According to the agreement, all claims from the two lawsuits will be dismissed against each other. Terms surrounding the deal will remain confidential.
The settlement concludes the legal back and forth between Tucker and Hodges, who claimed in his lawsuit that he did a variety of tasks for the “Rush Hour” star starting in 2008 and hasn’t been paid for what he did in years. According to Hodges, he earned $66,000 in fees while traveling to Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Atlanta. In addition to claims he hasn’t received a consistent paycheck since 2011, Hodges went on to accuse Tucker of lying about having plans to list him as co-producer for Tucker’s Netflix comedy special. Overall, Hodges sued Tucker for unspecified damages for the unpaid work he did for the entertainer.
Tucker fired back at Hodges with filing a counter-suit, demanding that Hodges’ lawsuit be thrown out as well as more than $250,00 from his former employee for damages he caused him. To hear Tucker tell it, although he consulted with Hodges regarding his special and had him warm up the audience/introduce him to the crowd, but he never hired Hodges to write, edit, produce or act for the comedy special.
In addition, Tucker denied all of Hodges’ allegations in his counter-suit and said the former worker had been paid in full for his work. Tucker goes on to detail that he and Hodges got into a deal which stated Hodges would warm up the audience and introduce the comedian at his shows. During their time working together, Tucker stated that Hodges was exposed to private and confidential information about him. As a result, Tucker claimed he had Hodges sign a non-disclosure agreement while working with him.
Turns out, Tucker claimed Hodges threatened to release the private information about Tucker to the public. From Tucker’s account, Hodges demanded huge cash payments or he would publicly embarrass and humiliate Tucker through releasing the information, which included the funnyman’s personal and business affairs.
Adding to the situation, The Jasmine Brand noted that Tucker mentioned that he loaned Hodges lots of money over the years. With that, Tucker said Hodges actually owes him money to the tune of $37,000.
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