Lisa Kudrow Battles Ex-Manager in Court To Keep 'Friends' Earnings

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Friday, 21 Feb 2014 11:53 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Lisa Kudrow returned to court this week to continue the legal battle with her former manager who claims he's entitled to millions of the actress' earnings from her days on "Friends."

Kudrow, 50, testified Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court in Santa Monica and said she never agreed to pay ex-manager Scott Howard commission after their professional relationship ended in 2007, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Howard sued Kudrow in 2008 and argued that the actress orally agreed in 1991 to pay him commission for work done during their professional relationship even if he was terminated as her manager.

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"Howard believes, among other things, that custom and practice for talent managers in the entertainment industry entitles him to post-termination commissions. Kudrow disputes that," The Reporter states.

Kudrow appeared on all 10 seasons of "Friends" from 1994 to 2004 and, at one point, was earning upwards of $1 million per episode. She still currently receives residuals from the show.

Now, Howard wants a cut of that money, which could be as much as $8 million.

Despite the fact that she insists they didn’t have a post-termination agreement, Kudrow also said she doesn’t think Howard should get a cut of any of her "Friends" revenue or money brought in through other projects because he was not intimately involved in landing those deals. He was her manager, not her agent and thus not entitled to the commission, Kudrow's attorneys said.

The proceedings are scheduled to continue Friday.

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