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Manager to Billy's Son: You're Firing Blank$

12/10/2007 9:37 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The former manager of the heir to an exercise empire is suing, claiming Billy Blanks Jr. used and abused him -- and it's all about karaoke. We'll explain.

Anthony Riccio says Billy Jr. (yes, his dad invented Tae Bo) wanted to launch a singing career, so of course they made an "oral" agreement that Riccio would manage him. But, in the suit filed today in L.A. County Superior Court, Riccio claims Blanks Jr. and his company were a hard sell "due to the age of the Defendants and the content of their music not being in the right demographic target market."

But -- brainstorm! Last year, Riccio claims he and Billy Jr. merged singing, performance, dancing and karaoke into a fitness exercise. Billy called it "Karaokecise," but Riccio came up with the name, "Cardioke." Talk about taking advantage of the family business!

Riccio says he pushed and pushed the concept, even getting Billy Jr. booked on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." In the end, Riccio claims his 30% profit participation was not honored and all Billy the younger offered up was $900. So he's suing for "fraudulent, despicable conduct done with malice."

Feelings, nothing more than hurt feelings.


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flyinskyler!!? and billy blanks..havent seen him in ages

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Who cares?

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never heard of this person.

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Easier to lock up all the "rappers" ancient or not - then weed out the few innocents for release - video the gay ones like Billy for the sport pay per view of it.

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To #9 he's the Tae-Bo guy

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30%? how can a manger charge that much? or should i say snake. isnt the job of a manager to help their career not damage it?

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The world is still messed up    

TMZ, attract the most racist people of all colors. The respondents stray from the topic and just go ballistic with hatred and derogatory comments. Who is monitoring this website? We are talking about someone suing someone and all we get is defamation of character remarks. TMZ you are race baiters and your website solicit nothing but unintelligent remarks. Can't any of you respond without racism? Harvey, I thought you were more intelligent, but hey, you are making money and that is all that matters. I thought our generation was a lot smarter than this. Wake up we are being used by a guy named Harvey, aaarrrggghhh!

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#16-Why All The Hate.........Please keep those type of comments to your self.....This is TMZ.........Not Oprah..........................!..........dammn those blue state commentors..

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What's the legal term for blowing away irritating people attempting to sing along to bad songs? You guessed it - karaokecide.

2473 days ago

wasted days and wasted nights    

Everybody was Tae Bo fighting, and those cats were Tae Bo singing; it was a little bit fright'ning...

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My guess is he had no talent, if no one wanted to book him on any show and/or he couldn't get a record deal. . But, then again, it looks like he had [has] no honor either if he is trying to screw his manager. If you make a deal, oral or otherwise,you need to keep it.

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Little Chyna "Girl"    

If there's gunplay would you call it "Shooting Blanks?"

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X Brittany Fan !    

My X wife danced to that silly crap. I would watch and wonder how she spent my hard earned money on looking at the tv and jumping her fat ass around. Good news is we are d-i-v-o-r-c-e--d, I got me a in-shape one....... The bad news is shes still shaking her fat ass to some other conn artist dance crap on tv.......

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