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Guitarist: Etta James Screwed Me At Last Second

6/10/2009 8:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Etta JamesEtta James is being sued by a guy who claims she hired him to be in her band -- then went back on her word and caused him to lose a bunch of cash.

Leo Nocentelli claims he and Etta reached an oral agreement in February of '08 for him to play guitar on her tour, which was set to last from March '08 - March '09.

After playing the first few shows with Etta, she became ill and was forced to cancel a number of her concert dates -- problem is, Leo says she forgot to tell him she was 86'ing the shows.

According to the lawsuit, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, when she became healthy enough to perform again in August of 2008, Leo claims she brought back all the band members except him -- something she once again forgot to tell him.

Once Leo finally got in touch with Etta's people to see if he had been terminated, they kindly informed him "you should have figured it out."

Leo's suing for at least $50,000 for breach of contract.

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PM    

She's pretty stupid.
Leo is an awesome guitar player!

1963 days ago
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Eileen Gatti    

You leave Etta alone. She is an American treasure.

1963 days ago
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Lee Ann    

She is one ugly woman. I'd compare her to a bulldog but that'd be an insult to bulldogs around the world.

1963 days ago
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sick of Rihanna    

Wow- talk about unprofessional.

1963 days ago
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The REAL DEAL    

Who? What? Really?

1963 days ago
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R.J. Johnson    

People care about what Etta James is doing? Who's on the TMZ staff? The ghost of Miles Davis?

1963 days ago
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josi    

2. She is one ugly woman. I'd compare her to a bulldog but that'd be an insult to bulldogs around the world.

Posted at 8:21PM on Jun 10th 2009 by harmony

LOL! THATS FUNNY AND VERY TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TMZ WHY DO U GUYS ALWAYS CHOOSE UNFLATTERING PICTURES?????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????

1963 days ago
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R.J. Johnson    

Harvey, blame it all on Carrie Prejean!!!!!

1963 days ago
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RiverRat    

Wow! You guys are tough ... you do know Ms James is 71 years old, right? I don't expect any of your grandmothers are particularly "hot" either.

1963 days ago
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jenn    

old, washed up, tried to burn on beyonce for singing for the obamas, go away already, your 5 minutes are up, hag! Just looking at you makes me want to vomit! GACK!!!!!!!!

1963 days ago
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jenn    

.......an American treasure????? WTF are you smokin'???????? HA HA HA HA!!!!!! She looks like a pile of diarrhea with a bit o' lipstick on - c'mon - SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!!

1963 days ago
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Michael Madsen    

OUCH...I MUST HAVE BEEN DISTRACTED THAT DAY...
HEY... OKAY... OKAY... YOU TRY MAKING EVERYTHING UP... PEOPLE... TREES... CIGARETTES... FREAKIN' DINOSAURS... I WAS LIKE REALLY HIGH FOR THAT ONE...
ANYWAY... TELL YA WHAT I'M GONNA DO... UM... WELL, LET'S PUT IT THIS WAY...
71 EARTH YEARS OLD... YA KNOWWW... STAIRS CAN BE A VERRRY DANGEROUS PLACE FOR OLDSTERS... OH YAH... STAIRS... HM, HMM....
GOTTA GO....

1963 days ago
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Brenda    



I am glad Etta James is back performing.
She is wonderful just not a business woman.

1963 days ago
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bogart4017    

its all beyonce's fault.

1963 days ago
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London not England    

EEeeeeeew!!! What's wrong with her face?!?!?! Alien face woman!!!!

1963 days ago
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