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Steven Tyler

Lawsuit Claims Lawyer SCREWED Him

Out of $8 Mil on 'A.I.'

10/11/2012 3:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Steven Tyler is caught in the middle of a raging dispute between his former manager and current lawyer ... a dispute that has now turned into a major lawsuit.

Here's the way it went down ... Kovac Media Group served as Tyler's personal manager.  They negotiated a great deal for the Aerosmith frontman to judge "American Idol."  At some point, Kovac brought in a lawyer -- Dina LaPolt, to help negotiate a new deal for Tyler at the end of last season.

Kovac claims LaPolt was the ultimate Benedict Arnold, trashing Kovac to both Tyler and the honchos at "A.I."  The lawsuit Kovac filed against LaPolt -- obtained by TMZ -- alleges she sucked up to "A.I." execs by disclosing Kovac's negotiating strategy, which ironically also hurt Tyler.

As for what that strategy was -- the suit claims Kovac was gunning to get Tyler an additional 6-8 million bucks in the current season.

According to the suit, LaPolt was so poisonous and underhanded, Tyler fired Kovac and kept her.  The suit claims LaPolt screwed the negotiations up so badly, "A.I." offered Tyler no raise and he decided to walk, but he got a severance check from "A.I." and agreed to give Kovac its fair cut.  The suit claims LaPolt screwed Kovac out of that commission as well.

The suit never mentions Tyler by name, but informed sources tell us he is indeed the artist who is at the center of the case.  Tyler is not named as a defendant.

Kovac, which is represented by attorney Skip Miller of Miller, Barondess, LLP,  wants a minimum of $8 million from LaPolt.

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1.

Jen    

That's what you get for selling out you monkey looking ass mother ****er.

742 days ago
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LCS27    

Dina LaPolt always was a bad ass, but Kovac is full of cr*p. Steven didn't want Idol anymore and Idol never would give him a raise, especially considering the tragic ratings last season

742 days ago
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Loretta Love    

Duuuude Looks Like a LAaaaady~

742 days ago
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allan    

kovac is an ass and always has been a lier and a cheat

742 days ago
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Phishie from Philly    

Dude looks like a lady.
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742 days ago
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bring back recent posts    

...um..I think I would rather learn a new chinese saying aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand spell before trying too understand what I just read above!

742 days ago
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Horndog    

Welcome to another episode of "The problems of rich people"

742 days ago
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Really    

It was a paycheck for Steven..look at what is happening to IDOL its a flipping joke! Mariah and Nikki Manoj what a joke! I feel sorry for this years contestants...they don't stand a chance! American Idol is a JOKE and sorry Steven AI is a LOSER show! Haven't watched it for several years! But I'd still go to a Aerosmith concert anytime!

742 days ago

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