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Taylor Swift Sued

Over Epic Canadian

Hoedown Disaster

2/18/2013 2:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Taylor Swift
got paid $2.5 MILLION to perform at a hoedown in Canada ... but when the show got canceled, Taylor kept the money ... this according to a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ.

Long story short ... Swift was supposed to headline a huge country music concert in Ottawa in August 2012 called the Capital Hoedown.

Problem is ... the promoters couldn't get their act together, and to the dismay of the Canadian country music community, the hoedown was 86'd. 

So why is this Taylor's problem?

According to a new lawsuit filed in federal court in New York, Swift got all of her cash up front ... and the ticket company, which had to refund $1.8 million in tickets, thinks she should foot the bill ... since she never actually did anything. In fact, even if TS were to pay, she would still walk with $700k in profit.

But Taylor's rep tells TMZ the singer NEVER made a deal with the ticket company -- and has not yet seen the lawsuit ... which means she's not exactly rushing to fork over a $1.8 million check.

In related news, they have hoedowns in Canada?!?!?

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31.

lolurdumb    

She didnt cancel, she doesn't owe anything. Promoter is the one who should pay.

507 days ago
32.

s_love001    

Only in Ontario, trying in vain to one-up our Calgary Stampede! Suckas!!

507 days ago
33.

Leighton    

LOL. Taylor at a hoedown. Irony.

507 days ago
34.

FactChecker    

The organizers had paid her a $2.1 million dollars to secure her as a headliner. Whether the festival happened or not, Taylor would’ve gotten to keep the money.
But the festival was tainted by poor planning and failing to meet deadlines to pay for permits with the city. They lost several of their headliners, the city permit to use the announced venue and this seemed like the inevitable conclusion. Taylor’s management returned that securing fee to the organisers of the Capital Hoedown. She was under no legal obligation to do that.
She has no connection with the ticketing agency whatsoever and this is a painfully transparent attempt to in effect 'extort' money from Taylor because she is high profile..even though other artists also pulled out of the event prior to Taylor...Ronnie Dunn, Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire,Terri clark and The Band Perry.

507 days ago
35.

Jdest    

They paid her that money to book time out of her extremely busy schedule. Her time is worth a lot of money since she probably turned down other opportunities to make money during the time she set aside for this show. Unless her contract states otherwise, it's perfectly reasonable for her to keep the $$.

507 days ago
36.

proudlycanadian     

what the hell TMZ!!! I am from Canada and to make a comment that In related news, they have hoedowns in Canada?!?!? makes it seem your making fun of Canada. and for you to make that comment shows your one minded thinking. You are biased in your thinking of other counties other than the USA. You suck!!!

507 days ago
37.

Branscombe123    

Yes, we do every year in Calgary called THE STAMPEDE!! Jeez.

Biggest outdoor show on earth.

507 days ago
38.

LimasBeats    

Ya people they have hoedowns in Canada people love country music outside America there is Canadian and Australian country artists too

507 days ago
39.

Tesla_Consulting    

Do we have hoedowns?!?!? I can't say much here...

507 days ago
40.

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

Can't stand the kid but TMZ acts like she took the money in her own hands. She has people who take care of that. She probably didn't even know about it.

507 days ago
41.

A1    

It is really disgusting that you appear to be LOOKING for anything negative to pin on this woman. She made 58 million dollars last year...she does not need to keep anybody's money. She also gave more money to CHARITY than any other celebrity last year. Why don't you focus on the young stars out there staring in sex, drugs and alcohol based movies while still being childhood "role models". NO you just want to attach one soul...it's evil..

507 days ago
42.

Sheryl    

OK, I am not a TS fan, but, in her defense, if she cleared her schedule to do this event, and missed another opportunity in doing so, then she should be compensated in some way. Shouldn't there be a contract of some sort?

507 days ago
43.

Fran    

I don't get Taylor Swift's popularity. At. All.

507 days ago
44.

Meanie    

The people who organized this colossal mess are to blame, not Taylor.

507 days ago
45.

Cinfulle1    

Omg

507 days ago
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