Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

t.A.T.u. Singer Sued

I Resurrected Kissing Duo

Now Pay Me $20,000,000

6/9/2013 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Singing/kissing Russian schoolgirl duo t.A.T.u. would be FORGOTTEN if not for one industrious manager -- so says the manager, who claims he's responsible for bringing the girls back from obscurity ... and now, he's suing for more than $20,000,000.

The group's popularity declined in 2003 -- following the massive hit "All the Things She Said" -- and Lena Katina (red hair) and Julia Volkova (black hair) eventually broke up years later, but a manager named Tristram Buckley insists he's responsible for bringing them back together.

Buckley has sued t.A.T.u. member Lena Katina (the redhead) as well as the group's founders, claiming he managed Lena from March 2012 - March 2013, and completely turned around her dwindling career. Buckley says his hard work culminated last year when t.A.T.u. reunited.

When he met Lena, Buckley says the singer was depressed and directionless -- her solo career was losing money, and she was "arrogant, abrasive, confrontational and rude" to fans -- and he rebuilt her image from the ground up.

But Buckley claims he was hung out to dry ... wrongfully terminated after just one year, and never paid for his services.

He's now suing for fraud, breach of contract, defamation and more -- demanding more than $20,000,000 in damages. Calls to Lena's camp were not returned.


No Avatar

Mel harrison    

I remember them lol

472 days ago

Jay W.     


472 days ago


WHO????? Point... blank. Finished!!

472 days ago



472 days ago


dude should be fined 20k for frivolous lawsuit

472 days ago


haha it's a lie!! that demand does not exist, the do***ent is false... this guy got fired because he was not working at all. He has been accused years before of defaming other musicians.

t.A.T.u. continued their career independently (run to see Waste Management). The return of t.A.T.u. is not official, but recently went on sale an anniversary edition of 200KM / H IN THE WRONG LANE, but that was thanks to Universal Music.

472 days ago


Is the group even worth that much?

472 days ago


Whether they knew it or not, this was a big statement for the gay community. I would find it hard to believe they did not know that. Pioneers. If I learn of anyone that took advantage of them I'd be very angry. And I still like their music.

472 days ago

Bill C.    

What's the name of the redhead?

472 days ago

James R. - Los Angeles    

Nobody cares.

472 days ago


I wish Justin Bieber would perform with them, the there would be three lesbians on stage.

472 days ago


Lena is talented and a true artist, this is BS, yeah she's not doing anything massive cause her music isn't crappy and thats not good for labels, they sell crap and she's not.
and i'm sorry if you don't care,but i do.

472 days ago


Lena's been working independently and close with her fans for years. Of all the fan stories I've heard about or fan meeting videos and vlogs I've watched - they've been nothing but nice. The positive of not being a huge star is she's done a lot to reach out and keep close with her close knit fan base. So this whole "being arrogant and rude" to fans is total b.s. because personal experience says otherwise. She might get confused since her mother tongue and culture is russian, and she has fans from all over the globe - so she miiiight stumble in interacting with her fans - but for the most part she's really sweet and playful.

472 days ago


Tristram was a horrible manager. Ask any fan. He argued with all the fans and all the fan club admins on a daily basis. He spread ridiculous rumors and told blatant lies. There was an issue a few months ago where her official fan clubs were being attacked publicly and even though he was Lena's manager at the time, he stood up for the people attacking the official admins instead of sticking up for them.

He is VERY narcissistic and would often reply with irrelevant comments to serious situations. That lawsuit is only attempted character assassination and nothing more. You can tell by the poor grammar/ spelling alongside with the irrelevant side notes and repetitiveness that he is not a well educated man and has had no formal training in entertainment management.

472 days ago



472 days ago
| 1 | 2 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web