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Syesha Mercado

'Book of Mormon' Star

Sued for Sinning Against Manager

3/23/2014 12:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

03-21-14-Syesha-Mercado-tmzFormer "American Idol" star Syesha Mercado dropped her manager like a bad habit as soon she landed a big gig doing "The Book of Mormon" ... allegedly stiffing him out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Mercado -- who finished third on Season 7 -- is being sued by former manager Fred Crawford, who picked her up as a client not too long after her stint on "Idol."

Crawford claims Mercado agreed to fork over 20% of whatever she made in the entertainment industry.  Crawford says he helped her land the "Book of Mormon" deal ... for which she earned $40,000 a month.

But Crawford claims right after the ink dried Mercado cut off all communication and never paid him a cent. He's suing for his "Mormon" cut  -- roughly $300,000. 

Crawford has a big problem ... the deal, he says, was never committed to writing.

Calls to Mercado's rep were not returned, but we're guessing she tells a very different story.

37 COMMENTS

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NOT ELMO    

Syesha Mercado -- 'Book of Mormon' Star Sued For Sinning Against Manager........................SYESHA MERCADO IS AS BEAUTIFUL AS ALEXANDRA DADDARIO AND I'M HULK...

179 days ago
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BLUE UGLY 💩    

She owes the greedy idiot manager nothing

179 days ago
3.

Jay    

Check out the latest picture of Kylie that TMZ put me up on, she is so hot, I almost exploded in my pants!

179 days ago
4.

sweetboobsannabel    

Too bad

179 days ago
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Clytemnestra    

You poor stupid man, verbal contracts are virtually worthless in most cases. You will need a miracle to get a judge to award you a dime.

179 days ago
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FuckYouTMZFreedomofSpeechmyAss    

Hahah how stupid can you be and only do a verbal contract?! This would never happen with a jewish lawyer!

179 days ago
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FuckYouTMZFreedomofSpeechmyAss    

Pardon manager lol

179 days ago
8.

Truth    

TYPICAL BLACK PEEP! PUMP AND DUMP. #TRUTH!!

179 days ago
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Ferndog68    

A story not involving bieber , Cyrus, lohan, or Kim. I'm shocked

179 days ago
10.

Yurra Knutz    

Manager managed to get cut out of lucrative deal because of non existing management skills.

179 days ago
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Yurra Knutz    

Manager needs a manager.

179 days ago
12.

Your S&M Girlfriend    

The Book of Mormon was excellent! I saw that and I saw Kinky Boots (I know Billy Porter!) on one of my NYC forays. This story? What the hell kind of manager doesn't draw up a contract and get it in writing?

179 days ago
13.

Jordan    

It may not be as Difficult as the Alleged Lawyers at TMZ, Think. Just think about what just happened to Lisa Kudrow in court Recently Losing $1.9 million to her Manager with no Contract Signed!!!!!!!!!!!!

179 days ago
14.

think101    

Yo Fred, I'm her manager too. I can't prove it but give me half of what you get OK buddy.

179 days ago
15.

Jamey Hunter    

She was paying him 20% of her earnings? Wow, she took some bad advice.

179 days ago
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