MIAMI – Mexican pop star Paulina Rubio will face trial in August for alleged breach of contract after failing to show up for a concert in Colombia in 2010, the artist’s attorney told Efe.
“I believe the date set by the court is Aug. 20 – they haven’t said so for certain but it’s possible,” attorney Omar Ortega said Thursday.
The judicial proceedings had been scheduled for Wednesday at the Miami-Dade County Courthouse, but were postponed because Judge Abby Cynamon was tied up with another case.
The singer of “Boys Will Be Boys” and “Me Gustas Tanto” (I Like You So Much) faces a suit for almost $1 million that was filed in November 2010 by Miami-based CMG Entertainment, the Joint Cultural Fund of the Government of Colombia, Boyaca, and the Viva la Musica Cultural Corporation.
Ortega told Efe that “Rubio did nothing wrong. Paulina did nothing that justifies her being sued.”
The plaintiffs say that Rubio signed a contract to sing at two concerts in August of that same year in Colombia, one in Bogota and the other in Tunja, according to the legal document of the case.
But the so-called Golden Girl of pop music in Spanish sang only in Bogota and was a no-show at the second concert that was part of Boyaca’s International Culture Festival.
According to the document, the plaintiffs agreed to pay the Mexican artist $100,000 for the two concerts as well as providing her return flight from Miami to Colombia plus her hotels and land transport from Bogota to Tunja.
CMG Entertainment hired a private plane from Miami to Bogota for $24,000 to fly the artist to the Andean nation and back to the United States.
When Rubio was about to go to Tunja, the capital of the Colombian province of Boyaca, she requested a private plane to avoid the five hour trip by car.
Though the contract did not call for it, CMG Entertainment chartered a private aircraft for which the artist herself paid about $6,000, according to the legal document to which Efe had access.
The pilot waited “more than five hours” for Rubio, and when the singer finally showed up he was unable to fly to Tunja at that hour due to restrictions in effect on that area’s air space, according to arguments on behalf of the plaintiffs.
The singer later said that the plane could not land in Tunja because of weather conditions. EFE