Is it possible to breach my artist management contract due to assault in a personal relationship?

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Is it possible to breach my artist management contract due to assault in a personal relationship?

I am in a 3 year artist management contract with my former partner. I signed about 4 months ago. We have had 3 physical altercations in less than a year’s time. I have not pressed charges. If I press charges, would this be grounds to breach the management contract as well? I am even willing to continue to provide her the 20% agreed upon for the length of the contract, so long as she does not contact me, my family and my friends any longer. Can I breach the contract without pressing charges? We have only been in contract for three months. Would she sue me for the hours she’s already invested and income she expected to receive? How can I get out of this contract?

Asked on January 18, 2017 under Business Law, Maryland

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Her assault(s) on you do not provide legal grounds to terminate the contract: they are wholly separate matters. As long as she complies with her obligatons under the contract (e.g. does whatever she is supposed to), you remain obligated to the agreement. Only if she breaches her obligations would you have grounds to terminate the contract. You can, of course, press charges for the assault; possibly seek a protective order; sue her for any injuries or medical costs (if any); etc.--but none of that invalidates the contract.


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