An entertainment industry professional has filed a motion for dismissal in a lawsuit surrounding failed attempts to organize performances of the band UB40 in Guam and Saipan.
Steven Brownstein, who does business as Steven Brownstein Entertainment, filed a lawsuit in the District Court of the Northern Mariana Islands on April 12 against former NMI resident Jason H. Aldan of RawCandyHawaii, an entertainment business; Frederick Holloman of Shae Entertainment/Management in La Jolla, Calif.; and unnamed defendants, alleging they defrauded Brownstein.
In a motion to dismiss filed on July 14, Aldan denies the claim.
In June 2015, Brownstein wired $78,000 to Holloway, who allegedly “falsely represented” that he would use $65,000 to pay an “artist fee,” and $37,000 to Aldan to secure performances of UB40 in December 2015.
However, on January 26, 2016, Brownstein received an email from David Shephard to Paramount Entertainment instructing the company to “cease and desist from any further activity involving UB40” and stating that Brownstein had breached a contract because the required funds had not been paid to the band.
Aldan argues Brownstein has not provided any facts that Aldan knew or believed that the deposit had not been made to the band and that Brownstein had not alleged any contractual relationship with Aldan. Aldan claims he transferred the money he received to Holloman.