Lawsuit: Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas missed payments to Paris Hilton
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The Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas has failed to pay Paris Hilton $200,000 for two promotional appearances in 2009, a new lawsuit alleges.
The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas against the Hard Rock, with the named plaintiff being a Los Angeles attorney for Hilton, Paul Joseph Shapiro.
Shapiro says in the lawsuit he has been assigned the rights to Hilton's $200,000 claim.
The suit alleges that in February 2009, Hilton's company Paris Hilton Entertainment Inc. and the Hard Rock signed a contract in which Hilton agreed to make three appearances for $100,000 per appearance that year.
Hilton made the three appearances, but was paid only $100,000 the lawsuit alleges.
"Paris Hilton Entertainment sent correspondence to defendant Hard Rock, demanding that it pay the amount owed," the suit says, adding the Hard Rock has not disputed what is owed but has failed to pay the $200,000.
The lawsuit seeks a "writ of attachment and garnishment" of Hard Rock assets in favor of Shapiro, noting "defendant is threatening insolvency, which insolvency has been heavily publicized in recent months. Absent intervention by this court, at the time of judgment, defendant's assets will not be available to satisfy a judgment."
While the Hard Rock has suffered significant losses during the recession, it's believed to be on stronger financial ground after lenders took control of the property in February.
The lawsuit, alleging breach of contract, includes as an exhibit the contract.
The contract spells out that one of the appearances would be in February 2009, "which appearance shall be promoted as a public birthday celebration for and starring Paris."
Another would be for the opening of The Joint concert venue on April 17, 2009.
The agreement lists perks the Hard Rock agreed to provide Hilton during each of her appearances.
• A first class suite for Hilton for two nights with a $150 per diem
• Five more complimentary standard rooms for her entourage with a $75 per diem for each room
• A first-class private round-trip "G4" plane or comparable transportation from Los Angeles to Las Vegas for six people
• First-class limousine service from McCarran International Airport
• Complimentary dinners for up to 10 people each night, for two nights, at Nobu on Fridays and at Ago or Rare on Saturdays
• An "owners cabana" during Sunday's Rehab party including food and beverages
• Security escorts on a 24-hour basis
• "Stylist Michael Boychuk approved for artist's hair and make-up"
As for Hilton, she had to agree not to make any public appearances in Las Vegas or Clark County for 30 days before and 15 days after each Hard Rock appearance.
The Hard Rock doesn't comment on pending legal matters, a spokeswoman said Friday.