Nadine Lustre camp ready for legal battle vs. Viva

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 28)— The camp of Nadine Lustre said it is ready to take on VIVA Artists Agency in a court battle— after the management company warned of legal action against the actress for supposed breach of contract.

“We welcome any legal action by Viva so their unconscionable, oppressive and illegal contract with Nadine (and their other artists) can be litigated in the proper forum,” Lustre’s lawyer Lorna Kapunan said in a statement on Tuesday.

Lustre’s camp earlier said the 26-year-old decided to part ways with VIVA, citing Article 1920 of the Civil Code of the Philippines on the right of the principal to revoke the agency under a contract. Lustre will also be “self-managed” for an indefinite period of time, her lawyers added.

But the management company denied the claim, saying Lustre, under the law, “cannot unilaterally withdraw from her contact” with VIVA.

Kapunan slammed the pronouncements of the talent agency, which she labeled as one that “has taken advantage of young artists in the industry.”

“Viva lawyers have not replied to our earlier letters but chose to wait in ambush to malign Nadine and harass third parties dealing with her in good faith. This is wrongful and malicious contract interference by Viva actionable in law for damages,” she added.

CNN Philippines has requested comment from Viva on the statement of Lustre's lawyer.