Cricketer, Rockstar Brett Lee duped of Rs 10 Lakh

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Mumbai, Sep 24: Australian Cricketer and Rockstar Brett Lee who performed in Mumbai in May at an event in Malad has not yet been paid his dues after a city based band had roped in the cricketer to do a cameo at the event to a crowd of over 10,000.

"The show went off very well. The entire crowd, especially the girls, went mad as Lee sang Summer of '69. Its Youtube video went viral. And it helped the band get more visibility," said Samir Phadnis, chief operating officer, Next Level Media Communications Private Ltd (NLMC), which handles Lee's PR in the city.

Pahdnis further said that the female vocalist of the group, Arundhati Deshmukh in an email to Insite, a Sydney based company Lee is associated with said that she would wire Rs 10 Lakh through her bank account to the cricketer adding that the transaction would take around 8-10 days after the event.

"There was no room for doubt since everything was in writing on their band's letterhead. They had also been in constant touch with us regarding the event for over a month through their personal e-mail ids. The mails mentioned their address. There was no room for suspicion," said, Phadnis.

After failing to give the amount, the firm decided to bring up the case with its members.

"Initially, they asked us to get in touch with their chartered accountant, who assured us that he would do the needful. But after the initial correspondence, the CA refused to even identify us," said Phadnis.

"The band members have been ignoring us. "The band members have been ignoring us.

"Communication regarding the dues has been futile. Visiting their residence has not helped either. With all doors closed, we do not have an alternative but to file an official complaint against The M-Majors," said Mithu Nayak, executive, NLMC after the band did not respond back to them.

Despite a complaint with the MRA Marg police, the police failed to take any action.

"Though the MRA Marg police attested my letter of complaint, they did not register an FIR. For that, I was first diverted to the officer in charge at the Handloom House police chowkie.

However, just when the officer was about to register the case, he realised that the lane in which my office is located comes under the jurisdiction of some other police station, and I was asked to approach them," said Phadnis

"It is a civil matter and it takes time to register certain cases. However, I will talk to the senior inspector and do whatever I can," said Sub-inspector Ismail Korbo.

"This is clearly an open-and-shut case of cheating by misrepresentation and by wrongfully depriving Lee of the payment for his effort. The accused gave false promises of remitting the money abroad and have cheated Lee," said Ashok Shahani, Senior Lawyer.

"We are just a band, not an event management company. Ideally, we should get paid for the event. There was an event management company that organised this. We were just roped in by them. Since NLMCPL could not put the pressure on the said company, they have put the blame on us," said Ameya Naik, a band member.

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