Destiny’s Child Sued By Former Members

As the group was in the midst of promoting its hit album “The Writing’s On The Wall,” the revamped Destiny’s Child has been forced to circle its wagons after two former members of the group filed a lawsuit against Destiny’s Child and their manager.

Former group members LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson filed a suit against current (and founding) Destiny’s Child members Beyoncé Knowles and Kelly Rowland as well as the group’s manager, Matthew Knowles (who is also the father of Beyoncé and the legal guardian of Rowland). LeToya and LaTavia charge their former counterparts with breach of partnership duties and breach of fiduciary duties, and seek unspecified damages.

As we reported last month, LeToya and LaTavia left the group as Farrah Franklin and Michelle Williams joined Beyoncé and Kelly to form Destiny’s Child, version 2 (see “Destiny’s Child Loses Two, Gains Two”).

In an interview with MTV News this
week,
LeToya and LaTavia stressed that they had no intention of leaving the group, but did want to “disaffirm” their management deal with Knowles (which they attempted to do in December of last year).

LeToya and LaTavia save their most scathing accusations for their former manager, who the singers charge “despite his lack of [music business] experience, also insisted on compensation terms far more favorable to him than those usually available in the industry.”

The singers claim that as a result of these “greedy” tactics, Knowles “made money from the girls while the girls themselves made virtually no money.” The suit also charges that Knowles also “tried to gain complete control over” LeToya and urged her to accept him as her legal guardian.

LeToya and LaTavia could not discuss their specific grievances with MTV News earlier this week due to the impending litigation.

The current edition of Destiny’s Child isn’t talking about the suit either; the group has cancelled all of its
press commitments for the immediate future. The group’s tour dates, however, will go on as scheduled. The group plays New York on Friday and Atlantic City on Saturday.