Spanish pop star Alejandro Sanz was in court in Madrid last week to address allegations brought by his former manager, Rosa Lagarrigue, who is seeking 9 million euros ($10 million) in damages from Sanz for breach of contract, according to multiple Spanish media reports.
Lagarrigue represented the now 50-year-old Sanz for 25 years from the early days of his artistic career until he ended the relationship, allegedly without explination, in 2016. She filed the lawsuit a year later. According to an interview Lagarrigue gave at the time to newspaper El Pais at the time, they had recently renewed their agreement when she received written communication that he was breaking the contract.
“The break up was completely one-sided and with a contract in force,” she told El Pais. She called filing the lawsuit, “the saddest thing I have done in my career.”
When reached by Billboard, Lagarrigue said she did not want to discuss the lawsuit at this time, but confirmed the case was “ready for judgement.” A verdict is expected in the fall. According to El Pais and other media sources, Sanz offered Lagarrigue a large settlement through his lawyers, which she rejected.
Sanz's representative had not responded to request for comment at time of publishing.
According to Spanish magazine Diez Minutos, Sanz gave only brief responses when questioned by Lagarrigue’s lawyers in court, saying “I don’t know” or “I am only the artist.”
Sanz is set to begin an extensive U.S. tour at the end of this month.