Did Taylor Swift take the money and run?
The 23-year-old songbird is on the receiving end of a lawsuit for allegedly taking a $2.5 million advance fee to headline last August's Capital Hoedown music festival in Ottawa, Canada, only to keep the cash after the event was canceled.
According to the complaint filed in federal court in New York and first reported by the Ottawa Citizen, Florida-based ticketing company FIRE USA Inc. accused Swift and her management, the Austin-based Messina Group, of accepting the payment, then refusing to perform "and/or reschedule a new appearance" which "amounted to a breach" of her contract.
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FIRE said it was suing the country crooner after being slapped with a lawsuit by Evo Merchant Services, a Big Apple-based credit card payment processing company that was reportedly on the hook for refunds after numerous credit card firms submitted requests on behalf of disappointed ticket holders.
Evo is seeking $1.8 million to cover losses suffered after claiming FIRE refused to cough up the dough in violation of their contract. That suit forced the ticketing company to take legal action against Swift to recoup the performance fee from the "I Knew You Were Trouble" singer.
A rep for Swift was unavailable for comment. But Taylor's camp reportedly told TMZ that Swift never made a deal with FIRE and hasn't seen the suit.