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Jonathan Shalit, Charlotte Church's ex-manager
"We shook and things were agreed in a very friendly manner"
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Friday, 24 November, 2000, 17:42 GMT
Charlotte's ex-manager 'gets 2m'
Charlotte Church
Charlotte Church's lawyers reached a deal
Lawyers acting for singing star Charlotte Church have closed the bitter dispute with her ex-manager Jonathan Shalit.

Following a private hearing, Mr Justice Evans-Lombe announced that he approved of the settlement terms and brought the matter to an end.

He said the exact terms would remain confidential because one of the parties was a minor.

Friends of Mr Shalit, who brought the action after he was sacked without warning earlier this year, had said Charlotte had settled the action for 2m, plus his court costs.

Jonathan Shalit
Jonathan Shalit was sacked as manager in January
Mr Shalit declined to comment on the sum involved.

But he toldBBC Wales the settlement had been reached in a "very friendly manner".

"We shook and things were agreed," he said.

"We had a disagreement and made up. It is now consigned to history."

Proceedings were halted on the second day of the two-week High Court hearing as an early settlement was sought.

Cardiff-born Charlotte, 14, revealed it had been a "horrible year" for herself and her family.

When Mr Shalit was sacked by the Church family in January, he sued both 34-year-old Mrs Church and her husband James, 36, for breach of his management agreement.

Charlotte's mother 'was pushy'

In court on Tuesday, the singer's mother, Maria, was accused by Mr Shalit's lawyers of being driven by money.

Mr Shalit was widely credited with launching Charlotte's career after he had heard her singing in a televised talent show.

His court case sought to claim 20% of Charlotte's earnings up to 2002 and a cut of royalties received in the future from recordings made up to that date, thought to total 4m.

Charlotte Church
Charlotte visited the court on Tuesday
He had made strong allegations about Mrs Church, claiming she was a "pushy" woman determined to get her own way.

Mrs Church's counter-allegation in court papers was that Mr Shalit had made lewd comments about Charlotte's chest and that he once swore at her during a row over a plane ticket.

The schoolgirl singer is one of only 55 women who recently made it into the Sunday Times league of the UK's top 500 financial earners.

With earnings at around 10m, she has made many high-profile appearances and has sung for President Clinton, the Queen and the Pope.

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