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Prince 'agitated' over cancelled Dublin gig

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Prince and his agents are being sued for 1.7m euros

A Dublin court has heard details of conversations between Prince and his representatives before a planned concert in 2008 was cancelled.

Keith Sarkisan of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME) said the popstar did not mention cancelling the Croke Park gig during dinners in 2008.

He was giving evidence in a case taken by promoters MCD for compensation against Prince and his advisors.

Prince claims his agents had no authority to cancel the concert.

During the second day of the case, Mr Sarkisian was asked by a judge at the Dublin Commercial Court about the atmosphere at one of the dinners, which took place a short time after tickets went on sale for the concert.

Mr Sarkisian said there was no indication from the singer that there was any problem with the plans.

Difficulty

At the second dinner in the singer's home he said the opportunity to discuss the concerts did not arise, as the singer left the room after dinner and his security guard returned to thank him and tell him the dinner was over.

Asked by his laywer if he asked him to return to discuss matters, Mr Sarkisian said: "You don't tell Prince to come back".

Mr Sarkisian outlined a number of emails to Prince's personal assistant Ruth Arzate during which he said the Dublin concert was clearly confirmed.

As they started to have difficulty getting a final say on other European dates, he was advised by Ms Arzate to send a note to Prince.

He said he was told not to try to force an answer from the artist as it would probably make him do the opposite.

However he said at no stage in the process was it mentioned that Dublin would be cancelled and he was sending regular updates on tickets sales to Prince's personal assistant.

The first time he was definitively told that Prince would not be going to Dublin was at a meeting on 3 June.

Chill

He said at this meeting Prince was agitated when presented with his options on cancelling the concert and said "you guys got me into this".

He was also willing to speak to Denis Desmond of MCD and said: "Tell him he'll have to chill".

During cross-examination by a lawyer for MCD, who want 1.7m euros compensation, Mr Sarkisian said at all times they acted as agents for Prince.

Asked if he was still the singer's agent, he said: "Technically yes".

It was put to him that Prince's name was still on WME's website and he replied: "Well I think Elvis is still on our website".

However, he said at all times WME acted on Prince's behalf and with his consent, and everyone understood this both before and after tickets for the Dublin gig went on sale.



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