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BBC Wales's Hugh Turnbull reports
"Mr Shalit was told by fax he had been sacked, now he is seeking 20% of Charlotte's earnings"
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BBC Wales's Caroline Evans reports
"Charlotte Church has become the world's best selling classical artist"
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Wednesday, 22 November, 2000, 09:28 GMT
Church court action resumes
Charlotte Church
Church performing in Oxford Street after leaving court
The case brought by the former manager of teenage singing star Charlotte Church against her for loss of earnings is entering its second day at the High Court in London.

In court on Tuesday, Church's mother was accused by Jonathan Shalit of being driven by money.

Opening the case for Mr Shalit, who was sacked in January this year, Ian Mill QC said like the title of her new album - Dream A Dream - Mr Shalit had dreamed a dream for Church and believed in her.

Charlotte Church
Charlotte could face a whole day of questioning

He had placed his money where his mouth was, paid for demos and arranged a meeting with the chairman of Sony.

When he was sacked, Mr Shalit was told there had been a breakdown of trust and confidence, but this did not stand up to scrutiny, said Mr Mill.

He claimed the real reason for ending the contract was that Mr Shalit stood in the way of her mother's pursuit of money.

"The driving force on the Church side is Charlotte's mother - by her own admission a fiery and emotional person whose main aim is the pursuit and retention of money," he said.

But Mr Mill claimed the real reason for ending the contract was that Mr Shalit stood in the way of her mother's pursuit of money.

Sensitive questions

Cardiff-born Church, 14, will be called to give evidence in court as Mr Shalit attempts 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.

On Tuesday she made an unexpected visit to the court which she described as an "interesting experience".

Her press spokesman Julian Henry said it was "a spur of the moment decision" by the singer to check out the "atmosphere" of the courtroom in which she is due to give evidence.

The schoolgirl may have to spend a day in the witness box answering sensitive questions about the behaviour of her mother Maria, 34.

Charlotte Church
Charlotte visited the court on Tuesday

Mr Shalit - who was sacked as Church's manager in January - made strong allegations about Mrs Church, claiming she was a "pushy woman" determined to get her own way.

In court papers, counter-allegations made by Mrs Church claim that Mr Shalit once made lewd comments about her daughter's chest and he once swore at her during a row over a plane ticket.

The singer's evidence is crucial to the court case but her youth and the need to protect her has been recognised.

Mr Shalit discovered Church after he watched her perform on Jonathan Ross's big Talent Show in 1997.

Under his management, she sold millions of copies of her first two albums throughout the world.

Management agreement

Charlotte - whose earnings total around 10m - has made many high-profile appearances and has sung for President Clinton, the Queen and the Pope.

He was sacked by the Church family in January amid claims of improper behaviour and he is suing both Mrs Church and her husband James, aged 36, for breach of management agreement.

The case - which is expected to last for two weeks - continues.

After the case, Charlotte Church switched on the Christmas lights in London's Oxford Street, and entertained the crown with some songs.

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