‘Madam Secretary’ star Erich Bergen sued over Elton John video

“Madam Secretary” actor Erich Bergen is jeopardizing Sunday’s star-studded AIDS Walk: Live at Home digital telecast that includes Sir Elton John, based on courtroom information and insiders.

Bergen, who performed Blake Moran on the hit CBS tv collection, was employed by MZA Events to movie John and his husband David Furnish accepting a lifetime achievement award for the work they’ve accomplished, which is meant to air through the digital occasion, information filed Tuesday present.

But now, simply days earlier than this system is about to kick off, Bergen is holding the video “hostage” and is refusing to cough it up, placing all the present into jeopardy, based on a lawsuit filed towards him Tuesday and sources acquainted with the matter.

“It’s such a crucial piece to the program on Sunday, it’s the biggest fundraiser moment of the year. He’s jeopardizing millions of fundraising dollars when people are dealing with COVID this past year and the AIDS pandemic for the past 40 years,” an insider griped.

“He held this video footage hostage. When you look at the entire program in its entirety, there’s Eric Garcetti congratulating Elton and David, Ann Margret and George Takei, it’s strange when you don’t have Elton and David accepting the award.”

Bergen, who was paid $38,000 to supply the video, solely despatched a watermarked model of the clip though it was agreed by each events that MZA “owns the raw footage and the finished work product,” information allege.

Actor Erich Bergen, who was paid $38,000 to produce the virtual telecast, only sent a watermarked version of the clip, records allege.
Actor Erich Bergen, who was paid $38,000 to supply the digital telecast, solely despatched a watermarked model of the clip, information allege.
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“Mr. Bergen provided the video in an unusable format out of spite and for the purpose of antagonizing MZA Events because MZA Events was unwilling to accommodate Mr. Bergen’s ‘my way or the highway’ approach to producing the video,” legal professionals for the manufacturing firm wrote within the criticism towards Bergen.

At the identical time, Bergen was additionally speaking and negotiating with John’s individuals behind the manufacturing firm’s again in an try to cozy as much as him and failed to inform MZA about stipulations the star and his hubby had in regards to the video, the papers allege.

“By concealing this information from MZA Events, Mr. Bergen benefited himself because he wanted to be the one who exclusively communicated and had the relationship with representatives of Sir Elton John and Mr. Furnish, not MZA Events, and wanted to be the one who creatively controlled the content and production of the video as opposed to MZA Events,” the information allege.

“Mr. Bergen did this because he believed this would lead to more business opportunities for himself going forward, including to usurp opportunities belonging to MZA Events.”

The manufacturing firm has repeatedly requested Bergen for an unwatermarked model of the video however he’s refused, the information allege.

Actor Erich Bergen in the hit CBS television series, "Madam Secretary."
Actor Erich Bergen within the hit CBS tv collection, “Madam Secretary.”

“Mr. Bergen has acted in bad faith. He has not taken these issues seriously, for example, responding by writing ‘LOL!’ when MZA Events raised its concerns about the harm that he is causing to its charitable partners,” the information allege.

“He otherwise has gone silent, refusing to provide a usable copy of the video or otherwise act appropriately and professionally.”

The insider stated the quarrel is reaching “a boiling point” as a result of the printed is simply days away and main companions like ABC and CBS must see the entire 60-minute program in its entirety earlier than the Sunday broadcast.

“Elton’s team is unaware of what’s going on and it’s such a big ask to ask him to do it again,” the insider stated.

“They were already incredibly generous with their time … Asking them to record it again is the very, very last option that will be explored at the last minute. It’s a huge ask.”

Bergen and his reps didn’t instantly return requests for remark.

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