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Adore Delano sues for millions

Court is is session, henny.

Or rather it will be, assuming a law suit brought by RuPaul‘s Drag Race fan fave Adore Delano (AKA Danny Noreiga) against his management company, PEG, moves forward.

TMZ reports that the “I Adore U” singer and Drag Race season 6 contestant is alleging gross mismanagement of revenue that amounts to millions stolen.

“In a lawsuit, Adore says he earned $2.5 million over the past 3 years — mostly off 2 hit singles and hundreds of concerts — but only walked away with $300k. He believes his managers at Producer Entertainment Group conspired with his record label, and others, to embezzle his hard earned dough,” the site says.

In 2016, Delano reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart with After Party, the sophomore release of 2014’s Till Death Do Us Party, which entered at No. 59 on the Billboard 200. It’s not exactly small potatoes; this girl has been working.

Related: Adore Delano becomes the first drag queen to reach 1 million followers on Instagram

Then there are the hundreds of live appearances and concerts, which Delano also claims have been mishandled.

“Adore says he’s found multiple examples of PEG nickel-and-diming him, often taking as much as 70% of his appearance fees and other revenue streams. According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, the management team threatened to ‘destroy his career’ if Adore continued questioning his finances,” the report continues.

The suit asks for $1 million in lost wages and an additional $2.5 million to cover punitive damages.

PEG management also retains several other Drag Race favorites like Alaska 5000, Jinkx Monsoon and Bianca Del Rio.

UPDATE: After this post went up, PEG emailed Queerty the following response:

Producer Entertainment Group (PEG) remains under contract with Adore Delano (AKA Daniel Noriega).  We are confident that this alleged suit, as PEG first became aware of it through a news agency and not formal service of process, will be found to be frivolous in nature. With respect to the allegations, they are categorically inaccurate in every regard, including Mr. Noriega’s income, expenses and PEG’s commissions. We maintain a professional, upstanding and successful relationship with our client roster and are dismayed by Mr. Noriega’s unfounded allegations. PEG would never take actions that are adverse to the careers of our artists and continues to work with Adore on existing business and engagements.

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