Attorney Leron Rogers of the Hewitt & Rogers law firm has filed a lawsuit against Larry Platt, whose song “Pants on the Ground” made him an overnight celebrity after he performed it as an “American Idol” audition.
Rogers says the suit was filed on behalf of his client, American King Music, regarding a music distribution agreement for the song “and for expenses related to producing, writing and recording of Mr. Platt’s official recording of the single.”
Platt’s manager, Pinky Brittain, called the lawsuit “absurd.”
“This is another ploy to claim something that belongs to Gen. Larry Platt,” she said. “He can’t get a break. This is so stupid.”
Platt, a civil rights veteran who has appeared on The View and on the Grammy Awards red carpet and has been honored by the Atlanta City Council and Georgia Assembly since his song captured the nation’s imagination, recorded a full-length version of “Pants on the Ground” with hip hop artist Mims at Mims’s studio. American King Music, Rogers said, “funded the recording session and music distribution of the single on iTunes as well as Mims’ production and co-writing of the full-length song.”
In a statement Rogers said, “My client, American King Music, who funded Mr. Platt’s recording session with Mims, would like to compensate Mr. Platt for the sales of the full-length hit song ‘Pants on the Ground’ which we made available on iTunes. However, Mr. Platt and his representatives have failed to take care of Mr. Platt’s obligations.”
Brittain counters that Platt never signed an agreement with American King Music, and says her client’s attorney is Phaedra Parks, whose name has been bandied about as a potential addition to The Real Housewives of Atlanta.