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Sinead O’Connor says she was “ass raped” by booking agent who defrauded her of $130,000

Singer-songwriter says she was paid just $550 for each performance

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Photograph by Maja Smiejkowska

From a critical standpoint, Sinéad O’Connor’s recent world tour was largely a success. The same cannot be said, however, about the tour’s finances. The Irish singer-songwriter is claiming that her booking agent and (now former) management team “ass raped” her out of thousands of dollars of earned revenue from the shows.

Taking to Facebook, O’Connor specifically called out booker Rita Zappador of Modus in Rebus for what she deemed to be some shady accounting work. O’Connor said Zappador defrauded her of “approximately one-hundred and twenty thousand euro [or, roughly $130,000], almost the entire amount I earned for the last eighteen months’ touring.”

The fraud allegedly occurred when O’Connor was forced to cancel her South American tour in order to care for her son, who had been suffering from a “life threatening medical condition.” Artists take out insurance just for these types of occurrences, as venues and crew still need to be paid for the canceled shows. Apparently, Zappador convinced O’Connor and her accountant that, under the tour’s insurance policy, the artist was on the hook for approximately €4,000 per canceled performance. In actuality, Modus in Rebus Booking Agents were responsible for paying any such fees, as they’re the ones who booked the gigs.

In a second posting, O’Connor shared a picture of the actual insurance contract that seems to show how payment was made for each show. From the looks of it, O’Connor was paid only €500 per show, while Modus in Redus took in €11,200. The document also shows that each concert generated €47,700, meaning O’Connor only received approximately 1% of that revenue even before she was defrauded out of the money.

Even sketchier, the document, which comes directly from Modus in Rebus, is numbered “Page 9 of 7.” As you can see in the post below, O’Connor has separated from her entire management team, accountant, and Modus in Rebus, all of whom she appears to be preparing to sue.

And you thought artists trying to recoup streaming revenue was bad.

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