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'Star Trek' Star Distracted By Former Manager's Lawsuit

Chris Pine may have to defend his actions in a civil court

A talent management company said before they came in the picture, Chris Pine was no more than the son of "CHiPs" actor Robert Pine. Now that he's a huge box office star, and playing the iconic role of James T. Kirk in the revived Star Trek films, SDB Partners says it deserves more than to be fired by the actor.

That's why the company is taking their beef to Los Angeles courts, suing Pine for what it's saying is millions in dollars of commissions it earned with Pine's current and recent workload.

"Through this lawsuit, SDB seeks to not only recover its commissions on millions of dollars that Pine has already earned, but also the millions of dollars that Pine will continue to earn as a result of SDB's prior hard work and dedication to Pine's career," according to the lawsuit, as picked up by The Hollywood Reporter. SDB said it was fired last November by Pine through e-mail, a move the company said added to the insult, since it was not done over the phone or face-to-face.

In his e-mail, Pine was gracious to SDB for everything they did, but felt that he needed more when it came to talent representation.

"I thought that with some time, perhaps, my feelings might change," Pine wrote. "But unfortunately, they have not. Please know that I recognize what great advocates you have been for me and that you have invested your time and energy into building my career. None of this do I take lightly or for granted. That is why this has been so agonizing for me.

"I hope that you can respect my decision and accept it as final."

SDB Partners is a Los Angeles-based talent agency run by Susie Schwarz, Ro Diamond and Louis Bershad. Its clients include Paul Blackthorne (formerly of "The Dresden Files"), Sean Maher ("Firefly"), Linda Park ("Star Trek: Enterprise") and Star Trek's very own Q, John de Lancie.

The lawsuit did reveal some of what Pine is making these days. He's reportedly earning up to $2 million for "Star Trek 2," but would earn up to $3.5 million for a third Star Trek film. He also gets a 5 percent cut in net revenue from merchandise featuring his name or likeness.

Pine's films have grossed more than a half billion dollars worldwide since 2009.

Pine, who is in the middle of shooting "Star Trek 2," has not commented on the suit, according to THR.

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Michael Hinman is the founder and editor-in-chief for Airlock Alpha and the entire GenreNexus. He owns Nexus Media Group Inc., the parent corporation of the GenreNexus and is a veteran print journalist. He lives in Tampa, Fla.
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