Mar 8, 2011


Two Atlanta nightclubs want LeBron James, but only one can have him. The result: a lawsuit.

Atlanta's Opera nightclub is suing the basketball star and another local bar over a disputed appearance  the Miami Heat player is scheduled to make later this month.

In a complaint filed Monday in Fulton County Superior Court, Opera accuses James of reneging on a promise to appear for one hour on March 17, for which he was to be paid $25,000. James will be in town the night before his Miami Heat team is scheduled to play the Atlanta Hawks.

The conflict arose when James' agent said competing club, the Gold Room, was also pursuing  him for a special appearance. The suit claims James' agent had already taken a $12,000 deposit and a second for $3,000 when he notified Opera on March 4 that James would not appear and would go to the Gold Room appearance instead.

Opera, located on Crescent Avenue, is accusing James of breach of contract.

The suit says James' "reputation is crucial to conducting ... business at Opera and the public has an expectation that defendant James will appear at Opera." The suit says Opera would suffer "irreparable injury, loss and damage" if James appears at the Gold Room, located at the site of the former Gold Club at Piedmont Road and Lindbergh Drive. source


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