Former Friends actress Lisa Kudrow has lost her court battle against her ex-manager Scott Howard and has been ordered to pay him €1.6 million.
Scott Howard brought a lawsuit against the 50-year-old actress claiming she owed him a 5% cut from her earnings due to an oral agreement they entered into in 1991,
Yesterday, a jury in Los Angeles Superior Court ruled in favour of Howard and order Kudrow to pay him the huge sum in residuals.
In a statement Kudrow's lawyer Gerald Sauer said that she plans to appeal the decision. He said: ''The jury's verdict is merely one step in the legal process. This case ultimately will be resolved at the appellate level. Ms. Kudrow has faith in the judicial system, and she believes that the eventual outcome of this contractual dispute will be in her favour.''
However her former manager's legal representatives insist there is ''no chance'' the appeal would be supported.
Howard's lead attorney Mark Baute said: ''What generally happens now with unsophisticated actress clients is they overpay for filing a frivolous appeal that has no chance for success.
''The verdict is rock solid, and we look forward to collecting 10 percent, $16,000 a month, in post-judgment interest while their frivolous appeal is pending. We will collect that interest for two years, which is how long it will take for the Court of Appeal to affirm this jury's righteous verdict.''
Howard first sued his former client in 2008, months after she fired him, as he was seeking a percentage of her earnings from syndication of Friends.
During that court case, it emerged that Lisa was initially paid $13,5000 for her role as Phoebe Buffay in the sitcom, which later rose to $1.04 million per episode plus $5 million in other compensation.