May 20, 2016

    Morissette sues former manager for $6.4m theft


    ROCKER Alanis Morissette has sued her former business manager for allegedly stealing US$4.7 million (S$6.4 million) from her savings.

    The Canadian-born, Los Angeles-based singer, a giant in the alternative rock boom of the 1990s, said her former manager cost her US$15 million overall, both through theft and other malfeasance.

    Morissette claimed that Jonathan Schwartz had made at least 116 cash transfers worth a total of US$4,767,900 - without her knowledge from 2010 to 2014.

    He told the singer that her savings were in "fantastic" shape but the transfers were "draining her assets", she said in the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

    She fired Schwartz in March this year after growing suspicious when he could not provide timely information on her finances.

    She also named in the suit GSO Business Management, where he was a partner.

    The firm, which suspended Schwartz after the allegations came to light, said its own investigation revealed that he enjoyed a "lavish lifestyle".

    It included a US$50,000 vacation to the Pacific island of Bora Bora and a US$75,000 debt from a casino in the Bahamas.