Jennifer Lopez could be fined up to $40 million for flaking out on a concert she was scheduled to perform at hotel in northern Cyprus later this month. Lopez cited the “political realities” of the region as her reason for pulling out of the show, but the “reality” of her contract might be that she has to pay or play.
Lopez had signed up for a gig at the Cratos Premium hotel and casino on July 24th to celebrate her 41st birthday, but she didn’t take into account the pesky, decades-old conflict on the island.
Since a 1974 Turkish invasion, the island country has been de facto divided in two, with Turkish Cypriots claiming sovereignty in the north. In 1983, the Turkish Cypriots declared an independent Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, a country nobody aside from Turkey recognizes. UN Peacekeeping forces have been on the island since ’74 to maintain a buffer between the two sides. Enter J-Lo.
Earlier this month, Greek Cypriots called on her to cancel her gig, furious that she was performing at a five-star resort in the Turkish-occupied north and worried that her gig would further polarize the island. Lopez eventually ceded and canceled, but resort owners aren’t letting her get away so easily. “The cancellation…is not covered by any clause in the contract she signed with us,” says Murat Bozoglu, CEO of the Turkish-based company behind the resort. “If she does not show up for the concert, we will begin a procedure in the courts to claim $35-40m in damages.”
It seems Lopez did her homework a bit too late, but oh well, after the tremendous success of The Back-Up Plan, which coincidentally has made a whopping $37 million in domestic box office to date, we’re sure she has plenty of extra cash around.