BOISE, ID (CelebrityAccess) — A former county official in Idaho has reportedly sued Endeavor, alleging that she’s owed more than $190,000 for loans made to a country music festival.
According to a complaint filed in Federal court in Idaho, Bonnie Layton claims she first met with representatives from promoter Willamette Country Music Concerts, the company behind the Mountain Home Country Music Festival while they were scouting locations for the event.
At that time, Layton says she was an economic development director for Elmore County, Idaho and helped WCMC scout locations, set up meetings with landowners and guided WCMC through the permitting process for the event.
She also became financially involved, investing in the festival through four short-term loans. She alleges that she was repaid on two of the loans, but two others are outstanding.
Layton claims she, and Harper IRA, a trust she is a custodian of, provided $150,000.00 to the festival, which she was told would be used for artist deposits and a second loan of $40,000 to help the festival cover expenses. Layton claims that despite numerous extensions, the lion’s share of the loans has yet to be repaid.
In the complaint, she alleges that in August she was provided with two checks, worth almost $200,000, but that the checks were returned due to insufficient funds.
In the suit, she alleges that Endeavor, the parent company behind WME-IMG was an alter-ego of WCMC.
She’s seeking $190,000 in principal plus interest and fees, as well as court costs.
WCMC organized multiple festivals in Idaho, but the company has suffered multiple setbacks this year. The Mountain Home Country Music Festival, which debuted in 2015, was canceled after this year, and the company’s flagship Willamette Country Music Concerts had its permit revoked by Linn County last month.
As well, a spokesperson for WCMC told CelebrityAccess that the company’s president Anne Hankins was suspended in late September and fired for cause on October 15.
This story was first reported by Variety, who said IMG declined to comment on the case and who said they have not been served in the litigation.