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Lawyer: Shakira left no choice but $100m lawsuit

Ex-boyfriend compensation for managing pop superstar’s career

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'NO INTERNET USE'Mandatory Credit: Photo by Argenpress / Rex Features (1078853q)Shakira and fiance Antonio De La RuaShakira and fiance Antonio De La Rua out and about in Punta Del Este, Uruguay - 05 Jan 2010Latin singer Shakira enjoy the beach with her fiance Antonio De La Rua at the South American Top International Summer resort Punta Del Este , In Uruguay. After the beach they stop at a famous bar to buy the classic croassant. They are also near her farm "La Colorada" in Jose Ignacio, a small town 40Km north of the famous Punta Del Este. Normally she enjoy the last days of the year and January working at this farm.

A lawyer for Shakira’s ex-boyfriend Antonio de La Rua says the pop superstar didn’t leave his client any other option but to file a New York lawsuit to demand she pay him $100 million (Dh367 million) in compensation for managing her career.

William T. Reid IV says de la Rua tried to talk to Shakira about what he’s owed but the Colombian singer refused. Reid said on Monday his client “didn’t really want to do this.”

De la Rua is the son of former Argentine President Fernando de la Rua. He dated Shakira for more than a decade, and they split last year. He filed the lawsuit on November 20.

Shakira’s representative at the public relations company 42West and her attorneys at the law firm Fox Horan & Camerini haven’t responded to requests for comment.