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Jennifer Lopez threatened with $40-million lawsuit over Cyprus cancellation

July 13, 2010 |  2:14 pm

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Jennifer Lopez is being threatened with a $40-million lawsuit by the owners of a north Cyprus luxury hotel where she recently backed out of a performance, with a statement on her website -- since removed -- citing "sensitivity to the political realities of the region" in conjunction with the cancellation of the July 24 show. 

Lopez on Monday posted a note of apology, stating that she has a "personal policy not to comment on political issues between countries," blaming her representatives for the cancellation statement and apologizing to any fans who might have been "hurt or offended in any way." The direct link to the reps' statement is no longer working.

Speaking from Istanbul on Sunday, the chief executive of the new Cratos Premium Hotel and Casino, which had hired Lopez as the headliner for its official opening night, said the contract "has not been terminated" from the hotel's point of view.

"The cancellation ... is not covered by any clause in the contract she signed with us," Murat Bozoglu said, according to the Cyprus Mail. He said that if Lopez doesn't show July 24, his company will file suit, seeking damages because of what it sees as the politically motivated nature of the singer's decision.

Online protesters had launched various campaigns urging Lopez not to perform in the disputed region.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Jennifer Lopez on VH1's "Behind the Music." Credit: VH1

Related dispatch from the Ministry of Gossip:

Jennifer Lopez cancels concert at northern Cyprus hotel


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