A SOLIHULL showbiz agent has been banned from booking magicians and other acts – after making their cash disappear.
Gerald Leslie Hemming, was handed the seven-year order after more than a dozen entertainers, including comic and game show host Tom O’Connor, complained they had not been paid by the 61-year-old for up to six years. The former Name That Tune host is receiving just £18 a month for a 2005 event for which he is owed £1,300. And Birmingham-based UB40 tribute act, Rats in the Kitchen, have not received a penny of their £1,000 fee for a performance in Solihull in 2009.
Birmingham tribunal judge, Sheila Warren, told Hemming: “The prohibition order is to protect comedians, magicians, and certain other individual performers.” Imposing the ban, Ms Warren said Mr Hemming could still provide acts for agents and exhibitions because they were paid lower fees. Mr Hemming said magistrates has previously ordered him to pay off his debts at £200 a month, but it had been cut to £50 on appeal.