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''Bachelorette'' Trista's ex-agent sues her for $200,000. Plus, Meredith Phillips will be the next ''Bachelorette''

Trista Rehn | ISN'T IT ROMANTIC? Rehn's ex-agent says he's owed a 20 percent cut on her $1 million wedding deal with ABC
Image credit: Trista Rehn: Steve Fenn
ISN'T IT ROMANTIC? Rehn's ex-agent says he's owed a 20 percent cut on her $1 million wedding deal with ABC

The something blue at Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter's wedding may be her former agent, Kevin Allyn. He's miffed because he claims the ''Bachelorette'' star stiffed him out of his 20 percent commission for negotiating the $1 million that ABC is paying the couple to air their wedding and its preparations. ''Entertainment Tonight'' reports that he filed a $200,000 breach of contract suit against her on Nov. 19 in Los Angeles Superior Court.

The filing claims that Allyn has brokered other deals for her as well, saying he ''retained publicists at his own expense to help place Rehn in Maxim magazine, provided financial assistance for her housing needs and provided guidance and counseling in her entertainment ventures.'' In July, Allyn reportedly negotiated the contract with ABC (posted online at The Smoking Gun for the four-part ''Trista and Ryan's Wedding'' series, which continues Wednesday with the couple's bachelor and bachelorette parties and concludes with their nuptials on Dec. 10. Says the suit: ''While Rehn understandably might want to keep the $200,000 owed to Allyn as a nice wedding present, basic contract law dictates that Rehn should pay Allyn the monies she owes him and let him choose an appropriate gift from Rehn's wedding registry.'' Rehn has not commented on the suit.

Meanwhile, TV Guide is reporting that 30-year-old Meredith Phillips, who was third runner-up on this fall's edition of ''The Bachelor,'' will follow in Rehn's footsteps and serve as the next Bachelorette. No word on a start date for Phillips' ''Bachelorette'' stint, or whether she's hired a good lawyer.

Originally posted Dec 03, 2003