Stephanie Mills Claims Ex-Manager Stole Money From Her

by VVN Music

Stephanie Mills has fired her manager of 3-1/2 years claiming that he had misused her money.

Mills told the New York Daily News that she fired Hiram Hicks the day after performing a Mother's Day concert at the Tropicana Showroom in Atlantic City and is looking at her options as far as a legal move.

She has also come out and admitted the situation publicly in hopes of educating younger artists as to what can happen in the entertainment business.

Stephanie said "Often times when this happens to an artist, they're embarrassed and don't want anyone to know. I decided to come forward to share this because I want to empower other artists to pay attention to their business affairs."

Mills started her career at the age of nine in the Broadway musical Maggie Flynn and won amateur night at the Apollo Theater at 11, gaining her a spot opening for the Isley Brothers.

In 1975, Mills starred in the original Broadway production of The Wiz in the role of Dorothy. She went on to a successful recording career with hits like Never Knew Love Like This Before (1980 / #6 Pop / #12 R&B / #5 Adult Contemporary), Two Hearts with Teddy Pendergrass (1981 / #40 Pop / #3 R&B) and five late-80's R&B chart toppers, I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love, I Feel Good All Over, (You're Puttin') A Rush on Me, Something in the Way (You Make Me Feel) and Home which was her signature song in The Wiz.

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