“Songbird is freed from ex’s talons”

Another great headline from the Daily News. Here’s the article, by Dareh Gregorian:

Songbird is freed from ex’s talons

Sultry songstress Hilary Kole is free to sing again.

A Manhattan judge released her Thursday from contracts with her ex-boyfriend — Birdland owner John Valenti.

“I feel exhilarated and vindicated,” the 37-year-old said, trying to hold back tears.

Kole’s seven-year relationship with Valenti ended in 2011 after what she called “threats and extreme behavior.” She sued to get out of the management and recording contracts.

The pair had signed a court order last year agreeing to have no contact except through lawyers — yet Valenti, 64, wanted the judge to enforce the contracts anyway, claiming he was still Kole’s manager.

Kole’s lawyer, Lawrence Garbuz, mocked that.

“You can’t (manage) a client you can’t speak to,” Garbuz said — and Justice Ellen Coin agreed.

“We’re disappointed,” said Valenti’s lawyer, Paul Hanly.


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