Pauly D's "Jersey Shore" salary has been revealed, thanks to a lawsuit filed against him by his former talent agency International Creative Management, which claims he owes back commission.
The 31-year-old, whose real name is Paul DelVecchio, made $150,000 per episode of the recent fifth season of the raunchy and popular MTV reality show, ICM says in its suit, filed at a Los Angeles Court on Thursday. The reality star and DJ made more than $1.8 million for all 12 shows and additional specials, the group adds.
It added that DelVecchio had receives raises and bonuses and that for season 6, which MTV had announced last month, he is set to to earn $175,000 per episode and a total of $2.1 million.
"Jersey Shore" depicts the hard-partying ways of a group of "guidos" and "guidettes" and constantly shows them drunk and hurling bleeped out curse words. It is one of the most popular reality shows on television. ICM says in the suit that DelVecchio owes the company at least $370,700 in back commission for the past two seasons and 10 percent of what he stands to make for filming the sixth.
"We are surprised by ICM's contention that it is due commissions after ICM was terminated in favor of William Morris Endeavor," DelVecchio's attorney said in a statement to OnTheRedCarpet.com. "ICM was paid for its services."
"It is even more disappointing that an agency like ICM would choose to take advantage of its former relationship with a client and disclose his confidential business affairs to the public in disregard of any duties it owes as a talent agency," the lawyer added.
ICM says DelVecchio ended his ties with the company in May 2011 but adds that he is contractually obligated to pay ICM commission on earnings he received through deals it negotiated beforehand.
DelVecchio is currently starring in his own spin-off, "The Pauly D Project," which had become one of the top 10 cable shows since its March 29 debut. It shows his "transition from world-famous housemate to world-class DJ, with his best friends from his home state of Rhode Island along for the ride." DelVecchio recently flew to Canada to play several shows and is set to return next week.
"In Canada And Can't Stop Sayin Ehh ... Ehh," he Tweeted on Friday.