Controversial former Kentucky Shakespeare CEO claims he is owed $109,000 bonus

 LOUISVILLE, Ky., (WDRB) -- Brantley Dunaway, who resigned amid scandal in 2013 as CEO and producing artistic director of Kentucky Shakespeare, has filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming he is owed a bonus of more than $100,000.

The lawsuit, filed July 2 in Jefferson Circuit Court, claims Dunaway was actually "terminated" on July 15, 2013, but his contract still required that he be paid a bonus of $109,514.

Since October 2013, Dunaway has "repeatedly requested the payment of his bonus due," but the company has "failed and refused to pay," according to the lawsuit. Dunaway has satisfied "all of his obligations" under the terms of his contract, the suit claims.

According to a story by WFPL, Dunaway resigned in 2013 a week after it was revealed his wife and Kentucky Shakespeare actress Madison Dunaway requested and received an emergency protective order against him, alleging domestic abuse. The action, according to WFPL, led to the abrupt cancellation of the remainder of the company's run of “Twelfth Night” in Central Park, which Madison Dunaway was starring in.

The lawsuit is also requesting 8 percent interest on the bonus and reimbursement of attorneys' fees. A message left with Dunaway's attorney was not immediately returned.

A message left with Kentucky Shakespeare was also not immediately returned.

The suit claims Dunaway worked with Kentucky Shakespeare from May 2011 until he was terminated. Media reports at the time said Dunaway resigned.

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