I have recently organized an event in a club with a guy(let's call him 'J') in my city. We promised the club to pull a sizable crowd and we were promised a commission on the bar sales by them in return for doing so.
The deal with the club manager was discussed in person and later I sent him a mail with the terms of the deal. To which the manager sent a mail saying that he agrees to the terms.
The event went exactly as planned. Bringing in the crowd as promised. I took care of all the publicity for the event single-handedly. Everything from advertisement to publicity to print.Now the thing about 'J' is that I have known him for over 6 months or so before organizing the event with him and he came to know me as from my work on YouTube. He wants to do what I do but is not technically as sound to be there. So there has always been this vibe of jealousy and insecurity within him. Which he even told me himself while being intoxicated.
After the event, 'J' started getting jealous as I was getting more deals as an artist since poeple responded well to my set in the night. 'J' started talking to me very rudely and unprofessionally. When I told him to procure the commision from the club which we rightfully deserve he tells me that we shouldn't be worried about the money and rather focus on organizing the events for the community. This is when I stopped working with him as he doesn't seem like the kind of guy who has the balls to talk to the club management for the money that is owed to him.
Two weeks later I go to the same club casually and I find out about his hypocrisy. The club manager tells me that he has already paid the commision to 'J' and that the 'J' has already collected the cheque from the club a week after the event was done and didn't even tell me about it. I called him from a different phone number and confronted him about it. He started panicking the moment he realized that I have come to know. He started saying he has to talk to the club owner to know what I have spoken to him. Soon after that, he cut the call in a panicked state. Now he is trying to avoid my calls and blocking me on WhatsApp, so I can't reach him.
I sent 'J' a text saying that there is no point in avoiding calls right now and that I know that he has picked up the cheque and that he needs to send the money to me or I will begin legal action against him next week. He replied 'Lol' to that.
Now I am thinking, whether to take legal action against him for the things that he has done or just let it slide and take it as a lesson for the future to never work with someone as low minded like him. Any advice is greatly appreciated.