NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A former road manager for Billy Ray Cyrus has sued the country music star for a half-million dollars over claims that he was fired because of his age.
According to the lawsuit filed Monday in Davidson County Circuit Court, Cyrus complained that 61-year-old Paul A. Abraham was "old and dumb and didn't know anything about running a farm."
Abraham's attorney, Charles J. Fridell, told The Tennessean that his client had worked as the road/stage manager since September 2007 and when not on tour, worked at the musician's Tennessee farm. He was fired on May 1.
In addition to asking for $500,000, Abraham wants a jury to assess compensatory and punitive damages for "pain, humiliation, embarrassment and emotional distress," the lawsuit said.
Nicole Chabot, Cyrus' Los Angeles-based publicist, declined to comment to the newspaper.