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06/09/2013 11:56 am ET | Updated Jun 10, 2013

Ciara Sued By LA Gay Bar, Served Papers During Pride Performance

After canceling a scheduled appearance at a Los Angeles gay bar this weekend and facing threats of a lawsuit, Ciara was served papers during her performance at LA Pride on Saturday night.

The "Goodies" singer was performing on the catwalk when a woman reached out amid fans to hand her the lawsuit during the middle of a song. Ciara reached out for the papers nonchalantly while continuing to sing and then flung them back. TMZ published a video of the incident on Sunday morning.

The concert interruption came after Ciara bailed on West Hollywood's popular club The Factory. The singer's reps said they informed the club that Ciara couldn't make it, yet the performance was promoted nonetheless. Still, The Factory is suing for breach of contract.

Ciara's people spoke out after news of the lawsuit first emerged on Saturday, saying the singer's appearance at LA Pride the next day contractually prevented her from appearing at The Factory.

"Ciara's commitment to perform at L.A. Gay Pride on Saturday night prevented her from making such a Friday night appearance," a rep for Ciara reportedly told TMZ. "Despite being notified early last week that Ciara could not appear, The Factory continued to market and promote Ciara's appearance. The reason for the continued marketing/promotion is unclear, as it is not known why The Factory would intend to continue to mislead the public, to cause damage to the L.A. Gay Pride festival and to attempt to portray Ciara in a negative light.”

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