For up and coming creators, TikTok is undeniably the most desirable platform to conquer. Prominent TikTokkers have earned make-up lines, reality shows, and money from TikTok itself to keep pumping out 15-60 second videos that have enraptured millions of users. However, the uncharted territory of TikTok fame comes with a price, as a new story involving creator Brittany Broski (real name Brittany Tomlinson) suggests: She has reportedly filed a complaint against her former manager Ariadna Jacob, who Tomlinson says owes her over $23,000 from unpaid brand work.

A wild new report from The New York Times details issues a number of young creators are having with Jacob, who founded the creator management company Influences in 2018. The mother of TikTokker Ellie Zeiler, who has over six million followers on the platform, says Jacob boasts Zeiler as a client despite the fact that they turned town Jacob’s offer to work with her, and Devion Young accused the manager of leaking his nude photos, the details of which she disputed to the NYT through her lawyer. In most cases, like Tomlinson’s, the creators were promised money that they say never materialized. 

Tomlinson says she began working with Jacob in August 2019 following her viral kombucha video, in which she tries the fermented beverage for the first time and goes through a rollercoaster of emotions. Now, she has over five million followers but claims Jacob is withholding money from the brand deals Tomlinson delivered, which include FabFitFun and her SuperBowl commercial.

“By January [2020], I realized I hadn’t been paid since Halloween,” she said.

In Tomlinson’s complaint to the California Labor Commission, she claims Jacob is operating as a talent agency without a license and is withholding $23,683.82 in fees. She also says Jacob has control of the brittanybroski.com domain name, meaning Tomlinson is now unable to use it herself. Tomlinson has since gotten herself a new management company, Brillstein Entertainment Partners. 

Jacob’s lawyer told the Times that Jacob has operated with “the utmost professionalism.”

“These individuals attacking her don’t want to play by the rules of decent individuals in society, but want to attack Ms. Jacob publicly from the shadows, talking to any individual who is willing to listen to them,” the lawyer, Ben Walter, said.

Luckily, Tomlinson was recently named as a recipient of the TikTok Creator Fund, and will earn money directly from the company itself to encourage her content creation. Her complaint against Jacob, however, is still unresolved.