Lawsuits: The Whose Who Of Being Sued

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Michael Jackson heads the list of entertainers sued in the last year. A video director recently sued the pop star for allegedly not paying royalties. John Landis, the acclaimed director who co-wrote the video and shot “thriller,” says Jackson failed to pay him royalties for the project for the past four years. The suit comes as “Thriller” heads to Broadway.

In November of last year Jackson was sued by the king of Bahrain for not fulfilling an agreement. Bankim Thanki, the lawyer representing Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad al-Khalifa, told London’s High Court that his client had made several payments to Jackson from 2005 onwards, including $35,000 to pay utility bills at Jackson’s Neverland Ranch.

Michael Jackson, Lawsuit, Sued

Michael Jackson, Lawsuit, Sued

Michael Jackson heads the list of entertainers sued in the last year. A video director recently sued the pop star for allegedly not paying royalties. John Landis, the acclaimed director who co-wrote the video and shot “thriller,” says Jackson failed to pay him royalties for the project for the past four years. The suit comes as “Thriller” heads to Broadway.

In November of last year Jackson was sued by the king of Bahrain for not fulfilling an agreement. Bankim Thanki, the lawyer representing Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad al-Khalifa, told London’s High Court that his client had made several payments to Jackson from 2005 onwards, including $35,000 to pay utility bills at Jackson’s Neverland Ranch.

Brandy, Lawsuit, Sued

Brandy, Lawsuit, Sued

Brandy was sued several times in 2008 for her involvement in the 2006 fatal car crash that killed Awatef Abloudihaj. Most of the suits said the R&B star failed to keep a safe distance, mixed with her inability to travel at a safe speed, caused her to rear end Abloudihaj. The “Long Distance” singer was asked to pay $50 million to the victim’s parents in 2007, followed by a separate lawsuit filed by the husband of the woman killed in the crash.

Christina Milian, Lawsuit, Sued

Christina Milian, Lawsuit, Sued

After being sued over the samples in her hit single “Dip It Low,” R&B star Christina Milian sued the producer of the track, claiming he lied about the sample used. Milian alleges Poli Paul, who wrote the record, assured her “there were no samples whatsoever” in “Dip It Low,” but the singer has since spent a fortune in legal costs, defending herself in a plagiarism lawsuit. Her lawyer, Ed MCPherson, requested that Paul and his associate, Spencer Cowlings Entertainment, pay the $300,000 Milian spent defending herself in the case, and punitive damages.

Chris Brown, Rihanna, Lawsuit, Sued

Chris Brown, Rihanna, Lawsuit, Sued

Chris Brown and Rihanna was named in a $1 million lawsuit filed by Luis Santana, claiming the duo had his camera stolen and him beaten up after he photographed them together. Santana has alleged bodyguards for Brown and Rihanna attacked him for taking a photo of the couple through their open limo window.

Jamie Foxx, Lawsuit, Sued

Jamie Foxx, Lawsuit, Sued

A celebrity stylist sued actor/singer Jamie Foxx, claiming she was never paid for dressing him. Stylist Stacy Young picked Foxx’s wardrobe for the BET Awards and a series of publicity events for his 2006 blockbuster “Miami Vice.” Both parties later reached an undisclosed deal out of court.

Mary J. Blige, Lawsuit, Sued

Mary J. Blige, Lawsuit, Sued

Mary J. Blige was sued for allegedly stealing music used on her latest album “Growing Pains,” including the single “Work That.” In the lawsuit, which asks for $2 million in damages, Drama Family Entertainment claims to have suffered copyright infringement because “Work That” was created by a producer who worked for the company at the time and placed on the album without permission. Blige has not issued a statement regarding the lawsuit.

R. Kelly, R Kelly, Lawsuit, Sued

R. Kelly, R Kelly, Lawsuit, Sued

A concert promoter sued R. Kelly, claiming the R&B singer owes his company $75,000 in fees. Trevanna Entertainment filed legal papers in New York alleging the firm was hired by Kelly’s national tour promoter to be the “tour director” for the singer’s recent U.S. trek.

A gig promoter is seeking $120,000 in damages after Kelly allegedly put a court hearing before his concert commitments; and Ne-Yo’s management is suing Kelly’s promoter, Rowe Entertainment, for breach of contract for dropping him as the support act on Kelly’s Double Up tour.

More: Henry Vaughn also known as “Uncle Henry Love,” says he is responsible for Kelly’s success and sued him for compensation over a verbal contract.

Jennifer Lopez, Lawsuit, Sued

Jennifer Lopez, Lawsuit, Sued

Writer Jack Bunick sued Jennifer Lopez for “South Beach,” claiming she stole their idea for her short-lived UPN series. The case was later thrown out by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman, who said there is not enough evidence to take the case to trial. The judge also noted that Bunick admits his scripts include generic ideas and commonplace elements and aspects of the South Beach club and modeling scene.

Ne-Yo, Lawsuit, Sued

Ne-Yo, Lawsuit, Sued

Maryland based Wet Entertainment filed a suit against R&B singer Ne-Yo, claiming they paid him $95k up front for a New Year’s Bash at the Meydenbauer Center, where he only showed up via a club television screen. Wet Entertainment is asking for the $95k back and an additional $1 million in damages.

Ruben Studdard, Lawsuit, Sued

Ruben Studdard, Lawsuit, Sued

Ruben Studdard was named in a lawsuit after French fashion house Louis Vuitton sued over unauthorized use of their logo. The fashion house won an undisclosed sum after battling the Studdard’s label SonyBMG for five years over the unauthorized use of the logo on cars, jackets and other materials featured in music videos and album covers. As part of the settlement, Studdard’s “The Return” album was pulled from shelves. The label was also told that it may not import, distribute, or manufacture the album either.

Whitney Houston, Lawsuit, Sued

Whitney Houston, Lawsuit, Sued

Whitney Houston was sued by her step mother, who claims the R&B superstar owed her money from her late husband’s will. In a lawsuit filed in May of 08′, Barbara alleges her stepdaughter was instructed to use her father’s $1 million life insurance policy to pay off the mortgage on his residence and hand over the title to the property and any remaining funds.

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