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Promoter sues Michael Jackson

June 10, 2009 |  3:26 pm
Add another lawsuit to Michael Jackson’s long list of legal woes. 

A New Jersey concert promoter, AllGood Entertainment, has sued the singer for breach of contract and fraud. Jackson is accused of backing out of an agreement to perform in a Jackson Family Reunion concert to sign with concert giant AEG Live to perform 50 concerts at London’s O2 Arena. The suit seeks at least $20 million in damages and to bar Jackson’s London appearances, set to begin next month.

Jackson has claimed he never signed off on the AllGood deal. But in court papers filed Wednesday, the singer’s manager Frank DiLeo is accused of entering into the agreement on Jackson’s behalf, committing him to perform in a concert also featuring his brothers Marlon, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Randy Jackson and sister Janet Jackson. AllGood claims its contract prohibited Jackson from signing any other deals until three months after the Jackson Family concert.

Randy Phillips, CEO of AEG Live, has called AllGood’s claims, laid out earlier in a cease and desist letter, “meritless.”

-- Chris Lee