AllGood Entertainment made good on its promise to file suit claiming Michael Jackson reneged on an agreement to rejoin his musical family for a reunion concert in Texas in 2010. A federal suit filed by the company June 10 seeks a minimum of $20 million each in compensatory and punitive damages, and an order preventing Jackson from performing this summer’s London residency.
AllGood also accuses Anschutz Entertainment Group of interfering with its agreements with Jackson. AEG and AEG Live are both named as defendants along with Jackson and Dileo Entertainment and Touring.
AllGood’s suit claims that Jackson and manager Frank Dileo secretly teamed up with AEG Live knowing full well that Jackson committed to doing the family concert first.
AEG Live and Jackson have booked 50 concerts in London’s O2 arena beginning next month. Allocco previously told Pollstar that Jackson had not only committed to the family reunion concert first, but signed a non-compete that would prevent him from negotiating for any other shows for an 18-month period.
“This is a case where the little guy followed the rules and was pushed aside by industry giants AEG and the Jacksons for the promise of bigger money and movies,” AllGood attorney Ira Meyerowitz said in a statement.
Dileo and the Jacksons must be held accountable for violating plaintiff’s rights under a contract which was signed two full months prior to AEG’s O2 London agreement.”
Jackson reportedly claims his manager may have signed with AllGood but that he never did. AllGood contends the manager speaks for Jackson.
Dileo recently reemerged as Jackson’s manager after several years, and previous manager Dr. Thome Thome has recently made contradictory statements about his place in the Jackson camp pecking order. – Deborah Speer