Jacko sued by Thriller director over half of video profits

January 29th, 2009 - 1:53 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Jan 29 (ANI): King of Pop Michael Jackson has been sued by John Landis, the original director of the classic video Thriller, for not sharing the profits from the 1980s pop video.

Landis filed the suit in a Los Angeles court last week and accused Jackson of fraudulent, malicious and oppressive conduct because he has not been paid profits made from the video in the past four years.

The writ follows last year’’s release of Thriller 25 to mark the quarter-century celebration of the groundbreaking music video, reports the Daily Express.

It also comes after news broke that a Broadway musical is planned based on the 14-minute pop promo.

Landis lawyers accuse Jackson and the defunct production firm Optimum of failing to provide accounts for recent profits made from the marketing of Thriller and the accompanying making of documentary.

They claim that Landis is legally entitled to 50 percent of the profits.

The writ states: “After a spectacular theatrical premier, the Thriller Video became a worldwide mega-hit and an iconic pop culture phenomenon that has continued to generate profits for defendants Optimum Productions and Michael Jackson, who have wrongfully refused to pay or account for such profits to the plaintiff.” (ANI)

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