LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Music producer Quincy Jones filed a lawsuit today against the estate of Michael Jackson, claiming he is owed millions of dollars in royalties stemming from his work with the King of Pop on the albums ``Off the Wall,'' ``Thriller'' and ``Bad.''
Jones contends in the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit that following Jackson's death in 2009, the singer's estate ``began commercially releasing new audio and audio-visual works without regard to the terms'' of Jones' previous contractual rights to Jackson's music.
Among those new releases were the ``This Is It'' film, which was cobbled together from rehearsal footage taken while Jackson was preparing for his never-realized concert series in London; the ``This Is It'' film soundtrack; the Cirque du Soleil production ``Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour'' and its accompanying soundtrack; and the theatrical production ``Michael Jackson: One'' at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
According to the lawsuit, Jackson's estate ``secretly entered into'' various distribution and profit-sharing agreements that diverted revenue and reduced the amount of royalties owed to Jones.
In a statement released to the website TMZ.com, Jackson estate attorney Howard Weitzman said, ``The estate of Michael Jackson was saddened to learn that Quincy Jones has filed a lawsuit seeking money from Michael's estate. To the best of our knowledge, Mr. Jones has been appropriately compensated over approximately 35 years for his work with Michael.''