LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A Grammy award-winning composer is suing Michael Jackson’s estate, claiming the King of Pop never paid him for the work he did on some of his most famous albums and singles.
Michael Lehmann Boddicker’s lawsuit alleges deceitful concealment and seeks several hundred thousand dollars in damages.
The lawsuit filed Thursday states that Boddicker and Jackson began a professional relationship in 1978, and the plaintiff made contributions to the late singer’s “Off the Wall,” “Thriller,” “Bad” and “Dangerous” albums.
The plaintiff said he was also involved in composing some of Jackson’s singles, including “Black or White,” “The Way You Make Me Feel” and “Blood on the Dance Floor.”
Boddicker said he began documenting his contributions to Jackson’s works in 1989 and made many requests over the years to be paid for his services, according to the lawsuit.
The 63-year-old composer received a Grammy as a songwriter for “Imagination” from the 1984 film “Flashdance.”
An attorney for the Jackson estate, Howard Weitzman, downplayed the lawsuit Friday, accusing the plaintiff of chasing Jackson for money he did not owe.