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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2008 2:24 am    Post subject: 24/JAN/08: Def Jam Get Sued For $20 Million Dollars Reply with quote

Douglas "Biggs" Ellison has filed a $20 million dollar lawsuit against Island Def Jam, claiming the label attempted to steal R&B artist Chrisette Michele from his Queens-based production company, Four Kings Productions Inc.

Ellison filed the lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court, claiming that Island Def Jam Music Group, Shalik Berry (A&R) and Micheleís parents Lynette and Lemuel Payne engaged in unlawful business practices in an attempt to get the Grammy nominated singer out of her exclusive contracts with Four Kings. The court battle ensued when Michele filed a lawsuit against Four Kings Productions Inc. in July of 2007, claiming that the CEO, Douglas "Biggs" Ellison, embezzled money from her Def Jam contract and harassed her.

While Michele eventually withdrew those allegations from her lawsuit, Ellison claims that his reputation was severely damaged when the accusations hit the press.

Four Kings entered into an agreement with Def Jam in September of 2005 and completed multiple songs, which appeared on Micheleís debut album, I AM.

"As soon as the artistís mother saw that Chrisette was receiving money, all a direct result of the efforts of the production company under its contracts with the artist, Lynette Payne quit her job as a teacher and, in willful disregard of the artistís contractual obligations to Four Kings, usurped management functions regarding her daughterís newly found success, in an effort to keep the money in the family," Ellison claims in the lawsuit.

Ellison claims a meeting took place in Def Jamís New York office, where he met with Berry, as well as the Paynes, who attempted to persuade him to release Michele from the contract.

"Mr. Payne knew about his wifeís attempts to take over management of their daughterís suddenly burgeoning career, and hoped that his role in trying to take over management of the artist could be kept in the background," Ellisonís lawsuit states.

The lawsuit further claims that business decisions made by Def Jam, Berry and the Paynes prevented Four Kings from receiving income from the sales of Micheleís debut album I AM. Ellison also counter sued Michele for breach of contract in a previously filed lawsuit.

Michele was recently nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance for her song "If I Had My Way." Her voice can also be heard on three tracks featured on the Grammy-nominated album Hip Hop Is Dead by Def Jam recording artist Nas, as well as Jay-Zís single "Lost One" from his album Kingdom Come.

More recently Michele can be heard on the track "Slow Down" from Ghostface Killahís CD critically acclaimed CD The Big Doe Rehab. Representatives for Ellison stated that he hoped the litigation does not "sidetrack Ms. Michele from the long and successful career that Mr. Ellison predicts is certain to be ahead for the incredibly talented Ms. Michele."

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 1:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thats some bullshit though dawg fo real

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 4:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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