Jackson’s Lawyers Negotiating to Settle Tour Suit, Spokesman Says
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Michael Jackson’s company said today that it is negotiating a settlement with promoters who sued for $20 million after the pop star canceled his ″Dangerous Tour.″
MJJ Enterprises has been ″in serious settlement negotiations since the cancellation of the tour to resolve this amicably,″ Stephen Chabre, MJJ’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement issued early today.
It was the Jackson organization’s first response to the civil lawsuit filed Dec. 28 by tour promoter Marcel Avram, owner of Mama Concerts in Munich, and Pebbles Music Inc. of California.
The lawsuit contends Jackson was addicted to painkillers before committing to the tour, but failed to warn concert promoters about his drug problems.
The lawsuit also claims Jackson should have warned promoters about an ″imminent″ investigation into allegations by a 13-year-old boy that Jackson had sexually molested him.
Jackson has personally denied the boy’s allegations. No criminal charges have been filed against the singer.