Black Eyed Peas singer Will.i.am sued a production company Friday for more than $300,000 for allegedly reneging on repayment of a loan.
The singer and his company, Will.i.am. Music LLC, filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against New York Live Entertainment LLC., seeking $300,000, plus interest.
A New York Live representative could not be immediately reached for comment.
The suit states that a New York Live manager proposed filming the singer’s May 11 concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London as part of its proposed television series “Landmarks: Live in Concert.”
The 41-year-old entertainer was “precisely the kind of superstar that New York Live needed to promote the series and secure a television deal,” the suit states.
New York Live claimed to have a deal with PBS to broadcast the series and offered to pay the singer $250,000 if he agreed to allow the concert to be filmed and for permission to use his name and likeness to promote the series, the suit states.
However, as the May 11 date approached, the deal was still not finalized and New York Live lacked the money to pay the crew to film the concert, according to the suit. In reliance on promises to repay the money back shortly, the singer says he wired the $300,000 to New York Live.
The filming of the concert went forward as scheduled, but New York Live has yet to repay the loan, the suit states.
— City News Service