Brian Wilson Settles Suit With Former Partner

Litigation ends for former Beach Boy Wilson

July 18, 2000 12:00 AM ET

Almost a year after Brian Wilson filed suit against one-time collaborator Joe Thomas seeking damages and a break-up of their 1997 joint venture -- and Thomas' counter lawsuit, filed ten days later -- the two former partners have settled out of court. Neither side would disclose the particulars of the settlement.

Wilson and Thomas began working together in 1996, co-producing the Beach Boys tribute album Stars and Stripes, and Thomas helped produce and arrange Wilson's 1998 album, Imagination. The two men grew so close that they even purchased homes right next door to each other in a Chicago suburb.

Thomas accompanied Wilson on his U.S. tour last year, playing piano, but last August, Brian's wife Melinda Wilson sued Thomas, claiming that the producer used his association with her husband to raise his industry profile and wrongfully enrich himself through his association with the former Beach Boy. Thomas ripped a lawsuit back at Mrs. Wilson alleging that she had "schemed against and manipulated" both himself and Brian.

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