In March, Michael Jackson sold out a record-breaking 50 consecutive nights at London’s O2 Arena, but now a lawsuit is threatening his historic “This Is It” run before it even hits the stage. That’s the word from TMZ, who reports that the This Is It concerts violate a previous contract signed by Jackson’s manager that would have brought about a Jackson 5 reunion tour with Michael and Janet Jackson. Under the terms of that contract, Jackson would have been prevented from performing anywhere for 18 months, which Jackson’s 50 shows in London clearly violates.
According to TMZ, Jackson 5 tour organizers AllGood Entertainment filed a cease-and-desist lawsuit against the This Is It tour when Jackson’s manager Frank Delio allegedly signed the reunion tour contract late in 2008. Jermaine Jackson told the Australian press in October 2008 that the family would get back together for a new album and tour in 2009, which Michael was quick to deny in an official statement the very next day. “My brothers and sisters have my full love and support, and we’ve certainly shared many great experiences, but at this time I have no plans to record or tour with them,” Michael said, adding, “I am now in the studio developing new and exciting projects that I look forward to sharing with my fans in concert soon.”
While Jackson himself reportedly never put pen to paper on the Jackson 5 contract, his manager Delio did, but in law an agent can sign for his client so the agreement seems like it might be legally binding. So AllGood Entertainment want all the London shows canceled. Jackson’s official Website has not yet commented on this new lawsuit. As of now, Jackson’s This Is It run is scheduled to kick off July 8th and conclude February 24th, 2010.
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