David Cassidy, the singer who starred in the 1970s sitcom The Partridge Family, has sued Sony
for allegedly withholding royalty money. In legal action field
Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Cassidy's lawyers
claimed that the show has generated more than $500 million in profits
from ancillary merchandise - games, lunchboxes, magazines - in the years
since its debut. Cassidy's original contract, signed in 1971, called
for the singer-actor to receive 15 percent of all proceeds from such
sales, they claim.
Cassidy told CNN that, according to his former manager, he has
received just $5000 in merchandising royalties. "It's just a matter of
being fair," the 61-year-old entertainer told the network. "Just be
fair, be real, be genuine, don't be greedy."
The suit is the second of its kind filed this week: earlier, the
estate of Rick Nelson filed suit against Capitol Records for alleged
withholding of royalty payments.
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