Michael Jackson's estate is at the centre of a new lawsuit between the King of Pop's This Is It costume designer and his two business partners. Style guru Nestor Goco, known professionally as Zaldy, was hired to create the pop superstar's stage wardrobe for his ill-fated 2009 This Is It residency in London.
Zaldy, who has also worked with Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez and the Rolling Stones, was subsequently paid to allow his designs to be included in an ongoing world tour of Jackson memorabilia and other shows authorised by his estate executors, including the Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson ONE, a Las Vegas stage production inspired by his hits.
Zaldy's former associates Christopher Demers and Travis Payne claim they agreed to serve as his managers from July, 2009 to secure work with Jackson's estate in exchange for a 20 per cent cut of profits, but they are now suing amid allegations the designer has reneged on the deal.
Legal papers filed in New York County Supreme Court this week (begs30Jun14) suggest they believe the defendant earned as much as $2.4 million (£1.4 million) from Jackson-related projects since his death in June, 2009 and they are seeking at least $280,000 (£164,706) in compensation.