US Promoter Sues to Block Jacko's London Gigs

Plaintiff demands singer play US show or cough up $40m
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2009 6:03 AM CDT
Michael Jackson announces that he is set to play a series of live concerts at the London O2 Arena in July. Tickets for the 50-show run sold out rapidly.   (AP Photo / Joel Ryan, File)
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(Newser) – A New Jersey promoter has filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent Michael Jackson from starting his 50-concert London marathon next month, the Telegraph reports. The singer contracted to play a reunion concert in the US this summer with other members of the Jackson family before performing anywhere else, the suit charges. The promoter is demanding Jackson pay $40 million for breach of contract.