Producer Quincy Jones sued Michael Jackson's estate for $10 million in 2013, alleging that some of the singer's recently released recordings were tampered with in an effort to deny him a share of sales profits. Now, opening arguments will be presented in court on June 15.
Variety Latino notes that re-edited versions of "Billie-Jean," "Beat it," and "Thriller" appeared on Jackson's posthumously-released 25th anniversary edition of Bad. Jones also claims that songs featured in the film This Is It and its accompanying soundtrack were intentionally sabotaged by Jackson's estate to deny him money.
Zia F. Modabber, a defense attorney working on behalf of Sony Entertainment and MJJ Productions—the record label owned by the Jackson estate—issued a statement on Thursday, and said of Jones' camp: “Their position is they have the perpetual right to not have anyone else touch it without Mr. Jones’ permission.”
Jones, the iconic producer behind all of Jackson's era-defining songs named in the complaint, originally filed the suit in October of 2013.