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Michael Jackson sued by 'Thriller' director Landis

American pop icon Michael Jackson is being sued by "Thriller" video director John Landis, who alleges the former "King of Pop" failed to stick to an agreement to share profits from the world-famous 1983 video clip, US media have reported.

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AFP - Former "King of Pop" Michael Jackson is being sued by the director of his seminal 1983 video "Thriller" over unpaid royalties, US media reported Wednesday.

Several reports said Jackson was being sued by film-maker John Landis for allegedly failing to stick to an agreement to share profits from the 14-minute video featuring a cast of werewolves, zombies and assorted monsters.

"After a spectacular theatrical premiere the Thriller video became a worldwide megahit and an iconic pop culture phenomenon," Landis's lawsuit said.

The video "continued to generate profits for defendants ... who have wrongfully refused to pay or account for such profits to the plaintiff."

The suit accused Jackson of "fraudulent, malicious and oppressive conduct."

Landis is best known for directing 1980s comedy "The Blues Brothers" and groundbreaking 1981 comedy-horror "An American Werewolf in London."

Jackson, who throughout the 1980s was the world's most bankable pop star, has led a reclusive existence since his acquittal for child sex abuse in 2005.

He is currently reported to be residing in Los Angeles, renting a 100,000-dollar-a-month estate.
 

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