Genuwine litigates to get out of ‘fraudulent’ contract

November 2007


Ginuwine has filed a lawsuit filed in Manhattan’s state Supreme Court saying that he was duped into signing a contract in May 2007 with a company, the King Music Group Inc., which doesn’t exist. The King Misic Group was allegedly owned by a personal acquaintance of Genuwine’s, Michael Bourne and t he terms of the contract gave Ginuwine (real name is Elgin Baylor Lumpkin) $1.75 million to record his first album a $500,000 advance. In nearly five months the singer hasn’t made any records and hasn’t been paid a cent, the lawsuit said. The lawsuit further alleges that there are no corporate records for King Music Group Inc. anywhere in New York, California, Florida or Tennessee. The lawsuit accuses King Music and Bourne of breach of contract, fraud and negligent misrepresentation. It asks for a total of $4 million in damages. Genuwine was previously signed to Epic.

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