Film & Television, performers
Ola Ray, the then young actress who played opposite Michael Jackson in the iconic Thriller video has launched another legal against the Michael Jackson Estate on the back of news that director John Landis had reworked the original video as a 3D version of ‘Thriller’ and this short has now been premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Ray previously sued Jackson just before his untimely death in 2009, claiming that she had been promised a 2.5% share of the royalties generated by the iconic music-video-come-short-film, and although she had received some $200,000 this was an under payment. A settlement with the Jackson Estate followed in 2012, reportedly worth $75,000. Landis settled his own legal action with the Jackson Estate in relation to royalties generated by the video.
Ray has now said she wasn’t consulted about the 3D version of ‘Thriller’. She told reporters: “I’m outraged, upset and in shock. When I heard rumours about a possible 3D version, I contacted the director and said ‘we need to talk about this’. But he never responded to my email. They haven’t tried to contact me or negotiate anything. How do they think they can just do this without paying me?”
Ray’s attorney Scott Cole added: “Ms Ray had a central role in this iconic production. Shutting her out of her full royalties all these years hardly honours the memory of Michael or the spirit of the relevant contracts”.
http://www.eonline.com/uk/news/81050/a-legal-thriller-michael-jackson-sued-by-john-landis and http://www.completemusicupdate.com/article/thriller-actress-goes-legal-again-as-3d-version-of-the-video-premieres/ and http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/12-thrilling-facts-about-michael-jacksons-thriller-20131029