Madonna’s longtime producer John ‘Jellybean’ Benitez is being sued for $10million over royalties from her hit song Holiday.
Benitez offered the track to the pop superstar back in 1983 when she was recording her debut album – and it became her first hit single.
He agreed at the time that all royalties would be split between him and the Spirit One Music group, with Jellybean responsible for distributing the cash, according to the lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
But Spirit insists Jellybean reneged on the deal – and has held back at least $10million owed to the firm.
Jellybean ‘repeatedly and unrepentantly misstated and underreported revenues due to its joint owner, Spirit,’ and ‘repeatedly, systematically and intentionally made delinquent and tardy payments’ to Spirit, according to the lawsuit.
The suit says Benitez has ‘concocted flimsy, bad-faith excuses for its inaccuracy.’
Spirit wants $10million in allegedly unpaid royalties, said Spirit’s lawyer, Wallace Collins. Representatives for Benitez did not respond to requests for comment.