Michael Jackson`s estate is being sued for $24 million
A music producer claims he is owed for his involvement on the late singer`s posthumously released track `This is It`, and is suing both Jackson`s estate and the track`s co-writer, Paul Anka.
Michael Jonzun has filed the lawsuit in the US, claiming he helped turn Paul and Michael`s 1983 song `I Never Heard` into the track `This Is It`. He says he owns a third of `This Is It`, but has never been paid for his efforts.
Singer and songwriter Paul was dismissive of the claims, telling website TMZ.com he`d never even heard of Jonzun and his claims are "B.S."
Paul has said the track was originally recorded in 1983 and intended to be a duet between him and Jackson on his `Walk a Fine Line` album as `I Never Heard`, but the project fell through.
It was later re-worked and premiered after Jackson`s death from acute Propofol intoxication in under the title `This is It`, accompanying a film of the same name which showed Jackson preparing for his ill fated live comeback, scheduled to start just days after his death in June 2009.