LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — A promoter has sent a cease and desist letter to AEG in order to block the forthcoming O2 Arena Michael Jackson concerts, claiming that the a pre-existing $24 million dollar contract prevents Jackson from performing at the London gigs.
Patrick Allocco, a partner at New Jersey-based AllGood Entertainment, provided CelebrityAccess with a copy of the contract they claim to have signed with Frank Dileo in November 2008 over a July 2009 Jackson Five concert that included both Michael Jackson and his sister Janet. The contract included a clause that prevents Jackson from performing for three months before or after the reunion show.
In March, Allocco sent a cease and desist letter to Jackson, warning him not to perform at the London shows and Allocco says his company plans to pursue legal remedy if they fail to reach an agreement.
Allocco alleges that he has made a number of attempts to negotiate with Dileo and was even willing to concede the AEG-backed London shows if the reunion concert could be worked out.
"We are aware of the allegations which we believe are completely meritless," said AEG's Randy Phillips a statement. "Rehearsals have been uninterrupted and continue on schedule."
A spokesman for Dileo Entertainment declined to comment on the matter. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers