NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — The heirs of the late rock star Roy Orbison have filed a lawsuit in a dispute with a company hired to create a hologram of Orbison.
According to Courthouse News, Orbison's heirs filed suit in New York Supreme Court, contending that the dispute with a hologram company owned by Greek billionaire Alkiviades David amounted to little more than a shakedown.
In the complain, Alex, Wesley, and Roy Orbison Jr. claim that operating as Roy’s Boys LLC, they entered into a contract in 2016 with the defendant, David’s Hologram to produce a hologram of Roy Orbison that would be used as a part of a 90-minute concert of Orbison's music.
However, the Orbisons claim that David's Hologram did not deliver a promised prototype on schedule and they terminated the contract and pacted with another company — BASE Holograms LLC — to produce the hologram for the tour.
The BASE-produced hologram of Orbison is set to tour the United Kingdom and Australia in 2018, backed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and joined on stage by other members of the Orbison family.
After the announcement of the BASE-produced tour, the Orbisons claim they were contacted by David's Hologram who were now disputing the contract termination.
“The conduct of Hologram, Mr. David, and their attorney is improper and for the express purpose of interfering with Plaintiff and BASE’s upcoming tour,” the complaint says.
Roy’s Boys seek injunctive relief preventing defendant Hologram from continuing use of the Roy Orbison trademarks, along with a declaration that the original deal with Hologram USA is null and void.
Barry Rothman, an attorney for David's Hologram told Courthouse News that David's had fulfilled their pre-production obligations according to the original agreement. "The Orbison family has no right to do what they’re doing,” Rothman told Courthouse News.