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Saturday 28 February 2015

Blige ‘sues entertainment firm'

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Mary J Blige
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Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige is reportedly countersuing Vision Entertainment Worldwide stemming from her failure to perform at a Dallas, Texas concert last year.

The No More Drama hitmaker was sued by executives at Vision Entertainment Worldwide for allegedly failing to perform at a concert in Dallas, Texas last December despite receiving a $145,000 advance.

According to TMZ, Mary claims in a newly filed countersuit VEW breached their contract by failing to provide first-class flights for the star and members of her entourage.

In legal documents obtained by the outlet, the 42-year-old singer states that she has no plans to return the funds.

“She’s demanding the company pay her the balance of the deal - $105,000,” TMZ reports.

It’s not the first of Mary’s financial legal troubles.

According to the New York Daily News, she was also hit with a $3.4 million federal tax bill in May for funds dating back to 2009 and owes the State of New Jersey more than $900,000 in overdue taxes.

Last November, the star and her husband, Martin Isaacs, were also accused of defaulting on a $2.2 million bank loan.

Signature Bank in Manhattan is reportedly seeking the loan amount plus $58,000 in interest.

Additionally, Mary’s charitable organisation, the Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now, found itself in trouble last year.

The organisation was sued by TD Bank after reportedly not paying off a $250,000 loan.

Executives at the firm are believed to have recently reached an agreement with the bank to have $200,000 deducted from the debt.

Mary spoke to Reuters in June of last year about the default, promising to right her mistakes.

“The lives of young women are at stake. I feel what they feel. I don't want them to suffer. I promised them something and I'm gonna deliver. Period,” she said, explaining, “The problem is that I didn't have the right people in the right places doing the right things. This should have never been allowed to happen, but it did and now we are fixing it.”

Mary has not commented publicly about reports of the latest legal filing.

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