Justin Timberlake, has more to worry about than his performance in Washington D.C. that went viral. As the former Mouseketeer is being taken to federal court over a documentary that has never seen the light of day!
Longtime music video director John Urbano is suing the former NSYNC member over Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience album, which was released nearly a decade ago.
According to Deadline, under a profit-sharing plan, the pair would film the doc under the radar, then promote it with the release of The 20/20 Experience album.
Despite the film moving the singer to “tears,” the documentary faded as the singer’s first album in several years lifted off.
In the filing, Urbano alleges Timberlake swindled him out of $2.5 million, which he estimates if the doc was successful in a hire deal. Instead, the collaborator of One Direction and Keith Urban alleges he received $20,000 during the start of filming and nothing else from Timberlake.
Court documents read, “Instead of fulfilling his obligations to the joint venture, Mr. Timberlake has failed to take any steps to promote, market, and sell the Making of the 20/20 Experience.”
It adds, “Mr. Timberlake has increasingly distanced himself from the project and his partner — often using a network of agents, managers, and handlers to interface with Mr. Urbano.”
The director not only wants financial compensation, but he wants the rights of the project to be handed to him as well.
The 20/20 Experience came out in early 2013 and featured the hit single “Suit & Tie” featuring Jay-Z. The album went double platinum and won two Grammys.
As of yet, reps for the singer have not responded to the lawsuit.
Cousins, what do you think? Do you guys think the director should have the rights to the documentary, plus compensation for the film?
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