Singer Prince has been hit with a $700,000 lawsuit over allegedly unpaid legal fees. Attorneys at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler filed suit against the "Purple Rain" hitmaker at Manhattan's Supreme Court on Tuesday, March 1, accusing him of failing to pay for their handling of cases in Ireland, California and New York.
Lawyers at the New York City firm also claim they were not compensated for representing Prince in his divorce from Manuela Testolini in 2006. The star, real name Prince Rogers Nelson, has allegedly paid $125,000 but still owes $700,000 in fees for legal services, according to the lawsuit.
On another news, Prince's long-forgotten early recordings as a member of influential Minneapolis, Minnesota band 94 East are to be re-released on a 35th anniversary retrospective. The group was his first and he first stepped into a recording studio as the band's guitarist.
"The Cookhouse Five, Original 1975 Session" will be released on April 5. The anniversary celebrations also include the release of 10 ringtones, which feature 17-year-old Prince's earliest guitar tracks. Songs include "If We Don't", "If You See Me", "I'll Always Love You" and "Better Than You Think".