1970s Pop Icon David Cassidy Sues Sony
(CNN) — Pop star David Cassidy filed suit on Wednesday against Sony, claiming he was not paid for his image on merchandise from the hit television show, “The Partridge Family,” in which he starred.
“For nearly 40 years, defendants have swindled Mr. Cassidy out of his rightful share of the profits from The Partridge Family, and when Mr. Cassidy has inquired as to the matter, have lied to him so as to continue to conceal their deception,” said the lawsuit, filed on Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
“Mr. Cassidy has reason to believe, and does reasonably believe, that defendants have been perpetrating a scam” and “will continue to go to any and all lengths necessary, no matter how despicable, to avoid upholding” his contract, the suit said.
Under his 1971 contract with Screen Gems, Cassidy was supposed to get 15 percent of net merchandising revenues for the use of his image, voice or likeness, and no more than half of that for items in which that if other cast members appeared.
The suit said the show, which aired from 1970 to 1974, was one of the first — if not the first — to be merchandized on a worldwide scale with board games, magazines, coloring books, paperbacks, posters, pillow cases, toy guitars, dollars, lunch boxes, beach towels, pencil cases, comic books, children’s’ clothing, and music sales.
“All of which, it has been reported by knowledgeable news sources, generated nearly $500 million for defendants,” the suit said.
(Cassidy) told CNN that his former manager told him he has only been paid about $5,000 for merchandise. […]