David Cassidy Suing For Merch Compensation From "The Partridge Family"
Fri, 07 Oct 2011 15:57:53
David Cassidy knows his likeness is worth something and he is now taking his battle for merchandising compensation from The Partridge Family to court.
He claims that bosses at ABC, the network which aired the show, used his image to sell products branded with the hit series and his image, but Cassidy only realized this year that the powers-that-be collected $500 million in revenue from using his likeness and now he wants to be paid for stuffing their pockets!
Cassidy, 61, filed suit against Sony Pictures Entertainment bosses, who own the rights to the show, accusing them of fraud and breach of contract. The legal papers read as follows: "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."
His lawyers said, "Mr. Cassidy has reason to believe, and does reasonably believe, that defendants have been perpetrating a scam." The singer/actor told CNN that "It's just a matter of being fair, and doing the right thing. I have no other alternative if Sony is not going to be reasonable." He says they made millions, while he was only paid $5000.
Under the terms of his original TV contract, Cassidy is reportedly entitled to 15% of net merchandising revenues for the use of his likeness and a cut of profits from other items related to the show.
Team ABC or Team David Cassidy?