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Prince

Accused of Royally Screwing Book People

4/22/2009 1:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

PrinceThe artist known as Prince will also be known as defendant -- accused of some seriously cutthroat business tactics in a book deal gone sour.

According to a lawsuit filed yesterday in L.A. County Superior Court, a literary agency claims Prince chose them as his "exclusive agent with respect to the negotiations of a publishing deal" for a book called "21 Nights" and a special limited edition version.

In the documents, the agency claims in the final stages of the deal, Prince stopped calling them back -- and then went behind their back to finish the negotiations -- thus screwing the company out of it's 15% commission.

The agency is now suing for it's 15% -- about $200,000. Practically chump change for the Purple One.

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Leah Elrod    

Prince is brilliant and I am his angel. I would like to meet and talk with him someday 4real. I have his symbol tattooed on my ankle and have had spiritial dreams of life everlasting as he says at the beginning of the Purple Rain movie and song "Let's Go Crazy".

1847 days ago
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awwwwwwww    

#18...What a loser...

1879 days ago
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D.    

First...

1918 days ago
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rob white    

why do rich people have to be such pricks, I mean i guess that's how they got there, but can't someone go up to Prince and be like 'dude, you're Prince, you made it. relax'

1918 days ago
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rachelle    

Could somebody tell me why this guy is still around???

1918 days ago
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Michael Jackson's Voice    

Oh well..Chump change for his royal purpleness...

1918 days ago
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Reimer    

third!

1918 days ago
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Linda Mott    

We all know he is an Indian giver, when he took the TMZ staff's guitar back after giving it to him, so maybe he is wrong.

1918 days ago
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LOL    

There's a reason they call that literary agent "VIG THE PIG".

1918 days ago
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Tiger's Help Sucks Too    

So Prince is OK with screwing his business partners, but not OK with people downloading his so-called music for free off the net.
What a jerk.

1918 days ago
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anthonysdreamgirl**    

leave this sexy mother f*cker alone. love prince! ;-)

1918 days ago
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VitaminDeege    

UM, F**K ALL Y 'ALL WHO SAY PRINCE IS ANYTHING OTHER THAN AN AMAZINGLY TALENTED MUSICAL GENIUS. YEAH, HE F**KED THEM OUTTA SOME DOUGH, HE'LL PAY IT & KEEP DOIN' HIS THING...

SCRAMS... QUIT HATIN'.... LET'S SEE YOU PUMP OUT COUNTLESS CD'S OVER A 20-YEAR SPAN & THEN YOU CAN TALK ISH!!!

1918 days ago
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MJ    

VitaminDeege your an idiot

1918 days ago
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Jamie Starr    

Prince has a reputation of being a cut throat businessman.

I just hope I'm alive one day to see the movie of his life:

Norma Desmond in "Sunset Blvd." comes to mind: deluded, washed up, talented-but-time-has-passed-her-by.

...and divorced from reality. I've seen the Kevin Smith video, and heard Howard Stern's story about Prince demanding ALL THE LIGHTS OFF at a performance in a hotel room.

1918 days ago
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RM    

Perhaps more attention to grammar? "It's" means "it is"; "its" is the possessive. What happened to the TMZ editorial staff?

1918 days ago
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