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Jacko's Thriller 'Date' Sues

Michael Stiffed Me!

5/5/2009 3:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The chick who starred as Michael Jackson's female date in the "Thriller" video is suing Jacko and his production company -- claiming she hasn't been paid royalties from the legendary video.

Thriller

We spoke to Ola Ray's attorney, who tells us the former Playboy Playmate is suing for breach of contract because she claims she never got her cut of the "Thriller" profits.

We're told Ola's not sure exactly how much she's owed -- her accountants will figure that out.

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spandeco79    

That is horrible! After 25 years your going to come out and say you never got paid. Man we live in a fricken sue happy country! Get a job b**** make your money!

1893 days ago
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firebaby    

it was just a few weeks back i thought of her (showing my sons the 'thriller' video on youtube, the original, in the philippines prison and in lego)... guess times are hard on everybody, but hey, if you found out you were due money (even 25 yrs later) would'nt you go for it?

1893 days ago
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kal    

Guys,
It's not dumb at all on her part to wait this long.
Royalties are based on revenues generated by your product per market. We dont know how exactly Triller did in other markets. How is she supposed to know or monitor that herself? Was it profitable in China, Fiji, New Zealand...etc Isnt that the RIAA's job? She was in the video but not on the actual song...Plus, when it comes to music videos the formula isnt that straight forward. unlike films, no one pays to see music videos. So Album sale revenues are arbitrarily linked to videos.

So if she was promised a flat fee (buyout) for the first 10 or 15 years. Then that contract expired long ago and she's now owed whatever money Thriller generated in sales or promo time for Jackson.
This is just like child ctors of teh 50's and 60's claiming unpaid revenues. Nothing wrong or dumb about that.

1893 days ago
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Bethany Sweet    

Okay, first of all, no one is ever a Former Playmate. Once a Playmate, always a Playmate. Second, Ola Ray was one beautiful woman! I remember her issue, and I might even have it in storage somewhere. Hope it all works out for her. Michael Jackson lost my respect a long, long time ago.

1893 days ago
20.

ML    

Wow, it sounds like someone is going through some rough financial times and is obviously desperate for money for the simple fact that she waited 20 years to realize she was ripped off! Sounds suspicious to me.

1893 days ago
21.

eb    

why should she get paid royalties? I don't understand. Royalties are only paid to an ARTIST whose music is STILL being played on the radio. This chick only starred on Jacko's video. She did NOT sing on the song, she did not play any instriment on it. Unless she signed a contract that especifically said she will get paid a dollar amound everytime the VIDEO is played, then she shouldn't be getting none of the sweet money. But this wouldn't make sense, since music videos are not MOVIES. Music videos usually hire someone pretty and pay a one time sum. Me thinks she is traying to play it off like a movie deal, where an actual actor could get royalties even if the movie bombed, but music videos are on another level, because once the song dissappears off the charts, it's bye bye to the video.

1893 days ago
22.

fujow    

Micheal is also being sued by the producer of the video John Landis. Michael sold the rights to thriller for a play without consulting Landis who owns 50%.

1893 days ago
23.

showtime    

This young lady was a video girl, she don't get a cut of the action. She get's paid a ONE time fee and that's it. Just ask yourself, how many video girls get a piece of the action? NONE. Aside from the fact that nobody is going to wait 25 years before they realized that they are not being paid for whatever.

This is probably a last ditch effort to get some cash to support her CRACK habit. You'll know times are hard!

1893 days ago
24.

OnPoint    

It would seem to me that the statute of limitations would be up. That was like 20 - 25 years ago right? She must be in need for some cold hard cash ,,,,,,,, but, seriously, MJ should have paid her. Back then he had it (money) like running water. I tell you rich people, not all but some think they can get away with murder ...... SHAME ON YOU MIKE-JACK !!!!!

1893 days ago
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lost in lalaland    

It would be one thing if expected royalties STOPPED coming in, but she NEVER got any? And it's just now dawning on her? MF, pa-lease!

1893 days ago
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alberta    

know what? these hookers crack me up, what a low class tramp she is 25 years later to FINALLY have it dawn on her that she should get royalties, i mean, is that all she has to lean on? sure she looked great in the video and it's one of my favorite's, but have some pride in yourself. another opportunist tramp like miss california

1893 days ago
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Onoze    

"We're told Ola's not sure exactly how much she's owed -- her accountants will figure that out."

Sure, I bet they'll figure it out and pad the amount by a cool few million $$$ extra just because... Funny how all these people SUE about Thriller only after Michael Jackson announces a 50-date concert series and sells out. Now they all want a piece of the pie. I think a lot of these royalty issues should be taken up with SONY the record label, not Michael Jackson personally.

1893 days ago
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xcalibur    

ISN'T THERE A STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ON IDIOCY? OHH SNAP SHE WILL HAVE TO WAIT IN LINE. CUZ THE GOVT GETS PRIORITY OVER MJ'S BROKE AZZ AND O2 CONCERT MONEY. JUST SAYIN.

1893 days ago
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Rah-Rah    

WTF??!! She's just NOW suing for payment for being in that damn video?!

TMZ, how about doing a 'Memba Her on Ola. Let's see what she looks like now. Maybe she wants $$$ for a face lift of lipo or something. HAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAHAHAHAH

1893 days ago
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Onoze    

Did the drugs affect her short-term memory? This article is from last year:

http://www.kcra.com/news/14743689/detail.html#

"Ray said she wanted to apologize to Jackson because for a long time she thought he failed to pay her for her role in the thriller video.

SHE SAID SHE'S SINCE DISCOVERED SOMEONE ELSE WAS HOLDING BACK HER MONEY."

So first she admits it wasn't Michael's fault, but now suddenly it is?

1893 days ago
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