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Earth, Wind & Fire Founder

I Did NOT Screw Over

My Dead Friend

8/19/2012 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The creator of Earth, Wind & Fire is ADAMANT ... he did not bilk his late-friend out of THOUSANDS in music royalties, despite what the children of his estate claim.

As TMZ first reported, Maurice White was sued by the estate of late music producer Charles Stepney, who died in 1976. The estate claimed EWF and Sony music failed to fork over any royalty payments for the last four decades ... all based on an alleged oral agreement Stepney had with White.

White has now fired back in court docs and is claiming there WAS NO oral agreement and he doesn't owe Stepney or his estate squat. White says EWF already paid Stepney in full for his services waaaaay back when he worked for them and never agreed to shell out for royalties.

White also claims that Stepney's estate (comprised of his children) has no right to sue over some alleged oral agreement that neither Stepney himself nor Stepney's late wife ever chose to sue over.

White is asking the lawsuit be dismissed entirely.

A judge has yet to rule.

52 COMMENTS

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31.

b003    

And there's no Jacksons involved in this?

795 days ago
32.

X    

Ummmmm, I can't get over the bad dye job with his eyebrows and beard...!

795 days ago
33.

Areader    

What's up with the eye brows and mustache???

795 days ago
34.

Jack Mehoff    

A verbal agreement? Where's the signed do***ents you plan on showing the court? What do you mean you have none? Case dismissed

794 days ago
35.

Billy    

What's up with the red painted goatee and eye brows? Man, that looks just plain silly.

794 days ago
36.

1uniquemonique    

EWF fame started around mid 70's and unfortunately Stepney died not long after the group start to stardom. How does the estate expect to be paid if he wasn't working for the group.

794 days ago
37.

Truth    

THAT IS MAURICE WHITE... DIRECT FROM GOOGLE PICS. http://goo.gl/yqCZc #TRUTH!!

794 days ago
38.

tonymurph211    

What irony name is White but dyes all his whites to make them look whatever that ugly color is

794 days ago
39.

Big Mamma Cornbread    

Royalties from sold music sung by E.W.F ....written by their father....give them their ROYALTIES right now ...E.W.W. always sung about fairness and equality....well...we are all waiting to hear the final court decision on this case.

794 days ago
40.

givemethetruth    

How is it that everyone thinks thats not Maurice? It's called "Google." Lol.. thats most definitely him! I hate the dyed eyebrows and mustache tho lol.

793 days ago
41.

Ted Bohannon    

Dis ***** got Kool-Aid eyebrows!

791 days ago
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