Lawyers for dancehall icon, Bounty Killer, have filed a lawsuit in the High Court Justice in London in the UK, against British national Othman Mukhlis in a dispute over the withholding of royalties collected on behalf of the Jamaican artiste.
In the lawsuit, Bounty Killer has claimed that Mukhlis and his company, Jamdown Music Limited, collected over 325,000 pounds in royalties since 2002 and that the sums were never paid over to him.
The money allegedly owed is over Ja$70 million when converted.
Details concerning the outstanding royalty were reportedly discovered by Bounty Killer’s former manager Julian Jones-Griffith, who brought it to the entertainer’s attention.
The artiste moved to retain lawyers in the US and UK who investigated the matter and reportedly found statements and payments for over 325,000 pounds that were never paid to the artiste.
Mukhlis, a British national, is known in the entertainment circle in Jamaica via his music publishing company, Abood Music.
Bounty Killer whose given name is Rodney Basil Price has also claimed in court documents that when agreeing to allow Mukhlis to collect his royalties for a 15-per cent commission, Mukhlis made a “fraudulent misrepresentation” which means the agreement should be rescinded.
In addition to the agreement being rescinded, Bounty Killer is also seeking an order from the UK High Court that Mukhlis and Jamdown fully account for and pay him all royalties reportedly collected but allegedly not turned over to the artiste.
The dancehall star is also seeking interest over the 20-year period and legal costs.
Efforts to contact Mukhlis and his lawyers were unsuccessful. However, it’s understood that Mukhlis is denying the allegations contained in Bounty Killer’s lawsuit.
The lawsuit lists Mukhlis as the first defendant who describes himself at Companies House as a record manager.
The second defendant (Jamdown) is a company incorporated in England and Wales on September 11, 1997.
The lawsuit says Mukhlis is and has always been the sole director of, sole shareholder in and person with overall control of Jamdown.
The third defendant (Abood) is a company incorporated in England and Wales on July 16, 2001. It describes its nature of business at Companies House as sound recording and music publishing activities.
According to Court documents, Mukhlis has since 24 June 2004 been the sole director of, sole shareholder in and person with overall control of Abood.