Quincy Jones

Jury awards producer Quincy Jones $9.4 million in dispute with Michael Jackson estate

Jury awards producer Quincy Jones $9.4 million in dispute with Michael Jackson estate

Quincy Jones met a 19-year-old Michael Jackson during the filming of 1978’s “The Wiz,” which would lead to one of the most fruitful partnerships in pop music.

But over the last two weeks, that working relationship was at the center of a $30-million lawsuit that pitted the producer against the estate of the singer he affectionately called “Smelly.”

On Wednesday, a jury determined that Jones was owed $9.4 million after a civil case in Los Angeles Superior Court in which the producer alleged that a breach of contract over agreements dating to the 1970s and ’80s had shorted him out of millions in royalties.

Jones and Jackson worked on three acclaimed records — “Off the...

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