Prince and NBA star in breach of contract/lease dispute

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Bill Sjostrom, Prince and NBA star in breach of contract/lease dispute, Truth on the Market (March 21, 2006),

The Smoking Gun is reporting that Prince and Utah Jazz forward Carlos Boozer are involved in a property dispute over a leased West Hollywood mansion. Apparently, Prince performed unauthorized modifications to the property owned by the C Booz Multifamily I LLC. The suit alleges design updates including “painting the exterior of the [house] with purple striping, ‘prince’ symbol, and numbers 3121.” Prince’s new album, “3121,” is scheduled for release tomorrow. Other noted renovations mentioned: purple monogrammed carpet was installed in the master bedroom and plumbing and piping was added in the downstairs bedroom “for water transfer for beauty salon chairs.” Prince is also scheduled to perform a concert at the property as part of a promotion for his upcoming album.

The Boozer company filed its lawsuit two months after hand-delivering a “three day notice to cure or quit” to the Sierra Alta Way property. Prince’s legal counsel denied the allegations and pointed out that rent of $70,000 was accepted in December and January. In February, a month after the complaint was filed, an attorney for the Boozer company sought the suit’s dismissal, which was approved by the court. The dismissal was granted “without prejudice,”, thus allowing the suit to be re-filed later. Likely the modifications were made in conjunction with the planned concert promotion, and Mr. Boozer is waiting until after the performance is given to allow Prince reasonable time to cure the alterations and thereby return the property to its original state before reinitiating the lawsuit.

Click here for a copy of the complaint.

[post written by my RA, Ron Taylor]