The controversial glam-rocker claims Universal Music Publishing owe him money dating back to 1993...

Gary Glitter has issued a writ against UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING at the HIGH COURT in LONDON, claiming that they made excessive profits from his songs and owe him money from as far back as 1993.

Suing under his real name, Paul Francis Gadd, he has issued a writ – along with two companies, Aptdale and Machmain, both of London, which own a catalogue of songs – against Universal seeking unspecified damages. However, the writ indicates that the claim is valued by lawyers at more than #50,000.

The writ alleges that since Universal entered into agreements with Glitter and the two companies in 1996 and 1997, it has wrongfully reduced the amount of money paid to them by accounting for it incorrectly.

Alternatively, it alleges that Universal has reduced the money Glitter and the companies should have been paid by deducting excessive amounts as retentions for local publishers on songs published overseas.

Glitter and Machmain, which runs his “professional affairs”, say they are entitled to money from Universal‘s exploitation of their catalogue of songs. Aptdale claims it is entitled to money from a catalogue of songs written by other composers and authors, for which Universal pays royalties.

Glitter and the companies accuse Universal of acting in breach of agreements and its duties, and in wrongly interpreting an agreement which led to the payment of incorrect amounts of money. They also claim that Universal entered into unfair arrangements with overseas publishing companies and Universal wrongly refused to account for money owed to them correctly.

They say that, as a result, their income has been reduced and they are entitled to an account of money due to them, or an inquiry into damages they allege. They are trying to recover money allegedly due to them dating back to October 21, 1993.