Michael Jackson’s estate hit with $1 billion lawsuit

Kimberley Griggs says she had 'an intimate relationship' with the singer and inspired many of his biggest hits

Michael Jackson‘s estate is being sued for over $1 billion (£650 million) by a woman who claims to have inspired many of his biggest hits.

Kimberley Griggs filed the handwritten lawsuit suit earlier this week in San Diego, California, reports US gossip website TMZ.

According to Griggs, she had an “intimate relationship” with Jackson in 1979. She then goes on to suggest that he detailed the alleged romance on albums including ‘Thriller’, ‘Bad’ and ‘Dangerous’.

Her lawsuit indicates that she believes the star exposed her personal secrets and promised to give her the rights to the tracks. Jackson’s estate have issued no comment on the lawsuit as yet.

Earlier this week, a previously unreleased Michael Jackson song named ‘Don’t Be Messin’ Round’ surfaced online. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to hear it.

The track was officially released in the US on June 5 and is set to feature on the forthcoming reissue of the late singer’s 1987 album ‘Bad’. A UK date is yet to be set. It was recorded with engineer Brent Averill during sessions for the original album but it never appeared on the record.

The ‘Bad 25’ deluxe package, which will also feature unseen live footage taken from Jackson’s performance at Wembley Stadium in 1988, is due to be released in the UK on September 18. It’s the first full re-release of an album from his catalogue since his death in 2009.

A controversial posthumous album of demos and previously unreleased tracks was released in 2010. The album entitled ‘Michael’ was slammed by members of the late singer’s family, who alleged that Sony Music had not used genuine Michael Jackson vocals on the record.

A letter written by the late singer in which he complains of not being able to sleep was also recently withdrawn from an auction at the request of his ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley.

The note was set to be included in a Music Icons auction at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California, on June 23 and 24.