Stevie Wonder has reached a settlement with the wife of his late entertainment attorney – who accused the musician of screwing her out of millions in royalties.
Docs have been filed in the case explaining Stevie and Susan Strack are working to finalize a long-term settlement agreement that they will present to the court by the end of the month.
the Jasmine Brand reports that back in 2015, Susan, the widow of Stevie’s late attorney Johanan Vigoda, sued the musician accusing him of screwing her out of royalties owed to her husband.
Vigoda represented Wonder for 4 decades and per their deal, Stevie was to pay a 6% fee for all revenue brought in for his entire career, which was to transfer to his family when he passed. When Wonder ceased making royalty payments, Susan sued him for $7 million.
Stevie initially demanded that her suit be tossed because he never agreed to pay Vigoda’s family any cut after he passed. He also noted that he could not read many of his attorney’s contracts – due to him being blind – and accused Vigoda of adding provisions in the deals without telling him.
Stevie and Susan have reportedly finalized a deal to bring the legal battle to an end.
Meanwhile, Stevie Wonder has been tapped to give the keynote address at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ annual ASCAP I Create Music expo next month in Los Angeles.