Funk music star George Clinton has returned to court to try to resolve a lawsuit involving music royalties and a five-year-old eviction. In 1996, Armen Boladian of Bridgeport Music Inc. of Detroit, successfully sued for possession of the 200-acre Cambridge Township farm where Clinton lived. Boladian claimed he owned the property and Clinton owed nearly $1.2 million in rent for living there since 1985.
Last February, a Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that the case was not settled. Clinton claimed that an oral agreement existed that traded music royalties for payments on the farm.
Clinton’s attorneys are asking for damages for wrongful eviction and fraud and deception. They’re also seeking recovery of royalty payments in excess of lease payments owed to Boladian.
The attorneys have asked Boladian for an accounting of all finances involving Clinton’s music since 1982.
Attorneys are scheduled to meet again in three months.
Clinton, 61, gained fame in the 1960s and 1970s with the groups Parliament and Funkadelic. His hits include “One Nation Under a Groove” and “Atomic Dog.”