Justin Timberlake sued by documentary filmmaker over 2012 film deal
Justin Timberlake is being sued by a documentary filmmaker who claims the singer breached a collaborative film deal on the making of his 2013 album The 20/20 Experience.
John Urbano claims the award-winning artist proposed that the documentary be made in 2012 without prior approval from his label, but subsequently failed to fulfill his obligations in the joint venture.
Legal documents filed in Los Angeles indicate that although Timberlake was initially reduced to “tears” by the documentary, his interest in the project faded and he later “distanced himself” from Urbano.
“Instead of fulfilling his obligations to the joint venture, Mr. Timberlake took no action to promote, market and sell The Making of the 20/20 Experience,” the documents say.
“Mr. Timberlake increasingly distanced himself from the project and his partner – often using a network of agents, managers and managers to interact with Mr. Urbano.”
The lawsuit seeks to compensate Urbano for the financial losses he claims he suffered after the deal was broken.
The album was nominated for a Grammy in 2013 for Best Pop Vocal Album, as part of The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience compilation.
It debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 charts.