R&B singer Mary J. BLIGE is facing further financial troubles as bank bosses in America have accused her of failing to pay back a $500,000 (£312,500) loan.

Bank of America bosses filed a lawsuit in New York accusing Blige of defaulting on the payout, claiming she took out the loan in 2005 but stopped making payments in 2011.

The paperwork, filed at Manhattan Supreme Court, demands she pay back the full total plus interest, according to the New York Post.

The lawsuit comes just months after Blige was accused of owing millions of dollars to another finance house - bosses at America's Signature Bank have also sued over claims the singer defaulted on a $2.2 million (£1.4 million) payout last summer (12).