A former member of soul sensations The Temptations is suing the group, MOTOWN RECORDS and group founder OTIS WILLIAMS for unpaid royalties.

BARRINGTON HENDERSON, who was fired from the MY GIRL group in June (03), alleges he never received royalty payments for two albums, AWESOME and EAR-RESISTIBLE.

He also accuses the band of continuing to use his image and voice on merchandise, advertising and their website.

Henderson's lawyer BRIAN GLICKER claims the singer was sacked despite being promised he would continue to be the lead vocalist, and that the group failed to provide required social security payments on his behalf.

It is also alleged that Williams - who is now the only remaining original member of the band - made defamatory remarks about Henderson's performing abilities.

Glicker says, "Williams said Henderson did not hit the right notes."

SHELLY BERGER, president of STAR DIRECTION, who have managed the band for 37 years, said the group had not yet been served with legal papers and declined to comment.

Motown, which is owned by VIVENDI UNIVERSAL, also declined to comment on the allegations.

15/10/2003 13:41