A British film director and several British production companies claim they are owed more than $300,000 for their work on a Madonna concert special, and now they're reportedly taking the iconic pop star to court to collect.
In a suit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, three plaintiffs seek payment for directing and production fees accrued during the pre-production and production phases of a television special documenting the Material Girl's 2004 Re-Invention World Tour, according to The Associated Press.
Director Hamish Hamilton — who worked on the "Madonna Live: Drowned World Tour 2001" DVD — and production firm the Rude Corporation allege that the singer has refused to pay them $175,000 in outstanding directing and production fees.
The final project aired on European television, and included concert footage from Madonna's shows in New York, Florida, Nevada, California, France and England.
In addition, Done and Dusted, Ltd., another British production house, claims it is owed $155,000 in related expenses racked up while working on the two-hour special.
All three plaintiffs claim Madonna commissioned the work and has acknowledged the fact that she owes them the money. "Madonna refuses to pay Mr. Hamilton his $175,000 director's fee and refuses to reimburse Done and Dusted, Ltd. $175,000 for expenses incurred," the suit reads. "Defendants have failed and refuse, and continue to fail and refuse to pay ... the fee owed."
The singer's camp had no comment on the lawsuit.
Madonna's Re-Invention Tour was 2004's top grosser (see "Madonna's Tour Biggest Grosser Of The Year"), raking in $125 million. All but one of the trek's 56 dates sold out, and the concerts averaged $2.23 million a night. Madonna bested Prince's Musicology tour take by nearly $35 million.