Donny & Marie Osmond settle lawsuit with producer

Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:10pm EST
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By Eriq Gardner

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Donny and Marie Osmond have settled a lawsuit brought by the producer of their Las Vegas show, who accused the duo of breach of contract, unjust enrichment, fraud, and defamation.

Chip Lightman filed the lawsuit last month in Nevada and included some nasty allegations that the Osmonds were "underhanded, devious, fraudulent and greedy."

Specifically, the lawsuit alleged that the Osmonds engineered a "a plot to defraud the William Morris Agency" of its cut for negotiating their recent contract and that when Lightman stood in the way, he was axed.

The complaint said the Osmonds each are paid a base salary of $1.6 million and 40 percent of the gross box office from their Las Vegas show, but that Donny needed more to support a "lavish lifestyle of exotic cars, luxury hotel suites and private jets."

The matter has been put to rest now, as the parties have settled on undisclosed terms and Lightman has dismissed his complaint.

"I am pleased we were able to resolve this matter and am sorry that, in the heat of battle, comments may have been made that were hurtful to the Osmonds," Lightman says.

Donny Osmond says the dispute won't interfere with them working with Lightman again.

"My sister and I want to thank Chip Lightman for great contributions he made in launching our show at the Flamingo," he says. "We look forward to the opportunity to work with him again in the future.

(Editing by Zorianna Kit)

<p>Brother and sister duo, Donnie and Marie Osmond, host the Miss USA 2008 pageant at the Planet Hollywood hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada April 11, 2008. REUTERS/Steve Marcus</p>