"Purple Rain" artist Prince sued by former lawyers

Wed Mar 2, 2011 1:22pm EST
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Musician Prince is being sued by his former lawyers who say he owes them more than $700,000, according to court documents.

The firm, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, said in documents filed in Manhattan Supreme Court Tuesday that Prince -- whose real name is Prince Rogers Nelson -- paid only $125,000 for their legal services during Prince's divorce and three other court cases in California, New York and Ireland.

"The Nelson Parties have failed to pay an additional $708,687.04 due to PBWT," court documents said. "PBWT has repeatedly but unsuccessfully requested payment from the Nelson Parties."

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler and Prince's Minnesota-based Paisley Park Studios were unavailable for comment.

In 2006, Prince was sued by basketball player Carlos Boozer after Prince added, among other things, purple-colored stripes to the exterior of a home the musician was renting from Boozer for $70,000 a month.

(Reporting by Bernd Debusmann Jr.; Editing by Michelle Nichols and Jerry Norton)

<p>Musician Prince performs on stage at Yas Arena in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi November 14, 2010. REUTERS/Jumana El-Heloueh</p>