March 22, 2006
Too Much Purple for Boozer
The artist formerly known as "the artist formerly known as Prince" has gotten into some difficulty with his landlord, NBA star and Utah Jazz forward Carlos Boozer. Boozer filed suit in January claiming that Prince violated his $70,000 a month lease of a Los Angeles mansion by "painting the exterior of the [house] with purple striping, Prince symbol and numbers 3121" and installing monogrammed purple carpeting in the master bedroom and a water system "for beauty salon chairs" in a downstairs bedroom. According to TheSmokingGun which posted a copy of Boozer's complaint, the lawsuit has been dropped for now but could be refiled. Following in the footsteps of Willy Wonka, Prince has also placed 7 presumably purple tickets in copies of his newly released "3121" CD, entitling the buyer to a private concert in his home -- but maybe not in the purple striped mansion, under the circumstances.
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