Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Ola Ray brought a breach of contract lawsuit against the King of Pop and the production company that worked on the Thriller music video in May of 2009, about a month before the Jackson's untimely death. Apparently, Ray starred as an extra in the music video and claimed that the production company still owed her money for her work. The executors of Jackson's estate reached a settlement agreement with her, agreeing to pay her $55,000 for her work and $20,000 to her legal team.
See TMZ Staff, MJ Estate Coughed Up $55,000 To Pay Off 'Thriller' Chick, TMZ, Jan. 4, 2013; see also Michael Jackson Estate Settles Lawsuit With Thriller Music Video, The Indy Channel, Jan. 6, 2013.
Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.