According to the Associated Press, James Sabatino, a former consultant for Combs’ Bad Boy Entertainment Inc., claims that the company owes him more than $19 million for music by the rapper.
In the suit, Sabatino said that he flew B.I.G. to Miami in 1994 to perform at a show and record some music. About 17 minutes of vocals were recorded by the rapper during the session, which was captured on 90 minutes of video footage. Sabrino believes that although a contract was never signed, it was understood that both belonged to Sabatino because he paid for the B.I.G.’s travel expenses and studio time.
According to the suit, Combs agreed later that year to pay Sabatino $200,000 for the recorded music and video footage.
Sabatino then received a check for $25,000 with a promise from Combs that the rest of the money would be paid in 60 days.
Sabatino is still awaiting payment.
Combs’ attorney did not immediately comment, the AP reports, adding that a listing for Sabatino’s attorney could not be found.
Sabatino, who is currently in prison, is seeking $19 million for both actual and punitive damages, according to the suit.