Former Temptations singer Barrington Henderson yesterday (Oct. 14) sued the famous soul group, its label, Motown Records, and group founder Otis Williams for allegedly failing to pay millions of dolla

Former Temptations singer Barrington Henderson yesterday (Oct. 14) sued the famous soul group, its label, Motown Records, and group founder Otis Williams for allegedly failing to pay millions of dollars in royalties owed him, his lawyer said.

Henderson, who was one of the group's lead singers for five years until he was fired in June, claims in the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court that he never received royalties for the albums "Awesome" and "Ear-resistible."

The lawsuit also alleges the Temptations, dubbed the "Emperors of Soul" and one of the top acts to emerge from Motown in the 1960s, continue to use Henderson's image and voice on merchandise, advertising and a group Web site to further their own success.

According to his lawyer, Brian Glicker, Henderson was fired in June despite promises he would continue to be the lead singer of the band. Henderson further alleges that during his employment with the group, the Temptations failed to make required social security payments on his behalf and that Williams, the group's only remaining original member, made defamatory and untrue statements about Henderson's ability to perform.

Shelly Berger, president of Star Direction, which has managed the band for 37 years, said the group had not yet been served with legal papers and declined to comment. Motown, which is owned by Vivendi Universal, also declined comment.


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