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    Default Ola Ray Sues the MJ Estate for "Thriller" Royalties

    EXCLUSIVE: Playboy cover girl and actress who played Michael Jackson's girlfriend in iconic Thriller music video to sue singer's estate for royalties following a new 3D version of the cult classic
    *Ola Ray, the actress in Michael Jackson's iconic Thriller music video, is set to sue the late singer's estate for royalties that she says she's owed
    *Director of the original music video, John Landis, premiered a 3D version of the cult classic at the Venice Film Festival on Monday
    *Ray, who modeled for Playboy and was Playmate of the Month in 1980, claims she is owed money for this new version
    *The 57-year-old says she is owed 2.5 percent of the total royalties from Thriller but has been paid less than $200,000 and lives below the poverty line
    *Optimum Productions re-released the 3D clip - a move that could make millions

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    A Playboy model who starred alongside Michael Jackson in Thriller is set to sue the singer's estate for millions in royalties.

    Ola Ray, 57, played the King of Pop's girlfriend in the 1983 cult classic music video, which has been viewed more than 437 million times on YouTube.

    The former Playboy centerfold, from Los Angeles, tells DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview she's owed 2.5 percent of the total royalties from Thriller for her role in the production.

    Ray claims she's been paid less than $200,000 in the 34 years since the iconic video was created and says she has been forced to live below the poverty line.

    She is speaking out after Optimum Productions released the clip in 3D form at the Venice Film Festival on Monday, and is about to sue for royalties based on the new version.

    Ray claims no one contacted her to let her know about the new film and was shunned from its world premiere as the company could make millions from the new version.

    She now plans to bring the long-simmering battle to an end by taking the case to court in a bid to get what she's owed.

    The mom-of-one said: 'I'm outraged, upset and in shock.

    'When I heard rumors about a possible 3D version I contacted the director and said, "We need to talk about this," but he never responded to my email.

    'They haven't tried to contact me or negotiate anything.

    'How do they think they can just do this without paying me?

    'These people are making millions of dollars out of me but all I have received over 30 years is $200,000.

    'They will make millions more out of this.

    'If I'm not getting paid, no one should be able to see it.

    Ray was in her early twenties when she beat hundreds of other hopefuls to play Jackson's girlfriend in the original Thriller, released in 1983.

    The 14-minute short went on to help MJ's Thriller album top the US chart for 37 weeks, selling a reputed 120 million copies and making it the best-selling record of all time.

    Ray says she was initially only paid $2,500 for her part in the video, which she admits she would have done 'for nothing'.

    But she claims MJ promised her 2.5 percent of the royalties from the Thriller film, which was the most expensive music video of its era with a budget of $500,000.

    In 2012 the ex-glamour model was awarded $75,000 for back payment of royalties following a court battle but $20,000 of that went to her attorney.

    Now Ray claims she should also be paid for the new 3D release of the video.

    Director John Landis, who also directed the original Thriller, said the new film uses the 'latest available technology' and boasts of the 'highest quality audio and visual experience'.

    Speaking at the Venice Film Festival, he also revealed that it is a preamble to bigger announcements and that two more Jackson legacy projects are to come.

    Ray added : 'I was so excited about being in Thriller. I knew it was really big.

    'I probably would have done it for nothing but Michael gave me a contract.

    'Despite what I was promised I ended up having to raise my daughter, who is now 22, basically on welfare.

    'I have had to live below my means and in poverty because of this.

    'If I had been receiving the money I should have received my life would be drastically different.

    'They are trying to be sneaky again, but I really, truly believe that I will get what's owed to me this time around.'

    Attorney Scott Cole, who is advising Ray, said: 'It's shameful Ms. Ray wasn't invited and welcomed with open arms at the Venice festival.

    'Ms. Ray had a central role in this iconic production.

    'Shutting her out of her full royalties all these years hardly honors the memory of Michael or the spirit of the relevant contracts.'

    Last month a jury ruled that Quincy Jones, who produced the Thriller album, was owed $9.4million in royalties and fees by Michael Jackson's estate.

    The estate had contended that Jones was owed just $392,000.

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    Default Re: Ola Ray who played in iconic Thriller video to sue MJ's estate for royalties! v. 2017

    Saw it coming. Last month she was complaining on her facebook page that they didn't let her know about Thriller 3D.
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    Default Re: Ola Ray who played in iconic Thriller video to sue MJ's estate for royalties! v. 2017

    She saw Quincy got his so now it is her turn.


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    'These people are making millions of dollars out of me but all I have received over 30 years is $200,000.
    Come on Ola no one is watching Thriller because of you.
    No offense.

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    Default Re: Ola Ray who played in iconic Thriller video to sue MJ's estate for royalties! v. 2017

    So, did she expect to do Thriller, then never have to work again??? WTF??? I'm not saying she isn't owed something, but it's the attitude, like she's living in poverty only because she hasn't been paid for royalties? Get a job!

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    Default Re: Ola Ray who played in iconic Thriller video to sue MJ's estate for royalties! v. 2017

    Well, as Tmez said, "Why work when you can sue Michael Jackson". Or his estate in this case.

    2.5 percent of the royalites eh? I suppose this is another case of no-one hearing the conversation and no documentation to prove it. It's getting old.
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    Default Re: Ola Ray who played in iconic Thriller video to sue MJ's estate for royalties! v. 2017

    Did they present a contract when she won the 75K or did they just settle? I thought it would have been a nice gesture to fly her in for this, but apparently, there is still bad blood there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SarahJ View Post
    Well, as Tmez said, "Why work when you can sue Michael Jackson". Or his estate in this case.

    2.5 percent of the royalites eh? I suppose this is another case of no-one hearing the conversation and no documentation to prove it. It's getting old.

    If i was the Estate she need to show a contract that she is suppose to get this amount you could be right a conversation nobody heard.


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    Quote Originally Posted by #MJforever57 View Post
    If i was the Estate she need to show a contract that she is suppose to get this amount you could be right a conversation nobody heard.
    I just read elsewhere that she was a SAG member, and it was established in the last court case that she was the lead actress in the short film by SAG. So under her SAG contract, she would get royalties.

    She probably should be getting royalties from all the video views too.

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    So, did she expect to do Thriller, then never have to work again??? WTF??? I'm not saying she isn't owed something, but it's the attitude, like she's living in poverty only because she hasn't been paid for royalties? Get a job!
    Ridiculous, isn't it? Maybe Ola should have looked at how much MJ worked after Thriller. He didn't try to live of that one video for the rest of his life.

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    Default Re: Ola Ray who played in iconic Thriller video to sue MJ's estate for royalties! v. 2017

    Ola Ray stop working after Thriller for personal reason you can read it here:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/entertain...ticle-1.374275

    So basically she is planning to live off the royalties why work. Ola said she would had did this for nothing but sense Michael promised her 2.5 percent of the royalties that change.


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    I don't know what her contract stated so I can't say anything good or bad..
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    Default Re: Ola Ray who played in iconic Thriller video to sue MJ's estate for royalties! v. 2017

    If she has a contract that entitles her to receive royalties, then she should get them. If not, then not. Isn't it as easy as that?
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    Default Re: Ola Ray who played in iconic Thriller video to sue MJ's estate for royalties! v. 2017

    It say that Ola was paid through Screen Actors Guild (SAG) so do not know if this is who she has her contract with.


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    Default Re: Ola Ray who played in iconic Thriller video to sue MJ's estate for royalties! v. 2017

    Smh WHEN WILL THIS ISH STOP!!!!!!!??

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