By Jon Wiederhorn
Considering she's in the middle of trying to sort out tax debts of over $3.4 million, the last thing Mary J. Blige needed was to be sued for $145,000 for canceling a concert.
Vision Entertainment Worldwide (VEW) has sued Blige and her production company for breach of contract because the singer canceled a December 9, 2012 gig in Dallas just a few days before the show.
VEW says it paid Blige $145,000 as a deposit to perform, and since she canceled the show it wanted the cash back. VEW claims Blige blew nixed the show because she got a better offer, a gig opening for the Rolling Stones on December 8 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
But Blige’s publicist told TMZ that VEW’s breach of contract suit is without merit. "Mary J did not breach any contract for a Dallas concert last December," said her publicist Karynne Tencer. "Any claim to the contrary is false."
Whatever the result of the VEW situation, Blige has deeper waters to navigate. The state of New Jersey recently hit Blige with a $900,000 fine for back taxes. And that’s nothing compared to what she allegedly owes the IRS.
In May, the IRS filed a federal tax lien against Blige, saying she failed to pay $574,707.30 in 2009, $2,203,743.53 in 2010 and $647,604.60 in 2011. In total, The IRS claims Blige is in the hole for $3,426,255.43.
In addition to her tax woes, Blige was sued for allegedly defaulting on a $2.2 million bank loan, and her charity, The Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now, is being accused of taking out a $250,000 loan it never paid back.
It’s looking more and more like "My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act 2)," the supposedly upcoming follow-up to 2011’s "My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act 1)" will have to feature scenes that take place in court and maybe even behind bars.