Funk legend Sly Stone has won a $5 million (£3.1 million) lawsuit against a former manager and attorney after they deprived him of royalties from his songs for years.
The Sly and the Family Stone star hit ex-manager Gerald Goldstein and former attorney Glenn Stone with the lawsuit in 2010, claiming the two urged him to sign an employment and shareholder agreement with Even Street Productions in the late 1980s.
Stone, real name Sylvester Stewart, alleges Goldstein and Stone instead used the contract to divert millions of dollars in royalties to their own accounts, leaving the singer unable to receive the money that was due to him over the course of 11 years.
On Tuesday (27Jan15), a Los Angeles Superior Court jury ruled in favour of the Everyday People hitmaker, awarding the musician a total of $5 million. Bosses at Even Street Productions must hand over $2.5 million (£1.6 million) in damages, while Goldstein pays up $2.45 million (£1.5 million) and attorney Stone hands over $50,000 (£31,250).