Singer Luis Miguel settles million dollar debt case in Los Angeles


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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Luis Miguel, the balladeer known as “El Sol de Mexico”, has settled a legal battle over a $ 1 million debt he was ordered to pay his former manager and to his lawyers, according to legal documents filed in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

The Grammy Award winner had spent a brief time behind bars on May 2 when he was arrested for failure to appear at court hearings and then released on bail.

A federal judge in Los Angeles ruled earlier this year that Miguel’s 2013 Rolls-Royce could be seized to help satisfy the $ 1 million judgment against Miguel by a US judge in New York, court documents show .

The judgment arose out of a breach of contract lawsuit filed against Miguel by his former manager, William Brockhaus, and included money he owed Brockhaus and legal fees. The case was then transferred to federal court in California.

Miguel was scheduled to appear in Los Angeles federal court on Thursday for debtor questioning. But in court documents filed Wednesday, lawyers for both sides said a deal was reached so the hearing was called off.

Lawyers for Miguel and Brockhaus did not respond to calls on Wednesday.

Deputy US Marshal Matthew Cordova said by phone that he could not immediately confirm whether his agency had taken custody of Miguel’s Rolls-Royce. The Marshals Service had previously been involved in the plaintiffs’ efforts to seize the luxury car.

Brockhaus attorney Amy Messigian in court documents filed May 5 detailed her attempts to locate the Rolls Royce. Miguel was constantly on the move between his home in Los Angeles and hotels in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and elsewhere, she wrote.

Miguel, the Mexican son of Spanish singer Luisito Rey, is one of the biggest stars in Spanish-speaking music. He rose to fame with hits such as “Uno + Uno Dos Enamorados” and “La Incondicional” (The Unconditional).

His concerts were sold out in Latin America and Europe.

He rarely sings in English but recorded “Come Fly with Me” as a duet with Frank Sinatra in the 1990s.

Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Peter Cooney

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