Blige sued for defaulting on loan

Last updated 15:02 29/11/2012
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SUED: Mary J Blige has been hit with a lawsuit alleging the Grammy winner and her husband defaulted on a US$2.2 million (NZ$2.67m) bank loan.

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R&B star Mary J Blige has been hit with a lawsuit alleging the Grammy winner and her husband defaulted on a US$2.2 million (NZ$2.67m) bank loan.

According to court documents filed in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan on Wednesday (US time, Thursday NZ time), Signature Bank is seeking to recoup the original loan plus US$58,000 (NZ$70,000) in interest.

Blige, 41, who has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, and her husband Martin Isaacs took out the loan in October 2011 and defaulted in July 2012, the suit alleges.

Blige's publicist declined comment on the lawsuit. The singer's lawyer did not immediately return a request to comment.

The lawsuit also names Blige's production company, Mary Jane Productions.

The lawsuit is the latest financial headache for the New York City native. The Family Affair singer's charity, The Mary J Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now, was accused earlier in this year of mishandling funds and cheating scholarship students.

Blige acknowledged the problems in a June interview.

"The lives of young women are at stake," the singer told Reuters when asked about the allegations.

"I feel what they feel. I don't want them to suffer. I promised them something and I'm gonna deliver. Period."

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