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You don’t have to be rich to be Prince’s girl, but you might have to be rich to pay his legal bills. High-profile entertainment attorney Ed McPherson of McPherson Rane filed suit against former client Prince and several of his enterprises on Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, claiming the artist failed to pay nearly $50,000 in legal fees. According to the suit, McPherson represented Prince — initially identified as Prince Rogers Nelson in the filing — beginning in April 2009. McPherson defended the musician against a suit filed by his former agent, Vigiliano Associates, for breach of contract after Prince allegedly failed to pay commissions for a book deal. McPherson also represented Prince in a lawsuit against an attorney who represented the singer in an earlier real estate transaction. That suit alleged fraud, according to McPherson’s complaint. That complaint alleges that McPherson made “countless attempts” to collect his fees, but that Prince failed to pay or even respond to his requests. McPherson informed Prince that he would no longer work on his behalf until he was paid, according to the complaint. Representatives for Prince indicated that the bill would be paid, but no payment has been made, it says. “We did everything possible to reach out to him to avoid having to commence litigation, but he was completely nonresponsive,” McPherson said in an e-mail message. “Plaintiff has performed legal services on defendants’ behalf in an exemplary manner; every single charge made by plaintiff was both reasonable and necessary,” the complaint reads. The suit also names Paisley Park Enterprises Inc. and NPG Records Inc., as defendants. It seeks $49,987.74.

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