After a ruling in the Minnesota Federal Court on Monday, an engineer has been ordered to pay Prince’s estate almost $4 Million for attempting to release an unauthorized EP of songs by the late musician.
In 2017, a man named George Ian Boxill attempted to release the Deliverance EP, a collection of songs he said he co-wrote and co-produced with Prince from 2006 to 2008. The project was scheduled to come out on April 21, 2017, to mark the one-year anniversary of Prince’s death.
Before the project was released, however, the Prince estate sued George Boxill, claiming that he breached a confidentiality agreement that stipulated the recordings would “remain Prince’s sole and exclusive property.”
In 2018, after the estate was granted a restraining order to stop the EP’s release, an arbitrator ruled in favor of the Prince‘s estate, ordering George Ian Boxill to pay $3,960,287.65 for damages, costs, and lawyers’ fees.
This week, a Minnesota judge has upheld the ruling, confirming that Boxill will have to pay the estate nearly $4 million in damages, as well as returning all recordings he made with the late singer.
In a statement to Variety, Troy Carter, the entertainment advisor to the Prince Estate, said, “Prince was an exceptionally talented musician. The estate protects the music Prince created aggressively and is pleased with the award against Mr. Boxill.”