Billboard Music Awards’ Michael Jackson Hologram Producers Facing
There was much hype around the debut of the Michael Jackson hologram at last night’s 2014 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. Some of the hype was due to an injunction made by Hologram USA. Despite the request, the show went on. What many people didn’t know is that there was much more going on behind the curtain of this year’s Billboard Music Awards than there actually was on stage.
Even though the controversial holographic representation of Michael Jackson performed despite the request. Nevada court Judge Nancy J. Knoppe ordered last minute emergency access and lawyers from both sides entered the backstage area of MGM with court videographers.
According to sources the technology used for the Jackson hologram was indeed that owned by Alki David‘s Hologram USA and Musion Das Hologram, which directly contradicts Pulse Entertainment CEO John Textor’s claim to the court that it was not using the same technology.
To make matters worse, upon gaining access to the backstage it was discovered that James Rock, an ex-employee of Musion Das Hologram, was backstage working on the Michael Jackson hologram, despite the fact that Textor told the court Rock was not involved, and was not even in Las Vegas.
At that time, Textor went berserk and began to scream. Accounts from those on the scene told TV Mix that Textor screamed, “Get the f*ck out!”
Hologram USA’s attorney issued a statement:
“Pursuant to a court order issued Sunday afternoon, Hologram USA was able to inspect the equipment used by Defendants to produce the Michael Jackson hologram,” said Hologram USA’s attorney Ryan G. Baker of Baker Marquart. “Based on that inspection, which Defendants had earlier refused to permit, it is apparent that Defendants have infringed Plaintiffs’ patents. Plaintiffs will continue to take discovery to bring Defendants’ misdeeds out of the shadows and into the light.”
Legal experts say that the evidence of perjury may increase the awards made to Hologram USA by as much as three times and that the defendants are liable to criminal charges. The lawsuit was filed days ago against Textor and his Pulse Entertainment along with Prometheus Global Media, which owns Billboard, Dick Clark Productions and the Michael Jackson Estate.