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Report: 'Thriller' actress Ola Ray paid $75,000 in royalties dispute
By Billboard Staff,  Billboard

Ola Ray, who played Michael Jackson's terrorized girlfriend in his iconic "Thriller" video, settled a long-simmering royalties dispute with the singer's estate last year for $75,000.

According to TMZ, the former Playboy Playmate received $55,000 of the payout, with the rest going to her attorney.

Bing: The making of 'Thriller' video

Ray filed a lawsuit against Jackson's estate in May 2009, just a month before the pop icon died, claiming unpaid royalties. The actress-model had made it known for years that she was not compensated much for the John Landis-directed video, released in 1983.

"Everyone thinks I made millions," she told the U.K.'s Sunday Mirror in late 2008. "But I don't care ... I wouldn't change a thing."

Landis also filed a lawsuit against the estate concerning profits on the video. In August of last year, the estate told the Hollywood Reporter that an amicable settlement had been reached. Though the terms of the deal have remained confidential, Landis and producer George Folsey Jr. had alleged they were owed $2.3 million.

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11Comments
Jan 4, 2013 6:04PM
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What idiot said on here that  Thriller was a cheesy song and video ? You need to check yourself Mr. Shin , Thriller still is and will always be one of the best videos ever made and song ever recorded.The wackness you hear on the radio now can't top one Heuy  Lewis And The News hit in the 80's and i just thought of that group off the top of my head.You probably pay for Justin Beiver tickets,and cant wait till Rhianna come to your town..chump.
Jan 4, 2013 5:56PM
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she was such a sexy woman, hope this helps her through her life!
Jan 4, 2013 2:59PM
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MAYBE THATS A GOOD THING, FROM WHAT HAS BEEN REPORTED IN THE NEWS, SHE TURNED INTO A CRACKHEAD. mAYBE IT WAS DEVINE INTERVENTION.
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What a painfully cheesy song/video; it definitely hasn't aged well.
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