Michael Jackson’s Pinoy designer sued for non-payment of commission

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

July 10, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Nestor “Zaldy” Goco, a favorite designer for music celebrities like Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and Gwen Stefani is being sued for allegedly owing more than $480,000 in commission to two creative talents.

Court records obtained from Courthouse News shows that Goco signed a four-year contract with creative consultant Christopher Demers and choreographer Travis Payne in July 2009, a month after Michael Jackson died.

Demers and Payne claim that under the deal, they are entitled to 20 percent of Goco’s gross earnings derived from related Jackson’s tours.

The two plaintiffs claim that they served as Goco’s managers and assisted him in getting work from the Jackson estate.

Goco was contracted to design costumes for the late King of Pop’s “This is It” tour. The pieces were then incorporated in an ongoing Michael Jackson memorabilia worldwide tour.

In a verified complaint filed in a New York court, the plaintiffs allege that Goco has stonewalled every time they sought payment for their services.

Demers and Payne estimate that Goco earned up to $2.4 million and owes them between $280,000 and $480,000 in commission.

The plaintiffs are seeking for an accounting, money earned and costs.

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