Janet Jackson has agreed to private meditation in order to settle an alleged debt she owes to her former management company.
According to documents obtained by Radar Online, the legendary singer filed paperwork in Los Angeles on October 24, informing the court that all parties have agreed to work out their issues by participating “in a private mediation.”
A status hearing on the matter was previously scheduled for May 22, 2024, so it’s expected that a deal will be worked out before then.
In January, Jackson was sued by the Creditors Adjustment Bureau over a $240k debt to business management firm Nigro Karlin Segal Feldstein & Bolno that had went into collections after its February 24, 2021 due date. The company is seeking the full amount owed, plus 10 percent interest.
After a few unsuccessful months of trying to track down the “All For You” singer, she was finally served in the U.K. in August.
In response, her lawyer denied all wrongdoing, telling Radar Online: “We have been working with a distant former manager who referred a bill to collections that was resolved years ago due some errors that were made with Ms. Jackson’s account. If the case was assigned for collections and they are suing as the assignee, they will be in for a big surprise as the claim is past the statute of limitations and was resolved years ago before the firm was bought out.”
In other news, Janet Jackson found herself caught in the crosshairs of some angry Nicki Minaj fans last month after posting a seemingly innocent photo that was taken as shade by the Barbz.
In September, the “Control” hitmaker took to Twitter with a throwback photo of herself in a white jacket, captioning it: “#fashhhionn.” Simply because Minaj was also wearing white on her recently-unveiled Pink Friday 2 cover, some of the Barbz took it as a slight and immediately filled Janet’s comments.
Seeing the drama, a Janet Jackson fan page replied to the post writing: “#janfam sees no shade here. She’s showing off her fashion.”
Janet herself replied with a heart, adding: “It’s a shame that people want to pit one artist against another.”
Catching the reply, Nicki retweeted it to her timeline, letting the Barbz know to stand down. “Icon. Legend. Royalty. The original definition of #ICanBeAllTheWayCoveredItsSTILLgivingSEXY,” she wrote.
Lil Kim is also a huge Janet Jackson fan, and made sure to give her all her flowers and then some when she filled in for Ludacris on one of the legendary singer’s Together Again tour stops in the spring.
The Queen Bee performed at the Allentown, Pennsylvania stop in mid-May – where she paid homage to Michael Jackson during her set. Afterward, Kim joined Janet backstage where she was moved to tears as she excitedly expressed her love for the “Rhythm Nation” star.
“She needs to know this,” Kim began. “First of all, I have to start from the beginning. Michael was my favorite, my number one. And then when Janet came, I said, ‘Oh hell no? You mean to tell me there’s a girl Michael?!’”
She continued: “When I tell you I was just in love from the moment I saw her. I always felt like we looked alike. I always felt we have the same energy. She just gets it. Superstar, talented, just everything! Beauty. And she always represented. And I’ma tell y’all right now — she is so pulled up, so graceful. But you know she can [fight]. That’s her secret. Don’t tell nobody! She be getting with it. She is with it. So I love it.
“She represented me, a hood girl! I’m from the hood. I knew I could rap, but I was like, I wanted to do something different. I didn’t want to be the normal rapper. I love MC Lyte, I love Salt-N-Pepa, I love Queen Latifah – but I was like, ‘I want to do something different! I want to be a rap Janet Jackson.’”
“Don’t play wit it!” Kim added. “Love her. There’s no one who understands the business and who can fight through the adversities and still remain poised, still hold that crown.”
Janet soon after returned the love, posting a selfie with Kim on Instagram and sharing some kind words. “Kim, thanks so much for filling in while Luda was out getting his much deserved star on the walk of fame,” she wrote. “Love u sis.”