Composer and producer Leb M has reportedly been ordered to pay his ex-wife Nandi Ndlovu-Goodjohn’s legal costs following a royalties lawsuit The Lion King song, reports Sunday World.
LEBO M AGREES TO PAY LEGAL FEES OF NANDI NDLOVA-GUJON
The publication reports that the US Court of Appeal ordered Lebo M to pay nearly 500,000 rand in legal fees. These are the costs Ndlovu-GoodJohn incurred in 2021 when she defeated him in a 10-year court battle over royalties The Lion King.
Lebo M was ordered to pay 40% of his monthly gross earnings from his ex-wife, whom he married after divorcing his first wife, Vivica Gibson. But, according to the publication, in 2017 he filed for bankruptcy in America.
“If any of the monthly payments to be made by Lebohang Morake Nandi Ndlovu-GoodJohn are more than 30 days late, then the full agreed amount of US$350,000 (R5.9 million) owed less any payments that were made are payable,” said the Supreme Court’s decision.
In addition, GoodJohn was to receive a monthly sum of $100,000 (R1.9 million rand) from Lebo M, which later accumulated to $350,000 due to his non-payment.
BECAUSE M SAYS HE DOESN’T KNOW ABOUT THE COURT
The case was reportedly heard by the court on July 22, 2022, and his appeal was dismissed as “frivolous”. However, Leba M claims that he does not know about this.
“I will check with my lawyers if they are aware of such a sentence,” he told the newspaper in response to a question.
On the other hand, Ndlovu GoodJohn said she hopes it will inspire people not to give up.
“Honestly, I don’t have much to say about it, but I want to inspire everyone who is about to give up to not lose hope,” she said.
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IS THERE A “LIBEL COMPANY” AGAINST THE COMPOSER?
On July 19, Lebo M took to social media to open up about his “angry, bitter ex.” Although he later deleted the posts, he accused his ex of starting a “smear campaign” against him after the woman allegedly flooded his Instagram with sad comments.
However, during his interview on Podcast and Chill with MacG and Sol Phenduka on July 21, he revealed that the “angry, bitter ex” is Nandi Ndlovu-GoodJohn.
Lebo M claimed that she was behind the negative reports about him in partnership with a journalist named Theo. According to him, the goal is to always derail his positive work by portraying him as a serial husband or a “villain.”
Elaborating further, he said it all started when their son Thembalethu died in 2003 when he was just 14 months old.
“In 2006 I found out my son had been murdered and when I got the investigators involved she was fighting the investigation because she was basically negligent.
“She left my 14-month-old son with a girl she had just hired and went to a party with her lover…she was in a relationship with a girl who worked for me and I didn’t know. Londi was her lover then. So then it becomes a motive,” he explained.
He further explained that Nandi questioned their son’s nanny for 10 minutes on Sunday, the nanny started work on Monday and their son died the same week on Friday. At the time, he said he was out of the country.
He also denied reports that his son had drowned in the pool, saying that his son had been killed. However, Leba M claims that Nandi fought him (even in court) over their son’s death because she does not want to accept the negligent role she played in his death.