R&B star Mary J. Blige was hit with a lawsuit on Thursday alleging the Grammy-winning singer had defaulted on a $500,000 loan – the second such legal action against her in three months.
According to the lawsuit filed by Bank of America in New York State Supreme Court, Blige took out the loan in 2005 and stopped making re-payments in June 2012.
Bank of America said Blige, who has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, now owes $511,324 in principal and interest on the loan, which it is seeking to recoup.
Blige’s publicist did not respond to request for comment on the latest lawsuit, which was follows legal action in November 2012 by Signature Bank over an alleged default on a $2.2 million bank loan by the singer and her husband.
The “Family Affair” singer’s charity, The Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now, was accused in 2012 of mishandling funds and cheating scholarship students.
Blige has attributed the problems at the charity to a former staffer at the foundation and pledged to make sure that grants and scholarships are paid out to send young women to college.
Mary was in LA at the Grammy where she responded to the rumors:
“There’s really nothing you can say about the negative things that are in the media about you,” Mary said. “All you can do is keep pushing, keep your head up and just let people be people. [Let] haters hate and just do what you do. Use all of that to fuel you to do something better