The London High Court ruled Tuesday that singer George Michael cannot get out of his recording contract with Sony, and the pop star decried the decision as upholding "professional slavery."
The stubble-faced former "Wham!" star, whose debut solo album "Faith" sold 14 million copies worldwide, had vowed that even if he lost the case he would never record with Sony again. He said he will appeal the ruling.High Court Judge Jonathan Parker ruled that the 30-year-old singer's $12 million contract with Sony was not a restraint of trade as Michael had claimed. Parker called the contract "reasonable and fair."
"I am convinced that the English legal system will not support Mr. Justice Parker's decision or uphold what is effectively professional slavery," Michael told reporters after the ruling.
Sony Music Entertainment issued a statement saying: "We have great respect for George Michael and his artistry, and look forward to continuing our relationship with him."
The judge did not rule on awarding costs to either side.