'C'est dur, dur' to be ripped off by your parents

20th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 20, 2006 (AFP) - A French teenager who had a hit record at the age of just four with 'It's so tough to be a baby' says he was robbed by his producer father who has left him with almost nothing from his mega earnings.

PARIS, March 20, 2006 (AFP) - A French teenager who had a hit record at the age of just four with 'It's so tough to be a baby' says he was robbed by his producer father who has left him with almost nothing from his mega earnings.

Jordy sold six million albums at the age of four following his hit 'Dur Dur d'Etre Un Bebe' but sparked a huge polemic about child labour with many considering he was being exploited by his parents.

Amid the controversy he was banned from French radio and television effectively ending his career, and his parents Patricia and Claude Lemoine subsequently divorced.

But having turned 18 in January, the youngster who is trying to make a comeback says in his autobiography published Thursday that he found out to his horror there was virtually not a cent left from his record sales.

"There have been no transfers corresponding to the huge royalties from the sales of my albums, or the hundreds of concerts I gave in France and abroad, nor the indirect rights for using my image," he says in extracts from his book 'I'm not a baby' published in a weekly magazine.

The day of his 18th birthday, Jordy says he was told by his lawyer: "Your father's company is in compulsory liquidation. All the apartment blocks are mortgaged and you are not at the top of the list of debtors."

Even though his father had under the law supposedly been obliged to pay revenues into a special account frozen until his 18th birthday, Jordy says he "realised that my father had robbed me and lied to me for years".

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Subject: French news

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