Pop world battle

The latest pop world clash heading for the High Court is between chart-topping girl group All Saints and their former manager John Benson. Benson is suing the group for an estimated u2.5m following his dismissal in January this year. He claims that he had a contract to manage the group until the year 2001 and that, as a result of his sacking, he has suffered financial loss and damage to his reputation. Benson, who is 42, became the group's manager in 1996 when they were still unknown, and had seen them progress from obscurity to pop stardom. Under the deal that he is alleged to have had with them, he is said to have been entitled to 20 per cent of the group's earnings.