LONDON: Beyonce has been threatened with a $1 million (£666,600) lawsuit after pulling out of a New York nightclub show.

The Crazy In Love hitmaker was set to perform at the Big Apple's M2 on Saturday, 20Jun 2009 after the establishment's owner Joey Morrissey agreed to pay her $200,000 (£133,300) for the gig.

But the pop princess suddenly axed the appearance on Wednesday, 17Jun 2009, with her representatives claiming she was too busy preparing for her North American tour.

Beyonce's reps instead offered an hour-long personal appearance from the star at the club - but Morrissey claims he has already spent $100,000 preparing for the singer's show.

He tells New York Post gossip column PageSix, “They said they were too busy with the launching of the tour and that they wouldn’t have time to do the kickoff party.

"We sold tables for thousands of dollars for the show, and spent $100,000 renting a soundboard and other equipment, as per their stipulations. What good does her showing up for an hour do me? They’ve been totally unwilling to agree to another show.”

Morrissey is now threatening to file suit against Beyonce over the cancellation, claiming the club has suffered a “loss of reputation” in addition to his lost cash.

He adds, “We had an overwhelming response from our clubgoers, who were lining up to buy tickets and tables. This will come as a great disappointment to all of them. If Beyonce cancels and doesn’t give us a new date, this hurts our credibility in nightlife.”