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Three-Sided 'Thriller' Assault on Jackson Estate

10/29/2009 8:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Jackson's estate was hit with three major creditor's claims today -- and they're all from people who claim MJ owed them tons of cash from "Thriller."

First up: John Landis -- the guy who wrote and directed the "Thriller" video and documentary back in 1983. Landis claims Jackson owed him more than $400,000 from a deal MJ made to take "Thriller" to Broadway -- a deal Landis said MJ didn't have the authority to make in the first place without his consent.

Next up: The company who hired Landis to do the "Thriller" gig also filed legal documents. Levitsky Productions claims they weren't paid profits they were entitled to from the music video in more than 4 years. They want more than $1,000,000.

Lucky #3: George Folsey Jr. -- the guy who produced the "Thriller" music video and documentary. Folsey claims Jackson stiffed him out of his cut of Thriller-related merchandise -- such as video games, toys, comic books, DVDs, CDs, dramatic and musical works and more. Folsey Jr. also wants more than $1,000,000.

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1.

Fab5    

This is getting ridiculous. Where were all these people when MJ was alive?

1765 days ago
2.

Onoze    

Michael Jackson, forever a cash cow...

1765 days ago
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MsMeowzers    

With as good as the "This Is It" movie is, hopefully the worth of MJ's estate will continue to exponentially increase and keep pace with the creditors' claims.

Regardless of whether you agree with Sony's decision to make this movie, GO SEE "THIS IS IT" simply to appreciate Michael's creative process and the joy of seeing him again!

1765 days ago
4.

UGGGGHHH    

what a great show. THIS IS IT.

MICHAEL JACKSON THE KING IS GREATLY MISSED..

1765 days ago
5.

masimons    

Statute of limitations,even for written contracts in CA is 4yrs.
Thriller was in 1983.
Too bad.

1765 days ago
6.

Simone    

Oh, my gawd!!!!!! When these people will stop all these stupid complains???????!!!!! It's unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!

1765 days ago
7.

just an observation    

And they wait over 24 years to file lawsuits? When will it end!

This Is It amazing movie......

1765 days ago
8.

michelle    

when are we gonna see some justice for michael jackson. when is murry gonna go to jail!!!! and harvey we hear all about these creditors but nothing about if the estate handle them, like gets them thrown out or settled. and is'nt there a time limit on these claim i mean its been 20 yrs or so on some of them. i mean come on!!!!!!!

1765 days ago
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Eaglewerks    

The good thing about the probate process in California is that the courts routinely process debt demands and are adept at paying the correct ones and dismissing the incorrect ones.

1765 days ago
10.

patty    

Yes, where were these folks when he was alive? Is it easier to get your bucks when the person is deceased? And WHY the EFF is Murray's sorry ass behind bars? He took MJ's life, plain and simple. Damn him!!!

1765 days ago
11.

For Sure    

When the date is up for claims to be filed against the estate. I believe it is some thing like 3-6 months after the official probate of the will. So when ever the will entered into probate. I think time maybe running out that is why everyone is filing now.
Some will be thrown out and some will get negotiated and some will get paid.


as to thriller After they saw the movie they all must have run to their prospective lawyers..figureing a thriller movie is next and they all want in on it.

RIP even though it will be hard to do MJJ!

1765 days ago
12.

Sheila    

I agree with #7. This Is It is an amazing movie.

http://www.moviesonline.ca/movie_review_detail.php?id=13917

1765 days ago
13.

patty    

Crap, make that why ISN'T Murray's sorry ass behind bars already!!!

1765 days ago
14.

danica    

A bunch of losers. Landis is a jerk. He could have settled this with Michael hen he was alive if it's valid.

1765 days ago
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TigerEyes    

WTF TMZ isn't postin muh comments

1765 days ago
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