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Jackson Executors -- Beyond the Call of Duty

12/17/2009 4:49 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Jackson The executors of Michael Jackson's estate have filed documents, explaining why they should be entitled to more than the statutory fee most executors get -- a big reason ... Joe Jackson.

According to legal docs filed with the court, co-executors John Branca and John McClain had to defend the estate from a steady barrage of attacks by Joe Jackson and, until recently, by Katherine Jackson.

They also claim they've been working 14 hours a day, 7 days a week since they were appointed. And, they claim, their "business reputations and the character and reputation of Michael Jackson were repeatedly assaulted by personal and unfounded attacks" which they were forced to correct publicly in order to protect the Michael Jackson brand.

Branca and McClain say at the time Michael Jackson died ... Michael and his businesses were defendants in 11 separate lawsuits and it only got worse after his death.

Branca and McClain want more than the statutory fee -- which is a percentage of the value of the estate. They're asking for "extraordinary compensation" for the work most executors never have to do.

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106.

gs    

I am not buying Branca's claim that they have been working 24/7 to defend their own reputations. These guys are brilliant attorneys. They knew going into this that associating themselves with
Michael Jackson would be a very controversial gig. They knew this in the beginning. That is a weak argument.

1667 days ago
107.

the peoples court    

Whether he was dangling his baby over a balcony, sleeping in an oxygen chamber or befriending a chimpanzee -- at times Michael Jackson appeared to revel in his nickname of "Wacko Jacko".


The 50-year-old pop icon became a byword for eccentricity throughout his adult life as his staggering wealth allowed him to enter a lavish fantasy world where he could indulge his every whim, no matter how bizarre.


Flashback ... to that dangling moment.

"He got to the point that he was so rich, so powerful and so famous, that he was allowed to kind of withdraw from any kind of reality," pop culture expert Robert Thompson said.


Many of the stories surrounding Jackson turned out to be untrue; some were even created by the star himself.


A 1986 tale about him sleeping in an oxygen coffin and another story about him seeking to buy the bones of The Elephant Man were both fictions fed by Jackson to a hungry media.


Nevertheless, they helped build the legend of "Wacko Jacko" and came as the star was in the midst of a visible physical transformation that became a recurring topic of debate.


Jackson insisted that his increasingly pale complexion was down to a rare skin condition known as vitiligo and lupus; his detractors speculated he had undergone skin-bleaching.


At the same time the star Jackson's feature appeared to change -- thin lips, sculpted cheekbones and a narrow nose.


In 1988 he wrote in his autobiography Moonwalk that he had undergone several surgical procedures.


The same year he bought the California estate that was to become Neverland, his sprawling personal theme park crammed with video games, statues of superheroes, a mini-railway, fairground rides and a zoo.


Yet Neverland was to be at the centre of the child abuse allegations that bedeviled Jackson throughout his career.


In 1993 a 13-year-old boy accused Jackson of abuse. Although Jackson denied the claims, he eventually settled for $US22 million ($A27.36 million) and when the teenage witness ceased to co-operate with police, the criminal investigation ended.


The case marked the beginning of a decade of decline for Jackson -- but the wacky behaviour continued.


In 1994 he married Lisa Marie Presley -- daughter of Elvis Presley -- after a whirlwind romance that sceptics claimed was a publication relations stunt.


They divorced less than two years later.


Months after the divorce, Jackson was heading down the altar again, wedding nurse Debbie Rowe, who became the the mother of the star's first two children -- Prince Michael and Paris Michael Katherine.


A third son -- Prince Michael Jackson II, nicknamed "Blanket" -- was born from a surrogate mother in 2002.


Later that year Jackson dangled his son from the fourth-floor balcony of a hotel room in Berlin, a move that drew worldwide condemnation.


Jackson later said the incident had been a terrible mistake.


More child-abuse allegations in late 2003 led to his trial two years later, which typically was played out in a circus-like atmosphere that Jackson appeared to delight in.


After his arraignment hearing -- where he pleaded not guilty to seven felonies after arriving 45 minutes late -- he famously clambered onto the roof of his car, clapped, stamped his feet and blew kisses to his fans.


Following his acquittal in June 2005, Jackson became a virtual recluse, flitting around the world before re-settling in Los Angeles.


Right up to the end, he was the subject of intense tabloid speculation, last month denying that he had skin cancer after his comeback date was postponed.

1667 days ago
108.

janalal4    

124. 118. to Blah Blah Blah Blah

Wow that is exactly what she is doing.

Posted at 5:50PM on Dec 17th 2009 by Wow
_________________________

You're just a cowardly moron. Is that you Helen? Wanting to throw me a few more of my Daddys legbones or my Grandmas skull? Or maybe you've found a new occupation other than hooker for my dying daughter?

I know those aliases are you Helen/rs/disfasia/janal....

You're a conniving piece of crap.



Posted at 5:57PM on Dec 17th 2009 by Tellitlikeitis



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Yeah, sorry your wrong about the janalal4 alias thing. I haven't been on here in over a week yet I pop in & here's my name. How funny. Get a life. LOL!

I just posted the following comment but went down the TMZ black hole: As long as Branca/McClain's idea of 'extraordinary compensation' is not totally ridiculous then GIVE IT TO THEM. They have more than earned it with all this foolishness. Joe & Kath seem to be the source of the problem? No big surprise there. As if we didn't see this coming. These executors have more than earned more than the statutory fees as long as the judge doesn't think they are just 'gettin' greed' then they should be payed.

1667 days ago
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so wrong    

125. I am not buying Branca's claim that they have been working 24/7 to defend their own reputations. These guys are brilliant attorneys. They knew going into this that associating themselves with
Michael Jackson would be a very controversial gig. They knew this in the beginning. That is a weak argument.

Posted at 5:59PM on Dec 17th 2009 by This is weak

It's a total BS story, pull up the court papers, you can see it for yourself. Controversial gig, please. How about a very lucrative 'gig'. Controversial for whom? If you look at the court papers, half the time they're negotiating for and with publishers, book deals, media outlets. Ain't nothing controversial about it. People can't get enough of Michael Jackson, that's the real story. They're spending their time trying to figure out to handle all the fanfare and requests and 'branding'.

Michael Jackson is their (and everyone else's) MONEY making machine! Always has been, always will be!




1667 days ago
110.

Lisa    

I love u MJ!!! Miss u so much!

1667 days ago
111.

janalal4    

BTW, I see that 'peoples court' has lots to say on 'all things MJ' lol! What a hoot! Sorry I've been missing out on this one!

1667 days ago
112.

the peoples court    

Wacko Jacko

Primarily THE "wacko jacko" is completely bizarre. Extreme wealth, delusions, alcohol, cosmetic surgery, and lack of self confidence are main characteristics. Little boys are introduced to the equation and only serve to confuse us all even more. A self hatred of black people seems to be instilled into this "former" black male.

1667 days ago
113.

Duh    

35. Posted at 3:38PM on Dec 17th 2009 by Deb

Look who is here the biggest stupid motherf66kin b8tch around. The liar deb. So deb who is dennis? I don't know a denns but you must since he's your brother b*tch azz c*nt.

Posted at 3:49PM on Dec 17th 2009 by grim reaper


That's interesting because yesterday you said your name is Dennis Harvey Orcutt and that that was not the name on the email address you sent me way back when. So which is it? You can't have it both ways. And btw, your mugshot says Dennis Harvey Orcutt, but I suspect you just go by Harvey and that is why the email address was the way it was.

You are the liar here, not me. You are the child molester, not me. As best as we can figure, you probably faced a more serious charge and plea bargained down to the indecent exposure since it was your first offense.

Don't try to play us, we are not stupid. If you want I can go dig some more dirt up on you. People like you tend to have a lot of skeletons in their closet.

1667 days ago
114.

gs    

my Grandmas skull? Or maybe you've found a new occupation other than hooker for my dying daughter?

I know those aliases are you Helen/rs/disfasia/janal....

You're a conniving piece of crap.



Posted at 5:57PM on Dec 17th 2009 by Tellitlikeitis




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Oh good god gypsy not that sh*t again. Woman we have seen you use this defense a hundred times damn. I THINK IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO TAKE ANOTHER BREAK. This is so old.

1667 days ago
115.

so wrong    

by janalal4

Enough said, these people are all the same. They come on the minute someone mentions their log in names.

WTF. TMZ you're a sick mutha f@ckin website.

Won't be back. This sucks, it's full of nut heads who change their log in names and talk back to each other.

WTF!

1667 days ago
116.

Duh    

41. 37. Help I am being held hostage under the trailer by a crazy lunatic called Deb

Posted at 3:55PM on Dec 17th 2009 by Henry



OMG ROTFLMFAO

Posted at 3:57PM on Dec 17th 2009 by grim reaper


Nice to see you laugh at your own jokes.

1667 days ago
117.

gs    

Here we go again now she is going to accuse everyone and their sister of being this helen person. I am so sick of this. Do me a favor go back to being "peoples court" at least that was something new damn.

1667 days ago
118.

Michelle    

We love and miss you Michael!
May it all work out and your wishes be established.

1667 days ago
119.

janalal4    

137. by janalal4

Enough said, these people are all the same. They come on the minute someone mentions their log in names.

WTF. TMZ you're a sick mutha f@ckin website.

Won't be back. This sucks, it's full of nut heads who change their log in names and talk back to each other.

WTF!

Posted at 6:07PM on Dec 17th 2009 by sick website



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Sorry, I'm not following you. I posted a comment that didn't show up even BEFORE I saw my log-in name but yes, this can be a 'sick place'. As much as I enjoy it, I can only take so much of the nutters but the good outweighs the bad here & I'm always glad to come back & visit when I get a chance!

1667 days ago
120.

gs    

The minute we tried to have a good conversation about the board topic Gypsy started up. Why?

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