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Michael Jackson -- To Pay or Not to Pay

9/23/2010 4:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The Michael Jackson Estate made some interesting calls when it came to creditors -- who got paid, who didn't, and who's still waiting.

Michael Jackson Estate
The estate made a bunch of decisions on creditors' claims, but four stand out.

-- Dr. Arnold Klein submitted two claims for medical services in the months before Michael Jackson died -- totaling $58,522.89.  Pretty ironic, since some people in the Jackson world believe Klein contributed to MJ's death.  The estate has taken no action so far -- neither rejecting nor paying the dough.

-- Tom Mesereau, the lawyer who did a remarkable job in Jackson's 2005 molestation trial.  Mesereau submitted a claim for $341,452.05.  The estate paid the lawyer in full.

-- Kai Chase, the cook who was at Jackson's home the morning he died and the woman who interacted with Dr. Conrad Murray that day, submitted a claim for $8,000.  The executors compromised with Chase and settled the claim by making partial payment.  This one is interesting because some of MJ's family got pissed off when she made the rounds on TV following his death.

-- Raymone Bain, MJ's longtime publicist and friend who had a mega falling-out with Jackson, had filed two claims totaling $404,000.  The estate rejected the claim and Bain sued. The court tossed her case out.

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61.

MiMi    


Tsk, Tsk, TMZ


Arnie did not submit two claims for medical services, but only one for the amount of $48,522.89.

The second claim is for his green jacket that he alleges Michael never returned. He is asking $10,000.00 for the jacket.


Total amount = $58,522.89

1490 days ago
62.

Chic    

This is great and Michael's music genius is being honored Sept.
24th and 25th by Columbia College Chicago!

1490 days ago
63.

Lee lee    

Posted at 3:09 PM on Sep 23, 2010 by Lee lee

I agree with your post about the various claims. BTW, your post is funny too, the way u put it. Haha. On another note, do u think the reason, they haven't taken any action as to Klein's claim, do u think its anything to do with the trial. U know, how some docs in the Anna Nicole Smith's trial didn't get charged until way after, I wonder if this is an indication that something is going to happen, i.e. legally implicated. So, the estate could be taking a wait & see approach. Just saying, but overall, I feel the executors are handling the claims quite well. The former business mgr was a joke, but didn't some posters said she already became quite wealthy all of a sudden?

Posted at 3:17 PM on Sep 23, 2010 by Daphne

Yes Daphne

I think the estate will hold off on paying klein for as along as they can, rightly so IMO. I hadn't heard about the his Former Manager coming into money ???? Do you think they settled privately??

1490 days ago
64.

sofi    

Tom deserved every buck he got.He was the only one who believed that Michael was innocent during the 2005 trial and fought hard until Michael was aquitted.

He will definitely be needed for the trial in January.

1490 days ago
65.

nan    

Hi Nan. I wasn't really criticising Mesereau. I'm sure he is one of the better lawyers in MJ's life and I agree that he did a decent job at the trial.
But lets face facts - he was not really a 'friend' of MJs was he? Their relationship was one of lawyer and client, and there are 342,452 reasons why they were not friends.
My criticism was not aimed at Mesereau but rather at the legal system. IMO Michaels fortune was largely eaten up by legal fees. Any system which leaves an innocent person with a legal bill of that size is simply a disgrace. I often wonder why MJ chose to settle so many disputes out of court when he obviously should have fought instead. The answer seems to be that the legal fees probably were greater than paying the claim.
It's an awful, unjust system.

Posted at 1:25 PM on Sep 23, 2010 by nan

Posted at 1:44 PM on Sep 23, 2010 by Brigha from UK

hi brighta..!
im sorry , i just got back and saw your post..

like it or not that is the system in this country..
that is y mezz does pro bono work..
mezz didnt know mj before he took the case.they were not friends and had not met before this case

this was a criminal case and you cannot recoup your legal fees .if you dont have the money you can be given a public defender but imo its hardly an even playing field for sure..
it is extremely unfair that an innocent person can be prosecuted by the state using infinite resources,and especially in this case, basically due to a personal grudge and that is y mesereau was telling mj to sue for malicious prosecution.then u might get your money back.he just didnt have the stomach for it.had been through too much..
michaelel was constantly tied up in civil cases.he had the longest running civil case in ca history i believe with the neverland 5. they were paying their legal fee with tabloid stories. a recipe for disaster for mj.
he won that case and was awarded millions but they never paid up, filed bankrupsy instead.
unbelievably , these are the people sneddon called in the 05 case against michael..disgusting..
i wish he didnt settle the chandler fiasco.maybe it would have bee different..not so many people looking for easy money

but i do think tom mesereau was truly a good friend to michael.he didnt advertise that michael still owed him money, he simply put a claim in when the estate became solvent.he still had to pay the filing fee, investigators, secretaries, researchers etc.
so yes i do think they became very close friends even if meseresau is looking to get paid.:)
sorry it took me so long to respond..

1490 days ago
66.

sofi    

Danger,wherever you are i hope you are well,be strong.

I wish you the very best and looking forward to hearing from you and don't worry,take my word for it.I can't say anything more just keep in mind what iv'e said.

I wish you good afternoon and good night.

1490 days ago
67.

shamon    

Shortly after MJ died, Arnie was in trouble with the bank for failing to pay on his huge loan(s).
So obvious why he tried to keeep Michael close to him.

1490 days ago
69.

MiMi    


Hi susie


It seems if you talk to UnWell, your post gets deleted.

1490 days ago
70.

Barb.A.    

I think all Michael Jackson fans need to start a fund to hire Mr. Mesereau to investigate Mr. Michael Jacksons death.

Posted at 2:21 PM on Sep 23, 2010 by Love Michael for the Man that he is..
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You know, I have been thinking the same thing. I wish we could afford his services because I don't think MJ is getting a fair shake with all the stupid rumors flying around and I think Mezz would get to the bottom of it all.

1490 days ago
71.

mysteria333    

I'AM SO SICK OF ALL THE LIES BEING TOLD ABOUT MICHAEL..FOR THE LONGEST TIME WE WERE TOLD THAT MICHAEL WENT TO BARAIN AFTER THE TRIAL AND THAT WHILE HE WAS THERE THE PRINCE PAID HIS DEBTS AND LEGAL FEES .. AND THAT MICHAEL DID NOT KEEP HIS PROMISE TO MAKE A RECORD WITH THE PRINCE SO HE SUED MICHAEL FOR THE 8 MILLION DOLLARS THAT HE PAID FOR MICHAELS DEBTS AND LEGAL FEES.. IF THE PRINCE PAID HIS DEBTS WHY IS EVERYONE STILL CLAIMING DEBTS.. THEY ALSO SAID MICHAEL LOST NEVERLAND BECAUSE HE COULD NOT AFFORD TO PAY FOR IT ANYMORE.. MICHAEL SOLD NEVERLAND BECAUSE THE POLICE RANSACKED IT AND TOOK SOUVINIERS ,, STOLE JEWELRY AND EVERYTHING THAT THEY WANTED..MICHAEL CREATED NEVERLAND SO THAT SICK ,,POOR AND UNDERPRIVILAGED CHILDREN COULD COME AND ENJOY IT.. ONCE HE KNEW HE COULD NEVER ENJOY THE CHILDRENS HAPPY FACES HAVING FUN AT NEVERLAND ,,HE FELT THERE WAS NO REASON TO KEEP IT..THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY MICHAEL JACKSONS RUNNING AROUND THE PAST FEW YEARS CREATED BY AEG AND SONY THAT IT;S ENOUGH TO DRINE ONE NUTS.. AEG KNOWS THAT MOST PEOPLE DONT HAVE INVESTIGATIVE TYPE MINDS AND DONT ADD UP CLEAR EVIDENCE AND THEY BELIEVE JUST ABOUT ANYTHING THE NETWORK AND TABLOIDS REPORT.. AND THEY COUNT ON THIS..MICHAEL WAS NOT BROKE ,, HE IS NOT BROKE ,,HE IS NOT DEAD ! ! IF PEOPLE WOULD JUST PAY ATTENTION AT ALL THE DIFFERENT EARS ESPECIALLY ON THE MICHAELS RUNNING AROUND AND THE DIFFERENT CHEEKS ,,MOUTHS AND NOSES..EVERYONE KNOWS THAT MICHAEL HAD PLASTIC SURGERY ON HIS NOSE AND HIS SKIN HAD TO BE LIGHTENED BECAUSE OF VITILIAGO.. SO THEY AUTIMATICALLY ASSUME THAT IS THE REASON FOR THE DIFFERENT LOOKS..FORGET IT ! ! DID'NT YOU HEAR WHAT DAVI SAID HE'D WORKED FOR MICHAEL SINCE 1993 AND HE SAID NO ONE KNOWS MICHAELS FACE BODY LANGUAGE AND MOVEMENTS BETTER THAN HIM ,,HE SAID AND I CAN TELL YOU THATS NOT MICHAEL IN THE THIS IS IT MOVIE..AND HE SHOULD KNOW ! !LIKE PETE SAID 99% OF WHATS SAID ABOUT MICHAEL IS A LIE..INCLUDING THAT HE IS DEAD ! ! AND I DONT BLAME MICHAEL ONE LITTLE BIT..WHEN WE HAD HIM HE WAS NOT APPRECIATED BY THE PEOPLE WHO COULD HAVE AND SHOULD HAVE PROTECTED HIM.. THE WORLD NEEDS THE BEAUTY OF HIS PRESENCE IF JUST FOR A MOMENT SO I HOPE HE COMES BACK ,,OH HOW I WISH HE'D COME BACK THOUGH I WOULD'NT BLAME HIM IF HE DID'NT..LOVE YOU MICHAEL ALWAYS....LR

1490 days ago
72.

mysteria333    

THOMAS MESEREAU DESERVED EVERY PENNY HE GOT ,,HE IS A HERO..THE REST ARE MONEY GRUBBING WARTHOGS SUBMITTING FALSE CLAIMS TO CASH IN ON MICHAELS ESTATE... MICHAEL WORKED HARD ALL HIS LIFE AND MORE THAN EARNED EVERY PENNY ESCALATING FROM HIS NAME..THE SLEEZE BAGS SUBMITTING ALL THESE PHONY BILLS SHOULD STICK THIER HEADS IN AN OUTHOUSE TOILET AND EAT THE FILTH THEY DISH OUT WITH THIER GREED AND LIES..AND ARNIE KLIEN SHOULD BE ASHAMED PUTTING OUT LIES AND BESMIRCHING MICHAELS NAME AND THEN BEGGING FOR HIS MONEY.. HE IS A SNOGGLER ,, HOW DOES HE SLEEP AT NIGHT?? WE ARE IN YOUR CORNER MICHAEL ,, AND WE LOVE YOU ,, YOU HAVE WELL OVER A BILLION FANS AND YOU ALWAYS WILL ..GOD BLESS YOU MY FRIEND

1490 days ago
73.

susie    

Posted at 4:49 PM on Sep 23, 2010 by MiMi
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Hi MiMi
it was an imaginary post LOLLLLLLLL!!!!

1490 days ago
74.

chanel    

....I'm just wondering..
May i put my name on the sue-list????
I mean for all the stress and sadness till Michael's "death"???

1490 days ago
75.

Lee lee    

Posted at 5:55 PM on Sep 23, 2010 by katie10

Katie 10
...I have no understanding how Gavin and his vile family and Jordan and his, can live with themselves everyday.
What Michale had to endure because of their lies is unforgivable.
Perhaps that is why they never will come forward. They would never live it down. Can you imagine the revolt towards them.
I pray everyday that they would both just write an open letter to the world, and confess the lies. How cleansing would it be for them.

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