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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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91.

Janar    

@Courtney #42 Does someone have you tied down or have a gun to your head making you read, watch or listen to reports on/about Michael Jackson? If not, shut the F up you hypocrite and hater. Go somewhere else and see and hear what you want. It's thousands of other stuff out there. Do you. We don't care. Cause we're doin' us with Michael Jackson. And leave us alone!

1499 days ago
92.

CJ    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvcrIHXr03Q


Wow @ Michael's potty mouth. Wow.

1499 days ago
93.

Janar    

OhWell So you're saying that you're gonna be a pedo, like they accused Michael of being? Let's keep it real, this must be something that you really wanna do anyway, Skeezer.

1499 days ago
94.

pete    

....ALL OF U ''MJ HATERS ARE JEALOUS,ENVY,UNEDUCATED,DEVILISHED DEVIL PEOPLE...MJ HATERS WILL GO TO HELL FOR JUDGING,SAYING BAD WORDS TO A PERSON...''ALL OF U WHO WROTE LIES AND BAD THINGS ABOUT MJ WILL BURN IN HELL SOON''...ALL OF U WHO DID BAD THINGS ON MJ WILL ROT N BURN IN HELL FOREVER....

1499 days ago
95.

susie    

You will never win, Michael is the best and you know it.
Nite Greg, sweet dreams... ROFLMAO

1499 days ago
96.

pete    

..''EVERSINCE MJ IS INNOCENT ..HE'S NOT PROVEN GULTY TILL NOW...HE'S INNOCENT EVERSINCE..''NO EVIDENCE AT ALL'' HE'S INNOCENT FOREVER...JUST ACCEPT IT ''HE'S D MOST LOVED PERSON AROUND THE WORLD..CHECK FACEBOOK 30,000,000 PEOPLE LIKED HIM STILL COUNTING EVERYDAY...ELVIS IS GREAT..THE BEATLES ARE GREAT..BUT MJ IS D GREATEST N THE MOST TALENTED ENTERTAINER OF ALL TIME....JUST ACCEPT IT.. IT'S GOOD FOR URE HEALTH...PEOPLE WORLDWIDE KNOWS MJ IS D GREATEST...INCLUDES U MJ HATERS ''JUST ACCCEPT IT..''

1499 days ago
97.

Janar    

Stevie you are awesome. So are MJ Estate Executors and Tom Mesereau, and of course Michael Jackson himself, are all awesome to the power of infinity. lol. And at whomever is saying that Michael Jackson is a dead beat, are just hating to the point of delusional or insanity.

1499 days ago
98.

Lee lee    

Seems like TMZ are on a roll with all things "Jackson" Today. More hits more money$$$$$..Right TMZ.

Anyhoo.....It is none of anyones business if Katherine is asking for more Money. None of us understand whats going on in that house , with the money. We can all sit here and assume , and make nasty comments, we shoudn't pretend to know.

Just because Katherine has asked for the money, doesn't mean that she is going to get it.
That's the thing. I'm sure Katherine feels relieved that the house in no longer about to be taken away from her, that the utilities are paid....but im damn sure, she would much rather have her Son here with her ....money or No money .

1499 days ago
99.

Lee lee    

****Previous post was ment for another board****......DOH !! LOL

1499 days ago
100.

Brigha from UK    

76. '..Tom....was the only one who believed that Michael was innocent during the 2005 trial' (sofi)
This is not true, everyone in that court room believed MJ was innocent, every attorney in there thought and knew the case was bogus and a scam!
Posted at 5:55 PM on Sep 23, 2010 by katie10
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Excellent point Katie10.
Although the media relentlessly tried to accentuate MJs 'guilt' to the public and led us to believe he would be convicted, the legal opinion was very different.

There was very little credible legal evidence against MJ. Basically, it was just a simple allegation from one (discredited) family.
None of their allegations were corroborated by any of the other witnesses who spent time with MJ when children.

I do not think the trial was as risky or difficult as the media would have us believe. There was simply no believable evidence on which to base a conviction.

1499 days ago
101.

Cherwood    

Well, Well.......
Yet another story to applaud the Executors. What is REALLY going on? Is something about to come out that they need the positive spin for protection?
I have to say, NONE of this is surprising. THey would've been crazy NOT to give Messereau his pay--I think he should've gotten more than that for the BRillIANT job he did....
Bain's case was doomed from the start cause she signed that contract that stated she wasn't entitled to anything after her last settlement with Michael...
Not sure what Kai did to think she deserved, but she definitely got paid by all of those news programs she went on, and she wrote a book to boot....
As for Klein, all I can say is: LOL x 100!! And that's what they should so to him, laugh in his face, and tell him to prove beyond his fake bills, that Michael owed him that much....
IMO, he's a JOKE and all of his claims are as FAKE as he is. He's banking on the fact that everyone believes that crap about Michael being an addict, but he doesn't realize that thanks to what they did to Michael, MOST of us are thoroughly educated on the EVILS of the Media......
Actually, I hope they do look into his claims--with a fine-toothed comb, then report to the DEA anything shady they find....that's if they steer clear of the FLEAS that come with his territory......
Anyway, this story definitely has a bright side--MESSEREAU GOT PAID......SOOO HAPPY!!!
-Cher
No Peace till Justice!
MICHAEL--IL.O.V.E.U4EVER

1499 days ago
102.

Lee lee    

Anyway, this story definitely has a bright side--MESSEREAU GOT PAID......SOOO HAPPY!!!
-Cher
No Peace till Justice!
MICHAEL--IL.O.V.E.U4EVER

Posted at 5:05 AM on Sep 24, 2010 by Cherwood

100% agreed. He deserves every penny. Without a doubt. : )

1499 days ago
103.

Lee lee    

Tom M Deserves his payment. He is a Lawyer not a charity case. I do believe that he felt great pity for the injustice that Michael was being put through.
He could have gone after Michael ruthlessly way before now for payment, he deserves his payment.

Kai ( the chef ) YUCK!!. Selling her story to every network that would take her, and going as low as to show private gifts and notes that the children had made for her ( just to make herself seem more connected than she was ) . Maybe she is owed a litle back pay...Im glad they settled for less.

Ramone ( whatever ) DOUBLE YUCK!!!..The estate say NO WAY. Move on baby , the boat has sailed.

Arnie( Michael Peed in a cup, and dated my HOT assistant ) Klein.....YUCKY, SLIMY, LYING, SLIME BALL. ....NO WAY JABBA !!!
I'm praying the estate kick your claim to the curb, the same way you did to Michael every time he came out of your office, after visiting you!!!...DR Feelgood. Pfft !

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

1499 days ago
104.

Murph    

Thomas Mesereau is an awesome lawyer and he did a phenomenal job against that snake Tom Sneddon and his cohorts. Even though the case was pure crap, he still had to provide a defense and he did. He blew every single prosecution witness out of the water. In any event, he had to charge for his services. Anyone who thinks he should have done that for free is not being realistic. That was a year out of his life to work for free. I believe (and this is one of the many reasons Michael's life breaks my heart) that Michael was so unbelievably frivolously sued by people crawling out from under rocks, that Michael became so overwhelmed. I can only imagine. Be that as it may, Thomas Mesereau did not sue Michael Jackson for his attorney's fees after the trial, which most lawyers would have done for non-payment. He deserved to be paid for his services and he represented Michael on other matters as well after the trial. He has acted with total and complete class unless Arnold Klein and some of the others who have made claims.

1499 days ago
105.

sofi    

PowerLunch,if you are around,i saw your post on the other thread.
You are very welcome.I must admit the second sentence confused me a bit and i didn't quite understand what you meant.

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