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Michael Jackson Estate

Claims MJ's Manager

Royally Screwed Him

2/17/2012 10:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Michael Jackson's Estate is going after Tohme Tohme, MJ's former manager, claiming he fleeced the singer out of millions of dollars.

TMZ has obtained legal docs filed by the Estate, claiming Tohme got Michael to sign agreements that earned him a fortune for doing nothing. 

According to the papers, Estate attorney Howard Weitzman claims Tohme got MJ to agree to pay him $35,000 a month plus expenses as a flat fee -- regardless of what work Tohme performed.  On top of that, Tohme inked a deal that gave him 15% of any money Michael made.

And there's more ...Tohme introduced Michael to a lender that refinanced Neverland.  In return, Tohme got Jackson to pay him $2.4 million -- just for the introduction.   And Tohme got MJ to promise him 10% of any profits if the Ranch was sold.

Tohme also got MJ to agree to pay him $100,000 a month for the "This Is It" tour.

Estate lawyers are anticipating a lawsuit by Tohme against the estate for the money he claims he's owed, and the Estate wants to shut him down before a suit is filed.

The Estate is also asking for damages.

BTW, Michael fired Tohme 3 months before he died.

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32.

Alana    

okay...this is very old now...get over it...

980 days ago
33.

What I Think    

Poor Wacko Jacko. Boo Hoo Hoo.

980 days ago
34.

AL    

I love it when IDIOTS comment on something they obviously know nothing about!!!

980 days ago
35.

Paul    

Magical child part2 author Michael Jackson ("Dancing the dream")
".......
Strangers came and scorned his joy
With ridicule and banter they tried to destroy
What in their minds was a skillful play
With cruel darts they tried to plunder
To suffocate and strangle his innocent wonder
Fighting hard, despite their blunder
Again and again to steal his thunder
Despite their attacks, they could not break
With all their barbs they could not take
God's gift of love, which they could not fake
Not knowing his strength or what he sought to seek
They complained aloud and called him a freak...."

980 days ago
36.

MiMi    


Always suspected that Tohme had a hand in Michael's demise.

No suprise here.

980 days ago
37.

Raejean    

He may or may not be "the bad man," but I seem to remember that he was the same bad man who bailed out Jackson's ass when Neverland was in foreclosure due to MJ's legal expenses and lavish spending habits.

980 days ago
38.

MiMi    


Michael Jackson‘s estate has finally filed a lawsuit against Tohme Tohme, who used to call himself “Doctor.” Tohme was Michael Jackson’s penultimate manager–meaning he was replaced just before Jackson’s death by Jackson’s longtime manager and friend, Frank DiLeo. But Tohme, the estate says in a complaint filed by attorney Howard Weitzman, ran amok during his short term between January 2008 and March 2009. It was Tohme, working for Thomas Barrack‘s Colony Capital, who pulled off the sale of Neverland to Colony. But according to the complaint, Jackson never understood that Tohme was also going to receive a finder’s fee for doing work for his own employer. Jackson had no lawyer representing him in his many signed agreements with Tohme, and so didn’t understand that when Colony came up with $24 million to bail out Neverland, Tohme would get $2.4 million.

Tohme, the complaint further reads, got Jackson to sign an agreement paying him $35,000 a month. He was also to receive 15% of all gross compensation Jackson received for anything he did in the entertainment field. Jackson signed not one but two Power of Attorney do***ents giving Tohme “extraordinary” powers. He also gave himself a $100,000 per month producers fee for the run of Jackson’s London concert dates–from July 2009 through at least March 2010. All of this Jackson signed without a lawyer, and despite numerous stories (many written by yours truly) about Tohme’s many assertions about his credentials being false.

It was during Tohme’s regime, for example, that the contents of Neverland were emptied and consigned to an auction house in Beverly Hills. The auction didn’t proceed when Jackson finally got a grip, and a lawyer, stopped the auction. Tohme then took back the contents and warehoused them. When Jackson died, the estate had to negotiate with him to get back the property. Out of luck was Julien’s Auction House, which published a now collectible catalog of everything that had been in Neverland.

“Tohme took possession and control of money and property that belonged to Jackson.Tomhe did not return to Jackson and refuses to deliver to the executors all of the property and cash belonging to Jackson that Tohme took possession and control of.”


On a side note, Tohme used to claim he was a doctor from Lebanon. But he could never prove to me that he was a doctor and when I questioned him about it in 2008, he told me wasn’t practicing. He did say he was Ambassador at Large to Senegal, but their Embassies denied it.


A call to Tohme’s attorney has not yet been returned.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/rogerfriedman/2012/02/17/mich...

980 days ago
39.

MiMi    

Jackson Estate Lawsuit: to Reclaim $900 Mil Art Collection

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Part of the lawsuit filed today by Michael Jackson’s executors has to do with a $900 million art collection. It’s hard to believe, considering Jackson’s perilous fortunes when he waa alive, that such a collection existed. But last summer LA Weekly visited a Santa Monica airport hangar where Jackson was stowing his personal art collection–art he had created and a few other tchotckes. At one time, Star Magazine (ahem) got an appraisal of $900 million for all this stuff. More importantly, the estate says that in 2008, Tohme Tohme, Jackson’s then manager, simply gave the whole collection to a Los Angeles artist named Brett Livingston Strong. Strong — and Jackson– have called this man a “modern day Michelangelo.” Anyway, the estate claims in its suit againt Tohme that he improperly used Powers of Attorney to give Strong copyrights that Michael owned. The art remains in the hangar. A longer piece about this can be read at http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/38048/the-10-craziest-things-about-the-900-million-michael-jackson-art-feud/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/rogerfriedman/2012/02/17/jack...

980 days ago
41.

Susan    

Don't see any grounds for this lawsuit.

980 days ago
42.

cawobeth    

There is a reason why TT was kept in the picture after he was fired. Curious, eh ?
Meanwhile, keep up the good work MJ Estate.

980 days ago
43.

Pegasus    

I have been wondering where Tohme was since MJ's death. No one has heard or seen anything from him until now. Surprise!

980 days ago
44.

Pegasus    

MJ's Estate Lawyers are doing a Great Job at protecting Michael's Legacy and his Estate! Maybe they can put Tohme in jail along side of Murray! Just a pleasent thought!

980 days ago
45.

Lori    

I would say that he needs to PAY up what he owes the Jackson Estate. This man appears to me to be an enabler just like Dr Murry. He was not interested in Michael Jackson. HE was only interested in what Michael could do to fill his pockets. Your a Fraud and you need to step up to the plate and give Micheal and his family that money.

980 days ago
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