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Michael Jackson Estate

Claims MJ's Manager

Royally Screwed Him

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

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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This man made a lot of bogus promises. He attempted to broker a fifty day tour from a ten day tour. He financed a bad loan in an effort to purchase Neverland for a song and get paid for it! He tried to use the press to convince Michael that he was broke! According to most of the real evidence, he would be an episode of American Greed! There are anti fraud laws out now!

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What a vulture this Tohme Tohme guy is!
I think the MJ Estate can claim that due to illness Jackson was not in mental conditions to make a sound judgement, or that he was pressured to sign the contract not fully understanding the conditions and without the advice and guidance of a lawyer.

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But I'm sure the Estate of MJ will elaborate something else.
I hope they win!

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Michael Jackson was exploited all his life by shady business partners. I am glad the estate is suing Dr. Tohme Tohme. All the people who hurt Michael Jackson when he was alive they are paying the price. It's called Karma.

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yvonne from uk    

Wondered when this creep would crawl out of the woodwork, don't trust Randy Phillips either, these two together after Michaels death, very odd.
RIP Michael.

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Now THIS is what I'm talking about!!
I've been trying to get someone to expose Tohme and the rest of his henchmen for almost 3 years so he could enjoy the Prison life with Murray as he so RICHLY deserves...
I'm not at all surprised the Estate is doing this because Tohme had filed a claim against the Estate after Michael died, but it probably got chucked. It does seem weird that this would come up all of a sudden, but actually, I think both sides were waiting for Murray to get his Smackdown before they proceeded any further....
I'm pretty sure that Branca has some DAMAGING evidence against Tohme....I predict he's going to wish he would've stayed under that ROCK he crawled out of....
BTW--Please people, if you're going to comment on these stories, DO YOUR RESEARCH first!!
There is WAY more to this than meets the eye as Flower Power, Nan and MiMi have pointed out. But for the record, here's 2 MAJOR things to remember:
1. The Estate is run by the Executors: Branca and McClain. Their attorney is Howard Weitzman. THE JACKSONS HAVE NO POWER IN THE ESTATE regardless of the fact that Katherine is a beneficiary along with Michael's Children....
2. There are do***ents that prove Tohme made deals in Michael's name and even SIGNED DO***ENTS that he was unaware of which gave Tohme control over his money. One such instance was the Julien's fiasco where the owners filed suit against Tohme and Michael after Michael pulled the plug on the Memorabilia Sale from Neverland. He had approved the sale of SOME items, but he never gave Tohme permission to clean the place out. And to add insult to injury, Tohme and his TRW partner physically threatened Julien's owners after they agreed to honor Michael's wishes to stop the sale.....
And once the smoke cleared, Michael FIRED Tohme in March, RIGHT AFTER THE 02 CONCERTS ANNOUNCEMENTS....
Think he may have been a little ticked off that he was going to be missing out on Payday of a lifetime?
As for why he was still around after Michael fired him, that's a question for Randy Phillips. Thing is, Tohme had CLAIMED that he was working with Michael FREE OF CHARGE BECAUSE HE WAS AN "INSTITUTION". I saved a copy of an article ( from a reputable News Source) where Tohme stated this. Yet upon closer scrutiny, we find that all along he had been getting paid by AEGLive, while he claimed to be "helping Michael out"....
SO essentially, Tohme was getting paid on both sides, but please note that he wasn't supposed to collecting from Michael, which is why the Estate is suing him--to get back the MILLIONS, maybe even BILLIONS he STOLE from Michael....
Doesn't everybody remember how LaToya and Janet claimed that Michael always kept Millions in Cash and Jewelry in his house, but they couldn't find it when they went there 2 days after Michael died?
If you remember, the day Michael died, Michael Amir stated that Tohme came to the house and FIRED THE ENTIRE STAFF!! Amir said he called Katherine to advise her of this. Imagine, someone who used to be your boss, suddenly reappearing on the job after being fired for Months and essentially firing you and your co-workers. Who does that?
Anyhoo, there's a lot more to this than meets the eye but
I'm out of time. Stay tuned for tonight's episode....maybe we can discuss just how "HELPFUL" Tohme was when he "saved" Michael by connecting him with Barrack/Colony Capital to keep Neverland out of Foreclosure. That one alone is MASTERPIECE of DECEPTION...but don't take MY word for it, DO YOUR RESEARCH.....

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Thank you, Phantom. I love the Beautiful postings of Michael they show his tireless dedication to his fans. Loved the poem by DR. Maya Angelou, Michael showed his L.O.V.E. for the world from his heart.

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Prayers and love for Michael's children and the Jackson family and extended family members. Much love, prayers and hugs to all.

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Plus the fact that the libanese ba....d said on tv that Michael was peniless prior to his death(murder) instead of saying he was the theif.

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Flower Power, Nan, MiMi and Cherwood



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Michael Jackson's estate sued the singer's former manager on Friday, claiming he lined his own pockets by persuading the pop superstar to sign unconscionable contracts in the final year of his life.

The lawsuit against Tohme R. Tohme came after more than a year of wrangling between Jackson's estate and the former adviser who has claimed he is owed 15 percent of the more than $310 million collected by the estate since the singer's death.

The lawsuit seeks the return of Jackson's property and financial records along with damages and a ruling that Tohme is not entitled to any money from the estate.

The contracts involved a refinancing of Jackson's debt related to Neverland Ranch and a producer's fee that Tohme negotiated for himself for Jackson's series of planned comeback concerts in London.

"This lawsuit is necessary to finally put a stop to abuse of fiduciary obligations owed to Jackson and seeks to unwind the self-serving and unconscionable agreements (Tohme) encouraged Jackson to enter into" and to compensate the estate for failing to return Jackson's property, the complaint states.

Tohme's attorney Paul Malingagio did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment Friday.

Tohme served as Jackson's manager from January 2008 until March 2009.

Estate attorney Howard Weitzman wrote in a statement that he expects Jackson's former manager to file his own lawsuit to try to gain money from the estate.

"We believe the facts will show that Mr. Tohme's claims are meritless and that Mr. Tohme engaged in wrongdoing with respect to Michael Jackson starting early in their relationship," Weitzman wrote.

The lawsuit states that Tohme forced Jackson to pay him a finder's fee for introducing the singer to a group that saved Neverland Ranch from foreclosure. That deal earned Tohme more than $2.4 million and was just one of several deals he was involved in that the estate claims improperly benefited the adviser.

Tohme also negotiated a producer's fee of $100,000 a month for the "This Is It" shows planned in London, although Jackson died before the concert series began.

The legal action also alleges that Tohme improperly signed away the rights to artwork created by Jackson.


Tohme told The Associated Press in July 2009 that he had turned over more than $5 million to Jackson's estate that the singer had stockpiled to purchase a "dream home" in Las Vegas.

In September 2010, Tohme sought more than $2.3 million from the estate and claimed he was owed 15 percent of revenue from the film "This Is It," which used footage from Jackson's final rehearsals.

Tohme was credited as Jackson's personal adviser in the film

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