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MJ Estate

Coughed Up $55,000

To Pay Off 'Thriller' Chick

1/4/2013 5:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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$55,000 ... that's how much it took for the chick from Michael Jackson's "Thriller" music video to call a truce in her war with the MJ estate ... TMZ has learned.

TMZ broke the story ... Ola Ray settled her lawsuit with the estate earlier this year, and now we know what for ... $55,000 to Ola ... and $20,000 to her lawyer.

Ola originally filed the suit against MJ and his production company in May 2009 -- a month before Jackson passed away -- claiming breach of contract. Ola said she was still owed a massive chunk of the "Thriller" profits ... nearly 30 years after it was released.

The director of the music video John Landis -- who filed a similar lawsuit against the estate -- has also settled ... but he wanted in excess of $2 million, so we're guessing he got a little more than Ola.

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61.

Kaaka    


M.J = BOSS
This have become the anthem for every Halloween, it is always nice to walk down memory lane.

634 days ago
63.

MiMi    


On this day in 2010, the United States Library of Congress officially inducted "Thriller" into the National Film Registry.

634 days ago
64.

Brigha from UK    

Since MJ died we have had a glimpse into the extraordinary life he led. Truth is, his business affairs grew too big to manage himself. He was forced to delegate and his lawyers, advisors and managers all wanted a piece of the pie.
Michael was sued hundreds of times (some genuine but mostly frivolous claims) and even if he won, his legal fees were so hefty that it was a pyrrhic victory.
People are driven into therapy because they find the stress of just ONE legal suit is unbearable. MJ must have found it totally overwhelming. No wonder he had insomnia and sought benzos to escape the worry A life so excessively complicated is typically unsurvivable.

I remember reading that Joseph gave each of the brothers a bank book when they were of age which contained all their earnings over the years.
I bet there were many times when MJ wished he could have gone back to the simplicity of that bankbook.
I think he was just so fed up of the whole mess that he chose to switch off.

634 days ago
65.

Brigha from UK    

And for those who praise the Estate....may I remind you that Branca, if he was such a 'friend' to MJ, could have helped him sort out his affairs at any time.
Where was he when MJ needed him?

634 days ago
66.

MiMi    

Michael Jackson fan gets gift from artist's estate

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James Waddell wears his shiny Michael Jackson glove on his left hand on vacation, at ballgames and practically everywhere else.

So of course Waddell asked for more Jackson music during a Christmas party last month that volunteers threw for him and other developmentally disabled residents at Community Haven.

He got his wish with a Jackson CD.

But the gifts kept coming for Waddell after he was featured in a holiday news story that caught the attention of the attorneys who administer Jackson's estate.

The Los Angeles attorneys recently sent a box of Jackson memorabilia, including a collection of concert DVDs, a Wii game and a T-shirt.

“Happy holidays and all of our best wishes for you in 2013!” said a letter written by a paralegal on behalf of attorneys John Branca and John McClain.

Waddell was, of course, delighted.

“He's Michael Jackson through and through,” said Kim Clark, a marketing coordinator at the Sarasota facility where Waddell, 46, has lived for 10 years. “Michael just makes him happy.”

On Friday, Waddell put on his curly black wig and a shiny red jacket that still had a No. 44 label from last year's Halloween costume contest.

Waddell showed off his new presents and listened to one of the concert DVDs in his living room.

Then he danced as if nobody was watching.

His feet shuffled on the carpet. He pumped his arms in the air and then shook his gloved left hand.

When Jackson took off his glove and flung it on the video, Waddell did the same.

A few minutes later, Waddell was still dancing as he headed to his job washing dishes at the Community Haven kitchen.


http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20130104/ARTICLE/130...

634 days ago
67.

nan    

Brighta
agree with your posts , but for some reason couldnt click on like.
My own personal opinion on the Thriller thing is,
They signed agreements , not knowing how big it would be.
John Landis issue was with a broadway show, not this video , from what i understand.
People were complaining in Beyonce videos because she just wanted to either not pay , or pay them scale just so they could put her name on their resume.
What do you think someone would settle for to put HIM on their resume?
no one really knew how big it was going to be ..
But Mj was HUGE..just to say you worjed with him ,made money for you
From what I understand , the dancers didnt even have a union and just got paid for the day as was the norm back then.they didnt get royalties
Michael was an artist ..He wasnt running the business end perhaps Branca or someone else was..
I dont blame Ola for going for some royalties and even she has said it wasnt MJ fault , but if this wasnt some kind of annoyance claim, she would have been paid much more then that
You can trip on a sidewalk and get more then that .

634 days ago
68.

HumanNature    

WHAT'S IMPORTANT IS THAT BRANCA IS THERE "NOW"!!!!!


AND BRANCA AND MCCLAIN HAS BEEN DOING AN "EXCELLENT" JOB STRAIGHTEN OUT MJ's FINANCES!!!!

634 days ago
69.

HumanNature    

MICHAEL JACKSON, THE KING OF ALL MUSIC


HIS "SPIRIT" LIVES ON!!!!

634 days ago
70.

Kimbo    

Yes, Branca is there now


But where is MJ???

HO HO HO,,


Merry delayed Christmas!

634 days ago
72.

Jen    

Just another whore who jumped on the "sue Michael" bankw... sorry bandwagon.

633 days ago
74.

Warren    

TMZ should try to get a copy of Ola's contract so all can see why she got paid so little for being the co-star in the biggest musical video.

633 days ago
75.

Karl    

She lives in Sacramento and gets her hair done at a beauty school. Cheap mofo.

633 days ago
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