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The Estate V Tohme Tohme
« on: February 20, 2012, 12:19:48 PM »
http://www.forbes.com/sites/rogerfriedman/2012/02/17/michael-jackson-executors-finally-sue-singers-final-manager/

MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT | 2/17/2012 @ 2:42PM
Michael Jackson Executors (Finally) Sue Singer's Final Manager
Roger Friedman, Contributor


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 documents 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.

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Re: The Estate V Tohme Tohme
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2012, 12:22:22 PM »
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/michael-jackson-estate-sues-ex-manager-unconsionable-contracts-article-1.1024609

Michael Jackson's estate sues ex-manager over 'unconscionable' contracts
The lawsuit focuses on alleged financial abuses in the last year of the singer's life
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Friday, February 17, 2012, 5:16 PM


LOS ANGELES — 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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Re: The Estate V Tohme Tohme
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2012, 12:24:42 PM »
http://www.newsday.com/news/jackson-estate-ex-manager-sue-over-earnings-share-1.3538689?qr=1

Jackson estate, ex-manager sue over earnings share
Originally published: February 17, 2012 4:14 PM
Updated: February 17, 2012 8:56 PM
By The Associated Press  ANTHONY McCARTNEY (AP Entertainment Writer)


(AP) -- A legal war erupted Friday over earnings from Michael Jackson's estate with a former manager claiming a 15 percent stake and the singer's executors seeking to block any payments to the former adviser.
Attorneys for Jackson's estate and Tohme R. Tohme filed dueling cases over the adviser's claims that along with Jackson's mother and three children, he is entitled to a sizable share...


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Re: The Estate V Tohme Tohme
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2012, 12:26:37 PM »
http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/tribu/sns-rt-us-michaeljackson-lawsuittre81h02c-20120217,0,1633558.story

Michael Jackson estate sues former MJ manager
Tim Kenneally
Reuters
8:00 p.m. CST, February 17, 2012



LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Michael Jackson has been dead and buried for nearly three years now -- but his legacy lives on in the court system.

The estate of the deceased pop singer filed a lawsuit against Jackson's former personal manager, Tohme R. Tohme, for breach of fiduciary duty.

In the suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, the Jackson estate accuses Tohme -- who managed Jackson from the beginning of 2008 until shortly before his June 2009 death -- of exercising bad business judgment while rewarding himself handsomely in the process.

"After being hired by Michael Jackson ...espondent Tohme took control of virtually all of Jackson's personal and professional affairs, then did as he pleased," the suit reads. "With no oversight or supervision, Tohme quickly set about to and did install a far-reaching and very lucrative financial package for himself obtained as a result of a manifest breach of his fiduciary duties."

According to the suit, Tohme wrangled a monthly retainer of $35,000 for himself, on top of a 15 percent cut of Jackson's gross earnings.

The suit also says Tohme failed to adequately disclose his business ties to Colony Capital, which took over Jackson's Neverland Ranch during the singer's financial woes in 2008. The Jackson estate alleges that, after Tohme hooked the "Beat It" singer up with Colony, he received a 10 percent finder's fee on the refinanced loan -- worth $24 million -- along with the promise of a 10 percent take on any future sale of the home for himself.

The suit says that Jackson finally canned Tohme "no later than April 14, 2009" -- significantly, the day on which an auction of Jackson's personal Neverland possession went on view. The auction, arranged by Tohme, never took place; in the suit, the Jackson estate alleges that Tohme has wrongfully obtained some of Jackson's belongings.

"Tohme used his powers as Jackson's fiduciary and agent to take possession of both money and valuable personal property belongings that he never returned to Jackson or the Executors, or properly accounted for," the suit reads.

Jackson's estate is asking that Tohme "immediately and fully account for a return to the estate all money and personal property entrusted to him by any time by Jackson," plus damages, interest, attorney's fees and legal costs.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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Re: The Estate V Tohme Tohme
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2012, 12:29:34 PM »
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/michael_jackson_estate_ex_manager_YJ9Ljys0bM8E8Sq1hc4cOI

Michael Jackson estate, ex-manager sue over earnings share
ASSOCIATED PRESS
Last Updated: 2:52 AM, February 18, 2012
Posted: 2:50 AM, February 18, 2012


LOS ANGELES — A legal war erupted Friday over earnings from Michael Jackson's estate with a former manager claiming a 15 percent stake and the singer's executors seeking to block any payments to the former adviser.

Attorneys for Jackson's estate and Tohme R. Tohme filed dueling cases over the adviser's claims that along with Jackson's mother and three children, he is entitled to a sizable share of the singer's post-death earnings. The estate has earned more than $300 million since Jackson's June 2009 death.

Jackson's estate claims Tohme used undue influence to get Jackson to sign several deals that lined his pockets and that he improperly gave away some of the singer's property. 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.

Tohme's lawsuit, filed in Santa Monica, Calif. claims he was influential in reviving Jackson's career after he was acquitted of child molestation charges. His lawsuit states he worked diligently to create "a financial and career strategy that would provide stability for Michael Jackson and his children."

Estate attorney Howard Weitzman wrote in a statement released Friday morning that he expected Tohme to file suit and that the estate was asking a probate judge to block the former adviser's claims.

"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.

Tohme served as Jackson's manager from January 2008 until March 2009. His suit claims he was instrumental in getting the singer to move to Los Angeles to prepare for a career comeback and was key to the singer signing an agreement with AEG Live for a series of comeback concerts in London dubbed "This Is It."

Rehearsal footage was turned into a film of the same name, and Tohme was credited in the picture as Jackson's personal adviser.
Jackson's estate however contends that Tohme has improperly retained Jackson's property and financial records and forced the singer to sign unconscionable contracts. One of the deals, which dealt with the refinancing of debt on Neverland Ranch, called for Tohme to receive $2.3 million. 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.

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 estate's complaint states.

Tohme's lawsuit notes that he returned $5.5 million to Jackson's estate in July 2009. He told The Associated Press at the time that the singer had stockpiled the money to purchase a "dream home" in Las Vegas.
Tohme and the estate have been battling over payments for more than a year.

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Re: The Estate V Tohme Tohme
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2012, 12:32:26 PM »
http://www.tmz.com/2012/02/17/michael-jackson-dr-tohme-tohme-lawsuit-estate/?adid=hero2#.T0Iu8IcaPZU

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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Re: The Estate V Tohme Tohme
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« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2012, 04:46:13 PM »
I hope the Estate will crush him. And his friend Jermaine too.

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« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2012, 03:43:53 PM »
http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/17/michael-jacksons-estate-sues-a-former-personal-manager/

February 17, 2012, 6:13 PM
Michael Jackson’s Estate Sues a Former Personal Manager
By BEN SISARIO


The estate of Michael Jackson has filed a lawsuit against one of Mr. Jackson’s former managers, accusing him of breach of fiduciary duty and seeking to recover some of the pop star’s personal property.

The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, accuses Tohme R. Tohme — Mr. Jackson’s personal manager from early 2008 until a few months before his death in June 2009 — of making bad business deals on his behalf and of paying himself large fees in the process.

For example, the suit says that in addition to the 15 percent of gross earnings that most artist managers take in compensation, Mr. Tohme arranged for a retainer of $35,000 a month, plus expenses. Mr. Tohme, who was born in Lebanon and has styled himself a doctor, was described by The Associated Press in a profile as “a financier with a murky past.”

In offering what it says is an example of breach of fiduciary duty, the lawsuit contends that Mr. Tohme did not fully disclose to Mr. Jackson the extent of his business connections with Colony Capital, the real estate investment company that took over his Neverland Ranch in 2008, when the singer was on the brink of insolvency. After introducing Mr. Jackson to Colony, the suit contends, Mr. Tohme claimed a “finder’s fee” of 10 percent of the $24 million refinanced loan on the house as well as a 10 percent cut of any future Neverland sale.

And in a glimpse into his last months, the suit says that Mr. Jackson fired Mr. Tohme “no later than April 14, 2009,” the day after an auction of thousands of Jackson’s personal items from Neverland went on view in Los Angeles; that auction, which had been arranged by Mr. Tohme, was shut down before any sales were made. The suit says that Mr. Tohme still possesses property belonging to the estate.

Mr. Tohme, who was close enough to Jackson’s family and inner circle that he spoke at a news conference at the U.C.L.A. Medical Center announcing the singer’s death, could not be reached for comment.

But the Jackson estate said it planned on hearing from him soon. In a statement on Friday, Howard Weitzman, a lawyer for the estate, said: “We expect Mr. Tohme to file a lawsuit against 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.”

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« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2012, 09:31:23 PM »
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/michael-jacksons-manager-tohme-tohme-lawsuit-293109

Why Michael Jackson's Former Manager Is Fighting With the Estate
In dueling lawsuits filed on Friday, both sides paint different pictures about the last years of Jackson's life.
11:55 AM PST 2/21/2012 by Eriq Gardner


The last few years of Michael Jackson's life are the subject of dueling lawsuits filed Friday on the part of both the Michael Jackson estate and the late singer's former manager, Tohme Tohme, against each other. Both sides present different pictures about how the "King of Pop" attempted to get his career back on track. At stake is at least 15 percent of the hundreds of millions of dollars earned since Jackson died on June 25, 2009.

The estate, now run by entertainment lawyer John Branca and music industry veteran John McClain, agree that Tohme played a big role in the last year of Jackson's life. But according to their complaint, Tohme's goals were mostly selfish. "With no oversight or supervision," says the lawsuit, "Tohme quickly set about to and did install a far-reaching and very lucrative financial package for himself obtained as a result of a manifest breach of fiduciary duties."

Tohme, of course, paints a different picture in his own complaint. "At the time Tohme began working with Michael Jackson in 2008, Michael Jackson's personal and financial affairs were in turmoil," his lawsuit reads. "Through Tohme's advice, guidance, and skillful work, Michael Jackson's public image was greatly improved, he was returned to the public eye as the 'King of Pop,' and was positioned to sign the agreements with AEG Live for the historic shows at London's 02 Arena which led to the documentary concert film, 'This Is It!' and, ultimately, millions of dollars for the Jackson Estate."

Who exactly is Tohme Tohme?

The Estate  presents him as a character who had no experience whatsoever as a personal manager for any artist by the time he began working for Jackson in 2008.

Tohme himself doesn't offer much background either, but traces his work for Jackson back to a dispute that erupted between the singer and Sheikh Abdullah of Bahrain, whose music label had signed Jackson to an exclusive production agreement. The relationship between Jackson and the Prince of Bahrain went south and for several years in the middle part of the last decade, Jackson wasn't able to create anything new as the two were in court with each other. Tohme says that he personally stepped in here, flying to Bahrain to make peace, which he says led to a settlement agreement.

Afterwards, Tohme assumed his role as Jackson's personal manager. Much of his work involved housing, loans and coordinating media appearances. One piece of work -- efforts to save Jackson's beloved Neverland Ranch -- is important to both lawsuits.
Tohme, repped by LA law firm Sheppard Mullin, says that the home was on the verge of foreclosure, and that at Jackson's request, he supervised negotiations of the contracts for the buyout of the loan to prevent foreclosure. Specifically, he talked to many lending institutions before eventually getting Colony Capital to agree to provide $23 million in financing. For the work, Tohme says he was promised a 10 percent loan finder's fee, or $2.3 million.

The estate agrees that Tohme was promised in writing a finder's fee, but also says that Jackson signed the documents without getting a full explanation of what he was doing, without having the benefit of an arm's length negotiation, and without having an independent legal advisor. The estate maintains that Tohme had many conflicts in his various duties, that Colony reaped a tremendous deal, and that Tohme placed his interests above Jackson's.

Similar allegations are made to the "Services Agreement" that Jackson signed with Tohme on July 2, 2008, which formalized the relationship between the singer and his personal manager. For services that included event management, maintaining licensing agreements, coordinating payments, and managing housing and personal business affairs, Tohme was to get "15 percent of all gross compensation" of Jackson's various endeavors.

Again, the estate says the deal happened without independent legal advice, an arm's length negotiation, or an explanation of what the singer was signing. Instead, Jackson signed the deal, according to the estate, because he trusted that Tohme wouldn't lead him to a deal that held provisions that "far exceed normal and customary terms for personal managers, and particularly managers with Tohme's complete lack of experience for any artist, let alone an artist comparable to Jackson."

Tohme might have gotten more for his services, but he says that he did quite a bit for Jackson during his last days. He says he was instrumental in doing the work that led to the AEG "This Is It!" concert series, that he negotiated and completed a contract for Broadway and cartoon adaptations of "Thriller," that he oversaw royalty examinations, that he approved licensing agreements, worked with lawyers to resolve trademark issues, worked on re-releases, played an instrumental role in the implementation of Michael Jackson's website, and much more.
Having completed those services, Tohme feels he's entitled to the 15 percent commission, which includes a cut of the hundreds of millions of dollars that have been earned in the years since the singer died. He's also seeking his finder's fee from the Neverland loan, and wants the estate to submit to an accounting.

Meanwhile, the estate says that Tohme's power grab finally became too much for Jackson before the singer's death. Not only did Tohme enter into a "Services Agreement" with Jackson, he also got his client to hand over power of attorney and also had him sign an indemnity agreement. With those powers, Tohme allegedly executed the transfer of copyright interests in artwork to charities and took possession and control over some of Jackson's property.

In March, 2009, Jackson terminated Tohme, according to the estate. In their lawsuit against Tohme, Branca and McLain seek to "unwind the self-serving and unconscionable agreements," recover property, and gain damages from breaches of fiduciary duty.
Tohme is responding in part by suing the executors of the estate for breaching the indemnity agreement.

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Re: The Estate V Tohme Tohme
« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2012, 11:41:19 PM »
http://www.forbes.com/sites/rogerfriedman/2012/02/17/jackson-estate-lawsuit-to-reclaim-900-mil-art-collection/

Roger Friedman,
MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT | 2/17/2012 @ 3:14PM
Jackson Estate Lawsuit: to Reclaim $900 Mil Art Collection


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

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Re: The Estate V Tohme Tohme
« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2012, 11:42:59 PM »
http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/38048/the-10-craziest-things-about-the-900-million-michael-jackson-art-feud/

The 10 Craziest Things About the $900 Million Michael Jackson Art Feud
by Ashton Cooper
Published: July 12, 2011


When the news broke recently that Michael Jackson had a $900 million art collection, most people probably had the same reaction: Michael Jackson had a $900 million art collection?! Furthermore, all but the most fanatical of Jackson fans were probably unaware that the late singer was himself a visual artist. (Though, to be honest, did anyone really know much of what he was up to behind the gates of his mansion/playground/amusement park/zoo?) Word of the collection, which contains many original works by the singer as well as valuable presidential memorabilia, came to light due to a legal feud surrounding the sale: At the request of his family, lawyers running the Jackson estate are attempting to block the $87.7 million sale of the art collection to an unnamed buyer by Jackson's former art mentor, who claims legal right to the trove.

Like most things surrounding the late music legend, the details are convoluted and crazy. Here, ARTINFO takes you step-by-step through everything you need to know about the Michael Jackson art collection dispute.

1. A MYSTERY INTERNATIONAL BUYER WANTS MJ'S ART

No matter how you cut it, the values being tossed around for Michael's art are huge. An unnamed international businessman has reportedly purchased the entirety of the 182-piece collection for $87.7 million. Is this credible? Yes. Back in 1990, "The Book" — reportedly the only portrait for which Jackson ever sat — sold for $2.1 million to Hiromichi Saeki Corp. Hiromichi Saeki was a Japanese merchandiser and concert promoter of Jackson's.

2. BUT HIS ART MAY BE WORTH A LOT MORE

It would seem that $87.7 million is no small chunk of change. But it dwarfs the amount that appraiser Eric Finzi, a member of the International Society of Appraisers, has said that the trove is actually worth (in an interview with Star Magazine, so caveat emptor): a staggering $902.5 million. What could justify the huge sum? "Michael's mystique in life combined with this exposure of his wonderful fine art creations following his tragic death will escalate the value of these works and the popularity of his artistic vision worldwide," Finzi said, adding, "I do not think we have begun to see the true value of this fine art yet."

3. MICHAEL HAD AN ART MENTOR

Australian artist Brett-Livingstone Strong, whom Jackson called a modern day Michelangelo, served as master to Michael's apprentice. Strong's artistic output includes creating a painting of the Sydney Opera House at the royal invitation of Queen Elizabeth II, carving John Wayne's face into a 116-ton rock that sold for $1.1 million and is now in the library of Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, Texas, and sculpting a life-size bronze statue of John Lennon that was unveiled by Andy Warhol. Strong was commissioned by Chief Justice Warren Burger to create the National Monument to the U.S. Constitution and NASA's National Space Exploration Monument in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. Strong's misty and kitschy pseudo-Renaissance portrait of Jackson, "The Book" holds the record for highest price ever garnered by a living artist for the sale of a portrait. Strong also painted a Pre-Raphaelite-esque scene of Jackson in a lily pond surrounded by bare breasted water nymphs that takes directly from John William Waterhouse's 1896 painting "Hylas and the Water Nymphs." In Strong's version, the head nymph bears the likeness of Lisa-Marie Presley.

4. THE MENTOR INHERITED ALL OF MJ'S ART

Brett-Livingstone Strong is also the seller of the dubious collection. The art was given to Strong, apparently at the request of Jackson, by Jackson's final business manager Dr. Tohme Tohme — a Lebanese financier who rescued Neverland from foreclosure in 2008 and has never revealed any details of his life or career to the press. Tohme wrote in a letter dated November 2008 to Strong: "Michael wants you to know he is truly grateful for the loyalty you have shown him over the years, and he views this as a small token of appreciation for your continued friendship and artistic partnership."

5. THE BEQUEST IS IN QUESTION

There is some serious haziness concerning the validity of the document bequeathing the art to Strong, because allegedly neither Jackson's signature nor initials appear on. And somehow, it just doesn't seem like the word of Dr. Tohme Tohme should be legally binding.

6. THE FOUNDER OF CIRQUE DE SOLEIL MAKES A CAMEO

Though the identity of the collection's ultimate purchaser is unknown, two of the under bidders are known. Billionaire Guy Laliberté, who is the founder of Cirque du Soleil and a World Poker Tour participant. The other is Howard Mann, a Toronto gambling entrepreneur and business partner to Jackson's mother Katherine. Mann is also now a driving force in attempting to stop the sale. It would appear that he is a sore loser, though the Jackson camp is claiming that allowing Strong to sell the collection is cheating Jackson's children Prince, Paris, and Blanket out of their inheritance. Is it a coincidence that the only known bidders on the Jackson collection are high stakes gamblers? Probably not.

7. AS AN ARTIST, MJ WAS INSPIRED BY AMERICA

The King of Pop created a myriad of pieces inspired by the American presidency and other historical figures, including his first work entitled "We the People," a piece executed on presidential archival paper estimated to be worth $3 million; a sketch of "The White House Doors," also said to be worth $3 million; and sketches of Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington, suggested to be worth $8.1 million all together. Jackson also collected a U.S. Presidency Seal signed by Ronald Reagan and JFK's rocking chair, which was given to Jackson by, wait for it, Roy E. Disney.

8. JACKSON WAS ALSO A BURGEONING ARCHITECT

Also within the collection are elaborate designs of chairs, gates, sculptures, and doors that Jackson designed for Neverland Ranch. One such project Jackson titled "Peter Pan Magic Gate."

9. HE WAS ALSO REALLY INTO ART ABOUT HIMSELF

Perhaps unsurprisingly, one of Michael Jackson's favorite subjects was Michael Jackson. He created a self-portrait inscribed on a plaque that was intended to decorate the entrance to a Neverland theater. There are also sketches of his own feet doing the moonwalk that have been valued at $600,000, as well as signed sepia prints of his portrait "The Book."

10. MJ'S STUDIO IS ALSO OUT OF THIS WORLD

And where did MJ create all this art? At a secret airport hangar at Santa Monica Airport. He needed an entire hangar to draw sketches?!

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Re: The Estate V Tohme Tohme
« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2012, 07:59:27 AM »
THANKS TO IVY AT MJJC ESTATE V TOHME TOHME SUMMERY

- Tohme states for the year before Michael's death , he served as Michael's manager, advisor, personal representative and spokesperson.
- Tohme claims he positively brought Michael to the public eye as the King of Pop
- Tohme says he assisted Michael managing his and his children's lives.

- According to Tohme Michael was in financial turmoil due to
--- 2005 trial and not being able to work
--- excessive spending habits
--- financial mismanagement

- Tohme says Michael's hiring and firing managers contributed to a confusion about Michael's business affairs and finances.
- According to Tohme before he was hired
---- There was nobody that's reviewing and authorizing MIJAC licensing agreements that could bring in millions of income.
---- There were multiple lawsuits pending
---- A lawsuit in England restricted Michael to engage in creative endeavors.
---- There was a negative public perception due to molestation claims and settlements.

- Tohme says he became Michael's manager mid 2008.
- Tohme says
--- he reorganized Michael's business affairs
--- handle music licensing issues
--- renegotiate loans and debts
--- resolve legal problems
---prevented Neverland foreclosure
--- Michael's image improved and TII deal came up

- Tohme say that he's promised $2.3 million for Neverland and 15% of gross compensation earned by Michael commencing July 2, 2008 and it includes the time period after June 25, 2009 and monies paid to MJ Estate.

Bahrain visit and the agreement with 2 Seas Record
- According to the lawsuit the agreement said Michael cannot enter into new creative endeavors without the consent of 2 Seas Records.
- This lawsuit was ongoing in 2008.
- Tohme says he traveled to Bahrain and a settlement was reached in November 2008.
- This gave Michael freedom for future plans such as AEG TII deal.

- Tohme says after spending time in Bahrain, France and Ireland Michael returned to Las Vegas and later Tohme convinced him he need to move back to Los Angeles for his career.
- Early Fall 2008 Michael moves from LV to LA.
- Tohme says he arranged all aspect of Michael and his kids stay in Hotel Bel Air.
- Tohme says he arranged the leasing of Carolwood residence starting December 2008.

- Tohme says due to his advice and guidance combined with Michael's talent and faith in himself, Michael's happiness, focus and confidence has increased and he seriously proceeded with plans to return to the public eye.
- Tohme says he arranged Michael's media releases, disputed false and malicious stories and arranged positive stories such as MJ 50th Birthday interview on Good Morning America show.

- Mention of the Neverland deal and Michael's personal property and memorabilia. Tohme says without him all of those would be lost.
- Michael signs with AEG for TII concerts.
- Tohme says he suggested the name This is it! spoken in a high spirited tone.
- Tohme says he was involved in creating the 3 minute TV commercial that announced the O2 shows.
- Tohme says after the TII announcement a MJ Mania was created and sales of MJ related items such as music, merchandising has increased.
- Tohme says he was involved in the name and implementation of Michaeljacksonlive.com . Tohme says after Michael's death that website was used to advertise TII and exhibition at O2.
- Tohme says he arranged positive press releases about Michael.
- Tohme says he arranged travel, hotels, security and was searching for housing for Michael in England.

- Tohme says he called Ortega at Michael's suggestion to offer him the position of director at TII concerts.
- Tohme says he also hired a tour manager, hairdresser, stylist, seamstress, musicians and dancers for TII concerts.

- Tohme says that without him and him arranging the TII deal, MJ Estate couldn't have received the enormous sums from movie, licensing, DVD, album sales, mp3. merchandising and promotion.
- Tohme says his significant contributions is acknowledged by listing him at the credits.

- Tohme says he was not only Michael's manager but he was also a trusted friend and confidant.
- Tohme says Michael have him to POA's which gave Tohme complete power over Michael's financial affairs and authorized Tohme to conduct business in Michael's name.

-According to Tohme, Michael
--- appointed him to the board of directors Sony/ ATV
--- appointed him to be co trustee of MJ Publishing Trust (MIJAC) with Katherine
--- authorized Tohme to review and approve all licensing requests from MIJAC.

- Tohme says he received all the royalty payments from Sony on behalf of Michael
- Tohme says he set aside some of the royalty payments to purchase a house for Michael in Las Vegas and only Michael and Tohme knew about this.
- Tohme says after Michael's death he contacted the Estate and returned them the $5.5 million.

- Tohme mentions he filed a creditor's claim and Estate took no action on it.

- In regard to Neverland, Tohme claims he talked with other lending institutions but it didn't lead anywhere.
- Tohme says he then contacted Colony Capital who agreed to give $23 million.
- Tohme says he deserves $2.3 M due to the finder's agreement as well as 10% from any future sale of Neverland.

- July 2008 Michael and Tohme enter into a services agreement. In which Tohme was to provide several services and receive 15% of Michael's compensation.
- Tohme says he provided valuable services such as settlement with 2 Seas Records, AEG TII deal, Broadway musical of Thriller, animated cartoon series based on Thriller, Thriller Live show, BMI royalty issues, MIJAC licensing, trademark lawsuits, oversaw music recorded by Michael after July 2008, Michaeljacksonlive.com website, Michael Jackson video game, 2008 Halloween release of Thriller 25 at Maddame Tussauds with Sony, auditing and refinancing Sony / ATV, negotiated a contract with Sony about Off the wall, King of Pop Cd's with Sony Legacy, liaison to Sony/ ATV about new acquisitions, communicating with Sony in regards to Michael's business matters, resolution of lawsuits, securing memorabilia and oversaw matters about auctions / exhibitions.
- Tohme says he didn't receive any payment for the 15% he's entitled under Services agreement.

- August 2008, Michael and Tohme enters into an indemnity agreement in which Michael agrees to compensate Tohme for reasonable expenses including personal and legal fees in connection to services Tohme provided to Michael.
- Tohme says in this agreement Michael also agreed to not hold Tohme responsible for any damages, losses, claims, liabilities due to Tohme's services.

Claims
1. Breach of Neverland finder's fee agreement: Estate didn't pay Tohme the $2.3 Million he's entitled according to the Finder's fee agreement.
2. Breach of Services agreement: Tohme says he wasn't paid anything and he wasn't provided any accounting to calculate what he was owed.
Tohme asks for 15% of income from July 2, 2008 to June 25, 2009 and 15% of income after June 25, 2009 for matters on which Tohme provided services listed above.
3. Breach of Indemnity agreement: Estate breached that agreement by not providing professional and legal expenses.
4. Accounting: Tohme doesn't have sufficient information to calculate the amounts owed to him and he asks for accounting including all of the above mentioned items and monies received from them.
5. Declaratory relief: Tohme asks the judge to rule that he's entitled to 10% of Neverland deal and 10% from any future sale.
6. Declaratory relief: Tohme asks the judge to rule that he's entitled to receive accounting and 15% of gross income from the services he has provided.
7. Declaratory relief: Tohme asks the judge for a ruling about the reimbursement of legal and professional expenses.

Tohme is also asking for interest and damages as well as attorney fees.

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Re: The Estate V Tohme Tohme
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http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/michael-jacksons-manager-tohme-tohme-lawsuit-293109

Why Michael Jackson's Former Manager Is Fighting With the Estate
11:55 AM PST 2/21/2012 by Eriq Gardner


The last few years of Michael Jackson's life are the subject of dueling lawsuits filed Friday on the part of both the Michael Jackson estate and the late singer's former manager, Tohme Tohme, against each other. Both sides present different pictures about how the "King of Pop" attempted to get his career back on track. At stake is at least 15 percent of the hundreds of millions of dollars earned since Jackson died on June 25, 2009.

The estate, now run by entertainment lawyer John Branca and music industry veteran John McClain, agree that Tohme played a big role in the last year of Jackson's life. But according to their complaint, Tohme's goals were mostly selfish. "With no oversight or supervision," says the lawsuit, "Tohme quickly set about to and did install a far-reaching and very lucrative financial package for himself obtained as a result of a manifest breach of fiduciary duties."

Tohme, of course, paints a different picture in his own complaint. "At the time Tohme began working with Michael Jackson in 2008, Michael Jackson's personal and financial affairs were in turmoil," his lawsuit reads. "Through Tohme's advice, guidance, and skillful work, Michael Jackson's public image was greatly improved, he was returned to the public eye as the 'King of Pop,' and was positioned to sign the agreements with AEG Live for the historic shows at London's 02 Arena which led to the documentary concert film, 'This Is It!' and, ultimately, millions of dollars for the Jackson Estate."

Who exactly is Tohme Tohme?
The Estate  presents him as a character who had no experience whatsoever as a personal manager for any artist by the time he began working for Jackson in 2008.

Tohme himself doesn't offer much background either, but traces his work for Jackson back to a dispute that erupted between the singer and Sheikh Abdullah of Bahrain, whose music label had signed Jackson to an exclusive production agreement. The relationship between Jackson and the Prince of Bahrain went south and for several years in the middle part of the last decade, Jackson wasn't able to create anything new as the two were in court with each other. Tohme says that he personally stepped in here, flying to Bahrain to make peace, which he says led to a settlement agreement.

Afterwards, Tohme assumed his role as Jackson's personal manager. Much of his work involved housing, loans and coordinating media appearances. One piece of work -- efforts to save Jackson's beloved Neverland Ranch -- is important to both lawsuits.
Tohme, repped by LA law firm Sheppard Mullin, says that the home was on the verge of foreclosure, and that at Jackson's request, he supervised negotiations of the contracts for the buyout of the loan to prevent foreclosure. Specifically, he talked to many lending institutions before eventually getting Colony Capital to agree to provide $23 million in financing. For the work, Tohme says he was promised a 10 percent loan finder's fee, or $2.3 million.

The estate agrees that Tohme was promised in writing a finder's fee, but also says that Jackson signed the documents without getting a full explanation of what he was doing, without having the benefit of an arm's length negotiation, and without having an independent legal advisor. The estate maintains that Tohme had many conflicts in his various duties, that Colony reaped a tremendous deal, and that Tohme placed his interests above Jackson's.

Similar allegations are made to the "Services Agreement" that Jackson signed with Tohme on July 2, 2008, which formalized the relationship between the singer and his personal manager. For services that included event management, maintaining licensing agreements, coordinating payments, and managing housing and personal business affairs, Tohme was to get "15 percent of all gross compensation" of Jackson's various endeavors.

Again, the estate says the deal happened without independent legal advice, an arm's length negotiation, or an explanation of what the singer was signing. Instead, Jackson signed the deal, according to the estate, because he trusted that Tohme wouldn't lead him to a deal that held provisions that "far exceed normal and customary terms for personal managers, and particularly managers with Tohme's complete lack of experience for any artist, let alone an artist comparable to Jackson."

Tohme might have gotten more for his services, but he says that he did quite a bit for Jackson during his last days. He says he was instrumental in doing the work that led to the AEG "This Is It!" concert series, that he negotiated and completed a contract for Broadway and cartoon adaptations of "Thriller," that he oversaw royalty examinations, that he approved licensing agreements, worked with lawyers to resolve trademark issues, worked on re-releases, played an instrumental role in the implementation of Michael Jackson's website, and much more.

Having completed those services, Tohme feels he's entitled to the 15 percent commission, which includes a cut of the hundreds of millions of dollars that have been earned in the years since the singer died. He's also seeking his finder's fee from the Neverland loan, and wants the estate to submit to an accounting.

Meanwhile, the estate says that Tohme's power grab finally became too much for Jackson before the singer's death. Not only did Tohme enter into a "Services Agreement" with Jackson, he also got his client to hand over power of attorney and also had him sign an indemnity agreement. With those powers, Tohme allegedly executed the transfer of copyright interests in artwork to charities and took possession and control over some of Jackson's property.

In March, 2009, Jackson terminated Tohme, according to the estate. In their lawsuit against Tohme, Branca and McLain seek to "unwind the self-serving and unconscionable agreements," recover property, and gain damages from breaches of fiduciary duty.
Tohme is responding in part by suing the executors of the estate for breaching the indemnity agreement.

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