By Aaron Miller-
A fresh law suit filed by the one of Michael Jackson’s former obscure manager’s, Tohme Tohme is to be tested at trial.On Tuesday, January 14th, nearly a decade after Jackson’s death, a trial is scheduled to begin that will explore the singer’s final, strange days, and in particular, his relationship with Tohme Tohm, a former Colony Capital consultant,
The hearing will be heard by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark A. Among the witnesses to be called to the stand in the trial are John Branca, John McClain, Katherine Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, and Tom Barrack Jr. Others include Jackson’s mother Katherine, his brother Jermaine, and notable agents and lawyers in the entertainment industry, and Thomas Barrack Jr., a confidant of Donald Trump whose Colony Capital spared Jackson from being evicted from Neverland , following the loan on the property.
Michael Jackson died of an overdose on propofol in 2009. Central to the case is a claim for what could amount to billions of dollars. Tohme’s lawsuit, filed back in 2012, makes multiple claims of debts owed to him for services performed on behalf of the late singer, whose reputation has been torn apart after sexual abuse allegations revealed in a recent documentary aired in both the Uk and The U.S- ‘ Never Leave Neverland.
In the lawsuit, Tohme claims to have provided the necessary “advice, guidance, and skilful work” to improve Jackson’s public image, alleviate the singer’s financial situation, and facilitate a final tour for the former music Icon. Tohme alleges a debt from the Michael Jackson Estate of a 15 percent commission on compensation that Jackson received during his final 12 months alive.
He also claims a portion of revenues relating to ‘This Is It’, the concert film that grossed hundreds of millions of dollars. On top of that, he is seeking a finder’s fee for securing a loan that prevented foreclosure on Jackson’s beloved Neverland Ranch home.
Under a services agreement as the mogul’s manager, Tohme received a $35,000 monthly fee on top of a 15 percent commission, but Michael Jackson’s Estate says the agreement was terminated before Jackson’s death. Jackson’s Estate also accuses him of breaching his fudiciary duties by securing a very lucrative financial package for himsel