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The story of MICHAEL JACKSON, TOHME, TOM BARRACK and AEG LIVE. Part 2

March 22, 2013

Despite the incredible technical difficulty in writing I am still trying to make an outline of the events preceding Michael’s death – just to understand what forces were at play there.

HOW IT STARTED

The media said that by November 2008 Randy Phillips had been chasing Michael for two years already. It might be a slight exaggeration as exactly two years before that Michael was still in Ireland, but in December 2006 he did indeed return to the US, and AEG evidently appeared on Michael’s horizon almost immediately:

March 4 2009

In late November Randy Phillips, President and CEO of AEG Live, said that the company — which books and runs the O2 — has been chasing Jackson for two years looking for a multi-night engagement. Though no deal was signed at the time, Phillips said AEG has had a “standing offer” to Jackson since 2006 to re-create his landmark Thriller album in its entirety at the O2 but had struggled to nail down a firm deal with the elusive singer.

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1606272/michael-jackson-expected-announce-london-concerts.jhtml

However in 2007 Randy Phillips found Michael disinterested in their offer. Their first offer was a world tour, then it changed into a tour of several cities and then into a Las Vegas type residency tour.  But Michael was working with another concert promoter (Jack Wishna) and turned AEG down. Phillips’ then verdict was that Michael was “not ready”.

Phillips had his eye on Jackson for some time. In 2007, Phillips had approached the singer with a deal for a comeback, but Jackson, who was working with different advisors, turned him down. “He wasn’t ready,” Phillips recalled.

http://articles.latimes.com/2009/may/31/entertainment/et-michael-jackson31/2 

Michael Jackson in Los Angeles

In spite of what people said about Michael’s frail condition we cannot be sure that Michael was indeed ill at the time. Mentally and emotionally he was under a very heavy strain, and this did take a toll on his health. In the quiet of his beautiful mansion rented for him by Jack Wishna he could function as a family man, and could work on his music and practice dancing, but for facing an audience he needed at least some encouragement and goodwill from the general public. This was the essential component for his rejuvenation and would have worked miracles on him as the example of Ireland showed it.

However all of it was missing. What was present instead was open public hostility and ridicule which rid Michael of the last shreds of confidence in himself. 

Randy Phillips described Michael as a non-confident man. Like all of us he must have also seen the newspaper reports of Michael in a wheelchair and thought him to be in a very frail condition and not fit to perform. This was how he regarded him two years prior to their future agreement, and this is an important point for us to remember. 

When by the end of 2007 Michael’s financial situation aggravated and the problems with Neverland’s foreclosure became an urgency, Jermaine Jackson (and probably Janet Jackson living in Las Vegas at the time) brought in Tohme Tohme into Michael’s life with a request to help him save Neverland.

TOHME MEETS MICHAEL JACKSON

According to Tohme he met Michael in Las Vegas in 2008.

Tohme had previously worked with Colony Capital. He was absolutely not the only option for Michael Jackson at the time – besides Jack Wisha and his promising long-term deals in Las Vegas as well as occasional lucrative offers like the one from concert promoters like AllGoodEntertainment, Michael had a friend and advisor billionaire Ron Burkle who was also consulting him and offering him his own recipes of financial restructuring. However Tohme somehow managed to get the upper hand over the other possibilities:

Jackson‘s brother Jermaine enlisted the help of Dr. Tohme Tohme, an orthopedic surgeon-turned-businessman who had previously worked with Colony Capital. Tohme reached out to Barrack, who said he was initially reluctant to get involved because Jackson had already sought advice from Barrack’s friend and fellow billionaire Ron Burkle.  “I said, ‘My god, if Ron can’t figure it out, I can’t figure it out,’ ” Barrack said.

http://articles.latimes.com/2009/may/31/entertainment/et-michael-jackson31

From the Estate court documents now filed against Tohme we learn that Tohme began working for Michael in January 2008, so this must have been immediately after meeting him in Vegas.  The picture of Michael painted by Tohme is that of a man living in seclusion but nevertheless practicing, dancing and working on his music:

‘When I first met him in Las Vegas, he was out of touch. Michael was secluded and retreating from everybody. It was just him and his kids. He used to use the wheelchair. I said, let’s get rid of this. You have to realise that you had to baby Michael Jackson. I wanted people to see him as a healthy human being.

 

‘But he was working. We put a stage in his house in Vegas because before he was practicing in the local hotels. He was writing music, working with choreographers. And after we start talking to AEG for the London gigs, I decided Vegas was not the right place for Michael to stay at the time, especially for the children…it is very hot in the summer.

‘LA is where all the action is. I convinced him to move to LA and he took residence at the Bel Air Hotel for three months. Then I rented the house for him. Then we signed the deal with AEG and we went to London – him, his kids, and me – and stayed at the Lanesborough Hotel.’  

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1197571/Jackson-family-fallout-Exclusive-interview-manager-reveals-rift-funeral.html

Tohme said he talked with Michael Jackson for hours on the telephone and in person, and finally persuaded him to move to Los Angeles where “all the action is” (Tom Barrack and AEG are indeed there). 

For three months after coming to Los Angeles Michael lived in the Bel Air Hotel and at around Christmas time he took residence in the mansion in Carolwood drive which was rented for him by Tohme for a mere $1,2mln a year. The rent was to be paid from the advance Michael received in his deal with AEG Live. The chronology suggests that Michael moved to Los Angeles sometime in September 2008.

….after speaking with Tohme for “hours each day … on the telephone and in person,” Jackson agreed in fall 2008 to move back to Los Angeles. He took up residence in the luxurious Hotel Bel-Air, nestled in the hills above Sunset Boulevard.

In court filings, Tohme says he worked with the star on a months-long search for a rental property, culminating in the choice of the Holmby Hills residence where Jackson subsequently died.

 http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/michael-jackson-manager-tohme-lawsuit-351241?page=3&google_editors_picks=true

In August 2008,  possibly prior to his move to Los Angeles, Michael signed two General Powers of Attorney for Tohme. The documents invested Tohme with huge powers – now he was Michael’s fully authorized representative, so when Tohme later said that “everything was going through him” he was telling the truth (unfortunately).

But already the next month after authorizing Tohme to act on his behalf Michael was regretting it very much indeed. On September 23 he spoke to June Gatlin and she gathered from that conversation that Michael was deathly, deathly afraid of his manager Tohme. Within a month or so of seeing Tohme running his business Michael already realized that this person was bringing in a division between him and his representatives and had cut him off all his advisors so that he could no longer speak to anyone at all: 

Tohme - a divide between me and my representativesMJ: …There’s a divide between me and my representatives and I don’t talk to my lawyer, my accountant. I talk to him and he talks to them.

June: That’s not good.

MJ: I know it’s not good. I don’t like it. I wanna get somebody in there with him that I know and trust. … I don’t know what’s in my accounts. I don’t know.

NBC’s Jeff Rossen: How much control did Tohme Tohme have over Michael Jackson’s finances?

Frank Dileo: He had pretty much complete control.

JR: In what way?

FD: He had checking accounts, he was having money put into the accounts, he was signing checks.

JR: He was signing checks for Michael Jackson?

FD: Yeah, yeah…

JR: And Michael allowed him that?

Tohme - I don't know what's in my accountsFD: He gave him the power of attorney to do it.

The NBC correspondent said that Michael’s friends and business associates were sure that Tohme was abusing his power – both financially and emotionally, cutting Michael from his friends and even from his own family. Jeff Rossen talked to Dileo and Gatlin about it:

Jeff Rossen: Did Michael Jackson trust the wrong people?

Frank Dileo: A lot of times in his life he did.

JR: What did Michael tell you?

FD: He said he is trying to say who I can see and where I can see and I don’t like it.

June Gatlin: He’d taken over Michael’s complete life. He’d taken over. Michael was deathly afraid of him. Deathly afraid.

JR: What was he afraid of?

June: He was afraid of who this man is, afraid of whatever this man may or be capable of doing.

     Voiceover: “Court papers reveal that Tohme was accused of everything from Fraud to making threats.” 

Tohme in a wrongful deathThe General power of attorney did indeed give Tohme many rights, however it did not allow him to cut ties between Michael and his other partners or hide information from him.  These powers of attorney were not turning Michael into their prisoner and in case Tohme took wrong decisions Michael could exercise his right to revoke them – which he finally did in April 2009. 

However when in September 2008 Michael was speaking to June Gatlin he didn’t know what decisions Tohme was taking and what he was doing behind his back. To find it out he needed to talk to someone else whom he trusted and who could check, but all these people were cut off from Michael – which is the reason why Tohme was keeping Michael in isolation in the first place.

What we know of Tohme now was not known to Michael then, and though he was deeply apprehensive of Tohme, he was also involved with Tohme in his business over Neverland for which Tohme had been brought in at all, and this process was too late to stop. 

TOM BARRACK AND HIS COLONY CAPITAL

All Tohme’s help as regards Neverland was limited to contacting Michael with Tom Barrack of Colony Capital. From the media we learn that Barrack met Michael as early as 2008 when Michael was still in Las Vegas and was living in a “fifties stucco rental house in Palomino Lane” which is supposed to convey to us that it was a far cry from the grand house rented for him by Wishna in which Michael had lived until the end of 2007. 

The article in the LA Times written on May 31, 2009 or three weeks before Michael Jackson’s death is describing Tom Barrack in glorious colors as if he were a kind of a ‘savior’ of Michael Jackson. Their story sounds like a  complete fairy tale for Michael:

May 31, 2009

Tom Barrack, a Westside financier who made billions buying and selling distressed properties, flew to Las Vegas in March 2008 to check out a troubled asset. But his target was not a struggling hotel chain or failed bank.

It was Michael Jackson. The world’s bestselling male pop artist was hunkered down with his three children in a dumpy housing compound in an older section of town. At 49, he was awash in nearly $400 million of debt and so frail that he greeted visitors in a wheelchair. The rich international friends who offered him refuge after his 2005 acquittal on molestation charges had fallen away. His Santa Barbara ranch, Neverland, was about to be sold at public auction.

In Jackson, Barrack saw the sort of undervalued asset his private equity firm, Colony Capital, had succeeded with in the past. He wrote a check to save the ranch and placed a call to a friend, conservative business magnate Philip Anschutz, whose holdings include the concert production firm AEG Live.

Fifteen months later, Jackson is living in a Bel-Air mansion and rehearsing for a series of 50 sold-out shows in London’s O2 Arena. The intervention of two billionaires with more experience in the boardroom than the recording studio seems on course to accomplish what a parade of others over the last dozen years could not: getting Jackson back onstage.

http://articles.latimes.com/2009/may/31/entertainment/et-michael-jackson31

In fact Barrack describes the scene of meeting Michael with rare cynicism. According to his own words he got interested in the deal only when the Sony/ATV catalog was placed on the table in front of him: 

Barrack’s turn into entertainment investing began with a visit to Michael Jackson’s home in Las Vegas in 2008. Barrack had received a call from Tohme Tohme, a fellow Lebanese-American who had become Jackson’s business manager.

Jackson hadn’t released a new album or done a world tour in years, but he had three significant assets: the Neverland property, the MiJac catalogue of his own music, and the enormous Sony/ATV catalogue, which included, among other songs, most of the Beatles’ oeuvre. Jackson was facing a crisis, Tohme said. The holder of $270 million in loans to Jackson was foreclosing on Neverland and planned to sell it in five days. Would Barrack meet with Jackson? “It’s so not Tom’s thing,” Lowe says. “Getting roped into spending half an hour with Michael Jackson in some weird house is just not on his agenda.”

Somewhat grudgingly, Barrack arrived at Jackson’s fifties stucco rental on Palomino Lane. “Not one blade of grass,” Barrack says. “The house was old and musty.” The 1,000-plus-page Sony/ATV catalogue was on the table between them, and Barrack was quickly won over. “For sure, the guy is an absolute genius,” Barrack says. “He was remembering not just songs but every performance, every date, every script.” When it came to business matters, though, Jackson was lost. He knew only that if Neverland was foreclosed on as scheduled, it would trigger a cascade of financial devastation. For the past decade, he had repeatedly staved off financial reckoning by borrowing. Now he was out of options.

As a rule, Barrack is drawn to distressed situations. One of his rules for success.  http://nymag.com/news/business/69782/index2.html

So this is when Tom Barrack got interested. He was heading for another success story for himself.

TOM BARRACK SETS CONDITIONS

From the LA Times article I got the impression that during their talk in Las Vegas in March 2008 Tom Barrack practically set a condition to Michael Jackson that he would buy the foreclosure note on Neverland only if Michael had a new “caretaker”. 

If he was talking about a person it was surely Tohme Tohme who as a result of this change in status was turning from a mere one-time intermediary between Michael and Colony Capital into Michael’s full-time manager invested with huge powers.  

But since Barrack also mentioned a ‘podium’ he could also be talking of AEG Live whose boss Phil Anschutz was his personal friend and whose company Tom Barrack was imposing on Michael as a condition on which he would buy the foreclosure note on Neverland.  

Tohme - he said to the auctioneers there would be bloodshed

Tohme threatened the auctioneers that ‘there will be bloodshed”

It is also possible that Tom Barrack saw himself in the role of Michael’s “caretaker” as the title of the article below suggests it.  Whatever it was, it was due to those conditions set by Barrack that the two entities – Tohme and AEG Live – were firmly placed into Michael’s life.

Michael was given a choice to either go into business with these people or Barrack was not going to “save” Neverland.

 The condition of having Tohme as Michael’s caretaker will explain why in September 2008 Michael could not rid himself of this man though he was mortally afraid of him and realized that associating with him further bore him no good. In September 2008 Neverland was not yet “saved” and Tohme was a necessary condition for it to happen and therefore had to stay.

Either the LA Times correspondent got things mixed up or the timing provided by Barrack was intentionally wrong, but in that article Barrack says that his decisive meeting with Michael was around the time of the auction of Jackson’s home possessions. This is absolutely wrong as the auction was to be arranged in March 2009 while we are still in the year 2008 – even before the Colony Capital bought the foreclosure note on Neverland:

…he [Tom Barrack] was drawn to the deal. He owns a ranch five miles from Neverland, and his sons were among local children Jackson invited over for field days at the ranch.

With the auction of Jackson’s home and possessions just days away, Barrack made the singer a proposition.

“I sat down with him and said, ‘Look . . . we can buy the note and restructure your financial empire,’ ” Barrack said. But, he told him, “what you need is a new caretaker. A new podium. A new engine.”

Tohme, who acted as Jackson’s manager until recently, recalled the urgency of the situation. “If he didn’t move fast, he would have lost the ranch,” Tohme said. “That would have been humiliating for Michael.”

http://articles.latimes.com/2009/may/31/entertainment/et-michael-jackson31/2

To obtain Michael’s agreement to his suggestions Barrack portrayed to him all the horrors of his financial situation saying that he was heading for a disaster unless he went to work (with AEG).  My opinion is that much more lucrative deals could have been made with Jack Wishna and even AllGoodEntertainment, however the attraction of the Colony Capital/Tohme/AEG’s project was that it came as a package of settling the matter with Neverland, restructuring Michael’s finances and making a resident tour of shows in London on a short-term basis.

The difference from Jack Wishna’s project was that once a special Michael Jackson casino was launched it had to be run on a long-term basis while Michael didn’t really want to perform forever.  With AEG Live Michael hoped only for ten concerts and that was it.

Below is how Tom Barrack persuaded him into a deal with AEG Live. He presented it as a choice between Michael’s success story (if he went for Barrack’s plan) or a funeral (if he didn’t). In reality it was exactly the opposite of course, however there was no way for Michael Jackson to know it at the time. This article is actually where Barrack is setting his conditions to Michael:

Barrack had a relationship with the loan holder, Fortress, and was able to get an extension to give his Colony team time to crunch the numbers. They concluded that the only way to make a deal work would be for Jackson to start generating new revenue, which meant performing old material.

Two days later, Barrack called Jackson. “I told him: ‘Where you are is an insolvable puzzle unless you’re willing to go back to work. If you’re willing to do that, then we can help, but if you’re not willing to do that, it’s just presiding over a funeral.’ ” At first, Jackson demurred. “He really had a hard time with that, and he struggled for about three days. Finally, he calls back and says, ‘You’re right, I’ll do it.’ 

Colony agreed to bail out Jackson; in return, the firm would take ownership of Neverland and arrange for AEG, the concert promoter owned by Barrack’s friend Phil Anschutz, to stage a comeback. An unforeseen complication arose when Barrack received a call from the King of Bahrain, whom he knew from Sardinia, where Barrack owns much of the Costa Smeralda; astonishingly, Jackson had apparently forgotten that while being hosted in Bahrain, he had signed over a number of recording and performance rights to the king’s son. Colony had to buy out that interest. Jackson moved into a gated $100,000-a-month mansion in Bel-Air to prepare for a run of 50 concerts in London that would relaunch his career.

http://nymag.com/news/business/69782/index2.html 

The above was very informative.  First of all we get a confirmation of the condition on which Tom Barrack was to bail out Jackson – he would become the owner of Neverland and arrange for his friend Phil Anschutz Michael’s comeback shows (or otherwise the deal was off). 

In addition to that the article mentions some Michael’s “interest in recording and performance rights” which he had allegedly signed over to the prince of Bahrain. We learn that Tom Barrack also “bought them out” and is now their owner too. I wonder what that “interest” actually is.

Tom Barrack and friend are overlooking Neverland

I see why Michael called this place Neverland,” says Tom Barrack, the newest owner of Michael Jackson’s Neverland Valley Ranch.

The deal was proclaimed as “saving” Neverland though to me it sounds as an acquisition of very expensive property of 12,14 hectares at an extremely cheap price and at a very convenient location as it is only 5 miles away from Tom Barrack’s own estate. 

Wiki says that in 1988 Michael Jackson purchased the property for a sum variously reported to be $16.5mln to $30 mln, and invested into its development probably half as much or even more. Twenty years later Tom Barrack bought it at half the original price and announced in every paper that he “saved” it. I wonder how it was different from a simple purchase of the property below its market price?  

Wiki describes the events in the period of February – May 2008:

On February 25, 2008, Jackson received word from Financial Title Company, the trustee, that unless he paid off $24,525,906.61 by March 19, a public auction would go forward of the land, buildings, and other items such as the rides, trains, and art.On March 13, 2008, Jackson’s lawyer L. Londell McMillan announced that a private agreement had been reached with the private investment group, Fortress Investment, to save Jackson’s ownership of the ranch. Before the agreement, Jackson owed three months‘ arrears on the property.McMillan did not reveal the details of the deal.

On May 12, 2008, a foreclosure auction for the ranch was canceled after an investment company, Colony Capital LLC, purchased the loan, which was in default.  In a press release, Jackson stated, “I am pleased with recent developments involving Neverland Ranch and I am in discussions with Colony and Tom Barrack with regard to the Ranch and other matters that would allow me to focus on the future.

The deal was finalized in November 2008. The matter that would “allow Michael to focus on the future” was his deal with AEG Live which was to be struck two months later, in January 2009: 

On November 10, 2008, Jackson transferred the title to Sycamore Valley Ranch Company, LLC, and neighbors reported immediate activity on the property, including the amusement rides being trucked along the highway. Jackson still owned an unknown stake in the property, since Sycamore Valley Ranch was a joint venture between Jackson (represented by McMillan) and an affiliate of Colony Capital LLC (an investment company run by billionaire Tom Barrack). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neverland_Ranch

Let us note that November 2008 was the period when Michael had to fulfill Tom Barrack’s conditions irrespective of how fearful he was of Barrack’s friend Tohme Tohme or how apprehensive he was of going into a deal with AEG Live.  

And though in respect of Tohme as a condition for the deal we can still have some doubts, as regards AEG Live it is absolutely clear that it was a condition for the Neverland deal – Tom Barrack was sending Michael Jackson to work, and to work for AEG.

I was especially struck by the manner in which Tom Barrack spoke of Michael Jackson not as a human being, but as a troubled asset or “operating business” totally lacking any human component. He regarded Michael as a commodity:

Barrack built his fortune making deals, and in some ways, Neverland began as just another one—a contrarian bet on a troubled asset, an operating business backed by real estate. But in this case, the operating business was a person. Colony would bail Jackson out of his substantial debt; in return, the firm would assume ownership of Neverland, and Jackson, after a thirteen-year hiatus, would go back to work to generate new revenue.

http://nymag.com/news/business/69782/index1.html 

One of the most amazing things in this amazing recruiting business is that Tom Barrack takes the credit for giving Michael access to AEG and implies that he brought them over to him, though AEG had been hovering at Michael’s door for two years already before that. 

Despite his own story on how he forced Michael Jackson into working for AEG Live, in other sources Tom Barrack presents the case as if the “devout Christian” Anschutz had to be persuaded to go into the deal with Jackson and it was after Tom Barrack talked to his friend that he agreed to put Jackson in touch with Randy Phillips (!):

After buying Neverland, Barrack called his friend Anschutz. Barrack said the prospect of helping Jackson, given his recent criminal case, gave Anschutz, a devout Christian, pause. (Anschutz declined to be interviewed.) …Ultimately, Anschutz agreed to put Jackson in touch with Randy Phillips, the chief executive of his concert subsidiary.http://articles.latimes.com/2009/may/31/entertainment/et-michael-jackson31/2

Ultimately Anschutz agreed to put Jackson in touch with Randy Phillips?

I wish they had checked Randy Phillips’ accounts of the same period before they disgraced themselves by telling us Barrack’s arrogant nonsense. Some billionaires are definitely thinking too much of themselves.

And this “devout Christian” thing is simply driving me mad. If they weren’t repeating it so often I wouldn’t be tempted to recall equally often that devout Christians are supposed to care for their fellow beings and not to set impossible three month schedules with hardly any days off between the shows for 50-year old dancers who are to sing and not lip synch their songs while dancing.

Let me remind these devout Christians that other human beings are not machines and require rest between the shows, and that they should also be adequately remunerated for their job. And that tickets to the show of the best world performer should not be priced at a minimum but should cost at least twice as much, not leaving a chance for some concert promoters and touts to make fortunes on secondary tickets without moving their little finger and getting their ass off the chair they are sitting on.

The fact that it was AEG dying to get Michael into the deal is proven by one of those emails sent by Paul Gongaware and leaked to the press. Over there this co-CEO of AEG Live was giving advice to their negotiators (including Anschutz)  how to behave with Michael Jackson not to frighten him off from the start of it. The email makes it clear that even at the stage of meeting the big boss Philip Anschutz Michael was still wary and not too trustful of AEG Live. It also shows how very much willing AEG was to get Michael into their net.

To make Michael relax and develop trust in the AEG people Paul Gongaware instructed them to wear casual clothes and talk fluff with him (fluff –soft, light, downy mass; something of no consequence):

Anschutz invited Jackson to a meeting at a Las Vegas villa in September 2008. Paul Gongaware, an AEG Live executive who knew Jackson, emailed colleagues a strategy memo. Wear casual clothes, he told them, “as MJ is distrustful of people in suits” and expect to talk “fluff” with “Mikey.”

Besides Tom Barrack Tohme is also taking credit for arranging that London tour with Jackson. In his current court papers against the Estate he says that he “played a key, if unspecified, role in the series of 50 concerts Jackson was to perform in London starting in July 2009”. 

He [Tohme] points with pride to the crown jewel of his and the new Jackson team’s efforts: the contract with AEG for concerts at the 02 arena in London. http://www.today.com/id/31740617#.UUFxuBeeNEI

Well, even without them telling us we have already guessed that Tohme was one of the makers of that fraudulent contract with AEG Live that plunged Michael into a catastrophe of 50 concerts. 

It is the newly discovered link between all these people which is so big news to us now, same as the fact that the Neverland deal was used as a blackmail tool to make Michael agree to cooperation with AEG Live and forcefully plant Tohme into a position of Michael’s caretaker.

This is probably all we needed to know to explain to us why the contract with AEG was not even with Michael Jackson but with Tohme Tohme from the very beginning of it. 

This inseparable link between the Colony Capital – Tohme – AEG also explains why Tohme was on almost each page of AEG’s contract with Michael Jackson and was also placed on board of the Sony/ATV Music Publishing and made its trustee on a par with Katherine Jackson.

The whole deal was revolving around Michael’s “troubled assets” the charm of which was irresistible to the Colony Capital, especially since the situation allowed to obtain them as cheap and easy as the Neverland ranch. 

I believe that since the moment Tom Barrack saw that music catalog on that table in front of him, getting it into his hands with the help of Tohme and AEG Live most probably became his most cherished dream. 

To reach that goal Tohme not only had himself nominated to the Sony/ATV Music publishing board and became its trustee, but openly declared his plans to restructure Michael’s share in both the Beatles and Michael Jackson songs catalogs under the terms we can only guess at. 

In fact he said that he was working “with others” on that problem:

He said he was working with others to renegotiate the terms of Jackson’s main assets, his share of the Sony-ATV Music Publishing Catalog which includes music by the Beatles and the catalog of Mijac, the company that controls Michael Jackson’s own music.

http://www.azcentral.com/ent/celeb/articles/2009/07/04/20090704jackson-tohme.html

Frankly, now I am not even sure that AEG was the worst link in this triumvirate of greed and power around Michael – all the three heads of the dragon are equally ugly and worthy of each other.

TOHME TAKES DECISIONS FOR MICHAEL

Tohme said that Michael was not supposed to look into the way Tohne was running Michael’s business:

“We had an agreement,” Tohme continued. “I would never interfere with his creative decisions and he wouldn’t interfere with my business decisions.”

http://www.today.com/id/31740617#.UUFxuBeeNEI

This beautiful formula – which for sure was none of Michael’s inventions – is best illustrated by the way the negotiations with Randy Phillips of AEG Live were conducted. Michael was fully kept outside the business part of the talks. Whether voluntarily or under Tohme’s pressure, but talking business and money with AEG Live was wholly Tohme Tohme’s responsibility.  

Tohme's bankruptcy documents obtained by NBC

Tohme’s bankruptcy documents obtained by NBC. How could this man help Michael? Or was he using Michael to settle his own money problems?

At Conrad Murray’s trial Randy Phillips said that with Michael they discussed only the creative side of the show, while the money matters were ‘separate’ and were discussed between AEG Live and Tohme together with his lawyer Dennis Hawk. 

At first the negotiations took place between AEG, Tohme/Dennis Hawk and Peter Lopez as Michael’s lawyer. But Lopez was present only at the initial stage and said they had not gone further than the general concept of the arrangement. Then Peter Lopez was brushed aside which was common practice for Tohme who was “building a fence” around Michael and the negotiations continued in the absence of a lawyer representing Michael’s interests. Michael himself was not present either.

Initially, at the beginning of 2008 Michael may have probably even felt relieved that someone reliable and proficient, as he thought Tohme to be, had taken the pressure of business decisions off his shoulders so that he could focus on music at last – at the time he was working on a new album he had started in Ireland and was going to launch new music in addition to the London shows. 

Tohme - he has ways about himHowever by September 2008 when the powers of attorney were in Tohme’s hands Michael was already utterly unhappy with his new manager. He went along with him simply because he could not break that Neverland/Colony Capital –AEG –Tohme vicious circle, and it was only the shock of facing those 50 concerts with too little space between them which made Michael realize the disaster Tohme had got him into and made him fire him at last. 

AEG was not much different from Tohme. Even the name of the January document they sent to Tohme – a letter of intent which they later passed off as their contract – shows that these were their intentions towards Michael. And their intentions presented the worst possible conditions for their client and the best possible conditions for themselves. 

They included a theoretical possibility of a very harsh scenario which set 3,5 shows per week (the show/day-off/show/day-off regimen) for a leg of 10 weeks initially planned for July 26-September 30. This was the maximum that could be required of Michael by AEG in case Michael’s company Artistco approved the itinerary (Artistco was Michael Jackson Company LLC presided and run by Tohme).

The minimal number AEG Live fixed in that paper (which was not yet the final agreement) was 18 concerts for the first leg. If they had stopped at that it would have still been okay for Michael Jackson – if you spread 18 shows over the period of 10 weeks, the intensity of performing would be exactly two shows per week which was the maximum Michael Jackson wanted.

However since it was Tohme who ran Michael Jackson company LLC (Artistco) the number of 18 quickly turned into 30 shows crammed into the same limited period of time and into another 20 shows set at the same mad pace for the winter season of the tour. These were the decisions Tohme as the Colony Capital “caretaker” took for Michael Jackson, most probably without ever consulting him.

THE MONEY FOR TOHME’S SERVICES

For his dubious services to Jackson Tohme requested gigantic money. The first fee he charged was 10% of the $24,3mln paid by the Colony Capital for Neverland. This fee was to cover the purely symbolic service of bringing Michael Jackson and his friend Tom Barrack together though it was his responsibility as Michael’s manager to provide him with a choice with a view to select the best investor and the best restructuring plan.

Then Tohme arranged for himself a salary of $35,000 plus expenses, irrespective of the result of his work and further 10% from every Michael Jackson’s deal brought to him via Colony Capital.

On top of that Tohme was to get 15% of all gross compensation received by Jackson as a result of his work and a salary of $100,000 a month in a deal with AEG Live. 

This is very well laid out in the Estate’s suit against Tohme:

But the Jackson estate alleges that throughout his dealings on Jackson’s behalf, Tohme behaved with impro­priety. When he made the deal to prevent foreclosure on Neverland, says the suit, Tohme failed to disclose fully to Jackson that he had an existing (though unspecified) relationship with Colony. Jackson could have gotten better terms had he been represented by an independent adviser, says the estate, and the $2.5 million fee Tohme arranged for himself was far in excess of the norm.

 

…For rendering all these services, Tohme claims he is owed $2.3 million for his Ranch rescue, plus 15 percent of Jackson’s gross compensation starting July 2, 2008, and continuing beyond the pop icon’s death.

 

Apart from those deals, Tohme had arranged to have Jackson pay him $35,000 a month plus expenses to act as manager. He set up additional payments to himself of $100,000 a month to function as a producer for the London engagements.

http://www.azcentral.com/ent/celeb/articles/2009/07/04/20090704jackson-tohme.html

So Tohme also wanted 15% of all Michael Jackson’s gross compensation? 

Does it mean that Tohme was counting on having 15% of Michael’s money as a result of his 50 concerts for AEG? I hope I am wrong here but in the messy AEG papers this 15% Tohme’s share could easily become another of Tohme’s incomes in addition to the $100,000 which were already there…

This is probably a convenient moment to remind everyone that Tohme presented himself as a selfless guy who just wanted to help Michael and loved him very much from the bottom of his heart:

“I saw him with his children and I had never seen a better father. … I decided to do what I could to help him.”

“For the last year and a half I was the closest person to Michael Jackson,” Tohme said.

He would only briefly discuss Jackson’s finances. During his time with the superstar, Tohme said, he was paid nothing but was able to negotiate lucrative business deals that would secure the future of Jackson’s children.

The day Jackson died, as Tohme rushed to the hospital unsure if his friend was alive or dead, he said he remembered precious moments: Jackson bringing his children to Tohme’s house for Thanksgiving dinner; Jackson and his children singing “Happy Birthday” to Tohme on the phone; the last time he saw Jackson at Staples Center, rehearsing for his big comeback. And he remembered Jackson’s last words to him that day: “I love you.”

http://www.today.com/id/31740617#.UUFxuBeeNEI

As regards Tohme’s salary of $100,000 a month the biggest insult of it was that though it was initially proclaimed as AEG’s payment to Tohme in the long run it was to be paid from Michael’s pocket again – the ‘contract’ said that Tohme was to be paid by AEG Live while the Appendix included Tohme’s services into production costs, and production costs were eventually placed on Michael Jackson’s shoulders. 

If we threw away the Appendix (it doesn’t carry the date or signature anyway and could have been added by AEG at any time)  the only thing that would remain after that would be their ‘contract’  and Tohme would become AEG’s responsibility again.

TOHME AND AEG DISMISS PEOPLE AROUND MICHAEL

While Tohme was receiving $100,000 a month and was planning for himself the rest of those incredible payments he was firing  Michael’s closest associates at the pretext of cutting his expenses. The children’s nanny Grace Rwaramba was fired twice, allegedly on Jackson’s orders:

“I built a fence around Michael to keep people out,” he said, acknowledging that he cut costs by firing many members of the Jackson staff, including security guards. And he twice fired the children’s nanny, Grace Rawaramba, on Jackson’s orders. “I was trying to do what we could to maximize his profits and minimize spending. I wanted to find a way to reel in all the loans he had. http://www.azcentral.com/ent/celeb/articles/2009/07/04/20090704jackson-tohme.html

The correspondence around the nanny’s second dismissal in April 2009 is a fantastic proof of Tohme merging with AEG into so close a unity that the two became virtually indistinguishable from each other.

The fact is that another of Paul Gongaware’s emails says that it was actually him, the AEG co-CEO and not even Tohme, who fired the nanny of Michael’s children at the pretext of cutting his expenses:

AEG has been cutting down on Mr. Jackson’s expenses in anticipation of his upcoming tour. Unfortunately at this time the services you provide do not meet our needs,” AEG exec Paul Gongaware told Rwaramba April 19.

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music-arts/michael-jackson-full-doubts-hated-emails-reveal-article-1.1155107?pgno=1

If anyone is still under the illusion that AEG had no control over Michael Jackson’s life the above email will be just all you need to show to these people.

Besides the fact that AEG had no business to dismiss any of Michael’s personal staff, and this being clearly a move to fully isolate Michael from any assistance from the outside, it also raises the question how Michael Jackson was supposed to effectively get ready for the shows if he knew that there was absolutely no one to take care of his kids while he was at the rehearsals? Isn’t it a strange way for AEG to ensure Michael’s attendance of rehearsals every day?

PETER LOPEZ

Peter Lopez, MJ's lawyer

Peter Lopez, Michael Jackson’s lawyer, was dismissed around Feb.28, 2009. He died at the age of 60 on May 1, 2010 from a gunshot ruled as an apparent suicide.

The media made snide remarks about Peter Lopez’s dismissal which took place while Michael was preparing for the London concerts.

First of all the media saw it as Michael’s doing (though it was not) and second it regarded it as a sign of Michael backing out of his obligations to AEG Live.  I would not be surprised that this theory was leaked to the press by Tohme and AEG to coerce Michael into agreeing to their terms. 

The rumor of Peter Lopez being fired was leaked on February 28, 2009 which was a week before the March news-conference in London. 

By that moment a month had already passed since the AEG letter of intent was signed (January 26, 2009), however the matter was not yet finalized as there was still no final contract. Michael was surely insisting on his own trusted lawyer Peter Lopez to look into those documents and this must have been exactly the reason why the lawyer was fired.  That disgraceful document could not be shown to anyone at all for fear of its cancellation, so to me Peter Lopez’s dismissal at exactly that moment in time does not look like a mere accident. 

And all the rest of our conclusions are based on the fact that the contract was not signed. If there was no contract no performer would ever agree to take upon himself any obligations concerning any concrete shows – how could he if he did not know on what terms he was doing it and everything was still very indefinite and undecided? 

However Michael in that situation was termed “lazy” and a “coward”. This theme rings a familiar note and reminds us once again of the AEG Live co-CEO Paul Gongaware and his other email where he also called Michael “lazy” and said that he “constantly changes his mind to fit his immediate wants”. 

From the article below we find that the news conference where Michael was to announce his London shows was to take place approximately ten days earlieron February 24 or 25.  The staff of the O2 Arena was informed about the future announcement but it never came and no explanation was given for the delay.

This postponement also speaks to a big crisis in Michael’s life at that moment, which evidently arose due to a dispute over the need for Peter Lopez to review the contract before its finalizing. We will never know it for sure but from the way Tohme was running Michael’s business there is a possibility that Michael did not see the full AEG papers at all.

By the way it could be due to this terrible uncertainty over the documents and what he was getting into that Michael could be “drunk and despondent” on the day of that March news-conference… 

However for the Newshound paper all of it is much fun. The paper provides a full list of Michael’s fictional and true faults since time immemorial to explain how “lazy” Jackson is. What you see here is actually a sample of what AEG Live would have placed in every paper if Michael  had cancelled his concerts in 2009 :

FEBRUARY 28, 2009

The O2 residency; Jackson cries off again?

Sad but predictable news has reached the Newshound that Michael Jackson’s O2 negotiations have faltered for a third time.

Selected staff at Sony BMG’s London HQ had been briefed that Jackson would announce details of his O2 residency on Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, staff at the O2 arena were told over a week ago that the residency would be announced in a press conference on either Wednesday or Thursday of this week.

By midday on Thursday there was confusion at Sony HQ as to why the announcement had not been made. However, staff were reassured that the announcement would be made by the end of the day.

The announcement never came.

The Newshound is now hearing whispers that Jackson has fired Peter Lopez, the star’s music lawyer of several years. Lopez had been representing Jackson in negotiations surrounding the residency since they began in 2007. Rumours of the lawyer’s dismissal are as yet unconfirmed and the reasons behind the alleged dismissal remain unclear.

The Newshound, however, will be so bold as to venture that should these rumours prove true, there is just one reason behind the decision.

Jackson is extremely work shy and has been since the late ninties. In 1999 the star signed contracts to perform two concerts at the turn of the millennium. However, Jackson failed to perform those concerts and never offered a legitimate reason as to why.

Jackson approached his next studio album, Invincible, so lazily that Sony rejected it in its original state. Insiders claim that Jackson was so addicted to alcohol and painkillers that friends and colleagues feared for his life. The star reportedly had no interest in the project, earning most of his songwriting credits by changing occasional words in other people’s compositions.

Prior to the album’s release, Jackson performed two largely mimed concerts in New York, infuriating producer David Gest by showing up high on painkillers.

The star went on to record one music video for Invincible but shunned all subsequent promotion, branding his record company ‘racist’.

Later, in a 2003 television special, the star declared that he hated touring.

In late 2003 Jackson struck a peace deal with Sony, agreeing to embark on a short European tour to promote his ‘Number Ones’ compilation album. However, it is worth noting that although Jackson technically agreed to the tour, he had already got wind of an impending child abuse allegation and hired Mark Geragos as his defence lawyer. As such, it could be the case that Jackson knew he would never have to fulfill that particular obligation.

Since his child molestation trial Jackson has promised charity singles, a music video and an album – and, more recently, claimed to be ‘finalising’ TV specials and a world tour. To date none of these projects, some of which date back to 2005, have ever seen the light of day.

No evidence exists to suggest that the star has completed any work on his new record apart from a lackluster duet with Akon, featuring a vocal so half-hearted that Jackson could have recorded it in under an hour.

Jackson displayed further laziness early last year when he reneged on a deal with Sony to promote ‘Thriller 25’ at the Grammy Awards. The star was due to perform a live medley and then complete a backstage interview for the promotional podcast series known as the ‘Thrillercasts’.

Jackson angered Sony by failing to complete either activity and enraged Grammy organisers to such an extent that they cancelled an ‘all-star salute to the King of Pop’, despite having already advertised it on national television.

Sony sources also told the Newshound in late 2007 that Jackson had recently backed out of an X Factor appearance, claiming he had done so because the press had ‘ruined the surprise’.

During the last 18 months Jackson has become involved in serious discussions with AEG Live – promoters for the O2 arena – on three separate occasions; once in late 2007, once in early 2008 and once during the last fortnight.

It seems that firing Peter Lopez could be Jackson’s way of backing out for a third time, effectively killing the negotiations by removing his only point of contact. This would be typical of Jackson’s cowardly approach to dealing with problems, which tends to consist of either running away and leaving somebody else to clear up his mess or trying to place the blame on a third party. Or, quite often, both.

However, speculation is rife that the O2 has already booked dates for Jackson’s residency, with no concerts currently being marketed between July 6th and August 5th. Rumour also suggests that some papers could already have been signed, which – if true – could leave Jackson fighting one of the most intense legal battles of his career.

The future of Jackson’s O2 residency is unclear. The only certainty is that Sony employees and O2 employees were expecting an announcement on Wednesday or Thursday. That announcement never came. At the same time, the steady stream of leaked information has once again dried up, suggesting that negotiations have ceased.

More as and if the Newshound hears it.

Mahalo!
The Lowly Newshound

http://lowlynewshound.blogspot.ru/2009_02_01_archive.html 

Unfortunately now we cannot ask Peter Lopez about the circumstances around that news conference and the reason why he was fired –  a year after Michael’s death Peter Lopez committed a suicide by shooting himself . For some reason there was no weapon found beside his body.

MICHAEL FIRES TOHME

On May 5, 2009 Michael Jackson fired Tohme Tohme AGAIN

On May 5, 2009 Michael Jackson fired Tohme Tohme AGAIN

It is hard to imagine Tohme’s fury at seeing that everything he had been trying to gain was lost when Michael Jackson fired him in the middle of March and revoked his power of attorney in April 2009. By then he had been practically in full control Michael’s businesses and even life.

The Estate’s court papers say:

…The estate’s lawsuit acknowledges that Tohme assisted in negotiating the deal for the concerts in London. But according to the suit, Jackson dismissed Tohme in March 2009, formalizing the termination April 14 by revoking Tohme’s power of attorney. On that basis, executors Branca and McClain reject Tohme’s claim for a percentage of revenue from the Jackson estate.

 

But when news of Jackson’s death broke, Tohme rushed to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and presented himself to the media as a spokesperson for the star. In the following weeks, Tohme found himself receiving unwelcome attention.

 

Today did a piece describing him as “the mystery man behind Michael Jackson.” June Gatlin, a self-described “spiritual adviser” to Jackson, claimed on that broadcast that Jackson was “deathly afraid” of Tohme and produced a tape she said she had made in September 2008, on which Jackson said, “There’s this divide between me and my representatives, and I don’t talk to my lawyer, my accountant. I talk to him, and he talks to them.” Gatlin can be heard telling Jackson, “That’s not good,” prompting him to reply, “I know it’s not good. I don’t like it. … I don’t know what’s in my account.”

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/michael-jackson-manager-tohme-lawsuit-351241?page=3&google_editors_picks=true

"Dr. Tohme R. Tohme is no longer authorized to represent me" (from Michael Jackson's letter)

“Dr. Tohme R. Tohme is no longer authorized to represent me” (from Michael Jackson’s letter dated May 5, 2009)

The NBC report about Tohme and June Gatlin’s recording mentioned earlier said that Michael wrote a letter about Tohme’s dismissal on May 5 but Tohme still ‘did not take the hint’ and continued doing business on Michael’s behalf.

Considering all the information we have about Michael trying to dismiss Tohme earlier – first in March 2009 and then in April 2009, when he revoked Tohme’s powers of attorney –  the third Michael’s attempt to fire Tohme on May 5 testifies to Tohme’s fierce resistance to Michael’s attempts to free himself of this person.

Despite Michael’s wishes Tohme stayed in their project until after Michael’s death, and even in the hospital made an announcement about his demise as his manager and spokesman. Frank Dileo was also present but was not given a chance to speak.

The NBC says that two weeks after Michael’s death Tohme was saying to one of their correspondents,

  • “I’m still in charge of Michael Jackson’s business till otherwise I am informed not to do so”.

Below is the full NBC video.  At the very end of the program Jeff Rossen of NBC asked June Gatlin if Michael was trying to change his life around in the end and she answered that Michael was not only trying to change his life, but Michael was changing his life and firing Tohme was a big part of it.

The very least we can say about Tohme is that as Michael Jackson’s “manager” he never stood by his interests. Tohme was simply using Michael as a way to get all his possessions and the infinite riches of his catalogs – whether for his own self or others. In the face of Tohme Michael was fighting not only one person – he was facing a huge conglomerate of Tohme, Colony Capital and AEG Live. Their interests seemed to have merged into a big and ugly unity where Tohme was just a convenient means to reaching their common goals.

Tohme’s certainty that he would stay even despite Michael’s will could spring only from the huge support he was getting from the other parts of the triumvirate, and this proves more than anything else that he was taking orders not from Michael as his boss, but from these two parties opposing Michael. 

Michael was fighting this wall and trying to clear his life of further destruction from these people. In April 2009 he also fired the accountants brought into the project by Tohme and Barrack – the accountants had been with him for a year since the time he met Barrack. Barrack called this process “the flowing back of parasites” and expressed confidence that AEG would be able to control it:

In April, Jackson fired the accounting firm Cannon & Co., which had worked for him for a year, according to an accountant who worked on his finances. In his corner office high above Century City, Barrack is sanguine about reports of disharmony. “You have the same thousand parasites that start to float back in and take advantage of the situation and that has happened a little at the edges.” But, he added, he had confidence in AEG’s ability to keep Jackson focused.  http://articles.latimes.com/2009/may/31/entertainment/et-michael-jackson31/3

Life itself has shown that very little depended on Michael in that situation though the very fact that he was fighting is very important. 

After firing Tohme little changed except that Tohme had been taken away from the Sony/ATV Music Publishing board and replaced by Frank Dileo.  Tohme still stayed in the AEG project and was still named in Michael Jackson’s ‘contract’.  Tohme was never called there Michael’s manager, it was never clear for which party he was acting, so his change in status didn’t seem to matter much.  AEG was probably even paying him at least until Michael’s death, only this time evidently for his past services, for silence and for staying loyal to them and their project.

Tohme was still Tom Barrack’s friend and was still actively involved in all projects connecting Michael with the Colony Capital. This is why Tohme was so insistent on Michael to be buried in Neverland – he and Tom Barrack were hoping to turn Neverland into a major attraction generating millions of dollars from the stream of grieving Michael Jackson’s fans coming there. 

But the worst part of the problem was that even after Michael fired Tohme his AEG partners still did not have any desire to listen to Michael Jackson and pay any attention to his decision. Same as they disregarded Michael’s wishes and controlled his life in every other aspect they simply ignored his dismissal of Tohme. And the horrid illustration of it is found in no other place but Randal Sullivan’s book.

AEG IGNORES MICHAEL’S DECISION

Despite my general attitude to Randal Sullivan’s book this was surely a real-life scene which was evidently described to Sullivan by one of the witnesses of the event. Most probably it was Tohme Tohme himself.  This account left me totally speechless: 

Tohme would say later that whatever doubts he harbored about his own status were soothed by that visit to the Staples Center.

Randy Phillips introduced him to everyone as “ Dr. Tohme, Michael’s manager,” and placed a bracelet around his wrist that would allow Tohme access to the Staples Center rehearsals any time he wanted to show up.

At one point, Michael waved to Frank Dileo and said, “Come here and give your boss a hug.”

Dileo responded by walking away, and Tohme asked Randy Phillips, “What’s that guy doing here?”

They kept Dileo around, Phillips answered, according to Tohme, “because he makes Michael laugh”.

So this is how AEG Live looked at Frank Dileo …. They took him for a sort of a clown for Michael Jackson… Someone insignificant and not even necessary to reckon with –  like an old teddy bear to keep the child happy while serious grown-up people are going about their serious  business. 

Previously I had some doubts about Frank Dileo’s role in all this ugliness around Michael Jackson, but now this scene has fully reconciled me with him. No, he wasn’t part of it and was probably suffering no less than Michael himself.

AEG’s disdain for Michael’s decisions and disregard for his wishes are simply crashing. Same as the open way Randy Phillips was displaying it.  Michael tried to show to people around him that his real manager was Frank Dileo and jokingly asked him to come and give his boss a hug, and the only thing Frank could do in reply was getting up and leaving at some pretext.  He probably did it to save Michael from the embarrassment of hearing what Randy Phillips had to say about it. He had just heard Phillips introducing Tohme as Michael’s manager….

What a scene! What a terrible scene telling us more about AEG’s control of Michael’s life than all their lawyers and papers taken together! And what a proof it is of how disrespectful they were towards Michael Jackson, the man through whose mere existence they were making all those millions!

And how unfortunate it is that same as Peter Lopez we cannot ask Frank Dileo either about this and other occurrences in his association with Michael Jackson. Frank Dileo was accidentally given a double doze of anesthesia during an operation, fell into a coma and died too… 

P.S.

Updated March 24

By now we have Paris Jackson’s answers to the written AEG interrogatory and one piece has a direct connection to this post. It was with utter amazement that I found this among Paris Jackson’s answers:

Paris Jackson's answer to AEG's interrogatory

Paris Jackson’s answer to AEG’s interrogatory

«Between June 23-25, 2009, Michael told Responding Party that Dr.Tohme was back on board because he had helped Michael with a house in Las Vegas.

During this time, Michael also talked to Responding Party about his music, his body temperature and movies after the This Is It Tour.

Michael also told Responding Party that he was scared because he thought: “Randy Phillips and them were out to get me”.

My first impression was that Michael had forgiven Tohme, but later on I realized something different.

Tohme does say in various sources that he saw Michael two days before his death, but previously it looked like some chance meeting during the rehearsals. Now it becomes clear that it was not a chance meeting and the scene described by Tohme in Sullivan’s book has an explanation.

Two or three days before Michael’s death Tohme was taken back on board, but was taken not by Michael, who still publicly referred to Dileo as his manager, but by Randy Phillips.

Randy Phillips slipped a bracelet around Tohme’s wrist to give him unlimited access to the rehearsals again and introduced him to everyone as Michael’s manager, doing it in total defiance of Michael’s wishes.

This way AEG imposed Tohme back on Michael and even flaunted their decision. The formal explanation they probably gave him was that Tohme had rendered Michael some services in Las Vegas (found a house for him there).

Michael’s reaction to it is very telling. He was scared and said to his daughter:

  • “Randy Phillips and them were out to get me”.

So even the incredible fact of  Tohme being back in the last days of Michael’s life is fitting into the whole picture of his bullying and intimidation once again. By the way it will explain why Tohme was at the hospital and why two weeks after Michael’s death he said that he was still representing him until he was “otherwise informed not to do so”.

Tohme was waiting for the instructions from his real bosses.

113 Comments leave one →
  1. July 31, 2013 8:09 am

    Hi Helena! Great that you found this kind of way to respond to me. There are money sucking types here too. Just yesterday a “specialist” recommended by mt secrity came to check my ailing computer. Stayed about 5-10 min, and charged a 100Euro. Did nothing .

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  2. April 10, 2013 5:02 pm

    Murrays lies and the 2 days he was missing had the result that much evidence got missing.
    Ms Fleak was doing her examination as is done on a natural death at home. That’s why it is missing things. It was not until the propofol was found that it was declared a crime scene. Even Thome went to Michaels home after his death. Murray asked security for a ride but they refused him.

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  3. lynande51 permalink
    April 9, 2013 4:14 am

    Murray arrived before Michael that night. I just got done reading his statement to the police on 6/27/2009.He said that security was not allowed upstairs and no one was allowed in Michael’s room.Murray could have easily had someone waiting with him when Michael arrived home but no one has ever explored that.That is why that text from a Vegas phone number when Murray was at the hospital is important to me.They don’t reveal what the text said or who sent it.

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  4. April 9, 2013 1:25 am

    Murray said, it was just me,Michael and the children in the house. He did not refer to any particular day.,,meant in a general sense.

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  5. April 8, 2013 10:14 pm

    “Does anyone here remember if any bodyguard/security who was on duty at MJ’s carolwood house BEFORE he arrived from the last rehearsal was called to testify at Murray trial? We all know Amir, Alberto & Faheem testified and they were all with MJ in staples and then were relieved after they dropped him home. They all returned to work around noon of June 25. Who was on duty from around 1am to 8am while most people in the house were still sleeping?”

    Gel, a great question, a truly great question! Since I had no suspicions only until recently it never entered my mind to look in the direction of anyone coming into the house after Murray or the night guards testifying in court. And curiously I don’t remember anyone asking any questions in this respect.

    I think the cook said that there was no one in the house as all the staff left (however this needs to be checked up). And Grace Rwaramba was not there either as she had been dismissed. So does it mean that Michael, Murray and the children were alone in the house? OMG, I hope I am mistaken!

    Of course they should have questioned those night guards whether there was anyone else in the house or if anyone could enter it! If the police did not ask these questions this alone will be extremely strange!

    All I remember about the guards is that they stayed in a van outside the house, but nothing else except that. We should check it up and check it up thoroughly.

    Gel, can you have a look please? And ask someone else to help you because it is an enormous amount of work? You can see who testified when in this category: https://vindicatemj.wordpress.com/category/conrad-murrays-trial/murrays-trial-november-2011/

    Murray’s trial is broken there by a week and the reports are pretty detailed, though of course not full. Videos of the trial should be checked up too.

    I will also look up my notes.

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  6. April 8, 2013 9:08 pm

    “I’m just hoping that Jermaine had no ill intentions.” -Elle

    I am sure he did not. By the way the media reported that it was not only Jermaine who knew Thome (Tohme), but Janet as well. Janet used to be neighbors with Tohme in Los Angeles (previously I wrote it was Las Vegas, sorry for the mistake):

    “Janet Jackson and the mysterious Dr Tohme were once neighbours in Los Angeles. Janet and Jermaine asked for his help; the pop star’s finances were at rock bottom when Dr Tohme took over negotiations for the controversial series of London concerts.”
    http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/michael-jackson-double-crossed/story-e6frg12c-1225759349424

    I am sure that both Janet and Jermaine wanted only good for Michael. In the same way they meant “good” for him when they were staging “interventions” in 2006 (!) when Michael just returned from Ireland, clean of any drugs whatsoever. Michael was mortally insulted by their efforts. These caring relatives are sometimes simply impossible. They were ready to trust anyone – the nasty media or the first crook that came their way – instead of their own brother.

    It happens in the family.

    P.S. Elle, thank you for your compliments on the blog. Yes, we are trying to do our best. Michael deserves it.

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  7. April 8, 2013 8:50 pm

    “Michaels death was first announced Thome and Jermaine spoke and then embraced each other.” – kaarin

    It was then that Jermaine said that Thome was beside Michael when he died. Thome did not comment on it.

    There can be only two interpretations of this scene – 1) either Jermaine did not know anything about Thome or 2) he knew everything and unwittingly told us the truth. I adhere to the first variant and think that Jermaine had no idea who Thome was and what he was doing to Michael.

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  8. Truth Prevail permalink
    April 8, 2013 7:21 pm

    “And the horrible things he said about MJ here: http://www.showbiz411.com/2013/02/19/michael-jackson-v-jermaine-jackson-flashback-to-jermaines-unpublished-book

    Please keep in mind where that whole story came from. It came from a professional bullshitter by the name of Stacy Brown who said he would release tapes of Jermaine saying those things and then failed to provide any such tapes he is also known to have a strong biased against the whole Jackson family including Michael.

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  9. April 8, 2013 5:40 pm

    I have no stake in the Jackson familys internal business either. It is strange though that when Michaels death was first announced Thome and Jermaine spoke and then embraced each other.

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  10. gel permalink
    April 8, 2013 10:03 am

    Does anyone here remember if any bodyguard/security who was on duty at MJ’s carolwood house BEFORE he arrived from the last rehearsal was called to testify at Murray trial? We all know Amir, Alberto & Faheem testified and they were all with MJ in staples and then were relieved after they dropped him home. They all returned to work around noon of June 25. Who was on duty from around 1am to 8am while most people in the house were still sleeping?

    Shouldn’t questions like ‘what time did murray arrive at carolwood?’, ‘who opened the gates for him?’, ‘did he arrive alone or with someone?’, been asked during the trial? (or where they asked but i missed them). The guard on duty may have been the best person to answer such questions.Remember Murray arrived before MJ and his 3 bodyguards did. This same person could have also been asked if other guests came or dropped by that night before MJ’s arrival.

    They asked Amir/Faheem/Alberto about MJ’s behavior and demeanor before leaving for rehearsals and what happened during rehearsals but it seems no questions were asked about activities going on at carolwood (where the victim died) the moment Murray (the person on trial) arrived.

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  11. Sina permalink
    April 8, 2013 2:01 am

    ‘believe half of what you see and none of what you hear’
    Michael Jackson

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  12. April 8, 2013 1:50 am

    Sina, I have no idea. I only have my hopes. Not all families are created equal. I have seen horror with my own eyes in my own family so I view the world more cynically than those who come from peaceful families.

    I will admit that the original lyrics to “Word to the Badd” were unsettling in regards to denying MJ had Vitiligo. And the horrible things he said about MJ here: http://www.showbiz411.com/2013/02/19/michael-jackson-v-jermaine-jackson-flashback-to-jermaines-unpublished-book

    Jermaine also introduced MJ to the Prince of Bahrain who ended up suing MJ for about 7 million. That may be another isolated incident.

    However, I am open to all of this being false. I own no stake in any of the Jacksons so I don’t have an agenda here. Finally, as a fan of MJ, I cannot help but getting a bit upset when anyone creates false rumors about MJ. But sometimes false rumors are false rumors in and of themselves. I don’t watch the media and if I do, take them with a grain of salt.

    I have my mind open to every and any possibility and do not believe that any one person is beyond reproach because of their talent or status in the world. I would like to think we are all equal as humans. I don’t believe in a “can do no wrong” family, individual, or entity.

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  13. Sina permalink
    April 8, 2013 1:16 am

    ‘I’m just hoping that Jermaine had no ill intentions’

    Why would he have ill intentions?
    Couldnt it be he was as trusting as Michael was and then ended up with the wrong people, like Michael did.

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  14. April 8, 2013 1:07 am

    I’m just hoping that Jermaine had no ill intentions.

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  15. April 8, 2013 12:29 am

    Elle, at last the pertinent question. I dont know. At that time Thome was in T.Barracks employ who at the time also was involved in African oil. Did Thome charm and and worm his way to Jermaime or was Jermaine stupid. It would be most interesting to know.

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  16. April 8, 2013 12:02 am

    Why would Jermaine Jackson even recommend Tohme in the first place?

    By the way, thank you for your blog. It’s very well-sourced, professionally and dispassionately written and I commend you both for the information and your generosity.

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  17. April 3, 2013 2:10 pm

    “at least some expert’s opinion should have been provided on all those loose ends.” – vmj

    As regards my own above statement about the explanations police owe to us over some issues, here is another iinteresting point which also requires an explanation. Not only the security people were fired by Tohme immediately after Michael’s death, but the surveillance tape made in the house also mysteriously disappeared.

    According to the police the footage was deleted by accident:

    Michael Jackson Surveillance Footage ‘Deleted’

    16 March 2011 12:17

    Surveillance footage from Michael Jackson’s home on the day he died has reportedly been lost forever after police officers allegedly failed to make a full copy.

    The pop superstar passed away on 25 June, 2009 after suffering a drug overdose and his personal doctor, Conrad Murray, is facing trial over allegations he administered the fatal dose of Propofol.

    Murray, who has denied a charge of involuntary manslaughter, will face the courts in May (11) and his legal team is reportedly set to ask officers from the Los Angeles Police Department (Lapd) to hand over 24 hours of surveillance footage from Jackson’s home covering the day he died.

    Shortly after the King of Pop’s passing, cops were said to be desperately searching for the Cctv tapes from Jackson’s Los Angeles mansion which could provide clues as to what happened on the day he died, but a new report suggests the film will never be found.

    Police initially probing Jackson’s death are said to have copied just four minutes of footage, which showed the singer arriving home, before handing the tapes back. They were then reportedly put back into the security system which erased them as part of a 24 hour loop, according to Tmz.com.

    http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/story/michael-jackson-surveillance-footage-deleted_1207585

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  18. April 3, 2013 3:45 am

    Ofcourse they did not think he had a flu. It only shows that even their lies are irrational.
    I have some serious problems ,again, with my computer and have to take it in for repair.

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  19. April 2, 2013 9:48 pm

    “If they thought Michael had flu they should have been concerned. Flu can be very contagious and he could have infected the whole crew.”

    Oh, Kaarin, do you really believe what AEG Live are saying? They need to say something to explain why they didn’t give a damn when Kenny Ortega was sending them signals about Michael’s health, so now they pretend that he was talking of some “flu-like symptoms”. Okay, let it be the flu, then why insist on rehearsals when a person is ill with the flu?

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  20. April 2, 2013 9:29 pm

    “Before returning to the states Michael spent a long time in Ireland and we have his doctor´s word that there was no sign of drug abuse.” – kaarin

    Exactly. We have not only Patrick Treacy’s word for it, but we have the word of all those Irish people who lived side by side with Michael for 8 months and never saw any drug use. The owner of the second house where Michael stayed for several months Paddy Dunning used to say that Michael sometimes enjoyed a glass of wine at dinner time, but that was it. The Jacksons should invite both Irishmen as witnesses!

    The same was said by Frank Cascio who had Michael as a guest in his home in the summer-autumn of 2007 and for several months too after Michael arrived to celebrate his mother’s birthday and stayed to work on his new album with Frank’s brother Eddie. Frank specifically noted in his book that there was no sign of any drugs – Michael was clean as a whistle.

    “He was happy to be around my family, with whom he could be himself. There was no sign that he was on any sort of medicine. He was back to being Michael.” https://vindicatemj.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/the-documented-evidence-of-michael-jacksons-last-album/

    In this connection I need to quote an article which shows that Michael’s family, not knowing a thing about Michael, tried to stage “interventions” in Las Vegas in 2006 (!) when Michael just arrived from Ireland – healthy, refreshed and invigorated. He was deeply insulted by their insinuations. No wonder he didn’t want to have anything to do with them.

    The Jacksons insisted and tried again in 2007 (at the time when Michael was occasionally seen in a wheelchair). Jack Wishna complained about all the craziness Michael’s relatives created around him and also specifically noted that there was no sign of drugs:

    Although Jackson’s use of prescription drugs became big news after his death, Wishna said he never saw any of that kind of stuff around.
    “Never saw any drugs,” Wishna said. “Never saw any intravenous, or needles or anything like that. Never met any doctors around Michael.”
    http://www.accesshollywood.com/jackson-confidant-jack-wishna-opens-up-about-michael-and-the-tour-that-never-was_article_27503

    The Jacksons should have trusted their brother Michael much more. But instead of listening to him they listened to the dirt about Michael told by the media and were the first to fall victim to their propaganda. It looks like they read their morning papers and rushed to his home to “save” him under the impression of what they read there:

    BY DANIEL KREPS
    July 9, 2009 3:39 PM ET

    Janet Jackson reportedly attempted to set up an intervention in 2007 to confront Michael Jackson about his addiction to painkillers, a pair of sources told CNN. According to the report, Janet recruited her brothers to help stage the intervention, however Michael told his bodyguards to prevent his family from entering his property and refused to accept phone calls from his mother Katherine, CNN reports.

    Following the sudden death of Michael Jackson, the singer’s use of medications has come under the microscope, with many doctors who were associated with Jackson being questioned by investigators to determine if drugs played any role in the superstar’s unexpected cardiac arrest. Jackson’s toxicology report has not yet been revealed. The Jackson family reportedly long suspected Michael was abusing prescription drugs, but Michael would not discuss the matter. “If you tried to deal with him, he would shut you out. You just wouldn’t hear from him for long periods,” a source told CNN.

    People previously reported that the intervention nearly happened in Las Vegas around 2006, with Jackson’s siblings Randy, Jackie and Rebbie — with sister Janet on the phone — questioning Michael about his perceived misuse of prescription drugs. However, “Michael got pissed off. He said he wasn’t on drugs. But they didn’t believe him,” a family insider told People.

    Dr. Arnold Klein, Jackson’s dermatologist and the rumored biological father of Jackson’s two oldest children, told Larry King Live that he too had concerns about Jackson’s medication use, especially the prescription drug Diprivan. “I knew at one point that he was using Diprivan when he was on tour in Germany,” Klein said. “He was using it to go to sleep at night. I told him he was absolutely insane. I said, ‘You have to quit it. This drug, you can’t repeatedly take.'”

    However, Klein added that to his knowledge, Jackson had stopped taking drugs outside of the dosages Klein prescribed to Jackson after unspecified surgeries.
    http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/report-janet-jackson-planned-intervention-for-michael-in-2007-20090709

    So “around 2006” when Michael just arrived from Ireland (Dec.2006) he told his relatives that he wasn’t on drugs, but they “did not believe him” and he got pissed off. Sure he did!

    Well-meaning relatives are often such a terrible nuisance!

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  21. kaarin22 permalink
    April 2, 2013 7:24 pm

    If they thought Michael had flu they should have been concerned.Flu can be very contagious and he could have infected the whole crew.And BTW chills are an after effect of propofol.
    Before returning to the states Michael spent a long time in Ireland and we have his doctor´s word that there was no sign of drugabuse.

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  22. April 2, 2013 11:45 am

    “AEG Live to put Michael Jackson on trial in own death By Alan Duke”

    Dial, this article does not give us reasons to believe that CNN is going to show an objective picture of the trial. Most of the article is devoted to expressing AEG’s point of view. Like 90% of it.

    We learn of AEG’s “explanation” why Randy Phillips did not pay attention to Kenny Ortega’s email on June 19th – they say Michael had “flu-like” symptoms (so they considered it nothing much?). Those who have read Ortega’s email will appreciate the incredible cynicism of such a response.

    But even if we close our eyes to its cynicism and accept their explanation at its face value it still does not work – the flu is a serious disease and is customarily treated for 2 weeks (even in my country). Patients are required to stay in bed and refrain from any physical effort at least at the initial stage as the main danger of the flu is in its after-effects on the heart, lungs, etc.

    Just the right situation for Michael Jackson not to go to rehearsals and not to dance and sing.

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  23. April 2, 2013 8:19 am

    AEG Live to put Michael Jackson on trial in own death
    By Alan Duke
    updated 8:06 PM EDT, Mon April 1, 2013

    “Los Angeles (CNN) — Michael Jackson’s last concert promoter will defend itself in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the pop icon’s family by arguing that Jackson was responsible for his own demise.

    Child molestation accusations against Jackson, for which he was acquitted after a trial, and evidence of his drug addiction will likely be presented by AEG Live’s lawyers as they argue that the company had no liability in his death.

    The Jackson v. AEG Live trial, which could last two or three months, begins in a Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday.
    Michael Jackson’s family suing promoter

    Jackson died two weeks before his “This Is It” comeback concerts, organized by AEG Live, were to have debuted in London in the summer of 2009.

    “I don’t know how you can’t look to Mr. Jackson’s responsibility there,” AEG lawyer Marvin Putnam said. “He was a grown man.” Putnam was interviewed for “Michael Jackson: The Final Days,” a CNN documentary that will premiere at 10 p.m. Friday.

    “Mr. Jackson is a person who was known to doctor shop,” Putnam said. “He was known to be someone who would tell one doctor one thing and another doctor something else.”

    The child molestation trial is relevant because it “resulted in an incredible increase in his drug intake,” Putnam said.

    Michael Jackson remembered

    Jackson’s eccentricities are fair game, AEG Live says

    “We’re talking about Michael Jackson,” Putnam said. “This is a man who would show up in pajamas. This is a man who would stop traffic and get out and dance on top of his car. This is a man who would go to public events with a monkey named Bubbles. This is a man who said he slept in an oxygen chamber.”

    Read the rest @ :

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/01/showbiz/jackson-death-trial/

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  24. April 2, 2013 8:07 am

    And so it begins……Again.

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/01/showbiz/jackson-death-trial/

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  25. April 1, 2013 9:57 am

    Murray will never get off. If Thome was present that am while Murray was happily texting,making and receiving phonecalls,from 6.13 am til1 2.15, attending also to his private matters Murray is still a co conspirator in murder.” – kaarin

    Absolutely. I don’t want to produce the impression that I am justifying Murray’s actions by supposing he left the room for long because there was someone else to “attend” to Michael there. No, absolutely not.

    Murray is still guilty as hell because he didn’t behave as a doctor – he behaved like an irresponsible teenager, not even an adult, not to mention someone in the medical profession. He disgraced his profession by being grossly, outrageously, criminally negligent.

    But the reason I mentioned the possibility of someone else being in the room is because the tape, the strange fingerprints and the murmur of voices on the background also need to find an explanation.

    Okay, the tape was mentioned by the National Enquirer, a tabloid, so we can raise eyebrows here. However the disappearance of the tape goes very well with the fact that Tohme fired all the security immediately after Michael’s death (why the urgency?) and the house was unattended for quite a time before the police took measures to seal it. Everyone could go in and out without being seen, especially with no security around.

    Okay, the fingerprints on the saline bag could be those of the pharmacist who sold it to Murray but even this can be (and should have been!) checked up in a criminal investigation, but for some reason was not. They simply dropped it and didn’t bother to explain and this alone is strange.

    And the murmur of voices on the background? And someone coughing too which Sade Alding heard when she was still listening for several minutes? And after all that the silence falling? Even if it was TV as someone suggested it means that Murray should have rushed to the TV set first and switched it off (for the silence to fall) and only then attend to his patient, which is a totally absurd course of actions as you understand.

    And what is all the more incredible about it is that no one – neither the prosecutor, nor the defense – asked questions about that murmur! As if it is perfectly okay to have the murmur of voices and someone coughing in a room where a man has just died and only one person is supposed to be present. Who do they take us for? Complete fools?

    Okay, I am even ready to assume that Murray talked to himself. But judging by Sade Alding’s description Murray dropped the phone abruptly and in this case she should have heard exclamations which do not sound as “murmur”. You know perfectly well how “Shit!” or “F*** you!” sound – these are abrupt exclamations, loud too, which she should have heard well as the telephone was most probably in the pocket. Such exclamations are absolutely not a “murmur” of voices which she heard at a distance.

    A murmur followed by someone’s cough. How often do you hear people cough on TV? Well, even if it was TV someone should have asked Murray questions about it. Was there a TV set in that room at all? (I don’t remember one). Was it on if the TV was there at all? What did he see on the screen at that particular moment in time (fixed in the telephone) when he was switching it off? It should be no problem even to check up the channels and see whether anyone was coughing at that moment in any of those programs.

    I am mentioning these details because any normal investigator should have looked into this and found an explanation. But why didn’t anyone even ask the investigators what they thought of this episode? The investigators were also there in the courtroom and at least some expert’s opinion should have been provided on all those loose ends.

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  26. April 1, 2013 3:16 am

    Murrays texting and calling is listed as one of the 10 most serious mistakes of all mistakes doctors make.It is not considered a minor matter.And did he do it every morning.

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  27. April 1, 2013 2:57 am

    Murray will never get off. If Thome was present that am while Murray was happily texting,making and receiving phonecalls,from 6.13 am til12.15, attending also to his private matters Murray is still a co conspirator in murder.The nanny was gone thanks to AEG, she would have been too dangerous to keep around,witnesswise that is.That texting and attending to social and other calls is listed among the 10 most serious mistakes of doctors while performing sedation or anestesia.Then there is the mystery of the tape, most of it missing.-Who was looking after the children if anybody.And at what time did they usually wake up. There was no school in summer .-Also the call to ex girlfriend Sade is strange.
    That poor woman got so upset she cried thinking she somehow prevented Murray from attending to Michael.It is somewhat surprising that he was so busy with calls and texting, as if that could not wait a bit, It seems he wanted to make sure he was present.Wheras it in itself was malpractice.Well, what about the murmuring she heard,Murray and who else..
    Like susannerb I believe the AEG deal was a devilish plan.Or they ,AEG, are criminally stupid.That would ofcourse result in a not guilty verdict due to ..not jail but another kind of institution would receive them to protect the public.

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  28. March 31, 2013 10:45 pm

    It is incredible that Murray’s attorneys constantly quarrel – first Chernoff left Flanagan and did not answer his calls, then Flanagan resigned leaving Valerie Wass alone and did not answer her calls:

    Conrad Murray’s Attorneys Duke It Out – With Each Other! Wass Orders Flanagan To Hand Over Files!
    Posted on Jan 31, 2013 @ 17:11PM | By jenheger

    Conrad Murray‘s attorney, Valerie Wass, has filed court documents seeking a court order for her former co-counsel, Michael Flanagan to turn over a copy of his trial files and answer her questions regarding Murray’s appeals case they have been working on together, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.

    Wass filed her motion to compel with the appellate court in Los Angeles. The documents allege that Flanagan hasn’t returned multiple phone calls, letters, and e-mails made by Wass.

    The disgraced former cardiologist was sentenced to jail after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter following the death of his patient, Michael Jackson, and is currently appealing the conviction as he serves out a four year sentence at the Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail.

    Following his conviction, Murray had his medical license revoked and Wass has been working, alongside Flanagan, to appeal that decision on his behalf.

    However, as RadarOnline.com exclusively reported, Flanagan is planning to resign from the case, following a physical and verbal altercation he, his son and Wass were involved in.

    Shortly after the altercation, Wass filed a police report alleging Flanagan’s son pushed her. A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Spokesperson said it was a “very minor altercation” but that there would be an investigation in to the matter.
    http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2013/01/conrad-murray-attorneys-fight-valerie-wass-motion-compel-michael-flanagan/

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  29. March 31, 2013 10:30 pm

    “Interesting sharing of information on facebook in the preparation of an appellant’s opening brief: https://www.facebook.com/valerie.wass?fref=ts

    Murray’s attorney Valerie Wass files the appeal of Murray’s manslaughter conviction and claims that there was no IV and Michael self-administered propofol:

    “”The prosecution concocted the novel and ridiculous method of placing the vial into the bag through the slit, hanging the bottle upside down at an angle using the bag for support, and then hanging the bag from the IV stand,” the appeal argues.

    …The propofol infusion theory offered by the prosecution’s expert was not supported by the evidence, and in fact, was so absurd, improbable and unbelievable that a rational trier of fact could not have concluded that the evidence was sufficient to establish that appellant had placed Jackson on a propofol drip on the day of his death,” the appeal argues.
    http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/24/showbiz/conrad-murray-appeal/

    On the contrary, it is absurd to claim that Michael could do it himself. If there was no IV stand as she says, then the only other option was administering it by a syringe. But it could not be a syringe as the very first drop of propofol puts a patient into an unconscious state so that he cannot press the syringe further.

    The second thing which was impossible to do for a non-expert was drawing propofol by a syringe from a glass bottle. It has a rubber stopper and when the syringe pierces the rubber and the first drop is drawn in, the vacuum is created inside the bottle and the syringe stops. Dr. Shaffer showed it in an experiment at the trial – and only professionals know how to overcome that obstacle.

    The appeal may be 300 pages long but it is crazy and meant only for those who did not follow Murray’s trial.

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  30. March 31, 2013 2:16 pm

    “In this case the next question would be: Why did Murray remain silent about it, why didn’t he testify to save himself?”

    Susanne, why he didn’t do it I cannot say, but I remember that Chernoff wanted Murray to testify while Flanagan was categorically against it (or the other way about). Whoever of them was for or against it it does not matter, but they had so big a fall-out that Chernoff (he is from Texas if I remember it right) moved from the house of Flanagan where he was staying.

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  31. susannerb permalink*
    March 31, 2013 1:41 pm

    In this case the next question would be: Why did Murray remain silent about it, why didn’t he testify to save himself? Why did he go to jail for them, when he apparently suffers so much from it?
    And this would mean that it is important to observe Murray’s behavior and actions when he is out of jail. From which money will he live?
    But for me it is difficult to imagine that someone like Murray, who I regard as a sociopath, would be willing to suffer so much and go to jail voluntarily. There would have to be a good reason for him to do that and he would be a good actor.

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  32. March 31, 2013 12:06 pm

    “I think it is safe to consider that Thome was at the house that night.”

    Lynande, if someone one day proves the fact that Tohme was in the room that night one idea struck me as a possibility. Could Murray leave Michael and speak on the phone for so long because he knew that there was someone else to take care of him?

    If everyone indeed thought Tohme to be a doctor was it possible for Murray to entrust him with sitting by Michael while he would correspond with London over that medical insurance?

    Murray’s negligence always struck me by the gross manner in which it manifested itself. This went into contradiction with what his patients said about him.

    If this idea is one day proven to be correct it will absolutely not absolve Murray of his own guilt – as a doctor he should have never left his patient’s side, no matter what. But some things, like his long absence from the patient’s room, will at least get some explanation.

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  33. March 31, 2013 11:32 am

    “Not the ownership of the ranch, but ownership of Sycamore Vally ranch company.” – Sina

    Yes, this is what I meant. Sorry for the incorrect definition.

    “MJE is 87% shareholder of the Sycamore Valley Ranch co LLC which is the value of Neverland that Michael invested in the joint venture. The ranch is estimated at $ 29 mln. for tax, which seems like a bargain. The loan( =the venture capital) is $35 mln.”

    Sina, do you happen to know what can be the market price for the same property? Why I am asking is because over here usually the estimated price for tax is lower than the market price and is often much lower.

    “The good news is that in theory Neverland is still 100% owned by MJE.”

    This I didn’t get. In November 2008 the deed of ownership was passed to the Sycamore Valley joint venture company, so it must be split between the two partners, to each in accordance with his share. So it must be their joint ownership, right?

    “The bad news is that ‘The liabilities exceed assets’ which simply means that the loan is worth more than the value of the property. There are many questions surrounding the deal, not only if there were better options than Colony Capital ,Tohmes finders fee, and other compensation etc. But also the conditions of the loan ,the expiring date, agreements of the joint venture, can Michaels share in the joint venture be revoked once the loan is paid off etc.”

    Yes, these are the essential terms which we do not know. Therefore it is probably even better not to discuss anything as this is too delicate a situation which may be settled by negotiations only. Our speculation over it can do only damage. The situation must not be an easy one. If it was easy the Estate would have probably bought out Colony’s share already and would have paid out the loan. Considering the amount of money they already earned for Michael they could have settled the matter of those $29mln (or even $35mln) already, and since they have not, well… we’ll see.

    “I still wonder what the stunt is that AEG pulled to put the company for sale. Then in comes Colony Capital with a ( fake ?) bid which was much lower than the original asking price and instantly AEG is taken off the market.”

    Oh, so the bid was much lower than the asking price? Then it was not fake. It was Colony Capital’s usual practice! They looked at AEG as a “distressed asset” and offered a much lower price than AEG wanted to get. AEG simply received the same treatment as Michael did. No surprises here. These sharks are “friends” only until they see a chance to devour each other and get even fatter.

    “Was CC’s bid Barracks help to his friend Anschlus to decrease the company’s market value because of the Jackson claim?”

    I don’t think so. Too sensitive for AEG Live. Imagine a public slap they got from their friend Colony which estimated them at a much lower price than they had announced. And since this insulting bid from Colony was probably the last one they got, they immediately withdrew their offer from the market not to experience the shame any further. Officially they must have simply “changed their plans”.

    P.S.

    I didn’t know that Tim Leiweke resigned. This is a good sign. If Anschutz had fired all these people at once he would have shown his own attitude to what they did to Michael. I hear that he gave his CEOs much freedom and didn’t control their day-to-day steps, so there is a chance that he even did not know what they were doing to Michael.

    However he fired Lieweke only now, so it is most probably connected with his dissatisfaction how he ran the AEG business after the Michael Jackson disaster. Sony handled a similar situation much better – they immediately distanced themselves from Mottola showing their disapproval of him this way.

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  34. March 31, 2013 10:36 am

    “The program designed for Michael by Thome and AEG was grandiose, grandiose to the degree it was insane and thereby unrealistic.” – Kaarin

    It seems to me that the program was never meant to be realistic. My understanding of it is that they were simply squeezing the most out of him in terms of money and that was it. Just using him. They saw him as another of those “distressed assets” and took advantage of it to generate all they could out of it – money, fame and place in history for themselves (for the chance generously given to Michael Jackson but “failed” by him).

    The idea was to drain him of everything he could give and get their maximum when he cancelled the shows (of this they were sure). Probably no other bad intentions except sheer greed and the desire to exploit what they thought to be a “basket case” anyway. Let us not forget that Randy Phillips saw in what condition Michael was when he first talked to him in Las Vegas (Michael was probably in a wheelchair) and this could very well convince him that Michael would never make it.

    But they underestimated Michael and this is probably the crux of the matter. They underestimated his power of will and his ability to stand up to difficulties which were all the more unexpected as he was a very gentle and non-confident man. All their expectations of him turned wrong and to me this seems to be the key to the whole problem.

    Everything was done by them in the “correct” way – the person managing all Michael’s affairs was actually working for AEG/Colony Capital, the contract was fully in their favor, the schedule was a backbreaking one for Michael, the psychological and physical pressure they exerted on him was unbearable, his own health did not give them reason to think that he would ever make it, his finances were another factor ruining his confidence but he was still not giving in!

    He continued to work and was even gaining points for himself by making changes in his immediate surrounding – by firing Tohme and getting Frank Dileo and Branca instead. This gentle and non-confident man was fighting the circumstances and standing up to this well-run machine, and this was probably the biggest amazement to them in the whole thing.

    They thought it would be plain sailing but it wasn’t. On the contrary they saw that he was even gaining in the fight. In my opinion Randy Phillips had conflicting emotions seeing it – in the last two rehearsals he saw what greatness Michael was really capable of presenting to the world and probably even regretted that they had treated him like a waste.

    When Phillips says that he was stunned and realized that he was in the presence of greatness I believe him. They wanted to make money and fame for themselves on the version that they were giving Michael a chance which “he failed to use”, but instead Phillips realized that they could make money and fame for themselves on the real concerts of the century – if only they had treated him like a human being from the start of it and had really given him a chance.

    I think that Phillips is not a complete villain (people are seldom 100% villains) – he is simply the epitome of greed, a shark that looks at people as marionettes to be played games with for the sake of his own and his company’s prosperity. People like him have long forgotten that they have to do with human beings.

    However Michael the human being taught them a lesson.

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  35. March 31, 2013 9:28 am

    “I ask those more in the know to cite even one example of one who did go through with a longterm, grueling, including dance and song, as the one prepared for Michael.”

    Kaarin, there are no analogs as the AEG people themselves said that it was an absolute record worthy of the Guinness book of records. They were talking of the number of dates of course, but all the rest was worthy of record too – the energy Michael put into the shows to which no one could compare, the age at which this was to be done and the minimal time for rest between the shows which was record too.

    Randy Phillips said in This is it that on the average the schedule was 2,5 shows a week. This is supposed to mean that there were 2 and even 3 days between the shows. And if you divide the whole period by the number of shows the “average” number may probably be 2,5. But this is the usual trick with average figures. If you bother to really look you see a show/day-off/show/day-off marathon followed by a substantial break and then another similar marathon. And this was instead of spreading the shows evenly during the same period of time which could really give Michael the necessary rest.

    I can perfectly imagine that when they spoke to Michael they voiced to him exactly the theory of 2,5 shows a week. Randy Phillips himself said that they discussed it on the telephone – first he called Tohme, then Tohme returned the call and then 20 minutes later Michael called Phillips and more or less “agreed” to 50 shows (this is the official Randy Phillips’ version).

    What could Michael grasp within those 20 minutes? Only the most general idea of it. Even we are able to realize what his schedule was like only now though we have had all the documents in front of us for 3,5 years.

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  36. March 31, 2013 4:31 am

    The program designed for Michael by Thome and AEG was grandiose, grandiose to the degree it was insane and thereby unrealistic.Their trick was to lock in Michael at an early stage and then go on elaborating and adding to it, the ticket sale for ex. being a good example.- Granted I am no expert on comebacks of pop-rock stars in their fifties I therefore ask those more in the know to cite even one example of one who did go through with a longterm, grueling ,including dance and song, as the one prepared for Michael.

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  37. Sina permalink
    March 31, 2013 3:56 am

    “If the whole supposition is correct it means that Colony split the ownership of the ranch into 13% for Colony and 87% for Michael, and then Michael gave his share to Colony as collateral for his debt they paid to Fortress, right? ‘

    Not the ownership of the ranch, but ownership of Sycamore Vally ranch company. MJE is 87% shareholder of the Sycamore Valley Ranch co LLC which is the value of Neverland that Michael invested in the joint venture. The ranch is estimated at $ 29 mln.for tax, which seems like a bargain.The loan( =the venture capital) is $35 mln.

    The good news is that in theory Neverland is still 100% owned by MJE . That’s why it is still in the MJE books for one dollar.The bad news is that ‘The liabilities exceed assets’ which simply means that the loan is worth more than the value of the property.

    In a joint venture parties keep their independence and it is supposed to benefit all parties. If SVR Co makes a profit then 87% of it should go to MJE ( or to pay off the loan if that was the agreement).

    There are many questions surrounding the deal, not only if there were better options than Colony Capital ,Tohmes finders fee, and other compensation etc. But also the conditions of the loan ,the expiring date, agreements of the joint venture, can Michaels share in the joint venture be revoked once the loan is paid off etc.

    I still wonder what the stunt is that AEG pulled to put the company for sale. Then in comes Colony Capital with a ( fake ?) bid which was much lower than the original asking price and instantly AEG is taken off the market. Was CC’s bid Barracks help to his friend Anschlus to decrease the company;s market value because of the Jackson claim?

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  38. March 31, 2013 2:08 am

    “In my understanding Neverland, or Sycamore Valley Ranch Co LLC, is a joint venture with Colony Capital LLC whose main business is investing in real estate, non-performing loans and distressed assets. Michaels estate has 87% membership interest (compare to shareholder). But its also collateral for the Colony Capital loan of $ 35 mln (for default on $23 million loan to Fortress ).The ranch’s value is estimated at $29.2 million for tax purposes.( 87% x 35= 29 ) 87% does not necessarily mean the estate is already entitled to 87%. Depends on the conditions of the loan, how much has been paid off and Colony Capital governance. I understand that the conditions of the loan are part of the case against Tohme”

    Sina, your formula looks very convincing. If the whole supposition is correct it means that Colony split the ownership of the ranch into 13% for Colony and 87% for Michael, and then Michael gave his share to Colony as collateral for his debt they paid to Fortress, right?

    In this case Michael had his share only nominally as it was actually given away as collateral. And Colony received the right to the remaining 13% when they paid it. The price of Colony’s share was evidently microscopic – if 87% cost 29 mln. than the rest of the sum should be 6 mln, making up 35 mln. all in all, right? And out of that sum that bastard Tohme was to get his additional 10%?

    So it means that Colony obtained that huge Neverland precious property for $35 mln only?

    No wonder this “savior” Barrack is a billionare.

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  39. March 31, 2013 1:28 am

    “it seems from the article that the true protectors of Michael’s Estate are in fact the Executors that so many people like to say are not working in the best interest of his heirs. Even some of his own family members were thinking about selling it. I wonder which ones it was? Joe probably, Randy? Most likely.”

    Lynande, I think “the trio” muddied the waters so masterfully that no one could understand anything. They selected the Executors as the easiest target and blamed them even for making money for the Estate though it was actually their job to generate money to cover the debts. Everything was upside down. Add to it some personal misunderstandings and not the easiest characters like Randy’s or Joe’s and you have a ready recipe for a disaster. But I am happy that Katherine and someone else in the family managed to balance the situation.

    Michael’s fans should realize it that what Michael’s detractors did to Michael is now being done towards the Jacksons’ family. They have their own vulnerabilities and those around them are using these vulnerabilities to the full.

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  40. March 31, 2013 12:31 am

    Colony Capital not only owns part of NVR, they wanted to have MJ´s share of sony/atv catalogue shortly after his death!http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/20/business/20fund.html?_r=0

    Appleh, a great find. All those people were circling around Michael’s share in the catalog like a pack of wolves. And Tom Barrack was one of the first – they started making their arrangements for the catalog during the first month after Michael’s death. I appreciate very much that the Estate quietly and firmly declined the offers saying it was not for sale – at the time they did not even know that they would be able to generate enough money to start paying the debts. And Sony behaved very decently too. They had an option to buy it first and never used it. It looks like the dots are getting connected at last.

    I am providing the article in full here:

    Jackson Assets Draw the Gaze of Wall Street

    By ANDREW ROSS SORKIN and MICHAEL J. de la MERCED
    Published: July 19, 2009
    As the world sorts through the pieces of Michael Jackson’s life one month after his death, so, too, does Wall Street.

    Matthew Staver/Bloomberg News, top; Seokyong Lee/Bloomberg News
    Howard Stringer, top, Sony’s chief, and Thomas J. Barrack Jr., the head of Colony Capital, had deals with Michael Jackson.

    A handful of major financial firms have made inquiries into buying the Jackson estate’s 50 percent share of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the company that controls most of the Beatles song catalog, according to people briefed on the matter. Among them are Colony Capital, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Plainfield Asset Management and the media mogul Haim Saban, these people said.

    Sony/ATV is by far the most valuable asset in Mr. Jackson’s estate, and his 50 percent stake could be worth as much a $500 million. Mr. Jackson bought the majority of the Beatles catalog in 1985 for $47.5 million, after an informal chat with Paul McCartney about the wisdom of buying song catalogs.

    Since then, Sony/ATV — formed from a 1995 partnership with Sony — has bought up the rights to thousands of songs from artists, including Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Beck and Taylor Swift. In recent years, it made a big push into TV production, helping to balance out its radio business.

    “Sony/ATV’s really started to gain greater value in recent years,” said Barry Massarsky, a music industry consultant who has done work for Sony/ATV and its rivals. “I’m very bullish on its prospects.”

    John G. Branca, the entertainment lawyer who structured Mr. Jackson’s initial purchase of the Beatles catalog and is now one of two executors of his estate, declined to comment by e-mail on Sunday, saying only that the Jackson stake in Sony/ATV “is not for sale.”

    Mr. Branca and John McClain, a music executive, will make decisions about the estate, pending confirmation at an Aug. 3 court hearing in Los Angeles.

    Still, that has not stopped financiers from approaching Jackson family members and Sony, people briefed on the discussions said. Some of these firms already have a connection to the Jackson family.

    Colony, for instance, is a co-owner of the Neverland ranch, Mr. Jackson’s former home. The firm’s chairman and chief executive, Thomas J. Barrack Jr., has contacted representatives of the family, these people said. Plainfield, which lent money to Mijac, an entity that owns Mr. Jackson’s own songs as well as those from the likes of Sly and the Family Stone, has also contacted the family, these people said. (Mijac has an estimated worth of $50 million to $100 million and is likely to grow with the pickup in album sales since his death.)

    Mr. Jackson nearly lost his stake in Sony/ATV — and his family’s fortune — in 2006. He was days away from filing for bankruptcy when Howard Stringer, the chief executive of Sony, dispatched his chief financial officer, Robert Wiesenthal, to Dubai to broker a last-minute lifeline for Mr. Jackson. Mr. Jackson was living in the emirate at the time and quickly spending cash.

    “His finances were in complete shambles,” said Duross O’Bryan, a forensic accountant at the consulting firm AlixPartners who served as an expert witness at Mr. Jackson’s 2005 child molestation trial. “There were serious issues with regards to his ability to meet debt when it comes due.”

    The deal, negotiated in Mr. Jackson’s suite at the Burj Al Arab hotel, saved the singer from bankruptcy. In return, Sony took greater operational control of Sony/ATV and received an option to buy half of Mr. Jackson’s share.

    Despite earning hundreds of millions of dollars over his lifetime, Mr. Jackson was well known for having a mountain of debt, born of expensive indulgences like the sprawling Neverland estate, costly music and tour productions and art and antiques buying sprees. The estate still carries $400 million to $500 million in debt. Barclays holds about $300 million of debt against the Jackson estate’s stake in Sony/ATV.

    It remains possible that Sony could seek to use its option, leaving the Jackson family with a 25 percent stake in the business. Some of the private equity firms have proposed teaming with Sony to buy the remaining stake from the family, these people said.

    A spokeswoman for Sony said the company was not interested in selling its stake. Representatives for Colony, K.K.R. and Mr. Saban declined to comment. A representative for Plainfield could not be reached for comment.

    Speculation about the Jackson stake in Sony/ATV swirled at the Allen & Company retreat for media moguls in Sun Valley this month. Several attendees said Mr. Stringer had fielded inquiries into the possibility over dinner. Mr. Saban made an informal inquiry then, these people said.

    The stake is likely to continue to grow in value, and some members of the Jackson family have pondered the merits of selling. Still others have proposed eventually cobbling together a consortium to buy out Sony’s share in the publisher.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/20/business/20fund.html?_r=0

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  41. lynande51 permalink
    March 30, 2013 10:52 pm

    Yes it seems from the article that the true protectors of Michael’s Estate are in fact the Executors that so many people like to say are not working in the best interest of his heirs.Even some of his own family members were thinking about selling it. I wonder which ones it was? Joe probably, Randy? Most likely.

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  42. appleh permalink
    March 30, 2013 3:07 pm

    Colony Capital not only owns part of NVR, they wanted to have MJ´s share of sony/atv catalogue shortly after his death!http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/20/business/20fund.html?_r=0

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  43. Sina permalink
    March 28, 2013 9:03 pm

    Helena I think you are right about Neverland
    In my understanding Neverland, or Sycamore Valley Ranch Co LLC, is a joint venture with Colony Capital LLC whose main business is investing in real estate, non-performing loans and distressed assets. Michaels estate has 87% membership interest (compare to shareholder). But its also collateral for the Colony Capital loan of $ 35 mln (for default on $23 million loan to Fortress ).The ranch’s value is estimated at $29.2 million for tax purposes.( 87% x 35= 29 ) 87% does not necessarily mean the estate is already entitled to 87%. Depends on the conditions of the loan, how much has been paid off and Colony Capital governance. I understand that the conditions of the loan are part of the case against Tohme.

    As for AEGs contract,Its not easy to void a contract if parties have complied to the conditions.( the exceptions you mentioned aside) AEG made advance payments (loans)and Michael accepted. He nor his representatives at the time objected. AEG has already been compensated by Michaels present representatives. Unless there are new facts maybe from the courtcase I dont see it happening.

    Another interesting thing is that Colony Capital was the last leading bidder on AEG when it was on auction. Shortly after their bid went public in February, AEG put the sale on hold and later took it off the market. Leweike is resigning and Anschutz who is the owner ,is taking over his position.Coincidence?

    Colony Capital takes lead in auction for Anschutz Entertainment Group – The Denver Post

    Shake-up at AEG clouds NFL’s return – Los Angeles Time

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  44. March 28, 2013 2:09 pm

    “He died but children are in the middle of a war (for money, of course, and power too) and I’m afraid for them. I’m still praying for justice4Michael. I have too many questions” – Katherine

    Yes, the children are in the middle of the war where greed and power are the main players. But you know what? I think that the more truth the children tell now the better shield it will be for them in the future. This way the truth will be out already and there will be no temptation to silence it, God forbid.

    If the same idea is applied to Conrad Murray let me say that he made a wrong choice – for his own safety in the first place. He also knows a lot of details but keeps them to himself. Does he really think that he will be able to live or hide knowing so much? The least that is awaiting him is living all his life in the terror that someone will come after him one day. The media will say that he will be terrorized by Michael’s fans but the real threat will be coming from those whose secrets he knows.

    Yes, let us pray to God that justice prevails. God is the only one who can put everything in the right place. And we should not be afraid of the truth. Truth is part of the Heavenly justice.

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  45. March 28, 2013 1:54 pm

    “How come an AEG executive notifies nanny Grace Rwawamba that her services no longer meets their,AEG s needs.”

    Kaarin, over here I realized one more thing which I overlooked earlier. The email is dated April 2009 and this was the time when Tohme was no longer holding the reigns, at least officially. Tohme had been replaced by Frank Dileo by then though was staying in the picture, and Grace Rwaramba evidently knew that Tohme had no power to hire or dismiss any personnel. So AEG had to do it directly – for whatever reason they had.

    Of course they exceeded the limits of their own power but this only proves once again how disrespectful they were even for the basic rules.

    For some reason AEG Live wanted Grace Rwaramba out. But they could not do it through Frank as Frank was Michael’s man. On the other hand bypassing him was no problem – they never took him seriously and he could not stand up to their pressure anyway.

    Why AEG Live wanted Grace Rwaramba out is another matter and also a very interesting one. The very least they were doing this way was isolating Michael and not giving him a chance even to communicate with the outside world. This is why he used every possibility to send a message out and even frankly spoke to his fans about never agreeing to those 50 concerts (which is something he never did before).

    And you remember what ensued? It was followed by an avalanche of mockery at Michael, and AEG Live even made an official statement refuting his words.

    Since Grace was very close to Michael AEG Live probably didn’t want her to know the details of what was happening (or was going to happen) to Michael. And this was as early as April 2009.

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  46. March 28, 2013 1:36 pm

    “It will be of interest to see how the justice system will deal with the Michael Jackson death case” – kaarin

    I agree. It is very interesting. And want to add that it will be a kind of a test to the system too and the way it works. A test that will be seen by the whole world.

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  47. March 28, 2013 1:28 pm

    Can you void a contract if the actual deal never materialized? I don’t know, but you probably can’t. Or else why didn’t Katherine’s or estate’s lawyers go after that possibility? Are they dumb? (Well, Katherine’s probably are.) But if they had a chance to somehow void the contract, it would be a far FAR better case for them than negligent hiring they are fighting for now.” – moorinen

    I am no lawyer but even from the irregularities with that contract which I noticed I think they could dispute its validity. Actually this is what Joe Jackson more or less tried to do in the amended version of his suit.

    And what did it end with? The judge said something like it was double to Katherine’s suit and was repeating it, and therefore threw it away (though it was absolutely not its double!) and Brian Oxman who was handling the suit was disbarred for a reason which I could not understand no matter how I looked.

    As I said earlier Larry Feldman committed a much bigger crime – perjury under oath – when he claimed he never said things to Larry King about Janet Arvizo’s true intentions. Larry King was not allowed to testify about it during the Arvizo trial but I am much more inclined to believe his story as he never gave us reason to doubt his words. Larry King’s partner who was also present during that conversation was also ready to confirm Larry King’s words.

    And this means that it was Larry Feldman who lied under oath. So what? He is alive and kicking and keeps making his millions, while the only lawyer who tried to handle a really serious case against AEG live is disbarred for a reason no one can explain.

    Are you sure that anyone will be encouraged to handle the case against AEG’s contract after that?

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  48. March 28, 2013 1:06 pm

    First of all sorry for being away. My internet connection was broken again immediately after I wrote my last comment here. How long it will work this time I have no idea. While waiting for the internet to be reconnected I worked on a post on the basis of the materials available to me. And when I was almost ready to post it I saw Moorinen’s comment on the Sycamore Valley:

    “The only reliable information I have seen was from the Estate’s latest accounting report http://www.scribd.com/doc/101284813/MJ-Estate-Second-Accounting that says (on page 28) that the Estate owns 87.5% share in the Sycamore Valley Ranch Co., LLC. (so I was wrong about 75%, it’s actually 87.5%). It also doesn’t mention any payments to Colony Capital, and I’ve never heard of them.”

    This is a very interesting document and is probably the only one which gives us an objective picture of the situation. It is great that the Estate still has 87.5% per cent of it, but it is no good that it is valued at “zero” as an asset. Zero in the Estate’s documents actually stands for a debt.

    If it were a proper asset fully belonging to the Estate it should have had some sum attached to it. But it is in debt the amount of which we do not know and it may be anything. We don’t know the terms of that debt either and this takes us again to Colony Capital. These terms may be such that the above percent may easily turn into something different for the Estate if they do not come to an agreement over it.

    I wouldn’t be brushing off a statement about Sycamore Valley being the ownership of Colony Capital that easily. It was widely advertised in the press and must have some grounds for it too. All depends now on how the Estate handles this situation.

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  49. Kathrine Lembert permalink
    March 28, 2013 8:18 am

    No matter what we feel about,the fact is that sadly MJ was a prisoner tortured, condemned and isolated as a part of an horrible conspiration that I don’t now if have finished yet. He died but children are in the middle of a war(for money, of course, and power too) and I’m afraid for them. I’m still praying for justice4Michael. I have too many questions

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  50. March 27, 2013 7:49 am

    Interesting sharing of information on facebook in the preparation of an appellant’s opening brief:

    https://www.facebook.com/valerie.wass?fref=ts

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  51. March 27, 2013 3:43 am

    How come an AEG executive notifies nanny Grace Rwawamba that her services no longer meets their,AEG s needs.

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  52. March 27, 2013 3:00 am

    Now they own it they have been paying it down since they took over. They only have 18% left to go.

    What source does this come from? The only reliable information I have seen was from the Estate’s latest accounting report http://www.scribd.com/doc/101284813/MJ-Estate-Second-Accounting that says (on page 28) that the Estate owns 87.5% share in the Sycamore Valley Ranch Co., LLC. (so I was wrong about 75%, it’s actually 87.5%). It also doesn’t mention any payments to Colony Capital, and I’ve never heard of them.

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  53. March 27, 2013 2:38 am

    If these AEG’s papers are analyzed in a proper court the whole of their deal may be found void or unconscionable. And then everything they were doing towards Michael could become simply against law.

    Can you void a contract if the actual deal never materialized? I don’t know, but you probably can’t. Or else why didn’t Katherine’s or estate’s lawyers go after that possibility? Are they dumb? (Well, Katherine’s probably are.) But if they had a chance to somehow void the contract, it would be a far FAR better case for them than negligent hiring they are fighting for now.

    The conflict of interest with Tohme, if I understand it right, makes Tohme liable, but not AEG. And the estate has already sued Tohme. The fact that Tohme was pushed on Michael by Colony Capital and then AEG, I assume, would be hard to prove. It’s all hearsay and power struggles that are not supported by legal papers (that I’ve seen at least).

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  54. March 26, 2013 4:40 pm

    A death of a compassionate man who died while trying against all odds to make everyting alright.

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  55. March 26, 2013 4:27 pm

    Helena and Lynande you have put many a piece in place,thank you both.
    It will be of interest to see how the justice system will deal with the Michael Jackson death case, a death unforeseen .And a death of compassionate man surrounded by men so lacking this quality.It used to be said that everything is permitted in love and war, will business now be added to this saying.

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  56. March 26, 2013 2:43 pm

    http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2011-10-06/jackson-doctor-trial/50679324/1

    Lynette, a very interesting article. Here is an excerpt from it:

    But fingerprint testing of the saline bag did not reveal a Murray fingerprint, the document introduced Thursday said. On the bag, police criminalists found four identifiable prints but could not match them to any person, the document said. Testing specifically ruled out Murray, Jackson and 10 others known to have been in Jackson’s mansion at or shortly after his death. Those eliminated included two security guards, Jackson’s personal assistant, his personal chef, Fleak, an emergency paramedic and other investigators.

    What use the prosecution or defense makes of this fingerprint evidence remains to be disclosed at the trial, which was in its eighth day Thursday. The evidence does raise questions about who was in Jackson’s bedroom the day he died.

    Fleak’s thumb print was found on a syringe she had seized as evidence, the document said. Fingerprints that could not be matched to anyone also were found on two other saline IV bags and on two smaller, 20-milliliter bottles of propofol.
    http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2011-10-06/jackson-doctor-trial/50679324/1

    In fact all they neededed to do was checking up the fingerprints of all Michael’s associates at the time, including Tohme. After all Randy Phillips introduced Tohme to everyone as Michael’s manager, didn’t he? So why not check him up too?

    By the way it is not too late to do it even now. If Tohme wants to clear himself of any suspicion he should be the first person interested in such a procedure.

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  57. March 26, 2013 1:47 pm

    And to Tom Barack this is where Michael lived in Las Vegas. http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/jan/27/michael-jacksons-former-las-vegas-home-fetches-31-/

    Yes, Lynette, this is the house that was rented for him by Jack Wishna:

    the first house Michael Jackson lived in Las Vegas

    And this is the Hacienda in Polomino Lane which Tom Barrack implied to be so terrible a place where Michael was residing in when he went to see him in Las Vegas – “Somewhat grudgingly, Barrack arrived at Jackson’s fifties stucco rental on Palomino Lane. “Not one blade of grass,” Barrack says. “The house was old and musty.”

    Here it is:

    The owners arranged a tour of the house on the second anniversary of Michael’s death:

    the second house Michael Jackson lived in, Las Vegas

    I think I’ll make a short post of all this housing situation not to lose this information in the comments

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  58. March 26, 2013 12:55 pm

    “here is a link to an article about the ownership of Neverland. It states contrary to your article, that the estate indeed owns the majority of that ranch ! http://mjandjustice4some.blogspot.de/search/label/Sycamore%20Valley%20Ranch” – appleh

    Thank you for the link, now things have become much clearer. Let us look at these three pieces of information:

    1) Justiceforsome is writing the following:

    “Richard Siklos, editor-in-chief of Fortune Magazine, wrote in October, 2009, that “under the terms of an agreement struck with Jackson after Colony Capital purchased the note on the property for $23.5 million, when Neverland is eventually sold, Colony will recoup its investment in the note plus the accrued interest, its management and upkeep expenses, and around 12% of above that as a success fee. THE REST WILL GO TO THE ESTATE.” Essentially, this means that the Michael Jackson Estate will receive a large profit of the sale of Neverland, or the Estate could have the option to buy the property.”

    2) Lynette says that “they have been paying it down since they took over. They only have 18% left to go.”

    3) And the article I used says:

    “Colony agreed to bail out Jackson; in return, the firm would take ownership of Neverland and arrange for AEG, the concert promoter owned by Barrack’s friend Phil Anschutz, to stage a comeback.”

    What does all of it mean? It means that in 2008 Colony Capital agreed to put out the fire and pay the foreclosure note BUT only on condition that they become the owners of Neverland. And this means that at that moment they probably gave Michael the final price too and under those circumstances it could be the minimal sum only. Or they could say that “the price would be agreed later”.

    But in both cases it is like saying to the owner of the flat – I’ll pay your immediate debts but on condition you make me its owner. “All the rest will be finalized later”.

    Just imagine an agreement like that for your own flat or house and you will understand what the whole of it means.

    Later on you do try to find the market price for your flat and ask it of your “partner”, who is actually almost its owner, but he says it is too high and reminds you of “all the good” he did to you when the fire had to be put out. No, the price will be his.

    The above will explain why the deal with Colony Capital was made in two phases – one was in spring when the foreclosure note was bought and the second was in November 2008 when all media proclaimed Colony Capital owners of Neverland. They did all of it within several months and by November it was practically over, leaving Michael with a symbolic percentage.

    P.S. Real saving Neverland would have been a different scenario. Colony puts out the fire by buying the foreclosure note and forms a joint venture that looks for a future buyer who gives the highest possible price. Once the highest price is paid Colony Capital deducts the initially paid 24,5mln plus the interest they want on it plus the expenses on the estate upkeep. They make their money anyway and Michael becomes owner of the ranch once again. But this is a real “saving the ranch” scenario which never took place.

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  59. March 26, 2013 11:55 am

    “To tell the truth it looks like Phillips brought Thome back because he was getting nervous about Branca being back. It says alot that the Estate is going after Thome. I think they were afraid that Branca could get Michael out of their “contract”.” – lynande51

    ABSOLUTELY. And the fact that the Estate is after Tohme now is the best proof of it.

    P.S. And I am sure that Branca would have found a way to change that “contract”. This is why Michael felt much more confident in the last days of his life. The pressure was lifting off his shoulders. He began to see the light at the end of the tunnel as he said to Frank Dileo. June Gatlin also stated that Michael was changing his life. And the dancers also noted that Michael’s attitude changed – he not only gave great rehearsals in the last two days, but he conveyed to them the feeling that it was HIS show.

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  60. lynande51 permalink
    March 26, 2013 3:20 am

    Here is the house that Michael wanted to buy that Thome was goiing to help him buy. It was the former Las Vegas property of the Sultan of Brunei.
    http://www.businessinsider.com/sultan-brunei-las-vegas-estate-2010-12

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  61. lynande51 permalink
    March 26, 2013 3:13 am

    And to Tom Barack this is where Michael lived in Las Vegas.

    http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/jan/27/michael-jacksons-former-las-vegas-home-fetches-31-/

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  62. lynande51 permalink
    March 26, 2013 3:03 am

    To tell the truth it look like Phillips brought Thome back because he was getting nervous about Branca being back. It says a lot that the Estate is going after Thome. I think they were afraid that Branca could get Michael out of their “contract”.

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  63. appleh permalink
    March 26, 2013 2:15 am

    Hi Helena,

    here is a link to an article about the ownership of Neverland. It states contrary to your article, that the estate indeed owns the majority of that ranch !

    http://mjandjustice4some.blogspot.de/search/label/Sycamore%20Valley%20Ranch

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  64. March 26, 2013 1:22 am

    “John Branca was brought back close to the end and Thome has been feeding the press and the fan community a pile of crap about Michael and Sony in an attempt to make Branca and McClain look bad. It all makes sense now.”

    Oh, it makes very much sense now. This crap was told to Michaels’ fans in order to divert attention from the trio of Tohme, Colony Capital and AEG. I’ve always wondered why no one paid attention to the three of them and everyone talked about Sony instead though they paid their own $65 mln. and won a tough competition for the footage from Universal, Fox and Paramount. This is what Randy Phillips said about the rehearsal footage:

    People speculated this would be the end, but I knew the value of the content we had. Just didn’t know how to monetize it. I shopped it around to studios and [there was] a bidding war between four studios, Universal, Sony, Paramount and Fox.
    https://www.examiner.com/article/examiner-exclusive-aeg-s-randy-phillips-talks-this-is-it-michael-jackson-and-more-part-ii

    Within the time Frank Dileo worked for Michael he managed to bring at least two people back to Michael’s team – Michael Kane (an accountant, evidently to replace Barrack’s accountants he severed ties with) and John Branca.

    It seems that Frank Dileo was trying to “sanitize” Michael’s surrounding with professional and loyal people and was most probably following his instructions. Randy Phillips was sort of monitoring the situation:

    “In an interview, Katz said that he first heard the idea of luring Branca back from DiLeo, who took on the role of intermediary between the lawyer and Jackson. Would Branca be open to “talk to Michael about some things?” DiLeo said he asked the lawyer in an early phone call.

    In a follow-up call, DiLeo says he urged Branca, “Now we need to be able to work together” — meaning, no more drama, please! And finally, he says he told the lawyer, “Michael wants you to start thinking about some ideas. Don’t just come in and say hi to him.”

    On the morning of the reunion, DiLeo reminded Jackson, “Don’t forget, John’s coming today.”

    Phillips was in Jackson’s dressing room at the Forum for the reunion. After the hug and official signatures that evening, Branca began rattling off ideas, having honed them over the previous week. Some involved the concert. But DiLeo and Phillips say Branca’s primary responsibility was elsewhere.

    “There was a serious aspiration to make a movie,” says Phillips. “Michael wanted to finish a movie called ‘Ghost’ … and a 3D version of ‘Thriller.’ He wanted John to do the film financing and DVD deal.” Phillips said AEG had planned to contribute cash for developing projects.

    With the due date on a $300 million debt to Barclays on the distant horizon, Jackson also wanted Branca in Sony’s face about “restructuring the loan because Sony had the loan guarantees,” Phillips said, adding that he was thrilled for Michael to have a corner man “who knew where all the bodies were buried.”

    http://www.thewrap.com/media/article/michael-jackson-5-return-branca-22424?page=0,1

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  65. March 26, 2013 12:55 am

    “What day exactly was it when Michael called out to Frank D., come here so your boss can give you a hug, and Frank D. responded by walking away.”

    Kaarin, if we are to believe Tohme he reappeared in Michael’s life a day or two before Michael’s death. I think I’ve read somewhere that he saw Michael on Wednesday, and on Thursday Michael died.

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  66. March 26, 2013 12:47 am

    “MICHAEL DIED BELIEVING THIS MAN WAS A DOCTOR!!!”

    Right Lynette. Only God knows what Tohme told Michael about his “medical qualifications”.

    “Then Thome comes back. There is a fingerprint I believe that was on the saline bag that the Propofol was found in that did not belong to anyone that “supposedly” touched it. There is a text to a Vegas phone number on Murray’s phone at 1:53 PM. Thome’s phone would have has a Las Vegas phone number. Afterward he goes to the house and “fires” all of the security. There is missing security footage from the house at 100 north Carolwood. Why? Because I believe that Thome was in the house the night that Michael died.
    Suddenly you have AEG asking these kids questions about what they took from the house. Why are they worried about it and who started the rumor that Katherine or any of the Jacksons took something from the house? It was of course Thome that told them that.”

    I agree, all of it is really too much. You can also add here the testimony of Sade Alding, Murray’s girlfriend at the trial. She said that while on the phone with Murray she heard the murmur of voices and coughing and then everything went silent.

    And the Prosecutor did not even ask her a single question about it. Amazing.

    The noises could be on TV of course but then we will have to imagine that the first thing Murray did after dropping the phone was switching off the TV set.

    As regards the allegedly missing video I have an article about it, but it comes from the National Enquirer. They give their own explanation why the video was destroyed (to hide the vials, which was true), only it wasn’t Michael’s associates who were doing it. The fact that the video could have been destroyed is mind-boggling:

    http://www.metrolyrics.com/2009-michael-jacksons-death-caught-on-camera-claims-us-magazine-news.html

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  67. Sina permalink
    March 26, 2013 12:11 am

    ‘AEG people may be heartless cynical bastards, but it doesn’t make them criminals or offenders’

    Hiring becomes negligent when someone is injured or dead as a result. Cause and result were proven, now the hiring needs to be established. That is a grey area. But it doesnt matter if Murray was Michaels personal physician. The treatment was not that of a regular physician but was aimed at fulfulling his duties to AEG, AEG was in direct negotiation with Murray about medical equipment, the relationship (authority, order Murray how to treat Michael), AEG was paying the bills and was not shy about it and much more. Those are indications of hiring AND that AEG could have known that it was not regular care. Seem like technicalities but the law is about what can be proven.
    A pattern of negligent conduct, cynicism in your words, may substantiate negligent hiring.

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  68. March 26, 2013 12:05 am

    “I think it is safe to consider that Thome was at the house that night.”

    Lynette, we cannot be sure of it. At the press-conference after Michael’s death Jermaine Jackson said that Tohme was by Michael’s side when he died, but I think that he simply made a mistake and took Murray for Tohme, otherwise Jermaine would have said it to the police. I think that Jermaine did not know a thing about what kind of a guy is Tohme.

    But this article fully confirms the fact that Michael broke away from Tohme after the March announcement of those 50 concerts in London and wasn’t Michael’s manager for several months (until Randy Phillips “restored” him in this capacity).

    26 June 2009

    A SERIES of questions today surrounded the man who allegedly tried and failed to resuscitate Michael Jackson following his heart attack.
    Dr Tohme Tohme has been described as Jackson’s personal physician, close friend, manager and official spokesman. Today he stood silently by the side of Jermaine Jackson as he announced to the world that his brother had died.

    According to Jermaine, Dr Tohme was with Jackson when he collapsed at his rented home in Los Angeles yesterday and then tried to resuscitate the pop star. Asked for his reaction at the press conference, Dr Tohme simply replied that Jermaine would be the only representative for the family.

    According to close associates, Jackson and Dr Tohme had fallen out since coming to London in March to announce his comeback tour. Sources say they were no longer on speaking terms.

    Jackson is said to have formally notified associates last month that Dr Tohme, who paved the way for the deal for the This Is It tour, was not representing him after he received a cease-and-desist letter for the O2 residency from AllGood Entertainment, the company that had represented the Jackson 5.

    The row had led to Jackson re-connecting with Frank DiLeo, who managed the singer in his Eighties heyday.

    It was Mr DiLeo, not Dr Tohme, who had been acting as Jackson’s manager over the last two months, according to his business associates. A source said: “Michael had a revolving door of managers and it seemed that Dr Tohme was out the exit. It’s surprising that Dr Tohme was around when Michael died – he seemed shut out over the past weeks.”

    Doctor-turned-businessman Dr Tohme says he is a qualified orthopaedic surgeon from Saudi Arabia. He met Jackson when the singer was defaulting on a £10million loan. They were introduced by Jermaine. Dr Tohme promised that he could refinance Jackson’s spiralling £100million debt and quickly became his manager and confidant.

    Dr Tohme brokered a deal between Jackson and Colony Capital, a private-equity firm run by billionaire Tom Barrack Jr. Philip Anschutz, owner of AEG Live, the US entertainment giant which went on to handle the final tour, then received a call from Mr Barrack, his friend. Randy Phillips, AEG chief executive, said: “I got a call from Dr Tohme, who said Michael was in bad financial straits.” Last December, Mr Phillips presented Dr Tohme with his vision. “Phase one would be 10 shows at the O2,” he said.

    But as the pressure of what had grown to 50 shows mounted, it would appear that Dr Tohme – the very man who had “saved” him from financial ruin – was no longer welcome in Jackson’s life.

    http://www.standard.co.uk/news/mystery-over-doctor-who-tried-to-save-dying-jackson-6791364.html

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  69. March 25, 2013 11:44 pm

    “This is what business is about: money and power. And you can’t accuse businessmen of seeking money and power.”

    But we can accuse them of doing business in a fraudulent and even criminal way. Fraud is a crime too.

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  70. March 25, 2013 11:23 pm

    This nasty article plus two others explain the situation with the Neverland deal. I think we should not have any illusions about it – Michael’s share in Neverland (sorry, Sycamore Valley now) must be minimal. The details of the parties’ shares in the joint venture are not provided, and no mention is made of any other money except the initial $24 mln paid:

    Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch Is No More
    Hilary Lewis|November 12, 2008

    Colony Capital, the company that bailed out Michael Jackson by buying his mortgage on Neverland Ranch, has increased its ownership of the King of Pop’s abode. It’s now jointly owned by both Jacko and Colony Capital and will change its name to the Sycamore Valley Ranch.
    TMZ: According to official documents, the title to Neverland was transferred Monday to a company called Sycamore Valley Ranch Company LLC. Now here’s where the plot thickens.

    Sycamore is a joint venture between Michael Jackson and a division of a company called Colony Capital. Colony Capital owns the Las Vegas Hilton, the Red Rock Country Club, and other Las Vegas properties…

    The man behind Colony Capital, Thomas Barrack, Jr. is a Vegas mover and shaker, and there’s a buzz in Vegas that Jackson could end up performing at the Hilton and living in the Red Rock Country Club. In fact, we reported this earlier in the year.

    So now, Neverland is owned by both Jackson and Barrack’s company. Will Jacko perform at Barrack’s hotel? Stay tuned.

    http://articles.businessinsider.com/2008-11-12/entertainment/30025207_1_colony-capital-sycamore-valley-ranch-neverland-ranch

    Neverland’s Land Title Has Been Transferred
    November 12, 2008

    The land title to Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch was transferred a couple of days ago to a firm called Sycamore Valley Ranch Company LLC.

    TMZ is reporting that Sycamore is a partnership of sorts between Michael Jackson and a division of a company called Colony Capital. Colony Capital owns the Las Vegas Hilton, the Red Rock Country Club, and other Las Vegas holdings.

    TMZ had published a few news reports earlier this year where they claimed Colony Capital had helped out Michael by buying his $23.5 million Neverland mortgage.

    Thomas Barrack Jr. is a Vegas big wig, and the word out in Vegas is that Michael may possibly perform at the Hilton and live in the Red Rock Country Club. TMZ also reported this also.

    Apparently the ranch is being renamed and will be called the Sycamore Valley Ranch.
    http://chitchatchica.com/2008/11/12/neverlands-land-title-has-been-transferred/

    Neverland Ranch Is Sold

    By Daniel Melia on Thursday 13th November 2008

    Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch has been sold to an investment firm whose bosses will rename the property in a joint venture with the pop star, according to new reports.

    Jackson prevented a foreclosure sale of the California estate when New York-based private equity group Colony Capital agreed to take over his $24.5 million debt on the property in.

    According to Santa Barbara records, the title to Neverland was transferred on Monday to a company called Sycamore Valley Ranch Company LLC.

    Sycamore is a joint venture between Jackson and a division of Colony Capital – owner of numerous Las Vegas properties including Red Rock Country Club and the Las Vegas Hilton.

    The sale has fuelled reports Jackson has signed on to perform his own headlining show in the city.

    According to TMZ, the property will be renamed Sycamore Valley Ranch in effort to revamp its image, tinged by the negative press surrounding Jackson’s child molestation trial, which ended in his acquittal in 2005.

    http://www.taletela.com/news/775/michael-jacksons-neverland-ranch-is-sold

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  71. March 25, 2013 10:55 pm

    “they are not obliged to have anyone else’s interests in mind, and that does not make them liable” – moorinen

    It may look strange but if the court finds that one side has taken advantage of the other side the contract may be found void. And if there is no contract there are no obligations either. Wiki states the requirements a valid contract should meet:

    In addition to the elements of a contract:

    a party must have capacity to contract;
    the purpose of the contract must be lawful;
    the form of the contract must be legal;
    the parties must intend to create a legal relationship; and
    the parties must consent.
    As a result, there are a variety of affirmative defenses that a party may assert to avoid his obligation.

    Vitiating factors constituting defences to purported contract formation include:
    mistake;
    incapacity, including mental incompetence and infancy/minority;
    duress;
    undue influence;
    unconscionability;
    misrepresentation/fraud; and
    frustration of purpose.

    Such defenses operate to determine whether a purported contract is either (1) void or (2) voidable.

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  72. March 25, 2013 10:43 pm

    “Then who and when bought out another 50%?” – moorinen

    This paper says that the new owner is Sycamore Valley Ranch Co. LLC which is probably still a joint venture between Colony Capital and Michael. The deal was finalized in November 2008. If I ever have free time I’ll probably look into that deal (if the documents are available on the net).

    Michael Jackson has turned the deed to his financially plagued Neverland Ranch over to a company that he has a partial stake in, effectively ending his reign as the King of the House That Pop Built.

    According to paperwork filed Monday with the Santa Barbara County Clerk-Recorder’s Office, Neverland’s new owner is the Sycamore Valley Ranch Co., LLC.
    http://uk.eonline.com/news/68573/michael-jackson-lets-neverland-fly-away

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  73. March 25, 2013 10:27 pm

    “From day 1 there were serious doubts whether he could perform 50 shows. They behaved recklessly by ignoring all these signs”

    Sina, I can add to it that it was not mere recklessness. AEG Live created these conditions with their own hands and did it on purpose (with the help of Tohme). They could have spaced the concerts the way Michael wanted them – twice a week, and at this pace he could manage to do even 50 concerts. But they intentionally set the schedule for him at such a tempo so that he would not be able to cope with it.

    If due to this pace he managed to do only 5 concerts out of 50 the situation would still be perfectly okay for them. He cancels the remaining 45, they sue him for billions and play the well thought-out scenario of acquiring all this assets. The scenario is very well laid out in their “contract”.

    If he managed to do 30 concerts out of 50 the scenario would be exactly the same.

    And if he did 49 out of 50 concerts, even this would be still work for them as the scenario would be the same again.

    The only difference is that if he canceled one concert he’d pay less in damages and if he canceled 45 concerts he’d have to pay enormous sums which he did not have, so his assets were guaranteed to pass over to those who were sitting on all those boards. Even when Michael managed to fire Tohme from the Sony/ATV Music Publishing (catalog) board Joel Katz of AEG still remained there.

    The criminal element in this scheme is that Tohme was formally working for Michael but was creating conditions suitable for Barrack and AEG and was acting in their interests behind Michael’s back. No wonder that Tohme was accused of fraud even before this deal with Michael, as is clear from the court papers obtained by NBC.

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  74. March 25, 2013 10:03 pm

    “That is why Murray is guilty by law and AEG is not.’

    Morinen, have you read AEG’s contract? If these AEG’s papers are analyzed in a proper court the whole of their deal may be found void or unconscionable. And then everything they were doing towards Michael could become simply against law. AEG fought like mad for their “contract” to be never disclosed so that no one saw how they were doing their business with Michael. The papers do not carry the necessary signatures, a letter of intent is passed for a contract, one point contradicts the other, the terms are stated in a terribly unclear and even wrong way, and there is a conflict of interests on every page of it. Randy Phillips himself said that their sharing one lawyer was reason enough to void that contract. And now we find Tohme actually working for them, and not for Michael.

    If you think that it is legal for AEG to restore Tohme as Michael’s manager despite his will… well, I don’t even know what to say to that. If your own lawyer is found to work against your interests and you don’t want him to represent you any longer, but someone comes and says that he will whether you like it or not, and for as long as they want it, and you will sign all the papers he will make you sign, what will be your reaction? And will it be legal?

    It is mafia who does business like that, and not businessmen. The intimidation, fraud and bullying component is what is totally criminal about this type of business.

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  75. March 25, 2013 9:41 pm

    “Helena, have you read Leonard Rowe’s book? He does mention a lot of points you made here”

    Morinen, I’ve read only the part that provided the contract. My first impression of the contract was so terrible that I decided to study it on my own to see what’s what. If he came to the same conclusions it is double as valuable because we did it independent of each other. I never really had time to go back to Rowe’s book and read the full of it.

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  76. March 25, 2013 7:19 am

    “Neither did or was Murray. He was not sentenced for conspiracy or murder but for homicide, unintentional killing.
    Its one thing to have no intention to harm, its another to behave in such a way that it’s inevitable and foreseeable. They knew that he was trapped and took advantage of it.When you are stresssed out and pressured as he was, you are not in a position to make sound judgement.
    From day 1 there were serious doubts whether he could perform 50 shows, by media, fans who followed him closely , business associates , dancers on the show, his stylists AND most of all by AEG behind the scenes. And its all on record.
    They behaved recklessly by ignoring all these signs, using an unqualified doctor to fix THEIR problem, not Michaels and it cost his life. There is a price for that and that is not exclusive to Michaels case. People want to make it exclusive because it is the Jacksons.”

    But Murray was at the actual homicide scene and was responsible for administering the drug and not calling 911 when a person was dying. AEG was responsible for none of that. That is why Murray is guilty by law and AEG is not. Also they weren’t “using an unqualified doctor to fix their problem”. With all my love for Michael, it was he who brought Murray on and insisted on hiring him. HE was using an unqualified doctor to fix HIS insomnia problem. The most AEG is facing now is negligent hiring (because Murray was on their payroll), but even that case looks quite weak. AEG people may be heartless cynical bastards, but it doesn’t make them criminals or offenders.

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  77. Sina permalink
    March 25, 2013 4:24 am

    ‘And their desire to mutually profit is not enough to accuse them of conspiracy or murder.
    It’s quite obvious that all of them saw a lot of value in Michael alive, and I don’t think any of them expected or wanted to push him over the edge. Their “guilt” is in seeing him more as an asset (which his talent was) than a person, but that’s what he was to them – they weren’t his family or friends’

    Neither did or was Murray. He was not sentenced for conspiracy or murder but for homicide, unintentional killing.
    Its one thing to have no intention to harm, its another to behave in such a way that it’s inevitable and foreseeable. They knew that he was trapped and took advantage of it.When you are stresssed out and pressured as he was, you are not in a position to make sound judgement.
    From day 1 there were serious doubts whether he could perform 50 shows, by media, fans who followed him closely , business associates , dancers on the show, his stylists AND most of all by AEG behind the scenes. And its all on record.
    They behaved recklessly by ignoring all these signs, using an unqualified doctor to fix THEIR problem, not Michaels and it cost his life. There is a price for that and that is not exclusive to Michaels case. People want to make it exclusive because it is the Jacksons.

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  78. March 25, 2013 3:34 am

    There ARE SOMETIMES UNDERHANDED METHODS USED.

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  79. March 25, 2013 2:50 am

    BTW. Helena, have you read Leonard Rowe’s book? He does mention a lot of points you made here – about Tohme and AEG, the AEG contact and Frank Dileo.

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  80. March 25, 2013 2:47 am

    “Originally Michael was the one with 25% of Neverland after the Colony Capital deal. He was still a partner but a minority partner.

    Then who and when bought out another 50%?

    “AEG might be a business but ALL businesses are run by people. People that don’t always have the best interest of anyone but themselves in mind.”

    True, but they are not obliged to have anyone else’s interests in mind, and that does not make them liable. There is no doubt that AEG used Michael and took advantage of his desperate situation, which is very sad, but it doesn’t in any way make them responsible for his death.

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  81. lynande51 permalink
    March 25, 2013 2:35 am

    This is the point that we seem to be forgetting. AEG might be a business but ALL businesses are run by people. People that don’t always have the best interest of anyone but themselves in mind.

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  82. March 25, 2013 1:45 am

    Thome was the errand boy,though very well compensated, for getting into the grey-zone
    or even darker for Colony Capital and AEG.And the 2 billionaires mentioned below in several
    articles and comments.Just take a look at his background, Ambassador at Large for Senegal.There ia a place in Portugal where you could buy that kind of papers and passports.

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  83. lynande51 permalink
    March 25, 2013 1:21 am

    Originally Michael was the one with 25% of Neverland after the Colony Capital deal. He was still a partner but a minority partner.

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  84. March 25, 2013 12:02 am

    I think it’s incorrect to compare the price Michael initially paid for Neverland with the amount Tom Barrack paid because Barrack did not buy out the whole estate, he only bought out the loan. As of now Colony Capital owns (if I remember right) 25% of Neverland, so he only paid for a limited share of it.

    Also I think it’s unfair to say “Barrack speaks” or “Barrack presents” and then quote media articles written in the third person. I know next to nothing about Tom Barrack and I have no idea how cynical he is, but we all know how manipulative media can be with information, so I would not attribute words from an article to someone’s mouth unless it’s a direct quote.

    It’s quite clear by this point that Colony Capital, AEG and Tohme all were trying to profit from Michael. But I’m sure that anyone who EVER worked with Michael did it for personal gain in the first place and if they also cared for Michael in the process, it was just an added benefit. This is what business is about: money and power. And you can’t accuse businessmen of seeking money and power. The two parties of the “vicious trio” where not even individuals, they were representatives of organizations that don’t even have a mechanism for caring about feelings or well-being of their source of income.

    And their desire to mutually profit is not enough to accuse them of conspiracy or murder. It’s quite obvious that all of them saw a lot of value in Michael alive, and I don’t think any of them expected or wanted to push him over the edge😦 Their “guilt” is in seeing him more as an asset (which his talent was) than a person, but that’s what he was to them – they weren’t his family or friends.

    This is why it’s very important in business (especially if you are selling not a detached product, but your own personality and talent) to find trusted people who would not only be professional but would stay with you long enough to care. Unfortunately, at the time when Michael faced the foreclosure of Neverland, he didn’t have such people around. So he grasped at the first straw he could reach which was Tohme. It’s easy to say now that he shouldn’t have got involved with Tohme, but in that situation he didn’t have a choice.

    As I was thinking about Michael’s last years over and over, I came to realization that unfortunately, with the emotional and financial state Michael was in after the trial, things couldn’t have developed any other way for him. What happened to Michael wasn’t simply his wrong decision or a mistake. He was backed in the corner, he had only one way to retreat and that way was leading him deeper into the trap. He didn’t have a way out.

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  85. lynande51 permalink
    March 24, 2013 6:16 pm

    Forgot the video.

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  86. lynande51 permalink
    March 24, 2013 6:16 pm

    Here is that video of NBC and what they found out about Thome. I think it is safe to consider that Thome was at the house that night. Who knows what the conversations were between them, Is that when Murray played his recording for Michael. Did Thome and Murray threaten Michael into using the propofol again that night?

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  87. lynande51 permalink
    March 24, 2013 6:10 pm

    I would like it if people considered something that I have been saying or at least implying since Michael died. There was more than one doctor or at least someone that Michael thought was a doctor. That other doctor was Thome, I am certain of it. This is going to sound even more sinister I’m afraid and I am not one that is given to imaginary conspiracies.
    Michael’s exact quote to Cherilyn Lee was “my doctors told me it was safe if I was monitored”. He says “doctors” that is more than one doctor. In your blog post you quote an article that says that Thome was an orthopedic surgeon. He is no such thing. He claimed he was an ambassador at large for Senegal and the Senegalese embassy never heard of him. Michael died believing this man was a doctor. MICHAEL DIED BELIEVING THIS MAN WAS A DOCTOR!!!
    Then there is the obvious. No one outside the medical community would have known about Propofol. That is… except those that use drugs for interrogation. That would have been the Versed. It takes much longer to work and the person is semiconscious for quite some time. It is called twilight sleep. Long enough to record what a person was saying if you were asking him questions, or attempting to get an unauthorized permission to do something.
    Thome was “back on board because he found us a house in Las Vegas”. Those were the words that Michael told Paris. That was in the last two or three days of his life. He was doing better in the last couple of days. He was rehearsing full out and everything was looking good. A few days before that are when he was sick. That was a direct result of a near miss, as David Walgren called it. That was the Flumazenil that Murray had to use to fast to bring him around. Michael didn’t let Murray use the Propofol/benzo cocktail for a couple of nights that is why he felt better and was more on top of things.
    Then Thome comes back. There is a fingerprint I believe that was on the saline bag that the Propofol was found in that did not belong to anyone that “supposedly” touched it. There is a text to a Vegas phone number on Murray’s phone at 1:53 PM. Thome’s phone would have has a Las Vegas phone number. Afterward he goes to the house and “fires” all of the security. There is missing security footage from the house at 100 north Carolwood. Why? Because I believe that Thome was in the house the night that Michael died.
    Suddenly you have AEG asking these kids questions about what they took from the house. Why are they worried about it and who started the rumor that Katherine or any of the Jacksons took something from the house? It was of course Thome that told them that.
    Now we see just how close Thome was to AEG executives and money people around Michael. John Branca was brought back close to the end and Thome has been feeding the press and the fan community a pile of crap about Michael and Sony in an attempt to make Branca and McClain look bad. It all makes sense now.
    Where did Thome sleep the night before?

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  88. March 24, 2013 6:06 pm

    Where did Thome sleep the night between 6.24 to 6.25 2009.

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  89. March 24, 2013 6:01 pm

    What day exactly was it when Michael called out to Frank D.,come here so your boss can give you a hug, and Frank D. responded by walking away.
    Maybe there was a specific reason for Michael to do this.

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  90. March 24, 2013 10:08 am

    Paris Jackson’s answers to the written interrogatory are very interesting – especially those where she describes the way she spent her time together when Michael returned home from the rehearsals.

    But one piece has a direct connection to this post. It was with utter amazement that I found this among Paris Jackson’s answers:

    «Between June 23-25, 2009, Michael told Responding Party that Dr.Tohme was back on board because he had helped Michael with a house in Las Vegas.

    During this time, Michael also talked to Responding Party about his music, his body temperature and movies after the This Is It Tour.

    Michael also told Responding Party that he was scared because he thought: “Randy Phillips and them were out to get me”.

    My first impression was that Michael had forgiven Tohme, but later on I realized something different.

    Tohme does say in various sources that he saw Michael two days before his death, but previously it looked like some chance meeting during the rehearsals. Now it becomes clear that it was not a chance meeting and the scene described by Tohme in Sullivan’s book has an explanation.

    Two or three days before Michael’s death Tohme was taken back on board, but was taken not by Michael, who still publicly referred to Dileo as his manager, but by Randy Phillips.

    Randy Phillips slipped a bracelet around Tohme’s wrist to give him unlimited access to the rehearsals again and introduced him to everyone as Michael’s manager, doing it in total defiance of Michael’s wishes.

    This way AEG imposed Tohme back on Michael and even flaunted their decision. The formal explanation they probably gave him was that Tohme had rendered Michael some services in Las Vegas (found a house for him there).

    Michael’s reaction to it is very telling. He was scared and said:

    “Randy Phillips and them were out to get me”.

    So even the incredible fact of Tohme being back in the last days of Michael’s life is fitting into the whole picture of his bullying and intimidation once again. By the way it will explain why Tohme was at the hospital and why two weeks after Michael’s death he said that he was still representing him until he was “otherwise informed not to do so”.

    Tohme was waiting for the instructions from his real bosses.

    P.S. I’ve added this comment to the text of the post.

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  91. March 24, 2013 9:42 am

    “Katherine’s lawyers wanted it in a jury room so the judge could be available to see if the questions that they were asking here were acceptable. AEG said that wasn’t a good enough reason for it not to be when they wanted it and where they wanted it.I have an even better reason and that is one of electronic security.” – lynande

    Anything is possible, that is why it is always better to have a neutral territory for it – especially the one in a courthouse where neither of the sides has any privileges. However AEG said that it was an “unreasonable” request. With people like that it was the wisest thing to do to ask for a judge to supervise the process and see whether the questions were appropriate or not. AEG is nasty and is capable of anything.

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  92. March 24, 2013 12:59 am

    Prince and Paris must have the most contradictory and confused feelings re Murray. I dont think he was anything but nice to the kids while at Michaels.Why hould he.Still he killed their father by unconscionable carelessness and lied profusely after this.They want Paris for 7 hrs.These depositions can be psychologically injurious to them.They ,I mean Katherine should ask for a child psychologist to be present also to stop if thingse going in this way. Also Lynandes comment below to be considered.

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  93. Nicoletta permalink
    March 24, 2013 12:56 am

    Thanks so much Helena, I understand very well your efforts and appreciate with all my heart your generous response.

    Of course Michael has lived in recent times really a nightmare existence, I’m deeply saddened by this.

    I will read carefully what you have written to me, thank you very much again

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  94. lynande51 permalink
    March 24, 2013 12:38 am

    I believe that it took place on Thorusday the 21st. I don’t know if it was at AEG’s attorneys offices or not bu thtey were being insistant on that part. They said there was no reason for it to be at Katherine offices or in a Jury room. Katherine’s lawyers wanted it in a jury room so the judge could be available to see if the questions that they were asking here were acceptable. AEG said that wasn’t a good enough reason for it not to be when they wanted it and where they wanted it.I have an even better reason and that is one of electronic security. Since AEG has been the one leaking the documents in the case to TMZ (Harvey Levin), Radar Online and Roger Friedman at what point do we believe that they would not surrpetitiously tape her deposition and hand it off to one of them to say whatever they wanted to say about it.That sounds like a reasonable assumption considering the new information.

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  95. March 24, 2013 12:24 am

    “Here is a link to the AEG Motion to Depose Paris Jackson. http://www.scribd.com/doc/131734184/AEG-Motion-to-set-deposition-date-for-Paris

    Lynette, thank you very much for the link. I began reading the paper and can’t even go on with it. AEG says that it is “draconian” to ask to limit Paris Jackson’s deposition to 3,5 hours and arrange it in the courthouse, in the jury room (and not at AEG lawyers’ office). This request is “unreasonable” and the fact that she is a minor does not produce any impression on these people. They want to depose her for seven hours and only in their office and without any court supervision, God forbid.

    These people are unbearable.

    P.S. Paris’s guardians asked for a court supervision of her deposition because they don’t want her to be subjected to the same treatment as Prince Jackson was. However AEG lawyers call the request “inexplicable” and don’t want to “burden the court”.

    AEG lawyers say that it is “abundantly clear to them” that Paris Jackson “will not appear at a reasonable place and for a reasonable time unless the Court orders her to do so”. So the jury room in the courthouse is not a reasonable place for them? And three hours and a half for a minor are not enough for them either?

    These people are unbearable. If AEG spoke in the same manner to Michael I don’t know how he could deal with them.

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  96. March 24, 2013 12:17 am

    Thomas Barrack Jr and Colony Capital are doing very well. Got an award 2012 for their Distressed Credit Fund . Their assets are now 25 billion. T.B.Jr has the golden touch….He has 3 strategies. 1.during downturn,exploit misplacements, 2.exploitation of inefficiencies and 3.value added management to optimal exits, this includes intensive management.
    Something familiar about this…

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  97. March 24, 2013 12:07 am

    Paul Gongawares note to nanny Grace Rwaramba is an abomination.,ie- unfortunately at this time the services that you provide do not meet our, that is AEG’s,needs. Did she even know she was supposed to meet their needs.
    ps I am sorry, but there is problem with my tangentboard,I cant get the upper tangents correctly.

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  98. March 23, 2013 11:14 pm

    “Can you help me or direct me to better understand this issue so crucial?”

    Nicole, you are giving me an impossible task. However the very short and simple of it – the way I understand it – is that two billionaires Tom Barrack and Phil Anschutz wanted to be even richer than they were, and smaller fish like Tohme was used by them to make their plans come true. The plan was to exploit Michael and his name under the pretext of the rebirth of his career, and acquire all his belongings at the first opportunity that presented itself.

    AEG discussed the contract with Tohme as Michael’s manager and got the best possible terms for themselves. Tohme in some way obtained Michael’s signatures on some papers and agreed to every AEG’s condition. In case Michael broke AEG’s rules they would demand all the money they had given him – $10mln advance money and $30mln. production expenses. Michael did not take part in the discussion of money matters and had no lawyer to check up the papers.

    By the time he understood that the terms were extremely unjust to him he was already caught up in AEG’s net – the shows were announced and he could not go back on his word. It would have completely ruined his image and he did not want to disappoint his fans who inspired him very much by buying all the tickets to his concerts. He was also living in a house for which he paid out of the advance he got from AEG.

    So despite complete mess with the contract papers created by Tohme the only way he could go was going forward and he began preparing for the shows very seriously. He knew he had to make those concerts no matter what or otherwise his partners would sue him for cancelling the shows for billions of dollars. So he practiced and worked with his trainer Lou Ferrigno on building his stamina. Stamina was what he needed most for those shows as he was to perform with only one day of rest between the shows, with very few exceptions and for three months too.

    And he worked so hard that at some point he realized that he could do it. This is what he finally said to Randy Phillips on June 23 or 24th.

    However it seems that the other side was not ready for this news. On the one hand they were not against Michael making 50 concerts, but on the other hand none of them believed that he was capable of even one. That is why the concert promoters were not even in a hurry with their preparations for the show. I believe that Michael’s determination and readiness for the concerts took them unawares and when they realized that he was serious about it they themselves panicked a little. They did not expect it to go that far.

    All the way thinking that Michael was frail and knowing his past history of cancelling some concerts they were sure he would not stand up to the pressure and would cancel even at a rehearsal stage. The pressure they exercised on him was terrible and included the unrealistic schedule of concerts with very little rest between the shows, shortening the period of rehearsals by three weeks, insisting on a certain regimen he was to follow and humiliating Michael at every possibility (yelling, not honoring his decisions, for example, about hiring a new manager, etc.)

    They were sure that under even a little pressure he would cancel the tour. But he didn’t. They pressurized him and created impossible conditions for his work, but he still didn’t.

    It was them who needed that cancellation, but not just any cancellation – they needed Michael to be the responsible party for it because if it was his fault they would take everything he had, and if it was their fault the outcome could be different.

    So it had to be his fault. Hence pressurizing him even more, yelling at him about missing rehearsals and riot acts read to him. Earlier in April and May they were not even worried, but now in June they suddenly began to care.

    Michael realized that the pressure was mounting and knew that they were waiting for him to make a mistake. He could not give them a single chance to find fault with him and not a single pretext for cancelling the contract. He knew that they were waiting for his first slip. And this was making him even more sleepless than ever.

    This is my general understanding of the situation unless some new circumstances are uncovered. Did I answer your question?

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  99. lynande51 permalink
    March 23, 2013 10:09 pm

    Here is a link to the AEG Motion to Depose Paris Jackson.

    It would be interesting to see if in their depostion questions they kept referring to their Dad as Michael Jackson. It is a way to dehumanize him.

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  100. lynande51 permalink
    March 23, 2013 9:39 pm

    This is a great job Helena!Congratulations!
    Now we know who was connected and where we can see what AEG is really all about. I was just reading the motion to deposed Paris online and Blanket of course. It seems that these poor kids have had to put up with questions about their fathers drug use since before Murray’s trial. She was 12 years old when she started having to answer questions about that in regard to her father in the interrogatory (written list of questions from the AEG lawyers in preparation of the depostition). Most of them look like repeats of the same question time and time again all refering to her daddy as Michael Jackson. Probably the most heart wrendhing is the question about what she took from the Carolwood house when they went there. Her answer was that she wanted some of her things and something “that smelled like my Daddy”.
    I will give you the link to it if you want.
    I also want to remind everyone that when you are in a civil or criminal case the lawyers have meetings called ‘meet and confers”. That is where things get said that no one ever hears about. I like how Katherines attorney’s know that it has been AEG that is leaking all the negative publicity about Michael. Specifically to Roger Friedman, TMZ and Radar Online. $40 billion isn’t enough for what they have done.

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  101. Nicoletta permalink
    March 23, 2013 9:26 pm

    Hello Helena, I’m Italian, I am very interested about that topic but I have great difficulty in understanding due to the language.

    Can you help me or direct me to better understand this issue so crucial?
    Thank you, Nicole

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  102. March 23, 2013 4:12 pm

    Here is another precious piece from the same article of May 31, 2009:

    Even as Jackson’s benefactors assemble an all-star team — “High School Musical’s” Kenny Ortega is directing the London concerts — there are hints of discord. Last week, two men identified themselves as the singer’s manager; a month before, a respected accountant who had been handling Jackson’s books was abruptly fired in a phone call from an assistant.

    …The next day, however, longtime Jackson associate DiLeo claimed he was Jackson’s manager and said Tohme had been fired a month and a half earlier. Tohme denied being fired but declined to comment further.

    … But Jackson’s backers downplay the problems. “He is very focused. He is not going to let anybody down. Not himself. Not his fans. Not his family,” said Frank DiLeo, his current manager and a friend of three decades.

    In an interview last week, Tohme identified himself as the singer’s “manager, spokesman, everything” and spoke about the benefits of dealing with business titans Barrack and Anschutz rather than their “sleazy” predecessors. “Michael Jackson is an institution. He needs to be run like an institution,” Tohme said.

    In April, Jackson fired the accounting firm Cannon & Co., which had worked for him for a year, according to an accountant who worked on his finances. In his corner office high above Century City, Barrack is sanguine about reports of disharmony. “You have the same thousand parasites that start to float back in and take advantage of the situation and that has happened a little at the edges.” But, he added, he had confidence in AEG’s ability to keep Jackson focused.

    The concerts, Phillips acknowledged, are a do-or-die moment for Jackson. “If it doesn’t happen, it would be a major problem for him career-wise in a way that it hasn’t been in the past,” he said.
    http://articles.latimes.com/2009/may/31/entertainment/et-michael-jackson31/3

    The article refers to a situation “a week before” (which makes it approximately May 24, 2009) when both Frank Dileo and Tohme identified themselves as Michael’s manager.

    Dileo says that Tohme had been fired a month and a half earlier and this takes us to the beginning of March. The same time for Tohme’s dismissal was named in the Estate court papers. In April Tohme’s power of attorney was revoked. On May 5th Michael wrote a special letter saying that Tohme was no longer representing him. All this time Michael insisted that Dileo was his manager while Randy Phillips kept saying to everyone around that it was Tohme.

    How could Michael feel and work in that atmosphere I wonder?

    The article also refers to a situation which took place “a month before” the date of the article, making it the end of April 2009. At that moment Michael fired the accounting firm apparently associated with Tohme.

    We find that the accountants “had worked for him for a year” and this takes us to April 2008. And April 2008 was exactly the time after Tome Barrack meeting Michael in Las Vegas. So most probably it was Tom Barrack’s accountancy firm, the one that looked into Michael’s finances and promised him a “funeral” if he did not go into a deal with AEG. The same accountants must have been involved in drawing up Michael’s contract with AEG (supposedly from Michael’s side).

    So we’ve learned that in April 2009 Michael dismissed Tom Barrack’s accountants together with Tohme evidently trying to replace them with someone more credible. Michael was fighting and trying to improve things!

    In addition to all that we learn that at the end of May 2009 Tom Barrack was far from being removed from the situation around Michael – on the contrary he was monitoring it and “was sanquine about reports of disharmony”. He had passed Michael into AEG’s hands and had “confidence” in AEG’s ability to “keep Jackson focused”. So AEG’s business was to “keep Michael focused”…

    However there was no need for anything special in this respect – Dileo said that Michael was focused and would not let anyone down, meaning that Michael was not backing out of the concerts. The fact that he dismissed Tohme did not mean that the shows would not take place – no, he was working, practicing and was keen to proceed.

    And the fact that Michael was “dancing his ass off” at the end of May is known to us from other sources.

    Now that we see the bigger picture it is simply incredible how every small detail fits in and the previously blind text begins to get decoded.

    P.S. I forgot to mention Randy Phillips calling it a “do-or-die moment” for Jackson. Of course it is a figure of speech only, but a very appropriate one for this particular situation, isn’t it?

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  103. March 23, 2013 3:20 pm

    “Thome had been keeping an eye on Michael already before they eventually met in 2007 or 2008. He was probably scouting for great distressed assets for his friend and associate Tom Barrack” – kaarin

    We did not go as far back as 2007, but one of the newspapers says that Tohme did work for the Colony Capital. Most probably he was one of Tom Barrack’s agents looking for distressed property everywhere around.

    Now small details begin falling into place and the sources we read before acquire a new meaning. Look at this article for example (dated May 31, 2009) which I already quoted – it is surprising that we didn’t notice a couple of important things before:

    Barrack, the man who set Jackson’s comeback in motion, has seen his net worth drop with the financial crisis. Forbes estimated his wealth at $2.3 billion around the time he met Jackson, but he is now merely a multimillionaire. He said that the economic downturn makes Jackson more attractive as an investment because his value has been overlooked: In times like this, he said, “finding little pieces of information that others don’t have” is more important than ever.

    His company isn’t exposed to any risk by working with Jackson. All the money Colony has put up is backed by the value of Neverland and related assets, he said.

    ..His backers envision the London shows as an audition for a career rebirth that could ultimately encompass a three-year world tour, a new album, movies, a Graceland-like museum, musical revues in Las Vegas and Macau, even a “Thriller” casino.

    “You are talking about a guy who could make $500 million a year if he puts his mind to it,” Barrack said recently. “There are very few individual artists who are multibillion-dollar businesses. And he is one.”

    http://articles.latimes.com/2009/may/31/entertainment/et-michael-jackson31/2

    1) Discovering that “little piece of information that others did not have” (i.e. information about Michael’s financial situation) was regarded by Barrack and Tohme as a big stroke of luck for themselves. We can imagine what profits Barrack was counting on if the share Tohme alone was to be 15% of Michael’s gross earnings. So if Michael earned $500 a year as Barrack estimated Tohme was to get $75 mln out of it. We can only guess how much the share of others was.

    2) We learn that it was Barrack who “set Jackson’s comeback in motion”. This means that he was the driving force behind the AEG deal. Tohme was his agent, handler and someone who adjusted Michael’s contract with AEG so that it suited the needs of this conglomerate most.

    3) Barrack’s own fortune dwindled since 2008 and a year later, after the financial crisis he hoped to use Jackson as a machine for generating hundreds of millions. There were two ways to do it – either by making Michael work until he dropped dead or acquiring his assets if he backed out. In both cases Barrack and the rest of them were not losing anything. The article even says that Barrack was safeguarded against any losses by Neverland and “related assets”. I wonder what that stands for.

    4) They present the situation as Michael’s “career rebirth” while in reality they looked at Michael as a gold mine for themselves. I find it especially disgusting that they were not going to make money on some shares, property, real estate or valuables like all financiers do but on a live human being. Valuables do not have to work – they are simply used by others with variable success, but over here they were going to use a human being and make him work to generate profits for them.

    This exploitation of Michael and their attitude towards him like a machine generating money for the dear selves is what makes it especially revolting.

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  104. March 23, 2013 1:58 pm

    “Now Wikileaks quote you Helena .A good thing really, so people can read there too.” – kaarin

    Great, only let them please correct my grammar mistakes before they quote me. The longer this fight takes the more tired I grow and the more difficult it is to express myself even in my own language, not to mention English.

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  105. March 23, 2013 5:35 am

    Now Wikileaks quote you Helena .A good thing really, so people can read there too.

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  106. March 23, 2013 5:08 am

    Thank you Helena for putting this together.Some of this was on Wikileaks,but no longer there,that is the fact that Tom Barrack and Colony Capital is behind everything that happened to Michael.Also that Thome had been keeping an eye on Michael already before they eventually met in 2007 or 2008. He was probably scouting for great distressed assets for his friend and associate Tom Barrack…That was what he ,Michael ,was regarded by this conglomerate, a machine and a great opportunity to earn money from distressed assets, T.Barracks specialty.
    T.B. was not too interested until he was shown the catalogue.

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  107. March 23, 2013 1:19 am

    And there is one more thing I wanted to say about Tohme/Colony Capital and Jack Wisha.

    Tohme first met Michael when he was in Las Vegas. Tom Barrack also went to Las Vegas to see Michael there. And Jack Wisha was the man who lived in Las Vegas and knew almost everyone there. Wishna surely knew of new Michael’s “contacts” and probably even met them. Actually he openly said that he withdrew from his projects with Michael when he realized that he was “wooed” by someone else.

    And now let’s recall what Wishna said about some people around Michael Jackson:

    “There were so many people around him that were enablers,” the exec said. “It was one thing after another that just made it very bizarre.”
    “Michael has a lot of people around him that cut deals and sometimes Michael doesn’t even know what those deals are,” he added.

    I think that over here Jack Wishna was speaking about Tohme and probably about Tom Barrack as well. He could have told us a lot of details about that situation in Las Vegas in 2008 – if he were alive of course.

    His death in November last year is just another of those strange deaths in a whole succession of them after Michael’s own death. It is simply unnatural to have so many of Michael’s friends going away and dying under so strange circumstances.

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  108. March 22, 2013 11:30 pm

    “It should be read and studied by everybody who plans to follow the AEG trial”

    Susanne, yes, I think it should be read by those who want to know the background for that story and get themselves ready for the trial. My post is based on documents and nothing but documents.

    Now that we are on the eve of the AEG trial waters will be muddied again. I am very much aware that the Internet is saturated with people who are expressing the interests of various groups behind this Colony Capital-Tohme-AEG conglomerate. Many of them call themselves great Michael’s fans, but they consistently work against Michael’s interests and are doing their utmost to divert the attention from those who contributed to Michael’s death (directly, indirectly or by simply exploiting him to pursue their goals).

    When Michael died it was incredible to see how everyone was instigated to lash out against Sony for buying that AEG’s footage but only few people noticed that Sony was a simple buyer who paid the highest price and the money went into AEG’s pocket. The internet was full of AEG’s complaints of their “terrible losses” while they did not even have to refund all the tickets they sold. Randy Phillips said that 40-50% of the tickets were retained by customers as memorabilia and even judging by AEG’s official figures it should be something like $40mln which covered ALL their expenses on the show including the advances given to Michael.

    And in addition to that they pocketed extra $65 mln. for the rehearsal footage ($60mln for the footage and $5mln. for making the film) plus 10% as far as remember of the money collected from running it in cinemas. This alone is a fortune.

    Since then very little if any critical information emerged as regards AEG, Colony Capital and even Tohme – mostly these were glowing reports about their “generosity” while it was them who exploited Michael to his death and them who made fortunes on his name. All this bias in the press and among Michael’s fans cannot be an accident. It was (and is) an intentional campaign meant to divert attention from the people really responsible for his death.

    I am speaking about it because now the same will take place as regards Katherine’s suit against AEG. They will paint Katherine the dirtiest colors possible while AEG will again be made out a white innocent kitten. If Michael’s fans allow themselves to be fooled again I don’t know even what to say about it. It will be utter disgrace.

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  109. March 22, 2013 10:56 pm

    “To obtain Michael’s agreement to his suggestions Barrack portrayed to him all the horrors of his financial situation saying that he was heading for a disaster unless he went to work (with AEG).” – This is the point! – Susanne

    Michael’s financial situation was far from good, but every situation has a way out except death. In this case the assessment of his finances was made by people like Tohme and Tom Barrack – the sharks that were the first to smell blood and saw a chance for a big dinner for themselves. It was in their interests to frighten Michael out of his wits to make him even more vulnerable than he was, and this way they forced him into their terms. There can be no talk of them trying to “help” Michael – they were simply manipulating him in order to reach their goals.

    Even if his financial situation was bad there was no need for him to go on a grueling tour like AEG’s. Jack Wishna’s Cirque du Soleil Beatles project, for example, could be quite successful and could generate money even without Michael performing. I know what some people think about John Branca but I stand by my opinion that if he had been by Michael’s side earlier his situation would have improved.

    Actually Michael himself could live on the little he had and could be quite happy if people simply left him alone. It was all this madness and hostility that surrounded him that eventually killed him. And Greed of course. The more I look at it the stronger the feeling is that it was it was the mighty power of Greed which did away with Michael. Thirst for money vs. Human being.

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  110. March 22, 2013 10:36 pm

    “Great work, Helena. I could underline every word of your post”.

    Susanne, thank you very much. You know how difficult it is for me to pull through all these artificial obstacles now. I changed the post a bit when I had an opportunity to do it. These days I have to make posts in the rare moments I can, so sometimes a rough variant has to be posted. Also the font jumps from small to big and back, but this is beyond my control. I am happy to have at least this opportunity.

    “without this knowledge the case will not be understood”

    This is why I am doing it. It may not answer all the questions we have at the moment but will hopefully connect some dots and create a bigger picture. A lot of things are still missing but with God’s help we will probably restore the truth. If I can I will write one or two more posts before the trial.

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  111. susannerb permalink*
    March 22, 2013 8:42 pm

    Great work, Helena. I could underline every word of your post.

    “To obtain Michael’s agreement to his suggestions Barrack portrayed to him all the horrors of his financial situation saying that he was heading for a disaster unless he went to work (with AEG).” – This is the point!
    I always felt that this AEG deal was based on very-well planned activities of certain pople who told MJ that he es broke and that there would be no other way to get out of this situation.
    Now you described all these connections very well. It should be read and studied by everybody who plans to follow the AEG trial, because without this knowledge the case will not be understood.

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