Michael Jackson's Trials

Michael Jackson's Trials


The Ongoing Trials of The Late Michael Jackson

Friday, October 28, 2005

Neverland Up For Sale

There are rumours that Michael Jackson's Neverland may be up for sale.

It is claimed that Jackson had missed the most recent pay-roll for the ranch two weeks ago, and only finally made the payment on the following Monday.

It is also noted that he has not been back there since fleeing to Dubai.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Jackson Sues

Michael Jackson cannot, so it seems, resist going to court.

This time, instead of being on the wrong end of the law, he intends to try to sue someone else.

Jackson has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles for $1M against Marc Schaffel, who testified for the prosecution at Jackson's trial and who is also a producer of gay pornography.

Schaffel had sued Jackson in November 2004, for over $3M in allegedly unpaid loans and other debts.

Jackson, in his case, argues that he entered into a written agreement with Schaffel in August 2001; to produce his song "What More Can I Give?".

The proceeds of the song, after expenses and a small royalty for Schaffel, were allegedly to go to charity.

However, allegedly, Schaffel contrary to the agreement did not pay the production costs.

Jackson then fired Schaffel in 2001, once he allegedly learned of his association with gay porn.

Jackson alleges that despite that, Schaffel falsely represented himself as affiliated with Jackson and received $1M from Music Fighters Co in Japan without reporting it to Jackson.

Jackson also claims that Schaffel kept $250K worth of sculptures and paintings from artist Romero Britto in 2003, that were supposed to be delivered to Jackson.

Whatever the outcome, it is clearly going to provide the lawyers with some lucrative work.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Jackson Avoids Another Trial

Michael Jackson narrowly avoided having to attend yet another trial yesterday, only after a last minute settlement.

The trial would have been held in Los Angeles, at the behest of a Hollywood antiques store.

Mayfair Gallery filed a suit against Jackson last November, claiming that Jackson owed more than $178K for $380K worth of antiques that he bought in May 2004.

Jackson's lawyer claimed that the disputed items were returned to the store this past weekend, consequently the case is now closed.

This has been confirmed by the lawyer for Mayfair Gallery, quote:

"The matter was resolved to the satisfaction of all parties."

The moral of this story is, don't buy things if you cannot afford to pay for them.