Tom Mesereau, Michael Jackson's lawyer, has denied reports that he has dropped Jackson because of late payments.
Last week Mesereau withdrew from two impending lawsuits. However, Mesereau insists that he never intended to form a long-term partnership with Jackson. He also states that he remains close friends with Jackson.
"I am very disturbed by the false, erroneous, and self-serving reports about the relationship between Michael Jackson, my law partner, Susan Yu, and me.
For approximately seven months, we assisted Michael Jackson in this effort. We never intended to assume these obligations on a permanent basis.
We are still in communications with Michael Jackson, and his assistants, and remain close friends. People should leave Mr Jackson and his family alone."