More Legal Problems For Michael Jackson
Raymone Bain, Jackson’s former publicist and general manager for five years, filed a $44 million lawsuit on May 6 saying Jackson has not paid her for deals she made for the self-proclaimed King of Pop.
Bain, who represented Jackson on several matters, including his 2005 child molestation trial in which Jackson was acquitted, says she wasn’t paid for her work negotiating the release of a CD commemorating the 25th anniversary of his ground-breaking Thriller album, refinancing the loan allowing him to keep the Beatles’ song catalog, and negotiating his unprecedented string of upcoming sold-out shows at London’s O2 Arena.
Bain originally hired on as Jackson’s publicist, and was promoted to the general manager position three years ago.
“Despite the action I have been compelled to take for professional and business reasons, when looking back, I have no regrets,” Bain said in a statement issued Wednesday. “Michael Jackson, in my opinion, is the ‘King of Pop.’”
But Bain wasn’t the only batter stepping up to the legal plate to take a swing at Jackson this week.
Ola Ray, the former Playboy Centerfold who played Jackson’s girlfriend in the “Thriller” video, filed suit on May 5 claiming she hasn’t been paid for her work on the vid, according to the New York Daily News.
Ray’s attorney, Jason Feldman, said a Jackson attorney paid an unspecified amount to Ray through the Screen Actors Guild in 1998, but Jackson still owes her money.
“We’re expecting it to be a significant sum that she’s owed,” Feldman said. “The video continues to sell a lot worldwide and was just released again for its 25th anniversary,” adding that DVD licensing of the video might also add up to some serious dollars.
Ray isn’t the first to sue Jackson over “Thriller” monies allegedly owed. John Landis, who directed the video, filed suit in January claiming Jackson still owed him for back royalties.
Yes, everyone is suing Jackson. Perhaps judges should tell anyone considering legal action against the pop star these days to “pick a number.”
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