MJ Creditors Lining Up
Those wanting a piece of Michael Jackson’s estate are coming forward to file creditors claims, including concert promoter Leonard Rowe, dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein, and “Thriller” video director John Landis and producer George Folsey Jr.
Rowe has reportedly said he thinks the estate owes him more than $300,000, but filed a claim against the estate of Michael Jackson for $51,218 in expenses including hotels, car rentals, food and airline tickets.
And, according to TMZ, he included with his creditors claim a document he says is a signed agreement in which Rowe would “oversee and supervise [MJ’s] finances and the shows at the O2 Concert Hall in London…”
The document, with what appears to be MJ’s signature, is addressed to AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips and advises that as of March 25, 2009, “Mr. Leonard Rowe is my authorized representative in matters concerning my endeavors in the Entertainment Industry …”
In the margins, handwritten notations include the reference to the O2 shows as well as an inscription that “this can be revoked at any time.”
Rowe was a fixture on the talk-show circuit with Michael’s father, Joe, in the weeks after the star’s June 25 death from cardiac arrest in Los Angeles. Joe Jackson continues to make the rounds, reportedly telling “Extra” recently that his son was “worth more dead than alive.”
Klein, according to “Entertainment Tonight,” filed a claim for more than $48,000 related to an “unscheduled medical treatment” that included a helicopter rental so the dermatologist could fly in from out of town to provide services and “premium” staff salaries for weekend work as well as car rentals.
“Dr. Klein spent a substantial amount of effort to assist Michael Jackson in achieving his fabulous appearance,” according to a statement quoted by ET. “As anyone can see from viewing ‘This Is It,’ Micheal Jackson looked great, and this was due, in part, to Dr. Klein’s skill, hard work and dedication.”
The largest of the recent claims, filed by Landis and Folsey, totals more than $2.3 million – $1.3 million to Landis for an unpaid share of profits from the “Thriller” video. The director had sued to prevent Jackson from exploiting new “Thriller” projects, such as a Broadway show, in a case that is still pending.