Jackson Estate Lawyer Starts Rejecting Creditors' Claims
The trustees of MICHAEL JACKSON's estate have started getting tough with the creditors demanding cash from the late King of Pop - they've rejected seven claims, including one for $300 million (£187.5 million).
Jackson estate lawyer Howard Weitzman has filed legal papers rejecting Allgood Entertainment's claim over a Jackson family concert that was scrapped when the pop superstar signed up for 50 London concerts, which were due to start weeks after he died last summer (Jun09).
Also losing out are Jose Freddie Vallejos, an angry Los Angeles citizen who demanded Jackson pay for his own memorial and Nona Paris Lola Ankhesenamun Jackson, who claimed to have been married to the King of Pop.
Memorabilia collector Richard Lapointe has also had his claim against the estate rejected - he demanded $5 million (£3.1 million) after placing the highest bids on 170 items at a Jackson auction, which was scrapped over ownership issues.
The first major rejections come just days after the King of Pop's longtime personal manager and publicist Raymone Bain became the latest name on the list of creditors seeking cash from the Jackson estate.
Bain, who stood by the late pop superstar's side throughout his child molestation trial in 2005 and regularly defended the embattled singer on TV news shows, claims she's still owed $360,000 (£225,000) for her services.
Jackson's one-time personal general manager joins his former skin doctor, Arnold Klein, and the pop star's media and communications consultant, Van F. Alexander, among the creditors.