Michael Jackson’s ex-manager settles with singer’s estate over commission

FILE - In this May 25, 2005 file photo, Michael Jackson arrives at the Santa Barbara County Courthou
Michael Jackson arrives at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse in Santa Maria, Calif., for his trial on charges of child molestation.
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The man who claims he was Michael Jackson’s “only manager” in the year before the King of Pop’s death has settled his lawsuit over an allegedly unpaid commission.

Tohme Tohme settled with the co-executors of Jackson’s estate Thursday after suing them in 2012 and starting a trial in Santa Monica last week, the parties said in a joint statement.

Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, and brother Jermaine Jackson were listed as potential witnesses.

“The estate of Michael Jackson and Jackson’s former manager, Tohme Tohme, confirm that they have amicably settled a lawsuit that had been underway in the Santa Monica Superior court,” the statement said.


“The Estate acknowledges his efforts on Michael’s behalf,” it continued. “The confidential settlement marks a resolution to an almost decadelong contractual dispute.”

The parties declined to specify any financial terms of the deal.

In court filings, Tohme said Jackson hired him in May 2008 to help prevent a foreclosure on Neverland Ranch and signed him as a manager in July 2008 under a contract paying 15% of the “Beat It” singer’s total compensation.

He claimed he was owed a $2.3-million finder’s fee for the loan Jackson got for Neverland Ranch and a cut of the estate’s profits from the entertainer’s “This Is It” tour.


Estate executors initially fought the lawsuit, saying the management agreement was unenforceable. The executors argued that Jackson signed the deal without independent legal advice and that Tohme wasn’t a licensed talent agent when he booked the singer for the ill-fated “This Is It” tour.

They also claimed Tohme was fired before Jackson died on June 25, 2009, from an accidental overdose of the surgery-strength anesthetic propofol administered illegally in his bedroom.

Tohme’s relationship with Jackson was the subject of disturbing emails that were at the center of the Jackson family’s failed lawsuit against AEG Live, the concert company that created and promoted the “This Is It” tour that was supposed to take place at London’s O2 arena between 2009 and 2010.

Jackson died while preparing for the tour.

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