Michael Jackson’s former publicist is suing him for $44 million, claiming that he failed to pay her for services. Raymone Bain represented Jackson during his 2005 trial on child sex abuse, and later managed his business affairs. She claims he owes her at least $44 million for the various deals she made for him. She filed the suit Tuesday in Washington, DC, stating that she had been entrusted to run nearly every aspect of Jackson’s life, including travel, security, scheduling meetings with record producers and arranging financing for loans. She claims he agreed to pay her 10 percent of the proceeds for any business transactions she was involved with. Jackson virtually disappeared from the public eye since the 2005 trial, and has recently been trying to get his music career back on track. He announced earlier this year that he would embark on a 50-date concert tour, which Bain says she helped negotiate and would be worth about $400 million for Jackson. Bain says she filed with “deep regret,” as she has always “greatly admired and respected” Jackson. “Despite the action I have been compelled to take for professional and business reasons, when looking back, I have no regrets,” she said in a statement on Wednesday. “Michael Jackson, in my opinion, is the ‘King of Pop.'” ~Meryl H.
As seen in issue #397 of Movie Mail Newsletter