MJJ Productions has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court to halt the sale of thousands of Michael’s possessions from Neverland.
Julien’s Auctions say the suit “caught it completely off-guard”. It claims founder Darren Julien promised to send Michael an inventory of sale items, but that he hasn’t given permission to move them all. The suit also claims many of the items are “priceless and irreplaceable” and describes the attempt to sell them as “malicious, fraudulent, extreme, outrageous and without any legal justification whatsoever.”
Julien said Wednesday night that the lawsuit was a “total surprise to us, because Mr Jackson had been apprised of everything since the day we started. His manager… has approved everything.”
MJJ Productions authorised the auction house to remove the items from Michael’s Neverland Ranch, according to court documents, but not to sell them without his permission. “There was no other intention when we picked up the items but to put them up for sale,” Julien said. He added that Michael’s camp had since requested some items be returned, which the firm honoured.
“Up until two days ago we were working with his managers, including final details such as a date for the catalogue to be ready and signed,” he added.
Julien, who is in Ireland on a promotional trip and had not been served with the lawsuit, said he would be getting in touch with the Michael’s camp before deciding what to do next.
TV footage in the Britain has shown the items in place in a showroom in Co. Kildare Ireland, ready for the public display.