Michael’s former business partners tried to get a multi-million dollar slice of the pie after his death in 2009 by claiming they made a verbal agreement with him in 2006 that they would get 1.6% of his company. However a judge has rejected their claim.
Three of the four plaintiffs claim they had a meeting with Michael in a Tokyo hotel room on June 1st, 2006, and Michael promised them shares of his company. They claim Michael wanted to reward them for their loyalty for standing by him whilst he went through a lot of personal strife with the 2005 trial.
The plaintiffs include Michael’s former publicist Raymone Bain and Quadree el-Amin, a former manager for Boyz II Men. As it was only a verbal agreement a judge in Los Angeles said their story lacked credibility and they were too late to file it, noting they could have done so whilst he was alive.
Howard Weitzman, lawyer for the Michael Jackson Estate, told TMZ,
“This was a frivolous and outrageous case and these claimants got what they deserved, which was nothing.”
The plaintiffs didn’t file their claim until 2014, five years after Michael’s passing. The judge said if they really did strike the deal with him, why not try to get it while he was still alive? Not to mention the deadline for such a claim was 2010.