Michael Jackson sues former accountants in LA court
First it was the lawyers and now it’s time for
the accountants to answer for their wrongdoings…
Court doc download: http://cdn.digitalcity.com/tmz_documents/122206_jackson.pdf
Michael Jackson sues former
accountants in LA court
Michael Jackson is suing
his former accountants, claiming they withdrew $2.5 million a year from his
bank accounts but did not properly pay his bills.
The suit by Jackson and MJJ
Productions Inc. was filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court against
Bernstein, Fox, Whitman, Goldman & Sloan, alleging negligence and breach of
An after-hours call Friday
to the Los Angeles-based accounting firm was not immediately returned.
The suit asks for
unspecified damages and for an accounting of money the defendants received for
Jackson hired the firm in
2003 for bookkeeping, opening bank accounts and filing personal, corporate and
real estate taxes, the lawsuit stated.
However, Jackson alleges
the accountants hired people and entered into contracts on his behalf without
getting his permission.
The accountants also did
not communicate directly with Jackson or keep him apprised of his financial
affairs, according to the suit.
LOS ANGELES (AFP) –
Michael Jackson is suing his former accountants it has emerged, claiming they
made unauthorized business deals while charging the entertainer millions of
Jackson and his production company filed a lawsuit in the Los Angeles
Superior Court on Thursday against the company Bernstein, Fox, Whitman,
Goldman and Sloan, claiming negligence and breach of fiduciary duty.
Jackson is seeking unspecified damages and demanding a thorough audit of money
paid to the company for services provided.
The lawsuit alleges the company entered into contracts on Jackson’s behalf
without his approval.
It also claimed the accountants did not keep Jackson properly informed of his
financial affairs. Representatives of the accounting firm were not immediately
available for comment.
Earlier this year Jackson’s spokeswoman Raymone Bain said she suspected the
singer’s associates and business advisers of conspiring against him.
"Mr. Jackson is neither shocked nor surprised by these revelations,"
Bain said in an August 7 statement.
"He has long been suspicious that some of those whom he entrusted to act
on his behalf, and to advise him with respect to his personal and business
affairs, may not have always acted in his best interest," Bain said.