Jackson adviser awarded $900,000 in money dispute

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“What bothered Michael Jackson the most about this trial,” the singer’s spokeswoman Raymone K. Bain said afterward, “was that from the onset F. Marc Schaffel tried turning a bookkeeping matter into something more and he willfully tried impugning Michael Jackson’s character with false and unsubstantiated claims.” The trial delved into claims involving work Schaffel did to produce two videos aired on Fox that were intended to rehabilitate Jackson’s image in the aftermath of a damaging documentary, and claims involving “What More Can I Give,” an ill-fated Jackson song intended to raise funds for victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Jurors said outside court that they came to the figure of $900,000 by accepting Schaffel’s claims that he was owed commissions from the two videos and for some other expenses. They said that after much arguing they accepted Schaffel’s claim that he spent $300,000 of his own money on a secret mission to South America for Jackson. Schaffel claimed he gave the money to a “Mr. X.” Jackson’s lawyer had focused on Schaffel’s past in gay adult movies. SANTA MONICA – In a split decision, a civil court jury Friday awarded a former Michael Jackson adviser $900,000 – far less than he claimed in the money dispute – and awarded the pop star $200,000 in his cross-complaint against F. Marc Schaffel. “Obviously, I’m very happy,” Schaffel said outside court. “We got less than I asked for but considering all the factors on what we were able to present, I’m pleased.” Schaffel sued for $3.8 million, but his claims were later reduced to $1.6 million, and his attorney ultimately asked for $1.4 million in commissions, unpaid loans and expenses before deliberations began Thursday. Jackson’s attorney had said Schaffel owed the pop star $660,000 from their association on projects before the pop star fired the associate in November 2001 after learning of his past as a producer of gay pornography. Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Connor plans to hold a separate specific accounting phase of the trial to look at the claims. The result of that could lead to adjustment of the awards.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more