Schaffel Admits to Taking Money from Account after Firing MB#313 JULY 12 2006 – There was explosive testimony July 10 in the civil trial between Michael Jackson and Marc Schaffel. Schaffel is suing Jackson and Jackson is countersuing him. Under questioning by Jackson attorney Thomas Mundell, Schaffel admitted to writing 18 checks to use Jacksons money for his own personal use. If that werent bad enough, the checks were written AFTER he was terminated from Jacksons direct employ in Nov 2001. It gets worse. The checks were backdated by Schaffel to cover the fact he was writing them after he was fired; essentially trying to conceal what appears to be the theft of this money. According to the testimony, he was sent a letter of termination which he received on Nov 15 2001. So what did he do afterwards? Wrote a bunch of checks and dated them for before Nov 15. These 18 checks were included in the total amount of over three quarters of a million dollars within in the larger amount of money Schaffel claimed Jackson owed him or promised to give him.
[b]Former Jackson lawyer testifies on ill-fated charity record[/b] By LINDA DEUTSCH The Associated Press SANTA MONICA A former lawyer for Michael Jackson testified Tuesday that he tried to convince a Japanese company not to negotiate with a fired associate of the pop star for rights to a charity recording, but the company proceeded anyway with efforts to acquire the ill-fated song and stage a concert tour. Zia Modabber, testifying in a $1.6 million lawsuit against Jackson by former associate F. Marc Schaffel, said that when he learned of Schaffel’s contacts with the company, Music Fighters, his first concern “was to find out who they were and whether they were legitimate people to negotiate with. I never got to the bottom of it.” Modabber was put on the stand by Jackson’s attorney to support the pop star’s position that Schaffel, who claims he’s still owed royalties and other debts, enriched himself at Jackson’s expense while producing “What More Can I Give,” a song that was intended raise money for victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism.
[b]Witness: Jackson ‘angry, upset’ at associate’s past in gay porn[/b] LINDA DEUTSCH Associated Press SANTA MONICA, Calif. – In November 2001, Michael Jackson was oblivious to the fact that the man he hired to produce a charity recording to benefit victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks had been a producer of gay pornographic movies, the singer’s former lawyer testified Monday. Zia Modabber said he broke the news to Jackson about F. Marc Schaffel’s background and met with the pop star in the middle of the night to show him a video of Schaffel directing a gay porn scene. “Can you describe Mr. Jackson’s reaction?” asked Thomas Mundell, who is defending Jackson against Schaffel’s claims that the pop star still owes him $1.6 million. “I think he didn’t want to believe it was real or true,” said Modabber. “He appeared angry, upset.”