[b]Jackson lawyer targets lack of documentation for money claims [/b] By Linda Deutsch ASSOCIATED PRESS 2:23 p.m. July 6, 2006 SANTA MONICA, Calif. – A former associate suing Michael Jackson testified Thursday that he never got a receipt for a $300,000 payment he claims he delivered to a “Mr. X” in South America on the pop star’s behalf. The issue of the mysterious payment was used by Jackson attorney Thomas Mundell as an example of big-ticket claims made by plaintiff F. Marc Schaffel that are not documented. Schaffel, who worked with Jackson on various projects for three years, testified Wednesday that the money was his and he was never fully repaid. He testified Thursday that in the entire time he was with Jackson he loaned the pop star millions of dollars and never once got a receipt.
Tavasci Testifies in Jackson Civil Trial MB#311 JULY 5 2006 – Evvy Tavasci testified June 30 2006 in the civil trial now taking place involving Marc Schaffel. Both Jackson and Schaffel are suing each other. Schaffel claims Jackson owes him over $3M. Jackson says Schaffel owes him money, engaged in self-serving side-dealing, kept false books of account, concealed funds, commingled funds, misappropriated funds, and wrongly profited from being associated with him (Jackson counter-sues former aid). Schaffels attorney is still presenting what little case he has. However, due to time scheduling conflicts, the Judge allowed Jackson attorney Thomas Mundell to call Evvy Tavasci to the stand early. Tavasci has known Jackson for 15 years. She became Jacksons executive administrator and personal assistant in 1993. Though her contact with Jackson was episodic, she says Jackson is creative but he doesnt maintain a good memory for facts day to day (pg 5 of Partial Court Transcript, lines 12-13).
[b]Larry & Star Gets Almost 3 Million Viewers[/b] Larry King’s post-View interview with Star Jones averaged almost 3 million viewers last night, giving CNN a rare win over Fox News in both total viewers and the 25-54 demo. From 9 to 10pm, King averaged 935,000 demo viewers and 2,984,000 total Continue Reading