Some of the media articles I found had literally mixed the two of Tohme's claims into one. The first lawsuit is Tohme's that claimed he negotiated the Neverland deal with Colony Capital. Colony Capital bought MJ's Neverland mortgage for roughly $23 million. Tohme claims that Michael promised Tohme a fee for finding a company to save Neverland from foreclosure. Since Tohme is asking for $2.3 million, we can only assume that Tohme believes he is entitled to 10% of the Neverland deal between Michael and Colony Capital. The other lawsuit claims that Michael promised Tohme a 15% fee for negotiating the This Is It deal between AEG and MJ. To get some estimate of what kind of money Tohme is looking for, we can use just the gross theater profits for the This Is It film, without including the DVD or album sales. Gross profits for This Is It were $260 million. 15% of just the film alone equals $39 million. Is this some sort of joke? A bad dream? Sadly, no it's not. Tohme is going after the estate's money, and he's going after it with gusto.
Now I have a question for everyone. Isn't this the same "Dr." (and I use that term loosely) Tohme who claimed he never took a dime from Michael? Didn't he say he worked with Michael to get his finances in order but did not receive a salary from MJ? And isn't this the very same Dr. Tohme who allegedly received a $100K salary per month from AEG? Let's take a stroll down memory lane to see what Tohme has said, and what he did prior to meeting Michael Jackson.
August 29, 2009 - Roger Friedman reports that "TMZ got punk'd" with a fake Frank Dileo letter. Friedman hints that Alloco is in cahoots with Tohme, Leonard Rowe and Joe Jackson "may have fabricated the letter to make Dileo look bad."
August 24, 2009 - Michael Jackson's spiritual advisor June Gatlin goes public with audio tapes of Michael from September, 2008, stating that he is afraid of Tohme, and that Tohme has isolated him, that Michael has no access to his money.
July 25, 2009 - Reports circulated that Dr. Tohme returned $5.5 million that belonged to Michael Jackson, but was a "secret" between them prior to his death. Tohme states that the money was put aside for Michael to buy a dream home in Las Vegas.
July 6, 2009 - "I was the closest person to Michael Jackson" Tohme said. Tohme does claim in this article and others that he was the person who negotiated the This Is It deal between Michael and AEG. Tohme claims he works in the world of finance and denies he is affiliated with NOI. Tohme also claims he negotiated the Thriller Broadway deal and an MJ clothing line. Thome also claims he was nearing a new renegotiation of MJ's share of the Sony/ATV catalog. Tohme claims he built a fence around MJ and twice fired Grace Rwaramba on Michael's order. Most importantly, Tohme claims that he "dropped everything else he was doing and took no salary while working with Jackson and that he helped to begin turning Jackson's finances around after years of poor management."
Circa July, 2009 - Roger Friedman reports Tohme returns a warehouse full of Michael Jackson's belongings. (A warehouse full of MJ's belongings? Where did that come from and what was in that warehouse??)
July 13, 2009 - LaToya Jackson tells the Daily Mail that Dr. Tohme fired all the staff at the Holmby residence as well as a Las Vegas residence at 11 p.m. on the day Michael died.
Now before I get nailed for using Roger Friedman so much as a source, readers need to watch the above video made by LunaJo67. There are many, many parts to her videos which I think are simply an amazing tribute to Michael Jackson. In part 53 above, Roger Friedman goes into detail, during the course of the molestation trial in 2005, about how the media is only reporting the prosecution's side of the trial, and not the defense's side. Friedman states in 2005 what we knew then or learned later, that the media crucified Michael Jackson on bogus charges from Tom Sneddon. Anyone who believes Friedman was biased against Michael Jackson should watch this video. Back to Tohme.
May 5, 2009 - Michael reportedly sends a letter to all of his business associates stating that "Dr. Tohme is no longer authorized to represent me" effectively firing Tohme.
March 15, 2009 - Roger Friedman personally interviews Dr. Tohme. Friedman states that Tohme is 59 years old. Friedman also states that Tohme is in a position of conflict of interest; that Tohme is a consultant to Colony Capital LLC, and has taken over Jackson's life at the same time. Tohme told Friedman that he set up the AEG Live deal in 2007, although Friedman maintains that Tohme was not around Jackson at that point. Tohme also gives a "murky" description of how he met Michael, whether it was through Michael personally or through the Jackson family. (Most believe it was Jermaine who introduced Tohme to Michael, and there are rumors that Tohme and Jermaine's wife Halima are cousins.) Tohme tells Friedman that he did not set up the Julien's auction; but Darren Julien has positive comments about Tohme at this point and says Tohme set up the auction. Friedman notes that those who surrounded Michael at this point did not like Tohme, and questioned his motives and whether he was just another hanger-on with a "personal agenda".
March 4, 2009 - Michael Jackson files court documents against Julien's Auction House, stating that he never gave permission for Julien's to auction off "priceless and irreplaceable" belongings that were left at the Neverland Ranch. Julien's fires back on March 25, 2009, stating that Tohme enthusiastically negotiated with Julien's, only to threatened them on Feb. 9, 2009, stating that the "auctioneers would be in danger from Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam if Julien's did not call off the auction.
January 26, 2009 - AEG issues the contract between themselves and Michael Jackson in letter form to Dr. Tohme. Clause 6.8 states there is a separate agreement between AEG and TT International, Dr. Tohme's company. AEG agrees to pay TT International, which is not to exceed $100,000 per month, but that income for Tohme is considered part of Jackson's advances that he will eventually have to recoup. (Didn't Tohme say he was working for no salary?)
Late 1990's - Radar Online reports in July, 2009 that Tohme filed for bankruptcy. (This is the guy that works in the financial world, right? The guy that "turned Michael's finances around", right?) R.O. states that even when the court demanded that Tohme disclose certain personal information, Tohme fought the court and lost.
July 1, 1994 - Newsday reports that while looking for the murder weapon of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, police search the neighborhood, including the garbage cans of one Dr. Tohme Tohme of Brentwood. Of all that was confiscated in the area, the police left with two brown bags, and Tohme's two garbage cans. Weird coincidence how Tohme happened to be fairly close to an infamous murder; a prelude to come.
Now I know that I have not included everything that has been reported about Dr. Tohme; including his affiliation with Sid Rogich, TRW, etc. I tried to include the most important highlights, but I'm sure I have missed a few things. The point of this blog is this: Dr. Tohme stated he worked without salary for Jackson, yet now he is suing the estate for millions, expecting to be paid for services rendered. Tohme was also receiving a salary from AEG to his company TT International, which was part of Jackson's advances from AEG. Tohme was supposed to be turning Jackson's finances around, yet he has filed for personal bankruptcy himself. He was fired in May of 2009, yet he fired the staff at both Holmby and the Las Vegas homes the day Michael died, and stated on that same day that he was still in charge of Michael Jackson's business affairs.
Nothing about Dr. Tohme sits well with fans. Tohme was on AEG's payroll and when he threatened Darren Julien with his life, Michael had had enough. The last thing Michael would condone is violence and threats against their lives, especially for material possession. Tohme deserves nothing except the wrath he receives on his judgement day.