1. John Branca did NOT own 5% of the ATV catalog. His firm, Ziffren, Brittenham LLP did.Notice that this letter sent to Charles Koppelman, even AFTER Branca was no longer representing Michael, states "THIS FIRM'S INTEREST"?
In his rebuttal to the Wrap series done on him last year, Branca's attorney stated that "Branca's fee would have gone to his firm, not directly into his pocket." The letter above, seems to confirm what Branca claims.
2. Michael Jackson's Number Ones compilation album was released in November, 2003. On the inside slider, there is a special section, in which Michael states, "This album is dedicated to those who remember when and those who are still on the journey...John Branca, from the days of when to THE PRESENT...Thank you for the years. I love you, Michael Jackson." (He also thanks John McClain) Remember, this is late 2003, months after Branca was fired, yet he thanks Branca for his past, as well as his present service?
3. Juval Aviv, who runs Interfor, the corporate intelligence agency that Michael Jackson hired to investigate Tommy Mottola and John Branca, is also referred to as "Agent Schmuck". Although Aviv claims he was an assassin for the Israeli government, the Intelligence Committe of the State of Israel denies it.
"In fact, (a representative) added, the closest that Aviv ever came to intelligence work was as a security official for an El Al office in New York. 'His work in that capacity was terminated at the initiative of the employer because of unsuitability resulting from negative character traits,' (the rep) wrote. During the course of his work Yuval [sic] Aviv was found to be unreliable and dishonest."
While the Interfor report exonerated Branca, it is still important to note that the U.S. government states that Aviv is "full of shit."
As far as those that say, OK...maybe Branca did work for Jackson until 2006. However since he was fired in 2003, and asked to give back all copies of Jackson's documents, Branca is no longer the valid executor of the Estate. I say, how do they know that? Have they seen those documents?
There is simply no way for any person except those that are inextricably involved to state that John Branca is not the valid administrator of the Michael Jackson Estate. Unless they were in that courtroom, it's mere speculation. The difference between those who believe that Branca is the valid executor of the will, and those who don't, is that the L.A. judiciary backs Branca's claim.