JACKO ADMINISTRATORS WANT PAYMENT
The administrators of Michael Jackson's estate want millions of dollars for handling the singer's affairs since his death in June.
Lawyer John Branca and music executive John McClain have filed court papers seeking five per cent of money the estate has learned since then.
The figure could be as high as $100 million from the sale of rights to rehearsal footage for what should have been his London concerts, released as the film This Is It, music and merchandising.
In addition at least three law firms which have had dealings with the estate want to be paid.
According to celebrity site TMZ, Greenberg Traurig is asking for $1,547,064.50, Hoffman, Sabban and Watenmaker is asking $957,644, while Kinsella, Weitzman, Iser, Kump and Aldisert has a bill of $420,062.50.
In addition the estate is believed to be facing up to 10 lawsuits.
The earnings of Jackson's estate could pass those of another music icon, Elvis Presley, who still makes millions 32 years after his death.
Jackson has already beaten him for 2009 alone, according to Forbes magazine's annual list of top-earning dead celebrities.
Lawyer Jeryll S Cohen wrote in a court filing: “Unlike the typical estate, the operation of a multimillion dollar business enterprise."