Michael Jackson Ordered To Pay $256,000 In Legal Fees
July 19, 2007 at 9:20 AM (PT)
KTLA-TV/LOS ANGELES reports MICHAEL JACKSON has been told to pay more than $256,000 in legal fees to a firm that handled some side issues during his child molestation trial. A Superior Court judge signed a judgment that awarded $216,837 along with $39,177 in interest to the TORRANCE firm of AYSCOUGH & MARAR, according to court records.
JACKSON's attorney, MARSHALL BRUBACHER, agreed in principle to the judgment on JULY 26, when he told the judge that going to trial would be costlier and "we want to stop the hemorrhaging."
The law firm sued JACKSON for failing to pay legal fees for preventing the release of some information to the public and to lawyers in civil cases during JACKSON's 2005 criminal trial in SANTA BARBARA COUNTY. JACKSON was eventually acquitted of child molestation charges. JACKSON countersued the law firm but that case was dismissed.
AYSCOUGH & MARAR also helped defend JACKSON against a lawsuit that claimed the pop star owed $1.4 million to his former business associated, MARC SCHAFFEL.
Last year, a jury awarded SCHAFFEL $900,000 and awarded JACKSON $200,000 in a countersuit against SCHAFFEL.