A controversial former business associate is suing the singer for cash advances

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated November 17, 2004 08:00 AM

Already embattled Michael Jackson got slapped with another lawsuit on Tuesday, when a former business associate filed a breach-of-contract complaint saying the star owes him $3 million in unpaid loans, cash advances and producing fees.

The associate, J. Marc Schaffel, claims in his Los Angeles County Superior Court lawsuit that he was involved with Jackson for two FOX TV specials to rebut a controversial British TV documentary (which aired in the U.S. on ABC) that cast a critical eye on the 46-year-old singer’s lifestyle.

Schaffel’s lifestyle has also been criticized, when the Los Angeles Times, in a lengthy expose in 2002, revealed that a music project he was involved in with Jackson – a 9/11 charity single called “What More Can I Give” – was shelved after Schaffel acknowledged he had produced and directed dozens of gay pornography videos.

In this new lawsuit, Schaffel’s demand for $3 million includes the $2.2 million he says Jackson owes him for loans and cash advances for “shopping sprees” and other expenses, including money to “pay Marlon Brando to appear at Jackson’s concert” and to “buy jewelry for Elizabeth Taylor,” reports Reuters.