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Michael Jackson’s Publicist Still Fighting For Her Millions

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Raymone Bain, Michael Jackson’s former publicist, is still fighting to get a big paycheck from Jackson’s estate.

However, yesterday TMZ.com reported that the Jackson estate rejected Bain’s $44 million creditor’s claims for back wages and profit sharing.

Not so fast, said Bain’s lawyers. In an email today, Willie E. Gary of Gary, Williams, Finney, Lewis, Watson & Sperando, P.L. said, “Reports that Ms. Bain has been defeated in her lawsuit against the Estate are erroneous. Our lawsuit is alive and well.”

Bain originally sued Jackson in May 2009. Read the full email after the jump.

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Michael Jackson’s PR HIStory; It Don’t Matter if You’re Flack or…

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The majority of you were correct in answering 7 or more in our poll this morning as the number of Michael Jackson’s publicists mentioned in the ongoing news cycle.

Despite her very current relationship with the King of Pop, publicist-turned-manager Raymone Bain was outpaced by 90s publicist Michael Levine by about 4 to one in mentions.

It could be Bain is being careful due to her monster lawsuit against Jackson, or because Levine, as we figured out, spammed countless journalists with an I-knew-this-was-coming statement a little over an hour after TMZ broke the story of his death.

In fairness to Levine, I did nearly do a legit interview with him. After a number of voicemails back and forth of the course of the day, I finally got him on the horn only to be denied an interview because I was using a cell phone. He also declined to answer questions over email. By then the opportunity had passed.

The other five former publicists include:

Stuart Backerman, publicist from 2002 to 2004

Max Clifford, UK PR legend helped launch the Jackson 5 in ’67-’68 when working in the press office at EMI

Kevin McLin, Chairman of the Mass Comm Department at Dillard U., publicist from 1996 – 2005. Or is it spelled McLyn? Local Louisiana media has both.

Jonathan Morrish, while at CBS in the 70s, now Director of music licensing company PPL (op-ed in The Independent)

Arthur Phoenix, publicist to the family and advisor to Tito in fact said on 6/10 Jackson would not be able to handle the 50 show marathon planned for this summer

Jacko’s Flack Sues for $44 Million

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[Raymone Bain via the Washtington Post's "Keeper Of the Famed"]

Michael Jackson’s on-again, off-again turned General Manager Raymone Bain is suing the King of Pop for $44 million, claiming he didn’t live up to his end of the deal.

Bain apparently negotiated the 50-date string of concerts in London expected to bring in $400 million, of which her cut is 10%.

TMZ has her video statement, which she closes with kind words and “no regrets”.

Regarding Jackson’s media personae, Bain said in a Geraldo interview last year, “Don’t believe 90% of what you read because 9 times out of 10 it isn’t true.” Sort of begs the question, how much did Bain really help his image? Staying out of prison for molestation is a pretty big achievement, if she helped sway the court of public opinion.

A Washington Post profile from 2006 has by far the most detailed information on Bain and her career from the Carter administration to her deal to return to Jackson as GM.