Hey everyone--it has been a while since I posted but hopefully I will get in the swing of things again soon.
I am doing this blog at the spur-of-the-moment to clarify a rumor that has been floating around for over a year on various fan forums, Facebook and Twitter. The rumor was that the shady Tohme Ramez Tohme, Michael's self-proclaimed manager (in life and death) and one-time president of MJJ Productions, and Jermaine Jackson's wife Halima Rashid, are cousins. This rumor is NOT true as it was clarified on Twitter today (May 10th, 2011). My thanks go to Halima and Jermaine for clarifying this rumor.
This rumor was started by Joe Jackson's attorney Brian Oxman during a UStream event held on March 23rd, 2010. (http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/5672410)
The following tweets dispel the rumor (some tweets may be out of order):
I hope Halima takes care of Oxman personally as he has said many false things regarding Michael's death, too. Someone needs to put him in his place about spewing false information. When I and many others tried to correct him on certain matters (ex. Michael did not have bacterial pneumonia or brain swelling prior to death) we were ignored or even blocked.
It is my serious hope that Jermaine will speak about Tohme in the near future as many feel he may be a pivotal player in Michael's death as he had involvement in just about every facet of Michael's life (the saving of Neverland with Colony Capital, the concert deal with AEG and the ill-fated Julien's auction that Michael had to stop via lawsuit (http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/31109/michael-jackson-auction-canceled/ and http://www.showbiz411.com/2009/04/23/20090423jackos-michael-jackson-manager-tohme-tohme and http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/story/jackson-memorabilia-items-held-back-by-tohme_1114799). Tohme was fired sometime in May but remained in the "loop" anyway. Michael stated he was afraid of the man (http://youtu.be/KMmPeb_jWaI), he claimed to be helping Michael without charge yet was being paid $100K/month by AEG per the contract, he had $5.5 million dollars in his possession that belonged to Michael (http://wonderwall.msn.com/movies/Jackson-advisor-says-he-turned-over--5-5-million-1518727.story) and gave it to the Estate a month after Michael's death. Tohme apparently bought a new house in July 2009, too. Let's also not forget that though supposedly fired, Tohme and AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips arrived at UCLA together the day Michael died (I will try to attach this footage in a comment below once I find it again).
Supposedly Randy Phillips has a sister named Janet who was married to Tohme in the 1970s, thus they are ex in-laws. I am not sure if this is true or not but would like to investigate it further at some point. It seems Randy Phillips (it was either him or someone with the same name) had worked with Michael before via the LA Gear deal that did not pan out so well. John Branca offered some brief words on Phillips which were captured in this book (http://jetzi-mjvideo.com/books-jetzi-02/ihow/ihow0a.html) by Catherine Dineen.
So many questions still remained unanswered, so many answers remain untold and so many false statements continue to persist and complicate the entire situation. Hopefully time will tell the truth someday. At least there is one more false rumor put to rest today.