Recordings from Michael Jackson to his spiritual adviser June Gatlin indicate the Thriller singer was fearful of Dr. Tohme R. Tohme, the advisor he had appointed to preside over his personal affairs last year.
“He just has ways about him … the things he’s done,” Jackson tells Gatlin on the tapes. “There’s a divide between my representatives and I … I don’t talk to my lawyer or my accountant — he talks to them, and I talk to him.”
On the tape, Jackson revealed his concerns over Tohme’s control over his finances.
“I know it’s not good — I don’t know what’s in my account,” he said.
Tohme, according to the Today Show, met Jackson through the late King of Pop’s brother, Jermaine, when he was battling to keep his Neverland estate last year. He is not a licensed physical in the U.S.
Tohme said in a Today Show appearance two weeks after Jackson’s death that he was in control of the singer’s day-to-day life. According to the show, Tohme has been fingered in connection with many illicit real estate deals.
Jackson died after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest June 25 in Los Angeles; results of an autopsy conducted on the pop icon are being withheld by the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office until the police investigation has been completed.