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EXCLUSIVE: Michael Jackson Business Manager Filed For Bankruptcy

Jul. 20 2009, Published 12:10 p.m. ET

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Michael Jackson's final business manager Dr. Tohme Tohme has been described as mysterious and a man with a murky past. And now RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively that he once filed for bankruptcy.

Tohme is Lebanese and does not practice as a medical doctor in the U.S. His close connection to Jackson and the limited information about his background have caused some to describe him as mysterious. But he told the Associated Press: "I hate the words 'mystery man'. I'm a private man."

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That privacy apparently extended to his bankruptcy filing in the late 1990s, uncovered by RadarOnline.com. Even after filing he fought the court, trying to hold back information.

A source who knew Tohme at the time told RadarOnline: "He was doing real estate deals and got involved in one situation that bankrupted him," the source told RadarOnline.com.

Tohme tried to fight a bankruptcy court requirement that forced disclosures. "He didn't want to reveal certain types of information," the source said. "He lost."

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Tohme is front and center in the aftermath of Jackson's death. He helped negotiate Jackson's contract with AEG for concerts in London - the concerts Jackson was rehearsing for at the time of his death. And while Tohme provides little information about his background the source who knew him well when he filed for bankruptcy told RadarOnline.com: "He is a very charming man and quite a character who was associate with a lot of sheiks."

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