Michael Jackson’s family is grasping at straws if they think they “have something” on Michael’s executor, John Branca.

According to reports today, the family ‘ egged on by none other than Jackson hanger-on Brian Oxman ‘ thinks they’re going to oust Branca on some kind of technicality. Oxman claims he has some “smoking gun” about Branca being fired by Jackson in 1990 ‘ only to be rehired three years later. In 2006, after over 25 years on and off, Branca and Michael parted company. A week before Michael died, he rehired Branca.

The irony here will be that Brian Oxman is involved. Oxman, who used to doze off in open court ‘ I mean, snore ‘ during Michael’s criminal trial in 2005, was fired by lead defense attorney Thomas Mesereau. Oxman’s entire connection to Michael was that he represented Randy Jackson when his brother, Jermaine, conducted a takeover of his wife and kids. Oxman was Randy’s divorce attorney. He has hung on to his slim attachment to Michael ever since, sort of the way Harold Lloyd famously hung from the clock in the movie, “Safety Last.”

The Jackson family’s constant attacks on Branca are laughable, and ironic. It was Branca who engineered the purchase of ATV Music aka the Beatles catalog for Michael in the 1980s. After his brief absence, it was Branca again who merged ATV Music with Sony’s music publishing company, got Michael $90 million, and set him up for life. Without that deal, Jackson would have been destitute ‘ and so would the Jackson family as they lived off of Michael’s largesse.

Indeed, it was only during the times that Michael was separated from Branca that he got into real trouble. And it was a stroke of luck that Michael returned to Branca this past spring. Otherwise, Jackson’s children’s interests could have been left in the hands of far more disreputable types ‘ not naming names here ‘ whose interests were purely self-centered.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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