Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Megyn Kelly’s New Lawyer Represents the Songwriters in the Michael Jackson “Fake Cascio Songs” Case


Megyn Kelly’s new lawyer is an interesting choice.

Bryan Freedman is not the Hollywood name you usually hear. He’s involved in what you might call second tier cases, and ones with strange publicity.

Readers here will be interested that he represents the songwriters in the very weird case of a fan who sued them claiming their Michael Jackson songs are fakes.

Eddie Cascio and James Porte recorded Jackson’s voice on their demos in the summer of 2007 over their tracks while Michael and his kids stayed at the Cascio home in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.

Months after Michael died, Cascio and Porte revealed they had the tapes, and sold their songs to Sony, which used them for a posthumous album.

Then a fan filed a suit against Sony and the songwriters claiming it was all a fraud, and that the voice heard on the album was Jackson imitator. Freedman represents Cascio and Porte.

Freedman also has a client in Amy Powell, former chief of Paramount TV, who was fired when she allegedly refused to cooperate with the studio’s investigation into her allegedly making racist comments on a conference call.

Another Freedman client is something called Rebel Entertainment, a production company that sued Judy Judy Sheindlin over royalties from her TV show. They claimed her $45 million salary had driven the show into the red. A judge ruled in favor of Judge Judy, saying her salary was not unusual considering her success.


Roger Friedman
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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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