Michael Jackson Sued by Furniture Store

11/19/2004 at 09:00 AM EST

Michael Jackson Sued by Furniture Store
Nick Ut/AP
A furniture store in Los Angeles filed suit against Michael Jackson on Thursday, claiming the onetime King of Pop owes almost $180,000 on purchases he made in May, the Associated Press reports.

Jackson allegedly bought about 20 items at Mayfair Gallery, which specializes in 19th-century European furniture. Among the purchases: an urn, a Louis XVI-style bust clock and a silver bread holder, the lawsuit claims.

The total price for Jackson's purchases was $378, 875. Kamad Enterprise, which owns Mayfair Gallery, claims Jackson owes $178,875, according to the suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Brian Oxman, an attorney for Jackson, said he had not read the complaint. "Like any other proceedings involving Michael Jackson, we'll look at it carefully and deal with it in a professional manner," Oxman said.

On Tuesday, J. Marc Schaffel, a former business associate of Jackson's, filed a separate suit against the singer, claiming that Jackson owed him more than $3 million in unpaid loans, cash advances and producing fees. Schaffel reportedly worked with Jackson on two FOX television specials intended to refute the critical documentary of Jackson that aired on ABC.

Jackson is also awaiting the start of his trial on child molestation charges, which begins Jan. 31. He has pleaded not guilty.

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