Michael Jackson’s estate won a legal victory Tuesday in its attempts to stop a man who spent time at one of the singer’s homes from selling allegedly stolen items.
A judge has issued a preliminary injunction restraining Jeffre Phillips from selling any items he took from Jackson’s home in 2009, court documents obtained by TMZ reveal.
Phillips, who is the former fiancé of Michael’s sister La Toya Jackson, 66, was charged by the late singer’s estate with stealing items from Jackson’s home shortly after his death on June 25, 2009, in the age of 50.
Legal victory: Michael Jackson’s estate won a preliminary injunction preventing a man formerly engaged to his sister La Toya Jackson from selling items he allegedly stole from Jackson’s mansion after he died in 2009 at age 50; seen in 2005
The estate accused Phillips of searching Jackson’s Carolwood estate in the turmoil following his shocking death, which was allegedly aided by his connection to La Toya.
According to the estate, Phillips was able to steal several personal and intimate items while staying at home for nine days.
Among the items he is accused of taking without permission are Jackson’s iPhone, his California driver’s license, handwritten notes from the Thriller singer and even prescription pill bottles.
Jackson’s death was caused by an overdose of propofol, a drug traditionally used as part of general anesthesia.
The drug was administered by Jackson’s personal physician, Conrad Murray, who was later convicted of manslaughter for giving Jackson the drug to help him sleep.
Theft: Film producer Jeffre Phillips, right, ex-fiancé of La Toya Jackson, left, was charged with stealing personal items over a period of nine days from his Carolwood mansion after his death; seen in 2014
Morbid: Among the property allegedly stolen were pajamas that Jackson wore hours before his death and a resuscitation tube that could have been used on him before his death; seen in 2005
Other items allegedly stolen included some of Jackson’s clothing.
“In an extremely appalling and inhumane act, Phillips even stole the pajamas that Jackson wore in the last hours of his life,” the attorneys claimed in documents filed in June.
“And Phillips stole a resuscitation tube that appears to have been used on Jackson by those trying to save Jackson’s life in the short, frantic time before his passing.”
The charges against Phillips came the day before the 13th anniversary of Jackson’s death on June 25.
Fight back: Jackson’s estate filed legal documents in June demanding that Phillips return the items he was allegedly trying to sell to an auction house. Pictured: Michael Jackson holding a press conference in London, in 2009, just three months before his death
Stolen: Lawyers claim that inside Jackson’s Carolwood mansion (pictured), Phillips fled with several items, including the King of Pop’s deathbed pajamas
Timely: The allegations come just before the 13th anniversary of Jackson’s death. Pictured: Mourner Christine Tucker places a memorial in Jackson’s bedroom in 2011
Jackson’s estate claims it received a tip in December 2021 that Phillips was attempting to auction off items belonging to the late singer.
In an attempt to ensure the authenticity of the items, Phillips allegedly admitted to the auctioneer that the items were taken within days of Jackson’s death while at the mansion.
To verify the items, the auctioneer contacted the estate, letting them know he allegedly had Jackson a pair of sunglasses that Phillips said still had “makeup on his face.”
Jackson’s attorneys said they were able to recover some of the items Phillips allegedly took, but believe the man is still in possession of home videos and music the singer wrote and recorded before his death.
The estate eventually asked the court to order Phillips to return any property he may have taken from Jackson’s home.
Phillips’ attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment.
Parted ways: News that Phillips and La Toya were dating broke just months after Jackson’s death. The couple got engaged in 2013, but separated two years later
Tip: An auctioneer alerted Jackson’s estate that Phillips had given him a pair of sunglasses that still had “makeup on his face” as he tried to sell the allegedly stolen items in December.
At the scene: The auctioneer told Jackson’s lawyers that Phillips vouched for the authenticity of the item because he stayed at the $25million Los Angeles mansion for nine days after Jackson’s death.
Legal Documents: Lawyers demanded that Phillips return all allegedly stolen property
News of Phillips’ relationship with La Toya Jackson broke in the fall of 2009, months after Jackson died on June 25.
Phillips had proposed to La Toya in 2013, with many outlets speculating that the two had in fact married in December of that year, rumors which were quashed by La Toya herself.
The two remained engaged until they suddenly broke up in 2015, TMZ reported. They had remained close friends, but their current relationship is unknown.