U.S. Feds Battle With African Dictator's Family Over Michael Jackson's Crystal 'Bad' Glove

Catherine Eklund

by Catherine Eklund

Published August 18, 2013


The United States Federal government is currently fighting for the return of Michael Jackson's white crystal glove he wore on his "Bad Tour," as well as other miscellaneous MJ memorabilia. Were you also thinking there are more important political issues at hand?

The lawsuit is filed against Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, who is the son of Equatorial Guinea's dictator. The case is unbelievably titled, United States of America v. One White Crystal-Covered "Bad Tour" Glove and Other Michael Jackson Memorabilia. SPIN reports that the lawsuit has been in court for more than 28 months. A hearing will take place this Monday, in a Los Angeles court, which will determine whether or not the U.S. government has "probable cause to seize Nguema's assets," meaning it may be dismissed from court.

Nguema and his dictator of a father have a reputation for taking money from their government, where 70% of Equatorial Guinea live in poverty, and spending it as their own. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nguema is reported to have "amassed over $300 million in net worth, all while earning an income of less than $100,000 per year as an unelected public official appointed by his father." Nguema's lawyers have reportedly said that there is no way to prove how he amassed his wealth illegally, insisting that the lawsuit is over.

Monday we will find out whether or not this case stands a chance. If the United States wins, Nguema will learn that if he "wanna be startin' somethin'" the U.S. will be sure to finish it.

via SPIN & The Hollywood Reporter

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