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Jesse Jackson Shuts Mouth ... Opens Wallet?

5/1/2009 12:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jesse JacksonJesse Jackson is never at a loss for words. So it's ironic that not opening his mouth could cost him big bucks.

The civil rights leader has been sued for pulling a no-show at a partisan political conference in Trinidad. Jackson was supposed to speak at the event in 2007, along with Rev. Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King, III. But Jackson backed out and left his $75k appearance fee on the table, claiming he didn't want to show favoritism to any party. Fair enough.

So what's the problemo? The two-time candidate for Prez had already signed on the dotted line. The company that booked Jackson wants the $100k -- $36k for the cost of a chartered private jet that was ready to fly him to the Caribbean, the rest for commission.

If Jesse was gonna have to pay for it anyway, he should have jumped on the plane and hung out on the beach. We're just sayin'...

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Linda Mott    

Doesn't anyone keep their word anymore? Isn't a contract worth more than the paper it is written on? He should have thought about what he was going to do before he made the agreement.

1911 days ago
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rose654321    

hes is a douche bag!! so is al shapton!!!

1911 days ago
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artie help    

nola ,perfect.

1911 days ago
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ketielynn    

I can NOT believe he said he did not want to show favoritism to a party. OH MY GOSH! Anyone who knows anything about Jackson must be picking themselves up off the floor from laughing so hard right now. Can you believe these politician types lie so easily. God better bless America-we sure need it.

1911 days ago
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UGH    

EVERY WORD OF MY PRIOR POST IS 100 % CORRECT. FRAID OF THESE LOWLIFE'S TMZ AND A POSSIBLE SUIT ? CHECK IT OUT BABE !!!!

1911 days ago
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Rocco and David    

JJ is a joke! How dare he call himself a reverend.

1911 days ago
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allen antrim    

Never fear, this is not a crisis of principles or some sort of religious re-examination-either not enough money or he couldn't get the right publicity.

1911 days ago
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Democrats are evil    

And who out there is surprised that he would do something like this. This is what democrats do. And Jesse has proven it over the years. He uses race for extortion on large companies, and he race baits others hiding behind the black double standard. He's an arrogant narcissist who represents everything that is wrong in our society. Blowing off a speaking occasion is small pickings for this piece of human trash.

1911 days ago
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gplachy    

He has an child with a mistress during his marriage, his wife is fine with it and he is a hero to the black people. Just goes to show what is important to the "community."

1910 days ago
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yazzie    

This is a joke..... He is a JOKER. I agree Democrats are the evil force in our country and they will ruin so much before its all over.

1909 days ago
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Frankthecrank    

I think that it's just wonderful that black people think that he is one of their leaders. He is such a man of vision & hope. As a black person I have always looked up to him & tried to emulate him. He's a real man of distiction. Look at all the things that he has done for the black community. We are so much richer for his leadership. What would we have done without him.

1909 days ago

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