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Money, Custody on Line in Jackson Hearing

8/3/2009 5:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Jackson Hearing4:54 -- During the lunch break John Branca said Jackson's estate has reached a settlement with AEG -- re: merchandising and rehearsal footage.

-- Katherine Jackson just withdrew her petition asking that she be put in charge of the estate. This petition was filed before she knew a will existed. The issue now -- will she oppose the appointment of Branca and McClain.

4:40 -- The Jacksons have all filed back into court and the judge has taken the bench.

3:00 -- The judge just admitted Jackson's 2002 will into probate. The will names John Branca and John McClain as co-executors. We know Katherine has a beef with that. The question -- will she challenge the co-executors or possibly ask that she be named as a third executor. Court is in recess for an hour-and-a half. Stay tuned.

-- The judge has ruled that AEG has to provide a copy of their contract with Michael to Katherine Jackson.

2:32 -- The judge has taken the bench.

2:28 -- Family members have begun to file back into the courtroom. The judge has yet to come back.

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1:03 -- The judge has called for a 30-minute break.

12:55 -- The judge decided on the lesser amount because of concerns about duplicate expenses for the monthly allowance approved for Katherine.

12:42 -- The judge has just granted 83.5% of what was requested for the children's allowance. Specific amounts were not discussed.

12:41 -- The lawyers are now discussing the allowance for Jackson's three kids.

12:40 -- Debbie Rowe will have visitation rights with her two kids and will continue getting spousal support based on the agreement she struck with Michael several years ago.

12:39 -- The judge granted Katherine a financial allowance for six months retro from the time Michael died. The amount of the allowance wasn't discussed in open court.

12:37 -- The judge just named Katherine permanent guardian of all three kids.

12:26 -- Debbie Rowe's lawyer, Eric George, just said he won't object to Katherine being appointed temporary guardian, but permanent guardianship could be delayed. It's curious given the supposed settlement between Debbie and Katherine.

12:24 -- The judge just said Klein has no legal standing to lodge an objection ... that Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe are the parents.

12:18 -- The judge wants to know what legal standing Klein has -- this could force the issue over whether he's the daddy.

12:17 -- Get this. Mark Vincent Kaplan (K-Fed's lawyer) just showed up on behalf of Dr. Arnold Klein. Kaplan says Klein has a long-standing commitment to Michael Jackson and has concerns about Joe Jackson being involved with the children. There are reports Klein is the father, but he hasn't confirmed or denied.

12:14 -- The judge is on the bench. He'll be dealing with the guardianship settlement between Katherine and Debbie Rowe first.

12:00 ET -- Rebbie Jackson, Michael's older sister, has just showed up. We're told, day to day, she'll be the one taking care of Michael's kids.

11:56 AM ET -- Katherine, Randy and La Toya were escorted upstairs to the courtroom. La Toya is wearing a black jacket, slacks, and a white blouse. Katherine is wearing a brown suit, looking calm ... and chewing gum.

11:46 AM ET -- Randy just showed up.

11:45 AM ET -- Katherine and the lawyers are inside the courtroom. Two of Michael's sisters and one brother are also expected. The hearing is expected to begin shortly.

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MJ's PYT    

Let the games begin. Keep your nerves calm Katie by chewing that juicyfruit. All
the hell is about to go down. Can Latoya get her ass out the courtroom ,selling
photos of the deathbed half way around the world.Thats why Mj did'nt F with her.
Greedy money hungry sista. Rebbie is good never out there looking $$$ hungry or
media hungry. Janet in ATL working on movie. I'm sure Blow from Joe is around the
corner at coffee shop with his blackberry to his ear, Randy has his phone on speaker
for him to hear everything. Executors annouced they will go after all persons illegally
selling MJ memorabila taking millions from estate. As they should this includes street
and internet vendors. T shirts,cds, dvds, etc. Bought all mine from target, Best Buy, and
Amoeba Music in Holllywood as I should have. Help Mj get out of debt like a true fan.

1850 days ago


this sites getting to be lame as hell... stop writing about michael jackson, were sick of reading it!!

1850 days ago

Justice for all    

Why are lawyers for Dr. Klein in the courtroom???? and Lawyers for AEG??? What, they want one of MJ's kids??? The Judge should throw them out.... they are talking about custody first.... what standing does Dr. Klein have regarding custody? Oh, this is bizarre..... wish I could be in that court room....

1850 days ago


Judge is right - don't care if Klein was sperm doner - MJ's name on birth certificate - guy wants to assert rights now? Debbie Rowe agreed to supervised visits - therapist has to be present to help kids deal with situation - they don't need another situation. What a group

1850 days ago

doc murry    


1850 days ago


Come on Judge - honor Michael's wishes from his will!!!

1850 days ago

Harvey Rocks    

#38 that's chilling...and it makes sense about Murray turning up the heat to warm up MJ's body. Nowhere else did anyone say that MJ kept heat on in the summer-I doubt his kids would have stayed in any rooms with him if that were the truth. Who found $5 million and returned to the attorneys? Was it in the safe? The fact that there are so many unanswered questions surrounding this botched up're convinced MJ died in that room?

1850 days ago

doc murry    


1850 days ago


Rowe should NOT get custody of the kids. If she cared that much about them, where was she all these years? Refer back to MJ's comments during a taped interview that she "can't handle it" and "wants the children to be with (Michael)". As for Klein - he shouldn't have anything to do with this case!

1850 days ago


Man oh man these Jacksons are Klassy with a K!! - there is Grandma strolling in chewing gum. Klass. And this sis Rebbie did she have any relationship with Michael and will she bring up the kids the way he did - healthy eating, good education, sweet kids by all accounts. Michaal and Janet are the best things to come out of this bunch of hicks!!!!

1850 days ago

Cali MJ Fan    

Nothing like showing the judge respect by arriving on time. Sheesh. I mean the family shows up individually... and late... AND chewing gum (like curd?) ... wow. Totally disrespectful. Doesn't do well for Eric George either.

Hmmmm.. interesting that Klein's showing interest in this. Wanna bet the custody isn't granted permanently to Katherine- because behind the scenes there will be some interest in whether or not Klein really is the father? And, what about the 'timely' appointment Debbie's friend had with the doc in Klein's office last week?

Golly this is a mess!

1850 days ago

What Am I Missing Here    

It probably wasn't a good idea for Joe and Katherine going on Geraldo this weekend saying they were together and as happy as to peas in a pod.

1850 days ago


A lawyer for Arnold Klein? Give me a break! Arnold Klein should be arrested along with Conrad Murray and the rest of the parasitic doctors who fed on Michael throughout his lifetime and now, it seems, his death.

1850 days ago


Arnie Klein mut have lost his mind. That lowlife doesn't even know the Jacksons. As much as he wants to pass himself off as a friend of MJ he was just another enabler. I hope LAPD finds something on him that will stick. He is the ultimate jerk seeking attention.

Katherine can chew gum if she wants. What is wrong with all of you people who have no life and have to be that invasive into anothers' life determining how the Jacksons should handle their family business or live their lives. Is your own life that empty?. Get some therapy, PLEASE!!

1850 days ago

doc murry    

I wonder what they are all having for lunch,,im sure this court thing is catered by spagos,dont all these people have jobs to go to or what?

1850 days ago
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