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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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75. 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. Posted at 12:43PM on Aug 3rd 2009 by Kitty

It may just be wishful thinking but the delay in the reports and the interagency involvement yields some hope that a big dragnet is going to rain down and maybe in more than one state.

To ??? if you are "in the know" why alert the dirtbags to the date...

1870 days ago


#80 the 6 months was for retro-active up to 6 months since she hasn't received any assistance thusfar. The law states how far back one can go for retroactive support. Since the trustees haven't offically given out any money due to figuring out the worth of the estate. She will still receive money for all future responsibilities. This is what information was just explained to me.

1870 days ago


MJ admitted in the taped tv statement that he was addicted to demerol since the Pepsi fire in 1984. Did he even know Klein in 1984?

1870 days ago

doc murry    

1.michael was sick
2.michael was a kid toucher
3.michael hated his family
4.michael had sex with latoya
5.michael was abused by bozo the clown
6.michael had no money
7.michael had no real children
8.michael is robot#76343
9.michael never happened
this is all a bad dream
10 michael was bald

its really danny bonoduce from the partridge family..

1870 days ago

Auntee Rach Rach    

Ms. Katherine has got the kids..........................YEAH!.........she was suppose too............... and finacial support with allowance for MJ's 3 children................YES!.......................There is definately a GOD in HEAVAN...........TY Mr. Judge guy for not taking Ms. Katherine through a whole lotta uneccessary BS..........your a good man.......or at least so far...........Let us Pray!..............I'm Gon Pray!

1870 days ago


I just hope they keep Joe Jackson away from those kids. Now he's claiming that Michael had a 4th child out of wedlock. Kid doesn't even look anything like Michael. Where's this Doctor Murray now and why is there a report today that it was an 'aide' to Michael Jackson that injected Demerol that killed him? Sounds like a rumor floated by Murray's defense team to offer an 'alternate' version if you ask me. It'll all come out in the trial...

1870 days ago

chicken head    


1870 days ago


Finally a no non-sense judge who can see what is best for these children.

1870 days ago


New repost and BMF get a life will you?
Never speak ill of the dead. Not, that you have a clue anyway...

1870 days ago

chicken head    

are you taking Demerol too??????????????
ahhh yes MJ's memory will always be tainted with child abuse-- wait until it come out what he did to Prince
the truth will come out that he TOUCHED HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and BEAT HIM LIKE JOE DID TO MJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Who has the motive of being offended by Redgrave's comments and the power to blacklist her still after all these years? Therein lies your persecutors and murderers of Natasha Richardson, David Carradine and Michael Jackson.

Despite much persecution and demonization, the music and the memory of the King of Pop will live forever in our hearts and in our minds. Just like Jesus, Michael Jackson's legacy will NEVER die.

Posted at 12:58PM on Aug 3rd 2009 by AprilKnowsBest

1870 days ago


Klassy with a K - it may be a passtime for many but chewing gum like cows chewing their cud ain't classy. Money cannot and will never buy class!! Prince Michael was chewing gum at the funeral. Bet Michael would not have allowed that but Grandma probably popped one out of her bag. Poor Kids. Those Jacksons have proved to be what they are - money grabbing leeches off the more successful amongst them. Apart from Janet not one has managed to make their way without going to Michael for a handout. Even Rebbie and her troupe LIVE in the house Michael was paying upkeep for. They are a disgrace I hope that they do not ruin these kids.

1870 days ago


YAY KATHERINE GOT THE KIDS. Debbie doesnt deserve them!!!

1870 days ago


79. If Katherine is only getting a financial allowance for 6 months, what will she and the rest of the leeches do after that? Will they actually have to learn to live off their SSN and those that are under retirement age go out and get a real job to support themselves? Most of her money she has not probably goes to taking care of all the grandkids that live with her instead of their parents.


The hearing on the financial allowance was specifically for emergency temporary funds until everything gets sorted out.

1870 days ago

who the hell    

78. #38...for the sake of all MJ fans, please help us understand this mess. His kids deserve the truth.

Posted at 12:46PM on Aug 3rd 2009 by Harvey Rocks
The children at this point are having good moments and bad moments. Paris is the mother to the two boys, when the boys have a rough time she hovers comforting them. Blanket seams to be coming to terms with Michaels death. The television and internet use by the the children is being filtered, so they don't know a lot of what is going on but they do know some. MKatherine raised her kids very sheltered very unworldly the grand children she is raising are being raised the same.

The truth will come the autopsy reveals a great deal but does not answer the questions we all want. Michael will always be missed we need to be given the chance to grieve our own ways free from media's prying and judgmental eyes. Keep praying for everyone.

1870 days ago

Cali MJ Fan    

WTH AprilKnowsBest? Sheesh!

1870 days ago
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