Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

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.

Michael jackson Launch photos

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.

No Avatar


I do NOT understand what right Debbie Rowe has to come in to these children's lives at this time and screw them up. They knew nothing of her until now. She is on videotape making a joke about taking drugs ("oh, baby, percocet"). Did anyone show THAT to the judge? I think not. She hounded MJ into letting her have children for him, was paid a great deal, eight million by some reports, and he did not have her in their lives because that was the deal. He didn't say in his will that he wanted Rowe brought into the picture. My guess is that she said it's either I get visitation rights or I battle for custody. She hasn't even taken a DNA test to prove she's their biological mother, but I guess in the state of California, the only thing that matters is who gave birth. Her visitation rights now is all a set up to lay claim to the children (and control of all of their money) when KJ passes, which could be in just a few short years. Debbie Rowe sure wasn't fighting to be part of her children's lives until now. This is SO f***cked up, it makes me angry. Everyone is soooo interested in the best interests of the children. Right. The same way they were sooooo interested in MJ's well being. What kind of role model is an overweight gone to seed Rowe going to be for Paris. Please! I think those children will probably refuse to have anything to do with her. Just a guess.

1907 days ago


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

Posted at 1:05PM on Aug 3rd 2009 by Kiki
At least she will get to see them

Posted at 1:16PM on Aug 3rd 2009 by Too Bad So Sad

Yes I can get behind that I guess. She does deserve to see them. They are her kids. But custody she does not deserve!!

1907 days ago


Haha! I love it how some MJ haters say to wait until Prince speaks up. He has spoken already to say he loves his father so much, just like Paris did recently. They haters can't take it that Michael was a loving human being. They hate their theories are crumbling down! Haha!!!!!

1907 days ago


MJ would be rolling over in his grave right now - - - - - If he were actually burried somewhere...

1907 days ago


And I hope Katherine loses her 40% for contesting the will, greedy greedy greedy Jacksons.

1907 days ago

Cali MJ Fan    

Labradors... the times being posted are ET... not PT. Subtract 3 hours from the time.

1907 days ago


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.

Posted at 1:05PM on Aug 3rd 2009 by ???????????

Respectfully, your mother needs to respect Michael's will. Her lawyer is having her tap dance on dangerous territory. If the 'no contest' clause is enforced, she with be up sh!t creek without a paddle, and Michael didn't want that for her.

My regards to Prince, Paris, and Blanket. Give them hugs for me.


1907 days ago


If the hearing is taking place on the west coast, then when would some idiot report the times in the above table in EAST COAST time? Fire the intern.

1907 days ago


6 months is Christmas. Should have interesting news for the end of the year.

1907 days ago

who the hell    

118. #38 & 56- Harvey Rocks
turning up the temperature to keep the body warm?? LOLOLOL
Watch any forensic show, you'll find out it makes no difference. It's INTERAL temp they take- from the liver- to determing time of death.
Not that Murray wasn't stupid enough to try to cover SOMETHING up. The chef's story doesn't make it look good for him on the timeline....

Posted at 1:11PM on Aug 3rd 2009 by common sense

Common sense; I am an intuitive person I predicted ( Daily Sun ) June 15, 2005 that a 5 hurricane would hit east coast devastating an east cost city. I admit I was playing around with the I and we in original post but trust me the facts are accurate as I see them to be.

1907 days ago


Tito: “Prince looks just like my grandfather. There’s no question
they are Michael’s."

and look what I've found. (Prince and his great grandpa)

Tito: “They are all his children. Blanket is Michael’s, I can
tell. THOSE EYES DON'T LIE. Them eyes are Michael over again. I see a
lot of Michael in him."

yea Blanket's eyes are identical to Michael's

and look at the pic of Mike+Blanket

1907 days ago

chicken head    

sent all of your Anti-Semitic letters to TMZ--
just had too== besides all being lies -- you just don't know when to shut up

So, who alone has the motive of being offended by Redgrave's comments and wields the power to blacklist her still after all these years? Therein lies the motives and identities of the persecutors and murderers of Michael Jackson.

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being
self-evident." --Arthur Schopenhauer

Posted at 1:17PM on Aug 3rd 2009 by AprilKnowsBest

1907 days ago



Posted at 1:11PM on Aug 3rd 2009 by Go Katherine! Go Katherine! Go Katherine! Go Katherine! haha

Sorry but thats nothing new we knew she was. But the funny thing is that she is only getting money for 6 months. After that she will be living off 3 little kids. Now that is the sad part.

1907 days ago


Cin - I agree Blanket has the Jackson eyes. Whether it's MJ's (or one of his brothers) genes we don't know. Only a DNA test would tell us for sure. The two older children do not look anything like MJ OR Rowe imho. Maybe MJ realized his mistake with those and made sure his DNA was used to bring Blanket into the world.

1907 days ago


What's wrong with all this people talking about Katherine Jackson?

Who is Debbie Rowe for this kids, and, worst, who is Dr. Klein for them? For them they are just Michael's employees... as for Katherine she is their beloved grandmother... and Joe Jackson doesnt even live with her anymore...Joe Jackson lives in Las Vegas and he is not that close to the family.

1907 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web