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Michael Jackson AEG Hearing

8/21/2009 8:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael JacksonSeveral witnesses expected to take the stand today as lawyers for Michael Jackson's estate -- as well as lawyers for Katherine Jackson and Michael's kids -- give testimony about the proposed deal with AEG about a Jackson memorabilia tour.

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UPDATE 7:21 PM ET
-- The petition has been approved!!! The AEG deal is done, the memorabilia tour will happen. Finally. The three-city tour could earn as much as $6 million for the estate.

UPDATE 7:20 PM ET -- An attorney for Katherine wants more protections in the agreement to protect the estate and Michael's legacy.

UPDATE 7:14 PM ET -- The attorney for Michael's kids is in favor of the AEG deal.

UPDATE 7:07 PM ET -- And we're back!

UPDATE 5:50 PM ET -- The court has been closed again as one of the senior lawyers for AEG has taken the stand. Outside of court, Taj told reporters the family is more interested in protecting Michael's legacy than in making money. He also told Taj that he planned to do film after the London tour.

UPDATE 5:16 PM ET -- And we're back!!! Tito's son Taj is set to take the stand.

UPDATE 4:50 PM ET -- Court is back in session -- but still closed to the media. But it should be opened back up after the current witness is done.

UPDATE 3:20 PM ET -- John Branca has finished testifying via phone and they've adjourned for lunch. Testimony will begin again in about an hour -- but it is unclear whether the judge will re-open the court. Stay tuned.

UPDATE 1:51 PM ET -- Waiting patiently ...

UPDATE 1:26 PM ET -- The judge will re-open the courtroom after John Branca testifies via phone.

UPDATE 1:21 PM ET -- It happened -- the judge closed the courtroom.

UPDATE 1:15 PM ET -- Tito Jackson's oldest son Taj is in the courtroom.

UPDATE 1:10 PM ET -- The judge is considering closing the courtroom because confidential documents will be discussed.

UPDATE 1:06 PM ET -- AEG is upset because Leonard Rowe, who was expected to testify as an expert witness for Katherine, will not testify -- but he was shown confidential documents as part of disclosure. AEG's lawyers also say those docs have not been returned.

UPDATE 1:00 PM ET -- Change of plans already -- Randy Jackson will not be called as a witness, according to an attorney for the estate.

UPDATE 12:58 PM ET -- Lawyers for all sides -- AEG, the co-administrators, Katherine Jackson and Michael Jackson's kids -- are all in place.

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Smooth Criminals    

156. Smooth Criminal. Are you a mother or a parent of any children over the age of 20? Has your life been affected by any kind of drug use, court system, legal affairs? Are you a close and personal friend of the Jacksons? The Jacksons did not "teach" their children to live off of others or be deadbeat dads. All the Jackson children were given the schooling, guidance and skills to earn a living and as far as I can figure, they all do in one way or another, successfully or not. When my young adult children make stupid mistakes or challenge the system, it wasn't something I taught them to do. One thing I have never seen is Michael complaining about the "leeching" of his family - perhaps it was just his good manners or perhaps it didn't matter to him as long as family was taken care of. At the end of the day, it has always been his family that has stepped up. Dysfunctional? Perhaps. But I challenge you to find a family that isn't in one way or another. As for the family not helping Michael and his addictions, etc., one of my grown children has been a functioning street drug addict for the past four years. This certainly wasn't a part of her upbringing. Her life is tumultuous, frightening and not at all enviable, however, she can still pull the wool over my eyes when my guard is down. Michael had a lot of enablers around him with starstruck eyes and dollar signs aplenty that helped push his family aside. This whole story is far more complicated than we can imagine. (Thanks, I needed to vent.)

Posted at 4:32PM on Aug 21st 2009 by Em

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As far as I can see the Jackson children were very well off by the time they were adults. They weren't poor ghetto children with no advantages. Joe Jackson only taught his children to be performers and nothing else. And those who couldn't make it leeched onto Michael and expected him to carry them. The other boys were taught no morals or responsibilities. Marriage after marriage, child after child. The boys reproduced like rabbits and expected brother Michael to foot the bill.

To Michael's credit he did. It was certainly not to their credit that they let them.

Don't alibi for Katherine just because you're the same.

I know firsthand what it's like to be raised in abuse.

1857 days ago
17.

HumanNature    

Most likely a lot of Katherines money will be held up to cover debts of her and Joe, there is also a child support order against her (Jermaines two sons with Margaret) that could increase with her new wealth and several business dealings her name is attached to. So Katherine is trying to get a seat at the table so that the family can funnel money out for when she dies - the MJ taking care of family party is OVER!

Posted at 4:39PM on Aug 21st 2009 by FACINGREALITY

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I'm just curious, how is it that Katherine Jackson has a child support order against her when she did not father or conceive those children????

1857 days ago
18.

Smooth Criminals    

167. Did anyone know that Frank Delio been appointed to the board of Sony/ATV Music Publishing?????

Did anyone know that AEG try to sue MJ right before they reached this agreement because he tried to back out of the deal???

Wasn’t it reported that AEG couldn’t get cancellation insurance on MJ, which meant that had he cancelled, they wouldn’t have gotten ZILCH???

Posted at 4:51PM on Aug 21st 2009 by HumanNature

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How about some links or are you just spreading rumors?

1857 days ago
19.

LoveMJ    

BTW, Katherine no longer owns Hayvenhurst - she gave her ownership over to LA TOYA. SO MJ and LaToya technically own it. Not sure why is was passed on to La Toya but it certainly does not belong to Katherine.....

This is from MJ's biographer's (J. Randy Tarabourelli) book The Magic and Madness.

1857 days ago
20.

BillieJeanJackson    

Em, Adult children that are addicts are very sad. I had 1 and she died at 43. I tried everything I could think of to help her until she told me "I like my life the way it is and I don't want to change" That was about 6 months before she took a nap and didn't wake up. She didn't overdose, she just wore out from constant abuse. Real sad for her children and Grand children, She was a good person but hooked on dope. My 2 sons are very successful and don't understand what happened to their sister. MJ must have found an escape in drugs and like the way he was. Interventions only work if the person wants to change.

1857 days ago
21.

HumanNature    

How about some links or are you just spreading rumors?

Posted at 5:16PM on Aug 21st 2009 by Smooth Criminals
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I was asking a QUESTION!!!!!!

Apparently, you do not like to RESEARCH!!!!

LAZY HUH???

I DO NOT HAVE TIME TO SPREAD RUMORS OR GOSSIP, I LEAVE THAT BS UP TO YOU, THANK YOU!!!!

Did anyone know that Frank Delio been appointed to the board of Sony/ATV Music Publishing?????

http://site2.mjeol.com/mj-news/frank-dileo-talks-about-michael-and-the-tii-tour.html

The rest you would have to DO SOME RESEARCH AND READ!!!!!

1857 days ago
22.

donise121    

The Encino compounds where Katherine currently resides is owned by the estate of Michael Jackson. They also hold the mortgage to the property. This is how it was at the time of Michael's death. They provide the maintenance to the property. I read someplace that it is possible that those other than Katherine and the kids that are living there may receive notification from the executors that they will start being assessed rent. No proof of this. Bottom line, the house is now part of a business entity, not a little family residence where everyone comes to live for free.

1857 days ago
23.

Smooth Criminals    

I'd like to oblige Human Nature, but some of my research doesn't get through. So I gather you have no links and were spreading rumors.

Touchy, touchy

1857 days ago
24.

pamela    

He also said he thought Michael felt the rehearsal footage was "Michael's" because he was very protective of his image...


WTF?? Are they claiming that possibly the rehearsal footage is not Michael??

1857 days ago
25.

pamela    

awwww...nevermind...he is saying that Michael thought the rehearsal film was his...not AEG's...

1857 days ago
26.

Who Cares reads a wonder    

Human Nature: You have done your home work,reading previous posts. Posting a question asking for a mature answer.The answer is in THE TOP PLAYERS post several weeks ago.I think the answer is yes.Go to the Sony/ATV web site?

1857 days ago
27.

Honey    

Why is the AEG contract so confidential? What is AEG trying to hide?

1857 days ago
28.

Phyl    

I don't know how AEG is involved in Jackson's memoribilia.(sorry don't know how to spell that) It doesn't belong to them, it is part of the estate. AEG just want's a way to get rid of all the t-shirts, posters, etc. that the printed for the "This is it" tour. AND they want $$$$ to stage the exhibit as well. I hope the judge says no to them hear and now.

1857 days ago
29.

donise121    

Smooth Criminals: Excellent comments: The only reason Michael did that unpopular Victory tour was because Katherine begged him to because she felt bad that all of her boys were making any money like Michael. MJ did not want to do that. That Encino house has always been the place to "go back home to Momma when you get divorced or things get tough." The game has changed.

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As far as I can see the Jackson children were very well off by the time they were adults. They weren't poor ghetto children with no advantages. Joe Jackson only taught his children to be performers and nothing else. And those who couldn't make it leeched onto Michael and expected him to carry them. The other boys were taught no morals or responsibilities. Marriage after marriage, child after child. The boys reproduced like rabbits and expected brother Michael to foot the bill.

To Michael's credit he did. It was certainly not to their credit that they let them.

Don't alibi for Katherine just because you're the same.
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Above comments from post of Smooth Criminals.

1857 days ago
30.

Stranger in NC    

MICHAEL YOU WERE THE SEXIEST MAN THAT EVER LIVED. I WILL LOVE YOU TILL THE DAY I DIE....F*CK ALL THE HATERS. THEY ARE ONLY JEALOUS.

1857 days ago
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