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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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1113 COMMENTS

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91.

Who Cares reads a wonder    

Puppet Master is on the phone with some scoop.They are concered about secondary claims.Sept 3rd Funeral is it final and location.Neverland not sure

1855 days ago
92.

wow    


HAD MICHAEL ONE HONEST AND TRUSTFULL PERSON AROUND HIM ????

My heart is havy for Michael.

1855 days ago
93.

imjustnoisy    

THIS IS A DAMN SHAME,THE JUDGE AND THE LAWYERS FOR THE KIDS ARE IN WITH AEG AND THE PEOPLE OVER THE ESTATE.THEY ALL STAND TO MAKE MORE MONEY IN THE END...THE JUDGE HAS BEEN BOUGHT OFF,THE JUDGE HAS BEEN BOUGHT OFF,THE JUDGE HAS BEEN BOUGHT OFF,THE JUDGE HAS BEEN BOUGHT OFF. MJ THOUGHT THESE PEOPLE WERE IN HIS CORNER BACK IN 2002,FIRED THEM AT THAT TIME AND THEY ARE NOW USING A STALE DATED WILL,ADDED WHAT THEY WANTED IN IT,INITIALED THEMSELVES(PULL UP THE WILL AND SEE FOR YOURSELF).KATHERINE NEEDS TO HIRE A HANDWRITTING EXPERT AND SUE THE HELL OUT OF THEM.

1855 days ago
94.

donise121    

Never fear. McMillan gets his next bite at the apple at the October hearing. That is the "safe harbor" hearing where the judge will decide whether Katherine's challenge to the named executors constitutes a challenge to the will which would negate her 40%. If the judge decides that just challenging the executors won't negate her %, then I'm sure McMoney will file an outright motion to have Katherine added. However, I suspect that there will be additional motions filed by McMoney during the interim period on any number of matters.

All of the lawyers are assured of lots of fees for a long time. I'm glad the judge did not delay the decision.

1855 days ago
95.

Therese Rose    

WE LOVE YOU MICHAEL....YOUR BODY MAY NOT BE BURIED BUT YOUR SOUL IS IN HEAVEN!!!! Don't stop til you get enough!

1855 days ago
96.

imjustnoisy    

I HOPE THOSE BASTARDS DONT MAKE ONE RED CENT OF OF THIS TOUR.THE TEAM,LAWYERS FOR THE KIDS,AEG AND THE JUDGE...I WISH EVERYONE WOULD BOYCOTT EVERYWHERE THEY GO.

1855 days ago
97.

Tray    

#250 Betty, I don't question Katherine's love for Michael nor his love for her. I do think if she's not careful, her lawyers and other advisers are going to end up with more of her inheritance than she does herself. McMillion and some of the others want to keep stirring things up to keep the money rolling into their pockets. If they don't keep advising her to challenge, their income will be limited. McMillion thought he was going to be in control of this estate. Ever since the will surfaced and there was nary a mention of his name in it, he has been trying to wriggle a spot at the table.

1855 days ago
98.

donise121    

"This agreement is in best interest of the estate," Beckloff said. "Mr. Branca is a compelling witness. The petition is approved."

Have a nice weekend and a strong drink, Beckloff. Well done.

1855 days ago
99.

wow    


BETTY

I think Mrs Jackson is an extrem kind an loving person like Michael was.

He loved and trusted her enough to choose her to rising his beloved babys.

She have all my respect.

1855 days ago
100.

Who Cares reads a wonder    

Protecting your life long work is smart,also protects future income.FIRST MJ,S KIDS,the family also wants the money machine roll forever.That,s more greed by some,his brothers did help to create the Jackson Empire.The outside gold diggers watch out they are waiting in the halls of CARPET BAGGERS OF OLD

1855 days ago
101.

holmes    



duh.. Kat & famille just proved what they will be like--IF God forbid they get A 'seat' as executor.. delay & do bully tactics with everything and drive Branca & MacLain around the bend-- until they are forced to resign..

bah.. won't work!

1855 days ago
102.

Who Cares reads a wonder    

PM,good job

1855 days ago
103.

donise121    

Facing Reality: Do you know on what amount or at what point are the estate taxes assessed by the IRS and State of CA?

1855 days ago
104.

HumanNature    

BrancaFan2

I got this information through an article that Frank Dileo gave,
here's an excert:

Where does that leave you at this point?

There are a few things that have to get cleared up. I have to make
sure the estate understands some of the things that I know. I’ve
been appointed to the board of Sony/ATV Music Publishing. So I have a
role to play there. Michael wrote the letter getting me appointed.
After they removed Dr. Thome, they added myself and Joel Katz.

http://www.mj-upbeat.com/FrankDiLeoInterview.htm

1855 days ago
105.

LoveHimMore    

262. THIS IS A DAMN SHAME,THE JUDGE AND THE LAWYERS FOR THE KIDS ARE IN WITH AEG AND THE PEOPLE OVER THE ESTATE.THEY ALL STAND TO MAKE MORE MONEY IN THE END...THE JUDGE HAS BEEN BOUGHT OFF,THE JUDGE HAS BEEN BOUGHT OFF,THE JUDGE HAS BEEN BOUGHT OFF,THE JUDGE HAS BEEN BOUGHT OFF. MJ THOUGHT THESE PEOPLE WERE IN HIS CORNER BACK IN 2002,FIRED THEM AT THAT TIME AND THEY ARE NOW USING A STALE DATED WILL,ADDED WHAT THEY WANTED IN IT,INITIALED THEMSELVES(PULL UP THE WILL AND SEE FOR YOURSELF).KATHERINE NEEDS TO HIRE A HANDWRITTING EXPERT AND SUE THE HELL OUT OF THEM.

Posted at 7:46PM on Aug 21st 2009 by imjustnoisy
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EXACTLY! I was afraid the judge had purposely chosen one of the sharks to be the guardian ad litem attorney for the kids, and it sure looks like that's exactly what happened!

1855 days ago
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