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Company Wigs Out -- Sues Over M.J. Costumes

8/24/2009 11:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael jacksonA company that makes those ornate powdered wigs for solicitors and barristers in England, claims it has exclusive rights to market Michael Jackson wigs and is suing a costume company that got into the act.

R.H. Smith & Sons has been making those white English wigs for more than a century. In a lawsuit filed in federal court in New York, the company complains Rubie's Costume Company has been sending emails around claiming it's got exclusive worldwide rights to market Jacko wigs, costumes and accessories.

R.H. Smith & Sons begs to differ, claiming it's under license from MJ Licensing LLC to market MJ wigs, costumes and accessories -- and says Rubie's claims to exclusivity has damaged their business.

The company wants an injunction prohibiting Rubie's from pushing the products. They also want Rubie's to contact everyone it's been in touch with claiming rights to the products and correct the error. R.H. also wants damages.

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61.

Smooth Criminals    

Now people are on here acting as if they knew all along Michael wore wigs. No one knew that until after he died. For that matter no one knew how seriously he was burned until recently and the Pepsi footage aired of the accident.

It will be nice when school starts and some posters are back in school. I really hope that it's adolescents and not adults who are making some of the comments here.

1884 days ago
62.

liz    

Isn't this story just about one wig company suing another wig company for exclusive rights to market MJ wigs?

The Michael Jackson circus will be going on for many, many years, just think how many rich lawyers will be made.

1884 days ago
63.

Michael Jackson    

Michael Jackson started wearing wigs BEFORE that Pepsi commercial mishap. I watched the video and real hair doesn't burn that way. Don't believe me? Cut off a small portion of your own hair, put a match to it and watch what happens. MJ wasn't injured until the fire burned through his wig and touched scalp. I suppose it doesn't matter how he was hurt. I'm just glad that he was.

1884 days ago
64.

Smooth Criminals    

Jacko Nanny Departs: Grace is GoneBy: Roger Friedman // Monday August 24, 2009
The nanny who raised Michael Jackson’s kids, then turned on him and sold him out when she was fired, is finally history.

Grace Rwaramba is out of the lives of Prince, Paris, and Blanket Jackson after having an actual fist fight, sources say, with Rebbie Jackson.

Grace started at Neverland in the administrative office in 1994. Once source says she was introduced to Jackson by Deepak Chopra. She worked her way up to nanny in 1997 when Prince as born, and never let go. For years she was Jackson’s sole confidante.

There are often rumors that she and Michael Jackson were lovers, or some such nonsense. But Grace was married in 1995 to Stacey Adair. Last December 2008, she married again, to a fellow Ugandan who’s in the oil business.

Over the years, Rwaramba appeared to be fiercely loyal to Jackson. But last spring, when she was fired for the last time, by Tohme Tohme, she sold her story to Israeli interviewer Daphne Barak. They taped the interview just before Michael died. She quickly returned to the Jackson home, but the interview was revealed. Since the children have lived with their grandmother, Grace clashed with Katherine Jackson over how to raise them.

I am told Rwaramba is still in London, where she’s been trying to stop Barak from selling her interviews. In the meantime, she’s lost her status as the Jackson nanny.

showbiz411.com

1884 days ago
65.

MJ WAS A JUNKIE    

66. Michael Jackson started wearing wigs BEFORE that Pepsi commercial mishap. I watched the video and real hair doesn't burn that way. Don't believe me? Cut off a small portion of your own hair, put a match to it and watch what happens. MJ wasn't injured until the fire burned through his wig and touched scalp. I suppose it doesn't matter how he was hurt. I'm just glad that he was.

Posted at 1:27PM on Aug 24th 2009 by MJ Was One Wigged Out Freak

LOL

1884 days ago
66.

just sayin    

to the people saying michael only wore wigs because he was bald and what not, well you're wrong, most people with brains know that michael's been wearing wigs and hair pieces as far back as 1984 when he burned his hair, people just didn't notice because he wore wigs closer to his natural hair texture (curls) at the time, do you really think his hair grew that rapidly during the bad era (see the length it was comapared to thriller) especially after having severe burns to his scalp. people only took notice of the wigs when he started wearing straight wigs instead of the curls

1884 days ago
67.

me    

Michael had severe 3rd degree burns to his scalp. for years to follow he had balloons implanted under his scalp to stretch the skin. Once the skin was stretched, it would be cut and sown back together. This was to cut down on the size of the bald spot left by the burn. and he had this surgery multiple times over the course of 10 years. this added to his need for prescriptions, not the actual burn itself although that's were the drug use began. Adding to the problem was that he had lupus, so the surgery wouldn't always heal correctly. The balloon under his scalp also created severe piercing types migraines which he lived with through the BAD, DANGEROUS, AND HISTORY tours. all that time from 85 we was wearing hair pieces of some kind. In 85 when you won 8 Grammy award, well that was only 6 weeks after the accident and he had a head full of hair? White folks just didn't know what weave was back then, But all of us people of color knew MJ was sporting extensions. I guess at some point he was tired of surgeries which failed and decided a simple lacefront would do. We loved him just the same! So i will ever get caught a person who has been disfigured by an accident a freak, I pray mercy on all of you who would do such a thing. You are the real Freaks!!!!!

1884 days ago
68.

HumanNature    

EVERYONE THIS real HOLMES is a CLONE aka MJ IS A FREAK aka THE KING OF POP aka grasshopper!!!!

THIS PSYCHO STEALS OTHER PEOPLE SCREEN NAME!!!

IGNORE THIS STUPID MJ HATER!!!!

YOU HAVE BEEN WARN!!!!

1884 days ago
69.

manda038    

MJ wasn't injured until the fire burned through his wig and touched
scalp. I suppose it doesn't matter how he was hurt. I'm just glad
that he was.

Posted at 1:27PM on Aug 24th 2009 by MJ Was One Wigged Out Freak
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OMG...WHAT A HATEFUL VILE COMMENT....YOU ARE A FREAK....WITH ANY LUCK
YOU WILL HAVE SOME HORRIBLE ACCIDENT HAPPEN TO YOU FOR SAYING SUCH A
THING!

BY THE WAY MICHAEL HAD HAIR PRODUCT IN HIS HAIR THAT MADE IT COMBUSTABLE....SO YOU NO SQUAT ABOUT HAIR OR MICHAEL!
RIP MICHAEL...WE LOVE YOU MORE

1884 days ago
70.

MJ WAS A JUNKIE    

Not resting in peace yet!

According to new reports, Michael Jackson had some secret email accounts which he used to buy prescription drugs.

In fact, he had two secret accounts, one with AOL and the other with Gmail.

A source says the cops just recently discovered this, aAding “The email accounts could hold vital evidence with regard to Michael’s death and the drugs he was using regularly. Not only did he get prescription drugs through a network of doctors, it’s believed he may also have got them from illegal websites or drug cartels. The LAPD has to get a search warrant first and this takes a few days.”

Uhmmm…..

Did Michael Jackson even know how to use a computer?!?

Reports are also stating that cops have just gotten the number of a private cellphone Jackson would use.

With all these new "discoveries," we wonder if they're truly any closer to finding out just what happened the day he passed away.



1884 days ago
71.

Donky    

I wonder, was Michael's make up tattooed on?

1884 days ago
72.

Smooth Criminals    

66. Michael Jackson started wearing wigs BEFORE that Pepsi commercial mishap. I watched the video and real hair doesn't burn that way. Don't believe me? Cut off a small portion of your own hair, put a match to it and watch what happens. MJ wasn't injured until the fire burned through his wig and touched scalp. I suppose it doesn't matter how he was hurt. I'm just glad that he was.

Posted at 1:27PM on Aug 24th 2009 by MJ Was One Wigged Out Freak

****

Better yet set your own hair on fire and make a video of it and post it. Then we'll all compare.

What a nut!

In case this needs to be said... I'm just being sarcastic. Don't really do it...Geeez

1884 days ago
73.

LucyInTheSky    

54. i havent heard any news from the coroner that mj was indeed an addict, so until we get that info, i choose not to believe that as of today, yes maybe he was hooked on pain killers but not a drug addict as some of you put it out there.but i am sure we all will find out the truth soon...jmo -rip--sue from tampa
Posted at 1:08PM on Aug 24th 2009 by sue
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

No, MJ wasn't a drug addict, but thought he needed painkillers and sleep, not for physical pain, but the pain of being surrounded on ALL sides by bloodsucking $$$$$$$$$suckers frontward,backward, surrounded. Family,agents,advisors,everybodysucking sucking sucking......pushing,pushing,
but nobody teaching, protecting.

Joe outside his door yelling for money and BLAMING MJ THAT HE (JOE) DIDN'T HAVE ANY. Can you imagine???!!!!

John Branca was/is one of his few saving factors, outside of close personal friends.

I wouldn't have given a dime to be Michael Jackson for one day. HIS LIFE WAS TOTAL MISERY....except for his children. And his music.

And addled with enablers like Rowe and Klein,and the entourage that surrrounded him (hired by who? Randy? Tohme?)

1884 days ago
74.

me    

real hair burns that way when you have GLYCERINE in it. Jerry curl products are pure glycerin!! that is why that mess eventually went out of style, it was greasy and messy, and highly flammable.

1884 days ago
75.

HumanNature    

Monica

WHAT'S BEEN REPORTED BY MSNBC TODAY'S SHOW IS TRUE!!!!

TRUE!!! TRUE!!! TRUE!!! TRUE!!!

1884 days ago
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