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Michael Jackson Estate

MJ Belts Are Bogus!

5/27/2010 1:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

An extremely fancy belt commemorating Michael Jackson -- and allegedly "sanctioned" by Joe Jackson and Katherine Jackson -- can be yours for the bargain basement price of $1,500 -- problem is ... the whole thing may be illegal.

Michael Jackson Estate
Check out this picture we got -- showing Joe and Katherine Jackson signing one of the belts ... and according to the official website promoting the belts, MJ's three kids -- Prince, Paris, and Blanket -- also signed their names.

Here's the problem.  The belts feature several images trademarked by Michael Jackson -- including dancing feet, MJ's silhouette and the MJ crest -- and MJ's estate must authorize any commercial use of those trademarks, as well as MJ's name or image.


So of course we called MJ estate lawyer Howard Weitzman, who said the belts were news to him and that the executors never authorized the sale. Weitzman says, "The Trustees of the Estate of Michael Jackson did not authorize the making or the sale of the Michael Jackson Tribute Belts."  Weitzman continues, "We would never condone the use of Michael's children's signatures to promote the sale of merchandise."

We haven't found out who's behind the website ...  but Jerry Olivarez, a PR guy and friend of the Jackson family, has been touting the sale of the belts.  We're told the site goes live today and 7,000 belts will go up for sale.  And, there will be an auction for the belt signed by Joe, Katherine, and the kids -- opening bid is $5 grand.

Attempts to speak with Olivarez were unsuccessful.

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31.

Tellit    

29. So then it must be Branca or McClain that leak to TMZ? I'd say Michael, but would he let his kids do this in the first place? Or is there more to the story?
Posted at 3:49 AM on May 27, 2010 by really?
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Branca & McClain would leak such a thing..had they ever gotten wind of it they would have set the Jacksons straight ASAP, cleaned it up, and kept it quiet. AND MICHAEL....HELL NO he wouldn't condone ANYTHING that exploits his children like this.
HELL NO! NO WAY!
Geezzzz, Michaels blood MUST be at boiling point since this has come to light!
MJ3 will be on the move within 2 months. Out of the states.

1556 days ago
32.

dandilion    

See how grandma just oozes with happy greed and ignores the privacy of her grandchildren by working with her evil clan., and cruel pervert hubby to get the money!

1556 days ago
33.

Chloe    

This seriously saddening, if Michael's parents' are doing this to make some extra cash, well it doesn't surprise me from Joe but Katherine? As someone mentioned it, Katherine was just enabling Joe and his bad deeds on greed. I feel bad for those kids, I can agree with "tellit" on how GREEDY they are acting, even though those are his kids and these are Michael's parents'. Michael I think wouldn't never condone this and the exploitation of his children is really a low. Michael never exploited his children and at that he was in debt, I hope this is all a misunderstanding and the Jacksons realize what they are doing is just WRONG.



GREED amounts to nothing but trouble, Michael I'm sure taught these children otherwise. I guess the children are starting to learn the family business, first the You tube tape leaks and now this. Katherine....Mike trusted you with his children.

1556 days ago
34.

gimmeabreak    

Michael Jackson would have never amounted to anything more then a burger flippin high school dropout punk kid who ended up in prison on drug charges. The ungrateful Jackson brats owe everything to Joe Jackson. So what if he was a hard ass! He set their asses straight about priorities and what's important and that set them on the path to riches.

1556 days ago
35.

Grump    

I hope you're wrong TMZ... CNN reported they were approved by the estate.



I'm sure Katherine wouldn't do this to the kids, especially help expolit them with their signatures. Let's not JUMP the gun here and take TMZ's word for it, but someX's Joe makes Katherine make some bad moves and this would be a VERY BAD one especially involving these children.

1556 days ago
36.

billiejean    

Katherine jackson needs to grow a backbone!!!



THAT'S NOT RIGHT!! IS IT GOING TO CHARITY?? IF IT IS THEN THAT'S A GOOD THING.

1556 days ago
37.

Grump    

Is that Kenny Ortega in the pic?

1556 days ago
38.

gimmeabreak    

If Joe Jackson is the Devil Michael didn't land far from the tree. I mean what kind of jerkoff names their son "BLANKET"?



Thanks to Michaels self absorbed lunacy Blanket is going to live a life filled with ridicule and occasional ass beatings over his dorky name. Does it really matter that Michael isn't the one swinging the belt this time? It's still his fault... no sane person names their kid Blanket without knowing they just f'd the kid over hard in life.

1556 days ago
39.

Phreaky    

I knew this was coming when I read your story here and saw where it said "A friend of the family who arranged the sale..."

1556 days ago
40.

Chloe    

Whamo- ( like the nic)



That was a low blow. Not right!



gimmeabreak(remember that show?)



That's his nic, I'm sure you know that. Every parent calls his kid weird names.



You guys keep it real here with the arguments,no name calling. Just a few facts or educated opinions; I am no Michael professional and no one is, not even his family. I know you weren't directing this to me but, JMO.



1556 days ago
41.

Ghost    

Wow, what a bunch of LEACHES...while i could not stand the pedophile...but to have your own parents schlepping out junk to make money? AND to get your own grandkids involved too??? Wow, lower than LOW.....

1556 days ago
42.

CHRISTINE    

TOTALLY AGREE WITH #14 !!! THEYRE TRYIN TO MAKE A FAST BUCK OF THEIR SON...SOOO WRONG! SOUNDS LIKE JOES BRILLIANT IDEA

1556 days ago
43.

Tangerine    

They need to QUIT!

1556 days ago
44.

clara    

i love paris and prince and blanket jackson



i love michael jackson




michael jackson por siempre

1556 days ago
45.

igotfleasfromtmz    

This is shame, can't someone step in like the court appointed attorney for the kids.
Janet looked wonderful tonight.

1556 days ago
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