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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.

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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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OMG!!!! those are amazing!!!

1546 days ago


37. 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.

Posted at 5:13 AM on May 27, 2010 by Grump

Hi Grump,I also heard that CNN said it was approved by the estate,I believe CNN over tmz(tmz has shown in the past they are not very reliable when it comes to getting facts..JMO) I don't know why people keep coming down on Katherine,I believe Katherine wouldn't have done this if it wasn't approved by the estate,not all the Jackson's are just out for money.

1546 days ago


How ironic they beat the father with a belt now they make the kids sign a belt.
I think the Jackson family believe in making kids earn their living.
If they can use you to make money they will.
With the Jackson family the kids will never have the life MJ wanted for them.

1546 days ago


Shame on them for trying to capitalize off of those kids anyway. If something doesn't change soon those kids will be a carbon copy of their father.

1546 days ago


- Hey J

Right Katherine wouldn't do this without the estates approval and not jeopardize her guardianship (people might just try and say that she is only caring for them to profit from them). I'm hoping like I said earlier it is a misunderstanding or TMZ is trying to stir crap up since they got the news pretty late and CNN is a reliable source. I'm sure they have had to call someone in the estate to verify this news not unless (hopefully not) they took the PR statement that was sent to them (CNN) for their word that indeed these were approved by the estate.

1546 days ago


Katherine did not protect her own flesh and blood from abuse,why would she protect the grandchildren that may or not be her own flesh.

1546 days ago




Send this kids with Lisa or Diana!

1546 days ago


mj would not want his children or fans exploited like this . somebody needs spending money

1546 days ago


With the Jackson family the kids will never have the life MJ wanted for them.

Posted at 6:12 AM on May 27, 2010 by Sunshine


Which is why of course, Michael specifically left the kids in the care of his family. Logical, right?

1546 days ago


Yet another person trying to scam people out of money by using Michael Jackson. Shame on them.

1546 days ago


Unfortunately, greed is alive and well.

1546 days ago


Looks like the Jacksons won't stop 'till they get enough.

Michael would never authorise anyone using his children as marketing puppets.

1546 days ago


once again


1546 days ago


That Katherine woman drives me nuts, so fake. All she knows is how to make money out of Mj and his children, can someone take the three kids away from her!!!

1546 days ago


There is no doubt in my mind that MJ had a very good reason to hate his father, and it is that Joe "dog crap" Jackson is in love with money. To him, his son Michael never existed. It was his meal ticket called michael to him.
I really hope this bastard doesn't ruin MJ's kids' lives as he did Michael's.
Joe should be happy having millions already thanks to his talented son.

1546 days ago
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