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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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61.

christy    

yeah, cuz they need the money SO bad. Sickening.

1506 days ago
62.

Kay    

Joe definitely wears the jewels for needing more money, lol. Earrings, a couple necklaces, a watch, a ring, and a few bracelets. They do not look in their 80's, great genes!

1506 days ago
63.

disgusted    

This family has no class. no dignity...trash people.

1506 days ago
65.

Jacqui    

he's back and i will see you in July

1506 days ago
66.

oBAMa    

Still can't believe he named his kid BLANKET. SMH. But then again this is the same guy who dangled him by the neck over a balcony. Joe, how about you get the kids name changed to an actual NAME!!!

1506 days ago
67.

Toni    

Nothing like exploiting your grandchildren!

1506 days ago
68.

DD    

MAMA AND PAPA @ IT AGAIN-----JOSH, IM SURE WE ALL CAN'T WAIT TILL THEY PASS ON AND HIS KIDS FINALLY GET EVERYTHING THAT THERE FATHER LIVED FOR!!!!!!!!!!!

1506 days ago
69.

Ben    

Belts?!? This is news worthy? Must be a pretty slow morning...

1506 days ago
70.

Diane    

We all know Joe Jackson is a @#$%! creep. Katherine is just as hateful the way she used her children as meal tickets when she saw the abuse of Joe. Now Mrs Jehovah Witness is pan handling her grandchildren the same way. Janet or one of Michaels other relatives need to get custody. Katherine and Joe Jackson belong in hell.

1506 days ago
71.

Ellis    

Has there ever been a lower form of life than Joe Jackson ?

1506 days ago
72.

Best Mom    

It's a shame that the Jackson family cannot go on TV and talk about "Michael".....how they feel, what he meant to them, who he was, etc., etc. Why is it always about MONEY with them? This is so sad. Can't they show Michael their love by talking about him. Enough of the money-making crap already. For
God's sake, show the world you loved your son....actions speak louder than words!

1506 days ago
73.

justsaying    

The real parents need to step up and take the kids away from that greedy family and give them to a more stable family and then they need to go to jail for selling their kids to a known pedophile.

1506 days ago
74.

Horndog    

Why hasn't Joe marketed a line of stylish hats like the one he's wearing? Jermaine is developing a stun guns with Mikey's likeness on it to keep children safe from pedophiles. It's true, I read it on the internet. Wah! Wah! Wah!

1506 days ago
75.

Raejean    

Well, there you go! Bless them and their greedy little hearts, making an end run around the estate and trying to cash in once again, this time USING THE CHILDREN (who don't know any better regarding the legalities of the matter or their grandparents' avarice).



Will someone please take those kids away from them and shut down the circus?

1506 days ago
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