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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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76.

Alice(from Romania)    

"This life don't last forever (hold my hand)
So tell me what we're waiting for (hold my hand)
We're Better off being together (hold my hand)
Than being miserable alone (hold my hand)"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cX3l4fc-aM
L.O.V.E and Miss MJ

1520 days ago
77.

Manuula    

say what you want, but you know its true....these grubworms dont give a **** about these kids. they see them as them as the iron gates to what they probably see as rightfully theirs (bloodwise), Michael's money. Hopefully the greed gives them what they really deserve.... a spectacular heart attack on the ****ter after spicy mexican.

1520 days ago
78.

J    

justsaying,do some research,those children are right where they need to be,with their paternal grandmother.There is nothing wrong with Katherine,TMZ doesn't always get the facts before posting a "story",CNN could be right and the estate did approve this.As I said before I don't believe Katherine would have done this if it had not been approved first.Why are some of you so quick to judge before knowing all the facts about this?
Don't let this distract us,Murray's hearing/trial is coming up very soon.

1520 days ago
79.

nan    

hold my hand....nice one alice. thanks

1520 days ago
80.

Shamone'    

Shame on you people for bad mouthing Katherine and Joe Jackson. Leave them alone.

1520 days ago
81.

nan    

J..u are right .alot of this is distraction, and i forgot that myself..
we should all be concentrating on the important stuff , like the trial

1520 days ago
82.

mrm    

This just go to show that Joe is so greedy. This needs to stop Also isn't that the manager in the picture with Joe and Katherine? If so he's another one If they all really Loved Michael they would have protected Michael while he was alive and helped him get the rest he needed and not push him. Then he wouldn't be where he is today.I'm sorry I feel that if Michael had all those problem that they are saying then his manager and everyone that claims that loved him so much should have helped him get the care he needed first then decide to go on the tour later. But instead the seen dollar signs and still are. GREEDYNESS IS WHAT KILLED MICHAEL ALONG WITH CARELESSNESS AND HEARTLESS. That is how I feel they didn't care for Michael they just cared about there pockets. Michael was an ANGEL on this earth and a GREAT FATHER and they took that away from his kids. LOVED MISSED BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN REST IN PEACE OUR ANGEL JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL STOP THE MADDNESS AND THE GREED

1520 days ago
83.

Cookie    

Well, at least this dude made an effort to make money by actually doing something, instead of just suing the estate.



Nice stuff though, but the seller has seriously miscalculated if he thinks an MJ fan would want anything with Joe's signature on it.



1520 days ago
84.

Grump    

I'm with J and others who won't forget about the upcoming trial.



-justsayin don't rush into judgement and if you THINK he was a pedo, that's funny *please let's not start this crap again). (IMO)



THX.

1520 days ago
85.

Darlene    

They sure like the money, thats all they are about!!

1520 days ago
86.

Alice(from Romania)    

"The years go by swiftly
And soon childhood ends
But life is still fearful
When evening descends
The fear of the child
Still intrude the night
Returning on beams of light
Scared of the moon"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ts6oPQO8lrw
L.O.V.E and Miss MJ

1520 days ago
87.

Alice(from Romania)    

Toooo Cuteeee!!!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCT2rc876UA&NR=1
L.O.V.E and Miss MJ

1520 days ago
88.

Kim    

Makes you wonder if MJ wrote his song "Money" about his family.

1520 days ago
89.

Mars     

Love u MJ!! YOur the best!! Listen to Jean-Luc King Brown on MySpace!!!

1520 days ago
90.

martin    

Joe Jackson will be dead soon due to age and his evil deeds, far sooner than he thinks.
Man, his reward will be the depths of hell...



1520 days ago
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