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Jackson Estate Ready to Pounce on Profiteer

6/22/2010 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Katherine Jackson 86's Probate LawyersThe lawyer for the Michael Jackson estate thinks the businessman who partnered with Katherine Jackson is hurting Michael's children -- and is threatening legal action if the dude doesn't stop.

Howard Mann -- whose business ventures include online nude gambling -- got Katherine Jackson to agree to publish the book, "Never Can Say Goodbye," scheduled for release this week.

Mann also told TMZ he and Katherine will make record deals for 273 unreleased Michael Jackson songs -- part of an MJ treasure trove he acquired in a fire sale after Joe Jackson failed to pay a storage bill.

But estate lawyer Howard Weitzman is ticked, claiming Mann "may be using his relationship with Mrs. Jackson to infringe upon Michael Jackson's copyrights ... to the detriment of, among others, Michael's 3 kids."

Weitzman says Mann has no right "to exploit any estate assets" and he will take "whatever action is necessary to prevent him from unlawfully profiting."  TMZ translation -- the estate will sue his ass if Mann goes forward.
 
We're told Katherine Jackson is happy with the job the executors have done -- namely filling the coffers with hundreds of millions of dollars -- but sources say family members are in her ear, getting her to sign off on ventures that end up hurting the estate, MJ's kids, and Katherine herself.

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jake2625    

SURE HOPE TMZ COVERS HEIDI & SPENCER WHEN THEY GET BACK TOGETHER AND THEN WHEN SPIDDY GOES TO RE-HAB AND THEN WHEN HEIDI GETS A CAT.



TMZ: HEIDI & SPENCER ARE HASBEEN's LET THEM GO FOR GOOD!!!!!!!!!!



NOBODY-NOBODY-NOBODY CARES TO HEAR IT ANY MORE..................

1501 days ago
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Cookie    

The music belongs to Michael's estate, not the finder. And Joe and the brothers need to go get a job and stop trying to live off their dead brother and stealing from the kids.



1501 days ago
3.

TSIG    

LATEST PLOY BY JACKSON FAMILY TO GET TO MICHAEL'S MONEY REVEALED: Randy Jackson was interviewed on CNN 6/16/10 and stated that he's been speaking with his brothers (although he also mentions the entire family) about all of them "getting more involved with PHILANTHROPIC CHARITABLE WORK." They're creating a "foundation," "as yet unnamed," to "carry on Michael's mission." He claims that they've already been doing this all of their lives, but now they're going to be doing more of it. Of course, we all know the reason: 20% OF JACKSON'S ESTATE GOES TO CHARITIES, AND THIS IS HOW THE JACKSON SIBLINGS INTEND TO GET LARGE CHUNKS OF THEIR BROTHER'S MONEY. By creating a charitable foundation, undoubtedly "nonprofit," with the huge salaries and perks that the administrators of such charities routinely get, Randy, as ringleader, and the other Jacksons who go along with this, intend to swim in Michael's millions. They'll demand that the estate give them access to that 20% in Michael's will reserved for legitimate charities. I HOPE THE ESTATE ADMINISTRATORS DON'T GIVE ONE PENNY TO ANY JACKSON CHARITIES OR FOUNDATIONS. Anyone with half a brain knows that this is just a ploy to gain access to Michael's money -- money he meant to go to LEGITIMATE charities that actually spend most of their money helping people -- not charities run by family members looking for outrageous salaries and perks and that will undoubtedly become known for fraud and mismanagement.

1501 days ago
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Trish    

Everything this "greedy" family does makes me want to "vomit" a "comment." Find a nice loving, caring and responsible couple/family for these kids. That old woman needs to rest... Were is Janet? Why don't she step up an help these kids? She must be as stupid as the rest of them!

1501 days ago
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janicebyrne    

Katherine needs to be stopped...NOW !! She's like the BP oil spill....unstoppable !!. She's doing potential harm to Michael's three children. Branca, McClain and Weitzman MUST step in now and stop the woman. She's like an express train heading for the cliff edge.

1501 days ago
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Trish    

Right on # 5

1501 days ago
7.

Criss    

I will never feel okay with anyone taking advantage of Katherine Jackson! She's been through more than too much in her life.

1501 days ago
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just an observation    


"It's a complete lie, why do people buy these papers? It's not the truth I'm here to say. You know, don't judge a person, do not pass judgement, unless you have talked to them one on one. I don't care what the story is, do not judge them because it is a lie." MJ




more hogwash...when are people going to stop believing the "trash"

1501 days ago
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Nelli L.    

I don't know for sure, who's right and who's wrong. Howard Mann or Howard Weitzman?



But I know that this is putting so much pressure on Michael's mother, Katherine, who's already going throuhgh very a hard time. How much can a mother take?



Anyone, who knows just a bit about Michael, knows that Michael loved his mother more than anything. So stop making her life harder.



God bless you, Katherine, and may the lord give you and Michael's kids the strength to go through all of this. Please kiss the kids from me. I love you all.

1501 days ago
10.

Googie    

Just wondering where this family would be today if it hadn't been for Michael. If Michael had never existed, none of the brothers had what it takes for a solo career except for MJ.

1501 days ago
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cindee    

OF COURSE JOE JACKSON IS manipulating KATHERINE ,(that's Joe's best act)
That's why KATHERINE and THE KIDS are going to Gary Indiana for the first anniversary of Michael's death ...JOE "wants" the public to SEE (sweet)Katherine and the Kids supporting his project in Gary "JacksonLand" No doubt He'll get her to dump
"M I L L I O N S" into this fiasco, I don't know if she has free rein with the dough. But if she does ,watch-out...Personally ,I think it will be as successful as everything else Joe touches..
The chessy belts now the book..GOD WHAT'S NEXT ?
They would be better served if they soupported the fans at
THE FOREST LAWN MEMORIAL to be successful in Gary..
Michael lived 43 years of his 50 in the state of California
He would have never wanted to go back to Gary......
N O W, THEIR TALKING ABOUT SELLING NEVERLAND
this is heart breaking



IT'S ALL ABOUT MONEY WITH THE JACKSON'S , THEY ALWAYS SEEM TO MISS THE MARK .JUST LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED IN ITALY AND BEFORE THAT.
THE FUTURE WON'T BE ANY DIFFERENT WITH JOE AT THE HELM




LEAVE THE PRESERVATION OF MJ'S LEGACY TO THE ESTATE
I KNOW IT WILL BE DONE WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT




LOVE YOU FOREVER AND EVER MICHAEL
GOD BLESS PRINCE PARIS and BLANKET



1501 days ago
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beachkid    

Oh my.

1501 days ago
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Cali MJ Fan    

I am liking Mr. Weitzman more and more every day! Go Team Branca!



First, if it is reported that any of MJ's songs are released WITHOUT the blessing of the Estate or the court, I'm for one, am not buying them. If they have the Estate's blessing-- I'll buy 10 or more of each (to give as presents).



There is a fine line where the family is able to complete projects (for profit) using Michael's name/likeness/etc, without needing to get the Estate's approval- for example the book. After all, each have their own cherished memories of him as their family member. There's a whole 'nother storyline when it comes to releasing songs which were Michael's work, and as Weitzman put it-- assets of the Estate.



And... if this man is harming in anyway, MJ3-- fans won't stand for that. Period. There's little that unites us these days in complete agreement, but something tells me, that would be one thing that would. Purchasing stolen songs might just be another.



So, again-- what storage unit did Mann get these from? The one in Vegas that was burgaled? The one that was to have gone up for auction that MJ stopped? Another one? Telling us the one that Joe didn't pay the bill on doesn't help at all... c'mon. Or are these the songs from MJ's hard drive that were removed from his home the day after he passed away (that LaToya was blamed for having taken?)

1501 days ago
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Darlene    

Poor MJ!! He would be so hurt over all this money hungry family he has! I feel sorry for the kids being raised by them!!!

1501 days ago
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electriczipper    

sounds like he better pounce on katherine too..all you rabid fans seem to give her a free pass..good grief

1501 days ago
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