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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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Artrina    

Katherine is PROVING she is an unfit guardian for MJ's children and needs to be stopped. I hope his lawyers - who are looking out for MJ's KIDS and not his other family members who are PERFECTLY capable of earning a living, but, are too bloody lazy - haul ALL of those family members butts to court and they're tossed in jail!

1552 days ago
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Cali MJ Fan    

Pssst.. TMZ.. can you please point us (or post) a pic of Mann? Might give us a better idea of who this man is by seeing him.



..typo correction to #13 .. I for one (not I'm for one). lol



@electriczipper-- oh heavens-- rabid? Puhleaze. Mrs. Jackson does get extra leeway, but a free pass? Nope- not with many fans.

1552 days ago
18.

electriczipper    

how come she looks about 30 in this pic and yesterday she looked about 90.....hey its Tmz that calls you all Rabid fans...not me.



Looks like she is trying to make a buck off her son too me,a few hundred million isnt enough for her I guess.



I bet this Howard Mann is getting her drunk and having sex with her too..worming his way into her heart and her checkbook

1551 days ago
19.

uma    

THE EXECUTORS OF M.J'S ESTATE ARE EXCESSIVELY GREEDY AND TOO POSSESSIVE. THE EXECUTORS OF M.J'S ESTATE DO NOT CARE ABOUT M.J'S CHILDREN, THEY ONLY CARE ABOUT A BIGGER PAY CHECK AT THE END OF THE DAY. M.J'S FAMILY HAVE BENT OVER BACKWARDS TO MAKE SURE THAT M.J'S CHILDREN ARE HAPPY AND SAFE. THE FAMILY GAVE M.J A FUNERAL FIT FOR A KING. IT IT WERE UP TO M.J'S ESTATE, THEY WOULD HAVE JUST DUG UP A HOLE AND DUMPED M.J IN THERE. IF M.J'S FAMILY DOESN'T DESERVE ANY MONEY FROM THE ESTATE, THEN M.J'S CHILDREN SHOULD SPEND TIME WITH THE EXECUTORS OF M.J'S ESTATE AND LET THEM PLAY WITH M.J'S KIDS AND MAKE THE KIDS HAPPY. I SUPPORT M.J'S FAMILY AND THEIR EFFORTS TO GO AFTER ANY OF M.J'S MONEY THEY COULD GET THEIR HANDS ON. THE EXECUTORS OF M.J'S ESTATE ARE COLD AND MUSSOLINI LIKE.

1551 days ago
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Brigha from UK    

I'm not one for conspiracy theories in general, but I think both the will and executors are very suspicious. The will itself is riddled with serious descrepancies, and we have to wonder wether MJ was 'impaired' when it was made.
The power it invests with the executors is absolute, and there is a clause where any beneficiary who contests the estate will be disinherited. That is why Katherines 'hands are tied' and Joe is the only one who can legally question the will. That is why I totally support Joe in his investigations.



Okay, the executors have made made a lot of money for the estate since MJ died, but they are also amassing a personal fortune in administration fees. Surely, there is a obvious conflict of interest when those people who were involved with the drafting of the will are also involved with the administration of the estate?



MJ's financial difficulties were largely brought about by the extortionate legal fees he accrued whilst fighting numerous lawsuits. So, ask yourselves, could Branca have eased this burden on MJ whilst he was still alive (maybe by reducing his legal fees)? Also, if he really cared about MJs well being, then why didn't he negotiate some of the more profitable deals before he died?



I hate the way Michaels memory has become a 'financial product' since his death. His life and work meant so much more than that. Now it's all about the money. Was that the message which Michael intended to leave his children? I doubt it.
The MJ3 have enough money now to keep them in luxury for the rest of their lives. They don't need any more. So, I will not be buying any MJ records or memorabilia as I do not wish to contribute to Brancas pension fund.



So, why not put the songs out as a free download so that generations to come can enjoy MJ music?

1551 days ago
21.

mjcouk    

Micheal its been nearly a year and you are still in our hearts



I hope its better for you now.. where ever you are..



In rememberance of all the things you gave us we thank you..



No1 Fan



http://www.michaeljackson5.co.uk



1551 days ago
22.

Wendy    

I would love to buy this book but I cannot/wont knowing that someone who is involved with porn (another form of slavery for many) will profit from it. I wish Katherine would have chosen a better partner for this.

1551 days ago
23.

drew junior    

Mj kids dont luk like him except "blanket" n i believe the rest of his family from his dad to his siblings are a greedy punch,no exceptions

1551 days ago
24.

Firefly    

When Katherine dies who gets to take care of the money? Sorry, meant to say who will take care of MJ's kids. If Jermaine gets his hands on the kids, all the money will be spent on himself and "HIS" eight kids. (maybe not the kids):D
The Jackson Brothers really don't think of MJ's kids as family. First, they are the wrong color. second, they have all the money that the brothers can't get their greedy hands on. The more the estate knocks down their attempts of making money off of Michael the more resentment there is. It will not be pretty when Katherine dies. You think things are bad now between the family and the estate, just wait it will get even more interesting.

1551 days ago
25.

Speechless     

This is pissing me off. I knew that Katherine and Joe cannot be trusted with finances, but selling their son's unreleased material for a fre@king storage bill? Wow. Well, I guess they can't help it being uneducated fresh out of ghetto Indiana.

1551 days ago
26.

Speechless     

This is p;ss;ng me off. I knew that Katherine and Joe cannot be trusted with finances, but selling their son's unreleased material for a fre@k;ng storage bill? Wow. Well, I guess they can't help it being uneducated fresh out of ghetto Indiana.

1551 days ago
27.

mi    

Just like TMZ and all other media is pouncing on the Jacksons to try to profit and get somebody to look at their crap website.

1551 days ago
28.

Luv-Lee    

YOU PEOPLE REALLY NEED TO BACK OFF MS. KATHERINE JACKSON!!! She is obviously being taken advantage of by this guy Howard Mann. He is the one you should be angry at. Not Ms. Katherine.



She is almost 80 years old and she is Michael's mother for God's sake!! Show this woman a little more respect!! Obviously she doesn't understand that she is hurting the estate. Ms. Katherine never meant Michael any harm and you people should know that.



Well Michael knows that which is the most important thing. Not what you people think with your intrusive opinions about something that has nothing to do with you. Let the estate lawyers deal with it. You all should just fall back.

1551 days ago
29.

janicebyrne    

Michael trusted his mother to always do the right thing but it seems that she's getting pressure from Old Joe and her other children, to do the wrong thing. Why can't Janet step in and stop all this?? Janet is the only one who wants little or nothing to do with her family and maybe has Michael's interests close to her heart. The MJ estate, executors and lwayers MUST stop Katherine from going any further. She's now 80 and maybe she's not in the best of health (physical, mental and emotional) to deal with things. The interests of Michael's three children MUST come first...at all times.

1551 days ago
30.

Princess Jackson    

I don't need your sources to tell me that the Jacksons are talking each other in to profiting for themselves. That's common knowledge. They are money hungry leeches. They probably have Michael's wallet in a golden case. They are all disgusting.

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