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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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31.

Fuck Celebrities    

ALL the people mentioned in this story are s***bags capitalizing on a corpse.

1521 days ago
32.

I want ya back!    

I'm sure Mrs Jackson would always intend to do anything that is needed for her family. As for this Mr Mann - sounds to me as though he needs a good spanking!!!!

1521 days ago
33.

ToTheResponsible    

Because he "failed to pay the storage bill"???? HTFH is that Joe Jackson's responsibility??? he doesn't even have access to the estate, so how is he meant to pay the bill! I really dont think the s*** running MJ's estate will let these songs go out like that, these men practically run LA, i'm sure they have the 270 songs safely tucked away to reap the rewards of MJ's legacy for the rest of there lives.



Leave Katherine Jackson alone.



And TMZ could we have a break from this endless negative scandal surrounding MJ this week... could we just remember the man who fuelled your shonky "news" business all his life! Give the fans a break and give the people who dont care a break too! Sheesh! Overkill !

1521 days ago
34.

Criss    

It's kinda odd. As talented and succesful as Janet is, if it weren't for Michael, the whole family would've faded into obscurity decades ago.

1521 days ago
35.

scoobie    

GIVE US A BREAK. 4 stores about MJ and his family on Page 1 here. And just about 4 stores on Page 1 every day for the last year. Guess his 1st year anniversary of his death is now or just past. Thank goodness! Can we stop reading about that every day. PLEASE

1521 days ago
36.

weloveyoumj    

katherine jackson loves MONEY!!!

1521 days ago
37.

T    

Really, no one cares anymore about stupid Michael Jackson and his family. Enough already! BORING!

1521 days ago
38.

Susan62509    

1. MJ (the estate) paid for his own funeral including the clothes and limo's for family. MJ (estate) paid part, AEG the other part of MJ's memorial.
2. Branca & McClaim each get 5% from MJ's businesses. Katherine & the children each receive 40% from the estate. Do the math.
3. Branca wasn't MJ's attorney throughout the years. MJ had 12 different legal companies and a boatload of misfits for managers throughout his years.
4. The judge permitted Katherine to contest MJ's Will, but her attorney Streisand advised against pursuing it so she dropped the case.
5. The State of Calif. Attorney Generals office will monitor the charities when the charities are established from MJ's Trust. The charities will be the last decision made by the estate prior to closing out the estate with the court.
Thank goodness the estate is making decisions for the life and legacy of the children. The children don't need to be associated with porno producers, nor does Jehovah Witness Katherine. If the JW's protested about Thriller, then what do they think of Katherine's porno team? These liberal porno men can do what they want, but I wouldn't invite them into my home to meet my children.



When Katherine has access to the legal intelligence of the estate and Streisand, why does she continue to listen to Joe? She owes him nothing, zero, nada. Lock the front door, hang up the phone, sign the divorce papers to end her emotional abuse.



1521 days ago
39.

billiejean    

FOR ALL U HATERS THAT ALWAYS COMPLAIN ABOUT TOO MUCH MJ STORIES.....



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1521 days ago
40.

Raejean    

Someone other than family (like a probate judge who is gonna bring it home to her somehow?) needs to help Ms. Katherine understand that she does not have the authority to market these things, that she does not represent the estate, and that she might end up in serious hot water regarding whatever influence she has with the estate representatives if she keeps allowing Joe and Jermaine and Randy (or whomever else wants a piece of the pie) to sway her into selling things outside and independently of the official process. Clearly, these are potential moneymaking propositions and not the same as selling her memoirs or an interview, where the "property" is more clearly intellectual and her personal ownership unquestionable.

1521 days ago
41.

kathy    

GOD BLESS KATHERINE!
I am sure you have divine protections!



A must read "One Of The Most Shameful Episodes In Journalistic History": by Charles Thomson, writer for the Huffington Post
Please everyone Goggle this article!

1521 days ago
42.

Raejean    

I'm also glad that the estate is officially charged to make the decisions. Yes,they're supposed to get paid for it, just like MJ's creditors were supposed to get paid for their goods and services; it's what happens in the real world. It isn't like a family that expects you to support them all, even in death.



They were "hired" to "manage" this. What is people's problem with that fact?



The more of MJ's interests, likeness, recordings, rights, etc., money the representatives can safeguard for those three children, the better.



People are reluctant to criticize his mother because of her position as the guardian of the kids and as the one person in his birth family he unquestionably revered. When she goes, or becomes unable to supervise the care of the children any longer, things are going to change rapidly in a way that exposes more of the scheming.

1521 days ago
43.

myrna tyrna    

Has anyone paid any serious attention to Katherine's mental state through all this? She's not a young woman, she may have medical issues of her own, and for all anyone knows, this could be a case of elder abuse.

1521 days ago
44.

keisha    

If Katherine is listening to others in the family she needs to stop and think why they are doing it. She also needs to really investigate this guy Howard Mann especially if does online nude gambling which is of the devil and not of God. This don't sound like Katherine doing this especially if she believes in God. She should know that getting involved with someone who is this sorry and evil will only back fire in her face. He is out to make money off of her and somehow is going to stiff her and Michaels kids. Michael would not approve of this business deal because of what this idiot does online nude gambling. If the estate is trying to protect Michael's kids and Katherine than I hope they sue this idiot and get the music he has of Michael's back now before he makes anything off of it. If any of the family is involved with this idiot besides Katherine than may the estate lawyers go after them to for tricking Katherine into this mess.

1521 days ago
45.

sue    

michael you will always be in my heart, rest in peace my friend!! prince , paris and blanket stay strong!!!! GOD will be by your side at this time of sorrow a year later!!!!stop throwing stones at this man and his family, he was a human being that left this earth way to soon!!! a little compassion goes along way people!!!!rip mj- sue from tampa

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