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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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i usually don't comment on this but i have sat and read all the stuff people have said on here and other news regarding the jacksons. a lot of you change your opinion one day to the next. first yes i do feel that some people in that family only want the kids around for money that is just my opinion. second i don't know why people think that janet can just come in a take these kids from her mom, she like michael would never do anything to her katherine. to me her plan is to just be the loving aunt and be the level headed on in all this madness. when michael died i said this from the beginning those kids should not go to katherine. i am not saying that because of her age but the fact that everyone knows that they can talk her into anything, which is a known fact.

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Eileen Gatti    

Nobody has ever accused her of being an acute business woman. The Jackson family has remained naieve to a fault and seems to surround themselves with questionable people and criminals like Joe Jackson (the father). When will this woman wake up?

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This family would be broke again even if each member were given a billion dollars. They all need to back off and let the executers take care of all the business issues. This woman is so stupid she will blow all the kids money with her husband and leave them all as broke as they were 2 years ago.

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katherine, will never leave joe if she were going to do that she would have done many many yrs ago!!! it is what it is and everyone has to accept the fact that is what she has chose for herself.right or wrong. i truly wish her the best as i am sure she is very torn in all her decisions she makes with the responsibility she has been left with to raise michaels children. my prayers go out to her!!! sue from tampa

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The kids need to go to school, socialize with other children and go on to college. It's the only chance they'll have at independence and self-esteem. Otherwise, they will be forever at the mercy of lawyers, executors and uncles like Randy and Jermaine.

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@9 Nelli, well said.

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Does anyone know if KJ should talk with the estate lawyers before making these types of decisions? It appears she has no rights when it comes to anything regarding MJ.

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Katherine is 80 yrs old she did leave Joe they have been living apart in different states for years. Getting a divorce is a whole different ball game for women of that generation, and a women with 9 kids leaving her husband would have left her open to ridicule. She is no different then any other woman of her generation, heck a lot of women that age stayed with their husbands even though they knew there husband was gay. So think of the times when you judge her.

1551 days ago

Alice(from Romania)    

@Andie i made this video 2 days ago...but i think you have not seen it...:)
L.O.V.E and Miss MJ

1551 days ago

Just sayn    

Often times people with excess money and time have very little

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Plenty of women left bad situations as well in those years. My grandmother did the same thing: stayed with an abusive, controlling husband b/c she thought that's what you're supposed to do.

What can't be ignored is the damage that is caused. The problem is, even when she had the means and support of MJ in the 80's, she would not leave Joe. As a result, the negativity and dysfunction seemed to continue and we're continuing to see it now.

Don't forget, Katherine was the one talked into pressuring MJ into the Victory tour, and that Korean concert debacle that resulted in a big lawsuit. I'm sure she loved MJ, but she did play a part in all that - knowing full well he didn't want to do any of it.

Joe's influence will likely continue, as it has for years, especially with some of the brothers... the idea that money/fame is the goal, and anything that's done to get it is justified and can be covered up by staged photo-ops and wishy-washy press statements.

I feel badly for what MJ had to contend with all those years - all that manipulation from "family" and "friends" with no truly consistent support. They won't get any more of my $, and that's really the only statement fans or members of the public can make.

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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.

Con Artist Mann keep wishing on a star. Nobody in the music industry will touch, smell or listen to not even one track of MJ music. Sony & the Estate OWN MJ!!!


Hey Dummy, you should have went to the ESTATE/SONY and cut a deal with them not Mrs. and Mr. Jackson!!!!


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59. Often times people with excess money and time have very little

Posted at 8:58 AM on Jun 22, 2010 by Just sayn

I could not AGREE WITH YOU MORE!!!!

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Well I say thank God women have come a long way baby. I'm glad I wasn't born back in the day I know I would have been divorced if treated badly especially if my husband made a baby with someone else.

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Raven, people seem to want Janet to come and take the kids, my thoughts on that is that Michael would have put her as guardian if that's what he had wanted. He loved his sister very much, but her choice in men hasn't been the best both husbands were extremely strung out on drugs (heroin and cocaine), therefore I think Michael knew what he was doing when he left Diana as second in charge.

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