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Joe Jackson Linked to Unauthorized MJ Memorial

6/24/2010 1:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The Michael Jackson estate and others have been asking ... who's behind an unauthorized MJ memorial set to go down Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton -- now, there's a smoking gun pointed at Joe Jackson.

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As we previously reported, the bash is being thrown by a website called VoicePlate.com -- but no one could identify the person responsible for pulling the strings. It's also unclear who convinced Katherine Jackson to record that awkward, scripted promotional video for the tribute.

But now -- a clue ... and it all has to do with the featured entertainment at the MJ tribute  ... a band called the Chi-Lites -- they had a couple of hits in the '70s, including "Oh Girl" and "Have You Seen Her."

If you recall, just days after MJ died ... Joe Jackson shamelessly held a news conference to introduce his new business partner, Marshall Thompson ... a member of the Chi-Lites.

Think it's coincidence that the band got a brand new gig ... at an MJ event?

Didn't think so.

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mjfanalways    

Michael i love you more.i miss you and always will.wish you were here so we the fans could see you smile again.love and hugs Michael.

1393 days ago
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Jeansgeans    

Who else did they think it would be?!?!
He will profit off it some way.

1393 days ago
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sue    

Michael we all miss you !!! its all for L.O.V.E.sue from tampa

1393 days ago
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nita    

So what thats his son!

1393 days ago
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Vincent    

FU Joe... your son may have been kinda wierd but at least he had a human side to him(kinda)... I hope gets killed and rots in hell he has done nothing but try to ride the coattails of his son. Even after his sons death he is still trying to make a buck. What a ****ing loser. Did I say I hope he would die. Just checking.

1393 days ago
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lawrence1202    

The Michael Jackson estate is pretty valuable. A lot like the jobs Reuters is sending overseas. Unfortunately, Reuters is also refusing to negotiate fair wages with their employees. for more information go to ReutersExposed.com

1393 days ago
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XxDonnyxX    

Why couldn't he have died?

1393 days ago
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Artrina    

Shocking! Joe Jackson trying to make $$ ALL FOR HIMSELF in a way NOT authorized by MJ's estate... shocking, I tell you, shocking!

1393 days ago
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CaliWriter    

When the hell are the lawyers for the estate gonna serve this ass with a court order to stop his bs and more so when is the media gonna stop giving him 2 mins to spout his crazy s**t enough already. He didn't make Michael, Michael made himself without an ounce of help from this whackadoo

1393 days ago
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sue    

well i have to say and i think everyone would agree that joe jackson is certainly persistent in his quests for the all mighty dollar!!! it really is kind of sad. rip mj- sue from tampa

1393 days ago
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electriczipper    

does anyone realize that "tell me have you seen her" was one of the first actual rap songs ...mc hammer did it ..I learned that useless fact in high school

1393 days ago
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mjfan212    

OOOOO OK JOE CANT HAVE A EVENT FOR HIS SON BUT EVERY ONE ELSE COULD GET REAL IF HES DOING IT FOR MONEY SO WHAT WHO IN THE HELL CARES I JUST WANT DR.DEATH LOCKED UP JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL R.I.P MJ

1393 days ago
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mjfan212    

AND ALSO PPL LIKE TO SAY IT WILL TAKE AWAY FROM THE KIDS I DNT THINK THIS EVENT WILL TAKE TO MUCH AWAY ITS THE MEDIA THAT TOOK MJ DOWN NOW THEY WANT THE FAMILY AS WELL MJ IS GONE ON I DONT THINK HE WOULD MIND IF EVERY ONE ON EARTH HAVE A PARTY FOR HIM WRONG REASON OR RIGHT R.I.P MJ

1393 days ago
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Prancy    

Can't we just let these stories go. ENough already. Remember the man out of respect on the anniversary of his death and stop all the stories about his so called family.

1393 days ago
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sue    

in that case then the event that joe puts on would be a wonderful tribute to mj, so lets just see if he is going to let everyone in for FREE!!! now that would be the right thing to do!!! rip mj- sue from tampa

1393 days ago
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