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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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16.

oleman    

somebody put a muzzle on this whole family...who gives a crap about any of it. Were there any tickets sold? prolly not, with a headlining act lke that? C'mon, sounds trashy

1591 days ago
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Kong    

Joe Jackson beat the talent into Michael so he should be the one profiting from the estate now, not those unrelated bastard kids or Granny frogface.

1591 days ago
18.

Knockers De Clown    

The point is that he's still trying to cash in on MJ and wants to use MJ's name to do business when he was left out of the will and isn't part of the MJ trust in anyway. What a slime ball looser..

1591 days ago
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Kong    

I think I'll start an internet bulletin board for all the pubescent boys who slept with Michale Jackson over the years. That'd be a really interesting read.

1591 days ago
20.

Raychil    

Anyone can do a tribute to MJ as long as they don't use and trademark or copyrighted stuff. The Estate needs to shut up. Why aren't they going after the Apollo and all of the other tributes?




The Estate has done nothing to commemorate the anniversary. They are more interested in making money so their pockets can stay full. It's a travesty that they planned no event.



If they had any sense they would know that the public i

1591 days ago
21.

Jenny    

He's trying to make financial profit off of death of his son, this doesn't make him a bad person. What makes him a bad person is that the son specificaly requested upon death that father would not profit from the death.

1591 days ago
22.

Kong    

His will excludes Joe out of spite; Michael was full of spite. Spiteful!

1591 days ago
23.

Donna    

What a pathetic excuse for a man and father. Can he stop money grubbing long enough to make it even look like he is mourning the death of his son?

1591 days ago
24.

Jan    

Joe will ride on Michael's coattails forever. Katherine needs to get him out.

1591 days ago
25.

dd    

@4 Thank You Nita, how many nosy people are there in the world that think they can tell the family how to mourn????It's none of your damn business, Joe can mourn how he wants to.

1591 days ago
26.

Kong    

Joe rules, Katherine drools.

1591 days ago
27.

karin    

@ kong
If you don`t have anything useful to say,then just don`t say anything at all!
You`re boring....

1591 days ago
28.

B-rad    

That was the group who's music was used in "Jackie Brown"! Wasn't it?

1591 days ago
29.

nathan    

COULD SOMEONE PLEASE GET HIM A ROOM WHERE O.J. SIMPSON IS?

1591 days ago
30.

carol    

I hope the Estate stops Joe right in his tracks - time for the Estate to sue JOE and big time. Now we can see why Michael left him nothing. He deserves nothing, NADA, nothing.

1591 days ago
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