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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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31.

k    

Everything this guy touches is has a sleaze factor....He is a disgusting human being ....

1585 days ago
32.

vareader    

Imagine the whoremaster Joe making deals using his dead son gee i am really shocked

1585 days ago
33.

Outspoken    

FYI, the Chi-Lites were a very blk popular black group back in the 1970s. So, please don't dismiss them as a group of unknowns. I think you have thrown stones long enough at Joe Jackson. I have never heard until the case of Michael Jackson/blk man that a family cannot be in ctrl of another family members estate, how ludicrous!! A company full of lawyers who pay themselves quite exceedingly well at the expense of Michael's estate, and also the managing company should not have never been allowed to take any type of ctrl over Michael Jackson's estate. I'd rather see family members spend or blow his money other than outsiders. I'm just appalled at your websites comments. Joe Jackson is and will always be the father of Michael Jackson.

1585 days ago
34.

Adriana Williams    

TMZ, "a band called the Chi-Lites -- they had a couple of hits in the '70s, including "Oh Girl" and "Have You Seen Her."



The Chi Lites were a VERY popular group in the 70s and their music lives on. PLEASE DON'T TREAT THEM AS IF THEY WERE A ONE HIT WONDER, THEY WILL ALWAYS HAVE THEIR PLACE IN MOTOWN HISTORY

1585 days ago
35.

Carl    

If anyone ever wonders how Michael got so screwed up, all they have to do is look at daddy!

1585 days ago
36.

Outspoken    

These comments sound really dumb. Only family members should be entitled to Michael Jackson's estate. What is wrong w/you ppl? Joe Jackson has every right to go at it tooth and nail, and I hope he gets the dogs like the attys and so-called managing company off the will. That was so unfair. Michael was a very confused person whom I feel sorry for, who didn't know how to fit in. It's obvious he was uncomfortable in the skin he was in by adopting Caucasian kids when there are so many blk children of lack. He even put his family down, and that is supposed to be okay? Why don't you naysayers find attys and a management co. to put in your will. You all sound stupid. The majority of these comments are off the hook. You go Joe Jackson!! Get the money that is entitled to you from your late son.

1585 days ago
37.

mi    

Who cares. He's allowed to do a tribute to his son if he wants to. ass holes.

1585 days ago
38.

Barb.A.    

When two people have a child it is their responsibility to provide food, cloths, education, and a roof over the child's head and to love them, nothing more.



If parents choose to do more by ushering the child down a certain path they do that for love, well most of the time anyway.



When said child is of age and goes down his/her own path or a path his/her parents guided them down, it is the child's choice, not anyone else. There for the child owes no one anything unless he/she chooses to.



So in MJ's case his parents provided for him as a child and when he became a legal adult he owed his parents nothing. He can choose to share his wealth but he is not obligated to do so.

1585 days ago
39.

Maeve    

Joe is s***. A person without scruples or conscience. Cheating and manipulating his wife to do things that they both know are not legal or ethically correct. In his will, MJ left his s***bag dad out for a reason. The reason wasn't so he could coerce Katherine to turn over money he isn't supposed to have. Joe knows the rules of that will including who and how memorials should be planned. Joe isn't having a memorial for MJ because he respected him or loved him. He is doing this to skim off as much money as he can get. It is all about the money. He is s***. Karma will get him.

1585 days ago
40.

Firefly    

http://www.grassfire.net/r.asp?U=29128&RID=24967384



This is a clear violation of our labor laws!

1585 days ago
41.

Rlg    

It would appear the only way Joe Jackson can make a living is off of Michael. Joe is a leech and even though Katherine has so much money (again from Michael) she's right in the middle of things trying to get more. Michael must be turning over in his grave with how his parents are behaving. All I can say is it is dusgusting! No wonder Michael didn't want to have anything to do with Joe. He knew what the man is capable of.....enough is enough!!

1585 days ago
42.

dd    

The Chi-Lites were a huge crossover group..don't trivialize their talent. If Joe hired them to work so damn what a lot of promoters hire them they still tour!

1585 days ago
43.

Horndog    

As I've said before - Jackson family values - the gift that keeps on giving.

1585 days ago
44.

dd    

Were you critics there "authorizing" the Jacksons on how to conceive their son, no you weren't. Michael lived the life he wanted and spent his money the way he wanted. Everybody was criticizing him for that they even did do***entaries on how he spent his money. He left Katherine what he left her just because some of you cheap people would want your elderly parents to "get a job" like some of you state..Michael didn't want that. Stop worrying about his money IT"S NOT YOURS the kids are set for life.

1585 days ago
45.

Elizabeth    

Joe is "pulling the strings?" well......ummmm........DUH!!!!

1585 days ago
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