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MJ Estate Furious Over Unauthorized Documentary

6/24/2010 5:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Jackson's estate is lashing out at the people behind a new MJ documentary set to debut in Japan tomorrow -- claiming fans are being duped into believing the flick was authorized by Team MJ.

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The estate has released a scathing statement claiming that Flamingo Features is promoting the movie in a way that is misleading MJ's fans into believing the film -- shot by former MJ confidante Marc Schaffel -- was properly authorized.

The estate also makes it clear it doesn't endorse the flick and none of the profits will benefit MJ's children. They also note that the movie is not allowed to contain any of Michael's music.

Schaffel doesn't appear to be bothered -- the above photo was taken moments ago at the movie premiere in Tokyo ... where Schaffel took the stage and told fans Katherine Jackson sent along her best wishes.

Tuesday, we shot video of Schaffel and Debbie Rowe boarding a plane to Tokyo.

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billiejean    

so that's why fat a.zz debbie rowe and this lard a.zz went to japan? and everyone thinks the jacksons are bad???

1490 days ago
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awards    

What about the kids????

1490 days ago
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billiejean    

yes can someone please think of the kids!!!!!!!!!!!!

1490 days ago
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Raychil    

I don't like this Shaffel guy but the Estate is getting to be annoying. They do nothing to commemorate the anniversary of his death but spend the week lashing out at others who are trying to do something. Good grief.



I haven't heard them say one word about an Halperin who is putting that doc on TVGuide and he alleges Michael was gay. What about attacking this guy, Estate?

1490 days ago
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AnthonyS    

The whole lot of them are terrible, not just his family. The only thing on anyone's mind who had even a remote connection to this man is looking for ways to cash in. Hell, I bet even Bubbles will end up with a cease and desist letter from estate when he tries to sell his life story to a tabloid tv show.

1490 days ago
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billiejean    

5. The whole lot of them are terrible, not just his family. The only thing on anyone's mind who had even a remote connection to this man is looking for ways to cash in. Hell, I bet even Bubbles will end up with a cease and desist letter from estate when he tries to sell his life story to a tabloid tv show.



Posted at 1:31 PM on Jun 24, 2010 by AnthonyS



lmao that wouldn't surprise me at all

1490 days ago
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billiejean    

4. I don't like this Shaffel guy but the Estate is getting to be annoying. They do nothing to commemorate the anniversary of his death but spend the week lashing out at others who are trying to do something. Good grief.




I haven't heard them say one word about an Halperin who is putting that doc on TVGuide and he alleges Michael was gay. What about attacking this guy, Estate?



Posted at 1:30 PM on Jun 24, 2010 by Raychil



~it's all about $$$$$~

1490 days ago
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DP    

Who new Captain Keith from the Deadliest Catch was such an MJ fan!

1490 days ago
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MichaelJACKSON    

I say START SUING! Jacksons need to either contest the Will or refrain from using MJ's image/likeness. For those who may not understand why estate is "interfering" these "Tributes". MJ IMAGE/LIKAENESS BELONGS TO HIS ESTATE! "TRIBUTES" 7 MERCHANDISE SHOULD BE APPROVED BY ESTATE! If you ask me executers are being too mking by NOT stopping Katherine's "book", Joe's "Tribute" and this "Tribute" made by a PORN PRODUCER! These are all disgrace and have no other agenda such as paying tribute to Michael but EXPLOIT MICHAEL ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH. Estate, aren't you tired of warning these people one by one? START SUING AND START WITH JOE'S TRIBUTE & KATHERINE's "BOOK", THAT SHOULD TEACH THEM!

1490 days ago
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Keeping    

gotta love throwing Kathrine in there to try and make the whole sham that he put together legit. i also wonder if the jackson's don't mind attaching their names to these projects NOT just for $$$ but also just to piss off the estate...? I don't know...but it would be nice if the Japanese fans wouldn't be so naive into believing EVERYONE who comes forward and SAYS they were close to MJ in some way...cause let's face it. Mike had almost NOBODY who was THAT close to him towards the end.

1490 days ago
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C    

Like those non-biological (ie. white) kids need any more money...Please. Those Jacksons will do anything to make money off MJ. His father should rot.

1490 days ago
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DP    

When you guys say this thing is set to debut in Japan tomorrow, doesn't that mean today?

1490 days ago
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tmz@frog.cc    

Seems like the "estate" only cares about licensing royalties -- $$$$

1490 days ago
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nita    

The do***entary is authorized by team Jackson nobody else matters.

1490 days ago
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george clooney    

Michael Jackson was a homosexual and the homosexual community are becoming very upset with the Jackson family not only denying it but also making it seem unnatural. Hmmmm, you play in the dark and GOD will shine the light....Homosexuality is an abomination!

1490 days ago
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