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Michael Jackson Estate Threatened with Lawsuit

6/24/2010 2:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The co-author of a new book on Michael Jackson has threatened to sue the Michael Jackson estate for allegedly trying to discredit the book.

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Howard Mann
(center, along with Katherine and two others) -- a businessman who has made money on nude online gambling and nude wrestling -- hooked up with Katherine Jackson to create a coffee table book called "Never Can Say Goodbye." 

Estate lawyer Howard Weitzman told TMZ earlier this week, Mann had no right "to exploit any estate assets" and would take "whatever action is necessary to prevent him from unlawfully profiting."

Mann's attorney now tells TMZ, "The comments by the lawyers for the Estate of Michael Jackson are designed to create fear and ambiguity and may impede our ability to maximize the profits that Vintage Pop (the publisher) and the beneficiaries of the Estate are entitled to enjoy.  These actions are torturous interference and will NOT be accepted and will result [in] litigation to recover the damages against our company."

Weitzman tells TMZ, "The estate will continue to protect its assets when appropriate," adding, "If Mr. Mann or his attorney want to communicate with me, they can contact me directly."

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1.

SantaFeJack    

Mr. Mann is just using this opportunity to get publicity for his book. A very old ploy.

1520 days ago
2.

Angela    

God rest his soul. I believe that Michael is better off where he is at. Never trust people that smile too much.

1520 days ago
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Trish    

TMZ, what happened to the other picture? That was classic. LOL

1520 days ago
4.

Horndog    

Who are the other two people in the photo? Nice tie and Bluetooth device on Howard, by the way.

1520 days ago
5.

Phreaky    

More people trying to stick their hands in a dead man's bank account.
Sickening.
Weitzman is the man.

1520 days ago
6.

mjfan212    

THE MEDIA TOOK M.J OUT NOW THERE GUNNING FOR THE FAMILY I WONT FALL FOR IT TWICE THE JACKSONS ARE NORMAL PPL WHO HAVE PROBLEMS IF THEY LET YOU DOWN WHO CARES YOUR THE ONE WHO PUT THEM ON A PEDAL STOOL NOT THEM I LOVE THE JACKSONS R.I.P M.J

1520 days ago
7.

MJDiana    

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1520 days ago
8.

Trish    

TMZ... Bring back the other picture.

1520 days ago
9.

susie    

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I love you Michael.

1520 days ago
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tmz@frog.cc    

Nude online gambling -- what a classy guy!

1520 days ago
11.

jj    

This is only to distract the attention from Mann's intention to profit from Michael Jackson's unreleased tracks. "Look what they do to Katherine" - as if Weitzmann had said anything about her book! Of course the estate has all the rights to stop Mann from profiting from the unreleased tracks!

1520 days ago
12.

CloBird    

How ignorant.Mann,as a businessman,should know better.He should already know that he does not own intellectual property rights to any of Michael Jackson's belongings that he bought.Katherine should be equally aware that EVERYTHING must go through the estate and be okayed by them as well.

1520 days ago
13.

Jodi    

All of MJ's family sickens me with all of the money they are trying to make from his name after he is gone. For heaven sake....go and find yourself jobs and support yourselves !!!!!!!

1520 days ago
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Observer999    

Um... TMZ, it's "tortious interference", not "torturous"... as in a 'tort' or legal wrong. I heard a rumour that there was a lawyer on TMZ's staff... hmmm



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tortious_interference/

1520 days ago
15.

Marie    

2. God rest his soul. I believe that Michael is better off where he is at. Never trust people that smile too much.
Posted at 11:01 AM on Jun 24, 2010 by Angela



Even after MJ died people are still trying to make money off of him.Katherine Jackson should be ashamed of herself for allowing people to exploit her son's legacy.

1520 days ago
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