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Katherine Jackson's Secret Contract

11/12/2010 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Katherine Jackson has been bitterly complaining the Michael Jackson Estate is not giving her enough money, and now we know what she's done to supplement her income in a big way.

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TMZ has obtained a contract Katherine signed with Vintage Pop Media (VPM), the company that owns tens of thousands of photos, videos and other MJ items.  Under the deal -- which is not sanctioned by the MJ Estate -- Katherine agreed to participate in the production of "The Katherine Jackson Story," some sort of MJ documentary set to music.  Katherine also agreed to pen the book that was just released, "Never Can Say Goodbye."

In return for her work, VPM -- owned by her controversial business partner Howard Mann -- agreed to pay Katherine 25% of the net profits with a minimum monthly guarantee of $10,000-a-month.  But here's what's really interesting ... there's no end date for the $10-grand-a-month, so if you read the contract literally, VPM agrees to pay Katherine at least $10k-a-month for the rest of her life.

And get this.  The contract also says Katherine has the legal right to "forever bind" Michael's kids, Prince, Paris and Blanket.  According to sources familiar with the MJ Estate, Katherine does not have the power to contractually bind Michael's kids.

Katherine is already raking in $26,000-a-month from the MJ Estate, but she's complaining she wants more.  Looks like she found it.

Howard Mann tells TMZ, "This is one of several agreements with Mrs. Jackson. This was a starting point in our relationship."


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196.

nan    

mjuls
thanks very informative and very sad...
i wonder why someone didnt ask mj if he had informed diana ross of his intentions in the event of his death., when he was signing that will...
that in itself seems strange that he would put her down , not having spoken to her in some time..
i am not suprised that he put branca in charge of his estate cause i think taht was smartbut i wonder if he was somewhat incapacitated to include d ross and not have informed her
i have a child and i made sure everybody knew what i was doing when she was younger

how old do u have to be to become emancipated i wonder?
if the oldest did that could he take custody of his siblings.probably not i suppose..
it too bad because i feel joe jackson is exploiting them using k to do so..
it is sad that murray could walk on this becasue i view this as a murder and cover up.
i think it is more then people behind the scenes taking care of murray so they dont have to pay out on an insurance policy.

tsig
i agree with u about janet. i saw her interview with robon somebody or other when her number ones came out and i thought she was exploiting her brothers death for her own gain...made me sick and she continues to do so by calling him a drug addict.
she fashioned her whole music career on his and even rhythm nation dance moves were his and she asked if she could use them. he said yes because she was his little sister and he loved her..

1394 days ago
197.

Siggisis    

Thanks again, mjuls. Very informative.

1394 days ago
198.

sofi    

Mjuls

If you are still around,could you please tell me if the $500 million dollar saga is true?

Looking forward to your answer and thankyou for responding to my questions.

1393 days ago
199.

sofi    

Mjuls,i am sorry,i meant $5oo million DEBT SAGA.

1393 days ago
200.

FlowerPower    

@Mjuls

Thanks very much for your reply, really appreciated that you took time for answering our questions. I hope estate will sort out this VPN issue as soon as possible.
To me it was always clear that Katherine didn't do this to exploit herself but Michael and his children on the side too!

1393 days ago
201.

sofi    

Mjuls
please allow me to ask you the following:

1)Where did the $500 MILLION DOLLAR DEBT SAGA come from?

2)In some articles i've read that aside from the propofol that 4 more drugs were found in Michael's body while in others there 2 more drugs found.Which is true?

3)What was Dieter Weisner's role in Michael's life? He wasn't a business partner so could he be a member of Michael's staff at Neverland? What made me wonder is the fact that he appeared on entertainment tonight and said that a paranoid under the influence of drugs Michael called him and told him (the german) that he was afraid of his and his children's lives.

4)Grace R,i don't remember her last name was working at MJJ productions,did Michael also pay her to look after his children when he was too busy and that's why she kept saying she was his children's nanny?

Mjuls i hope i am not tiring you.Last but not least isn't it possible that on a person to person level that Michael and Debbie reached some agreement over the custody of their children?

1393 days ago
202.

Roseilicious     

Thank you, Mjuls.

As to:

"It is highly unusual for a parent(s) to formally nominate someone to serve as a potential guardian to their minor children without having informed the presumptive guardian of their intentions. More often than not (in California) a supplementary written instrument is executed between the parties restating (for purposes of the court) the parental wishes and the presumptive guardian’s acknowledgment and acceptance of the designation should the need arise. There is no known record of Mr. Jackson having extended such overtures to Katherine Jackson or Diana Ross on file with the court. We know Mr. Jackson never approached Diana Ross about serving as guardian to his children (as noted above), and in July 2009 during the temporary guardianship hearing Katherine Jackson’s attorneys told the court they were “certain there is legal paperwork naming Katherine as ‘the custodial non-parent’ in the event of Michael's death." No such paperwork ever materialized."

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This comes across as seriously LAME. "Yeeaahhh whatever, it's around here somewhere...", and never materializes. (That attitude doesn't even fly with me, of my own children, if they attempt to pull that with me..lol... suffice it to say, flies like a lead balloon that I put up with this attitude from any one I am PAYING for 'professional' services, let alone of this type of magnitude.) ... but, the court's okay with this... is that right.


SO, Branca/Firm nor MJ ever formally notified either KJ or Diana Ross.. lol.


Is this to imply that Branca's firm didn't TELL MJ that these 2 women were to be 'formally' notified, so he didn't know to get this done?... OR, imply that he/they told him but he expected them, PAID he/them, to do the job he PAID them to do including this 'formal' notification/paperwork and follow through with it, but HE/THEY simply did not. Yanno... 7 yrs = not enough time.


Really? Even attorneys of that "high" a caliber need that high a level of babysitting? Hunh. Seems I read somewhere that MJ already figured that out, hence FIRING Branca back when he DID find out about Branca's "conflict of interest" in repping him AND Sony...er... that obviously, MJ wasn't SUPPOSED to find out about.

Branca. NOW, so happens, co-executor of his (MJ's) estate. By MJ's appointment.

Mmmm'k.

Sincerely, no offense intended, mjuls... but, should I dare ask you to post your personal opinion of Branca et al's standard of professional ethics?? I know you state that you are not affiliated with the MJ estate, but being that it would be asking you to post a critique of a fellow member of your profession especially one so high profile....

I'll leave it up to you to decide if you'd like to respond... how's that. lol

[Out of time for now, but will be back later to pose a question to you about the Murray segment of your response... ]

1392 days ago
203.

get it right    

@Mjuls

Wait. You're talking about the wrongful death suit she has against AEG, right?? Cuz if you are then, SETTLEMENT lawyers, and not CRIMINAL attorneys??? Same "grandma" that said when HER SON was up on charges of child molestation said, "If YOUR kid was molested, wouldn't YOU go straight to the police and prosecute, and NOT be about MONEY??" and here SHE is ABOUT THE MONEY AND NOT CRIMINAL CONVICTION.

PUKE!!!

1392 days ago
204.

nan    

i think the estate will shut down katherine venture after the holidays.. i don't think they want to be portrayed as picking on mj mom when that album comes out either..
i think she is making a mistake with those people and deals.. i dont like michaels kids signing belts and being on oprah...but ...
what i really dont like is her saying joe didnt beat mj.
mj said he did , the other kids have said it too..
when someone abuses you mentally , physically or sexually and u tell your mom , she should listen and not disregard your feelings, even if she loves the person who did it.
never mind sitting there watching it happen..

to have someone treat u like that and have your own mother marginalize how you felt about all the while promoting a book about you and using your kids to get on oprah, shows a pattern of lack of true respect or understanding of of how these things effected your child growing up imo.

michael was introspective , perhaps his parents are not..

i dont doubt that mj an k loved each other and he respected her but respect should be a two way street..
latoya talks about laying on the bathroom floor for hours after joe beat her because her report card said she was shy.such a common occurrence that her siblings stepped over her silently to use the bathroom.
people seem to want to paint joe as a strict disciplinarian that kept his kids out of jail..

i think he was a selfish tyrant..

i dont think mj3 wanted to talk to oprah at all but they made the best of it for their grandparents.
i dont think they should have been put in that position..
all oprah touched on was the tabloid fodder anyway ..
the masks..
mj was going to take their masks off and bring them on stage in england..he just wanted to give them some normalcy...
. i can see y he did it after the really cruel remarks people make .
since when did mj owe the paparazzi a picture anyway.

homeschooling..
mj was not the only person to home school.most of the kids in the national spelling bee are too.
he showed them the world which is a wonderful education just like the jolie/pitt family does...so i dont think any of the stuff he was doing was that different then other wealthy celebrity parents..
j lo kids are going to model for gucci. that is the other extreme.nobody is talking her down for it..
the allegations..
focus should have been on his vindication instead of the allegations.
not one word about the humanitarian work , but the plastic surgery came up...
i never would have let her in michaels house..

also..i cant think of any time hearing that michael wanted his family involved in any of his financial stuff when he was alive .i doubt he would start with his will.jmo

1392 days ago
205.

bunny    

Finally found time to watch the interview and I agree with you fully, Nan. You could see on Prince's face that doing that interview was abhorrent to him. They're certainly classy kids....had a good upbringing.......shame they've had to end up at Hayvenhurst.

1391 days ago
206.

nan    

bunny!!
havent seen u on tmz in a bit. it is nice to see u.
yes i thought they were polite and poised , but they did not defer to her.
i loved how blanket wiped his nose/outh with his hand and then shook hers .i think it looked done on purpose and he looked so much like mj it warmed my heart to see the merriment in his face when he did that

1391 days ago
207.

bunny    

Howdy Nan!!! I've missed you all. Everyone ok?

1391 days ago
208.

mjuls    

In reply to: SOFI Posted at 5:43 AM on Nov 29, 2010

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Hi Sofi, herein I have addressed your questions to the best of my ability.


Q - Where did the $500 MILLION DOLLAR DEBT SAGA come from?

A - The $500 million dollar debt figure is based on multiple loans totaling $378 million dollars which had been taken out by Mr Jackson during the last ten years of his life and remained outstanding at the time of his death. Plus an additional $114 million dollars in estimated claims to be paid out to approved creditors by the estate during the probate process. The actual (estimated) total is $492 million. (NOTE: These numbers are fluid and will change as the estate renegotiates interests rates and repayment schedules. Final numbers will not be available until the conclusion of the probate process.)


Q - In some articles i've read that aside from the propofol that 4 more drugs were found in Michael's body while in others there 2 more drugs found. Which is true?

A - Any drugs in Mr. Jackson’s system at the time of death have been annotated by the Medical Examiner and are reflected in the Autopsy report.


Q - What was Dieter Weisner's role in Michael's life? He wasn't a business partner so could he be a member of Michael's staff at Neverland? What made me wonder is the fact that he appeared on entertainment tonight and said that a paranoid under the influence of drugs Michael called him and told him (the german) that he was afraid of his and his children's lives.

A - I am not fully capable of answering your question(s) regarding the role of Dieter Weisner in Mr. Jackson’s life at this time. I can tell you that over the last year I have (lawfully) gathered copies of every available legal do***ent and court transcript pertaining to Mr. Jackson from 1993 forward. (As you can imagine there are thousands of pages to sift through and I have not yet had the opportunity to review each component.) However, among the do***ents is a transcript of a 2003 deposition Mr. Jackson sat for in which he refers to Dieter Weisner as his “Manager.”


Q - Grace R,i don't remember her last name was working at MJJ productions,did Michael also pay her to look after his children when he was too busy and that's why she kept saying she was his children's nanny?

A - I’m sure Grace Rwaramba and all other long-term household employees (directly employed by Mr. Jackson and not via a service agency) were technically employees of MJJ Productions (or one of Mr. Jackson’s other businesses.) That just makes sense from a business standpoint for liability, tax and insurance purposes. As to the details of Ms. Rwaramba’s work history with Mr. Jackson and the various positions she may have held, I do not have that information.


Q - Last but not least isn't it possible that on a person to person level that Michael and Debbie reached some agreement over the custody of their children?

A - Anything is possible, however, I do not think it’s probable. Given the level of animosity reflected in later court transcripts between the parties I do not believe Mr. Jackson would have reached any agreement(s) with Debbie Rowe without having them in writing.

Be well,

Mjuls, Esq.


**DISCLAIMER: The information expressed is not intended to substitute for professional legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship. You should accept legal advice only from a licensed legal professional with whom you have an attorney-client relationship.

As a matter of record I state I am in no way affiliated with the Estate of Michael Jackson.

1390 days ago
209.

mjuls    

In reply to: Roseilicious Posted at 6:11 AM on Nov 30, 2010

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Roseilicious, I fully concur with your observation regarding the information I posted stating “in July 2009 during the temporary guardianship hearing Katherine Jackson’s attorneys told the court they were ‘certain there is legal paperwork naming Katherine as ‘the custodial non-parent’ in the event of Michael's death.’ No such paperwork ever materialized." But understand this was a stall-tactic by the attorneys for Katherine Jackson in their efforts to have the court grant temporary guardianship to Katherine Jackson immediately following Mr. Jackson’s death. Remember (from a legal standpoint) there was much chaos at the time. On the Monday after Mr. Jackson’s death Katherine Jackson filed petitions to be named temporary guardian of the children and to be named executor of Mr. Jackson’s estate and holdings claiming Mr. Jackson died intestate. (“Intestate” is legalese for a person who has died without ever having made a will.) We know the latter is untrue and the former bought Katherine Jackson the time necessary to negotiate a custody agreement with Debbie Rowe outside the courts.

For the attorneys involved in drafting Mr. Jackson’s will to have informed Katherine Jackson or Ms. Ross that Mr. Jackson had named them (as guardians to his minor children) in his will would have been a breach of attorney-client privilege. As attorneys we may not disclose the contents of anyone’s estate planning instruments to a third-party until after death occurs. (Mr. Jackson of course was free to share any information with whomever he wanted.) Unless Mr. Jackson commissioned his attorneys to draw up a separate instrument to be signed by the parties naming Katherine Jackson and/or Ms. Ross guardians in the event he were to die or become disabled the onus would have been on Mr. Jackson personally to notify any person(s) at his discretion.

I take no offense to your query asking my opinion of Mr. Branca’s professional ethics and I very much appreciate your thoughtful acknowledgment that Mr. Branca is a fellow member of the Bar. I have no problem sharing my evaluation of Mr. Branca’s conduct and my perspective on the Jackson-Branca relationship. Although based on your post, and because of erroneous and (what I believe to be) misunderstood information I have seen posted on this and other Michael Jackson fans sites about the relationship, I believe it would be more beneficial (for everyone) if I asked you exactly what your concerns are about Mr. Branca and his relationship with Mr. Jackson, thereby allowing me to address specifics.

Thank you, Roseilicious, I look forward to receiving your questions about Conrad Murray and our continued discourse.


Be well,

Mjuls, Esq.


**DISCLAIMER: The information expressed is not intended to substitute for professional legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship. You should accept legal advice only from a licensed legal professional with whom you have an attorney-client relationship.

As a matter of record I state I am in no way affiliated with the Estate of Michael Jackson.

1390 days ago
210.

Roseilicious     

Again, good morning to you Mjuls, and thank you for your time and effort in responding.

[he/they = Branca, et al, of his legal firm]

Breach of Attorney/Client, unless MJ formally requested that he/they drew up the 'notification' to KJ/Diana, for him. I understand that. What I am a bit cloudy on, is DID MJ request they draw up said instrument, and they did not? Or didn't he/they tell MJ of how this works (ie. as you have, with in your post.)

MJ had the presence of mind to film, of his own accord, ALL of his interviews with Bashir - as we had seen, AFTER Bashir's 'version' of "Living With Michael Jackson" - hence, lending to the idea that MJ knew to "CYA"... he wouldn't have the same acuity concerning his Will (??) - of all things - in, "CYA"ing (yes, I'm known to sometimes make up my own words, and euphemisms. lol) as he had in the Bashir debacle?

**sigh**

In the "MJ/cash cow" interview -
Part of MJ's Deposition in '05 - Shaffel Case he comes across as "no clue", and "I have other people handle that", pertaining to finances.


THIS MJ Will drawn up in '02.

Bashir "Living with MJ" was 5/02 - 1/03. (Mind you, in which MJ directly contradicts himself in acknowledgment of KNOWS who Blanket's mother is, and in fact had a relationship with her... then, a 180 of does NOT know her, let alone had a 'relationship' with her. Furthermore, LMP stating that SHE had no clue who "that" MJ was in the Bashir interviews, as IHO he was higher than a kite. Do with that opinion, what you will, right. Pffttt.)

Fires Branca in '03 - (based upon MJ's "Branca Conspiracy" grounds.)

Deposition of "no clue of his finance handlers/handling" in '05.

Then, rehires Branca after Davis LeGrand's investigation of Branca's conclusion of "Branca is not guilty of conspiracy", which his investigation was ordered by Mesereau, not MJ. As far as I understand it... (please address this incorrect information, if your information on that event differs.)

Trying to get a CLEAR fix on WHERE MJ is/was on this "Map" of of this horrendous mess of many avenues .... is incredibly difficult most of the time. One minute, "Ok... CLEAR." Next, it's "HUH?"... I sincerely thank you for your time and effort that you invest in the answering the legalities end of posted inquiries.

Finally (running out of time for now), as to:


"Although based on your post, and because of erroneous and (what I believe to be) misunderstood information I have seen posted on this and other Michael Jackson fans sites about the relationship, I believe it would be more beneficial (for everyone) if I asked you exactly what your concerns are about Mr. Branca and his relationship with Mr. Jackson, thereby allowing me to address specifics."

Here is a link to a site that I am currently, as time allows, attempting to get through in it's entirety. My asking of your your opinion, was in much the same venue as asked in this article:

Mesereau's thoughts on John Branca ... however, NOT written BY Mesereau, but fantastic compilation of research none the less.


Literally, having no clue (I have not been here but for a very short time comparatively, so perhaps you have disclosed this about yourself previously and I am simply unaware of it?) what field of law you practice, nor your personal nor professional opinion of said any 'characters' in this ever evolving plot in the MJ Story (so to speak).

I am merely curious, and interested, mjuls; however, LOVE (lol) your (I respectfully, and yes, humorously - non-offense whatsoever intended - expected this "lawyer in you" response) need for me to expound on my reasons of curiosity, and interest of your personal and professional opinion concerning Branca, before you will consider disclosing.

Now, shall I dare ask what they are concerning the rest of each of the 'cast'...? Daunting, mjuls. lol

As to Murray: I will be back later this afternoon/evening (hopefully! if not, then eventually, right. Whew.) to specifically address that part of your previous response (which WAS my original agenda this morning, be that as it may), as that of right this minute am once again out of the time I can afford to spend in the - as I dub it sometimes - "The MJ Vortex", this morning. (lol... forgive me.)


I wish you well, in return. :o)

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