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Michael Jackson's Dad

Smells Bad in MJ Perfume War

6/9/2011 11:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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A company that owns the rights to license all things Michael Jackson is going after MJ's dad, Joe -- indirectly -- claiming he's involved in a business deal that shamelessly exploits his dead son.

TMZ broke the story ... Joe Jackson was pushing the new "Jackson" scent line at the Cannes Film Festival last month on behalf of a company called Julian Rouas Paris. But according to a new lawsuit, J.R.P. never obtained permission to use Michael's name and image in connection with the product.

Now, Bravado International is asking a federal court in Los Angeles to force Julian Rouas Paris to immediately strip anything MJ-related from their smelly product line ASAP.

Bravado is also seeking $750 for each time MJ's name and likeness were used on a product PLUS three times the amount of profits they've made on the scents PLUS more than $150k in damages.

A rep for Bravado tells TMZ, "Michael Jackson's talent made his name one of the most valuable in the history of entertainment, and no person acting on behalf of the estate gave Mr. Rouas oral or written consent to exploit it."

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Marie    

I don't think Joe Jackson used his late son Michael's name and likeness in the design of his perfumes. Jackson is Joe's last name and the crown is not a copyright of Michael Jackson and last time I checked the term Neverland belongs to the Peter Pan brand.

1142 days ago
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Nhia T    

I have been working with Mr. jackson for a while now and I must say he is the most humble person out there. He was very very upset when he heard that Mr. Julian Rouas put Michaels picture on the perfume. Something he did not want. Mr. Jackson is a Great person...He has more respect towards the fans than most actors towards their own fans. No matter how long the line, he makes sure that the last person is not left standing. He does not sit down and eat till everyone at the table is sat and has started eating. Katherine and Joe are very very humble. I think its how he looks and also what people have heard about him...Don't believe the hype. He is a good person.

1142 days ago
18.

TMZ dont like me    

Everytime TMZ shows that picture of Papa Joe, I LOL. He looks like a ghetto Don Corleone with that pimp suit on, gesturing like that, LOL....

1142 days ago
19.

TMZ dont like me    

Oh, yeah and one more thing. @ Caligirl, the only normal one in the family is actually Rebbie. She never got pushed or felt the need to get into show business like her other siblings...

1142 days ago
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Nhia T    

Joe is 83 years old. He is very sharp as well.Any questions or comments, he fires back with something funny but at the same time...a wise answer. Mr. J has no hatred towards the "haters" just like here on TMZ. I did notice that TMZ are haters of Mr. J and that should be turned around. He might have pushed his kids too far in the music world...but where would they be without him? We would have never seen Michael Jackson or Janet Jackson. Mr. J is a very humble person and thus what other people say negative about him...I have changed my perspective when I found out what a true gentleman this person was. Since he is now a friend to my husband and I , I don't regret turning our business relationship into a friendship. His kids and grandkids still love him and we witnessed that first hand....Katherine even gave him a beautiful kiss before we headed back here to las vegas. Their relationship is still strong despite what other people say.

1142 days ago
21.

mj fan forever    

BRAVADO INTERNATIONAL HAS TOTALLY RIGHT, JOE IS AMONG THOSE WHICH EXPLOITS MICHAEL'S NAME JUST LIKE KATHERINE WHO EVEN EXPLOITS HIS CHILDREN PUSHING THEM ON TV AND UNDER THE SPOTLIGHTS, TRYING TO CONVINCE THEM THEY HAVE TO FOLLOW AND TO BE MENTORED (?????!!!!) BY THE SPOILED SMITH'S KIDS WHICH ARE ALSO EXPLOITED BY THEIR FATHER ALL THE TIME, GOING AGAINST ALL MICHAEL'S WISHES AND IF HE HAD KNOWN ALL THIS, HOW GREEDY SHE IS, WOULD NEVER LEFT HIS CHILDREN WITH HER, BECAUSE, AT THE OPPOSITE OF JOE AND KATHERINE, MICHAEL LOVED AND ADORED HIS CHILDREN AND HAS ALWAYS DONE EVERYTHING IN HIS POWER TO PROTECT THEM AND THEIR PRIVACY!!! JOE AND KATHERINE HAVE NO LIMIT TO THE THIRST OF MONEY!!! EVER MORE MONEY!!! THE WORST PARENTS EVER!!! THEY SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES!!! SO BRAVADO IS DOING THE MOST RIGHT THING AGAINST JOE!!!

1142 days ago
22.

Sally    

He is a liar, abuser, and thief - he should not benefit anything from MJ.

1142 days ago
24.

Nhia T    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j7fDIFVhqs

1142 days ago
25.

BEVERLY    

EVEN DEAD, HIS NAME WILL NEVER HAVE PEACE AS LONG AS JOE CAN USE IT AS MARKETABLE AND MAKE A BUCK. YES, JOE WAS THE FIRST TO HAVE JACKSON BEHIND HIS NAME, BUT MICHAEL IS STILL BEING USED BY HIM TO SUPPORT HIS HABIT......HIMSELF!!!!!!

1142 days ago
26.

JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

It's his son for cripes sakes, if anyone deserves his estate's money it's the Katherine, Joe and the kids first and foremost. Since when is a father not entitled to utilize his own dead son's image?

For those with short memories, the Jacksons would be just another poor black family were it not for Joe and his decades of work teaching his children how to exploit their talents.

1142 days ago
27.

G     

Oh please do you guys really think Joe thought his last name would sell if it wasn't for Michael he knows exactly what he is doing. The only reason jackson would sell is b/c ppl think its associated with MJ also during the motown days they lost the right to use the name The Jackson 5 b/c they sign a contract and therefore became The Jacksons. So yes using MJs likeness is not legally allow even if they are his parents it's call business. They should have never used their last name to market themselves.

1142 days ago
28.

kayla    

why cant they leave michael jackson alone? let him rest in pease.they ealk abou him more now then when he was alive. let it go!!!!!!!

1142 days ago
29.

gossipgirl86    

Really Reba the oldest sis is the only normal one in this family of crazies!

1142 days ago
30.

dprice    

Stop it with the all caps...that chit is hard on the eyes

1142 days ago
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