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Tito, Marlon and Jackie Jackson

We Got Screwed

Over Thriller Jackets

11/15/2011 5:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Three of Michael Jackson's brothers -- Marlon, Jackie, and Tito (left to right) -- have filed a lawsuit against a guy who they say duped them into signing 1,000 replicas of the famous Michael Jackson "Thriller" and "Beat It" jackets.

According to a new lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- the 3 bros were promised $100,000 each for their signatures on replicas of the iconic, red, leather jackets that MJ wore in his "Thriller" and "Beat It" videos.

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The brothers claim Steeve Bohbot and the other defendants were supposed to pay as soon as the ink was dry, but they allegedly changed the deal and said they would pay when the jackets were delivered to Amazon.com for sale.

According to the suit, Bohbot claimed there was a problem with delivery to Amazon, but the brothers say it was just a lie.

Bohbot's lawyer had no comment.

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61.

Dymonize    

That's what they get for trying to capitalize on something they had no part and can claim no responsibility for. Michael Jackson was the genius behind Thriller, not the Jackson Company, Inc.

981 days ago
62.

Jen    

They also got hit with the ugly stick and their daddy's fists, are we going to have to read about that next?

981 days ago
63.

jim     

The Jackson Family The Most Pathetic Family in America . DO YOU HAVE NO SHAME???????????????????????

981 days ago
64.

DRECAZ    

How can this be a limited edition of 1,000 jackets when the Amazon site has it as a limited edition run of 500. TMZ or Steeve Bohbot needs to get their story right.

981 days ago
65.

Me    

Always trying to make a buck off their brother. GET A JOB and make your own money and support your families. Damn.

981 days ago
66.

Pegasus    

I figured this would happen: Notice that it says that Prince is doing this as a favor for his Uncles! Of course, the losers are still trying to live off of Michael through his children just like the rest of the family. They cannot cut it on their own - except for Janet. See article:

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Prince Jackson steps into public spotlightBy Alan Duke, CNN
updated 10:35 AM EST, Thu November 10, 2011
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
Prince Jackson shows support for his uncles with jacket endorsement
The "Thriller" and "Beat It" replicas are "nice to wear to events," Prince says
Michael Jackson's oldest son wants to be an actor
Although rich from his father's estate, Prince wants to earn his own money, lawyer says
Los Angeles (CNN) -- Michael Jackson's oldest son, Prince, takes another step into the public eye this week with his first commercial endorsement.

Prince Jackson, 14, revealed in an interview that while he can't sing or dance like his father, he wants to be a television and movie actor. He has previously said he wanted to be a director.

While some Jackson fans may object, saying Prince Jackson is too young to be involved in an endorsement, the lawyer for grandmother Katherine Jackson said steps are being taken to "make sure that going forward everything with the children is done by the book."

Prince isn't doing it for the money, but as a favor for his uncles, the four surviving original members of the Jackson 5 group that featured his father.

None of the marketing materials for the jackets includes Prince's name or image, but he did join Jackie, Marlon and Tito Jackson recently when they autographed 1,000 replicas of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" and "Thriller" leather jackets. Jermaine Jackson also signed the jackets, which go on sale Thursday through Amazon.com.

The J5 Collection, which is based on the styles of the Jackson 5, will introduce Michael Jackson's style "to a new generation," Prince Jackson told CNN.

Jermaine Jackson: Murray is a liar He might wear them to "dress up parties," he said. "It's not casual, but it's nice to wear to events."

Prince Jackson, who's about 5-foot-10, is showing signs of a young man who is ready to make his own mark on the world.

Jackson's three children -- Prince, Paris and Blanket -- were famously sheltered from public view until their father's death on June 25th, 2009. It wasn't until the pop icon's memorial service that the world got a close look at them.

Paris, now 13, spoke for her brothers then, saying her "daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine."

Prince Jackson spoke up on the Grammys stage in February 2010 when he accepted his father's lifetime achievement award.

"To all his songs, his message was simple, love," then-12-year-old Prince said. "We will continue to spread his message and help the world."

Since then, Prince talked briefly to Oprah Winfrey when she visited his home last year to interview grandparents Joe and Katherine Jackson.

Prince also walked a red carpet and answered a few questions from reporters during a recent trip to Germany to accept an award to his father.

He smiled broadly and appeared confident on stage at the tribute show to his father in Wales last month when he introduced Beyonce's song.

Prince said he's hoping to travel with Jackie, Tito and Marlon Jackson when they perform shows in Japan next month. The plan is to have Prince introduce his uncles on stage, Marlon Jackson said.

Perry Sanders, the lawyer for Katherine Jackson, said Prince has indicated he is determined to make his own money, even though he will inherit many millions from his father's estate.

Taking care to make the right decisions about what deals to accept and what to reject is crucial to protecting his brand as the eldest son of the King of Pop, he said.

His uncles asked Prince to support the "Thriller" and "Beat It" jacket sales, a line that is authorized by the executors of the Michael Jackson estate.

"These limited quantity collector's items are exact replicas of the iconic originals and were created by the original designer of the jackets," according to a news release.

Michael Jackson debuted the red "Beat It" and red and black "Thriller" jackets, designed by Marc Laurent, in 1983. The Jackson brothers signed 500 of each jacket, which will sell for $2,350.

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No One is the least bit interested in the Brothers nor their signatures on anything! They are exploiting Prince Michael and Michael himself trying to make money for themselves. As always, the family is still trying to live off of Michael rather than trying to get their own lives and earn a living. And true to nature - they are using the kids to promote their ideas and exploit them! With the exception of Janet who can hold her own! The rest of the family just leeches off of Michaal in life and now in death.

981 days ago
67.

Criss    

At least Michael's not around to see how much his family is trying to capitalize on his name since he died.

981 days ago
68.

Just Reading    

Who buys that type of stuff? And be honest...the brother's signatures, on a jacket from an iconic video they had nothing to do with...not worth the cost of the jacket bought at a swap meet.

981 days ago
69.

Kelly    

This is despicable, I can't believe the trustee's let this exploitation go on

981 days ago
70.

Criss    

I just hope his kids don't grow up following their money grubbing example!

981 days ago
71.

bluzzone    

I see all the buzzards in the Jackson family are still hovering over their dead slot machine brother.Getting as much as they can.

981 days ago
72.

Johnny    

So they thought they were getting $1000 each per signature? About $60...00 a minute? Wouldn't the fact that THEY ARE NOBODIES be a sign to them that the deal was A JOKE? MJ left them NOTHING in his final will and testament. I wonder why?

981 days ago
73.

i'm a lawyer!    

the worst part of mj's death is that brought his family back into the limelight... although nobody cares about them.

981 days ago
74.

Criss    

As far as I can tell, Rebbie and Janet are the only adult members of the family who shouldn't be ashamed of themselves. Maybe Katherine to a lesser extent.

981 days ago
75.

Criss    

I wonder how many people realize that if it hadn't been for Michael, this family would've most likely been forgotten about since the early 70s. His brothers might've had some success with Jermaine as the singer, which was the original plan, but nothing like this!

981 days ago
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