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Michael Jackson's Nephew

He Handed Out $100 Bills

to Strangers

6/27/2013 1:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Michael Jackson
was foolishly generous when he was alive ... handing out $100 bills to complete strangers whenever he felt like it -- this according to his nephew.

TJ Jackson -- the co-guardian of Michael's three kids -- testified today as part of the wrongful death lawsuit against AEG, claiming MJ was "extremely generous" ... citing generosity towards his employees, as well as random handouts of $100 bills to strangers.

It's pretty crazy ... considering MJ died a financial wreck, buried in nearly insurmountable debt.

During his testimony, TJ also said MJ's daughter Paris was hit the hardest by the singer's death, saying, "The loss of my uncle has hit her at a different level ... She was daddy's little girl. My uncle was her world."

TJ said he also supports Halle Berry's efforts to block paparazzi from chasing celebrity kids -- claiming the Jackson children are often faced with rogue photogs. He said, "I think it's awful what they get away with."

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31.

Pegasus    

Michael Jackson's nephew testifies singer was humble family man
By Dana Feldman | Reuters – 36 mins ago..


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By Dana Feldman



LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michael Jackson's nephew and co-guardian to his three children testified on Thursday in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the late pop star's family that the "Thriller" singer was a humble family man who supported his family in times of need.

T.J. Jackson, 34, the son of Jackson 5 member Tito Jackson, offered a view into the private life of the King of Pop, who died at age 50 in Los Angeles in 2009 from an overdose of surgical anesthetic propofol ahead of a run of London concerts.

T.J. told jurors in a Los Angeles courtroom that Jackson supported and comforted him after his mother was murdered when he was 16.

"He kept me inspired and ambitious. He was just there for me," T.J., breaking down in tears, said.

Jackson's 83-year-old mother, Katherine, is suing privately held AEG Live, which was promoting Jackson's "This Is It" comeback concert series in London, for negligence in hiring Dr. Conrad Murray as his personal physician.

Murray was caring for the singer as he prepared for the shows and was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 for administering the propofol that killed Jackson.

T.J. is the second Jackson family member to testify in the trial. He followed Jackson's eldest son, 16-year-old Prince, who took the stand on Wednesday, four years and one day after the pop singer's death.

In morning testimony, T.J., who also serves as a co-guardian with Katherine of the singer's three children, said the pop star was so humble he never knew that Jackson was a global icon until adulthood.

"He was just extremely humble about being so famous," T.J said. "It was amazing to see the contrast of (how) the world outside (treated him)."

AEG Live has said that Jackson had prescription drug and addiction problems for years before entering into any agreement with the company and that the singer chose Murray as his physician even though they paid for Murray.

AEG Live also has said they could not have foreseen that Murray posed a danger to Jackson.

T.J. echoed Prince's testimony that Jackson's death has been hardest felt by the singer's 15-year-old daughter, Paris, who earlier this month was rushed to a hospital following an apparent suicide attempt.

"The loss of my uncle has hit her at a different level," T.J. said. "She was daddy's girl; my uncle was her world."

Jackson family attorney Brian Panish has said Paris may be called as a witness in the trial, but Jackson's youngest son, 11-year-old Prince Michael II, also known as Blanket, will not be summoned during the trial, which began in late April.

Testimony over the past two days have focused on Jackson's relationship with his children, with the family's attorneys showing home videos and photos of the pop star with his kids.

T.J. is a singer in the R&B group 3T, with two of his brothers. The story was corrected to insert dropped article "a" in the first paragraph

447 days ago
32.

carmen    

what a bunch of bull. He probably handed them out to little kids. So he could continue his weird antics. He died cause he was a drug addict and he can thank his dad for that. The way that dad pushed him as a child to be famous. He had no childhood. Then when he got older he tried to go back to what he missed. Something somewhere it went to far. He was so talented. He messed up his kids over protecting them so they wouldn't miss out on what he missed out on. Now his family is like vultures looking for scraps and once again the kids get used as pawns in this stupid blame game. Let it go. He died. Let him rest in peace. Work on the kids left behind and get them the help they need.

447 days ago
33.

Ozzie X    

I'm speechless. I will remain neutral.

447 days ago
34.

HumanNature    

MJ TRAVEL THE WORLD MANY TIME OVER, "GENEROUSLY" DONATING TO CHILDREN CHARITIES, HOSPITALS AND ORPHANAGE AROUND THE WORLD!!!!!!!


THE KING OF "ALL" MUSIC, MICHAEL JACKSON


SHAMONE!!!!!!

447 days ago
35.

baby    

well i am shocked, but was prolly his lazy freeloading brothers in disguise!

447 days ago
36.

AplMacLady    

That's because MJ was a kind person who got taken advantage of. He wasn't perfect, but he wasn't this nefarious pedo people accused him of. He was just an EASY mark, period.

447 days ago
37.

HumanNature    

considering MJ died a financial wreck, buried in nearly insurmountable debt.


WITHIN 4 YEARS, BRANCA AND MCCLAIN HAVE TURN THE ESTATE AROUND AND HAVE ALMOST COMPLETELY WHIPPED OUT ANY "DEBT"!!!!!


TRY FOCUSING ON THE "POSITIVE"!!!1


WE'RE ALL IN "DEBT"!!!!!

447 days ago
38.

Sara    

That's why they call him one of a kind tell me who else does that nowadays? Their all busy shopping and buying mansions and those useless stuff they don't have time for that.

447 days ago
39.

MiMi    

This is not anything new.


MJ donated the entire proceeds from the HISTORY tour to charity.

He had a heart of GOLD and was always thinking of others before himself.

447 days ago
40.

MiMi    

Correction; it was the Dangerous Tour.

447 days ago
41.

ultravioletrae    

this story is a case in point why we need MUCH tougher laws, restricting the media. sick to death of seeing TMZ take delight in bullying Jackson, his children, his family, friends and fans. this absolutely does not represent what happened in court today, it's all slant, for the "wacko" story line.

447 days ago
42.

Roman Moroni    

Is this the foto wer his nose melted off??

447 days ago
43.

leogirl817    

TJ, why did you have to share this unimportant, and damaging, detail about Michael? You're just making him look worse. Does anybody have any common sense in this family? My goodness.

447 days ago
44.

leogirl817    

Btw, $100 was like 10 cents for Michael Jackson. He may have been in debt, but he was not "broke" contrary to popular belief. He had a huge music catalog and continued to collect music royalties. No way was he broke. It's all misinformation.

447 days ago
45.

n    

Is doing what he did anymore foolish than a celeb "makin it rain" in a strip club..to total strangers...hipocracy TMZ

447 days ago
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