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Katherine Jackson

Michael Jackson Documentary

Money Grab?

12/18/2013 11:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Michael Jackson's mom SAYS she's doing a heartfelt documentary about her son's life ... but the reality is ... it seems to be a shameful money grab.

Katherine Jackson has announced she wants to do the documentary, but needs the fans to send her money to pay for the licensing of Michael's image and music.  Translation -- she's insinuating the big bad Michael Jackson Estate is being coldhearted and greedy by charging Michael's family.

Here's the reality ... Howard Weitzman, the lawyer for the Estate, tells TMZ NO ONE from the Jackson family has contacted him or anyone else from the Estate asking for permission to use MJ's image and music.  Weitzman wants to make it clear ... "The Estate would never ask Michael's fans to contribute their money to finance any speculative project."

Katherine is using a website to solicit donations and is offering MJ merchandise as bait.   FYI, the license for merchandising is held by Bravado, so Katherine can't do that without permission.


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If Katherine makes the documentary, the people it will likely hurt are Michael's kids.  That's because THEY are the ultimate beneficiaries of the Estate, and if the Estate does an MJ documentary in the future (which is almost certain), it will probably be devalued by anything Katherine does.

And it still gets worse ... Katherine and company have enlisted the help of Blanket, Paris and Prince to solicit funds from fans.  It's pretty clear -- they don't understand the implications of helping her out.

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It's a safe bet the Estate will not give Katherine permission.  Weitzman says, "The Estate will continue to release only the highest quality finished, professional projects showcasing the genius and humanity of Michael such as the 'This is It' film and the 2 very successful shows with Cirque du Soleil."

So the bottom line -- if the Estate doesn't give permission to use MJ's music and image, the documentary won't get made.  So what happens to the money the fans contribute?  Well Katherine is using a website to solicit donations that allows her to keep all funds even if the project isn't made.  So guess who ends up with the loot?

So we gotta ask ...

149 COMMENTS

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31.

spock    

where's michael got his right hand at in the pic?? down his pants the way he's crouching.

275 days ago
32.

Nobrows    

Blanket sounds a bit thick

275 days ago
33.

BigKahuna    

The only smart thing MJ did was amend his will so his parasitic siblings and parents don't have access to his estate. I envision a lot of money hungry people related to him.

275 days ago
34.

Troi    

Didn't think I could be anymore surprised by a Jackson, but KATHERINE????? There is plenty and enough money for Michael's heirs,....GEEZ!!! For goodness sake, let Michael rest,....leave him be. It's bad enough Michaels's brothers and Latoya have been for years, trying to rip off the Michael Jackson Estate,....they want to put their money grubbing hands on those millions. GD Katherine,...your boy is dead, leve him be,....of all the vultures, never thought MAMA would try and f**k Michael's kids over,.....AND Joe Jackson???? What a slimeball....

275 days ago
35.

hank hill    

Next they might dig him up and put his bones in a fancy glass display case. They will take it on tour to state fairs and carnivals.

275 days ago
36.

Scout    

This family just never ceases to disgust me.

275 days ago
37.

FUT THE SHUCK UP    

Another day, another new LOW for Katherine Jackson. No news here.

275 days ago
38.

Majestik    

Well, if the REAL fans of Micheal Jackson have been paying attention they'd know damn well that anything Katherine or the rest of that family attempt will not be approved. They already tried to release a coffee table book of memories of Micheal with family pictures six months after he died and the Estate put the kibosh on that. Anyone that's fool enough to put money to this project, ESPECIALLY with the disclaimer that Katherine keeps the dough, even if it doesn't go through, deserves to get ripped off.

275 days ago
39.

FUT THE SHUCK UP    

PLEASE Fans, I KNOW that you are working two jobs and scraping just to barely survive, but I need several $million more this year to feel truly comfortable. My son gave you good music, no PLEASE help out his old GREEDY SKANK MOTHER!

275 days ago
40.

mj fan forever    

It's only a shameful disgusting money-grab as always and of course all the money will end up in the pockets of greedy unnatural mother Katherine and her family of leeches!!! I'm just DISGUSTED!!! She dared to use and exploit once again Michael Jackson's beloved children to put on another of her disgusting scams!!! And her worthy hubby buddy of scams Joe even wants to put Blanket directly in his clutches!!!! Hoping the Estate will intervene on this too!!! The children have no idea of how this bunch of leeches are exploiting them!!! I can't believe this is happening!!! Michael would be horrified and surely would never ever leave his beloved children to a greedy unnatural mother and manipulative, and maybe he would leave also her out of his will as she would deserve, like her worthy hubby buddy of scams Joe, and would deserve to loose the co-guardianship so she couldn't manage the children's allowance anymore!!! These two bastards are still incredibly alive, they should just rot in hell where they belong!!!!

275 days ago
41.

FUT THE SHUCK UP    

That kid has a serious unibrow... wonder who his dad is.

275 days ago
42.

Wow ...    

Ms. Jackson, if you read these comments (highly unlikely) but I beg of you to stop the madness. Let Michael RIP. He would NOT want you asking HIS fans for money.

275 days ago
43.

Tom Liebengood    

Pathetic--they should be ashamed. Katherine must be so greedy!

275 days ago
44.

wornoutmama    

She should be ashamed of herself.

275 days ago
45.

Big Momma    

I guess the GREEDY, GREEDY family has been on the michael payroll so long, the fools dont know any better. Please. Nobody support any of this. You would think that the reversal of fortune fianciql from michaels death would be enough. Guess katharine isnt the submissive, mild momma michael does desparately wanted. For shame.

275 days ago
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