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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 ...

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46.

Fred Thompson    

Michael was right not to leave her any money. She is a money-grubbing leech trying to profit from the death of her own son.

252 days ago
47.

Tracy    

Michael is rolling over in his grave.

252 days ago
48.

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

All the MJ lovers on TMZ are probably hyperventilating to get their hands on this.

252 days ago
49.

anya2u    

They're going to try to milk him for money for as long as there are people foolish enough to allow them to.

252 days ago
50.

Timmy Boy    

If the Kardashians have their own show, why can't machaels mom make a do***entary?

Shameful? really TMZ?

And why does Michaels Family need Permission from the State? now that'st shameful from the greedy lawyers.

252 days ago
51.

anya2u    

If she had any decency left she'd concentrate on protecting those kids, especially from the old man and his vision for the youngest.

252 days ago
52.

Kali    

...Prince Michael looks like Scott Disick.

252 days ago
53.

be real    

this fmaily remindsme fo the kardshians- one lame as z fmaily living off one f*cked individual.. oh well kim f*cked a jackson as well too...

between kardshians and this family- H* SIT DOWN>>>>>> neva seen a thirstier bunch of leeches in my life living offone person- lazy asz won't go work for themselves... GEESH!!!

i see why janet ran AWAY!!!!

252 days ago
54.

phil osopher    

First of all, for someone who didn't even graduate from high school, her writing skills rival those of her lawyer, Robert, "I'm your pimp" Shapiro. All I have heard since Michael has died is the amazing amount of money the estate has now earned because he is not spending money.

How about saying, "We've put together a nice tribute to Michael we want to share with you"

Don't be such a money whore, because your kids and Joe are trying to scam money in the name of this film that MIGHT or MIGHT NOT see the light of day. Are you guys sure you're not gypsy's?

252 days ago
55.

Marnie    

Feeling bad for these kids. They should be left to cherish their memories and love for their father in private. When they are older they can make decisions on what they want to share with fans and the public. Until they are older, this is simply exploitation.

252 days ago
56.

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

That is so bad I thought I was watching an SNL spoof.

252 days ago
57.

Margirlj    

"The Estate will continue to release only the highest quality finished..." Joke. Michael album, and songs Cascio will say. Only the Estate can "Explore" Michael Jackson! Kkkk
Estate are as greedy as others.

252 days ago
58.

Stevie    

This woman is a Narcissist and to use his children as a means to try and get money for a project that we all know is to gain cash for the second appeal against AEG. I wish she would allow Michael to R I P. and his children to grow up OUT of the SPOTLIGHT since he spent so much of his time trying to protect them from it. This family really is the epitome of DYSFUNCTIONAL and I thought mine was bad.

252 days ago
59.

Margirlj    

What's wrong with Katherine make a do***entary. This does not change anything. Estate allowed Murray do***entary. Leave Katherine alone.

252 days ago
60.

CremeBrulee    

Katherine Jackson Presents "Remembering Our Paycheck"

252 days ago
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