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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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61.

Margirlj    

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

273 days ago
62.

Chgome    

Michael's children need a court appointed guardian. I fear for what those money hungry Jackson's will do to the kids.

273 days ago
63.

jeannie    

Germaine needs the money

273 days ago
64.

Realistic1    

Wow! There is nothing this woman won't do for money. She is a poor excuse of a mother. She makes me sick!!! Those poor kids

273 days ago
65.

mjstf    

oh dear, oh dear, oh dear!!!

Michael is watching helplessly...using the children!!!????? This is NOT WHAT I WOULD HAVE WANTED!!!!!

273 days ago
66.

porkchop    

It is starting to seem as though this woman is just as greedy to make money off of her dead son as his siblings are.

273 days ago
67.

Shiks    

Where's Tito at?

273 days ago
68.

Rose Ann    

TMZ is judging Kathryn by their own values. They are so judgmental and jumping to conclusions! If Michaels's mom wants to do a do***entary, why shouldn't she be able to do so? If she only gets a monthly amount from the Estate that won't cover the costs then she should be able to ask fans to contribute. The kids should have their say since it is about their father. Estate belongs to the kids. TMZ is making money off all this!!

273 days ago
69.

Brian    

This won't be a do***entary. A do***entary would cover the truth. This will be all fiction.

273 days ago
70.

Momma bear    

Not just no, but HELL NO!!

273 days ago
71.

aztaz50    

I think if its that important to Katherine Jackson to do then she should fund it herself. She is estimated to be worth over 50 million. I think its in extremely bad taste to ask the fans to contribute money.Plus it could be court battle as his estate owns t he rights to licensing the website that I will not repeat gives reward gifts for levels of money donated. Finally we and Katherine are all forgetting the Michael Jackson set up his will with estate trustees with how to handle his estate for his children. Obviously he was smart enough to think ahead that only his children should benefit his name and likeliness.Shame on you Katherine for not footing the cost yourself. But again you live off Michael.

273 days ago
72.

ZABOOBOO    

I think that Michael's siblings have put Katherine up to this. If a do***entary should ever be made, it shouldn't come out of the money donated by fans! It should be our gift to us for being such great fans of MJs. And I would more want to see a do***entary of the way the kids and Michael interacted and how the kids dealt with being forced into the care of people they didn't want to be around like Jermaine and Janet!

273 days ago
73.

charlotte    

Maybe Janet should come and see about her mom to make sure she is alright at her age, this is getting to be like a desperation on her part, or someone is taking advantage of her in her old age. Janet is the sane one.

273 days ago
74.

Blockboy720    

It never fails tmz loves to make black ppl look bad.

273 days ago
75.

Canada Guy    

Joe says Blanket looks just like Michael did at that age. EXCEPT...Michael was a black kid with an afro and blanket is a white kid with a pony tail.

273 days ago
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