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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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76.

Jill    

How do you sleep at night? You must spend hours with your kids plotting the pillaging of one of your kids, so the rest benefit financially. This family is so greedy it scares me and those kids aren't financially safe with their grandmother. I'm beginning to think that Joe may be the good one.

246 days ago
77.

Toilethead    

That family never did care about Wacko, just the money he made. No wonder he was so ****ed up he turned to molesting little boys.

246 days ago
78.

bgg    

"Milking Our Micheal"

246 days ago
79.

Kait    

Micheal is dead. It's about time this family needs to get their own lives.

246 days ago
80.

Onward    

You have got to be kidding me. Shameless hustling; she should be ashamed.

246 days ago
81.

JJ    

Oh brother! This coming from a so-called woman of God.
Money is not the root of all evil, the LOVE of money is the root of all evil. Maybe Mama Jackson needs to get back to scripture.

246 days ago
82.

Kooklamoo    

The monkey in the background, Bubbles, that is really weird. The positioning? And the heart between his legs?

246 days ago
83.

Majestik    

Hey, TMZ, you have a problem here. Katherine can't enlist the help of MJ's children, they are all minors. Nothing they say or do can help any "FINANCIAL" gain that this disgusting family wants to capitalize on. I feel sorry for those kids, I know damn well I wouldn't be able to say no to my grandmother and she's taking full advantage of that.

246 days ago
84.

Michelle    

Them white kids are rich enough but they dont need to be infront of any cameras

246 days ago
85.

woolly -Bear    

That kid is an F#cking ugly little long haired Createn. all three are insignificant little ****s. Especially Paris keep her locked up, she's crazier then a **** House Rat... :-p

246 days ago
86.

TeamMichaelWhitney    

The Estate of Michael Jackson has no involvement with the solicitation of funds for the completion of the purported do***entary film being promoted on the FundAnything.com internet site. The Estate would never ask Michael’s fansto contribute their money to finance any speculative project.Furthermore, the site is offering merchandise bearing the Michael Jackson name, likeness and/or trademarks which are the intellectual property of the Estate of Michael Jackson and which may be legally exploited only by the Estate and by its authorized licensees.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 two very successful shows with Cirque du Soleil (Immortal and ONE).Regards,MJOnlineThe Official Online Team of The Michael Jackson Estate™ DUMBASSES NEED TO GET YOUR **** STRAIGHT BEFORE YOU DEFY MRS. JACKSON. *******S.

246 days ago
87.

TeamMichaelWhitney    

http://mjj-online.net/statements/statement-from-the-estate-of-michael-jackson-3/

246 days ago
88.

TeamMichaelWhitney    

FYI: NEW DO***ENTARY FROM KATHERINE JACKSON:-TeamMichaelJackson has some information for you which we have from personal interaction with Mrs Jackson and her "team."http://youtu.be/M_tsmjuXXeQOn December 15th 2013 the above "sneak peak" video was posted on youtube.The video contains segments of recordings of Prince, Paris and Blanket from YEARS AGO, edited with new parts mixed in,,,, Look at how young the children look.Howard Mann had planned to release a do***entary when he released the book by Mrs Jackson “Never Can Say Goodbye” in 2010Howard Mann is using Mrs Jackson AGAIN to make money. Mrs Jackson is in this video but she IS NOT AWARE HOWARD MANN IS ASKING FANS FOR MONEY!!!The video project died before it even got off the ground, because Mann HAD NO MONEY.. He was hoping to be a MILLIONAIRE from the book sales which never happened. HE IS BROKE, SO HE IS COMING AFTER YOU!!! Using the four people we LOVE the most!!Any money you give to this project will be lining Howard Mann and his girlfriends pocket,Sonia Lowe. That was HM girlfriend running the site JacksonSecretVault was launched 2010http://youtu.be/-R9OEXEvwR4Their twitter handle at the time https://twitter.com/jacksonvaultTeamMichaelJacksonknows fans who paid for the book but did not received it!Jacksons are NOT behind this scam please do not point the finger at any of them. AVOID THIS LIKE THE PLAQUE PLEASE SHARE ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER so fans are not conned by this...If you want to know why Mrs Jackson seems to be supporting this do***entary is because..... Lowell Henry, Mrs Jacksons "manager" is given a few thousand bucks, he in turn gives Trent Jackson a cut, Trent in turn arranges for Mrs Jackson to say or do whatever is need to be done...... He will LIE to her manipulate her, tell her anything he needs to get the results.. Mrs Jackson is alone at home with Trent Jackson(her nephew, bodyguard, care provider, chauffeur) So its very easy for Trent to tell Mrs Jackson whatever **** and bull story he wants to get her to say whatever THEY wants!!!!!This is not speculation its a fact!! Evident by the recent video.UPDATE: We have confirmation from Mrs Jackson lawyer Mrs Jackson is NOT BEHIND THIS DO***ENTARY .......http://tl.gd/n_1rto1me — via "MICHAEL JACKSON DEATH CONSPIRACIES"Remembering Michael - Sneak PeekKatherine Jackson gives you a sneak peek at the new do***entary film "Remembering Michael." You can support "Remembering Michael" and help finish the film he...

246 days ago
89.

macev    

Is Katherine Jackson gonna try to go door to door and slip the do***entary in with her jehovah's witness "literature" ? You can probably get this if you wait for your doorbell to ring. "Hi would you like to see a movie about my son molesting little boys and read about jesus?"

246 days ago
90.

TeamMichaelWhitney    

Lmfao. That's NOT EVEN Katherine Jackson's signature. But NICE TRY. WELL DONE MANN. WELL DONE JACKASS.

246 days ago
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