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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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HarveysMinion007    

Looking forward to the insanity.

277 days ago
92.

notalawyer    

When you have no FUTURE you live in the PAST.
OBTW if your effort fails ... send me some of that $$$.

277 days ago
93.

dee    

I really hope this is not true..............................

277 days ago
94.

Roberik 22    

Seems to me that Joe Jackson is probably somewhere behind this scheme.

277 days ago
95.

KicksandGiggles    

Well heck, of course I will send Dearest Katherine all of my money. It will be exactly 17 minutes after I obtain a uterus and give birth to Spider man's love twins.

277 days ago
96.

Me    

$60...-70k a month isn't enough for her? Never ceases to amaze me how people with nothing feel entitled to something. And don't say you are doing it for the kids - they are already set for life.

277 days ago
97.

Susan62509    

Katherine has already exposed Prince and Paris to the media so now it’s time to expose and use Blanket’s name to sell this do***entary. Katherine has no concept when it comes to human beings especially children. She proved that with her own children and continuing it with Michael's children. It's truly sad to sit back and watch 3 children get used by their grandmother for money. The do***entary is nothing but a money scam of Michael’s fans. Michael’s fans are not stupid, will not support this project, will not support Howard Mann or his girlfriend and/or business partner, Sonia Lowe. Anything Katherine does to put Michael’s children into the public will NOT be approved or supported by Michael’s fans.

276 days ago
98.

Best Mom    

I feel embarrassed for Katherine! This whole idea is tacky and tasteless. I would like to believe that grief has really taken hold of her, but it blatantly looks like greed.

276 days ago
99.

miss b    

Freddie Mercury had A Better Voice & More Talent.

276 days ago
100.

TatumMarie    

The people on this site are so disrespectful. Your stupid comments about Michael have no basis, then you have to attack witnesses as well. If you know anything about graphics you would know that the Jehovah's Witness' literature is very professional - this COVER looks like Photoshop overkill similar to the Kardashian 2013 card. There is no comparison.

276 days ago
101.

TatumMarie    

The press and media tried to bully Michael when he was alive and now they're bullying his family. I wonder what the real story is.

276 days ago
102.

Cry Baby    

George Zimmerman's painting are making tons of money. Why don't they sell some of MJ's "paintings" or "art collections" to raise funds for that??? I am sure those do not need permission from the Estate if they were left in the house with Katherine. Why do they ask for fans handout in stead? Certainly Katherine has a way to teach her children and grand children asking for handouts!!!!

276 days ago
103.

Cry Baby    

I'd rather read a George Zimmerman news that a Michael Jackson news. At the least George is not a pedophile! Killing a child (on defense) is much better than sexually abuse a child!!!!

276 days ago
104.

SUNFLOWER    

The people on this site are so disrespectful. Your stupid comments about Michael have no basis,

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Of course a rabid could see no basis for anything wrong with Michael Jackson including how he fed minors with pron and alcohol and they don't see even if MJ didn't touch them sexually, they would have been considered abuse already!!!

So look at the pencakes. Would any normal child, or family feed their children with a large piles of pencake like this? That's why the rabids are feeding on, a pile of chocolate coated pencakes - an ironic symbol of sugar coated sweet pies, and believe everything looks sweet outside regardless of digestion problem or nutrition value, just like when MJ lie to them and said "I love you more!!! like he even knew what you like to do in bed - being a hetrosexaul and all while he only like peens!!!

276 days ago
105.

scooby59    

Boy, this should be a testimony of how gullible most of us are. The Jackson have each earned more money than most of us will ever see in our entire lifetimes. There is a reason Micael set up his will the way he did - maybe he thought there would be some misappropriation of funds........we all remember Michael. We don't need to remember the anniversary of his death. He will live on. Please don't send these people any money............

276 days ago
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