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Katherine Jackson Tentatively Sidelined In Lawsuit Against Her Late Son’s Estate. 18-04-'17
Michael Jackson‘s mother cannot intervene as a plaintiff in a lawsuit brought against her late son’s estate by four people who maintain they had interests in a company the singer created before his 2009 death, a judge tentatively ruled Tuesday.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Linfield is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday before issuing a final ruling on Katherine Jackson’s motion.
Lawyers for the Jackson estate maintain the estate owns 100 percent of the Michael Jackson Co. because the singer was the sole owner when he was alive.
However, in her court papers, the 86-year-old Jackson family matriarch agrees with the other claimants that she has a 10 percent interest in the entity. She says the executors, John Branca and John McClain, “failed to properly apprise her” of the proceedings.
“Mrs. Jackson has a right to intervene in this action to protect her 10 percent ownership interest in TMJC,” her lawyer, Ryan Baker, stated in his court papers. “Any resolution of this matter without Mrs. Jackson’s participation will impair her ability to protect her ownership interest in the TMJC.”
Baker further argued that his client was not able to try to become a plaintiff in the case earlier because she was only recently informed about the proceedings. Baker’s court papers do not identify who told her about the case other than to state it was not the executors.
Attorneys for Qadree El-Amin, Broderick Morris, Raymone Bain and Adean King maintain that their clients collectively own about 15 percent of the company under a 3 a.m. deal Jackson made with them in a Tokyo hotel room on June 1, 2006.
The four claimants say it was Jackson’s idea to form the company and that he reserved 75 ownership for himself; 10 percent each for his mother and Bain, his general manager; and 1.68 percent each for El-Amin, Morris and King.
Judge Maria Stratton heard testimony in the claimants’ case during a non-jury, probate court trial that began in late 2015. She ruled March 27 that the Jackson estate owns 100 percent of TMJC.
The quartet’s lawsuit, which was separate from the probate action, was put on hold pending the outcome of the probate court proceedings. In his tentative ruling, Linfield said the civil case will remain stayed for now and that a status conference is scheduled before him on May 25.
The lawsuit was filed in May 2013 by El-Amin and Morris. Bain and King joined the case as plaintiffs later.
King worked at the time for Bain, who testified in a sworn declaration that she met Michael Jackson through tennis star Serena Williams. El-Amin was the manager of the R&B vocal group Boyz II Men, and Morris was the chief operating officer of Positive Productions Inc., a Japan-based company that promoted concerts and other events in that country.
The four maintain they tried to help the singer recharge his career through public appearances, performing on tour and making more music.
Source: My News LA / Billie Jean
Michael Jackson’s Lawyers Claim IRS’ Witness Perjured Himself In Tax Trial. 18-04-'17
It’s been called the billion-dollar tax trial of the century — and it’s getting rocked by new revelations from Michael Jackson’s estate involving Whitney Houston.
In a new court filing obtained by the Daily News, Jackson estate lawyers claim the IRS’ star witness in its ongoing bid to collect hundreds of millions of dollars from the "Thriller" singer's heirs admittedly perjured himself on the witness stand during a trial last February.
They argue financial expert Weston Anson lied about his lucrative government gig valuing Houston’s estate and that his alleged perjury not only torpedoed his personal credibility, but the government’s entire case.
“The IRS' case depends upon Mr. Anson,” the filing obtained by The News said.
“Mr. Anson is the IRS's sole expert witness in this case, who has testified regarding his purported opinion of the fair market value of” the King of Pop’s posthumous prospects, the newly filed petition said.
The estate argues there’s no objective evidence to support the IRS’ valuations — such as its claim Jackson’s name and likeness were worth $161 million when he died in June 2009 — other than “the testimony of an admitted perjurer.”
In its own valuations, the estate estimates Jackson’s name and likeness were worth about $3 million when he died from an overdose of the surgery strength anesthetic propofol.
Using snippets of courtroom transcripts, estate lawyers argue in their petition that Anson himself admitted he lied when asked point-blank on the witness stand whether he already had a contract with the IRS involving Houston.
“Mr. Anson, you were asked if you were retained by the Internal Revenue Service for the Whitney Houston matter, and you said no. That wasn't a correct and honest response, was it?” estate lawyer Howard Weitzman asked under cross examination, according to the transcript.
“The answer is that's correct. It was not an honest response,” Anson replied.
Anson testified he was told by his lawyer “to reveal nothing about IRS tax affairs” because it might “result in a felony.”
He was referring to a law that prohibits IRS employees from disclosing confidential tax return information to third parties.
In their petition asking to have Anson’s testimony tossed, Jackson’s estate lawyers say Anson simply should have refused to answer pointed questions about Houston’s estate rather than make unequivocal — and false — statements that he “never” worked for the IRS and “absolutely” had no connection to Houston’s estate.
Taxpayers are suing the IRS over that huge hack, of course.
Elsewhere in their filing, estate lawyers claim Anson made misleading public statements about his valuation of Jackson’s estate.
They claim he suggested during a “webinar” that the estate was worth an estimated $1 billion and that an email sent from his company also used the eye-popping figure.
In his testimony, Anson called the $1 billion assessment “outrageous” and said he didn’t authorize the email. He claimed he prefaced his webinar reference to the “billion dollar case” with the statement, “what is known as.”
Attempts to reach Anson were not immediately successful Tuesday.
For its part, the IRS has asked that the court seal the portions of Anson’s testimony related to Houston’s valuation.
“Recognizing that the effective operation of our tax system hinges on the willingness of taxpayers to voluntarily provide the government with highly confidential information, Congress has taken steps to ensure that confidentiality,” the IRS said in its March 24 filing asking for the protective order.
The judge has yet to rule on the latest requests and could take more than a year to make his final decision in the case, experts said.
Source: Daily News / Billie Jean
Arno Bani’s Photo On Show In South Of France. 15-04-'17
The 32nd edition of the International Festival of fashion and photography is taking place in the southern city of France Hyeres. The event will take place the Noailles Villa from April 27 to May 1.
However, the exhibitions will run until May 28.
Arno Bani will also show 4 large portraits of Michael Jackson taken from the 1999 photo shoot.
Michael Jackson picture were taken in Paris in July 1999 by French photographer Arno Bani. The pictures, which are to be published in October 2010 worldwide, were supposed to have illustrated his 2001 'Invincible' album but the record company finally used other shots for the album cover.
Jackson is wearing a shiny Yves Saint-Laurent dinner suit and has blue make-up on one eye.
More information here.
Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean
Recently Added To my Collection. 14-04-'17
HIStory Nr.3 (Devoted Magazine)
HIStory is an English quarterly magazine dedicated to Michael Jackson, edited by Captain EO Productions.
This magazine was released in Februari 1996 in France and has nice colour glossy 36 pages in A4 format, it includes 4 big glossy colour posters.
HIStory magazine invites you to discover a constant variety of exclusive news of the King of Pop. In every magazine report and exclusive photographs of Michael Jackson.
Here are the highlights of the magazine:
- Short takes: latest information about Michael.
- Collector's chronicle: many new things are being released.
HIStory in the making.
- Breakdown: Michael rehearsing for cable channel HBO..
- Adventures of a MJ mini fan club: Michael in Phantasialand (Brühl).
- Interview: Siedah Garrett.
- The King of video: 'The Way You Make Me Feel'.
- Did you know that about Michael.
- Present: VHS cover of Michael Talks To Oprah.
The Maxi shop: items are discussed.
- The dance: the choreography of 'Remember The Time'.
- Call Hector: collectors are discussed.
My magazine is printed in France.
Publisher: Captain EO Productions
Publishing Director: Julien Derain
Editor: Laurent Hopman
Artistic Director: Christophe Boulmé
Guide price: 15 €
Go and see my collection
Source: Billie Jean
Could There Be A Michael Jackson X Supreme Collaboration In The Works? 14-04-'17
It hasn’t been confirmed officially yet but a collaboration between "Supreme" and the Michael Jackson Estate may be coming soon. While a few pieces have apparently surfaced on Instagram, only time will tell if Michael Jackson will officially in a limited collection at supreme. So “TBC” has to be put on this news!
If the news is true, Jackson would join the likes of Morrissey, Muhammad Ali, Kate Moss and other celebrities who have been immortalized by the New York City skate brand.
Supreme could be releasing a Michael Jackson collection, The tee design should be in black/white and have a small box logo on the back of the neck.
Source: High Snobiety / MJ Vibe / Billie Jean
Sandy Gallin Managed MJ Hospitalized With Blood Cancer. 13-04-'17
Sandy Gallin -- who repped the likes of Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Cher, Richard Pryor, Barbra Streisand, Whoopi Goldberg, Neil Diamond, Donny and Marie, and many, many others -- is fighting for his life at an L.A. hospital after his cancer came back.
We've learned Gallin has been at UCLA Medical Center in ICU after suffering a relapse of multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer.
As 2 of his close friends told us, "It looks really bad."
Over the last few days, close friends including Calvin Klein, Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Geffen and many others visited Sandy in the hospital.
Sandy became one of the top Hollywood managers and, with best friend David Geffen, helped run a political machine for the Democratic Party, raising millions for various candidates and causes. Gallin, who is gay, was a big force in gay rights legislation.
The 76-year-old segued into real estate decades ago, and made untold millions buying, rehabbing and selling some of the best properties in L.A.
Source: TMZ / Billie Jean
Jackie Jackson Denies Father Joe Abused Brother Michael. 13-04-'17
Jackie Jackson has denied his late brother Michael Jackson was physically abused by their father Joe.
Michael, who passed away aged 50 in 2009, claimed in several interviews that his father physically and emotionally abused him, notably making extensive allegations in British journalist Martin Bashir’s intimate 2003 documentary 'Living With Michael Jackson'.
Although Joe has admitted physically disciplining his children, he denies his actions amounted to abuse and described them as the actions of a caring but strict father.
Now Jackie, who performed alongside Michael and their other siblings in the family’s group the Jackson 5 has played down his brother’s abuse claims.
The 65-year-old singer tells U.K. news there was “no truth” to Michael’s claims of extensive abuse, adding, “My dad could never catch Michael –Michael never got it. He’d go under my bed and my dad would start laughin’ and he’d just let him go.”
In the 2003 documentary Jackson said, “He (Joe) practiced us with a belt in his hand and if you missed a step expect to be whip, whip, whip…” while making a whipping motion with his hand.
Michael also alleged that his father used other objects to beat him and his brothers, saying he used “whatever was around” and also threw him up against the wall.
In a 2010 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Joe admitted he had dished out physical punishment but claimed it was a part of good parenting, saying, “It kept them out of jail and kept them right.”
Jackie’s other sibling Jermaine has admitted Joe was very tough on them as children but told ABC News in 2011, “We wouldn’t want to be raised any other way, with the way he (Joe) raised us.”
Editors at The Times report Jackie also claimed that before Michael’s death from an overdose of a surgical anaesthetic, he was planning to reunite with his brothers to reform the Jackson 5 for the first time in 25 years.
According to Jackie, despite at the time denying a reunion was on the cards, Michael planned to reunite the group after he had finished a planned 50 date run of concerts at London’s O2 Arena.
Jackie and the other three surviving brothers who formed the group’s classic line-up, Jermaine, Tito and Marlon, are still touring as The Jacksons, and are playing a series of shows in the U.K. this summer (17).
Source: Hollywood / Billie Jean
Sneak Peek! A Look At Lifetime’s Michael Jackson Movie. 12-04-'17
After Lifetime greenlit a Michael Jackson biopic, perhaps the most important step was casting a convincing actor to portray the pop icon.
So who better to step into MJ’s shoes than a man who spent years as a Jackson-sanctioned impersonator.
Navi, who worked for Jackson on multiple occasions as a body double and decoy during the King of Pop’s lengthy career, stars in the upcoming 'Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland' - and People has an exclusive first-look image from the TV movie in the current issue of the magazine, on newsstands Friday (April 14).
Searching for Neverland will chronicle the final years of Jackson’s life, including his time as a father to sons Prince and Blanket and daughter Paris.
Lifetime’s production is not associated with the controversial episode of British network Sky Arts’ upcoming TV anthology series, which was to feature Joseph Finnes as Jackson but was cancelled in January.
'Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland' is slated to premiere May 29 on Lifetime.
The Lifetime biopic 'Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland' has found its lead in M.J. tribute artist, Navi.
Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean
What's Happened To Blanket? 12-04-'17
Paris Jackson is reportedly concerned for the welfare of her younger brother, 15-year-old Blanket, who sources say is essentially living by himself.
While 19-year-old Paris and her 20-year-old brother Prince have enjoyed greater public profiles since becoming adults - Paris appeared on a recent Rolling Stone cover - their younger sibling is still meant to be in the care of the guardians assigned to the children after pop superstar Michael Jackson's death.
TMZ reports that Paris has complained her younger brother is for the most part living entirely by himself in 86-year-old grandmother Katherine Jackson's home, high in the hills above Los Angeles.
Despite the Jacksons being a large family - Katherine and husband Joe have eight children between them, giving Michael's children a large circle of aunts and uncles - Paris fears her young brother has slipped through the cracks, TMZ reports.
While Blanket lives in Katherine's home, his grandmother has not been there herself since January - since then she's spent a two-month stint in London before staying at daughter Rebbie's LA home.
Katherine and Joe Jackson share guardianship for Blanket with their 38-year-old grandson TJ, one-third of 90s boy band 3T. While TJ and his wife pay regular visits to Blanket, it's understood neither actually lives at the home.
Paris, a burgeoning actress and model, now lives in a converted studio in the former Jackson family compound, around 20 minutes' drive from her younger brother.
Source: NZ Herald / Billie Jean
Rashida Jones Recalls That Time Michael Jackson's Chimpanzee, Bubbles, Bit Her. 11-04-'17
Not monkeying around! Actress Rashida Jones recalled her horrifying encounter with Michael Jackson’s pet chimpanzee, Bubbles, on Sunday Today with Willie Geist on Sunday, April 9.
A young Jones, who is the daughter of Thriller and Bad producer Quincy Jones, was at Michael Jackson’s Neverland home when she was left alone with Jackson’s pet chimp. Things turned scary after Bubbles stole Jones’ hair tie.
“I opened the cage to get it back and he got out,” the Angie Tribeca star, 41, reminisced to Willie Geist. “He started throwing things at me. And I went up to just be like, ‘No, don't do that,’ and he grabbed my hand like a sandwich.”
With a scar still visible on her hand, Bubbles definitely left a mark on Jones.
The actress, who also told Geist about what it was like to ride the school bus with Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton as a kid in the video above, first revealed that she was bitten by Bubbles to Vice’s Desus & Mero last November.
“He also looked me dead in my eye. While he was biting me. I was trying to punish him because he threw something at me. And I like hit him on the head and say 'no,” Jones told Vice. “Because I had seen Michael [Jackson] trying to punish him before.”
She added that Bubbles didn’t seem apologetic after he left her bloody and wounded. Jones said, “He was like, ‘I’m the man.’”
While Jones has since gone on to star in comedies like Parks and Recreation, music’s most famous chimp is still alive. No longer in the care of Michael Jackson, Bubbles was living with other monkeys at the Centre for Great Apes in Florida as of March 2005.
Source: US Magazine / Billie Jean
Quincy Jones Can’t DQ Atty Expert In Jackson Royalty Row. 11-04-'07
A California judge on Tuesday rejected Quincy Jones’ request to disqualify an attorney expert designated by Sony and Michael Jackson’s production company in Jones’ $10 million royalty battle, saying there wasn’t a “factual basis” showing the attorney was privy to confidential information when his former firm represented Jones.
Jones’ suit alleges that MJJ Productions Inc., which is controlled by Jackson’s estate, and Sony cheated him out of royalties for the soundtrack to 'This Is It' — the documentary about the King of Pop released just months after Jackson’s 2009 death — and the Cirque du Soleil show featuring music from three Jackson albums Jones produced: 'Off The Wall', 'Thriller' and 'Bad'.
In March, Jones moved to have the court disqualify one of the experts MJJ Productions planned to use, Eisner Jaffe attorney Owen Sloan, on the ground that his prior law firm, Mason & Sloan, previously represented Jones in connection with one of the producer agreements at issue in the litigation and other related matters.
On Tuesday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Stern denied the request, after MJJ’s attorney argued that the other attorney in the two-partner firm handled Jones’ representation exclusively and there was no evidence that Sloan ever worked on the music producer’s matters.
Read the whole article here.
Source: Law 360 / Billie Jean
Joseph Jackson Now Solidly Behind MJ Estate. 10-04-'17
Michael Jackson's Estate has an ally who was once it's arch enemy -- none other than Michael's dad, Joseph.
We've learned Joe is now a staunch supporter of the Estate he once claimed was robbing members of his family of their just deserts. Michael's will cut Joseph out completely, as it did MJ's brothers and sisters, and Joseph called the document fraudulent and went after the Estate and the executors.
It's a different story now for several reasons. Jackson family sources tell us 3 factors changed Joseph's tune ...
-- The 88-year-old suffered a stroke in 2015 and the Estate paid his medical bills and other expenses.
-- Joseph was moved by a documentary produced by the MJ Estate for Showtime, called 'Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off The Wall', which acknowledged Joseph for moving the family from humble beginnings in Gary, Indiana to Hollywood. Joseph loved the way he was portrayed.
-- Joseph came to believe the Estate was actually taking good care of Katherine, along with Michael's 3 kids.
Joseph had tried influencing Katherine to challenge the Estate, but that has stopped in a big way. As we've reported, now some of Katherine and Joseph's kids have picked up the mantle trying to carry on that challenge, but the patriarch is no longer in their corner.
Source: TMZ / Billie Jean
Michael Memorabilia For Sale At Dina Collection. 10-04-'17
Michael Jackson fans an online store and high end boutique in Beverly Hills that specializes in vintage accessories and celebrities memorabilia.
The store carries a lot of extremely valuable clothes that once belonged to Michael Jackson, and they are currently being sold.
Michael Jackson's costume short, the shirt is a burgundy silk long-sleeve button front shirt customized with black silk armband on right arm, triple seven metal charms sewn onto epaulets, and eagle over unicorn crest buttons. The price $18,000.00.
Michael Jackson's jacket made by Tompkins & Bush.
This one of a kind jacket was made especially for Michael Jackson by his wardrobe duo "Michael Bush & Dennis Tompkins" who made his gloves, jackets and more. The jacket has a big Jackson's signature on the right hand sleeve. The price $75,000.00.
More information about the clothes click here.
Michael wore the red shirt on June 14th, 1995 at the Prime Time Live with Diane Sawyer, the black jacket was made especially for Michael Jackson by his wardrobe duo "Michael Bush & Dennis Tompkins".
Source: The Dina Collection / Billie Jean
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