Friday, 18 June 2010

AEG to Pay L.A. for Public Memorial Expenses, Michael Jackson Estate

Michael Jackson's memorial was a little off the wall, but it was by no means free.
AEG and the King of Pop's estate have reached an agreement with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to donate $1 million to the city's general fund and an additional $300,000 in cash and much needed crime fighting equipment to the Los Angeles Police Foundation.
The contribution fulfills the Jackson clan and promoter's promise to help cover the costs incurred by the July 7, 2009, public memorial service held at the Staples Center after Jackson's untimely death last June.
The deal reimburses authorities for $1.3 million the LAPD and the city's Sanitation and Transportation Department spent in permits, street closures, crowd control and cleaning up after the thousands of rabid fans who came from all over the globe to pay their last respects to the entertainer.

Sunday, 13 June 2010

MJ's death so Joe Jackson blames his wife

Michael Jackson's father blames his wife for their son's death.
Joe Jackson has admitted he accused Katherine Jackson of not doing enough to stop the late Thriller star - who died of acute Propofol intoxication - abusing prescription drugs, just hours after he passed away last June.
Speaking of their confrontation in the mortuary, Joe admitted: "Katherine was weeping uncontrollably and highly upset. But I didn't give her a hug because I was mad at her crying.
"I said, 'If you had listened to me Michael would be living now.' I kept thinking about the times I had stood in front of her saying something was wrong.
"I couldn't bottle up my feelings. Katherine didn't say a word - I had to get away from her. If she'd done what I asked, Michael would be here today. I am incensed with her. She could have made a difference."
Joe - who was accused by Michael of beating him during childhood - claims he asked Katherine several times to intervene in the King of Pop's problems because he knew the star wouldn't listen to him.
He added to the News of the World newspaper: "In Michael's final months alive I said to her many times that I couldn't get through to him - and that she needed to help her son.
"I had begged her to go over and stay with him, but she insisted he needed his privacy and gave him the slack she thought he needed. A child will listen to his mother more than his father - and Michael was a mummy's boy."
Despite his accusation, Joe, 80, also holds himself responsible for Michael's death because he was unable to get the singer's planned 50 date London residency reduced.
He explained: "I wish I had made him walk away from those shows. I knew he would never make them, but I never thought he'd die.
"I tried to help Michael, but I feel I could have been more aggressive in getting access to him."

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Michael Jackson's Estate Slams 'Unauthorised' Tribute

MICHAEL JACKSON's a lawyer representing estate has slammed plans for a memorial gala to the first anniversary commemorate of the star's death - insisting the event has not been given official approval.
Michael tribute Forever evening will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on 26 June (10) - exactly a year and a day after the Thriller hitmaker passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home.
By executives the gala being arranged at The Jackson Family Foundation, a charity set up by the star's father Joe to fund a Jackson family museum in their native Gary, Indiana, in conjunction with VoicePlate Productions. A "portion" of proceeds will go towards the charity.
A statement posted on the star's official website reads, "This Red Carpet event will be a dedication for Mr. Michael Jackson... The vision is to bring together Michael Jackson family members, celebrities, fans, supporters and the community to celebrate and honour his legacy."
But Howard Weitzman, an attorney representing the late star's estate, has slammed plans for the event, insisting the gala is completely unauthorised.
He tells, "No one ever contacted the estate to see whether or not they would approve, participate in, or allow the use of Michael's name, likeness, image or intellectual property for this event."