My View? The MJ Estate is “setting the record straight” and “cleaning house.
Originally posted Apr 27th 2010 9:45 AM PDT by TMZ Staff
Score another crushing victory for the Michael Jackson estate — this time the MJ squad dropped the hammer on a woman who allegedly set up a sham Heal the World Foundation to dupe Jackson fans into buying merchandise.
TMZ has learned a Federal judge issued an injunction against Melissa Johnson — the woman behind a Heal the World Foundation website — requiring her to stop “exploiting Michael Jackson’s name, image and likeness.”
According to the court order, the judge ruled that Johnson — who has attempted to register at least 40 trademarks with a direct connection to MJ — operates websites that “convey to consumers a false affiliation with Michael Jackson.”
As you may recall, Jackson operated a legit Heal the World Foundation back in the day, but it had been inactive for many years prior to his death.
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Originally posted Apr 27th 2010 1:00 AM PDT by TMZ Staff
TMZ has learned … Katherine Jackson is downsizing the number of grandchildren in her San Fernando Valley mansion — and the stun gun incident was the catalyst.
Sources with direct knowledge of the situation tell TMZ … Katherine has told Alejandra Genevieve Oaziaza — who is currently living at the estate, along with two of her kids by Randy Jackson and two others by Jermaine Jackson — that she must take the kids and move out of the estate next week, because supervising seven children is just too much for the 79-year-old grandmother.
But don’t think Katherine is heartless. It’s the opposite. She’s moving Alejandra, along with Jaafar, Jermajesty, Donte and Randy Jr. to a San Fernando Valley condo owned by the estate.
We’re told the move was prompted by the stun gun incident last month. TMZ broke the story that 13-year-old Jaafar bought a stun gun online and fired it in the house. Sources say Jaafar pointed the gun at two of Michael’s kids, but the family denies that.
The L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services came to the estate, took the gun and interviewed people in the home, and it became apparent seven kids were too much for Katherine to handle.
So as of next week, Prince, Paris and Blanket will have the run of the mansion, unobstructed.
Originally posted Apr 23rd 2010 3:30 PM PDT by TMZ Staff
We took your questions on everything — including Michael Jackson‘s involvement in the Nation of Islam, Lindsay Lohan‘s downward spiral, and Charlie Sheen‘s adult diapers.
Originally posted Apr 21st 2010 12:40 AM PDT by TMZ Staff
All sorts of people connected to Michael Jackson are bursting at the sequined seams to be a part of the upcoming MJ-themed Cirque du Soleil show — including one of the dancers from Michael’s “This Is It” tour.
TMZ has learned Danielle Rueda-Watts — one of the 12 dancers picked by Jackson for the London concerts — has actually worked with the Cirque before (on the “Love” show) and she tells us it would be “great to work with these people again.”
As we first reported, the first Cirque show will open in the fall of 2011 and will be focused heavily on dancing — with the trademark Cirque acrobatics.
Watts just happens to be a master of all of the above … not to mention a pro at pole dancing.
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Originally posted Apr 20th 2010 8:59 AM PDT by TMZ Staff
TMZ has learned the executors for Michael Jackson‘s estate have signed a huge deal with Cirque du Soleil.
Co-executor John Branca tells TMZ, the first show will open in fall of 2011 — and will travel throughout North America including the Staples Center in L.A. … the same venue where MJ’s memorial was held.
The show will be heavily focused on dancing — honoring the legendary moves of MJ. It will also feature Jackson’s songs and have the trademark Cirque du Soleil acrobatics.
In 2012, a second show — in partnership with MGM MIRAGE — will open in Las Vegas which will be far more theatrical with emphasis on technology and 3D. “It will be a theme-park-like show,” says Branca.
Sources say the shows will be worth a fortune to the estate. Cirque and the estate will split costs and profits 50-50.
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Originally posted Apr 19th 2010 2:09 PM PDT by TMZ Staff
Michael Jackson‘s former right-hand woman just tasted a $44,000,000 defeat — after MJ’s estate rejected 2 creditors’ claims she filed earlier this year.
But today, MJ’s estate finally got back to Bain — with a big, fat, rejection stamp.
Bain is the latest in a series of creditors’ claims to be denied by the estate — with more denials expected to be on the way shortly.
Check out this great post by seekingClues. It really makes you think….
it looks like there is so much more to this “Hoax” then meets the eye…
That Tom is one sharp fellow! Still not sure what I think of Uri Gellar, though.