August 04, 2012

Jackson Family vs MJ Estate: Sifting Thru the Lies, Games & Madness, Part 1

Sifting Thru the Lies, Games & Madness

With intricate games being played by both the Jackson Family & the MJ Estate and their respective supporters in the media & the fan community, the line between the truth and the lies is blurred. As someone who neither blindly supports the Jacksons nor the MJ Estate but Michael Jackson children, 
let’s is look at this madness from an impartial vantage point, shall we?


When he passed away on June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson left behind three minor children. The court appointed his mother Katherine as their guardian.

Prompted by a vicious mayhem that involved a demand by the Jackson siblings for the MJ Estate Executors to resign, Katherine going MIA for 10 days, the children’s heartbreaking outcries, a missing persons report, a physical altercation & police involvement, Katherine’s guardianship was suspended on July 25, 2012

No amount of media storm or police involvement led Katherine to calling home to assuage her grandchildren’s concerns. But the loss of $70,000 per month as the children’s stipend did the trick. Katherine came out of the shadows, swiftly & predictably, when her guardianship was on the line. HLN’s Jane Velez Mitchell put it the best:  “whoever controls the kids, controls the money.”

Katherine Jackson Video Statement
                                       (Parody by Jimmy Kimmel Show)

On July 25, 2012—the very day her guardianship was suspended, Katherine released a video statement, expressing the following:

  • On kidnapping: There are rumors going around about me that I have been kidnapped and held against my will. My children would never do a thing like that. It's very stupid for people to think that.
  • On her disappearance: I needed rest and they wanted to take me away for a short vacation and rest up. 
  • On why she didn’t call her grandchildren for 10 days: I gave up my phone and I didn't want to have any phone calls.
  • On losing guardianship: I am devastated. The ruling in court today was based on a bunch of lies but I have a good idea who's behind this. [she means MJ Estate Executors are behind this]
  • On returning home: After I finish this, I will be on my way home.

Katherine’s guardianship reinstated based on lies

On August 2, 2012, Katherine’s attorneys filed a motion to have her guardianship reinstated. How could the lioness feed the entire Jackson “cubs” on her stipend only? God forbid, she lost her grandchildren’s $70,000/mo stipend. The fact that Katherine was motivated by money in seeking her guardianship reinstated is reflected in her attorney Perry Sanders’ statement:

“It will empower TJ to take joint legal responsibility for day to day duties such as the management of household personnel. Mrs. Jackson would remain in control of the children's family allowance.” 

By “the children’s family allowance” Perry Sanders means that the monies that are meant to be spent on Paris, Prince and Blanket are being spent on “the family” as in Katherine’s dead-beat children & their families.

By including Mother [in his Will] he included us. The lioness takes care of 
her cubs. That philosophy has always been understood in our family. 
                                     ~JERMAINE JACKSON

In her court filing, her attorneys attached a sworn declaration by Katherine. She impeached her ABC video statement, now feigning ignorance. Katherine’s sworn declaration completely contradicts her video statement. She now claims:
  • On her disappearance: She was tricked into leaving California. She thought she was leaving to see her sons’ Unity Concert in New Mexico but when she got off the plane, she found herself in Arizona.
  • On why she didn’t call her grandchildren for 10 days: Her cell phone and Ipad was taken away. The landline in her room wasn’t functioning. The TV in her room wasn’t functioning.  [I wonder if the kitchen sink was working in this high end Resort. The things that are allegedly not functioning are too convenient.]

Katherine Jackson HAD TO lie in her sworn declaration if she wanted a shot at getting her guardianship reinstated. A guardian voluntarily not checking on the children she is legally obligated to guard would have been grounds for the denial of her reinstatement. Delegating the house staff and TJ to look after the kids in her absence wouldn’t have helped her because they are not the legal guardians.

Judge Mitchell Beckloff—the same incompetent judge that admitted a forged Will as Michael Jackson’s valid and now effective Will—bought into Katherine’s lies and reinstated her guardianship. 

Whose declaration is this?

Katherine's alleged declaration that was attached to her guardianship filing seems as if it is a declaration by her lawyers: Perry Sanders & Sandra Rivera.

Let’s compare the alleged Katherine Jackson declaration to the statements made by her lawyers in her absence.

“On July 15, 2012, I was scheduled to leave with my nephew in an RV to attend my sons’ concerts. On July 14, 2012 a doctor was brought to my home stating that he has been in contact with my longtime physician and was coming to check on me because my personal physician was unavailable. The doctor advised that it was better for me to fly and not drive to New Mexico. Believing that the doctor was sent at the request of the longtime personal physician, I followed what I understood to be doctor’s orders and boarded a flight as opposed to driving in the RV. I am very close to my grandson TJ and have relied on him to help me raise Prince, Paris and Blanket since the death of their father. While I was away, I assumed that Prince, Paris and Blanket would be safe in the hands of the person who had essentially been acting as an informal co-guardian.”                   ~KATHERINE JACKSON DECLARATION

 “Last weekend Katherine Jackson was getting ready to leave for a much anticipated road trip in the RV her son Michael bought for her to watch her sons perform on their Unity Tour. Prior to her departure, a doctor was brought to her home and represented that he had been sent from the office of her longtime physician. Based on this representation, Mrs. Jackson agreed to meet with the doctor who subsequently ordered her to fly rather than drive to her sons’ concerts. Mrs. Jackson followed what she believed to be her doctor’s instructions. During what was to be a brief trip, Mrs. Jackson left her son Michael’s children, of whom she is guardian, in the care of her adult grandsons.” 

“She did tell them who was going to care for them -- the same person that always cares for them. TJ, the exact same people involved are the people that normally take care of the kids. “~PERRY SANDERS

“My [cell] phone was taken away. The telephone [landline] in my room was not functioning. In addition, there was no picture on the television in my room. Despite repeated requests, the television was never fixed.” 

“Perry went to the spa where Katherine was staying and was still unable to meet with Katherine in person. However, he did talk to Jermaine and Janet Jackson who were also there. The attorney explained the lack of communication has been very confusing and cause for concern. Katherine had no phone in her room, and there is no cell service at the resort.” ~ A SOUCE [PERRY SANDERS]

“I was never informed that Prince, Paris and Blanket were trying to reach me. 
I was never told that my attorney Perry Sanders had flown to Tucson to find out what’s going on.” ~KATHERINE JACKSON DECLARATION

"The mere fact is that she was unaware that there was chaos outside her quiet spa surroundings until she arrived back home.” ~PERRY SANDERS

The parallel flow in the account of events and the mention of insignificant details (RV, the doctor etc) in both Katherine’s declaration and the statements made by her attorneys in her absence shows that Katherine’s declaration is in fact her attorneys’ declaration. Especially in light of the fact that the declaration is contradictory to Katherine's video statement.

Katherine Jackson is NOT Innocent

Note that Arizona police visited Katherine and spoke to her in regards to the missing persons report. Contrary to her attorney-turned-PR agent Perry Sander’s claims, she was very much aware of the chaos surrounding her disappearance. It shows how cold and heartless she is that even police involvement didn’t move Katherine to alleviate her grandchildren’s outcries.  How is Katherine talking to Michael’s children interferes with her rest? Why didn’t the same health concerns that prevented her from talking to Michael’s children prevent her from talking to Jermaine, Janet, Rebbie and Rebbie’s children? If not out of checking on them you’d think Katherine would call Michael’s children because she misses them.

                                                      (apparently, talking to them doesn't interferes with Katherine's rest)

Katherine Jackson is as much a culprit in this mess as her money-chasing children. When things didn’t turn out as planned, she now feigns innocence.

” … neither I nor my siblings ever led a normal existence, not even as small children, years before celebrity transformed our lives. We were a dysfunctional family. Yes, there was love and happiness, but it was poisoned by emotional and physical abuse, duplicity, and denial. Thinking back over all those years, I realized that Mother was the guiding force behind the cruelty and abuse. This lady who pretended to be so gentle on the surface had in fact caused all the turmoil in our lives. She was always throwing the rock and hiding her hand, convincing everyone that she was sweet, kindhearted, and compassionate.” ~LATOYA JACKSON

This isn't the first time Katherine lied in a declaration

In April 2011, Katherine signed a declaration, bashing John Branca. She declared “Michael told me on more than one occasion that he did not like this man and did not trust him.  He told me that John had stolen from him." (source)

When it became apparent to her that her move wasn’t a smart move, considering John Branca cuts her check, she immediately back paddled. Katherine lied saying that she did NOT sign the declaration and that her signature was forged. Trent Jackson, Katherine’s nephew and business advisor essentially called her a liar, stating that he witnessed her sign the declaration. (source)

To repair the damage she caused in her relationship with MJ Estate Executors, Katherine hired Perry Sanders. (source) 

Katherine's Rocky Relationship with MJ Estate 
                                   (Katherine Jackson with John Branca at Dancing With the Stars)

In 2009, Katherine indeed objected to the validity of the alleged Michael Jackson Will. She made it clear that she would pursue legal action to contest the alleged Will filed by John Branca. Then she was discouraged because of the non-contest clause in the Will. As per the clause, if she contested the Will in court but lost her case, she would lose all her benefits. But the judge made an exception for Katherine. He ruled that Katherine CAN contest the Will and if she lost her case, she would NOT lose her benefit. Despite of this golden opportunity, to her children’s and husband’s dismay, Katherine decided NOT to contest the Will. Whilst the reasons for her decision isn’t clear to anyone but her, one can only surmise that John Branca paying off the mortgage of her Encino home (she was facing foreclosure), paying off her Segye Times debt (which had been dragging for decades), handing out “loans” to her with no question could be her incentives.

In the last 3 years, Katherine Jackson's relationship with the Executors of her son’s Estate has been rather complicated. She appears to want to be in the good graces of the executors considering they hold the purse strings but she constantly rocks the boat when doing the bidding of her business partners and her children.

Katherine seemed to go whichever direction she is pulled at a given moment. She praises the Estate Executors, endorses the Estate business deals and participates in events, sitting next to John Branca. But she continuously engages in partnership with business people who illegally exploits the Estate’s property—Michael Jackson name and likeness. Katherine has publically supported people that the Estate is litigating and at times, she has bashed the Executors to do so.

For whom does Perry Sanders work for?

The Jackson siblings accused Perry Sanders of being a John Branca cohort.

“For some strange reasons, her advisors, Lowell Henry, Perry Sanders and Trent, although in agreement with her regarding the validity of the Will, are telling her to disregard what she knows as fact. Her so-called advisors are convincing her to let them negotiate deals with Branca and McClain on her behalf. Her advisors’ loyalty seems to be skewed by the percentage you offer them.” 
                       ~Jackson Siblings Letter to the MJ Estate

Are they justified in their concern about Perry Sanders?

Immediately after Trent filed a missing persons report for Katherine Jackson, Perry Sanders started feeding the media—sometimes his identity was revealed, sometimes he remained as a “source”. In the following image, you will see that Radar Online journalist Jen Heger slipped. In one article, she wrote that Sanders exclusively confirmed to Radar. But in the article itself, he is merely a “source”.

Perry Sander’s media statements were anti-Jacksons and pro-Estate. He obviously didn’t support the siblings’ letter which demanded the Executors to resign and accused him of being a John Branca cohort. Mr. Sanders stated that the Will was valid, the siblings had no legal standing to contest the Will and the Executors are doing a great job.

There are two reasons Perry Sanders makes pro-Estate statements:

1- He gets paid by the Estate

2- Contrary to the claim in the Jackson siblings letter, Perry Sanders IS acting in his client’s interest. He was hired to repair and maintain a good relationship between Katherine and the Estate Executors. Even when his client makes mistakes to disrupt the harmony in this relationship, it is Perry Sander’s job to fix it on his client’s behalf.

What is puzzling is that the Jackson siblings act as if it is a bad thing that Katherine engages in business with her son’s Estate. Shouldn't she & the Jackson Family work with the Estate that upholds Michael’s legacy? It is not like the Estate is working Katherine from 9 to 5. She generously gets compensated for endorsing or making an appearance to an Estate event. How is this any different than when Katherine is asked to endorse and make appearances to a Jackson event?  Katherine (thus, the Jacksons thru her) and Michael’s children benefit from the income into the Estate. Why do the Jackson siblings have problem with the Estate generating money whilst they have no objection whatsoever when they spend the Estate’s money? 

It IS about the Money!

At this point, noone but Katherine knows what truly happened in her 10 day absence. But because she is extremely protective of her children and also because of the Jackson Family code of silence, we will never know the truth. What we do know is that all the parties involved in this feud—be it the MJ Estate Executors & those in Katherine’s camp doing their bidding or be it the Jackson siblings—everyone is motivated by either gaining control of Michael’s money or maintaining the control of Michael’s money.

Don’t you, for one second, believe that this is about the welfare of Michael’s children—as you will often hear them profess. If they cared about Michael’s children, why contest a Will that leaves everything to the children? Because the Will excludes the siblings. And if they can invalidate John Branca for fraud, his executorship for 2002 Will as well as his executership for the 1997 Will will be invalidated. Which means, Michael will be declared intestate (died without a Will), which means Katherine loses all her benefits and everything goes to the children but because the children are minors, the Jacksons would petition to become the Executors of Michael’s Estate.

Why did the Jacksons wait 3 years to contest the Will?

When Michael died, his Estate was $500 million in debt. There was no money. Say what you will about John Branca but he is THE BEST in his field. He inherited an Estate in debt and turned it into a gold pot. It is no coincidence that the Jacksons asked the Executors to resign only A WEEK AFTER it is reported in the media that the Executors not only paid the $500 million debt but made a whopping $500 million profit. That is 1 BILLION DOLLAR INCOME in 3 years —unprecedented. This is cookie jar the Jackson siblings can’t reach into and ya’ know….they looove cookies. Michael Jackson’s Estate is akin to a multinational company. Now there is money in the Estate which why the Jackson siblings are raising hell now—and not when the Estate was in debt. 

The Only Victims in This Mess

Michael Jackson children didn’t just inherit their father’s money. They also inherited his lifetime role as the Jackson Family cashcow. Both the Jackson Family, including Katherine, and the Estate Executors and their respective agents are playing power games and spewing lies with no regard to the trauma they are causing Michael’s children.

The only victims of this mess are Paris, Prince and Blanket Jackson. Despite of their empty words, no one cares about the wellbeing of the children. They are merely pawns, used by both the Family & the Estate plants in Katherine's home.

 “Whoever controls the children, controls the money.” 
                                    ~Jane Velez Mitchell

Related links:
Katherine Jackson Declaration
Katherine Jackson video statement
The Jackson Siblings' Letter to the MJ Estate Executors
Tito withdrew his signature from the Letter
Jermaine withdrew his signature from the Letter
Janet, Randy & Rebbie Statements


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