Michael Jackson’s Siblings Demand Estate Executors Resign. DO THEY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING?
This is a short note as I have noticed the news only just now.
It is amazing how easily people fall victims to malicious gossip and unfounded hysteria.
I am talking about the letter sent to the Estate by part of the Jacksons’ family and cannot believe that people can be confused and brainwashed to such a degree.
Why would they want to do it? Especially now?
Jackson Family Demands Estate Executives Resign
(18-7-2012) On Tuesday, the executives of the Estate of Michael Jackson received a scathing letter signed by several of Michael Jackson’s siblings. The letter demanded that John Branca and John McClain resign immediately.
In the letter, the Jackson family accuse the executors of falsifying a legal document in order to gain control of Michael’s estate against his wishes and using the court to seal any documents that might prove otherwise.
“Since the passing of Michael, our beloved brother, you have failed to perform your duties as executors of his estate, but what you have not failed at is taking advantage of a grieving mother, father and a grieving family,” says the Jackson’s letter. ”Our brother told us, in no uncertain terms and without hesitation in the months prior to his death, that he despised both of you and that he did not want either of you to have anything to do with his life or estate for that matter.”
The letter goes on to point out what the family insist are inconsistencies, as well as alleged missing pages of Michael Jackson’s will.
“John Branca, when we called you regarding the Will you didn’t want to interrupt your vacation,” the family contends.”You said you wouldn’t return for four days, at which time you presented to our family an incomplete Will.”
“The Will that you presented did not have our brother’s signature on it, nor did it have a signature page attached to it. When asked about the missing signature page, John Branca replied, ‘it was on its way, and you were having just a little problem finding it.’”
“Amongst many other inconsistencies in the Will, there is also a conflict around Michael’s location on the day he supposedly signed the Will, July 7, 2002. We have evidence that undoubtedly supports and proves that Michael was absolutely not in Los Angeles, California, on the date of his signature reflected in the Will at-hand.”
The letter also threatens to escalate the family’s claims to police in order to launch a full investigation.
We are going to take every appropriate action to seek justice and to see to it that the truth be known,” the letter states.
“You’ve dishonored everything that our brother Michael stood for. Your greed and hasty business decisions have shown that you have no regard for the preservation of his legacy, nor the quality of work that he exemplified.”
The letter, which appears to be signed by sisters, Janet and Rebbie, as well as brothers Tito, Jermaine, and Randy, accuse the exeecutors of robbing Michael’s children and his mother of rightful inheritances by increasing the percentage of the gross income the executors receive from the estate, as well as mismanaging projects the estate undertakes.
Additionally, the letter accuses Branca and McCalin of manipulating the court system during Michael’s mother’s wrongful death lawsuit against AEG, the entertainment company behind the superstar’s final tour.
The Jacksons say AEG is using “heinous and heartless threats” against Jackson’s 82-year-old mother — who they reveal recently had a “mini-stroke” — to call off the suit.
“AEG has been very vocal about how they are going to destroy her and her family publicly and blame her for Michael’s death,” the family says.
“However, you did not hesitate writing a letter to Judge Palazuelos presiding over the AEG wrongful death case, wherein, you asked the judge to keep ALL documents handed over by AEG for discovery under court seal, clearly protecting AEG, but not protecting our mother nor our niece and nephews Paris, Prince and Blanket,” the letter contends.
“Who are you working for? What is it that you don’t want to be known?”
“We know there is most certainly a conspiracy surrounding our brother’s death and now coarse manipulation and fear are being used to cover it up.”
Noticeably, and curiously, missing from the group of signatures on the letter are Michael’s other siblings Jackie, Marlon and his outspoken sister LaToya Jackson, who has been quite vocal in her belief of a conspiracy.
Source: MJFC / celebuzz.com
Randy Jackson is said to have confirmed the letter to be authentic.
So some of the Jacksons family demand that the Estate lawyers should resign? I don’t know much about John Branca and John McClain except that they are doing a marvelous job for Michael, but cannot help exclaiming – and who are they going to replace these lawyers with? Characters like Tohme Tohme who was once introduced to Michael by someone from the family and the result is well-known to everyone?
What makes these Jacksons so sure that the people they will find will do a job better than Branca, for example? Or will they take it upon themselves to repay the outstanding Michael’s debts? And manage his finances?
But have they proven themselves to be the people of sound judgment and good business acumen, capable of taking decisions in the matter? Or do they hope to find someone better than Branca to do the job for Michael? And can there be anyone better at all?
In short, what do the Jacksons want? Are they sure that they themselves know it?
Can they foresee the results of what they are asking for? Or is it only a near-sighted and emotional outbreak instigated by some well-wishers from behind their backs?
And how do they know that these well-wishers wish them well at all?
The MJ Fan Club site where I found this news added the following information on the letter:
More On Jackson Sibling Letter To Estate
(18-7-2012) The recent controversy involving the scathing letter sent from Michael Jackson’s siblings to his estate executors have caused his daughter, Paris, 14, to take to her Twitter account to weigh in.
The letter, sent by Janet, Tito, Randy, Jermaine and Rebbie Jackson, suggested that their mother Katherine had recently suffered a “mini-stroke.” However, according to Paris, this is not the case.
The teenager tweeted: “i am going to clarify right now that what has been said about my grandmother is a rumor and nothing has happened, she is completely fine.”
The Jackson’s letter accuses John Branca and John McClain, executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson, of abusing their 82-year-old mother through lies and manipulations.
“Your actions are affecting her health, and on top of that, we’ve just found out she recently had a mini-stroke. Please understand, she’s not equipped to handle the stress load you are putting on her,” her children said. “She feels, as she has said, ‘I’m stuck in the middle.’ She too knows and acknowledges the will was forged. She wants to do the right thing, and move in the direction of justice for her son and family, yet she fears the POWERS THAT BE.”
Perry Sanders, an attorney for Katherine Jackson, denied that the family matriarch is in poor health.
“Mrs. Jackson is extremely lucid and does a great job caring for Michael’s children,” Sanders said Wednesday.
In the letter, the Jackson siblings also attacked Sanders, their mother’s manager, Lowell Henry, and adviser Trent Jackson for discouraging her from joining their challenge of the will’s validity.
“Instead, her so-called advisers are convincing her to let them negotiate ‘deals’ with Branca and McClain on her behalf, or is it on the behalf of all of you,” they wrote. “Her advisers’ loyalty seems to be skewed by the percentage you offer them, preventing them from advising her properly.”
Sanders responded by saying he’s always been available to “speak with or meet with any of Mrs. Jackson’s children to answer any questions they might have. It is unfortunate that they haven’t taken me up on the offer.”
He continued, “Anyone who actually knows me knows my only loyalty in this matter is to Mrs. Jackson, and the public record of my success for her speaks for itself.” He pointed to success in paying off her $14 million civil court judgment to a South Korean company, persuading the estate not to sell the family’s Hayvenhurst mansion and “helping get her family allowance increased almost tenfold, to name a few.”
The siblings’ letter told the estate executors they have “dishonored everything our brother stood for,” and that they would “take every appropriate action to seek justice.”
“Be informed, we are considering retaining a law firm, Baker Hostetler, who have advised us on the potential criminal misconduct in your actions. We will hand this over to proper authorities,” they wrote.
As reported earlier, the estate responded with a statement, which you can read here.
Source: MJFC / CNN.com
The estate responded with a statement:
STATEMENT From Estate Regarding Jackson Letter
(18-7-2012) MJFC received the following statement from the Estate of Michael Jackson regarding the Jackson family’s letter:
Any doubts about the validity of Michael’s will and his selection of Executors were thoroughly and completely debunked two years ago when a challenge was rejected by the Los Angeles County Superior Court, the California Court of Appeals and, finally, the California Supreme Court.
Under the supervision of Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff, Co-Executors John Branca and John McClain have diligently carried out their fiduciary duties as well as their obligation to Michael to make sure that his Estate benefits the only family members he named in his will – his mother and his three children.
We are saddened that false and defamatory accusations grounded in stale Internet conspiracy theories are now being made by certain members of Michael’s family, whom he chose to leave out of his will. We are especially disheartened that they come at a time when remarkable progress has been made to secure the financial future of his children by turning around the Estate’s finances as well as during a time when so many of Michael’s fans, old and new, are enjoying his artistry through exciting new projects.
The Estate is indeed doing a superb job for Michael. Their job is to effectively manage Michael’s finances and provide for his three children and mother and their future. Few will doubt that they are doing it in a brilliant way.
As to their approach to the lawsuit filed by Katherine Jackson against AEG time will show what it will be like. The fact that the documents handed over by AEG were asked by the Estate to be kept under court seal (if this is true at all) may have both good and bad points about it. It might not be too bad considering the media’s ability to blow out of proportion every AEG’s innuendo, but on the other hand all of us would very much like to know with what hands AEG people were doing their unclean business with Michael Jackson.
If AEG is indeed “using heinous and heartless threats” against Michael’s mother now and is “vocal in how they are going to destroy her and the family” then our own conclusions about this company being a horrible monster are not far from the truth.
However you cannot get to the bottom of the matter without cleaning away the dirt first. God help Katherine Jackson (and us) to cope with everything that stands in the way to the shining truth.