Katherine Jackson - Mann Slams 'Dictators' Behind Jackson Estate

KATHERINE JACKSON's business partner HOWARD MANN has criticised the administrators of MICHAEL JACKSON's estate after they filed suit over allegations he is cashing in on the late superstar's image without proper permission.
Estate bosses are suing Mann, claiming he has made millions from Jackson's music, photos and drawings illegally.
According to court papers, they believe Mann hauled in more than $1.5 million (£1 million) from Katherine Jackson's coffee table book, Never Can Say Goodbye, in its first two days on sale - and they want to recoup all the revenues, as well as damages.
Mann is furious the lawyers behind the estate are chasing him to garner more profits, and has labelled them a "fraudulently obtained dictatorship" in a rant to TMZ.com.
He adds, "These lawyers have absolutely no interest in the preservation of Michael Jackson's legacy and less interest in generating revenues for his beneficiaries.
"The Estate will fall as a result of these draconian tactics and it is my hope that Miss Jackson regains control of that which was stolen from her."
Jackson's estate is managed by executors John Branca and John MCClain.


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You know what people? That is what executors do. They control what people do concerning Michael. It doesn't matter who you are. Michael chose them to be in charge. Look at elvis Presley. Can anybody just come along and produce stuff using his name or image without permission? No. So yes, I do agree. Everyone on this planet is trying to cash in on Michael.
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Mr Mann is making a lot of money without the sanction of the people Michael nominated to be in charge of his estate. I am suspicious of his projects, as beautiful as Katherine's book was. I suspect she is a bit of a pawn in this situation. It's very sad. Mr Mann claims the Estate don't care about MJ's legacy, but it is certainly in their best interests to care, and so far they have done a reasonable job, I think. The new album is WONDERFUL. I loved THIS IS IT, and I think they selected the best people to complete the projects in both cases. The VISION DVD collection is great, and The Experience video game a great success, it appears. So what is the problem, Mr Mann? You want to make money out of selling Michael's stuff or projects cashing in on Michael's legacy, that, I suspect, is the bottom line here.
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Any money earned that has anything to do with MJ or his likeness or his belongs should not go to Mann or anyone else for profit. MJ was used for money for so many salacious people, and Prince, Paris and Blanket deserve all the money from the assets he left. For now, Katherine gets her share but only her share and after she dies, it goes to the children. Katherine is not a stupid woman and I would not call her a pawn in all this....but I do think she wants the rest of her children and maybe the entire Jackson family to always be able to mooch from MJ and live off him. MJ was wise not to leave them anything.
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Always wanting to believe the best of Ms. Katherine (I love her) her partnership with Mann has given me a strange vibe about her projects, ever since. Like knowing something must be wrong, but you can't put your finger on it. Meanwhile, Branca and McClain are doing their job. I have questioned all along whether Michael really did intend to leave control to them (bogus will). Turns of events with Branca in yrs prior to his death make this all very suspicious. I watch the fighting and try to find the clues. But there are some things that are just so obvious .... like doing projects intended to support Michael's seemingly dead-beat siblings (and their families). If Michael had intended for that to happen, then its likely he would have given control of the Estate to Katherine. Giving Katherine equal part of the Estate with the children (whose is divided 3 ways) I think, indicates that he knew she was going to burden her budgeting with Joe's support and that of other siblings, too. This family, overall, just seems so dysfunctional, and Mann only seems like another factor added to the equation that Michael likely did not factor in. And in so far as the mooching off the estate by other siblings that seems so obvious, I think there comes a point, over a person's 40 year magical career, 30 yrs of it almost completely detached from the family, that you have to say "Ya know, this person did it all by themselves. This person was the REAL worker, weathered the media, fought and won most of the battles, and kept pushing hard. Who else truly deserves credit?" If the rest of the Jackson's would get off the wagon they ride so undeservingly, then characters like Mann being involved would not be necessary. I think Katherine, although otherwise a good mother, has a difficult time saying "NO" to her adult children, when they expect her to do for them and her grandchildren. THAT may be our largest indicator for so much family dysfunction. And it seems impossible that Michael did not know and understand that. Thus, the split provided by the Will. Mann needs to be controlled in order to keep the integrity of the Estate's holdings (Michael's Art)solid and authentic. Again, Branca and McClain are doing their jobs, in guarding the Estate's assets.
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greed, it is the most evil trait in people, and of course apparently the Mann person doesn't think that she suffered enough from the death of her son, but he has to have his hand in the fish bowl. It is sickening. Love you to Katherine, your sons fans are behind you. I love you Michael.
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I agree with you, Just4Mike. As much as Michael loved his mother and wanted her to be PPB's guardian if something happened to him, he'd been around his family enough to knew how Joe and some of his siblings could manipulate her. Michael was very wise to put controls on his estate through people outside the family. Branca and McClain may have had their ups and downs with MJ but he obviously trusted them as seasoned professionals who would watch out for his assets, protect his legacy and his children's future. They have a huge responsibility and everything they do is scrutinized.Mann is a slug. He duped Katherine. He can spew all the criticism at the estate he wants but he doesn't have a leg to stand on and he'd be a fool to take on Branca.I thought all the previous comments were excellent. We all love Michael. BTW, I, also, think the new is FABULOUS!
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MICHAEL JACKSON's mother is like her son, she trust!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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