Michael Jackson - Michael Jackson Estate Angry Over Simmons' Involvement In Tribute Gig

The executors of Michael Jackson's estate have fired off an angry letter to the organisers of his upcoming tribute concert after they signed up Kiss to perform, because Gene Simmons suggested the late legend was a paedophile in an interview last year (10).
Katherine Jackson has organised the Michael Forever: The Tribute Concert in Cardiff, Wales to take place on 08 October (11) in memory of her late son, with Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Leona Lewis and Smokey Robinson among the acts on the bill.
Kiss were added to the line-up on Monday (15Aug11) in a move which angered some fans because the band's outlandish bassist Simmons talked about the claims of child molestation which followed the singer throughout his later years.
He told Classic Rock Magazine, "No matter what my fond memories and fond images of Michael were, with one allegation of paedophilia after another and another and another...Oh dear."
Jackson's estate lawyer Howard Weitzman is furious organisers behind the event have included the rocker on the bill, and has sent a letter demanding more information on the concert.
Weitzman writes, "We are aware that Michael Forever has the support of some members of the Jackson family, including Joseph Jackson, Katherine Jackson, La Toya, Marlon, Jackie and Tito Jackson and we have read that the event is opposed by Jermaine and Randy Jackson.
"We were especially disappointed today with the announcement that the band Kiss and guitarist Gene Simmons were added as one of the acts to perform... As I'm sure you are aware, Mr Simmons has made numerous disparaging public comments about Michael Jackson after his passing."
Jackson was famously acquitted of child molestation charges in 2005 after a highly-publicised five-month trial.


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f**k YOU SIMMONS! HATER! you are just JEALOUS of Michael that all
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Are you f**king kidding me...let's have Dr. Murray on the show too....he f**ked mMichael over too.
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If Simmons does not retract his statement he should not be allowed to perform.
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@Vana and @ Marsiedots, I completely agree with both of you. After that remark, I have never watched his TV show again, nor will and I am just a fan. What is his family thinking, where is the loyalty, I am so dissappointed in them and proud of Michaels estate coming out against Simmons, that is what I call 'honor' to his memory and legacy.
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what a circus! Yes, they should also invite murray the killer of Michael's death!!!! I am very angry at The Jackson family, I really don't understand them at all. The Murray's trial hasn't started yet but the jackson and the rest of them (some artists) want to pay tribute to Michael, it's an absolutely ridiculous . The Jackson should pay more attention on the upcoming Murray's trial than to make money of Michael's name. Shame on you The Jackson and shame on you the american JUSTICE. The world is watching you!!!! Yak, yak, yak,
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I agree with my fellow MJ FANS: marsiedots,reniatko, ROBMAY, Vana - THIS IS ABSOLUTELY CRAZY!!!!
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Thank you to all MJ fans!!!!!!!!! Your power is amazing. Our blogs, our fan clubs, our emails are a FORCE!!! This is our 3rd win guys: Gardner Elementary, UK Discovery Channel and now wormy Gene Simmons. And special thanks to Weitzmann and the Estate for standing behind us. Michael was crucified for 25 years and we're not takin' this crap anymore. We're getting stronger by the moment. MJ fans - YOU ROCK!!!
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i think the jackson family should wait until after the trial is over with they should want to all be in the court room during murray's trial and wait until after the trial to give a tribute to michael and gene simmons don't have any room to talk about michael jackson with the way he lived its not been perfect gene not being married to the mother of your kids and all the crap you have done from m j fan.
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