Michael Jackson Estate Criticizes, Raises Doubts About Tribute Concert

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If you're confused as to how Michael Jackson's Estate and his own family members can be fighting over a concert honoring his legacy ... welcome to the unending saga of Michael Jackson, bizarre even after his death.

The honchos in charge of the late singer's estate are threatening the people behind the Michael Jackson Tribute concert, claiming the promoters are tarnishing Michael's legacy and are possibly even ripping him off.

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Howard Weitzman, lawyer for the Estate, fired off a letter to promoters of the concert - set for October 8 in Wales - expressing displeasure about many things.

Chief among them? That KISS and Gene Simmons will be performing.

As we know, Gene publicly accused MJ of being a child molester, a fact not lost on Weitzman, who writes in his letter to those in charge of the show:

"It was extraordinarily embarrassing when no sooner than you announced this 'news' that he would participate that TMZ posted an item noting Mr. Simmons had called Michael Jackson - the man you are purportedly honoring - a child molester."

Weitzman also questions where the proceeds will be going.

Michael's father, Joe Jackson, and Leonard Rowe are behind the concert, and suffice it to say, they've always been quick to cash in on MJ's name.

Weitzman suggests promoters may be running afoul of the law using "intellectual property controlled by the Estate" - MJ images and his songs.

A number of big name stars, such as Christina Aguilera, are set to perform at the show, while Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket will attend.

We'll see if it even takes place at this rate.


Michael Jackson Biography

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Michael Jackson was the King of Pop, with the best-selling album of all-time and more than a dozen massive hits. After years of physical... More »
Gary, Indiana
Full Name
Michael Joseph Jackson