Michael Jackson - Jackson Slams Reports Of Branca Rift

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Michael Jackson's mother Katherine has hit out at allegations she criticised the executors of the pop star's estate in court documents, revealing she did not sign paperwork attributed to her.
Reports surfaced on Tuesday (12Apr11) suggesting the Jackson family matriarch had filed court papers in which she took aim at estate executor John Branca and urged him to drop a lawsuit against the Heal the World Foundation charity.
But both Jackson and Branca have now spoken out to dismiss the story - the King of Pop's mother insists suggestions she signed the papers are untrue, and Branca has branded the reports "ludicrous".
Jackson's lawyer Adam Streisand tells Tmz.com, "Mrs Jackson categorically denies signing any statement to the court that makes accusations against the executors of any wrongdoing with respect to her son or his estate... She did not and would not make any such statements about the executors."
And in a statement, Branca and his co-executor John MCClain tell WENN, "We know that certain ludicrous statements were made recently that we won’t personally dignify with a response. We will continue to do our best to uphold and further the memory and legacy of Michael with the same passion that we have always held for him. We appreciate all of the support for Michael from his loyal and devoted fans."
The executors are pursuing a lawsuit against the Heal the World Foundation, claiming it has no link to Jackson or his former charity of the same name, and accusing organisers of infringement and unfair competition.


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Ok now I've heard it all. Publicity comes in strange forms sometimes at other peoples expense (me) there is no bad publicity. Right?
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The source of both the original news item and now the response to it made by Mr Streisand gives is a good indication of how much MJ fans can rely on TMZ as a creditable source of information on MJ - i.e. none.I agree with the Estate's lawsuit against the HTWF which should be able to carry on any good work it does without masquerading as Michael's original organisation - which it isn't. It can surely do good in the spirit of that organisation without using the same name and almost identical logo. This just emphasises to me the need for caution in supporting this group at this point in time.
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I agree. This HTWF has nothing to do w/ Michael's original foundation which was closed in 2002. They are users - like so many others who hung around Michael during his life. I am disappointed and saddened that Katherine continues to support this group as Michael's organization and worse that she has pulled the kids into it. Why don't they change their name - trade off someone else's celebrity? Why? Because Michael is the biggest name in the world. Keep hammering away, Branca. Your job is protecting Michael's legacy which unfortunately too many chose NOT to do while he was still with us. If more people had honestly cared about Michael and not using him to line their pockets, he might still be with us today.
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