The anniversary of Michael Jackson’s tragic death is right around the corner, and for $150 a ticket, you can pay tribute to him at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Just one problem: The event is not sanctioned by his estate.
“Forever Michael” is being thrown, allegedly, by The Jackson Family Foundation and VoicePlate.com. Sounds official, right? Especially with Joe and Katherine Jackson in attendance, along with MJ’s children Paris, Prince and Blanket? How awesome.
Except for the fact that Katherine and Jackson’s kids won’t even be in town on the day of the event, let alone on hand. So … what the heck is going on here?
Michael Jackson passed away last June 25.
According to the VoicePlate site, “A portion of the proceeds for this event will be presented to some of Michael Jackson’s favorite charities at the event.”
As for what portion goes to charity and where the rest goes … founder Joseph Fahmy wouldn’t say, although he did say he just hopes to break even.
It’s all news to the Michael Jackson estate. Howard Weitzman, its lawyer, says “No one contacted the Estate to see whether or not they would approve, participate in, or allow the use of Michael’s name, likeness, image or intellectual property.”
That doesn’t sound good. Sounds like someone’s trying to take advantage of the icon. MJ fans may have a new target instead of Jason Pfeiffer.
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"Forever Michael" Jackson Tribute Not Really Official