Janet Jackson is sending out a “don’t come for me” in response to insinuations among some members of the press that she along with Randy Jackson, Rebbie Jackson, and Jermaine Jackson were questioning the authenticity of Michael Jackson’s will for financial reasons. Yeah, you could say whatever you want about the other two or three, but Janet Jackson is hella, hella rich and involved with a Saudi billionaire. Clearly mama isn’t hurting for money.
Here’s how her lawyer responded to the claims on her behalf (via the Los Angeles Times):
In the statement, Blair G. Brown, a Washington attorney for Janet Jackson, disputed reports that the siblings were trying to enlist their mother in a battle over the will for their own financial benefit.
“They stand to gain nothing financially by a finding that the will is invalid,” Brown wrote. “What will be gained … is that the executors will be replaced and the estate and the guardianship will be managed in a manner that is in the best interest of the children, which is what Michael wanted.”
Allegations that the siblings were holding their 82-year-old mother against her will in Arizona made international headlines last week and resulted in a new custody arrangement in which the family matriarch shares guardianship of Michael Jackson’s three children.
The 2002 will accepted by a probate judge after Michael Jackson’s death three years ago gave music industry veterans John Branca and John McClain control of an estate with an estimated worth of $1 billion.The court-approved compensation plan gives the executors a 10% cut of some earnings.
The siblings have said the will was faked and cited evidence that Michael Jackson was out of town on the day the will indicates he signed the document in Los Angeles.A spokesman for the estate said Friday evening that the legal window for challenging the will has closed, but that two prior wills also named Branca executor and gave no power to Jackson’s siblings.
In his statement, Brown accused the executors of barring the three siblings from visiting their mother at the Calabasas home where she lives with her grandchildren.
“The effect … not only is to damage fundamental family relationships, it is also to isolate Katherine Jackson from anyone questioning the validity of the will,” Brown wrote.
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