Janet Jackson is leading the charge and working to gain ‘control’ of the “media campaign” against her family, which she feels it was the work of the men who control the estate of her late brother, Michael Jackson.
Headlines about the “Jackson Family Feud” have been ubiquitous in recent weeks and the majority of the stories – led by entertainment website TMZ – have painted Janet, sister Rebbie and brothers, Randy and Jermaine in a negative light. Media stories have consistently portrayed the family as money-hungry villains operating outside of the best interest of the late “King of Pop’s” children, Paris Michael, Prince Michael, and Prince Michael II.
Despite Janet’s 82-year-old mom, Katherine Jackson declaring the reports were “stupid” and saying the entire ordeal was “based on lies,” there still appeared to be a full-fledged press attack against the Jackson’s. One initial report by TMZ – who has since retracted their story and apologized – even claimed Janet had slapped her niece Paris in a heated exchange and called her a “b—h.”
Now Janet, Randy and Rebbie – Jermaine has opted out – are fighting back against the press onslaught and are being very direct in accusing the executors of Michael’s estate of starting this “media campaign.”
They siblings specifically voice their grievances with Michael’s will as it stands and are clear to point out: “They stand to gain nothing financially by a finding that the will is invalid.” (The Jackson’s latter point is something that ABC legal analyst Dan Abrams said in his legal commentary on “Good Morning America.”)
Regardless, Michael’s 2002 will in question was accepted by a probate judge after the music icon’s death three years ago. Industry veterans John Branca and John McClain were put in control of an estate that has an estimated worth of $1 billion. The court-approved compensation plan gives the executors a 10% commission of some earnings.
The Jackson siblings believe the will was faked and declare they have concrete evidence that their late brother was out of town on the day the will was supposedly signed 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.
READ: Below is the statement released by the Jackson sibling’s attorney Blair G. Brown.