It has been just over three years since Michael Jackson passed away, but the King of Pop’s death is still making waves in the media. Several of his siblings are stirring up controversy surrounding the legitimacy of his will.
Janet, Jermaine, Tito, Randy and Rebbie Jackson state in a letter to estate executors that his will is “fake, flawed and fraudulent” according to CNN. Jackson’s will was validated in probate court several months after his death on June 25, 2009. The signature page shows Jackson signed the will in Los Angeles on July 7, 2002, a date the accusing Jackson siblings say was time spent in New York.
Jackson’s will puts his assets into a trust for his mother, Katherine; children Prince, Paris and Blanket; and charities. John Branca and John McClain were named as executors, whom the letter addresses and accuses of using fear and manipulation for their own “pursuit of wealth, fame and power.”
“Our brother told us, in no uncertain terms and without hesitation in the months prior to his death, that he despised both of you and that he did not want either of you to have anything to do with his life or estate for that matter,” the letter states, regarding Branca and McClain. “We know that and you know that.”
The letter, which is unsigned by siblings Jackie, Marlon and La Toya as well as Jackson’s parents and children, claims that Katherine also suffered a mini stroke due to the strain, pressure and manipulation she has undergone. These accusations were refuted by Paris Jackson on Twitter.
“I am going to clarify right now that what has been said about my grandmother is a rumor and nothing has happened, she is completely fine,” she tweeted.
Estate spokesman Jim Bates responded with a statement to CNN, saying, “We are saddened that false and defamatory accusations grounded in stale Internet conspiracy theories are now being made by certain members of Michael’s family whom he chose to leave out of his will … We are especially disheartened that they come at a time when remarkable progress has been made to secure the financial future of his children by turning around the estate’s finances…”
The five Jacksons who signed the letter plan on taking proper legal action to expose the injustice perpetrated by the estate executors and expose the truth behind the matter.
- EJ Judge, WCBS-FM, New York