Katherine Jackson Fires Her Lawyer
Katherine Jackson has just escalated her battle royale with the Michael Jackson Estate by firing her lawyer.
TMZ has obtained a letter Katherine sent to Adam Streisand, wishing him the best on the one hand … and giving him the boot on the other.
The letter does not explain the reasons for the firing, simply saying, “… I have decided to move in a different direction.”
But sources connected with Katherine tell … she’s upset that Streisand gave TMZ a statement yesterday in which he said Katherine “denies signing any statement to the court that makes accusations against the executors of any wrongdoing with respect to her son or his estate.”
declaration — purportedly written by Katherine Jackson — in which she accused John Branca of being a crook who stole from Michael.
Streisand told TMZ Wednesday, “She did not and would not make any such statements about the executors.”
HERE IS THE PREVIOUS STORY!! IN WHICH ESTATE TRIED TO SAY IT WAS NOT MRS JACKSON SIGNATURE!!
Katherine Jackson is furious about a declaration filed with the court — purportedly signed by her — in which she attacks the Executors of the Michael Jackson Estate. TMZ has learned … Katherine insists she never signed that declaration.
TMZ reported this morning … a declaration filed in the Estate’s lawsuit against the Heal the World Foundation makes shocking allegations against John Branca, calling him a thief.
But Katherine’s lawyer, Adam Streisand, tells TMZ, “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.”
Streisand adds, “She did not and would not make any such statements about the executors.” And Streisand says, Katherine told him, “These are not my words.”
As for the Heal the World Foundation lawyer — Edgar Pease — who filed the declaration in question, he tells TMZ someone from the Foundation faxed Katherine’s manager the final copy of the document and it was then sent on to Pease with the signature in question.
Pease says if the signature is a fraud, “Heads will roll.”
UPDATE: Pease just called us back to say Trent Jackson — Joe Jackson’s nephew and Katherine’s caregiver — told him he personally saw Katherine sign the declaration. But sources connected with the Estate say the declaration is suspicious, because the last page ONLY contains the signature, without any accompanying text. In other words, someone could have inserted the signature into a declaration Katherine never saw or approved.
Check out the signature on the declaration in question, dated April 6, 2011, and compare it to Katherine’s signature from a legal doc on February 3, 2010.
STORY BEFORE THAT, WHERE THE ESTATE FIRES BACK AT MRS JACKSON!!
MJ Estate — Katherine’s Accusations Are ‘Pathetic’
4/12/2011 8:25 AM PDT by TMZ Staff
The Michael Jackson estate is firing back at Katherine Jackson — claiming her attack on MJ executors John Branca and John McClain is “a pathetic attempt to hurt the men who single-handedly … resurrected Michael’s image and fortune.”
TMZ spoke with MJ estate lawyer Howard Weitzman — who told us Katherine’s declaration in the Heal the World lawsuit “contains many lies” He adds, “I would like to think that someone else prepared this for her and she just signed what she was asked to.”
As we previously reported, Katherine bashed Branca in the declaration — alleging Branca stole from MJ when he was alive. Katherine also said she wants the MJ estate to drop their suit against HTW … even though the foundation allegedly used MJ’s image without permission. Katherine also wants the estate to kick out some cash to the Foundation.
But Weitzman claims — “The Jackson family has NO rights to determine what charities receive money from Michael’s Estate but Mrs. Jackson will certainly have input.”
Weitzman believes Katherine should be more grateful to the estate and its administrators — saying, “The Executors have also seen to it that Mrs. Jackson, as Michael wished, continues to live in the style Michael provided for her by paying off the mortgage on Hayvenhurst; renting a palatial home for Mrs. Jackson and the children to live in while Hayvenhurst is being renovated; and paying for all of her and the children’s needs.”
Katherine Jackson — MJ’s Executor STOLE From Him
4/12/2011 7:14 AM PDT by TMZ Staff
Michael Jackson‘s mother says one of the guys in charge of the MJ Estate is a crook who stole from the singer … and to top it off, she claims Michael never even liked the guy … this according to new legal docs obtained by TMZ.
Katherine Jackson just filed a declaration in a case involving MJ’s old charity — the Heal the World Foundation.
According to the docs, Katherine is FURIOUS the estate is going after HTW for using MJ’s image and likeness without permission … and insists, “Michael would be very upset, if he knew that our charity was being torn down by people who say they are doing what he wanted.”
Katherine then goes after MJ executor John Branca — saying, “Mr. Branca was a man that my son was very worried about.”
She adds, “Michael told me on more than one occasion that he did not like this man and did not trust him, he told me that John had stolen from him.”
Katherine continues, “This lawsuit is exactly the type of awful thing that Michael said he was capable of doing.”
UPDATE: We just got this from the Executors: “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 we have always held for him.”
AND FINALLY FROM ME, I SEE TMZ ARE STIRRING UP THE POT, THEY ARE OBVIOUSLY LAP DOGS TO THE ESTATE!! AS YOU CAN SEE THEY HAVE PUT THEIR SPIN ON EVERY STORY, FACT OF THE MATTER IS!!!! THE ATTORNEY WHO LIED FOR THE ESTATE IN THE FIRST PLACE, SAYING MRS JACKSON DID NOT MAKE THIS DECLARATION HAS BEEN FIRED!!! HOW DARE BRANCA CLAIM HE REVIVED MICHAEL JACKSON IMAGE AND FORTUNE!! AFTER MICHAEL DIED, MICHAEL JACKSON IS MICHAEL JACKSON EVEN MONKEYS COULD HAVE RUN HIS ESTATE!!! FYI BRANCA HAS PLANTED HIS SEEDS IN THE FAN COMMUNITY!! , THEY REPORT ON NEWS THAT MAKES HIM LOOK GOOD(WHICH IS IMPOSSIBLE IF YOU KNOW THE FACTS) BUT NEVERTHELESS THEY DO TRY, THEY TAKE PARTS OF HIS STATEMENT POST IT ALL OVER TWITTER FB, AND EVEN EXTERNAL FAN SITES!! THESE STATEMENTS WHERE HE IS ATTACKING MRS JACKSON!!! BUT THEY DONT SHOW WHO THE STATEMENT IS TOWARDS, SO YOU SUPPORT ONLY HIM, ! THERE ARE SOME VERY VICIOUS FANS ON TWITTER AND FACEBOOK WHO ATTACK MICHAEL JACKSON FANS IF YOU DO NOT SUPPORT BRANCA, THEY PUT UP SMOKE SCREENS TO MAKE YOU BELIEVE WHAT THEY ARE SAYING IS RIGHT, FACT OF THE MATTER IS, BRANCA WAS FIRED IN 03!! FANS WHO ARE SUPPORTING HIM, KNOW THIS, BUT ARE VERY CAREFUL TO LEAVE THIS OUT, THEY WILL TELL YOU HE WAS REHIRED IN 06, BUT WHO WOULD KNOW BETTER THEN MICHAELS FAMILY!!! AND ATTORNEY AT THE TIME SEE THIS http://www.etonline.com/documents/et_jjackson_filing_091110.pdf BRIAN OXMAN, JOE JACKSON, RANDY JACKSON, MRS JACKSON AND MORE: ALL CONFIRM THIS, SO WHO ARE THESE FANS WHO CLAIM OTHERWISE!!! BRANCA FANS!!!
BRANCA HAS ALSO TARGETED ME!! A FAN OUT OF M.I.L.L.I.O.N.S BECAUSE I SPOKE UP AGAINST HIM, HE IS NOW DOING EXACTLY WHAT I SAID IN THIS INTERVIEW,, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYv2Q1hjzxw
TRYING TO TAKE MY DOMAIN NAME, HE WILL STOP AT NOTHING!!! WE MUST RAISE OUR VOICES AS ONE, FOR MICHAEL, HIS MOTHER AND HIS BABIES!!
DISCOVERY CHANNEL MICHAEL JACKSON AUTOPSY DOCUMENTARY!!
I know many of you are very grateful to Branca for having that stopped, well it is not stopped, just put off for now!!
This was going to be aired by Discovery channel which is owned by AEG!! so all Branca has to do was pick up the phone and call his buddy Randy Phillips or Paul Gongaware! He knew the fans were outraged by this being aired, but he sat back, watched us all panicking!!! DID NOTHING!! Then came waltzing in to save the day, oh wiat,,,, he had to give the letter to media so everyone would kiss his A$$$$!!! STOP BEING PLAYED BY THIS CON ARTIST, HE IS PLAYING YOU ALL LIKE PUPPETS!!! WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE!! AEG ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MICHAELS DEATH THEY HIRED MURRAY!! THEY WILL AIR THAT SHOW!! ITS JUST A MATTER OF TIME AND BRANCA WILL DO NOTHING TO STOP IT BECAUSE HE IS IN BED WITH THEM!!! REMEMBER WHAT HE SAID TO MRS JACKSON WHEN SHE WANTED THE AEG CONTRACT?? HE SAID SHE WAS BEING “BURDENSOME” HE WAS PROTECTING AEG FROM A LAWSUIT!!! UGH
OK JUST WANT TO ADD, BRIAN OXMAN BEING SUSPENDED? I would not be surprised if Branca is behind that! yeah i know Brian was disciplined, but the latest suspension IS SUSPECT:
Read the ETOline doc i have posted, this was filed by Oxman, AND Oxman is Key Witness for HTWF!! The way Branca has fired back at ME for my interview against him shows me just what a BIG GIRLS BLOUSE HE IS.
See what he did to Malnik and his other Dirty Dealing
For all of you who thought Mottola was history???
NOT SO: NO WONDER BRANCA IS STILL DEALING WITH $$$ONY hope Branca fans are proud of themselves, Meet the Devil Gatekeeper to Michaels unreleased Music! SHAME!! http://bit.ly/zxnMd