We had a reply to our certified Mail, Email to John G Branca, Via MJOnlineTeam We were not satisfied so have sent a second letter, if you would like to send your own copy please click here, We had written two letters to the Estate with only one response…. Our second letter addressed the costumes supposedly returned to the Estate. As we have information John Branca refused to accept delivery of iconic costumes from Michael Bush! We have also had many fans tweet the same question,) with no response from the OnLineTeam! I guess no reply means this is true, No Costumes were given to the Estate as they previously stated!
Our Second letter
December 18, 2012
The Estate of Michael Jackson
Attn: John G. Branca, Co-Executor
c/o ZIFFREN BRITTENHAM LLP
1801 Century Park West
Los Angeles, CA 90067-6406
Regarding our December 10, 2012 letter to you, the Co-Executor of the Michael Jackson Estate, we have received an indirect response not from you, but from Ms. Alicia Yeffe who has stated that she speaks on your behalf – at your instruction.
As with our previous repeated attempts to reach out to you, Mr. Branca to inform you of a now completed injustice, you have once again indirectly stated through Ms. Yeffe your detachment from any concern over Michael Lee Bush’s and Darren Julien’s December 2, 2012 Auction of hundreds of forged Michael Jackson signature items. You state a complete disregard and apparent lack of concern for this egregious matter, thereby separating not only yourself as an individual Mr. Branca, but the Estate of Michael Jackson as a whole, which you represent. No connection. Not your concern. How is that possible?
Mr. Branca. You are the Co-Executor of Michael Jackson’s Estate with the legal obligation to act in the best interest of Michael Jackson’s Legacy and the financial well-being of Michael Jackson’s beneficiaries and trust. You are responsible and obligated to take swift and justly appropriate action against any and all perpetrator(s) of fraud to the Michael Jackson brand.
As a career law man you do understand, Mr. Branca the seriousness of forgery and the selling of fraudulent goods. The FBI and the United States Congress take this criminal matter seriously. Consequently, there have been organized raids executed against counterfeiters all across the United States and those found guilty are severely punished under the law.
Like the damaging effect of illegal digital downloads upon the entertainment industry, criminal forgeries of an entertainer‘s name or likeness have a severely detrimental impact upon the artist’s enterprise and assets. Regarding the former, a consortium of lawyers, record execs and label owners along with Congress made it a priority to aggressively tackle this misconduct head on – to protect the intellectual property of the contents creator and the financial investments and stability of a multibillion dollar global industry. Clearly, that is the purpose of registering ones content with the library of congress, making sure trademarks are in place and up to date, while garnering the assistance of companies like ASCAP and BMI.
Mr. Branca, we do not have to explain to you what your duties are as a tax attorney, estate planner, entertainment lawyer, business manager and music publishing broker. You have made this your profession for nearly four decades. You have executed the vast, lucrative estates of Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley and now the greatest entertainer and humanitarian of all time, Michael Jackson. You have negotiated recording contracts, merchandising deals and world tours for top named stars and spent nearly 30 years, off and on, with the biggest star of them all. Again, that is Michael Jackson.
We know your resume, Mr. Branca. We have witnessed very well your determination and ability to do your job effectively when it is your desire and mission to do so. As Co-Executor, you know the importance of safeguarding the interests of Michael Jackson’s Estate and his benefactors – Michael’s beloved mother, Mrs. Katherine Jackson and Michael’s three beloved children Prince, Paris and Blanket – from theft of their assets, be it monetary, intellectual and/or real.
On behalf of the estate you went into litigation against Mr. Howard Mann for his use of Michael’s name and likeness on his Vintage Pop website, citing it was without the permission of the estate. Mr. Mann obtained the memorabilia in a legal settlement, however, the estate did not take the stance that he could do what he will with the property that was his own. Yet that is exactly the ongoing position you, the estate, has taken regarding Michael Lee Bush’s garment possession and sell off. With forged signatures which are trademark of the Estate of Mr Michael Jackson.
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Like Mr. Bush, Mr. Mann was in possession of Michael Jackson items and used Michael’s name and image – which, as you well know, was represented through a tribute book Mrs. Katherine Jackson issued via Mr. Mann using her own family album photos, in loving memory of her son. You stopped that tribute book, a mother’s display of love and remembrance. You did so by suing Mr. Mann, claiming copyright infringement. Yet, you do not sue Mr. Bush. Contrary, Michael Lee Bush has been allowed to create a money making traveling exhibition, then along with Darren Julien, sell off hundreds of items in Michael Jackson’s name with blatant forgeries of Michael Jackson’s signature – without one peep from you, the Estate of Michael Jackson. Michael Lee Bush even loaned some of Michael Jackson’s iconic costumes to a designer for models to wear in a fashion run way show.
Are these type of disrespectful, degrading spectacles in regard and reference to Michael Jackson deemed acceptable to you, Mr. Branca as the legal Co-Executor and representative of Michael Jackson‘s Estate? No need to ask where Michael’s dignity is because he always had dignity and will always retain his dignity. But where is yours, John Branca?
Mr. Branca, you wrote the Forward to Michael Lee Bush’s recently published book portraying many of the same forged items now having been sold by Julien’s Auctions on December 2nd. This book was indeed used to help publicize the Julien’s-Bush Sale and was actively cross promoted/sold on site at Julien’s. Being the astute and most capable lawyer that you are, we were certain this fact would have deeply concerned and appalled you, to discover that Michael Bush had actualized such a blatant, overt fraud against Michael Jackson’s Legacy and Market Value – which has been instantly depreciated and will continue to be negatively affected due to this criminal sell off of hundreds of fraudulently autographed Michael Jackson items.