Michael Jackson’s children and mother, Katherine Jackson, won’t be attending the ‘Forever Michael’ tribute at the Beverly Hilton Hotel as promised by Joe Jackson and VoicePlate.com.
TMZ reports that Katherine Jackson, along with Prince, Paris, and Blanket, won’t be in Los Angeles on the 1st anniversary of MJ’s death, and will instead spend time with family and friends privately in Gary, Indiana.
Jackson family insiders report that Mrs. Jackson feels Gary, Indiana is a “family point of connection.” and wishes to escape the craziness of Los Angeles.
Billed as a red carpet, charity event to unite Jackson family members with celebrities and fans, tickets have been selling for $150-$500 each, before any family members were confirmed to attend
Meanwhile, Joe Jackson, leader of the Jackson Family Foundation, has been suggesting Katherine Jackson and MJ’s children will attend the event.
Rolling Stone Magazine reports that despite VoicePlate.com’s website stating a portion of the proceeds will go to Michael jackson charities, it is the Jackson Family Foundation (headed by Joe Jackson) that will receive the proceeds and is in no way connected to the Michael Jackson Estate.
Furthermore, after VoicePlate.com operator, Joseph Fahmy promised to feature music by the “King of Pop,” Howard Weitzman, attorney for the Michael Jackson Estate said “No one ever contacted the Estate to see whether or not they would approve, participate in, or allow the use of Michael’s name, likeness, image or intellectual property for this event.”
Voiceplate.com is now telling fans on its website that attendees will be hearing selections by Genevieve Jackson.
Genevieve Jackson is daughter to Randy Jackson. Randy is MJ’s youngest brother.
Did you know? TMZ reports Joseph Fahmy, operator of VoicePlate.com (which is co-hosting the charity event with “The Jackson Family Foundation”), says that he is just hoping to break even, meaning that there may be no money left over to actually contribute to charity once his fees and operational costs of the Jackson Family Foundation are subtracted.
Update: TMZ reports Katherine Jackson did make an appearance at the “Forever Michael’ tribute in Los Angeles, despite scheduling trips to Hawaii and Gary, Indiana just before and on the anniversary of her son’s death. Michael Jackson’s children, however, did not attend the tribute. Sources speculate that it was the tremendous amount of negative publicity surrounding the tribute that changed her mind and cut short her trip to Gary to return to LA.