*The newly-announced “Forever Michael” event from the Jackson Family Foundation and VoicePlate.com is not sanctioned by the Michael Jackson estate, according to the estate’s lawyer, Howard Weitzman.
According to TMZ, the event scheduled to mark the one-year anniversary of MJ’s death is set for June 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, and VoicePlate.com owner Joseph Fahmy claims Joe and Katherine Jackson, along with Michael’s three children, are expected to attend. But sources tell the Web site that Katherine won’t even be in town on the day of the event.
Tickets to the event are $150. According to the VoicePlate Web site, “a portion of the proceeds will be presented to some of Michael Jackson’s favorite charities at the event.”
TMZ says Fahmy wouldn’t say what portion goes to charity and where the rest of the money goes, “although he did tell us he just hopes to break even.”
Weitzman, lawyer for the estate, tells TMZ, “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.”