This month, music fans around the world will celebrate the life of [lastfm]Michael Jackson[/lastfm], who passed away on June 26, 2009. One particular memorial event in Los Angeles, however, is raising a few eyebrows.
The Forever Michael memorial concert is set to take place on June 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, but according to Jackson’s lawyer, no one ever received permission from the King of Pop’s estate.
The event is being organized by communications site VoicePlate.com, reportedly along with the Jackson Family Foundation. Tickets start at $150 each. A representative from VoicePlate claims that the Jackson family has given the event their blessing and that all proceeds will go to charity. However, MJ’s lawyers say that is not the case.
“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,” Jackson’s estate attorney Howard Weitzman told TMZ.com.
And though VoicePlate.com chief Joseph Fahmy claims that Jackson’s parents and three children will attend the event, sources close to the Jackson family also tell TMZ that the Jackson’s won’t be in Los Angeles on the day of the event.