Michael Jackson Commemorative Belts For Sale!
Joe and Katherine Jackson try to make a buck off the deceased pop icon.
An extremely fancy belt commemorating the late Michael Jackson, allegedly “sanctioned” by Joe Jackson and Katherine Jackson — can be yours for the bargain basement price of $1,500 — problem is … the whole thing may be illegal.
According to the official website promoting the belts, they are signed by MJ’s kiddies, Prince, Paris and Blanket. TMZ obtained a photo of Joe and Katherine signing one of the belts.
The belts feature several images trademarked by Michael Jackson — including dancing feet, MJ’s silhouette and the MJ crest — and MJ’s estate must authorize any commercial use of those trademarks, as well as MJ’s name or image.
TMZ called estate lawyer Howard Weitzman, who said the belts were news to him and that the executors never authorized the sale. Weitzman says, “The Trustees of the Estate of Michael Jackson did not authorize the making or the sale of the Michael Jackson Tribute Belts.” Weitzman continues, “We would never condone the use of Michael’s children’s signatures to promote the sale of merchandise.”
Flack Jerry Olivarez, who is a friend of the Jackson family, has been touting the sale of the belts. 7,000 belts will reportedly go up for sale when the site goes live. There will also be an auction for the belt signed by Joe, Katherine, and the kids — opening bid is $5 grand.
Attempts to speak with Olivarez were unsuccessful. (TMZ)