Katherine Jackson Speaks Out: Life After Michael Jackson
Late Pop Star's Mother Talks About Lawsuits and Raising Michael's Children
In addition to the case against Murray, Katherine is dealing with a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by the singer's estate, according to the Associated Press.
The lawyers representing Jackson's estate released the following statement to ABC News on the lawsuit:
"The Estate of Michael Jackson has filed suit against Howard Mann and his company to bring a stop to the unlawful use of Michael's name and likeness. The Estate had hoped Mann would voluntarily cease his conduct but that was not to be. People who trade off of Michael's personality, copyrights, and trademarks should not be allowed to exploit the legacy of one of the world's most recognized talents for their own benefit. Protecting and preserving Michael's assets are a core responsibility of the Estate and we will do everything the law permits to enforce those rights."
ABC News has licensed the video Katherine and her business partner Howard Mann have produced in response to the lawsuit. "As far as the estate suing Howard Mann, my feeling is when they're suing Howard Mann they're suing me…because I authorized the book," Katherine said.
Howard Mann said Katherine has gone through a difficult time.
"It's not just obviously the lawsuit filed against us, she's obviously going through a criminal trial towards as to the wrongful death of her son, the litigation with AEG, I think there's a lot of compound pressure right now," Mann said.
Raising Michael Jackson's Children
Amidst all of this, Katherine is talking for the first time about how different it is raising children in your 20s than in your 80s.
"Michael's children are good children, and he raised them out of love and understanding, " Katherine said. "I don't have a hard time with them, because they know what, how their father had them raised, and their very respectful and also it's a difference today."
But knowing what she knows now about kids in show business she said she would take a different approach in letting them get involved with the entertainment industry.
"I wouldn't let (them) go into business at this early of age, like Paris wants to be an actress…and I don't think Michael would have let her," she said. "He talked about he didn't have a childhood, he wanted to be more...play more."
ABC News' Suzan Clarke and Leezel Tanglao contributed to this report. http://abcnews.go.com/