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KinGofPoP411Junky

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Re: The Truth about Melissa Johnsons Heal The World Foundation
« Reply #15 on: February 26, 2011, 08:37:43 AM »
Melissa Johnson Case Updates

Some updates from the above titled case:

- The MJ Estate wanted to deposit Howard Mann in the case. Who first asked for a change in the date, and later canceled it through his counsel saying "the plaintiffs wouldn't need him". Now the court ordered that Mann has to appear for a deposition no later than February 28th, 2011.

- The MJ Estate asked for a preliminary injunction, and the Judge granted it. From now on Melissa Johnson or any of her related companies can not use MJ's likenes and any of his trademarks. The only thing they can keep for now is the Heal The World name. This is a serious damage both for Johnson and Mann (the latter paid huge money for the non-existing rights).

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Re: The Truth about Melissa Johnsons Heal The World Foundation
« Reply #16 on: February 26, 2011, 08:47:30 AM »
I had promised myself I wouldn't watch, but ended up watching anyways...though I regret it now. The interview touched on the children's "hopes and dreams," but it is completely evident that this interview was about doing damage control for Howard Mann and Melissa Johnson's HTWF.

The children were photographed with Howard, Melissa, and Momma K presenting a $10,000.00 check on behalf of the HTWF. They allowed Howard Mann to jab and criticize the estate for their legal actions against him and the HTWF. GMA read a statement given by the estate and it was dismissed by both Mann and Katherine.

Anybody who watches this interview and doesn't see it for what it was is purposely turning a blind eye to the utter f***ery and exploitation. Sad
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Further exploitation of the children: http://www.justagoodcause.us/youth-board-of-advisors3.htm
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Regardless of the children's willingness to do this interview, its STILL EXPLOITATION because they were used to promote and validate the fraudulent Heal the World Foundation. Its still exploitation because Momma Kate has signed these children into a contract that makes their media appearances obligatory and ensures Katherine a minimum of at least $5,000.00 per day per appearance.

Its exploitation because the children are being used for Mann, Katherine, and Melissa's own personal gain and benefit. Did y'all see that Momma K's book "Never Can Say Goodbye," was plugged at the end of the interview? Did y'all hear when they said Paris owns a copy of the book? Why do y'all think they made such a statement? I'll tell you why...to further use Paris to promote the book.

The entire interview used Michael's children to provide Howard Mann and Melissa Johnson a platform to publicly jab at the estate because of the legal action Branca and team are taking against them.

Michael tried suing this man in 2004. THAT should be indication enough as to why Momma Kate SHOULD NOT be associating anything regarding Michael's legacy with Mann.

Somebody try explaining to me how, exactly, is using the children as pawns in this battle between the estate and Howard Mann does ANYTHING for Michael's legacy. Katherine Jackson knew there was a case pending against this fake charity and still chose to allow the children to be used to promote it. Many fans may want to believe that Katherine's support for this charity is strictly and genuinely out of the desire to continue Michael's legacy, but in addition to that, Katherine is under contractual obligation to promote ANYTHING VPM(in association with Howard Mann) produces, supports, or holds interest in. This means that even IF Katherine doesn't support something by her own merit, she's still under contract to do so anyways upon defining mutual agreements.

Michael provided his mother and children with exactly what HE wanted them to have. Using his image, name, and more importantly, his CHILDREN to wrangle up even more revenue is both disrespectful to Michael's last wishes and the co-beneficiaries of Michael's estate...his children.

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Re: The Truth about Melissa Johnsons Heal The World Foundation
« Reply #17 on: February 26, 2011, 10:42:59 AM »
Junky, I agree with everything you said here. 

Mann is not interested in protecting Michael's legacy his only interest lies in making as much money as possible from a recently deceased superstar.  By using Katherine and the children gives him validation for his rubbish merchandise,  (yes I stupidly brought the book), and I think he thinks it would protect him from the estate.

There is a discussion thread over in cyber jams on whether the children are being exploited feel free to vent away  :smile:


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Re: The Truth about Melissa Johnsons Heal The World Foundation
« Reply #18 on: February 26, 2011, 01:43:33 PM »
I took a look at HTW twitter, there are photos of the children and some with Katherine plus a link to the web page that shows, Prince, Paris and Blanket as Youth Board Advisors, along with three other kids.  The web page has two notes:

ATTENTION: All members using Mr. Jackson's image, must change their profile image.

HTWF must comply with the Temporary court order restricting us from having any images or names referring to Mr. Jackson on our website.

AND

*Note to Parents: HTWF is NOT currently taking applications to fill positions within the World
Congress of Children. So please don't ask us right now how your child can become a member of the
WCC or related questions. The truth is we would love to respond to each and every well
conceived email, but simply do not have the resources to do so at this time.


Soon after the lawsuit mentioned at the top of this page comes to an end, many HTWF goals that are
currently on hold will then receive our undivided attention.


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Re: The Truth about Melissa Johnsons Heal The World Foundation
« Reply #19 on: February 26, 2011, 02:26:42 PM »

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Re: The Truth about Melissa Johnsons Heal The World Foundation
« Reply #20 on: March 01, 2011, 09:00:23 PM »
Here is a link to a copy of the injuction. Worth reading if you haven't already done so.

http://www.rosespeaks.com/downloads/Jackson/world/2-18-10-MOTION-Preliminary-Injunction.pdf

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Re: The Truth about Melissa Johnsons Heal The World Foundation
« Reply #21 on: March 04, 2011, 08:27:30 PM »
This link comes courtesy of KinGofPoP411Junky

http://oi51.tinypic.com/2uy3ewx.jpg


This document shows that HTWF spent $52k and $21k of donations on their advertising campaign and a huge sum for the trademark purchase and only gave $5k to help those in need.


 :hmmm: I wonder how much they paid Katherine.... oops just thinking out loud

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Re: The Truth about Melissa Johnsons Heal The World Foundation
« Reply #22 on: April 11, 2011, 05:24:15 PM »
Michael Jackson Estate vs. Melissa Johnson - Updates
Updates from the above titled case:

- The MJ Estate requested for a non-jury trial, that Johnson's lawyers wouldn't take. They say they prepaired for a jury trial, and this change might make their work harder. There is still no decesion in this matter.

- Trent Jackson declared the followings as the witness of Johnson: he worked for MJ for 7 years as the executive assistant of his mother, Katherine Jackson. His responsibilities includes being with Katherine 24/7, interacting with the staff around her and MJ's kids, overseeing the activities and environments they live in, etc.
He and Katherine first met with Johnson in July 2010, when they had a lunch talking about Heal The World Foundation and their volunteer work. Trent insist that MJ and Raymone Bain told him and Katherine that Johnson is taking care of the charity and will preserve it.
Trent is responsible for mentoring the MJ kids within the foundation, as well he was there with them this February on the HTWF charity event. He tells in the declaration that MJ's kids shortly after his death picked up some clothes and visited a homeless shelter in Los Angeles. As well later they got back to the same shelter again without the press.
Trent claims that since MJ's death John Branca didn't visit either Katherine or the kids.

- Raymone Bain declared the followings as the witness of Johnson: She has been contacted by Johnson in 2006 and in the coming years about concerns related to MJ. Bain asked MJ if Johnson is entitled to do anything in the name of the charity, and MJ confirmed that he granted Johnson's request to take over the charity in early 2005. According to Bain, MJ's intention with letting Johnson handling the charity issues was because he wanted to focus on his upcoming trial. But he strongly warned Johnson that he doesn't want again what happened in 2001 with his charity, and won't take responsibilities for anything. If this would happen then he will ask Johnson to close it down. MJ was furthermore concerned that his charity money will go to administration costs and to the ones needed.

- Katherine Jackson declared the followings as the witness of Johnson: She asked the MJ Estate to take part in selecting the charities that would benefit from the 20% of the estate incomes. However she said she has been excluded from this and any other decesion regarding the MJ Estate. She said that she and Joe Jackson joined to the charity to express their concern about the MJ Estate executors destroying it.
Katherine claimed that MJ told her on many occasions that he is afraid of Branca, because he stoled from him. She says the estate executors tried to intervene with what they are doing with the charity, including in the Oprah and the GMA interviews where segments has been cut off due to their demand.

http://lesliemjhu.blogspot.com/2011/04/michael-jackson-estate-vs-melissa.html

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Re: The Truth about Melissa Johnsons Heal The World Foundation
« Reply #23 on: April 12, 2011, 10:08:59 PM »
Courtesy of Ivy on MJJC (tuesday april 12th)

John Branca just filed his witness statement in the case with the court. He says

- Michael started working with Bravado through AEG before his death for TII concerts. He says that Michael personally approved 295 designs.
- Branca says after Micheal's death as the estate they took over the agreement with Bravado from AEG and worked on modifying it as the situation changed. Court approved this modified merchandise agreement.
- Branca says during these modifications, negotiations, court review etc was happening with Bravado on August 7, 2009 he received a letter from HTWF's lawyer.
- HTWF's lawyer tells Branca that HTWF owns those trademarks (such as MJ, Michael Jackson, King of Pop used) in the merchandise and Estate and Triumph Inc. didn't own them.
- They see this letter as an effort from HTWF to hurt and stop the deal with Bravado.
- Branca asks a law firm to contact HTWF. Discussions go on and Estate doesn't agree with HTWF's claim that they own the trademarks.
- so they file a lawsuit very similar to other hundreds of lawsuit they filed through their lawyers and Bravado's lawyers all around the world to protect Michael's trademarks and right of publicity.
- Branca mentions Oxman's conflict of interest and how he represents Joe against the Estate.
- Branca mentions Mann, what he has done and their lawsuit against him.
- Branca mentions although it's not relevant to this case he wants to state on his and McClain's behalf that for the 16 month period of June 2009 to October 2010, Estate distributed or paid more than $9 Million for the benefit of Katherine and MJ's children and rejects the claims that Estate isn't properly caring for them.
- Branca mentions Melissa Johnson's so called "revival" of HTWF and how they didn't approve the revival of 1991 charity.
- He calls her "bizarre" and "obsessive", mentions how she got a message from an "angel" or "spirit", calls her books and charity objectives "grandiose and unworkable", says that she showed "disdain" towards anyone that doesn't agree with her demands and calls her actions "questionable". He finishes with saying she's not someone that him and McClain would ever want or ever allow to "represent" Michael's charitable legacy in any way.

I'll quote Branca's exact words so that you can understand how he sees Michael's charitable legacy.

"Mr. Jackson had been known throughout the world during his life, and quite correctly, to be an extraordinary charitable man. Mr. McClain and I intend to honor as best as possible Mr. Jackson's last charitable bequest as provided in the Jackson Trust in a manner that will reinforce, enhance and emphasize Mr. Jackson's reputation and memory. Mr. Jackson's last charitable bequest should be as great a memorial and testimony to his achievements and to him as is his incredible body of creative work that he has left behind. There has not yet been any final decision made as to the manner in which Mr. Jackson's last charitable gift will be carried out."


http://www.mjjcommunity.com/forum/showthread.php/110691-Update-MJ-Estate-files-supplement-to-their-complaint-against-Melissa-Johnson-and-HTWF?p=3339087&posted=1#post3339087

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Re: The Truth about Melissa Johnsons Heal The World Foundation
« Reply #24 on: April 13, 2011, 11:57:14 AM »
4/13/2011
Michael Jackson Estate vs. Melissa Johnson - Updates
 
Updates in the above titled case:

- As an MJ Estate witness Karen Langford made a testify as well. She talked lot about MJ's past and things John Branca's testimony had. The most interesting part of her testimony was a list of companies whom MJ signed for manufacturing merchandises: Sony Signatures, MJ Net Entertainment, MJ Licensing LLC, AEG Live LLC (considering the cloud around MJ Licensing especially).

- Felix Sebacious made his statements on behalf of Bravado. He revealed that the first discussions between AEG and Bravado about the MJ themed merchandises started in March, 2009. Tom Bennett, president of Bravado personally presented MJ with the 300 items designed for his tour at Los Angeles. He says that since MJ's death they are serving as manufacturors as well they give the licensing rights to third parties with the prior consent of the MJ Estate. At the moment there are appr. 22 third party licenses for manufacturing MJ themed merchandises. Bravado blocked appr. 200.000 auctions on eBay since MJ's death due to copyright infrignment. Furthermore Bravado commenced more then 15 lawsuits against 50 defendants and seized over 7.500 items.
In August, 2009 Bravado even filed a lawsuit against Merrick Mint Inc. whom manufactured MJ coins based on a licensing agreement made with Johnson.
Since MJ's death more than 9 figures in retail dollar value of authorised, official MJ merchandises has been sold.

- Jeffrey Smith from Greenberg Traurig made a witness testify. Other than providing huge number of information on the MJ trademarks he didn't said anything new.

- Amongst the witnesses Evan S. Spiegel made his testify. He was the legal counsel of MJ between 1984 and 2005. He testified that Johnson has been reported by Evvy Tavasci in 2002 as harassing MJ and his family, employees. Like sending packages to MJ with Tavasci's return address on, or appearing at his home at Neverland. Johnson sent letters to Tavasci saying the she has been told by an "angel" that along with MJ she has to work on Heal The World Foundation. She furthermore stated the HTWF foundation won't go forward without her, and that someday, somehow she will work on that with MJ. After she has been threated by MJ's lawyers Johnson apologised but claimed that she won't stop reaching out to MJ.
Being frustrated Johnson started to collect MJ related domains and then selling them to MJJ. In June, 2003 MJJ decided to buy 850+ domain names from Johnson, in an agreement saying that she doesn't have any rights in the intellectual property.

http://lesliemjhu.blogspot.com/2011_04_01_archive.html

4/11/2011
Michael Jackson Estate vs. Melissa Johnson - Updates
 
Short update in the above titled case: according to the Judge's today decesion, there will be a non-jury trial as per the MJ Estate required it.

http://lesliemjhu.blogspot.com/2011_04_01_archive.html

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Re: The Truth about Melissa Johnsons Heal The World Foundation
« Reply #25 on: April 13, 2011, 03:37:10 PM »
From Ivy, updates wed. april 13th

Previously HTWF lawyers claimed that 5 Michael Jackson Representatives etc would testify to the relationship Johnson had with Michael. But only 2 Oxman and Bain filed declarations.

Other 3 Grace Rwaramba, Stu Backerman and Van Alexander didn't. Now Grace is undertsandable because her name was never mentioned in any document and no action/communication by her was ever claimed. But Melissa Johnson claims that her initial communication / relationship with Michael started through Backerman and Alexander told her to go ahead with the charity. So I would have expected testimony from those two.

Oxman Testimony

-ah Oxman Oxman Oxman. Minute 1 fail 1 : Oxman states " I have been released from all confidentiality obligations regarding Michael Jackson". There's an attached letter from Branca in which he states " I waive attorney client privilege in regards to Melissa Johson, HTWF. Your authorization to waive privilege doesn't extend beyond issues of this lawsuit and it's limited to this deposition". It's not "all" and it's certainly "limited".
- Nov 2004 Melissa calls Oxman talking about how no one runs HTWF.
- Oxman claims she had been working with Michael before for a long time.
- She asks Oxman to deliver a proposal to Michael, gives him a 350 page booklet.
- Oxman gives the proposal booklet to Michael in Neverland in which he says his mother and father was present.
- According to Oxman Michael authorizes her to go on with HTWF as he was busy with the trial.
- March 15, 2005 Melissa gives Oxman more materials to give to Michael.
- Oxman claims Michael looked to them at the courthouse while in a small room (while going through trial if you believe) with his mother and father present.
- Double check Katherine's statement : nope she doesn't mention seeing the booklets with Michael.

So Michael tells her to run it as he was going to busy with the trial and yet he looks to booklets during the trial at breaks. Is that it?


Howard Mann Testimony

- Acknowledges he never met or spoken to Michael.
- Buys the property from Vaccaro in September 2009.
- First mets Johnson in summer of 2010 because Katherine's manager asked him to.
- If you wonder why because they came to an agreement which would allow vintage pop to use HTWF's trademarks for 10 years.


http://www.mjjcommunity.com/forum/showthread.php/110691-Update-MJ-Estate-files-supplement-to-their-complaint-against-Melissa-Johnson-and-HTWF?p=3339966#post3339966

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Re: The Truth about Melissa Johnsons Heal The World Foundation
« Reply #26 on: April 13, 2011, 03:47:25 PM »
When did Mesereau send Oxman away? (that was the only part of the trial that made me smile) The whole of March '05 was the case for the prosecution.

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Re: The Truth about Melissa Johnsons Heal The World Foundation
« Reply #27 on: April 13, 2011, 05:46:44 PM »
Same source, same date. Read until the end...


Melissa Johnson Testimony
 
- She started working on charity initiates in 1993.
- Meets Rabbi Boteach in 2001. She thinks Boteach doesn't have the best interest of HTWF and she starts *_her own_* charity.
- Contacts Evvy Tavasci in 2001, sends her a 900 page book, doesn't hear anything back.
- She says she realized there were gatekeepers and she successfully started working with Jackson reps Spring 2002.
- She starts communicating with Evan Spiegel but that relationship gets strained over time.
- She says 2 months after she sent a charity book mentioning Michael's Army, Michael used that in his 45th birthday speech "It was YOU on a worldwide basis, who supported me as my army, my soldiers of love”. She says she invented Michael's Army and Michael's Army of Love.
- She says that Michael's use of "army" and "army of love" showed her that Michael begun to receive copies of her book (so she actually had no idea before) and she got more encouraged. (side note: anyone remember Billie Jean Jackson's claims that songs lyrics were Michael's message to her)
- And perhaps even more interestingly Mel Wilson who works at HTWF says that "Michael's army" means recruit HTWF volunteers, devoted to character improvement and community service. So does it seem like Michael in his 45th birthday was saying we supported him through our community service?
- She says she was the first one to suggest Cirque de Soleil and multi player game (similar to Planet Michael).
- She says she asked to return the domain names to HTWF after Michael's death and she's told that they didn't want the domain names. (Isn't this the same time she's offering trademarks to Jacksons to get the Estate?)
- Mentions her disagreements with Spiegel in detail.
- Then comes Oxman that gives her Michael's verbal authorization.
- She acknowledges that the trademarks are not only associated with Michael but named after him.
- She attacks Mark Harrison but doesn't really make sense. She says she contacted him as she was told he was Michael Jackson's lawyer and that he helped her. Later on she finds a letter saying Mark Harrison was working for Michael and now Michael's Estate and this was conflict. But she already knew that he was working for Michael when she contacted him.
- Like Marc has already mentioned she claims she was the "sole director" of HTWF at the time of Michael's death. However she completely forgets that Michael was the permanent director so even if she was given the position of director she would have been co-director with Michael and with Estate (after Michael's death).
- If you wonder to what happened to donations "Every penny donated to Michael’s Charity has been used to capture domain names on Michael’s behalf, register trademarks on behalf of Michael Jackson, and for the sole purpose of following Michael’s directitives and wishes expressed to me during his life".
- Let's insert Raymone Bain declaration here: "*Mr. Jackson's utmost concern was that funds would be funneled for its approved charitable purposes and not be eaten up as he said was the case for administrative costs*". As you can see not using donations to help people but to get trademarks was against Michael's wishes even if you choose to believe HTWF.
- She says she doesn't need a licence from Michael because she's not a separate entity from Michael.
« Last Edit: April 13, 2011, 09:29:42 PM by Ben971 »

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Re: The Truth about Melissa Johnsons Heal The World Foundation
« Reply #28 on: April 13, 2011, 09:05:48 PM »
Every penny donated to Michael’s Charity has been used to capture domain names on Michael’s behalf, register trademarks on behalf of Michael Jackson

There are no words to describe this statement...... :puke: :puke: :puke:

I was on the forums, I saw how soo many fans were literally losing their minds with grief. So many donated to HTWF , to do something, anything to help them with deep deep blackness of losing Michael. To know now that every single bit of that money went to buy domain names, to feed Melissa Johnsons sick twisted con scheme is truely horrifying. And to know that Katherine, and the child are involved in this mess, just turns my stomach. Stuff like this makes me ashamed to be a Michael Jackson fan.......

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Re: The Truth about Melissa Johnsons Heal The World Foundation
« Reply #29 on: April 14, 2011, 09:57:48 AM »
EXHIBITS BANNED FROM TRIAL!

 
The Michael Jackson Estate requested the court to bann Melissa Johnson's part to present any of their exhibits on the trial. The Judge presiding in the case just approved this!

The reason for this request: the MJ Estate gave a list to the defendants as well presented their exhibits one month ago. Since then they continually requested for the same from the other side, that didn't happen. Even 1 week before the trial.

For example in the case of Katherine's declaration, the fifth page of her statement is missing, and none of the mentioned exhibits has been provided to the plaintiffs.

This means that on the non-jury trial Johnson's side can not present any exhibits in their posession related to the case.

Now Johnson's side is in a deep... problem.


http://lesliemjhu.blogspot.com/2011_04_01_archive.html