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Suit, Press Powwow: Double Whammy News Day for Michael Jackson

By Sandy Sand     Mar 5, 2009 in Entertainment
It's a big day for pop icon Michael Jackson, what with a press conference to take place today that is causing all sorts of speculation, and a law suit he filed in a Los Angeles court yesterday against an auction house.
Representatives for Michael Jackson file a suit in Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday to halt the scheduled sale of thousands of his personal belongings by Julien’s Auction House.
Claiming that the items are “priceless and irreplaceable,” Jackson’s company MJJ Productions said any attempts to sell them by Julien as:
"malicious, fraudulent, extreme, outrageous and without any legal justification whatsoever."
This came as a complete surprise to auction house owner Darren Julien who has promised to send Jackson an auction list even though Jackson’s people claim no permission has been given for the sale.
According to Google News:
MJJ Productions authorized the auction house to remove the items from Jackson's Neverland Ranch, according to court documents, but not to sell them without Jackson's permission.
Julien said this is a:
" surprise to us, because Jackson had been apprised of everything since the day we started. His manager ... has approved everything…"There was no other intention when we picked up the items" but to put them up for sale."
Among the 2,000 items to be auctioned are his American Music Award for "Thriller," a velvet cape given to him by his children for Father's Day in 1998, a pair of rhinestone-trimmed socks from 1981 and a basketball signed by Michael Jordan.
Other items are platinum and gold records, a customized Harley Davidson, a Rolls Royce limousine and his own original artwork.
In the other news swirling around Jackson, fans have been following with eager anticipation to hear what the singer is planning to announce at today’s news conference at London‘s O2 Arena.
Top among the speculation and rumors is that Jackson is going to announce a series of new concerts, possibly as many as 30.
Stay tuned.
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