August 10th, 2009
04:42 PM ET

Judge delays decision on Jackson estate deals

[cnn-photo-caption image="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/SHOWBIZ/Music/08/10/jackson.estate/art.jackson.mother.split.gi.jpg" caption="Katherine Jackson has accused the executors of her son Michael's estate of 'keeping her in the dark.'"]

Alan Duke

A judge has delayed at least for a few hours his consideration of deals involving the Michael Jackson estate while he considers whether he should appoint a lawyer to represent Jackson's three children.

Lawyers for the pop singer's estate and the companies involved in the deals warned a delay could cost the estate millions and derail plans for a documentary of Jackson's last days.

Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, raised objections Monday morning to contracts between her son's estate and concert promoter AEG Live, which promoted Jackson's London, England, shows, and merchandiser Bravado.

Even as Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff was saying he may wait another week to approve the deals, Sony Pictures issued a news release Monday announcing it would deliver the movie - "This Is It" - to theaters starting October 30 "with the full support of The Estate of Michael Jackson."

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  1. Annie Kate

    I doubt that there would be less demand to see the finished product of this project if it takes longer to produce. Jackson fans are going to want to see it regardless of when it comes out. Look at Elvis's estate – he's been dead almost 40 years and his estate still enjoys healthy returns on the projects it does – the fans don't seem to care that its 40 years later. I think the same will be true with the Jackson estate.

    August 10, 2009 at 6:05 pm |