Two days ago Vanity Fair printed scathing excerpts from a new book called 'Untouchable' claiming Janet Jackson held up her brother's funeral demanding Michael Jackson's estate reimburse her the $40,000 she paid for the funeral deposit.
Janet calls the claims a flat out lie...
A letter to Vanity Fair from Janet's attorney demands a retraction.
The article states that, according to Untouchable, Ms. Jackson put down a $40,000 deposit to secure a burial plot for Michael Jackson but refused to let the funeral take place until the money was repaid. This is untrue. Ms. Jackson never delayed the funeral in any way. In fact, she paid for the funeral and was reimbursed for some of those expenses by Michael Jackson’s estate in the year after the services took place. In addition, there were other private costs associated with Michael Jackson’s passing that Ms. Jackson incurred and for which she has never sought reimbursement. To falsely accuse Ms. Jackson of holding up her brother’s funeral over money is outrageous. This story is particularly hurtful and distressing because of Ms. Jackson’s strong desire to serve his brother, whom she loved dearly, and her wish to stand with and support her family.
I demand that Vanity Fair retract its statement that Ms. Jackson “refused” to let Michael Jackson’s funeral take place until the money she put down as a deposit on his burial plot was repaid.Janet wasn't the only Jackson skewered in the book, there's also claims that Mother Katherine and sister LaToya descended on Michael's house in the days following his death and ransacked it looking for money.
Read the excerpts here.