Jackson Family Squabble Was Over Money, Says New Book

PLUS: The validity of Michael's will and his executor's claim to his estate is still in question.

Posted: 10/05/2012 09:00 AM EDT

The Jackson Family drama that made headlines this past summer is back in the news, thankfully not due to comments from anyone in the world famous brood, but instead because of a new tell-all book.

In an excerpt from the book, Untouchable, which appears in the November issue of Vanity Fairauthor Randall Sullivan says the abduction attempt of Katherine Jackson was plotted by four of her children: Janet JacksonRebbie JacksonJermaine Jackson and Randy Jackson. The group was attempting to gain a conservatorship over Katherine Jackson to prove her incompetent for a shot to serve as guardian to Michael Jackson's children, Prince, Paris and Blanket Jackson. The guardianship was eventually awarded to TJ Jackson.

In addition, the book details how older sister Latoya Jackson removed bags of cash the King of Pop kept stashed around the house just hours after Michael’s overdose death from the painkiller propofol.

Also, the book raises the validity of Michael's will, which could explain the money actions of the Jackson family following his death. It questions how John Branca gained possession of the King of Pop's will. Branca was fired by Michael in 2003 and is now earning tens of millions of dollars as the executor of his estate. Attorney Brian Oxman, whose job was to review all of Michael's papers, says there was never any will or trust and that all of the paperwork showed up after Michael's death. 

Untouchable has the support one Jackson family member; Katherine’s representatives cooperated with Sullivan on his book. The rest of the Jackson family has yet to comment.


So, are the Jacksons after Michael's millions as previously speculated? Or are they just trying to stake their claim to their son's and brother's financial legacy? Again, stay tuned. 


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