Vanity Fair Admits to Faux Pas in MJ Burial Tale

Magazine corrects Janet Jackson’s down payment amount, but does not retract story.

Posted: 10/16/2012 09:00 AM EDT
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The Jackson family war continues. This time there is more fall out over the book excerpt published in Vanity Fair’s November issue.

The publication is now admitting they made a mistake in the story where it claimed that Janet Jackson delayed her brother’s funeral for several months over a money dispute according to Radar Online. However, Vanity Fair isn’t retracting the allegation, which was taken from Randall Sullivan’s new book, Untouchable, it’s just a making a minor adjustment in the burial down payment amount.

In Untouchable, Sullivan claims that Janet Jackson put up the $40,000 deposit to secure a burial spot for Michael Jackson’s final resting place at Forest Lawn. But the magazine confirmed to E! News that records released last week show that Janet’s deposit was actually for $49K, not $40,000. Vanity Fair plans to make the correction on VF.com, but the publication stands by the rest of its story.

Vanity Fair stands by Randall Sullivan’s assertion that Janet Jackson’s demand to be reimbursed for her deposit on her brother’s burial plot was one of the reasons Michael Jackson’s funeral was delayed,” the magazine told E! News.

This is certainly not the correction Janet Jackson was hoping for. The Control singer’s lawyer demanded a full retraction of the story, calling the claims “untrue” and stating that Janet never delayed the funeral.

“Janet absolutely didn’t delay Michael’s funeral, that just never happened. The main reason for the delay was because the family just couldn’t agree on where Michael should be buried,” a family insider told Radar Online. “Jermaine and Randy wanted him buried at Neverland. Katherine was absolutely steadfast against that…Yes, tensions have developed since then between Janet and her mom over the handling of Michael’s estate, but that doesn’t change what happened in the weeks after Michael died.”

This latest chapter makes it evident that this story is far from over.



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