Reports of unpaid workers angers the Jackson family matriarch.
A month after it took place, the overseas Michael Jackson tribute concert that divided both the Jackson family and the pop icon's many fans is still the source of controversy. Michael's mother Katherine Jackson, who was a key supporter of the concert from its inception, is now speaking out against the show's promoters after it was revealed that crew members were never paid.
Global Live Promotions, who organized the concert known as Michael Forever, has reportedly stiffed its workers, who have been vocal about their lack of payment on Twitter. Even before the concert took place, Global Live had been disavowed by some, including the Estate of Michael Jackson, Jermaine and Randy Jackson, for questionable business practices.
In a statement to TMZ, Katherine Jackson's lawyer said the matron was very upset to hear of Global Live's failure to compensate the concert workers.
"After Mrs. Jackson did all she could to help promote and make this a great event for all of Michael's fans, she is extremely displeased to hear that concert promoters have allegedly failed to pay their bills," the lawyer said.
"Katherine is hoping that they step up and take care of their obligations."