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Clarity Coming On Michael Jackson Estate

摘要:围绕已逝流行歌王麦克尔·杰克逊(Michael Jackson)的诸多相互纠缠的事务有望在本周早些时候接近厘清。美国法庭周一将召开一场听证会,届时可能会决定谁将有权力处理杰克逊的财产。

The tangled affairs of Michael Jackson could move closer to resolution early this week, with a court hearing scheduled for Monday likely to determine who will have power over the late pop singer's estate.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles police were bracing for an expected flood of people attempting to attend the singer's memorial service on Tuesday.

The hearing, in Los Angeles Superior Court, is to address whether decisions about Mr. Jackson's property and business should made by executors named in his will or by Mr. Jackson's parents, Joe and Katherine. The will names as executors two longtime friends and business associates of Mr. Jackson: lawyer John Branca and record executive John McClain.

Until Judge Mitchell Beckloff decides who is in charge of Mr. Jackson's business affairs, people close to the situation said, no one is authorized to take action, for instance, against people hawking unauthorized T-shirts and videos without paying royalties to Mr. Jackson's estate. Last week Judge Beckloff gave Mrs. Jackson limited authority over some of her son's personal property.

L. Londell McMillan, a lawyer who worked briefly for Michael Jackson who says he now represents the parents, has made public comments and court filings that appear to question the validity of the 2002 will. But privately family members have told associates that they approve of the plans laid out in the will.

The will calls for Mrs. Jackson, 79 years old, to serve as guardian for the late pop singer's three children. It places his assets in a trust that benefits Mrs. Jackson and the children, along with charities.

Spokesmen for the Jackson family said 1.6 million people had registered for 8,750 free pairs of tickets to the service, which is to take place Tuesday morning at Staples Center, the sports and entertainment arena owned by AEG. The company's concert-promotion arm, AEG Live, was to have staged 50 concerts by Mr. Jackson starting later this month.

Decisions about who would get the tickets were to be made by a lottery-type drawing Sunday. AEG officials are trying to make sure that the lottery winners can't resell the tickets. Ticket recipients were notified by email Sunday and required to pick up the tickets in person, with wristbands affixed at the pickup location. As a result, few, if any, tickets were listed for sale Sunday on eBay or Craigslist.

Given the disparity between the level of interest and the number of tickets available, the Los Angeles Police Department said people without both tickets and wristbands wouldn't be allowed within several blocks of Staples Center on Tuesday.

Details of the memorial service weren't officially disclosed, but people familiar with the situation indicated that it would be a theatrical affair, with many of its elements planned by Kenny Ortega, the director for Mr. Jackson's concert series. The service will be broadcast live at 10 a.m. Pacific time on at least five TV networks.

The cause of Mr. Jackson's death June 25 remained under investigation. The Associated Press reported Friday that a powerful general-anesthetic drug called Diprivan had been found in the rented Los Angeles home where he collapsed.

围绕已逝流行歌王麦克尔·杰克逊(Michael Jackson)的诸多相互纠缠的事务有望在本周早些时候接近厘清。美国法庭周一将召开一场听证会,届时可能会决定谁将有权力处理杰克逊的财产。

与此同时,洛杉矶警方将迎来大批打算参加周二杰克逊悼念仪式的歌迷。

洛杉矶高等法庭召开的此次听证会将决定,应由杰克逊遗嘱中列出的执行人,还是由他的父母来处理杰克逊的财产和生意。遗嘱中列出的执行人是杰克逊的两位多年好友和业务助手:律师布兰卡(John Branca)和唱片制作人麦克莱恩(John McClain)。

据知情人士透露,法官贝克洛夫(Mitchell Beckloff)届时将决定谁来接手杰克逊的生意事务。在此之前,没有人有权力采取相关行动,例如对未支付版权费就贩卖未经授权的T恤与视频的人采取行动。上周法官贝克洛夫授予了杰克逊母亲处理杰克逊部分个人物品的有限权力。

曾短暂为杰克逊服务的律师麦克米兰(L. Londell McMillan)称他目前代表着杰克逊父母,他已经发表了公开言论并提供了法庭文件,质疑杰克逊2002年遗嘱的有效性。但杰克逊家人私下曾告诉助手说,他们认可遗嘱列出的处理方案。

杰克逊的遗嘱规定,现年79岁的杰克逊母亲将成为杰克逊三个孩子的监护人。杰克逊的资产将交给一家信托,收益将属于杰克逊的母亲和孩子以及慈善机构。

杰克逊家人的发言人表示,目前已有160万人申请领取8,750套杰克逊悼念仪式的免费入场券。每套入场券有两张。该仪式将于周二上午在AEG公司所有的运动和娱乐场馆──斯台普斯中心(Staples Center)举行。AEG旗下的演唱会推广公司AEG Live原定于本月晚些时候筹办50场杰克逊的演唱会。

仪式主办部门周日将通过抽奖方式决定谁将获得入场券。AEG管理人士正在努力确保中签获得入场券的人不能倒手转卖门票。中签获得门票的人将在周日接到电子邮件通知,中签者必须亲自领取门票。在取票地点,工作人员将在中签者的手腕上粘贴标识。因此,周日没有什么门票能在网站eBay或Craigslist上销售。

考虑到申领门票的人数和有限的门票数量之间的悬殊对比,洛杉矶警察局表示,只有同时出具门票和手腕标识的人周二才能获准进入斯台普斯中心。

有关悼念仪式的具体细节没有公布,但知情人士透露,这场仪式可能会像舞台节目,很多内容是由杰克逊系列演唱会的导演奥特加(Kenny Ortega)策划的。仪式将在太平洋时间上午10时通过至少五个电视网络进行直播。

导致杰克逊在6月25日死亡的原因目前仍在调查之中。据美联社(AP)上周五报导,在杰克逊去世时租住的洛杉矶住所发现了一种叫得普利麻(Diprivan)的烈性全身麻醉药。

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