It looks like Janet Jackson, Randy and Rebbie find an ally in Howard Mann who published a Michael Jackson tribute book with Katherine in 2010. The memorabilia dealer claims he is "in possession of evidence that casts substantial doubt on the validity of the will."
Like Janet and her two siblings, Howard believes the 2002 will that left all MJ fortune to his children and mother is "fake" because it was signed in Los Angeles on a date that evidence showed he was in New York. The late King of Pop allegedly attended an event with Rev. Al Sharpton.
Howard plans to present the evidence to court when a dispute over copyrighted material on the book goes to trial next month. "I am not backing down from my court fight with these guys. I'm not interested in settling with them," he says in a statement to the New York Daily News.
"I came out and said these guys were a fraud two years ago. I have many people who will come and give testimony that the entire administration is a fraud and a collusive operation designed to take assets away from Katherine and Michael's kids," Howard continues.
"I have no ability to contest the will. It's not up to me to prove its validity. All I have to do is prove they don't own certain copyrights," he states. He also considers to call experts regarding "variances" in the will handwriting and the misspelling of the kids' names.
Jermaine Jackson and Tito Jackson initially joined their siblings' complaint about Michael's will, but they later backed off. The former repudiated "all the claims made against" the Estate, while the latter rescinded his signature to address the matter "more properly through a private discussion instead of going public."
Janet and co, meanwhile, insisted they had not ulterior motives in their attempt to challenge the Estate. "What will be gained by a finding of invalidity is that the executors will be replaced and the Estate and the guardianship will be managed in the best interests of the children, which is what Michael wanted," they said.