Ich mache mal einen Thread auf für News, welche nur und ausschließlich andere Familienmitglieder der Jacksons betreffen, also nicht Michael oder Janet:
Tito Jackson opens up about loan lawsuit
Sunday, November 23 12:30 pm
Michael Jackson's brother Tito has broken his silence over a lawsuit from former pal, martial arts teacher Matt Fiddes, insisting the legal spat over an unpaid loan is meritless.
Fiddes, who has previously served as the Thriller hitmaker's bodyguard, claims he gave Jackson 5 star Tito £20,000 earlier this year so the musician could afford to cover a family trip to England to look at potential properties.
He subsequently filed suit against Jackson for almost £12,500, alleging the star hasn't paid the loan back.
But, three months after the news first surfaced, Jackson has spoken out, dismissing the lawsuit as "totally false".
Jackson claims the 10-year friendship turned sour when Fiddes tried to get more involved in the filming of TV documentary The Jacksons Are Coming, which chronicled the family's search for a UK home earlier this summer.
And when he realised Fiddes was just using him to further his own career, Jackson cut all ties with the martial artist and even stepped down as godfather to Fiddes' children.
He says, "When I saw Matt trying to run me the way he wanted, I put a stop to it. That's when things started falling apart. Some people want to be seen in your company and want to piggyback on your 40 years of hard work. I was supposed to have been godfather to two of his kids, but I cancelled that, because I can't be a godfather if I can't even get along with the father."
But Jackson insists he's not angry at his old friend's behaviour, because he's been dealing with people like that since finding fame with the ABC hitmakers.
He adds, "Matt's a very nice guy and I'm not mad at him. I'm disappointed and that's worse. I shared a lot with him and thought he was my friend... People try and use you because of the family name, and I just deal with it because I've been dealing with it all my life."
TITO JACKSON SET FOR SOLO CAREER
MICHAEL JACKSON's older brother TITO is launching a career as a solo artist - at the age of 55.
The former Jackson 5 hitmaker has not released a track since The Jacksons' final LP, 2300 Jackson Street, in 1989.
But he is now set to embark on his own music venture, once he's moved to the U.K.
His search for a home on the British Isles has been documented in TV show The Jacksons Are Coming, which is due to air in Britain on Thursday (27Nov08).
He says, "I'm looking to move there, probably somewhere close to London.
"I'm planning on releasing my first solo single around the time of the documentary. My dream is to come to the U.K. to perform as a solo artist."