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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Janet Jackson Demands Retraction From Vanity Fair

Michael JacksonMs. Janet Jackson has demanded that Vanity Fair retract a story that it published online. The article claimed that Janet purposefully delayed Michael Jackson's burial because the estate had not reimbursed the expenses that she incurred paying for Michael Jackson's funeral. Janet's attorney, Blair G. Brown, rebutted stating that the allegations made against her were simply not true. Ms. Brown alleged that Janet paid for the funeral without any thoughts of being reimbursed. Her attorney did state that while Janet did not seek reimbursement, the estate nonetheless did compensate her for a few private expenses that she incurred in this process. 

Janet and her attorneys further claim that these allegations were defamatory because they have damaged her reputation. Janet claimed that the information that the article used was based upon a book that Vanity Fair published earlier in the year entitled, Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson. The information from that book was also used in several articles published by a number of news sources. Because of the expansive coverage, Janet and her attorneys claim that the statements have damaged her reputation. Vanity Fair has chosen not to recant its statement and stands by the information that it provided. 

See Natalie Finn, Janet Jackson Demands Retraction From Vanity Fair Over Michael Jackson Burial Story, E!, Oct. 9, 2012. 

Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.


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