In his new book "Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson," author Randall Sullivan reveals new insights into the dysfunction and greed ingrained in the Jackson family, and the ugliness that ensued after Michael's death in 2009.
A Vanity Fair adaptation of Sullivan's book reveals that Michael's burial was delayed for nearly three months due to arguments between his estate and his sister Janet Jackson, 46. Sullivan writes that Janet put down a $40,000 deposit to secure her deceased brother a spot at Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries in Glendale, Calif., but refused to allow the funeral to take place until the money was repaid to her.
More stories of greed emerge, as Sullivan writes that when a private security company was dispatched to Michael's home on the night he died, La Toya and her boyfriend, Jeffre Phillips showed up hours later demanding they be allowed inside. The pop star's mother, Katherine, also arrived that night and was admitted to the home, where she called Grace Rwaramba, the recently terminated longtime nanny to Michael’s children, and asked her if she knew where her son used to hide his money.
Rwaramba said the singer typically hid cash in black plastic garbage bags and under the carpets, and according to security staff member Ronald Williams, he recalls seeing La Toya and Phillips loading black plastic garbage bags into duffel bags and placing them in the garage -- though La Toya claims that all of her brother's money was gone by the time she arrived at his home.
Sullivan's book also details Katherine Jackson’s "abduction" this past July, with her rep telling the author that it was Janet who arranged for Dr. Allen Metzger to go to her mother's home where she had been living with Michael's three children, Paris, Prince and Blanket. Metzger allegedly advised Katherine not to make a trip to New Mexico by car, as she planned, because of her elevated blood pressure. Katherine was escorted to the airport by her daughter Rebbie and her granddaughter Stacee Brown, and it was then that she realized she had instead been booked on a flight to Tuscon, and was booked Miraval Resort & Spa, where Janet was waiting upon arrival.
Katherine's reps claim it was at this time that her children and grandchildren wrote a letter to the executors of Michael's estate asking them to resign and claimed their mother suffered a mini-stroke. Her reps say they conspired against her to attempt to gain a conservatorship over her possibly by demonstrating her incompetence to serve as guardian of Michael’s children, in an attempt to gain control of the late singer's fortune.
What followed was a bitter and public custody dispute over the singer's three children, and a judge ultimately ended up appointing Katherine and her grandson T.J Jackson as co-guardians.
Check out the slideshow below and take a look at other feuding fam members.
Matthew Knowles vs. Tina Knowles
Matthew and Tina Knowles, the parents of singer Beyonce, have been fixtures in the entertainment industry since Destiny's Child first entered the music scene. Yet, rumors, and ultimately proof, that Matthew had fathered an illegitimate child <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/19/beyonces-parents-mathew-tina-knowles-divorce-finally_n_1157843.html" target="_hplink">ended</a> their 31-year-old marriage. The two divorced in 2011.
Beyonce vs. Matthew Knowles
For Matthew Knowles, the feud with his then wife Tina Knowles, also affected his relationship with his daughter Beyonce. The "Single Ladies" singer <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/28/beyonces-father-mathew-kn_n_841769.html" target="_hplink">ended</a> her management relationship with her father in March 2011, following <a href="http://www.bvonmoney.com/2011/07/12/mathew-knowles-fights-theft-claims-against-beyonce/" target="_hplink">alleged</a> accusations of Matthew swindling money from Beyonce while on tour.
Bobby Brown vs. Whitney Houston's family
Since the marriage, and subsequent divorce, of internationally acclaimed singer Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, Houston's family has reportedly been at <a href="http://perezhilton.com/2012-02-15-bobby-brown-whitney-houston-bobbi-kristina-visiting-death#.UBMZrjFSS5M" target="_hplink">odds</a> with Brown. Houston's unexpected death in February 2012 <a href="http://globalgrind.com/entertainment/bobby-brown-cissy-houston-fighting-over-whitneys-money-after-death-details" target="_hplink">revived</a> the on-going feud between Brown and the Houston family, according to reports.
Deion Sanders vs. Pilar Sanders
Hall of Fame NFL player Deion Sanders and his second wife Pilar have a tendency of settling their differences on <a href="http://www.ebony.com/entertainment-culture/deion-pilar-take-divorce-to-twitter" target="_hplink">social media</a>. On-and-off divorce announcements, highly-publicized arrests and plenty of alleged violent <a href="http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1157055-deion-sanders-pressing-charges-after-alleged-altercation-with-pilar-sanders" target="_hplink">altercations</a> have been chronicled on Deion's Twitter timeline.
The Braxton Family
Grammy award-winning singer Toni Braxton and her four sisters all star in the WE tv reality show <em>Braxton Family Values</em>. Once a 90s girl group, the <a href="http://www.ebony.com/entertainment-culture/the-braxtons-back-at-it" target="_hplink">Braxtons</a> often display their fair share of <a href="http://www.essence.com/2011/11/23/toni-braxton-talks-exes-sibling-rivalry-dating-white-men-and-more/" target="_hplink">sibling rivalry</a> and family chaos on the series.
Floyd Mayweather Sr. vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The father-son boxing legends Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Floyd Mayweather Jr. were also once a team, with Sr. managing and Jr. fighting. However, as Yahoo Sports <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/box/news?slug=ro-mayweathers091809" target="_hplink">reports</a>, a "bitter" clash of desires and business plans ultimately led to a falling out around 2000. Nine years later, the two reconciled after Jr. welcomed his father back into his life.
Dez Bryant vs. Angela Bryant (mother)
In July 2012, an argument between Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, 23, and his mother Angela Bryant allegedly escalated into violence. According to a police <a href="http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8198975/dallas-cowboys-coach-jason-garrett-offers-support-troubled-wide-receiver-dez-bryant" target="_hplink">affidavit</a>, the player allegedly struck his mother across her face and grabbed her by her T-shirt, causing her bra to tear. Soon after, Angela <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/post/police-dez-bryants-mother-does-not-want-to-pursue-assault-charge/2012/07/24/gJQAvyqp6W_blog.html" target="_hplink">denied</a> that any assault took place.
The King Family
Members of Martin Luther King Jr.'s family have had highly-publicized legal disagreements on the late Civil Rights activist's <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/oct/13/martin-luther-king-children-feud" target="_hplink">valuable estates</a>. Diverging ideologies about the King's legacies have also <a href="http://www.aolnews.com/2010/08/28/family-feud-erupts-over-martin-luther-kings-legacy/" target="_hplink">caused</a> tension within the family.
Malcolm X Family
Malcolm X's daughters were <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/09/nyregion/09shabazz.html?pagewanted=all" target="_hplink">embroiled</a> in a 2011 legal battle over the estate of Malcolm and his wife Betty Shabazz.
Despite their R&B success with hits like "Rhythm of the Night" and "I Like It," the Debarge family struggled personally with a number of drug addictions, fighting and, oftentimes, losing the battle to stay clean. In 2008, solo artist El Debarge was convicted on crack cocaine charges after violating his probation and served one year in prison. In 2010, he attempted to make a return to the music scene, after his release, recording his first studio album in 16 years. But in <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2012/03/el-debarge-arrested-on-suspicion-of-drug-possession.html" target="_hplink">March 2012</a>, he was arrested on suspicion of drug possession. <a href="http://elev8.com/490965/a-look-at-what-drug-addiction-has-done-to-the-debarge-family-video/" target="_hplink">James, Bunny and Randy Debarge</a> opened up to Dr. Drew about their struggles with addiction.
Gary Coleman confronted a number of financial struggles throughout his life. But the "Different Strokes" star also had a strained relationship with his mother and father. He <a href="http://www.eonline.com/news/184092/parents-to-fight-for-gary-coleman-s-remains-as-todd-bridges-announces-secret-will" target="_hplink">sued his parents</a>, Sue and Willie Coleman, for misappropriation of his assets in 1989. After his passing in 2010, the Colemans, who had been estranged from the actor for years, <a href="http://www.popeater.com/2010/06/11/gary-coleman-parents-today/" target="_hplink">told NBC's Meredith Viera</a> that they learned of their son's death through an impersonal message left by his wife Shannon Price.
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