MJ’s burial `delayed for 3 months` over Janet’s money battle with cemetery
Washington: Michael Jackson, who died of propofol intoxication after suffering a respiratory arrest in June 2009, was buried nearly three months after the scheduled date due to wrangling between Janet Jackson and her brother’s estate, it has been revealed.
According to Randall Sullivan’s biography of Michael Jackson – ‘Untouchable’, Janet put up the 40,000-dollar deposit at Forest Lawn to secure a spot for Michael but refused to let the funeral take place until the money was repaid.
Ronald Williams, of Talon Executive Services — a private-security company that dispatched a team to the King of Pop’s rented chateau in Holmby Hills on the night of his death — tells Sullivan that hours after Jackson died, La Toya and her boyfriend, Jeffre Phillips, arrived at the house demanding to be admitted.
They reportedly said “we’re family and we should have access to the house.”
Sullivan reports that Katherine Jackson also arrived that night and entered the house, where she telephoned Grace Rwaramba, the recently terminated longtime nanny to Michael’s children.
According to Rwaramba, Katherine said, “Grace, the children are crying. They are asking about you. They can’t believe that their father died. Grace, you remember Michael used to hide cash at the house? I’m here. Where can it be?”
Rwaramba described Michael’s standard practice of hiding his cash in black plastic garbage bags and under the carpets. Talon describes seeing La Toya and her boyfriend loading black plastic garbage bags into duffel bags and placing them in the garage.
The next morning, Janet Jackson arrived with a moving van and demanded to be admitted. A few hours later, the truck exited through the front gate with Jeffre Phillips at the wheel. Katherine Jackson and her daughters made it clear that they wouldn’t be leaving anytime soon.
“They camped out for most of a week,” Vanity Fair quoted Williams as telling Sullivan.
Williams added that they left and returned “whenever they felt like it.”