While the Jackson family often make themselves out to be public spectacles and their behavior sometimes appears out of the norm, I can’t help but to sometimes feel bad about the way that the public tends to scrutinize their familial dealings. The latest news bit to make headlines about the late Michael Jackson’s family have been linked to rumors that Michael’s older sister La Toya is seeking to exploit her niece and nephews by thrusting them into the spotlight.
A couple of days ago, the New York Post reported that La Toya was shopping around a reality show starring the Jackson children. The article, which referred to Jackson as a “gold digging diva,” alleged that she somehow coerced the children into signing a contract with her talent agency, Ja-Tail Entertainment so that she would be entitled to a 15% cut of all of their earnings, by showering them with cookies, ice cream and quality time.
According to News One, the “Celebrity Apprentice” star recently retaliated by issuing a statement, slamming the Post for publishing such condemning allegations and claiming that the report was filled with a bunch of lies. The statement issued by publicist, Juliette Harris reads:
“The story in The NY Post is completely and unequivocally false. Neither La Toya nor her company represent any of MJ’s children in any legal capacity nor has she received any commissions or payment as a result of their individual ventures. As a loving Aunt, when the children ask for help or advice she supports them 100%, and will continue to do so.
Furthermore, there is no shopping of a reality show for the children. Paris did her movie deal over a year ago directly with the production company and La Toya had nothing to do with it. Over the past year, Prince has continuously asked his Aunt for her help in starting his career because of the infrastructure she has. When she asked her nephew what he wanted for his birthday he replied, ‘He just wanted to work,’ It was at the time that she diligently started to assist him with his career and that’s when ‘Entertainment Tonight’ was booked and then ‘90210.’
La Toya is currently consulting with her attorneys on how to proceed against these false and derogatory statements made by The NY Post and other participating publications.”
In other La Toya Jackson news, the 56-year-old will also be starring in a new upcoming reality series on the Oprah Winfey Network. The show is entitled “Life with La Toya” and is scheduled to debut Saturday, April 13th. Plucked from a recently distributed press release, the show’s description reads:
” ‘Life With La Toya’ takes viewers inside the outrageous world of La Toya Jackson—the wild card of one of showbiz’s most famous families—as she tackles love, career and maybe even parenthood, all on her own unpredictable terms. The new reality series gets up close and personal as La Toya hunts for a new house, builds new business ventures, contemplates starting a family and perhaps the biggest of all — jumps into the dating pool for the first time, ever. On board for her new adventures are La Toya’s devoted business partner Jeffré, her legendary mom and dad, a pair of meddlesome matchmakers, a magician, a lovelorn lifeguard and La Toya’s lifelong best gal-pal Kathy Hilton (yes, Paris’ mom). La Toya also opens up about her tumultuous past darkened by an abusive ex-husband, the death of her brother and family feuds.”