Jackson Suing Mad Over Property Auction
03/24/2004 AT 04:55 PM EST
The embattled pop star is suing a New Jersey man for more than $10 million, claiming that Henry Vaccaro is holding an Internet auction and illegally selling private property belonging to the Jackson family, reports Reuters.
"(Michael) is outraged that someone would be attempting to sell his personal private property they don't have any right to, just as anybody else would be," Jackson attorney Brian Wolf said. "We're going to do everything in our power to ensure that the property is returned to him."
As PEOPLE previously reported, Vaccaro's cache includes a handwritten note from Jackson to nephew Taj inside a portfolio that contained Three Stooges memorabilia. The note, next to a book about the Three Stooges, reads: "Taj, This book is valuable, I was only 3 years old when it came out. Cherish it always. Love, Uncle Doo Doo M.J."
Vaccaro, who operates several New Jersey-based businesses and Web sites, obtained the letters, pictures, song lyrics and other items belonging to Jackson through a bankruptcy sale involving the entertainer's parents and has no right to sell them, according to the lawsuit, which was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. Vaccaro has not been reached for comment.
The property, which had been kept in storage by Jackson's parents Joseph and Katherine, was reportedly ordered sold two years ago as part of the couple's bankruptcy case. Wolf argues, however, that because Michael was not a party to the bankruptcy, Vaccaro has no rights to it -- especially to sell it.
In other news of Uncle Doo Doo, the Associated Press reports that Santa Barbara County District Attorney Tom Sneddon plans to present at least two weeks of testimony to a secret grand jury, including details of past child-molestation allegations against Jackson (to establish "a pattern of seduction"), in the pop star's child-molestation case.
Candidates for the grand jury received summonses earlier this month, instructing them to report to the courthouse this Thursday.
Sneddon reportedly will try to show a link between a 1993 case that was never prosecuted and the current case, in which Jackson is alleged to have molested a 12-year-old boy, says AP.
Jackson, 45, is charged with seven counts of committing lewd or lascivious acts upon a child under age 14 and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent to the child, reportedly wine. He maintains his innocence and says the charges are "lies."