Attorneys representing Janet Jackson are requesting a retraction and an apology from Vanity Fair for statements recently published that allege the singer delayed her brother's funeral in 2009 over money owed relating to the burial plot deposit.
"To falsely accuse Ms. Jackson of holding up her brother's funeral over money is outrageous," writes lawyer Graydon Carter on behalf of the 46-year-old superstar. "Ms. Jackson never delayed the funeral in any way. In fact, she paid for the funeral and was reimbursed for some of those expenses by Michael Jackson's estate in the year after the services took place. In addition, there were other private costs associated with Michael Jackson's passing that Ms. Jackson incurred and for which she never sought reimbursement."