Bravado, the company authorised by Michael’s Estate to sell his memorabilia, has filed a lawsuit in a Los Angeles Court against Joe Jackson for attempting to sell two new perfumes, ‘Jackson’s Tribute for Men’ and ‘Jackson’s Legend for Women,’ in association with French perfumer Franck Rouas.
Tribute, the scent for men blends “mandarin, lemon and bergamot…with drops of baiser rose wrapped in a woody heart of Canadian pine.”
Legend, the scent for women, offers a “floral harmony of California lilac, jasmine and rose of Grasse, with a hint of mandarin, bergamot…tonka bean and sandalwood.” Bravado alleges that Mr Jackson and Franck Rouas are “unlicensed distributors who have been using the Michael Jackson trademark and/or a mark confusing similar thereto”. The firm seeks a ban on sales of the perfume, plus $150,000 (£91,541) in damages.
“There are many interests around the legacy of my son, companies that want everything, but I have a foundation that allows me to launch projects with his name, the name of my son,” Mr Jackson told Agence France-Presse. Michael’s sister, LaToya Jackson, has also backed the perfumes, saying the family is “delighted with this tribute” and “the scents are delicious.” Rouas claimed the perfumes will be on sale “very soon” in the US, with a French launch planned for September.
“They can say whatever they want,” Mr Jackson said. “I am the father, (Michael) was my son and I can decide what to do on his behalf and in his honour.”