Pop icon Michael Jackson’s estate and event organisers Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) have decided to donate $1.3 million to the city of Los Angeles to help cover the costs incurred over elaborate memorial held last year in the city.
The extra security arrangements at Jackson’s funeral and memorial to ensure public safety were paid out of city funds, over which the discrepancies arose, Contactmusic reported.
The singer’s family and event organisers AEG were thus demanded to clear the bills.
The announcement of this decision by AEG and Jackson’s Estate executors, almost a year after the singer passed away due to drug overdose, have finally silenced the uproar.
“Through the continued good corporate citizenship of AEG and the Michael Jackson Estate, we will be able to promote and support important civic events that hold so much meaning for the people of Los Angeles and bring us together as a city,” LA’s mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said.
The ‘King of Pop’ was given a high profile burial in a private ceremony at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills in July last year before the big concert tribute at the Staples Centre.