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Maybe Michael Jackson's estate can commission Bill Clinton to exercise some diplomacy in South Korea this time.

A Seoul newspaper, claiming it was stiffed by Jackson's mother, father and brother back in the 1990s, has filed court papers seeking nearly $7.9 million from the King of Pop's estate.

The Segye Times sued Michael, Katherine, Joe and Jermaine Jackson in 1990, claiming it paid the family $5.5 million to put on a series of concerts in South Korea which ultimately never took place.

Michael settled out of court in 1992, but a $4 million judgment was entered against his codefendants in 1994 after they didn't show up for trial.

And they never made good, according to the Segye Times' filing. Factoring in interest, the paper says it's now owed a sum closer to $8 million.

And, now that Katherine is a beneficiary of her late son's sizable, albeit debt-riddled, fortune, why not tap into that goldmine for a little payback?

Katherine Jackson's attorney, L. Londell McMillan, had no comment on the matter.


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