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    Michael Jackson Estate, AEG to Pay L.A. for Public Memorial Expenses

    Michael Jackson, Casket Kevin Mazur/MJ Memorial via Getty Images; Pool Photo/Justin Sullivan

    Michael Jackson's memorial was a little off the wall, but it was by no means free.

    AEG and the King of Pop's estate have reached an agreement with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to donate $1 million to the city's general fund and an additional $300,000 in cash and much-needed crime-fighting equipment to the Los Angeles Police Foundation.

    The contribution fulfills the Jackson clan and promoter's promise to help cover the costs incurred by the July 7, 2009, public memorial service held at the Staples Center after Jackson's untimely death last June.

    The deal reimburses authorities for $1.3 million the LAPD and the city's Sanitation and Transportation Department spent in permits, street closures, crowd control and cleaning up after the thousands of rabid fans who came from all over the globe to pay their last respects to the entertainer.

    No doubt, taxpayers are relieved.

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    Since we're closing in on the anniversary, now would be a good time to check out E! Online's Michael Jackson: A Life photo gallery.

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