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Stripper Claims She was at MJ’s House with Murray

Yes, and she brought a clown and magician…lol Sorry, I just can’t take this seriously.

Also notice how “he was in deep sleep”…

Originally posted Jun 29th 2010 1:00 AM PDT by TMZ Staff

TMZ has learned … Joe Jackson‘s lawyer will interview a stripper who not only claims Dr. Conrad Murray was at a strip club hours before Michael Jackson died, but that she was at Michael Jackson’s house after being invited by the doctor.

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The stripper — who claims she was working at Sam’s Hof Brau on June 24, 2009 — claims Dr. Murray was at the club drinking just before midnight.

Now we’ve learned Brian Oxman, who is repping Joe in his wrongful death lawsuit, has spoken with the stripper’s “rep” who has scheduled a meeting.  Among the topics — the stripper claims weeks before Jackson died, Dr. Murray invited her to Jackson’s home in Holmby Hills.  She claims she went late one night — after the club closed — and Jackson was there, however he was in a deep sleep.

In Oxman’s letter of intent to sue Dr. Murray, he accused the doc of drinking at Sam’s Hof Brau before treating MJ.

Dr. Murray’s reps have strongly denied he was at the club on June 24.  And, they say, Murray doesn’t drink.

http://www.tmz.com/2010/06/29/stripper-michael-jackson-dr-conrad-murray-strip-club-joe-jackson-house-drinking-death-died/


Barrack Sees Neverland Redemption as Colony Fund Shows 60% Loss

By Jason Kelly and Jonathan Keehner – Jun 27, 2010

A red bicycle with an ice cream cooler mounted in front is parked in the middle of an empty room in an uninhabited mansion in the Santa Ynez Valley, about 120 miles northwest of Los Angeles. On the back of the cooler, written in script, are the letters “MJJ.”

The bicycle, like the house and the 2,680 acres (1,085 hectares) it sits on, once belonged to Michael Jackson, the pop singer who died a year ago this month. It was a gift from actress Elizabeth Taylor, who celebrated her eighth marriage at Jackson’s Neverland Ranch in 1991.

Neverland is now controlled by private-equity firm Colony Capital LLC, whose chairman and founder, Thomas J. Barrack Jr., has a spread 5 miles (8 kilometers) away. Acquiring the ranch in 2008 by taking over a $23.5 million loan may seem like a tiny investment for Barrack, who oversees a $30 billion empire that includes a stake in Europe’s largest hotel company, buildings from New York to Beijing and a Las Vegas casino operator that filed for bankruptcy last year, Bloomberg Markets reports in its August issue. That he bought it suggests the 63-year-old billionaire, who got his start rummaging through the debris of the 1980s savings and loan crisis, may be getting back to his roots in distressed debt after gorging on leveraged buyouts.

“We’re always trying to find places that people haven’t gone before,” Barrack says of his first distressed-celebrity deal, sitting in Colony’s New York office on Madison Avenue, above Barneys department store, dressed in jeans and a crisp button-down shirt, his head cleanly shaven. “We’re going to fight, scratch and claw our way to every cent of capital that we can get back. We also know from history that the best funds come out of an abyss like this.”

‘Tough Emotionally’

Rising from the abyss is the biggest challenge facing Barrack and other private-equity managers who spent a record $1.6 trillion on buyouts from 2005 to 2007 before a credit market crash led to the worst financial crisis in 70 years. Now, firms need to persuade investors they have more to offer than wanton dealmaking, piles of debt and meager results.

Megafunds managing more than $4.5 billion were the worst performers of those tracked by London-based research firm Preqin for the 12 months ended in July 2009, with an average loss of 31 percent of their value. Colony Investors VIII LP, a $4 billion fund launched by Barrack in 2007, had paper losses of about 60 percent as of the first quarter.

“It’s tough emotionally,” says Barrack, whose firm has delivered an average annual return of 21 percent since its founding in 1991. “In 17 years, the investors have never experienced something like this.”

Distressed Celebrities

For Barrack, getting out of the hole involves going back to his playbook of pursuing unlikely deals, most of them involving buying or restructuring debt — including that of celebrities. Earlier this year, he helped photographer Annie Leibovitz, who was facing the loss of four New York properties and the rights to her work, by refinancing a $24 million loan.

“It’s a small part of the business, but it’s interesting and lucrative because it’s complex,” Barrack says.

Lucrative would be a welcome development for Colony’s investors, who have poured $10.6 billion into the Santa Monica, California-based firm’s funds during the past decade, placing it among the top 10 private-equity real estate companies in the world, according to Preqin. Over that time, they’ve watched Colony pursue ever-larger, highly leveraged and ultimately unsustainable buyouts.

Station Casinos

Barrack’s biggest misstep was the $8.5 billion buyout in 2007 of Station Casinos Inc., which operates 18 casinos in Nevada and is the largest U.S. gaming company to go bankrupt. In New Jersey, the $2 billion Meadowlands Xanadu retail and entertainment complex Colony acquired in 2006 — “Xana-don’t,” Barrack calls it — sits empty and unfinished after one of Colony’s lenders, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., went bankrupt during construction.

“The question for private equity is, What do you want to be when you grow up?” says Barrack, who was raised in Culver City, California, the son of a Lebanese grocery store owner. “Are you making money from investing or managing assets? That’s the dilemma that everybody’s facing.”

It’s a predicament shared by a handful of elite managers, many of whom Barrack has known for decades.

Starwood Capital Group LLC — headed by Barry Sternlicht, who competed with Barrack during the S&L crisis — has raised new private-equity funds, which will allow it to earn more management fees and pursue buyouts.

TPG, Apollo

David Bonderman, who founded TPG Capital after working with Barrack in the 1980s buying assets of failed thrifts for Texas billionaire Robert Bass, is doing smaller deals while adding distressed-debt and credit funds.

Apollo Global Management LLC, which Leon Black started in 1990 after making his own fortune buying distressed debt, is following Blackstone Group LP and KKR & Co. into businesses such as capital markets as it prepares to tap equity markets through a public offering.

All of them are becoming what Colin Blaydon, director of the Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business in Hanover, New Hampshire, calls “the new, broad-based asset managers.”

Barrack has chosen the opposite path, staying focused on investing and keeping Colony closely held. He says he has given up, at least for now, on the equity funds that drove the leveraged-buyout boom, postponing a planned multibillion-dollar fund in favor of raising a more modest distressed-debt pool and floating a real estate investment trust that has tapped public markets for $250 million.

Original Playbook

He’s also gone back to his original playbook with a familiar partner, the U.S. government, pursuing deals to buy loans with assistance from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., which has $37 billion of assets seized from failed banks. He has already completed eight, including one in January in which Colony bought a 40 percent stake in a company set up with the FDIC to hold $1.02 billion of unpaid commercial real estate loans for 22 cents cash on the dollar.

Barrack’s choices reflect idiosyncrasies that have defined him personally and professionally. He says he got his work ethic from his father, who would come home for dinner and then go back to his store. His mother gave him a metaphor for his personality.

“My mom had this idea that you could either be a miner or a jeweler,” Barrack says. “A miner is going and digging one sort of thing, but a jeweler is collecting and harvesting all sorts of jewels.”

Saudi Arabia

Barrack, who went to Jesuit-run Loyola High School in Los Angeles and to the University of Southern California, where he earned a bachelor’s and a law degree, started harvesting jewels soon after.

His first job, working with Herbert Kalmbach, former President Richard Nixon’s personal attorney, led to an assignment in Saudi Arabia helping construction company Fluor Corp. negotiate a contract. He opted to stay for three years to advise two sons of the Saudi king. After a stint in President Ronald Reagan’s administration, he was recruited by Bass.

Barrack and Bonderman made so much money for Bass buying the assets of some of the more than 740 thrifts that failed during the S&L crisis, including those of Stockton, California- based American Savings Bank, that the Texan gave each of them a stake to get a private-equity firm off the ground.

Since founding Colony — he named it after Malibu Colony, the beachfront community where he was living at the time — Barrack has collected other gems, including the Chateau Lascombesvineyard in the Bordeaux region of France, the colonial-era Raffles Hotel in Singapore, the Savoy Hotel in London and the Paris Saint-Germain soccer team.

Rugby, Surfing

A love of athletics led Barrack to USC, where he talked his way into a tryout with the football team. Trojans coach John McKay watched him run a few patterns and then told him to go out for rugby, which he did, playing varsity for three years and touring with the national Eagles team.

At 6 feet 3 inches (1.9 meters) tall, he now cuts a trim figure. He lifts weights for about an hour a day and runs or spins on a stationary bicycle for another 30 to 60 minutes.

“Athletics has a lot to do with everyday life,” Barrack says, sipping a cappuccino one evening in April in Toscanova, an Italian restaurant in the Century City section of Los Angeles. “I surf; I ride horses — to stay on that edge.”

Keeping an edge has Barrack in almost perpetual motion. He says he spends a week in Europe, a week in Asia and a week in New York each month. He’s also in constant contact with hislieutenants, at all hours of the day, throwing out ideas.

“I drive them nuts,” he says. “I end up being the information transfer element within the firm.”

Chairman’s Corner

Barrack posts his thoughts about investing on the Chairman’s Corner of Colony’s website. After an April surfing trip to Mexico’s Baja peninsula with two of his three sons, he wrote a 4,300-word treatise that included 32 ethical and business guidelines, including “Call your Mom often,” “Debt is the new equity” and “Seek mispricings and inefficiencies — stay away from crowds.”

Barrack’s current approach reflects some of those principles. The firm is eyeing investments that aren’t the typical targets of private-equity or real estate investors.

“He’s unconventional, and he’s looking where no one else is,” says Eli Broad, 77, the billionaire founder of KB Home who was among Barrack’s first backers.

‘Worst Investment Ever’

Barrack says Colony is focusing on smaller, unconventional deals after getting caught up in leveraged buyouts.

“If you were to pick the hour, the minute that it could have been the worst investment ever, it was,” he says of the timing of his November 2007 Station Casinos buyout.

Colony joined brothers Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, part of the family that founded the company as a bingo hall in 1976, in making the deal, which valued Station at $8.5 billion. The company filed for bankruptcy last July, with $6.5 billion of debt, after failing to reach agreement with creditors.

“The LBO certainly couldn’t have occurred at a much worse time than it did, immediately preceding the crash in the Las Vegas market, which has gone on since the transaction,” saysGrant Govertsen, a Las Vegas-based analyst at research firm Union Gaming Group LLC.

Colony is currently backing two bids by the Fertittas, who also own Ultimate Fighting Championship, a mixed-martial-arts league, to retain ownership of Station’s assets and allow the company to exit bankruptcy by year’s end.

Meadowlands Xanadu

A Nevada judge will oversee an auction of most of the casinos in early August, with the existing owners opening bidding with $772 million of new equity. Five other casinos, the company’s most profitable, would be taken over by the Fertittas, Colony and their banks without an auction in exchange for a cash payment and the cancellation of some debt.

Colony has also struggled with two Atlantic City, New Jersey, casinos. One of its affiliated companies forfeited the deed to Resorts Atlantic City, and another is in talks with creditors after defaulting on a loan tied to the Atlantic City Hilton.

The most glaring emblem of Colony’s miscalculations rises 800 feet above the New Jersey Turnpike, not far from the new stadium for New York’s Giants and Jets football teams. It’s the shell of an indoor ski slope, a main attraction at Xanadu.

The 2.3 million-square-foot (214,000-square-meter) mall, named after the summer capital of Mongolian emperor Kubla Khan, was taken over by Colony and Steven Mnuchin’s Dune Capital Management LP in 2006, after the original developer, Mills Corp., ran out of money. It also features an indoor sky-diving facility and a theater for live concerts.

Frozen Ski Lift

Plans called for visitors to be schussing down Xanadu’s ski slope by mid-2009. The collapse ofLehman in September 2008 brought work to a halt seven months later.

On a visit in April, not a single worker could be seen. Cardboard covered carpeted floors, and signs indicated where retailers H&M, Forever 21 and Cabela’s have staked out stores. The ski lift’s four-person chairs were frozen still.

“We had a great team together and started leasing,” Barrack says. “Even the downturn was OK. What killed us is, Lehman went broke. We never envisioned our bank going bankrupt.”

One potential lifeline is developer Stephen Ross’s Related Cos., which is in talks to partner with Colony on restarting construction, leasing and raising fresh capital. Even if Barrack can renegotiate the debt, it will be at least a year before Xanadu can open.

Colony Compensation

Albatrosses such as Station and Xanadu have changed the economics of the firm, since those projects are unlikely to produce profits for investors, or for Colony, anytime soon. In early 2009, Barrack scrapped Colony’s compensation plan and replaced it with one that gives every employee, including those charged with minding struggling investments, a chance to make money.

“We’ve reset our targets,” Barrack says. “People need a future to look forward to. They need an offense.”

None of that has dampened Barrack’s zeal for deals. Last October, Colony joined General Atlantic LLC in an 18-day sprint to buy First Republic Bank, a San Francisco-based firm that caters to wealthy individuals, from Bank of America Corp.

“It was just the most incredibly intense thing,” says Richard Nanula, a Colony principal and former chief financial officer of Walt Disney Co. “We knew this was a wonderful bank, not a troubled asset.”

First Republic

Barrack and Nanula, both banking clients of First Republic, moved into gear after Charlotte, North Carolina-based Bank of America signaled that talks with Carlyle Group had stalled. The two men worked the phones to find other investors. In the end, they agreed to pay about $1.85 billion for the bank.

Nanula also negotiated the deal with Leibovitz, after getting an e-mail from his boss asking, “Can we help her?” Leibovitz, who photographed John Lennon for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine on the day of his death in 1980, was unable to keep up on payments on a $24 million loan from Art Capital Group, a New York firm that provides financing to artists and that sued Leibovitz to seize her assets.

Nanula says he’s talking with Leibovitz about a national tour to showcase her work. He says he envisions similar deals with other celebrities.

“If all we did was one Neverland, or one Annie, it wouldn’t make too much sense,” he says.

As for Neverland, Nanula says it will remain a Colony asset, at least for now. Barrack has converted Jackson’s former amusement park into a series of gardens and is renovating other parts of the estate. He says he’ll sell it as the real estate market recovers, possibly for more than $100 million.

Legion of Honor

In May, Barrack was in Paris to receive the French Legion of Honor, the highest award bestowed by the government on citizens and foreigners. About 120 people attended the ceremony in an 18th-century building on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore near the Elysee Palace.

Gilles Pelisson, chief executive officer of Accor SA, the Paris-based hotelier that owns the Novotel and Motel 6 chains and is 29 percent owned by Colony and its partners, was among those looking on as a red-ribboned medal was pinned on Barrack’s pinstriped suit.

Barrack has had a long and sometimes stormy relationship with France since he first visited in his twenties. Colony helped oust the previous CEO of Accor, as well as the top executive atCarrefour SA, the world’s second-largest retailer, in which Barrack had invested. Two presidents of the firm’s Paris soccer club were sacked in two years. Colony’s stakes in Carrefour and Accor, which at one point had a $1 billion paper loss, are getting close to parity, Barrack says.

‘Passionate Relationship’

None of that stood in the way of the festivities. Barrack was praised by a French deputy minister for establishing his firm’s European headquarters in Paris rather than London and for being “affable, accessible and enthusiastic.”

Speaking in French and English, Barrack talked about his “passionate relationship” with France, comparing it to “falling in love with a young girl.”

Then, after drinks and petits fours, he was gone — heading to Asia on his Gulfstream V early the next morning.

To contact the reporters on this story: Jason Kelly in New York at jkelly14@bloomberg.net;Jonathan Keehner in New York at jkeehner@bloomberg.net

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-06-27/barrack-seeking-redemption-in-neverland-after-a-colony-fund-shows-60-loss.html


The confusing legacy of Michael Jackson

By Todd Leopold, CNN
June 28, 2010
Michael Jackson, seen here in 2005, remains a mystery a year after his death.
Michael Jackson, seen here in 2005, remains a mystery a year after his death.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A year after his death, Michael Jackson remains whoever you want him to be
  • Some see legacy as humanitarian efforts, others say it’s in his music and talent
  • Jim Moret: Worst aspects of Jackson’s life have been largely dismissed
  • One thing’s likely: Value of his estate will continue to climb

CNN’s Don Lemon speaks exclusively with friends and family members about Michael Jackson’s last days in “Michael Jackson: His Final Days,” 8 p.m. ET Saturday on CNN.

(CNN) — Michael Jackson blew it.

“Michael wanted his legacy to be for people to understand the plight of children, the pain of childhood neglect,” says Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who was a Jackson spiritual adviser until the pop star ended their relationship in 2001. He observes that the guardians of Jackson’s assets want the estate to “remain as lucrative as possible,” and any devotion to Jackson’s most heartfelt causes hasn’t materialized. “That part of his legacy has been lost completely,” he says ruefully.

Michael Jackson nailed it.

The pop star, who died a year ago Friday, was “a groundbreaking artist, a complete package in a way the Beatles and Elvis never were,” says Ashley Dos Santos, a pop culture and marketing expert for the public relations firm Crosby-Volmer International. She ticks off his successes — spectacular showman, music video pioneer — and is confident a Jackson shrine, like Presley’s Graceland, will eventually come to pass, with his legacy in the joy of his music and performances.

In life, Michael Jackson was whoever you wanted him to be: Humanitarian. Media-savvy artist. King of Pop. Or: Accused child molester. Has-been. World-class freak.

No wonder his legacy is so confusing. Is it about compassion? Talent? Money? Or the dark circus that kept intruding on it all?

“I think that when you’re talking about Michael Jackson and you try to analyze him, it’s like analyzing electricity, you know? It exists, but you don’t have a clue as to how it works,” Jackson biographer J. Randy Taraborelli told CNN.

A year after his death, there is little in the way of commemoration, outside of some media specials (including a CNN documentary, “Michael Jackson: His Final Days,” that airs Friday).

Perhaps it’s too soon. “I’m still mourning,” brother Jermaine Jackson told CNN.

Perhaps there are still too many things to work out. Neverland is still in limbo, family relationships are still strained and the case concerning Jackson doctor Conrad Murray still in the works.

And perhaps Michael Jackson remains too complex. “Do I contradict myself? / Very well then I contradict myself / (I am large, I contain multitudes),” wrote Walt Whitman in “Song of Myself,” and Jackson fulfilled that passage in spades.

Boteach, who admittedly feels disappointed by the loss of Jackson’s friendship, is still upset that the pop star didn’t push harder for things bigger than himself. He observes that John Lennon, despite an open-book life that included divorce, avowed cynicism and various rock-star excesses, is today remembered for his hopes for peace and memorialized in a bucolic chip of New York’s Central Park called Strawberry Fields.

“That’s a successful life,” says Boteach. “We understood that in addition to being very fallible, he had these beautiful ideals we could all buy into and salute.”

Jackson had those ideals as well, Boteach adds, but he became focused on getting back on top toward the end of his life — focused on money, fame and material things.

“All of us make mistakes, all of us are fallible, but there’s a right way to live your life — the right way for a superstar to live his life is to be like Bono,” he says. “Just do things for other people. It’s that simple.”

But it’s obvious that Jackson, despite the messiness of his later life, touched people.

Dos Santos observes that people flew thousands of miles just to stand outside July’s memorial service at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. “That speaks to the level of forgiveness and willingness to forget a lot of the controversy that surrounded him,” she says. “He spoke to the heart of his fans in a way that I don’t think we’ve ever seen before or since.”

One reason he reached so many, says University of Rochester music professor John Covach, was because of his ability to overcome genre boundaries. The Jackson 5 appealed to teenyboppers and Motown enthusiasts; Jackson’s solo work, particularly on the albums “Off the Wall” and “Thriller,” couldn’t be pigeonholed as R&B.

And then there were his performances, whether on MTV, which became a force partly through Jackson’s videos, or live.

“Jackson used his success to really raise the whole level, not only of music videos, but of concert productions — almost like taking a Broadway show on the road,” Covach says.

All this has had a positive effect on another kind of legacy: the bottom line.

After Jackson’s death, sales of his albums went through the roof. He’ll continue to be a valuable property, says Joe Maddalena, president of the collectibles firm Profiles in History, who observes the handwritten lyrics for “Beat It” recently sold for $27,500, about five times what Maddalena estimates they would have gone for before Jackson’s death. He believes other Jackson paraphernalia, such as stage outfits, will also do well.

And a little notoriety won’t hurt, he adds. After all, celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Jim Morrison and Elvis Presley are huge draws, despite their flaws.

In fact, Elvis might be the most apt comparison to Jackson. Toward the end of his life, Presley — overweight, drug-addicted, a shadow of his former, groundbreaking self — was a figure of mockery. After his death, however, the mocked Elvis receded, replaced by the vibrant, virile figure of the ’50s and ’60s.

Jackson’s legacy has undergone the same transformation, and that will continue, says “Inside Edition” chief correspondent and former CNN anchor Jim Moret.

“Prior to Michael Jackson’s death, and for the years since the criminal case, Michael Jackson was, in many was, a broken man,” Moret told CNN. “And he was the butt of jokes, he was the punch line for comedians, and he was thought of as a has-been, in some ways.

“This death has catapulted him to the status of Elvis, in that he’s now a legend. And he was probably worthy of that status even in life. But all of the aspects of his life that were questionable when he was alive, have almost been dismissed in his death.”

Will that be enough? Will the messy life of Michael Jackson be smoothed out to a simple story of a charismatic boy-man?

Jackson biographer Taraborelli wonders.

“It’s going to take us time to put it into perspective,” he says. “It’s gonna take many years I think for us to really understand the impact that Michael Jackson has had on us. Because it’s not a simple story, you know?”

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/Music/06/21/michael.jackson.legacy/?hpt=tv&fbid=xxhXBJnoz1G


Katherine Jackson: a mother’s story

Her favorite songs are “Man of War” and “Man in the Mirror”

“Man of War” because it gives a message of stopping war, study peace coz peace is all we need…

and “Man in the Mirror” for obvious reasons…

“Follow the yellow brick road”

Katherine sought out Mark Shaffel to produce this Dateline interview…hhhhmmm wonder about that…

“Kids are doing fabulous. They’re doing good”…   no tears, not even when talking about Paris only wanting daddy’s pictures in her room, so she can go to bed looking at him and wake up looking at him…

“Prince likes to be behind the cameras. Paris wants to be an actress, and she is already.   Blanket can carry a tune very well, and he has rhythm, and he can dance.”

She says she stopped the kids from wearing masks….  WRONG, Michael did weeks before his death.

Mark Shaffel is a friend of Debbie . He says he was the go-between Katherine and Debbie. OMG, I just had a thought: what if he threatened that Debbie would fight for the kids if Katherine didn’t “join” him in business ventures, such as this book? By agreeing to his business terms, Katherine keeps the kids, and Shaffel and Debbie make the bucks.   OK, this is just me thinking. may not be this.

Again with the debts… Doubt anyone has to worry about that anymore…  but they still bring it up… drives me nuts.

“Bringing order to chaos”…  Pisses me off how they talk like that.

Howard Mann , the collaborator with Katherine for the new book, says one of the main reasons she agreed to do the book was because SHE NEEDED THE MONEY.   hhhhhmmm , she just inherited a fortune from her son! She needs the money for what???

Howard Mann has 273 master tapes of unreleased MJ recordings. How?  Need to research this…

ALWAYS bringing up the molestation charges. Leave it alone, for Christ’s sake. NOT GUILTY, remember?

So now “they’re” saying it’s an internet rumor that the boy came out after Michael’s death and said he never touched him. Is it really a rumor???  Something fishy with Chandler’s “suicide” too.   “Sources close to the boy’s family said….”  Yeahhh, the sources behind all this shit Michael went thru???  Was it possible Evan Chandler was going to come clean too but he got “offed” before he could?  Just asking the questions….

“Mean vicious people didn’t want him around”.  Mike knew too much? Was he  in the position where he could get back some power and these people felt threatened ?  WAS he going to relay some powerful message at his concerts that would threaten these people’s plans?  Or did they see more financial benefit with him dead, rather then alive and performing? Because he was going to be generating money by performing…

So Michael was shocked that Shaffel was into the porn industry and yet Katherine is doing business with him?  Is there some kind of blackmail going on here???


Katherine Jackson May Have Screwed Herself

What is happening with Katherine Jackson? We’re unsure of what to think lately… Man, I’d really hate it if people are screwing with her.


Originally posted Jun 28th 2010 12:20 PM PDT by TMZ Staff

Katherine Jackson‘s quest for money may have just cost her dearly … because TMZ has obtained legal papers from a South Korean newspaper that is going after everything she makes … until she pays off a $13 million debt.

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Segye Times, a South Korean newspaper, filed papers with the Michael Jackson estate, informing the court it got a judgment against Katherine in 1994 for $4 million. That’s when the newspaper advanced Katherine, Joeand Jermaine $5.5 million for a series of Jackson family concerts that never took place.

Segye claims with interest the judgment now exceeds $13 million, and it wants an order from the judge forcing the estate to pay Segye any money the estate might pay Katherine.

Now here’s how Katherine screwed herself.  By making all the deals she’s been making — for books, gala events and such — she’s made it clear to the world her goal is to roll in dough and Segye has taken notice.


Bizarre Claims Keep Jackson’s Estate Lawyer Busy

Thanks to Dominique from

http://thedeathofmj.forumotion.com


By Eriq Gardner
June 27, 2010

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Michael Jackson was involved in a startling number of lawsuits throughout his career, and now his estate is attracting enormous legal interest.

Attorney John Branca and music executive John McClain are the executors of the estate, but the primary responsibility for handling legal actions has fallen to Howard Weitzman, one of the few Hollywood lawyers equally comfortable with deals and lawsuits. He’s been dealing with a range of issues, from copyright concerns over Jackson’s posthumous songs to charities trying to leverage Jackson’s name without authority to allegedly misleading documentaries and battles over control of the estate. Then, of course, there’s the bizarre stuff.

HE’S BEEN GONE A YEAR BUT MICHAEL JACKSON MUST BE KEEPING YOU VERY BUSY?

Weitzman: It’s been a real roller coaster ride. You have issues on the business front like the “This Is It” film with Sony and the Cirque du Soleil (shows). The transactional issues are mostly handled by Branca, but because of my unique position, I have the opportunity to look and review these deals. That said, I’m mostly involved on the litigation front, from helping make decisions to pay certain claims from creditors that are meritorious to dealing with the challenges of the appointment of the executors. There’s continuing challenges dealing with the Jackson family and we want to make sure the beneficiaries Katherine and the children are treated appropriately.

THERE WERE A LOT OF CREDITORS HOUNDING JACKSON AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH. WHAT’S THE STATUS THERE?

Weitzman: A lot of claims we’ve been able to resolve because they were less than meritorious. Some claims were accepted and paid out. Others may end up at trial. I do expect more lawsuits to be filed in the future because Michael was and still is a big target.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE STRANGEST CLAIMS AGAINST THE JACKSON ESTATE?

Weitzman: Wow, not a week goes by where something strange doesn’t happen. There are consistent claims by people claiming to be Michael’s wife or child. One lady from the Netherlands kept insisting that she was his daughter. You have to take them seriously when they file claims. There was one woman who claimed $5 million because she wanted to mentor his kids. She insisted she be given a house. She even filed a petition to adopt the children!

HOW DO YOU HANDLE THESE SITUATIONS?

Weitzman: I try not to be rude. I just firmly have to tell them we don’t think your claim is meritorious and don’t think it would be in your interest to pursue this further. Most of the time it goes away. Of course, some matters just keep coming up, like that lady who says she was the basis for the song “Billie Jean.” She’s filed numerous times. Sometimes, you just have to laugh. It’s amazing what some people are claiming.

Copyright 2010 Reuters News Service.

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wirestory?id=11029958&page=1


BET Awards 2010 Chris Brown Tribute to MJ

Touching performance by Chris. I hope this turns his career around. He needed to apologize to Rihanna, not the world. Just as she needed to apologize to him.  “They’ve” done a good job making the public bring him down.  Hope people realize that.

Remember what Michael stood for : love.  Chris Brown is one talented artist, and I for one, will not turn my back on him…

And of course, I had to include Prince,lol, my second favorite artist after MJ…


Was Michael Jackson a modern-day prophet?

Thanks to my friend Jacqui for telling me about this blog post.

By Chaz Harris

I find myself troubled as I sit here thinking about how it is one year today since Michael Jackson’s untimely, tragic and unexpected death. Last year, when the London concerts were announced, I made sure my brother was on the phone the day tickets went on sale and instead of trying for the July dates right off the mark, I told him to get tickets for one of the dates in September, which he managed to do.

Jackson in concertI was really excited about going home for the show as I had always wanted to see Michael Jackson performing live and I was walking around in a weird state of disbelief during the days after it happened. I think most people were expecting it to be a huge publicity stunt to promote the tour and that MJ would reappear and reassure us that he was fine…but that moment never came.

Whatever you may think of him, it has to be acknowledged that he was considered and probably always will be one of the most influential figures in entertainment. Michael Jackson’s rise in popularity was an important part of the post civil-rights era in the US and opened up black entertainers to the mainstream markets like no other artist has. He also had the ability to own a stage like nobody else – just as he did with this performance at the 1993 Superbowl.

Even through the controversial court cases, I remember always dismissing them as gold-digging parents who just wanted to cash in on his generosity as he always came across as unassuming and someone who always saw the best in people. The guy grew up a child-star and missed out on having a childhood, but I don’t believe in him being a pedophile even if he appears to “fit the profile”. This was compounded by the countless comments and tributes that celebrity friends and his staff made after he died last year, including Donna Summer, who said of the alleged accusations, “I can’t even imagine he [Michael] would ever try to hurt a child. I felt more like it was exploitation, personally, from other people. I don’t know if it’s true or not. I just – you know, I just think he was a sitting duck at times.”

While I was back in the UK, it was announced that This is It was going to be made and released and I remember being slightly hesitant and cynical about what I was going to see. However, when I went in and saw the film on opening night, I was blown away and delighted to discover that Jackson retained the brilliance and showmanship at 50 that he did all those years before in ’93. It was as if no time had passed and it would have without doubt been one of the most eye-popping and spectacular concerts ever held.

On the DVD, there is a whole section on the various costumes and one of these was a suit complete with lights built into it so that it could light up and shoot colourful beams down the arms and legs. It was to be used when he performed Billie Jean. It would have been epic and I felt a mix of excitement and melancholy watching that film.

The odd thing to me is how consistent Michael Jackson’s message of peace, love and saving the planet for the children and our children’s children was. And yet, the man was persecuted, misunderstood and treated as an outcast by the very media spotlight that helped create this spectacle in the first place. Why do people turn on those who try to spread positive messages in the world? Do we think they have some kind of hidden agenda?

If I believed in God, then I would say Jackson was the closest thing we had in recent times to a modern-day prophet. His followers and fans outnumber any other modern religious or public figure and he always spread his message of healing, love, peace and acceptance. When it comes down to it, I know I definitely believe in MJ and his message because I have proof that he was real.

The tragic impact we’re seeing from the BP disaster has been bringing back chilling images of Earth Song. Whenever Jackson spoke about disasters it’s like he knew something worse was just around the corner. A quote from This is It says it all “I respect the secrets and magic of nature. That’s why it makes me so angry when I see these things that are happening in the world: that every second I hear the size of a football field is torn down in the Amazon. That kind of stuff really bothers me. That’s why I write these kinds of songs, you know, to get some sense of awareness and awakening and hope to people.” Jackson then went on to say: “The planet is sick, like a fever. If we don’t fix it now it’s at the point of no return. This is our last chance to fix this problem that we have or it’s like a runaway train…The time has come, This is It. It starts with us. US. or else it’ll never be done.”

The words his children said at the memorial last August were enough to obliterate any doubts (if any) that I had about Jackson’s innocence when his daughter Paris said “daddy was the best father you could ever imagine”. Some people disagreed with the kids being allowed to speak, but I could sense it was heartfelt and something she felt like she needed to say. After all, Jackson cut his father out of his will over the alleged abuse he suffered as a child because he never wanted to see his own children go through that. Why would anyone assume he’s guilty just because statistically there have been suggestions of child abuse victims repeating that behaviour? Are there no exceptions?

I’ll leave you with the parting poignant words of one of my favourite MJ songs. In fact, they almost sound like they could be someone’s wedding vows: “In our darkest hour, in my deepest despair, will you still care? Will you be there? In my trials and my tribulations. Through our doubts and frustrations. In my violence, in my turbulence. Through my fear and my confessions. In my anguish and my pain. Through my joy and my sorrow. In the promise of another tomorrow, I’ll never let you part, for you’re always in my heart.”

Was Michael Jackson a modern-day prophet? Why does humankind have a tendency to attack or turn against those who try to spread a message of love, acceptance and healing?

R.I.P. Michael Jackson – The King of Pop

http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/blogs/over-the-rainbow/3852056/Was-Michael-Jackson-a-modern-day-prophet#comments


Is Michael Jackson Really Dead?

Heather Ann Angel
Published June 26, 2010 by:

Heather Ann Angel

Is this really it? Is Michael Jackson Really Dead?

At the risk of raggishly stirring up controversy where there is none, I have wondered since his televised post funeral service if the singer is really dead, or if this was the grandest of Michael Jackson stunts yet.

Michael would not be the first person in history to be thought dead when he was still quite alive and well. Till this day people are spotting Elvis (Although the Elvis spottings still show the more than 80 year old man as a youngster'”not exactly believable). The FBI has been known to hide out people by giving them new identities'”these are usually protected witnesses and spies though, it is doubtful that Michael was either, although if anyone had the resources to pull it off, it would certainly be Michael Jackson.

First, there was the peculiar on-stage performance of family and friends (That other than Brook Shields, Queen Latifa, Mia Angelou, Al Sharpton and a few others, none of the big names showed up. Brooke Shields was one of Michael’s childhood best friends, but where were Liza, Liz and others that you would have expected to make appearances and give eulogies about Michael? Dianna Ross, to whom Michael suggested should be the guardian ad-litem for his children in his will, was nowhere onstage. Why not? Where was the childhood stars that Michael called friends, some of whom he gave their start, like Mccaulley Caulkin, Webster, and others? Where were the numerous singers that paid tribute to Michael at his 40 yeasrs in show-bizz celebration, most of whom he had a hand in getting started as well? Where were the numerous CEOs of charity organizations that Michael had donated to? Where was Oprah, Madonna, Cher, Celene Dione, Taylor Dane, Cyndi Lauper, Bruice Springstein or any of the others that you would have bet money would have been there to support the family and to make speeches?

The crowd was full of fans that paid into the thousands for their tickets to the event'”but other than the bronze coffin on-stage, there was very little to indicate that this was actually a funeral type service Photos alleging that Michael was at his own memorial later surfaced:

At the same internationally televised performance, watching the faces of the family, there was something strange, almost surreal about the entire thing. Then it occurred to me, this was a funeral but no one was crying

or even had swollen eyes as if they had been. Katherine wasn’t crying, the children weren’t crying, Jermaine wasn’t crying when he gave his rendition of Michael’s favorite song, no one but no one was crying.

In a later interview with Larry King, Jermaine would finally break down and cry what seemed to be genuine wet tears.

That video would late become infamous for the mysterious shadows of what appeared to be the ghost of Michael in the background in several places. But reviewing the video a bit closer, you can see that someone actually was walking in the room in front of a light that cast the shadow and as for the shadows appearing between the bushes in the distance behind Jermain during the interview–the house was full of people that day and there were several people walking around in the background. This could have been any number of them walking around.

Then there was the bronze coffin with the reef of red flowers adorning the lid. Watching the brothers handle the box was peculiar too. They seemed to slide it out of the hearse and roll it across the stage as if it were filled with crumpled up newspapers rather than a human being, least of all their own brother. There was some speculation early on when witnesses saw the coffin arrive but it never left. These curiosities were put to rest with the assertion that a S.W.A.T. team had actually escorted the body to the cmemtary via a back-stage door. As convenient as this expanation is, did anyone ever actually see the S.W.A.T. team?

Brooke Shields would later make a public statement on ‘˜the View’ that she fully expected at any moment for Michael to jump up out of the coffin, because that was the kind of guy that he was — .

That statement was no ordinary clause in conversation. In reference to the film of Jackson’s last rehearsals for the tour ‘˜This is It,’ many comments have been made about the eeriness of seeing Michael, in

monster garb, rising up out of the grave in his ‘˜Thriller’ rendition. Was he making a subliminal statement to his fans? There were lots of elusions to danger in the film, such as when the producer kept insisting that Michael hold onto the rail of the lift lest he fall off and hurt or kill himself. This was not Michael’s proverbial first rodeo–why did the producer keep pointing that out to him? The name of the show itself was rather creepy and ominous for someone who had recently died: ‘˜This is It.’ Was it really a coincidence to name a show that Michael would die in the middle of rehearsal, ‘˜This is It?’

Michael Jackson was a contradictory of terms to say the least. On the one hand he wanted to live a ‘˜Normal’ life and on the other he craved public attention and affection. Few entertainers before or since have openly loved their fans as much as their fans loved them, as Michael Jackson did. As a businessman he was a genius; as the benefactor of that prowess, he spent his fortune faster than he made it. When asked in an earlier interview about his future death, Michael stated that dying was not on his list of things to do; yet it was the goriest music video of its time, ‘˜Thriller,’ that catapulted him from superstar to icon.

According to a movie made about the Jacksons venture to fame, Michael was initially excluded from the group; only to have Michael lead the group to their own fortunes as well as to greatly surpass them in his personal career. Without Michael Jackson, it is easy to imagine that the world would have never heard of the group, ‘˜Jackson4.’ Till this day, Michael and Janet are the only two Jacksons to have achieved superstardom while the rest of the group faded into the backdrops of the mundane. Michael Jackson was indeed the epitome of conundrum.

The shy, quietly spoken man of few words, was not just the king of Pop, but he was the king of disguises too. He changed his look many times during his career, and this is what ultimately instigated my curiosity enough to investigate the photo evidence that he left behind.

During the week preceding the first anniversary of his death, all sorts of magazines paid tribute to Michael by displaying a variety of photos through-out the superstar’s life. But when you really pay attention to the photos, something very odd happens — .

Michael was infamous for the botched cosmetic surgery on his nose, the dimple in his chin and the colorful change of his complexion due to vitiligo and the attempts of his dermatologist to balance out the blotches.

So in effect, you expect to see a variation in those parts of his appearance. However, there are other telltale characteristics that should not have changed back and forth in the different photos.

For example: In some of the photos Michael had a very pronounced adams apple, in others he had a more muscular neck with barely any visible adams apple at all. In some of the photos there was dominant scaring on the

front of his left nostril, and indented scars on the back of both nostrils'”in other photos this scaring is partially missing and in other photos it is altogether gone. It could be suggested that this was done with make-up, but even with make-up, there should be some evidence of the scaring as deep as it was embedded into his skin, and there simply was not.

In some of the photos you can clearly see that the chin dimple gave him a square jaw-line. In other photos you can clearly see that the dimple is cut so deeply into his chin that it gives him a rounded jaw-line with virtually 2 chins instead of one. This could have been attributed to more surgeries, except with more surgery, it doesn’t seem that it would have gone back and forth from one to the other…

Michael often ripped open his shirt on-stage revealing a very boney frame with no chest hair. In one of the suspicious photos revealing his chest there is hair and no evidence of bone protrusion.

Michael was known as ‘˜The Gloved One,’ because he often wore a single glove and at times he wore two. In many of his photos, he is also wearing bandages on his fingers. He may have done this because he had a mad discoloration of his hands and fingernails'”more than likely due to the vitiligo or the treatments for it. The tell tale signs on the photos of his hands are not the discolorations, which with on-going treatments, you would expect to see it change from time to time. In the few rare photos where his hands are revealed, you can see a slight difference in the shape of the fingers; in some photos he has short stubby fingers that look almost arthritic, in others the fingers are longer with no swollen knuckles or crookedness in the joints (This you wouldn’t typically expect). In some of the photos Michael has a scar on his wrist, in others it is missing — .

In the 80’s Michael’s hair was caught on fire when the production crew mis-fired the special effects while filming a Pepsi commercial. The back of Michael’s head was severely burned. Perhaps Michael wore a prostetic hair piece to cover the damage after that, but in some of the photos, Michael has a different hairline atop the fore-head.

In some of the photos, Michael’s face is shorter and more square, in others it is more elongated and rectangular.

In some of the photos, Michael’s ear-line connects closer to the cheekbone, and in others it extends closer to the jaw-line. In at least one of the photos, Michael’s teeth are different as well. Certainly Michael had

the resources to hire at least one if not 2 or more people to get the necessary plastic surgery to pose as his body double, which he obviously had at least 2 if not more as can be seen in his performance at the Superbowl popping up out of the smoke above the signs before Michael magically appears in the smoke onstage….

Michael, having been in serious debt before his untimely death certainly had motivation enough to fake his own death and disappear–his estate has made over a billion dollars since then–more than enough to pay off his creditors and leave a healthy legacy for his mother and children.

Then, there’s this:

This footage does seem to make it look like whoever it was on the lifeflight chopper was moving around on the stretcher which certainly would not have been possible if he were really strapped down.

Then video emerged of someone actually getting up walking out of the coroner’s van:

Then there is the wrongful death suit that Joe Jackson is going alone against Conrad Murray, Jackson’s physician. Why is Katherine and the siblings not pursuing Murray in this suit as well?

Someone obviously died at the apartment that day, otherwise there would not be any pending criminal charges against Murray for manslaughter. There was an autopsy done on someone, but did anyone bother to do a DNA verification and make sure that it was Michael? If it wasn’t Michael, was it one of his doubles? Was this supposed to be a hoax that went terribly wrong? Was the guy supposed to only be impaired enough to be rushed to the hospital but then messed around and died instead?

Then there are the allegations that Michael was on several types of drugs at his death. It had been specualted by many that Michael had a drug severe drug problem. Earlier Michael had been admitted to rehab with help from people like Liz Taylor and his then wife, Lisa Marie Presley. people who knew him well, such as Jennifer Batten, as well as his family insist that Michael was not on drugs. Did the devastating disillusion of his marriage to Lisa Marie cause him to relapse? Or is there more to it than that?

There are also the two conflicting stories about his final tour–one stating that Michael was in no condition to complete 50 weeks and another stating that Michael was in perfect health–the latter of which was corroberated by the medical examiner’s report. So was Michael on drugs or not? Was Michael sick or not?

Whether or not Michael is alive hiding out in the Middle East or in Europe somewhere, there is no way to justify a re-emergence after having announced his own death. Perhaps there is some validity to this, perhaps it is

the wistul thinking of fans that can’t let go; but that’s the beauty of Michael, we don’t have to let go. He will be right here, right now, if only we remember–but it is what we choose to remember that will matter the most as his story unfolds. Will we remember him for the unfounded allegations that money hungry grubs posed against him, the charges for which he was acquitted on every count, or will we rememeber the message that he devoted his life to leave us with?

I, for one, choose to remember him like this:

Wherever you are Michael, R.I.P. Long live the king….

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5528598/is_michael_jackson_really_dead.html?cat=33


Bodyguard’s nephew calls radio show

I was going to lay off the hoax for a while, but I can’t,lol Not after hearing this…


Harvey Levin Tells How TMZ Broke Michael Jackson Death News

Michael Lewittes

Michael Lewittes

Posted: June 25, 2010 05:09 PM

Before launching GossipCop.com, I toiled for a decade and a half in print and television, where — in the old days — if you had what you thought was an “exclusive,” you spent the night anxiously worrying whether a competing outlet would have the same story the next morning.

Of course, that all changed with the proliferation of blogs.

One year ago today, while meeting with my web designer about last-minute tweaks to GossipCop.com, which launched five weeks later, an e-mail alert came across my Blackberry.

There was silence across the office.

Michael Jackson had died at the age of 50.

And celebrity blog TMZ had broken the news exclusively.

I recently spoke to TMZ’s executive producer, Harvey Levin, about that fateful afternoon for a GossipCop.com story to coincide with the first anniversary of Jackson’s death.

When TMZ got its first tip, at around 1 p.m. PST, that Michael Jackson was being taken to the hospital, “it was not that alarming,” recalled Levin, explaining the singer had “been taken to the hospital many times before” for non-life threatening ailments.

“We didn’t think it was a life/death thing,” said Levin, until he received the next tip that Jackson had gone into full cardiac arrest.

And that’s when a “minor” Michael Jackson hospitalization piece turned into a “huge story” for him.

“Everyone stopped what they were doing,” Levin told me. Not because his team was in total shock, but rather because it was the story and his entire staff, from the reporters to the art department to the support staff — anyone who might know anyone — was needed to call sources and verify the cardiac arrest claim.

“Word came fairly early on it was grave,” Levin vividly remembers.

And after multiple sources provided “credible information,” TMZ was 100 percent certain the King of Pop had passed.

“We knew it long before we published it,” said Levin, whose team nevertheless continued calling sources for a full hour afterwards, double and triple-sourcing their story.

“What could we be missing,” Levin asked himself at the time, wanting “a certain feeling before we pushed the publish button.”

Having confirmed with various parties, TMZ had nailed it.

“There was no doubt” about the scoop said Levin, who was told at the time that “EMTs wanted to pronounce him dead at the house, but Dr. [ConradMurray didn’t want to.”

Other outlets quickly began to question whether TMZ stood by its story, and rumors even spread that Jackson was alive and rehearsing at the Staples Center.

At that point, though, the only questions TMZ had, Levin said, were “Why did this 50-year-old die” and were drugs involved? And why did the doctor say Jackson was still alive at the home when EMTs claimed he died in the house?

Without taking a moment to breathe – or even congratulate itself for the year’s biggest celebrity scoop – the TMZ staff immediately got back to business because “We knew there was a much bigger story,” said Levin, rattling off issues, including “drug abuse, celebrity privilege, money, family, trust… ”

Indeed, those subjects will undoubtedly dominate more headlines as the Jackson family, Dr. Murray, creditors, the estate, and sundry other individuals and corporations head into court this year.

Though Levin was initially referring to Jackson’s finances, in a larger sense the TMZ head honcho was correct when he told me, “Michael Jackson may be bigger in death than he was at the end of his life.”

Only time will tell, but one thing is for certain: with blogs like TMZ – and now GossipCop.com – looking for scoops every day, the “Moonwalker” star will be the subject of many more cyberspace stories, day and (middle of the) night.

Check out GossipCop.com for the full story with Harvey Levin.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-lewittes/harvey-levin-tells-how-tm_b_625960.html


MICHAEL JACKSON MAKING ANNIVERSARY APPEARANCE

Ok, I know this is a tabloid,lol, but they’re also the ones who posted YEARS ago that MJ would fake his death !  THAT article follows this one… Make sure you check the DATES these stories were posted…

Posted on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010
By Gerry Dorsey

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, CA – The King of Pop is expected to make a special appearance on the anniversary of his “death.”

Michael Jackson’s “death” was mourned by millions around the world. The world lost an icon, an innovator and a legend that will never be replaced. As his anniversary approaches, special tributes will be appearing across the globe.

In his hometown of Gary, Indiana, Katherine Jackson will unveil a monument outside the house where the Jackson 5 began their singing career. A memorial and candlelight vigil will follow.

All nine Madame Tussauds wax museums – from Shanghai to Washington D.C. – are creating special tribute exhibits.

In New York, the Apollo Theater’s marquee will feature a special MJ message, and Jonelle Procope, president and CEO of the Apollo Theater Foundation, will speak briefly on Friday morning about Michael Jackson to honor his memory and celebrate his lifetime of artistic achievement.

While all those memorials will certainly be wonderful and very special, Weekly World News has learned of perhaps the biggest celebration of them all. Our investigative team has discovered that the King of Pop, Micahel Jackson himself, will be holding a special celebration at Neverland Ranch.

WWN broke the story that it was widely believed that Michael Jackson may have faked his own death. Jackson, fed up and disheartened with the path his life had taken, felt as though the only way to get a breath of fresh air was to fake his own death. Rejuvenated and mentally refreshed, Jackson is believed to be organizing a special event back on his Neverland Ranch. Taking a one-year hiatus was exactly what the doctor ordered.

The event is believed to include everything imaginable. There will be a carnival available for the kids to enjoy, outdoor activities will entertain adults and there will be performances from various artists throughout the day. The King of Pop himself might even treat everyone to a performance.

“Our sources believe that Michael Jackson will host a special celebration at Neverland Ranch on Friday – a year after his ‘death,’” said WWN correspondent Buzz Donovan. “While he feels terrible that he had to resort to such drastic measures, it was the best option at the time to allow him to continue as an entertainer in the future.”

MICHAEL JACKSON ARTICLE – MARCH 29, 1994

Posted on Saturday, June 20th, 2009
By Allie Pruitt

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LETTER FROM MJ TO A FRIEND

I initially doubted the authenticity of the following letter, but after discussing this with members from http://thedeathofmj.forumotion.com,   I’m now considering that it might indeed be real. According to a member at that forum, this letter is from many years ago, which she had seen on King Of Pop forum. When you read the content about the sunflowers and “dying”, it definitely makes you question things…

LETTER FROM MJ TO A FRIEND

Reading your letter I had to cry in thankfulness. For that there is someone out there who understands me. Maybe there are more. If I may I’d like to write some sentences to the people of the world. Sentences you will never find in your newspapers, because for that they are not spectacular enough.

Dear people,
I would like to ask you a question – the question WHY. Why is there so much poverty in the world? Why so many wars? Why so much torture and agony? And why must children die and innocent suffer? I don’t understand it. Do you understand it?
I want to help. I want to make people happy, and may it be just for a moment. That is what gives my life a sense. Don’t you understand me? What did I do that you judge me? Are you really envious of me? You don’t have to. I wouldn’t wish you to be me…
Maybe you just want me to confess my ‘guilt’.

Yes, it is true, I do love children! But not the way you want it to be. I love them from the bottom of my heart. Because children don’t make wars. Children have never hurt me. It makes me happy to look in their shining eyes. Is it a crime wanting to be happy and want to make others happy? Many of them who visit me are going to die soon, of cancer or other terrible diseases. I won’t let you forbid me through your arrogance to give them just one happy day!

Yes, it is true that I had plastic surgeries! Do you know what it feels like?! How often did I have to wake up in pain! How often I didn’t know what would expect me when I look into the mirror! How often did I cry when I did it! Don’t you see that I’m punishing myself for that I cannot cope with my face – and with myself! Why do you also punish me for it?

Yes, it is true, once I was black! You get darker in the sun and get admired for that. But I am sick and you hit me for it. The sun you love so much can kill me. In former times I loved to be outside in the light, too, now I can nearly only go out at night. And you make your fun out of it. If I hadn’t become the Michael Jackson you know today, then I would also be like that: I would be a white black with curls and a thick niggernose for which everybody would tease me. Well, now you tease me because of my little nose. Maybe I would already be dead because I couldn’t protect myself so good as I can today. Would you prefer it when I was dead? Or when I had never existed? But then you wouldn’t have my music! Would you like to do without ‘Billie Jean’?! My music you love though, don’t you? Just not me. But I create the music to make you happy.

You torture me with your disgraceful words. Words can sometimes hurt so much more than punchs. Often I sit in an edge and cry. I ask God for what I have to suffer, what a reason I’ve given you. Cause I never did harm to anyone. I am afraid of you ’cause you’ve hurt me so badly. And I don’t even defend myself. I simply hide behind my masks. Oh, how I hate these masks! Under them I can hardly breathe. But I have no choice, it’s the only way to protect myself. But you don’t like it when I protect myself. You’d prefer to kick a defenceless man in his face. but this favour I won’t do you. I don’t need to be ashamed for anything I’ve done. And as I can see at you, dear Unknown there are people who understand my message.

My friends and me, we don’t go into the war with tanks. We come with sunflowers to all of you even though you laugh at us and snap our flowers off. Maybe you will understand not before not only the flowers but the whole sun goes out. With my music, with what I do I would like to bring a light into the world. But is it necessary that I kill myself until someone believes me? And until someone believes me that I just want to do good things and that I suffer from your hate? But then you would be outraged: “And the children?!” Particularly you would say that, you who would love the most to take my children away from me. You say they aren’t my children. You say I couldn’t educate them. How do you want to know this?! And is it important then what blood is flowing through their veins when I would die for them? Your jealousy and your hate make you blind for what love means.

You don’t know me, nevertheless you have already judged me! You, those reporters who hammer me at the cross in the morning, you listen to my music in the evening! That is not fair! You are not interested in what you write if it just attracts readers and causes headlines. But my name is enough to attract the people. Why is it always necessary to denounce me? Why don’t you write something positive, there you wouldn’t have to search so long! Why do I have to be ‘Wacko Jacko’? Can’t you see that the only one I’m hurting is myself?! You hunt me like I was a piece of cattle. Isn’t there anybody who sees that I’m also a human being?! Where do you have your heart? Where do you have your mercy? Where do you have your love?

If just one out of ten people who get this letter tries to understand me, already then my life is it worth being lived.

Peace, Love and Kindness
From my heart, Michael Jackson.

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Michael Jackson’s Inner Circle Addresses Rumors

Decades of Working With Star Gave Three Stylist Friends Unique Insight Into the Real Michael Jackson

By JOSEPH DIAZ
June 25, 2010

It was the most private of times for the most public of people. Michael Jackson’s family had his body taken to the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles, the final resting place of so many of Hollywood’s elite.

To prepare Jackson for his final farewell, his family had turned to the three people who’d been dressing the star and making him up for more than a quarter century — Dennis Tompkins, Michael Bush and Karen Faye.

“Nobody else could have [done it],” said Faye of the honor to make up her friend one last time. “I knew how he wanted to look. So I did it for his children.”

Stylists Tompkins and Bush designed brand new clothes for Jackson, incorporating elements from the King of Pop’s favorite looks throughout his career. Tompkins, who created the majority of Jackson’s most memorable outfits, described his stage attire as “Liberace gone to war.”

Notably absent from Jackson’s funeral attire, though, was his most iconic accessory — that legendary single white sequin glove.

“To Michael, the glove was Billie Jean,” said Bush. “That represented that song. That’s not Michael Jackson.”

These are people who knew the man behind the music; knew him stripped of the artifice he so cleverly showed the world. Private and never-before-seen images which ABC News paid to license from the three friends’ personal collections provide snapshots of the global superstar’s most unguarded moments.

Showman to the End

But at the time of his death, Jackson’s inner circle was determined that the King of Pop would exit this earth as the world knew him: a showman.

For nine hours, Faye and Bush fought back their own grief and the overwhelming smell of formaldehyde to prepare Jackson for his final curtain call. After dressing him, Bush even helped to lift and place the body in the coffin.

“The work me and Karen did with Michael at Forest Lawn, that bonded us for life,” said Bush.

In an exclusive interview for the “20/20” special “Michael Jackson: After Life,” Tompkins, Bush and Faye talked with ABC’s Cynthia McFadden about what it was like to work with the star — and addressed persistent rumors that followed Jackson about his sexual orientation, his plastic surgery and his reported drug abuse. The interview marks the first time the trio has spoken publicly about their friend.

Karen Faye met Michael Jackson in 1982, when she was hired to do his hair and make-up for the “Thriller” album cover.

“He walked in; he was very shy but was very gracious,” Faye remembered. “Everything was ‘please’ and ‘thank you.'”

Faye said she was not at all intimidated by his fame. For example, when she saw that Jackson had with him a baby tiger, she flashed her tiger-print underwear.

“He went ‘Ah!'” Faye said while demonstrating how he covered his face. “He was just so embarrassed by that. But I think that’s why he called me back the next job. He liked people who have a sense of humor.”

The conventional wisdom is that Jackson began taking painkillers after his hair caught fire during the taping of a 1984 Pepsi commercial. Faye maintained that wasn’t the case. She said the musician’s use of prescription drugs began in 1993 — almost ten years after now-infamous commercial.

“Just before we went on tour for “Dangerous,” he had an operation, in order to help the scarring. But he didn’t have enough time to heal,” said Faye. “So in order to keep going, he started using painkillers, because it is very painful when nerve endings are severed.”

Faye said she has no idea what drugs Jackson was taking.

Sexual Abuse Rumors

Bush and Faye were with the star in Bangkok when Jackson’s world exploded: Californiaauthorities announced they were investigating the singer for allegedly sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy.

“The day that came out, he was stepping onstage in front of 80,000 people,” recalled Bush.

“It was devastating,” said Faye, “because he had to go out every day in front of a world and the media that was [saying] he was pedophile.”

Faye said painkillers “gave [Jackson] the ability to get through” the combination of the emotional pain brought about by the allegations and his already existing physical pain.

A few months after the allegations came to light, Jackson settled out of court with his accuser for a reported $20 million.

Then, nearly a decade later, another boy came forward, also claiming that Jackson had sexually abused him. The boy was seen in a British documentary holding hands with the musician, and Jackson spoke of their sharing a bed. The remark fueled Jackson’s prosecution.

“He said the word ‘bed,'” recalled Bush. “A lot of people think sexual, and that is the farthest thing from Michael’s mind.”

Jackson’s inner circle is adamant that the star was not a pedophile or homosexual, as many have speculated. According to his friends, Jackson constantly checked out the “hot girls” who appeared in his videos.

Jackson was acquitted on all charges after a three-and-a-half month trial. The taint of the accusation, however, lingered. The trial on the second round of allegations was devastating for Jackson.

Karen Faye and Michael Bush were at Neverland early every morning to get their friend and boss ready for court.

“Before I washed his hair, we knelt down on the ground and [Jackson] put his arms around me and wept. We would pray for God to help us and for people to know the truth,” said Faye, adding that situation was just “vicious” and tore Jackson up inside.

Each day when he walked into the courtroom, running the gauntlet of cameras, he wore a new outfit designed by the stylists who became his friends — a small morale booster.

In his art, Michael Jackson played repeatedly with the idea of metamorphosis. Many of his music videos, including “Thriller,” “Black or White” and “Remember the Time” feature him morphing into someone or something else.

Nowhere was the theme more prominent than in the little-known mini-movie “Ghosts,” in which Jackson becomes a middle-aged white man.

As his makeup artist for more than 25 years, Karen Faye knew Jackson’s face almost as well as he did. She said one thing is certain: Jackson had vitiligo, a skin condition producing white blotches.

As for the eyeliner and lipstick Jackson preferred, Faye said: “He didn’t like the line that was drawn between what’s allowed for men and what’s allowed for women.”

Faye acknowledged that Jackson had plastic surgery. “He was always trying to perfect everything,” she said. Faye denied, however, rumors that the star had a prosthetic nose.

“It was the tape that he used to wear on his nose to [help] keep it in form or else it would expand,” she said. But she admitted that she personally thought Michael Jackson went a little too far with plastic surgery.

‘This Is It’

Soon after Jackson announced his final tour, “This Is It,” Faye received a call from him asking if she would team up with him once again.

Faye says she sensed he was frightened of being judged again. He was still stung by the worldwide backlash against him.

“Standing up in front of an audience, all that fear, all that doubt, all the cruelty people directed at him, he was afraid,” said Faye. “He didn’t want to go through that again.”

Faye said she was concerned that Jackson was too thin to do the show. As the clock ticked, the pressure mounted.

The tour was going to be his first major appearance since the trial ended, and it would be the first time his children would him see perform on stage. The stage was his element, a place he had electrified countless times, dazzling millions, since hitting it big as child superstar in 1969.

Faye, Bush and Tompkins couldn’t comment on whether Jackson was taking any medications while preparing for the “This is It” tour,because the three anticipate being witnesses at the upcoming trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, Jackson’s personal physician. But they say they were all extremely concerned about the star’s well-being.

According to Bush, Jackson was “bone-thin.”

“I feared he was physically unable to do the shows,” Faye said.

The Day the News Came

On June 25 last year, Karen Faye was waiting for Jackson at the Staples Center to begin rehearsals when she got the news she dreaded — Jackson had been rushed to the hospital.

She then got a phone call from her boyfriend, who said he heard news reports that Jackson had suffered a heart attack.

“So many things went through [my] mind,” Faye said. “But because of my fears I knew it was probably true.”

According to Faye, the tour’s director and choreographer, Kenny Ortega, instructed everyone to carry on as usual.

But then the moment came.

“I was headed back to my make-up room,” said Faye, “and Kenny came out of his office and he put his arms around me and whispered, ‘He’s gone. We lost him.’ And my knees just collapsed.”

Faye said she believes that if people paid attention, the world would still have its King of Pop, Michael Jackson. She said she takes solace in remembering all the great times she had with the star, and the laughter that first brought them together.

http://abcnews.go.com/2020/MichaelJackson/michael-jackson-circle-address-rumors/story?id=11002573&page=1


Stripper: I Saw Murray Drinking the Night MJ Died

Well, I hope “da troot will prevail”… Would be nice if it prevail very soon…

Originally posted Jun 25th 2010 1:00 AM PDT by TMZ Staff

A stripper claims she was working at Sam’s Hofbrau in downtown L.A. the night before Michael Jackson died and saw Dr. Conrad Murray in the strip club, drinking  … something Dr. Murray has flatly denied.

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The stripper, who is shopping her story, claims Dr. Murray was at the club before midnight on June 24, 2009.  She says after Jackson died … management told employees not to speak to anyone about it because “they didn’t want to be involved.”

The stripper says Dr. Murray was at the club several times in May and June.  Sam’s Hofbrau is a couple of miles from Staples Center, where Michael Jackson had been rehearsing for his London concert that same evening.

Dr. Murray’s rep has previously said the doc was not at the club the night before Jackson died, adding that Dr. Murray does not drink.

Joe Jackson‘s lawyer, Brian Oxman, has sent Dr. Murray a notice of intent to sue for wrongful death.  In those docs, obtained by TMZ, Oxman claims Dr. Murray was at the club, drinking, just hours before MJ’s death.


Follow the Michael Jackson Money Trail

Confused as I am about all this?

Originally posted Jun 25th 2010 12:45 AM PDT by TMZ Staff

Michael Jackson‘s parents are giving fans an ultimatum — don’t even try to use MJ’s name or likeness to make money.  Problem is … they don’t have the right either.

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We found a document posted on the Jackson Family Foundation website — that’s the organization that’sthrowing a bash at the Beverly Hilton in Bev Hills Saturday night at prices as high as $500 a ticket.

The document, signed by Joseph Jackson, Chairman, and Katherine Jackson, Vice Chairman, warns fans, “Please, do not … Use the ‘Jackson Family” name ‘The Jackson Family Foundation’ or ‘Michael Jackson’ as a means to advertise the sale of commercial products, fundraisers or services of any kind.”

The reality — Michael’s parents — just like the fans — have no right to exploit MJ’s name and likeness.  That right belongs solely and exclusively to the estate of Michael Jackson.

What’s more, we did some digging and Joe has created a company that may well be cashing in on Michael’s name.  It’s called the Jackson Development & Marketing Corporation, incorporated in Nevada last December, after Michael died.  Joe is listed as the director and Lowell Henry, a longtime financial advisor of Joe and Katherine, is the treasurer.

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And get this … Take a look at the picture of the guy in the red tie, next to Katherine in a promotional pic for Katherine’s new book, “Never Can Say Goodbye.”  That guy is none other than Lowell Henry.

Interesting … in the book, Katherine thanks Lowell, Joe and the estate.  We’re told no one told the MJ estate about the book until its release was announced.

As for the Beverly Hilton bash, Joe’s PR person tells TMZ Joe will not be profiting from the Beverly Hilton event, and that the money is all going to charity.  But VoicePlate.com, which is co-sponsoring the event, tells TMZ some but not all of the money will go to charity.


Michael Jackson fans get ready for Michael Jackson memorials

Michael Jackson fans in New York, L.A., and around the world remember Michael Jackson on first anniversary of death.

Michael Jackson sand sculpture created by Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik in tribute to Michael Jackson on a beach at Puri, some 65kms east of Bhubaneswar on June 25, 2010, to mark the first anniversary of the musician’s death.

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By Nekesa Mumbi Moody, AP / June 25, 2010

New YorkAs the first anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death drew near, Julia Thomas clutched her “Thriller” liner notes and stood outside the Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, Calif., the final resting place for the King of Pop, with about two dozen other fans.

“Michael has just always been a part of my life,” the 40-year-old Thomas, who has a tattoo of Jackson’sdancing feet on her left wrist, said Thursday night. “I’m just hoping to embrace the fans from everywhere.”

Barricades were already set up at the Los Angeles-area cemetery for the huge throng of fans and some ofJackson’s family members expected to arrive on Friday, which marks a year since Jackson died at age 50. Five large wreaths of flowers and dozens of bouquets, drawings and photos of Jackson had been placed outside his private mausoleum.

Evdokia Sofianou, 46, and her 9-year-old daughter, Rebecca, traveled from Athens, Greece, to pay their respects.

“I came because I love Michael very much,” Sofianou said. “I came to grieve.”

Forest Lawn was to be just one of the many places around the world where Jackson’s fans would gather to remember their fallen legend on Friday. But not everyone planned to be grieving.

On Friday, DJ Jon Quick was to spin Jackson tunes at the club Taj in Manhattan for a festive affair.

“They wanna celebrate his life and music,” Quick said of the expected partygoers. “His albums are like timelines in your life. You can remember what you were doing … when ‘Thriller’ came out.

Some anniversary events began even before Friday. In London, a memorial was unveiled Thursday to a gaggle of press who packed the foyer of the Lyric Theatre, the site of an impromptu wake following the pop superstar’s death last year.

Perri Luc Kiely, 14, a member of the dance troupe Diversity, pulled back a pair of dark purple curtains to reveal a small plaque featuring a young Jackson with a wide, beaming smile.

In Hong Kong, Jackson imitators performed to the late singer’s classics at a suburban mall Thursday. Four-year-old Wang Yiming danced to “Dangerous” wearing Jackson’s trademark black fedora hat, a black suit with a silver armband and white socks.

In Gary, Ind., Jackson’s hometown, there was to be a tribute at the family home; city officials said they expected Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, and his niece Genevieve Jackson to show up, along with thousands of others.

But his brother Randy Jackson was hoping to make the official family commemoration at Forest Lawn on Friday morning.

“My family and I will be in attendance as we mourn the loss of my brother,” he said in a statement Thursday. “I would like to thank the fans and friends for their continued love, support and prayers.”

Katherine Jackson has thrown her support behind a “Forever Michael” fan event to be held Saturday at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles. Tickets range from $150 to $500.

The Apollo Theater in Harlem, where a young Michael Jackson and his brothers won amateur night, on Friday was to host a commemoration of Jackson’s life in front of the recently installed plaque honoring him in the legendary theater’s new hall of fame.

And later in the afternoon in Harlem, around the hour of Jackson’s death, the Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network were to hold a moment of silence.

Sharpton, a longtime associate of Jackson and his family, gave impassioned remarks at Jackson’s televised memorial last July and said he thought a moment of silence was appropriate to show “the sanctity of the hour.”

“He meant a lot to us of all races in terms of bringing us together in another kind of spirit,” Sharpton said. “I wanted to make sure that we showed that in the middle of all this that is going on in the world that Michael is someone that we would all stop for … . He was more than just a singer, he was a social force and a sense of inspiration.”

http://www.csmonitor.com/From-the-news-wires/2010/0625/Michael-Jackson-fans-get-ready-for-Michael-Jackson-memorials


Michael Jackson’s estate keeping control of 50% stake on rights to more than 250 Beatles songs

Why would he need to refinance anything? Hasn’t the Estate already made over one billion dollars over the past year? And why is the media always so interested in MJ’s finances? Jealous?

BY KATIE NELSON

Thursday, June 24th 2010, 10:39 PM

Executors of Michael Jackson's estate are keeping control of the rights to more than 250 Beatles songs, according to Bloomberg News.

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Executors of Michael Jackson’s estate are keeping control of the rights to more than 250 Beatles songs, according to Bloomberg News.

Michael Jackson may be dead, but he’s not giving up his white-gloved grip on Beatles tunes.

Executors of the pop star’s estate are keeping control of a 50% stake on the rights to more than 250 Beatles songs, according to Bloomberg News.

The tunes are the estate’s most valuable asset, so the estate executors considered selling to Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC to pay off $500 million in debt.

But they would prefer not to sell off the Beatles catalogue because of its long-term value and the consistent cash it generates, sources told Bloomberg News.

Instead, it’s likely the estate will refinance a $300 million loan that’s due later this year.

Since Jackson died one year ago today at the age of 50, the music icon’s estate has been paying down his debts through sales of his music, the “This is It” documentary and other merchandise.

Even more money should come in to help Jackson’s 80-year-old mother and his three young kids, ParisPrince and Blanket, through a new album of 10 unreleased Jackson songs that’s in the works.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2010/06/24/2010-06-24_beatles_songs_too_fab_to_sell.html#ixzz0rrEcql1A


Michael Jackson News: June 24 2010 TMZ cont…d

Michael Jackson’s Kids — Getaway to Hawaii

Originally posted Jun 24th 2010 7:17 PM PDT by TMZ Staff

On the eve of the anniversary of their father’s death — Michael Jackson‘s three children Prince, Paris, and Blanket spent the day on a beach in Maui.

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As we previously reported, Katherine wants to bring the family back to Michael’s hometown of Gary, Indiana for the actual anniversary tomorrow — where they plan on honoring MJ’s memory as a family.

Katherine Jackson Attacks MJ Molestation Accuser

Originally posted Jun 24th 2010 5:21 PM PDT by TMZ Staff

Katherine Jackson thinks the father of the boy who first accused Michael Jackson of molestation committed suicide because he knew the allegation was a lie and he had a guilty conscience … this according to the bookKatherine is about to release.

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In the dedication to “Never Can Say Goodbye” — a copy of which we obtained before its release — Katherine says, “Evan Chandler, the father of Michael’s first accuser, recently committed suicide.  Though I can’t comment on why, I want to believe his conscience finally caught up with him and he was not able to live with himself after destroying an innocent person’s career and breaking his spirit.”

Michael settled a civil suit with the boy for around $20 million.

Special Sunflower Delivery To Michael Jackson

Originally posted Jun 24th 2010 5:00 PM PDT by TMZ Staff

A load of sunflowers were just delivered to Michael Jackson’s mausoleum at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

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Sunflowerguy.com just delivered 600 single-stemmed sunflowers with individual messages attached to them, along with 100 individual sunflower bouquets and 4,000 roses.

The flowers were dropped 100 yards from the mausoleum, because of construction on the grounds.

Jackson Family Pilgrimage to Cemetery

Originally posted Jun 24th 2010 3:58 PM PDT by TMZ Staff

TMZ has learned Michael Jackson‘s family — minus his mom and his kids — will be making a trek to Forest Lawn Cemetery tomorrow at 11 AM, to pay their respects.

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We’re told following the service, there will be a reception at a private estate in Beverly Hills — not too far fromwhere Michael was living a year ago when his heart stopped beating.

http://www.tmz.com/


Michael Jackson’s mom Katherine says King of Pop feared for his life

UPI News Service, 06/23/2010


Michael Jackson’s mother Katherine says the U.S. pop singer told her before he died last June that people wanted him “gone.”

The 80-year-old matriarch of the Jackson dynasty of artists gave an exclusive television interview to NBC’s “Dateline,” which is to be part of an anniversary special called “Michael Jackson: A Mother’s Story.” It is set to air Friday, the first anniversary of Michael’s death from an anesthesia overdose at the age of 50. “He told me several times that he felt that people wanted him gone, wanted him dead,” Katherine Jackson said in the “Dateline” interview. “He would always say that. And for him to say that, he must have known something … It’s just some of the mean, evil, vicious people didn’t want him around for some reason. They’re greedy.” The grieving mother said she last saw her son about a week and a half before he died. “We had a really good time together,” she recalled. “Those are my fond memories of him because I never looked at him after he passed … I wanted to remember him smiling and laughing and having a good time the last time I saw him.” Asked what she would say to Michael if she could see him again, Katherine replied, “My goodness, I’d have so much to (say) … but the main thing I’d want to know is what really happened?”

http://www.realitytvworld.com/news/michael-jackson-mom-katherine-says-king-of-pop-feared-for-his-life-1018358.php


TMZ June 24, 2010 (Lot’s of MJ news)

What in the world is going on with Katherine’s book and the tribute on June 26??  She did a video endorsing it, yet we get these conflicting news about it…

As for Murray, OF COURSE someone is backing him financially ! But who???

MJ Fans Begin to Arrive at Cemetery

Originally posted 38 minutes ago by TMZ Staff

The first group of Michael Jackson fans have just arrived to Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California — where MJ is entombed — in preparation for the one year anniversary of the singer’s death.

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We’re told the cemetery is expecting thousands of people to show up in the next 24 hours.

Forest Lawn officials tell us they’re already preparing security efforts to keep the crowds under control.

Dr. Conrad Murray — Saved by Secret Money Man

Originally posted 19 minutes ago by TMZ Staff

0614_conrad_murray_EXD_Getty_02Dr. Conrad Murray won’t lose his Nevada medical license … because a fat-pocketed friend lent Murray nearly $16k to pay off his child support debt.

As we previously reported, Murray was behind on child support and under Nevada law the Medical Board can yank the license of a deadbeat dad doc.

We’re told Murray got a friend to ante up the cash … we do not know his/her identity.

Under the terms of the settlement, Murray will have to pay $1,103 a month to his baby mama to stay current.

And, we’re told, Murray has been getting financial help from a number of patients.

MJ Estate Furious Over Unauthorized Documentary

Originally posted 44 minutes ago by TMZ Staff

Michael Jackson’s estate is lashing out at the people behind a new MJ documentary set to debut in Japan tomorrow — claiming fans are being duped into believing the flick was authorized by Team MJ.

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The estate has released a scathing statement claiming the movie is being promoted in a way that is misleading MJ’s fans into believing the film — shot by former MJ confidante Marc Schaffel — was properly authorized.

The estate also makes it clear it doesn’t endorse the flick and none of the profits will benefit MJ’s children. They also note that the movie is not allowed to contain any of Michael’s music.

Schaffel doesn’t appear to be bothered — the above photo was taken moments ago at the movie premier in Tokyo … where Schaffel took the stage and told fans Katherine Jackson sent along her best wishes.

Michael Jackson Estate Threatened with Lawsuit

Originally posted Jun 24th 2010 10:50 AM PDT by TMZ Staff

The co-author of a new book on Michael Jackson has threatened to sue the Michael Jackson estate for allegedly trying to discredit the book.

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Howard Mann
( center, along with Katherine and two others) — a businessman who has made money on nude online gambling and nude wrestling — hooked up with Katherine Jackson to create a coffee table book called “Never Can Say Goodbye.”

Estate lawyer Howard Weitzman told TMZ earlier this week, Mann had no right “to exploit any estate assets” and would take “whatever action is necessary to prevent him from unlawfully profiting.”

Mann’s attorney now tells TMZ, “The comments by the lawyers for the Estate of Michael Jackson are designed to create fear and ambiguity and may impede our ability to maximize the profits that Vintage Pop (the publisher) and the beneficiaries of the Estate are entitled to enjoy.  These actions are torturous interference and will NOT be accepted and will result [in] litigation to recover the damages against our company.”

Weitzman tells TMZ, “The estate will continue to protect its assets when appropriate,” adding, “If Mr. Mann or his attorney want to communicate with me, they can contact me directly.”

Joe Jackson Linked to Unauthorized MJ Memorial

Originally posted Jun 24th 2010 8:34 AM PDT by TMZ Staff

The Michael Jackson estate and others have been asking … who’s behind an unauthorized MJ memorial set to go down Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton — now, there’s a smoking gun pointed at Joe Jackson.

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As we previously reported, the bash is being thrown by a website called VoicePlate.com — but no one could identify the person responsible for pulling the strings. It’s also unclear who convinced Katherine Jackson to record that awkward, scripted promotional video for the tribute.

But now — a clue … and it all has to do with the featured entertainment at the MJ tribute  … a band called the Chi-Lites — they had a couple of hits in the ’70s, including “Oh Girl” and “Have You Seen Her.”

If you recall, just days after MJ died … Joe Jackson shamelessly held a news conference to introduce his new business partner, Marshall Thompson … a member of the Chi-Lites.

Think it’s coincidence that the band got a brand new gig … at an MJ event?

Didn’t think so.

Jackson Compound on Lockdown for Anniversary

Originally posted Jun 24th 2010 12:45 AM PDT by TMZ Staff

The Jackson family compound in Encino is gonna be locked down tighter than Fort Knox on the anniversary ofMichael Jackson‘s death … because we’re told the LAPD is preparing for an onslaught of MJ faithful.

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According to the LAPD, there will be 30 to 40 officers — some uniformed, some undercover — patrolling a one block area around the Jackson home on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

We’re also told other precautions will be taken — including “no parking” signs around the house and a ban on all MJ merch sales in the area … the same rules that will be enforced at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

The LAPD says 3,000 to 4,000 shirts were confiscated last year after Michael died — so you’ve been warned.

http://www.tmz.com/


LARRY KING:JERMAINE JACKSON’S ON HIS BROTHER’S DEATH!! (Forest Lawn)


TMZ June 21 to 23 rd 2010

Wow, a lot of Michael Jackson on TMZ on June 21 to 23rd!  Interesting….   make sure to read the phrases that are highlighted,lol

Michael Jackson Neverland Creditor’s Claim

Originally posted Jun 23rd 2010 10:30 AM PDT by TMZ Staff

TMZ has obtained a new creditor’s claim filed in the Michael Jackson estate case, in which a lending company is asking for $4,580,000 for services connected with the refinancing of Neverland.

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Jon Divens, the lawyer for the creditor, tells TMZ … Michael refinanced Neverland in 2007 and got $45,000,000.  The lending company — Genesis Group International — claimed Jackson agreed to pay the Group 10% of the loan amount plus fees, totaling $4,580,000.

Genesis claims it made a demand for payment this year but never got paid.

There’s an interesting history with the guy who owns Genesis — Kevin Kinsey.  In 2008, there were reports that Kinsey had falsely represented himself as a representative of MJJ Productions in an effort to secure funding to get the re-fi.

A source connected with the estate tells TMZ … without commenting on the merits of the claim, Genesis missed the deadline for filing a creditor’s claim.

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Interesting that Neverland Ranch is mentioned on TMZ, especially after the airing of Katherine at the “hotel” which looks very much like the library at Neverland,lol

Debbie Rowe, Marc Schaffel Wing It to Tokyo

Originally posted Jun 23rd 2010 8:40 AM PDT by TMZ Staff

TMZ was at LAX yesterday when Debbie Rowe and Michael Jackson‘s former confidante Marc Schaffelboarded an American Airlines flight to Tokyo.

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The two are tight, and Schaffel apparently still has strong connections to the Jackson family, even though MJ and Schaffel had a major falling out and ended up suing each other.

Schaffel shot an interview with Katherine recently to promote her book, “Never Can Say Goodbye.”

Rowe was mum at LAX, but Schaffel said he’s been friends with Katherine for a long time.

As for why they’re heading to Tokyo … we’re told Schaffel is releasing a documentary video he shot while he was working with Jackson.  It will play on 200 screens in Tokyo.

CLICK TO SEE VIDEO OF MARC AND DEBBIE AT LAX

Dr. Conrad Murray: The Strip Club Story is BS

Originally posted Jun 22nd 2010 6:20 PM PDT by TMZ Staff

A rep for Dr. Conrad Murray‘s defense team tells TMZ Joe Jackson‘s lawyer is flat-out wrong when he claims Dr. Murray was drinking at a strip club hours before Michael Jackson died.

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TMZ broke the story … Joe Jackson’s lawyer, Brian Oxman, has served Murray with legal papers as a prelude to a wrongful death lawsuit.  In those papers, Oxman claims Dr. Murray was at Sam’s Hofbrau — a strip club — on June 25, 2009, prior to treating Jackson.

The rep for the defense team tells TMZ Dr. Murray was not at a strip club when Oxman claims, nor was he there the night before.  As the rep put it, “In the weeks before Michael died, Murray barely had time to take a shower.”

The rep also says Oxman got it wrong when he claimed Dr. Murray was drinking, because “He does not drink.”

As for whether Murray has ever frequented the club, the rep did not know one way or the other.  But one of the waitresses at the club tells TMZ Dr. Murray was at the club sometime in June of last year.  A stripper who works at the club tells TMZ she vividly remembers the night before Michael died because she’s a big MJ fan, and says, “It was dead that night.  Dr. Murray definitely was not there.”

The club’s owner tells TMZ … at least twice in the last 6 months, a private investigator came to the club and asked various employees a bunch of questions about Murray and if they remembered seeing him at the club.

Interesting note — we’re told Quentin Tarantino liked Sam’s Hofbrau so much, he used it in the movie,  “Jackie Brown.”

Joe Jackson to Sue Dr. Murray for Wrongful Death

Originally posted Jun 22nd 2010 3:10 PM PDT by TMZ Staff

TMZ has obtained a copy of a legal document that Joe Jackson has sent to Dr. Conrad Murray — a prerequisite to filing a wrongful death lawsuit … in which Joe claims Dr. Murray had been drinking at a strip club hours before he allegedly administered a fatal dose of Propofol to Michael Jackson.

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According to the document, “On June 25, 2009, prior to treating Michael Jackson, defendant was at a ‘strip club’ called ‘Sam’s Hofbrau’ in Los Angeles where he had been ‘drinking.'”  The doc goes on:  “It was reckless for him to ‘drink’ prior to administering anesthesia to Michael Jackson.  He concealed his conduct from Michael Jackson.”

The doc, written by attorney Brian Oxman, outlines Murray’s treatment and the medical emergency that ended inMichael Jackson’s death.

According to the document, Michael had “neurological, pulmonary, and anemia signs over several weeks prior to his death.  In May and June, 2009, Michael Jackson was confused, easily frightened, unable to remember, obsessive, and disoriented.”  Oxman goes on:  “He had impaired memory, loss of appetite, and absence of energy.  He was cold and shivering during the summer rehearsals for his show …”

Oxman claims these problems were caused by Dr. Murray administering a “polypharmacy” of drugs (multiple meds) to Michael.  And Oxman claims, Dr. Murray “ignored the signs of Michael Jackson’s pulmonary inflammation, brain swelling, and anemia.”

Oxman alleges Murray repeatedly lied about the drugs he administered to Jackson and withheld vital information from EMTs and doctors who were trying to save Jackson’s life.  He repeated all of the alleged inconsistencies that have been previously reported.

Oxman says of Dr. Murray, “His conduct was inhuman.  It was an extreme violation of the standard of care.”

We’re told Dr. Murray received a copy of the document in March.  Dr. Murray’s legal team tells TMZ, “The allegations are absolute, utter nonsense.”

And people close to Dr. Murray insist he does not drink … ever.

We’re told the document was served on Dr. Murray on March 27, 2010.  According to California law, Joe Jackson must wait 90 days from the date the document is delivered before filing an actual wrongful death lawsuit.  The 90-day period is up Friday, the anniversary of Michael’s death.

Bubbles the Chimp Disses La Toya Jackson

Originally posted Jun 23rd 2010 12:08 AM PDT by TMZ Staff

La Toya Jackson just tried to rekindle her treasured relationship with Michael Jackson‘s former pet chimpBubbles — but when she went to the cage, it was clear Bubbles wasn’t havin’ it.

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The two met up for an Animal Planet special which ran last night called “Michael Jackson and Bubbles: The Untold Story.” It was the first time they’d seen each other since 2004 … when MJ gave him up.

During the encounter, La Toya gets super emotional … begging Bubbles to simply acknowledge her. There’s crying, there’s awkward moments … but no dung was flung.

Still, you gotta see this video.

Jermaine Jackson’s MJ Cemetery Interview

Originally posted Jun 22nd 2010 3:50 PM PDT by TMZ Staff

Jermaine Jackson arrived at Forest Lawn Cemetery today with his son Jaafar by his side …  for an interview with Larry King.

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Friday marks the one-year anniversary of Michael Jackson‘s death.

Jackson Estate Ready to Pounce on Profiteer

Originally posted Jun 22nd 2010 1:00 AM PDT by TMZ Staff

Katherine Jackson 86's Probate LawyersThe lawyer for the Michael Jackson estate thinks the businessman who partnered with Katherine Jackson is hurting Michael’s children — and is threatening legal action if the dude doesn’t stop.

Howard Mann — whose business ventures include online nude gambling — got Katherine Jackson to agree to publish the book, “Never Can Say Goodbye,” scheduled for release this week.

Mann also told TMZ he and Katherine will make record deals for 273 unreleased Michael Jackson songs — part of an MJ treasure trove he acquired in a fire sale after Joe Jackson failed to pay a storage bill.

But estate lawyer Howard Weitzman is ticked, claiming Mann “may be using his relationship with Mrs. Jackson to infringe upon Michael Jackson’s copyrights … to the detriment of, among others, Michael’s 3 kids.”

Weitzman says Mann has no right “to exploit any estate assets” and he will take “whatever action is necessary to prevent him from unlawfully profiting.”  TMZ translation — the estate will sue his ass if Mann goes forward.

We’re told Katherine Jackson is happy with the job the executors have done — namely filling the coffers with hundreds of millions of dollars — but sources say family members are in her ear, getting her to sign off on ventures that end up hurting the estate, MJ’s kids, and Katherine herself.

Dr. Murray’s Barbershop Confession: I Didn’t Kill MJ

Originally posted Jun 22nd 2010 12:45 AM PDT by TMZ Staff

People seem to spill their guts in the barbershop — and Dr. Conrad Murray is no exception … ’cause the dude in charge of the Doc’s ‘do claims even with shears to his head — Murray’s always proclaimed he didn’t kill Michael Jackson!

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The barbers at Nextcuts in Los Angeles — who have done Murray’s hair for years — told us the Doc has explained to them that he would never have killed Michael … because they were friends.

Check out the video — you trust the barber?

Michael Jackson Anniversary Plans — Denied!

Originally posted Jun 22nd 2010 12:23 AM PDT by TMZ Staff

Michael Jackson fans making extravagant plans for the anniversary of his death need a Plan B — becauseForest Lawn Cemetery and cops are putting the kibosh on most of the celebration.

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A rep for Forest Lawn — where MJ is buried — tells TMZ fans will be allowed into the park on June 25, but not into the mausoleum itself. And the news ain’t so good for these special requests:
– Releasing doves (DENIED)
– Releasing balloons (DENIED)
– Performing Jackson songs and dance routines (DENIED)

Sgt. Tom Lorenz says the Glendale PD has its own no-no list: no camping out the night before, no parking around Forest Lawn 24 hours prior, and no street vendor sales of anything … including MJ merchandise.

The Forest Lawn rep says fans who behave will be allowed to pay their respects.

Katherine Jackson’s MJ Book — The Photos

Originally posted Jun 21st 2010 4:07 PM PDT by TMZ Staff

TMZ has obtained photos from the book and calendar Katherine Jackson has released about her late son,Michael Jackson.

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The book — “Never Can Say Goodbye: Katherine Jackson Archives” on sale at www.jacksonsecretvault.com — contains 150 pages of never-before-seen photos … and Katherine’s own anecdotes about Michael.

Katherine always seems to wear the same clothes as the 2005 trial.  Something that stands out to me,lol

Showdown Between Katherine and MJ Estate

Originally posted Jun 21st 2010 12:00 PM PDT by TMZ Staff

TMZ has learned Katherine Jackson has gone into multiplebusinesses with a man who promotes online nude gambling — and the stage is now set for a showdown between Katherine and the Michael Jackson estate.

Katherine met Howard Mann five months ago. We’re told she instantly liked him, began inviting him to her grandson’s basketball games and other events, and then they started talking about publishing a book.
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The book — “Never Can Say Goodbye: The Katherine Jackson Archives” — is being published this week and sold online at www.jacksonsecretvault.com.

But there’s more. Mann tells us he and Katherine are producing a biopic on Katherine Jackson’s life.  And he says they’re going into business to sell 273 unreleased MJ tracks. Mann bought a storage locker owned by the Jackson family after they didn’t pay the storage bill.  There was a treasure trove of stuff in the locker, including the 273 tracks, along with 19,800 photos.

But we’ve learned the Michael Jackson estate is drawing a line in the sand. Estate lawyer Howard Weitzmantells TMZ, “Mr. Mann can listen to the tracks in his living room or play them at cocktail parties, but he has absolutely no right to the intellectual property and has no claim to the music.”

Justice4MJ Has Gift4MJ … But Will They GiveIt2MJ?   (LOL)

Originally posted Jun 21st 2010 12:45 AM PDT by TMZ Staff

A group of Michael Jackson‘s most rabid passionate fans have put together a token of their love and affection to give to MJ on the anniversary of his death — but they may not get the chance.

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Justice4MJ — the group that previously said nothing will keep them from being at MJ’s tomb on June 25 — has put together a hope chest filled with photos and messages for the King of Pop. A rep for the group says they have hundreds of messages from people all over the world.

The group says they’ve been told by people at Forest Lawn Cemetery the box will be placed on the steps near MJ’s tomb on June 25 — but a rep for Forest Lawn told us that won’t be happening since it’s against the rules.

Sounds like the staff at Forest Lawn might want to sign up for combat pay this week.

http://www.tmz.com/person/michael-jackson/


Michael Jackson – Randy Jackson Against Michael Tribute

Maybe Randy is the voice of Michael????

23 June 2010

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Randy Jackson Against Michael Tribute

Michael Jackson’s brother Randy has voiced his opposition to plans for a memorial tribute to the late singer on Friday (25.06.10) to mark the firstanniversary of his death.

Michael Jackson’s brother Randy does not “support” plans for a memorial tribute to him in their hometownof Gary, Indiana.

The 48-year-old singer – who recently went into hospital for a suspected minor heart attack – admits he is in disagreement with the rest of his family about plans for the first anniversary service for his late superstar sibling on June 25, which his mother Katherine is expected to attend.

Writing in a number of twitter posts, Randy said: “Hello everyone, I’m back and healthy. Thank you for your loving comments and prayers. Thank you all, but there is so much to address in such little time. Where should I start?

“Let’s start with my family. There is a common concern about their lack of support and unity especially now that we’re approaching June 25th.

“please understand im going to be direct and to the point because there is such little time but your support speeds up the process. This is a very difficult time for me and my family. I read your tweets and we share the same frustration. I see what you see and I dont agree with many of their choices but they are my family and i do love them.

“Surprising as it may seem, this is the case…. Im putting myself in the hot seat. I have nothing to lose.. I am not in support of the Gary event/trip or whatever it is… Im tired but I promise to continue this discussion first thing in the morn. (sic)”

Despite Randy being unsupportive of the event, Katherine and his daughter Genevieve Jackson are expected to attend.

In a post on YouTube, Katherine said: “I know that Michael would be very honoured and very pleased that his fans all over the world are coming together to celebrate his life.”

The home in which the Jackson family lived in Gary – 2300 Jackson Street – is being prepared for the memorial, at which a monument to the ‘King of Pop’ will be unveiled.

Michael died from acute Propofol intoxication on June 25, 2009.

http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/story/randy-jackson-against-michael-tribute_1149005