Michael Jackson's Trials

Michael Jackson's Trials


The Ongoing Trials of The Late Michael Jackson

Friday, June 16, 2006

No Charity Single

It seems that the much vaunted and awaited charity single from Michael Jackson for the victims of hurricane Katrina, ironically entitled "What More Can I give?", will not be released.

There is an argument over royalties. It is reported that Jackson insisted on maintaining ownership of the copyright of the song, and had no intention of donating any of the royalties made from the track.

The only money to be donated to charity, if the single was released, would have been from actual CD sales.

Details of this dispute were brought to light by a videotaped statement for the forthcoming lawsuit filed by his former associate Marc Schaffel.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Back To Court

Michael Jackson is going back to court this Monday, or rather his legal team are. This time it is to fight his corner in a case involving Marc Schaffel, an alleged pornographer and ex Jackson associate, who is seeking $3M from Jackson for breach of contract.

Schaffel also alleges that Jackson is broke, and is addicted to painkillers; de rigueur in Hollywood I would have thought.

A quote from Schaffel's trial brief says:

"In the rarefied air of the world Michael Jackson inhabits, sometimes referred to by his closest advisers as 'Michael World' things were different."

Schaffel alleges that Jackson carried no credit cards, cash or cheques, and relied on advisers and others to attend "to his every need."

Schaffel claims that Jackson plays one adviser against another, via "emotional pleas and strident demands."

Jackson's attorneys claims:

"To say that Schaffel is an unsavoury character is an understatement. He is a professional swindler and pornographer with a long history of dishonest, immoral and manipulative behavior."

Why did Jackson become involved with such an unsavoury character then?

Schaffel claims that Jackson hired him to produce two rebuttal documentaries to the British documentary "Living With Michael Jackson."

Jackson's attorneys are counterclaiming for alleged money owed to Jackson.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Revenge Is Sweet

Bob Jones, Michael Jackson's ex PR manager, puts the boot into his old boss in no uncertain terms in an interview in The Scotsman.

In it, he notes that Jackson has yet to face up to his past and calls Jackson the "world's greatest manipulator".


"He loves people to believe he is a victim and that people have taken advantage of him, but that's bullshit. He has chosen the route he has taken.

I tend to think that we grow through all our situations, but, to be honest, I couldn't say that he will.

He has chosen to be what he is, and, although it is rather sad to see the world's greatest entertainer - and it's undoubted that he has no peer - whatever befalls him, he brought on himself

Jones was sacked by letter in 2004. As they say, revenge is dish best served cold!