Michael Jackson's Trials

Michael Jackson's Trials


The Ongoing Trials of The Late Michael Jackson

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Debt Default Negotiations

Lawyers for Michael Jackson and Fortress Investment Group, Jackson's creditor, are in talks to keep Jackson from defaulting on $200M of loans secured on his 50% holding in the Beatles' song catalogue (worth $500M).

Jackson technically defaulted on the loans yesterday.

Brent Ayscough, a lawyer for Jackson, said that representatives for both parties were working to renegotiate terms of the loans; to give Jackson more time to avoid default.

Debbie Rowe Files Suit

Debbie Rowe, Michael Jackson's former wife and mother of Prince Michael and Paris, has filed suit in California accusing Jackson of abducting their two children to Bahrain.

This, if you remember, is the same lady who only a few months ago sang Jackson's praises in court as being a model father.

How things change!

A secret hearing in the ongoing custody battle took place near Palm Springs on Monday.

During the hearing, Rowe asked the judge to order Jackson to return the children to the United States.

Rowe claims that Jackson took the children to Bahrain to stop her obtaining custody.

A ruling is awaited.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

No Food For The Animals

It is reported that Michael Jackson is so broke that his animals are on the brink of starvation.

Jackson allegedly hasn't sent enough money from Bahrain to feed the animals in his menagerie at his Neverland.

Electricity has also been partially cut off at Neverland.

Today Jackson is set to be officially declared in default of a £152M loan.

Jackson had, earlier this year, been paying staff late. An employee is quoted as saying:

"Everyone is pissed. It was one thing when it happened during the trial but now it is a different story."

Monday, December 19, 2005

On The Edge of Ruin

Michael Jackson faces losing Neverland and his share of the Beatles song catalogue this week, unless he pays some of the money that he owes Fortress Investments.

Fortress Investments are reportedly going to move against Jackson's assets tomorrow, unless he comes up with repayments to cover a loan worth £152M that it acquired from Bank of America last May after he failed to make a $350K repayment the previous month.

Friday, December 16, 2005

The Shop

The Jackson family are apparently touring cable networks, touting a proposed pilot for a reality series in which Michael Jackson's siblings take feature roles.

Cory Rooney is producing the upcoming MTV series called "The Shop".

The show would feature the sons of Tito Jackson, who succeeded overseas as the members of boy band 3T during the 1990s but are trying to make a comeback as adults.

In the show they receive help from their father, as well as other aunts and uncles.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Brando's Plans For Jackson

Marlon Brando was a great friend and fan of Michael Jackson, so much so that he wanted to make a two-part TV special which would have highlighted each other's careers.

Jackson was apparently so thrilled with the prospect that he allegedly called and left his former aide, Marc Schaffel, a voice message at 4:41 in the morning which stated that the project was to start as soon as possible.

The message allegedly said:

"Marlon Brando is pushing, and he's a wonderful man. He's a god. We have to get this done. He wants to get it done before Christmas ... He just wants to make it a big deal. He wants a lot of money, and we would own it together . . . He really wants it, I mean I think that he feels he won't be living too much longer,"

Allegedly, part-one of the show was to be set in Neverland, with Brando chatting up Jackson about his music.

Brando's private Polynesian island was supposed to be the scene for the second part, with Jackson questioning Brando.

The project however never materialised as Brando died on July 1, 2004.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005


Michael Jackson's 1983 hit Thriller has been voted the best music video of all time, beating Eminem's Stan into second place in a poll conducted by The Box music channel.

At least it's not all bad news for Jackson.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Jackson Threatens Legal Action

Michael Jackson has countered claims that he is overindulging in drink and drugs, by warning the people who are spreading these rumours that they should be prepared for legal battles.

Raymone Bain, Jackson's publicist, has responded angrily to allegations that Jackson had been on whisky and painkiller binge.

She is quoted as saying:

"He is doing fine and I have never seen him happier or healthier. Whoever these individuals are who are intent on disseminating false information should begin hiring good attorneys."

Friday, December 09, 2005

Jackson Faces Foreclosure

It is reported that Michael Jackson has two weeks two to fend off a $270M foreclosure, or face losing Neverland and his Sony Beatles music catalogue.

His "friends" say that he faces ruin because he listened to the wrong people.

Evidently Jackson took out two loans, one for $200M and the other $70M, which were secured on Neverland and the Beatles catalog.

It seems that he defaulted on the $70M loan in April, then worked out a payment plan with Fortress Investments. However, Jackson defaulted again in October and foreclosure will happen on December 20th.

Jackson has also reportedly failed to make payments on a $2.2M second mortgage he took out on his parents' mansion, which is also now facing foreclosure.

Given his financial predicament, it is hardly surprising that he is planning to re-release his old hits at the rate of one a week.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Jackson's Plan Drug Intervention

Michael Jackson's family is reportedly so alarmed at stories about his drug abuse, that they are planning to trip to Bahrain to stage a drug intervention.

A source is quoted as saying:

"The family is in a state of emergency. They consider it a life-or-death situation."


"Grace basically said she can't handle him alone. The family is in a tailspin."

Jackson is denying that he has a drug problem, and called the source's story a "total lie."

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Digging Deep

Michael Jackson is trying to revive his career, and finances, by re-releasing a single every week.

Jackson will release one song every week for the next five months, starting with 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough', which will be available in January.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Jackson Invited To Pakistan

Following Michael Jackson's alleged conversion to Islam last month Pakistan's ruling party, the Pakistan Muslim League (PML), has invited him to visit Pakistan.

The PML congratulated Jackson for becoming a member of the "Nation of Islam"> The PML leader, Kanwar Kutubuddin, said that his conversion was a good omen for the Muslim Ummah.

He noted that Jackson's conversion was a positive development, especially since it came at a time when Muslims were being criticised by different elements on an international level.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Rowe Denies Insemination Claims

There has been a further twist to the ongoing bizarre tales being spun about the goings in the life of Michael Jackson.

Debbie Rowe now denies that she spoke to any Irish newspaper about the story that Jackson was not the natural father of their children, Prince Michael and Paris.

It is alleged that Rowe claimed that the children were both conceived using anonymous semen bought from a sperm bank.

She allegedly told the Sunday World:

"Michael knows the truth - that he is not the natural father of Prince Michael Jr and Paris. He has to come clean.

I have no information whatsoever about the identity of the semen donor for either child as such (semen) was obtained anonymously from a semen bank under an agreement of confidentiality

Rowe denies the story, and says that she was in the US with a cold at the time of the interview.

Don't they have phones in the US?

Her lawyer, Iris Finsilver, has added that Rowe would never say anything to risk her visitation rights.

Fair comment, except that if it were proved that Jackson was not the father then presumably Rowe would get custody?

There is a game being played here, and the press and the public are the patsies.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Jackson To Fight Drug Allegations

Update to yesterday's story about the investigation into allegations about Michael Jackson illegally trafficking prescription drugs.

It is reported that a source, close to the Jackson family, has said that Jackson would fight this allegation in court.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Michael Jackson Investigated for Drug Trafficking

It has been reported that police are investigating allegations that Michael Jackson has been trafficking prescription drugs, and that during a police raid that they have found traces of cocaine on his clothes.

Police are investigating allegations that Jackson smuggled prescription drugs from America to Bahrain, in order to maintain a 40 pill a day habit.

Former aides are alleging that Jackson is addicted to painkillers and anti-depressants, seemingly the drugs of choice of those in showbusiness.

Papers released by Santa Maria court note that Jackson's former security guard, Chris Carter, has claimed that Jackson is addicted to Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug.

Apparently a haul of prescription drugs was seized during the raid on Neverland in 2003, additionally traces of cocaine were allegedly found on Jackson's trousers.

The probe into the drug allegations is being led by Santa Barbara's district attorney, Tom Sneddon.

I suspect that Tom Sneddon won't be happy until Jackson is behind bars.

Who's The Daddy?

Debbie Rowe, the mother of two of Michael Jackson's children, has claimed that they are not Jackson's. She alleges that she was inseminated with sperm from a sperm bank.

She is quoted as saying:

"Michael knows the truth that he is not the natural father of Prince Michael Jr. and Paris. He has to come clean."

This coincides with her current tribulations with Jackson, as she battles for access rights to the children. I would ask at this stage, if they are not his children, why did she hand them over to him?

All this is rather a contrast to her more than favourable testimony, on Jackson's behalf, at his recent trial.

Ever get the feeling that a few tales have been spun?

Monday, November 28, 2005

Jewish Lawyer To Defend Jackson

In response to potential legal action for alleged anti semitism, Michael Jackson's Jewish lawyer Brian Oxman has stated that he will defend him.

The case centres on remarks allegedly left by Jackson two years ago, on the voice mail of his former adviser Dieter Wiesner. The message says:

"They suck them like leeches. They start out the most popular person in the world, make a lot of money, big house, cars and everything, and end up penniless. It's a conspiracy. The Jews do it on purpose."

Abraham H. Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said:

"Michael Jackson has an anti-Semitic streak and hasn't learned from his past mistakes. It seems every time he has a problem in his life, he blames it on Jews."

The League have demanded an apology from Jackson.

Oxman is quoted as saying:

"I have been with the Jackson family for 15 years, and I'm Jewish. I have never once seen anything anti-Semitic from him or from his family."

Thursday, November 24, 2005


The Anti-Defamation League has asked that Michael Jackson apologise for allegedly calling Jews "leeches" during a "private" telephone call, which was recorded two years ago.

The supposedly "private" call was aired on ABC's "Good Morning America", and is allegedly a voice message left by Jackson for his former adviser, Dieter Wiesner.

The message allegedly accused Jews of leaving performers penniless.

A transcript of the message reads:

"They suck them like leeches ... I'm so tired of it. I'm so tired of it.

They start out the most popular person in the world, make a lot of money, big house, cars and everything and end up penniless. It's a conspiracy. The Jews do it on purpose

Abraham H. Foxman, the director of the Anti-Defamation League, said:

"Michael Jackson has an anti-Semitic streak, and hasn't learned from his past mistakes. It seems every time he has a problem in his life, he blames it on Jews."

Dieter Wiesner is suing Jackson for $64M.


Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Another Lawsuit

Dieter Wiesner, a former adviser to Michael Jackson, has filed a $64M action against Jackson for alleged breach of contract and fraud.

Wiesner claims that he paid Jackson millions of dollars for rights to merchandise his name and likeness, that were not Jackson's to sell.

Wiesner alleges that Jackson had sold the rights to another buyer prior to Wiesner, who then sued Wiesner.

That suit was settled, and Wiesner lent Jackson more money. The total alleged cost to Wiesner was $9M, to secure the rights and pay the settlement.

Having secured the rights, it seems that Wiesner made little money out of them; as, according to Weisner, Jackson refused to cooperate and interfered with merchandising efforts.

Wiesner then claims that Jackson fired several advisers and asked Wiesner to become his personal manager around 2002.

Wiesner alleges that he was then fired in 2003.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Jackson's New Home

It is reported that Michael Jackson has paid $1.5M for a new mansion on his own private island.

The quarter-acre site is located on the Amwaj Islands, off the coast of Bahrain.

The island, which is part of three man-made islands built in the last five years, has; its own international airport, several top restaurants, a private hospital, golf courses, canals and an equestrian centre.

Jackson will move in to his new home in January 2006.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Jackson's Toilet Trouble

Following on from the earlier article on this site concerning Michael Jackson being spotted in a ladies toilet in Dubai, applying make up, it seems that he just misread the sign.

Raymone Bain, Jackson's spokeswoman, claims that Jackson made the mistake because he didn't recognise the Arabic sign on the door; he left as soon as he realised where he was.

One of the ladies in the rest room apparently took photos of Jackson doing his make up, on her mobile phone.

However, she was apparently forced by Jackson's minders to delete these images.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Elanor Cook Regrets

Elanor Cook, one of the jurors in Michael Jackson's molestation trial, appeared on TV on the "Big Idea" last night.

On the show she reiterated that she was forced to agree with her fellow jurors, and had to let Jackson go free.

Cook claims that she fought to convict Jackson on the lesser charges of kidnapping and conspiracy charges.


"Every time I would try to explain, they all (fellow jurors) would shout me down, and finally the foreman (of the jury) said that the judge told him that if I couldn't change my mind, I would be kicked off.

I just shut down. I said, 'I didn't really care. I was 79 years old, I'd given six months of my life to this and I didn't need any more.' So I thought, 'Who cares? I'm not going to fight the world.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005


Diane Dimond, former Court TV reporter on Michael Jackson's recent molestation trial, has just published a book "Be Careful Who You Love" in which she says that the trial should have been abandoned as a mistrial.

Dimond alleges that a juror, Elanor Cook, signed a book deal before the verdict had been decided. This is illegal under Californian law, until 90 days after the trial ends.

Dimond also alleges that Cook was close friends with a maid at Jackson's Neverland ranch, and gave her legal advice ahead of her prosecution testimony.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Jackson Causes Uproar In Ladies Toilets

It seems that the media in the United Arab Emirates have become somewhat excised over Michael Jackson's latest alleged faux pas.

The newspapers alleged that Michael Jackson was caught inside the ladies toilet in the Ibn Batuuta Mall shopping Mall, while doing his make up.

The ladies of the UAE, are apparently furious at this latest escapade; they want the "appropriate punishment" to be given to Jackson.

Mahasin Mansour, a Sudanese national working as a nurse in Dubai, is quoted as saying:

"I am surprised with Jackson's behaviour and I condemn it. He must go to the jail..not even to jail but to a place worse than that so that it would set an example.

He is infamous around the world for his indecent acts. This act was considered a great insult to us as we are Muslim women

If the story is true, then one has to ask what on earth was he thinking of? Especially as this was in a Muslim country.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Joe Backs Michael's Move

Joe Jackson, the father of Michael Jackson, has backed Michael's move to Bahrain.

Jackson is going to sell Neverland, and make Bahrain his official headquarters.

Joe Jackson is quoted as saying:

"He'll come back to (America to) visit, but not to stay, not to live. They didn't treat him right here. I know if I was him, I wouldn't come back."

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Jesus Juice

It is reported that Bruce Rheins and Dawn Westlake, a Los Angeles couple, are trying trademark "Jesus Juice" wine; the label bears a striking similarity to Michael Jackson being crucified.

They filed the "Jesus Juice" trademark two years ago, when Jackson was arrested on child molestation charges; it was reported that Jackson allegedly gave children wine, which he called "Jesus Juice".

Rheins claims:

"We made a few bottles for friends. We never wanted to sell it. We only trademarked it because we didn't want other people to try to make money off it."

It is suspected that Jackson may have some objections to the logo!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

The New Jacksons

It is reported that Michael Jackson is teaching his children to sing professionally.

Seemingly Jackson has been taking his children from their new home in Bahrain, to a London recording studio.

The recordings by the "new" Jacksons will probably end up on an album.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Jackson's Single To Be Released This Month

Michael Jackson will release his charity single this month, that is according to his spokeswoman Ramone Bain.

The single is being made for the benefit of the victims of Hurricane Katrina, in conjunction with artists such as R Kelly and Snoop Dogg.

Jackson is adding his contribution, via satellite, from his new home in Bahrain.

Bain is quoted as saying:

"All that remains is for two or three more artists to do their tracks, and Michael will then add his vocals. He is now on the fast track, and we're happy with the progress."

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Jackson Finally Starts Record

It is reported that Michael Jackson has finally started to record "From The Bottom of My Heart", the charity single for the victims of Katrina.

The recording sessions have taken place in a Los Angeles studio, with Jackson participating via phone and satellite from London.

Raymone Bain, Jackson's spokesperson, is quoted as saying that the song will be renamed; also that the number of artists, originally billed as appearing, has been reduced.

Apparently some weren't needed.

Monday, October 31, 2005

No Thanks

Despite giving Michael Jackson a considerably favourable testimony during his trial, Debbie Rowe has apparently not even received a word of thanks from him for her help.

However, she has now reworked her agreement with him regarding access rights to her two children Prince and Paris.

This agreement is not particularly favourable to her, as it only allows her occasional visits with them; she is not even allowed to tell them that she is their mother.

Poor reward indeed for what she did for Jackson.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Neverland Up For Sale

There are rumours that Michael Jackson's Neverland may be up for sale.

It is claimed that Jackson had missed the most recent pay-roll for the ranch two weeks ago, and only finally made the payment on the following Monday.

It is also noted that he has not been back there since fleeing to Dubai.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Jackson Sues

Michael Jackson cannot, so it seems, resist going to court.

This time, instead of being on the wrong end of the law, he intends to try to sue someone else.

Jackson has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles for $1M against Marc Schaffel, who testified for the prosecution at Jackson's trial and who is also a producer of gay pornography.

Schaffel had sued Jackson in November 2004, for over $3M in allegedly unpaid loans and other debts.

Jackson, in his case, argues that he entered into a written agreement with Schaffel in August 2001; to produce his song "What More Can I Give?".

The proceeds of the song, after expenses and a small royalty for Schaffel, were allegedly to go to charity.

However, allegedly, Schaffel contrary to the agreement did not pay the production costs.

Jackson then fired Schaffel in 2001, once he allegedly learned of his association with gay porn.

Jackson alleges that despite that, Schaffel falsely represented himself as affiliated with Jackson and received $1M from Music Fighters Co in Japan without reporting it to Jackson.

Jackson also claims that Schaffel kept $250K worth of sculptures and paintings from artist Romero Britto in 2003, that were supposed to be delivered to Jackson.

Whatever the outcome, it is clearly going to provide the lawyers with some lucrative work.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Jackson Avoids Another Trial

Michael Jackson narrowly avoided having to attend yet another trial yesterday, only after a last minute settlement.

The trial would have been held in Los Angeles, at the behest of a Hollywood antiques store.

Mayfair Gallery filed a suit against Jackson last November, claiming that Jackson owed more than $178K for $380K worth of antiques that he bought in May 2004.

Jackson's lawyer claimed that the disputed items were returned to the store this past weekend, consequently the case is now closed.

This has been confirmed by the lawyer for Mayfair Gallery, quote:

"The matter was resolved to the satisfaction of all parties."

The moral of this story is, don't buy things if you cannot afford to pay for them.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Juror Jackson

In a strange twist of fate, Michael Jackson has received a jury summons.

However, don't expect him to attend; his lawyers have filed paperwork for a deferment, based on the fact that he now lives in Bahrain.

Jackson's lawyer, Thomas Mesereau, is quoted as saying:

"He is permanently living outside of the United States."

Gary Blair, the Jury Commissioner, said:

"All he has to do is show he has legal residency somewhere else and he'll be exempted."

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Bashir Becomes Anchor

Martin Bashir, whose documentary about Michael Jackson was the cause of his recent child molestation trial, will be one of the three anchors for ABC's "Nightline".

The new "Nightline" team will comprise Martin Bashir, White House correspondent Terry Moran and "Primetime" anchor Cynthia McFadden.

The first broadcast will be on November 28th.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Jackson Goes To Harrods

As every tourist knows, when in London, the place to shop is Harrods.

Michael Jackson proved that he is no different to any other tourist, by going on a shopping trip to Harrods on Wednesday.

Jackson went to the store with his children, and was greeted by Harrods owner Mohammed Al-Fayed.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Another Trial?

Michael Jackson's request in Los Angeles Superior Court to stop the arbitration in his dispute with Marcel Avram over $5.3M appears to have very little chance of succeeding.

It is reported that the judge will not back his request, and that Jackson may end up in court again.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Jackson Sings Alone

Michael Jackson has started work recording "From The Bottom of My Heart", for the victims of Katrina, in London this week at Metropolis Studios.

However, none of the artists that Jackson said would be joining him (eg Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and R. Kelly) were there.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Jackson at Madam Tussaud's

Michael Jackson caused further disruption in London on Sunday, by appearing at Madame Tussaud's.

Jackson took his three children and entourage to see the waxworks.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Michael Jackson In London

Michael Jackson is in London, staying at the Dorchester Hotel, and has been besieged by fans.

Jackson is in London to record "From the Bottom of my Heart", a charity record for the victims of Katrina.

Jackson signed autographs and was pursued by fans through an underground car park.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Jackson Sues

Michael Jackson filed a lawsuit yesterday against Marcel Avram, a concert promoter.

Jackson and his company, MJ Company, sued Avram and his company for breach of contract. The suit also seeks a preliminary injunction to prevent Avram from proceeding with arbitration.

In November 2002 Jackson testified in a $21M lawsuit, brought against him by Avram. Avram accused Jackson of backing out of two concerts on New Year's Eve 1999.

In March 2003 a Santa Barbara County jury ruled that Jackson must pay Avram $5.3M.

Jackson and Avram seemingly reached a settlement agreement in 2003, that resolved existing and future claims related to the concerts. Any disputes regarding the settlement were to be resolved in Superior Court, as a part of the settlement agreement.

However, Avram has reportedly moved for arbitration scheduled for October 24.

Given Jackson's reportedly perilous financial condition, this is one that he cannot afford to lose.

Friday, September 30, 2005

Jackson Coming To London

A British tabloid claims that Michael Jackson will come to London next week, to record "From The Bottom of My Heart" for the victims of Katrina.

We shall see.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Jackson Tries To Reinvent Himself

Michael Jackson is trying to reinvent himself as an R&B singer.

That at least is the story according to Michael Luckman, author.

Despite that, there still seems to be no progress on the Katrina relief single "From The Bottom of My Heart".

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

The Trials Continue

Michael Jackson, despite ending one trial in California, has several other "legal" issues to attend to.

Jackson flew to London on Friday to take a deposition by the attorney representing his former business partner, Marc Schaffel.

Schaffel is suing Jackson for $4M, for an unpaid loan.

However, because Jackson does not want to return to the USA he requested that the deposition be served at London's Dorchester Hotel.

Jackson paid for Schaffel, King, Mesereau, Jackson's Houston attorney Michael Sydow and their entourages to fly London via business class and for their hotel bills.

Nice trip!

Allegedly, Jackson claimed innocence, by denying knowledge of the items that Schaffel bought for him.

Other legal matters that Jackson must attend to include:

-$48M lawsuit brought by Darien Dash

-Custody/visitation fight with the mother of his two eldest children

-A civil action brought by a New Orleans man, who claims to have a repressed memory of Jackson molesting him when he was underage

Friday, September 23, 2005


Jeffrey Borer, owner of XtraJet charter aircraft services and Arvel Jett Reeves, owner of Executive Aviation Logistics were charged yesterday for trying to tape a private conversation between Michael Jackson and his lawyer in an airplane.

This allegedly happened while Jackson was under investigation for child molestation.

Jackson and his lawyer were going from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara in November 2003, to surrender to the police for the child-molestation accusations.

Borer and Reeves allegedly used digital camcorders and remote microphones to record the private conversation between Jackson and his lawyer.

Borer and Reeves have been charged with conspiracy, endeavouring to intercept oral communication and witness tampering in an alleged scheme between November 19, 2003 and November 21, 2003.

Borer's attorney, Stanley Stone, said:

"There was no audio on the tape, so the conversation was never taped. There were no microphones. There was no wrongdoing."

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

The Stars Don't Come Out

Michael Jackson still has yet to get anyone to confirm that they will appear with him in his charity single, for the victims of Katrina, "From The Bottom of My Heart".

Jackson claims that he is constantly working on the single, which he had announced on September 6th and wanted to contact artists within days and record it in two weeks.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Jackson Speaks

Michael Jackson has given his first interview, since his trial.

He said that the trial was "the hardest thing I have ever done in my life".

He gave his interview in Bahrain, and said that he was "resting and recovering" with his children and "feeling good".

He also said that work was progressing on the charity song for the victims of Hurricane Katrina "From The Bottom of My Heart", quote work was "moving full speed ahead".

Friday, September 16, 2005

Identity Theft

It seems that some sick people are sending out emails purporting to be from Michael Jackson and his family.

Jackson's representatives have posted a notice on his official website, warning people about these.

The notice says that Jackson and his children never communicate via computer.
They remind people that identity theft is a crime, and that they will investigate and prosecute.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Jackson PR Machine Jumps The Gun

Despite the massive PR hype over Michael Jackson's comeback record to help the victims of Katrina, "From The Bottom of My Heart", it seems that he may have jumped the gun a bit when it comes to confirming who actually will be appearing with him.

Raymone Bain, Jackson's publicist, claims that James Brown, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, Lenny Kravitz, R. Kelly, Snoop Dogg and Ciara will all appear with Jackson.

However, representatives for some of the artists are saying that it is premature to say that their clients were going to appear.

Jay-Z's publicist, Jana Fleishman, said that he had "been approached, but Jay told me directly he is not yet confirmed to be on that song.".

Several other publicists said their clients were in talks, and had yet to confirm.

However, Bain is sticking to the message that Jackson had personally contacted all the artists himself. She said Jackson will record the tune on 2 Seas Records, the label owned by Sheik Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa, son of the king of Bahrain.

Sheik Abdulla also confirms Bain's view of events.


"He made every single call himself".

Some feel that this song is a rerun of Jackson's failed attempt to rebrand himself, after the 9/11, when he tried to record a song called "What More Can I Give."

The time and place for recording "From The Bottom of My Heart" has yet to be set.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Jackson Treats The Kids

Michael Jackson rented out an entire water park in Dubai, so that children and their parents could have some free fun.

Jackson reportedly wore a white lycra body suit, that exposed just his nose and eyes.

One onlooker described him as "looking stranger than normal".

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

The Stars Come Out

Michael Jackson will be joined by artists such as; Lenny Kravitz, Jay-Z, Mariah Carey and Missy Elliott when he records his song "From The Bottom of My Heart" for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Jackson's spokesman, Raymone Bain, also said that Snoop Dogg, Lauren Hill, Mary J. Blige, Yolanda Adams, Kenneth Babyface Edmonds and James Brown will also be joining the singalong.

The proceeds will be donated to victims of Hurricane Katrina, according to Jackson.

The song will be recorded within the fortnight.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Juror Changes His Mind

Ray Hultman, one of the jurors in the Michael Jackson trial, has changed his mind about writing a "tell all" book about the trial.

He is now taking legal action to try to get out of writing the book.

Hultman claims that he was talked into signing a book deal with California publisher Larry Garrison.

Hultman now wants to end his contract, and is seeking unspecified damages for mental and emotional stress.

Funny how money always comes into these things, isn't it?

Hultman claims that he was due to co-write a book about the case, entitled "The Deliberator", with writer Stacy Brown. However, Hultman now says that he was shocked by reports that his book proposal contained material plagiarised from a Vanity Fair magazine article.

He said this damaged his reputation, one might be forgiven for asking "what reputation?", and the book deal.

He claims that he had to "expend substantial time in writing portions of a book proposal which turned out to be valueless give the aforementioned plagiary,"

Now, correct me if I'm wrong but:

1 Don't all authors have to expend substantial time writing?

2 Do all authors get published? No!

3 Doesn't the fact that he admits the plagiarism, be it intentional or accidental, negate the validity of his claim?

To add further to Hultamn's loss of face, it turns out that Stacy Brown is now claiming never to have met him or indeed ever having agreed to write the book.

Brown is quoted as saying:

"I had no intention of writing their book nor did I believe what was in their book,".

I don't see that this legal action exactly does Hultman's reputation any good.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Website Wins Award

No, not this one!

Santa Barbara County Superior Court officials received a statewide award this week, for the website that they created to post public documents during the Michael Jackson trial.


Thursday, September 08, 2005

A Song For Katrina

Michael Jackson has identified a way to bring his brand back from the dead, he will record a song for the victims of hurricane Katrina.

He has written a song called "From The Bottom of My Heart" and, in an attempt to emulate "Live Aid", is trying to enlist other musicians to join him in a recording project to raise funds for the relief of Katrina's victims.

Jackson's spokesman said:

"In response to the widespread devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, recording superstar Michael Jackson has been moved to pen a song, with the working title, 'From the Bottom of My Heart,'

Within 24 hours, Mr Jackson will be reaching out to other recording superstars asking that they join him in this project to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina

All proceeds from the sale will be donated to the victims of Hurricane Katrina

Jackson will record the song on Two Seas Records, a label owned by Prince Abdullah Hamad Alkhalifa of Bahrain.

Jackson is quoted as saying:

"It pains me to watch the human suffering taking place in the Gulf Region of my country

My heart and prayers go out to every individual who has had to endure the pain and suffering caused by this tragedy. I will be reaching out to others within the music industry to join me in helping to bring relief and hope to these resilient people who have lost everything

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Janet Jackson In Court

Janet Jackson (nee Arvizo) went to court again yesterday.

This time, instead of being a witness for the prosecution, she was appearing on her own behalf to enter not guilty pleas to charges of welfare fraud.

You will doubtless recall that she is the mother of Gavin Arvizo who unsuccessfully accused Michael Jackson of molestation.

Arvizo was arrested on August 23, and was arraigned a day ahead of schedule.

She pleaded innocent to five felony charges, one count of aid by misrepresentation and four for committing perjury by false application of aid. The charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in state prison.

She was released on her own recognisance, and ordered to return to court on October 28.

She is accused of defrauding the state of $19K in welfare payments, from 2001 to 2003. Prosecutors allege that she failed to report a six-figure lawsuit settlement, as well as rent assistance from her future second husband, then her boyfriend.

Doubtless Michael Jackson and his fans will be hoping that justice will be done.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Michael's Makeover

Michael Jackson is attempting to undergo a style makeover in Bahrain; in an attempt to make him seem less weird to the rest of the world, and to ensure that he is able to relaunch his career.

Michael Luckman, author of "Alien Rock: The Rock 'n' Roll Connection", claims that Jackson is living in virtual seclusion; so that he can change his image, and make himself appear more "macho".

Luckman claims that Jackson is undergoing an intensive exercise regime, with a personal trainer, involving weight lifting for bulk; he is also going to discard his wigs and makeup.

This change in image is, so Luckman claims, to enable Jackson to win a live residency at a Las Vegas casino.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Jackson Spotted In Hard Rock Cafe

Michael Jackson has been spotted in Dubai, in the Hard Rock Cafe of all places.

It is reported that, aside from looking thin, he looks well.

Seemingly the visit to Hard Rock Cafe was out of the need to eat some buffalo wings.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Diane Dimond Leaves Court TV

Diane Dimond, who reported the Michael Jackson trails for Court TV, has left the channel in order to write a book about the trial.

What a lot of reading material there is going to be out there!

Court TV will be hosting a book party for her in November.

Ms Dimond is quoted as saying:

"I had a tremendous ride at Court TV. It was terrific. I was in that courtroom every day for 14 weeks. But it cost a lot to have an investigative unit. The unit was there because of me. I was a freelancer for them, and I came to them with a story."

Dimond has been criticised for her perceived anti Jackson "bias" in her reporting style. During the trial Dimond was allegedly stalked by an undercover private investigator, and verbally abused by some Jackson fans.


"I defy any of these people that say I'm pro-prosecution to point out one program where I don't give both sides. I've never said he's a paedophile. I've never said he's guilty. I've said it's inappropriate for a 46-year-old man to sleep with other people's children. He says he's innocent. My response is that society doesn't see it that way."

The book will be published by Simon & Schuster, and will be called "Be Careful Who You Love: Inside the Michael Jackson Case."

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Jackson Sails The World

Michael Jackson has sailed around The World, or rather he has sailed around the man-made islands in the shape of a world map located in the Gulf emirate of Dubai.

Jackson has been staying in Dubai since August 20, having jetted over from Bahrain where he had been staying since being acquitted of child molestation.

He toured the city with Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa, son of Bahrain's king, and UAE champion rally driver Mohamad bin Sulayem.

It is reported that he has bought a property near a palace of Sheikh Abdullah in Bahrain.

Monday, August 29, 2005

More Money Making Jurors

It seems that we will eventually end up with books from every singly member of the jury from the Michael Jackson trial.

Five more Michael Jackson jurors plan to publish a book about their time in the jury room.

The five new authors are; Eloise Aguillon, Tammy Bolton, Paulina Coccoz, Melissa Herard and Michael Stevens.

They claim that they are merely trying to set the record straight, and to counter books being published by former jurors Ellie Cook and Ray Hultman.

So the money has nothing to do with it then?

Why were these people not made to sign confidentiality agreements when they became jurors?

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Janet Arvizo Charged With Fraud

The above title, frankly, should hold no surprises for anyone who has followed the trial of Michael Jackson.

Janet Arvizo, mother of Jackson's accuser, made absolutely no friends in the court room during her testimony.

She was exposed as a "grifter" and scam artist who defrauded J C Penny and others. Indeed, when the allegation about welfare fruad was raised during the trial, she adopted the fifth amendment.

Now she has been charged with welfare fraud by prosecutors, who say that she lied about her finances when she applied for public assistance.

Los Angeles District Attorney's spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said:

"These charges are the result of a very careful investigation of allegations that she basically lied to receive aid. We felt the evidence was sufficient to file these counts".

Prosecutors accuse Janet of defrauding the welfare system out $18K.

She could, if convicted, face more than five years in prison.

Jackson's attorney, Tom Mesereau said Jackson had been informed of the charges.


"I have always maintained that the case against Michael Jackson was a fraud and a disgrace and these charges confirm that. We brought this information to District Attorney Sneddon early on in the case hoping that he would dismiss the charges against Michael Jackson. Unfortunately he was stubborn and denied our request."

Monday, August 22, 2005

Jackson Still In Bahrain

Michael Jackson is still in Bahrain, and turned up at the opulent Burj Al Arab hotel for lunch the other day with a Bahraini delegation.

He stayed at the Burj in the Royal suite, with a posse of his own bodyguards.

Jackson has been in Bahrain, ever since he arrived alone in the kingdom aboard a private jet earlier last month.

It is believed that Jackson owns a property in the Kingdom.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Juror's Integrity In Tatters

Ray Hultman, one of the jurors from the Michael Jackson trial, has been accused of plagiarism.

Hultman and the two co-writers of his book about the trial, called "The Deliberator", have allegedly taken a description of Jackson's clothes worn during the trial word for word from Vanity Fair.

The alleged stolen quote was:

"Up close, Michael Jackson's appearance is amazing. He wears a black pageboy wig, and his face is caked with white makeup, which conceals a prosthesis that serves as the tip of his nose. One person, who has seen him without the device, says he resembles a mummy with nostril holes."

These were first written by Maureen Orth in an article in April 2003 for Vanity Fair.

If true, then it further destroys what is left of Hultman's already dubious integrity.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Jackson Fined

Michael Jackson was fined $10K yesterday, for failing to appear in court to answer another sex abuse case.

This one is from Joseph Bartucci, who says that Jackson assaulted him in a limousine in 1984.

Bartucci claims that he repressed the memories of abuse until 2003, when he saw news coverage of child molestation charges against Jackson.

Jackson's lawyers say this is another attempt to exploit his wealth and celebrity, they doubt that the accusations will go to trial.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Another Court Case

Michael Jackson finds himself involved in yet another court case today.

This time US District Judge Eldon Fallon will be hearing why Michael Jackson should not be held in civil contempt, or have a default judgment entered against him.

Neither Jackson nor his attorney appeared at a hearing last month, in a federal civil case that accuses Jackson of sexual assault during the 1984 World's Fair.

The hearing was a procedural matter, in which Jackson was supposed to show that he had legal representation.

Brian Oxman, a spokesman for the Jackson family, says that the allegations made in the lawsuit are false. He called the plaintiff, Joseph Thomas Bartucci Junior, one of many people who have tried to take advantage of Jackson's wealth and celebrity.

Bartucci claims he was lured into Jackson's limousine by one of Jackson's employees, then held against his will for days and sexually assaulted during a drive to California and back.

Bartucci was 18 at the time and claims he repressed the memories until 2003, when he saw media coverage of child molestation charges brought against Jackson.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

More Self Publicity From The Jury

Ray Hultman, an ertswhile member of the Michael Jackson jury, is intent on creating as much publicity as possible for his forthcoming book about the trial.

Hultman has continued his media tirade against Jackson, by saying that in he was shocked by Jackson's ghost-like features during the trial.


"Up close, his appearance is amazing. He wears a wig and his face is caked in white make-up, which hides the prosthesis that serves as the tip of his nose.

One person who has seen him without the device says he resembles a mummy with nostril holes

Monday, August 15, 2005

Court T-V Drops Case

Diane Dimond, an anchor for Court T-V during the Michael Jackson trial, has dropped a restraining order against Bobby Joe Hickamn who insulted her.

Dimond had claimed that Hickman incited people to attack her. According to court documents, she felt so threatened that Court T-V hired three guards to protect her.

Dimond and Hickman also sued each other over legal fees.

A settlement between the two was reached this week, but both parties declined to comment on details.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Jackson Jury High Jinks Damages Justice System

The post Michael Jackson trial jury fallout does not seem to be abating.

It seems that the "fifteen minutes of fame" were simply not enough for some members of that jury.

They tasted the "sweet fruits of fame" (I am being ironic here), and decided that they wanted to gorge themselves on more.

Two of the jury, Eleanor Cook and Ray Hultman, claim that they were pressured by other jurors into voting for acquittal.

Then, for good measure, they have also announced that they intend to milk their jury work for every cent that they can get; they plan to sell books, a TV movie even T-shirts.

Cook is quoted as saying:

"They ought to be ashamed. They're the ones who let a paedophile go."

Unless I missed a point here, she was on the jury too. She could have voted guilty, but did not.

Now other members of the jury have gone public, in an attempt to reclaim their "honour":

Susan Derr-Drake, a jury member, said:

"I was crushed. The whole thing is fracturing. It was very disheartening. Up to the point of the verdict and the (post-verdict) press conference I felt we all did a really good job and had integrity. And then, as soon as the publicity hit, people changed. They were seduced by fame and fortune."

Susan Rentschler, another juror, said:

"I called Ray and spoke with his wife (after the trial) and she wouldn't let me speak to him. I wouldn't want to speak with them now. They should be ashamed of themselves. They are giving juries a bad name. They are not doing anything good for the legal system itself by saying things that are totally untrue."

Larry Garrison, a Hollywood producer, has purchased the rights to Cook and Hultman's stories; he has imposed a media blackout on them.

Garrison has waded into the fray, and said:

"Right now I have the whole world converging on me to do interviews. I have a major (TV) network that right now I'm in negotiations with. I have about four major publishers (interested) in the books. Within a day or so both deals should be done, hopefully."

He then added, somewhat implausibly:

"This is not about money. This is about the judicial system gone awry. This is about two jurors being pressured, being told they'd be kicked off the jury. Elly Cook is 79 years old and she doesn't give a damn about money right now. She's donating the money to feed the children."

Of course it is about money!

How gullible does he think people are?

Garrison then contradicted his "not about money" claim by saying that Cook is marketing T-shirts with the words "Don't Snap Your Fingers at Me, Lady -- Elly Cook, Juror Number 5".

This unedifying spectacle is doing immense damage to the public's perception about the integrity of the jury system, not to mention the remains of Jackson's shattered reputation.

Maybe he could sue them for defamation?

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Bain's Back

Michael Jackson issued a brief statement Tuesday regretting the death of one of his mentors, John H. Johnson.

Now the thing that caught the eye of the Jackson watchers was not so much the message, but the by line.

The message was signed by Raymone Bain, Jackson's erstwhile spokeswoman who had (according to Jackson's own website) been fired.

Now it seems she is back in favour at the "royal court", and has confirmed that she continues to work for Jackson.

The moods swings of celebrities are tricky to judge, and can have good and bad effects on the lives of those who are employed by them.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Another Juror Admits Mistake

I don't know what has got into some of the jury from the Michael Jackson child molestation trial, but a few of them seem to have had a sudden attack of guilt.

Katharina Carls, a third juror from the Jackson trial, has apologised for clearing Jackson.

She now insists that she believes that he was guilty of sexually abusing a teenage cancer sufferer.

Why say this now?

Why did she not vote him guilty when she was in the jury room?

Carls is the third juror to question Jackson's innocence; Eleanor Cook and Ray Hultman both, oddly enough, in the process of writing books about the trial have said that they think that Jackson was guilty as well.


If they really believed that, then they should have said so during the trial.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Jackson Buys Home In Bahrain

Michael Jackson has bought a luxury property in the Gulf kingdom of Bahrain, where he rested after his child molestation trial.

Jackson has purchased a 14-acre property near a palace of Sheikh Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, a son of Bahrain's King Hamad.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Allegations of Serious Misconduct

The jury that cleared Michael Jackson of child sex abuse has been accused of serious misconduct including, smuggling books and videotapes into the jury room.

The allegations come from Stacy Brown, who used to be a friend of Jackson and a spokesman.

He has been approached by two of the hapless members of the jury; who want to make a fast buck out of their brush with celebrity, by writing a couple of books.

Isn't there a law against members of juries profiting from the verdicts?

Brown is quoted as saying:

"That jury would have acquitted him even if they had a videotape (of the alleged crime)".

It seems that one juror allegedly sneaked a video of Court TV broadcasts, widely considered biased towards the prosecution, into the deliberation room.

A medical book had also been smuggled into deliberations, to show that "Jackson fit the book`s definition of a paedophile to a T"; but Eleanor Cook, who had brought the book into the room, was later "intimidated" into voting for acquittal.

Three of the female jurors were such fans of Jackson, that they allegedly gushed "Not my Michael..." when the panel discussed the sex abuse charges.

Brown alleges that he was told that the women formed a bond and their "minds were made up about one-third of the way through the trial."

He also alleges that Cook had also admitted that she frequently winked at Jackson's mother, Katherine, across the courtroom.

Seems to me the verdict should be thrown out, and a retrial ordered.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Jackson Sells Story To OK

Michael Jackson has sold the "inside story" of his child molestation story to OK magazine.

It is reported that he will make around $2M for this first post trial interview.

However, instead of being a hard hitting investigative piece, it seems that the interview will be very lightweight and attempt to show Jackson in the best possible light.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Guilty as Sin

It seems that the desire for money and fame is proving to be a little too much for some of the members of the Jackson child molestation jury.

Two of the jurors, who acquitted Michael Jackson of child molestation charges, now say that they think that Jackson was guilty.

Needless to say, this sudden volte face is immaculately timed to coincide with the announcement that they are writing a couple of books.

"Guilty As Sin, Free as a Bird" is the title chosen by Eleanor Cook.

Whilst co juror Ray Hultman will write "The Deliberator", along with former Jackson family friend and author Stacy Brown.

In interviews immediately after the verdict, Cook supported the verdicts and castigated Gavin Arvizo's mother.


"Don't snap your fingers at me, lady!".

The jurors had originally made a pact not to talk about what went on in the jury room. However, it seems that loyalty to money and fame proves hard to resist.

It seems that there is also going to be a movie about the jurors' experiences.

Doesn't this blatant money making and attention seeking, by the so called impartial jury, invalidate the verdict?

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Jackson Near To Child Settlement

Michael Jackson is nearing a settlement in one of his many ongoing legal disputes, this one being with Debbie Rowe the mother of Prince and Paris.

Rowe voluntarily gave up her parental rights in 2001, but a judge voided the order at her request in 2004; after her attorneys argued that proper court procedures weren't followed.

Rowe's attorneys said at the time that she wanted a change in status because Jackson had been charged with child molestation and was associating with the Nation of Islam, which has views that many consider anti-Semitic.

Despite the dispute, Rowe made an appearance at Jackson's molestation trial in support of him.

Cynics have speculated that this show of support was part of a deal to ensure that she got access to her children.

Jackson's attorney, Michael Abrams, said in an interview yesterday that the dispute may soon be resolved.

"I think I see it a settlement is in sight. The resolution will be to everybody's satisfaction. I'm hoping everybody will go away very happy."

Monday, August 01, 2005

Fans Shun Jackson

Michael Jackson's fans seem to be shunning him in the aftermath of his trial.

His latest greatest hits album "The Essential Michael Jackson" has sold only 8,000 copies in the US, in its first week of release, and has reached number 128 in the chart.

However, the album went straight to number two in the UK.

British public relations expert Max Clifford has revealed that he turned down a request to represent Jackson after his trial.


"He came to me a month ago and I turned him down. It would be the hardest job in PR after Saddam Hussein and I would be astounded if he could turn things around. People were extremely offended by even some of the things he admitted in court. The final judgement is with the record buying public and they have made their verdict clear."

Friday, July 29, 2005

Foreman Cashes In

Paul Rodriguez, the jury foreman during Michael Jackson's molestation trial, is cashing in on his 5 seconds of fame by writing a book with Fox News' Aphrodite Jones.


Surely this calls into question the impartiality and motivation of the jury, if they are allowed to make money out of their work?

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Jackson Went To Hospital

Tom Mesereau, Michael Jackson's lawyer, has given an interview to the BBC; in which he said that Jackson had to go to hospital, after the trial, to be treated for weight loss and dehydration.


"Michael Jackson was ill from time to time. In fact, people didn't realize he actually entered the hospital after the verdict..He was dehydrated, he had lost a tremendous amount of weight, he was having trouble keeping food down, he was terrified about what was going happen to his children and he had a recurring back problem,".

Mesereau said that Jackson would not settle out of court if further allegations were made against him.

"I am concerned because he is a perpetual target. There still is a perception among some people that he ... doesn't want to go to court and will settle,...We will be fighting any of these suits all the way if they happen."

Mesereau said that he hoped that nobody in the future would live in Jackson's home to spend the night to avoid future false claims.

"I advised Mr Jackson not to let any families in his home again,".

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

More Lawsuits

Michael Jackson may need to recover his strength, from his recent trial, sooner rather than later.

Fox reports that he faces four separate law suits in four separate cities.

Joe Jackson Deludes Himself

It seems that Michael Jackson's father, Joe, ever keen to milk his son's fame for every cent has been talking to the Berlin press.

He told Germany's Bild paper that Michael wants to move to Berlin.

This inevitably led to headlines in some German papers saying:

"Michael Jackson is going to become a Berliner!"

They even said that Joe was looking for a house for Michael.

Given the birthday party debacle, I will believe it when I see it.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Sad Party

By all accounts Joe Jackson's 76th birthday bash, in Berlin last Friday, was not a resounding success.

Son Michael did not turn up, instead guests were treated to video clips of him.

Nobody danced and the fans were quiet; in fact the venue appeared to be half empty.

Michael Jackson is reported to be recovering from the trial at a resort in Dubai.

In a pathetic twist, a Michael Jackson double wished Joe "Happy Birthday" from the stage.

Joe Jackson summed it by saying

"The show must go on".

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Jackson Gets His Stuff Back

Judge Rodney Melville has ordered the prosecution team to return all of Michael Jackson's belongings, following his acquittal on child molestation charges last month.

The items include computers, books and adult magazines; and were held following searches of Jackson's Neverland ranch in California.

They must now be returned to Jackson, along with other belongings used as evidence in the trial.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Jackson Not Going To Berlin

Michael Jackson, contrary to earlier reports that he had not contradicted, will not attend a party in Berlin for his father's 76th birthday.

Neither will Michael's sisters Janet and La Toya, despite saying it was likely they would attend.

The party is being held at the Estrel hotel, in a district of Berlin which is best known for holding shows featuring tribute bands and show business impersonators.

So much for all the guff about the Jackson family rebonding as a result of the trial.

Michael Jackson Faces Contempt of Court

It seems that there is another sexual assault case hanging over the head of Michael Jackson.

Jackson did not show up in court in Louisiana on Wednesday for a hearing on a lawsuit by Joseph Bartucci.

Bartucci claims that Jackson held him against his will, and sexually assaulted him in 1984.

Bartucci claims that when he was 18 he was lured into Jackson's limousine during a trip to the 1984 World's Fair, and sexually assaulted and battered while held against his will for several days.

Bartucci has said his memories of the events were suppressed until two years ago, when the news coverage of the child molestation charges against Jackson rekindled them.

Jackson, or a lawyer, had been ordered to appear before U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon to discuss who would defend the singer in the lawsuit. However, no one turned up.

Fallon has now set August the 17th for a hearing in which Jackson must show why he should not be held in contempt of court, and a default judgment issued against him.

Jackson's spokesman, Brian Oxman, said that the no-show was the result of "an administrative problem that occurs in a big organisation."


"Michael Jackson has had many such lawsuits and each one has resulted in him being exonerated or the case being dismissed. This is part of the magic and burden of being Michael Jackson."

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Three Day Party

Joe Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson's father, will be celebrating his 76th birthday in style this weekend by holding a three day party in Berlin.

There will be approximately 2,000 guests at the event including, so it is believed, Michael.

Jackson family spokeswoman Angel Howansky said that Michael had invited his fans from all over the world to the party, but was not sure whether he would be there himself.


"Michael has opened the door to fans to say thank you for all the support during his trial...I spoke to him today and he said he was glad the trial was over and that the family could put everything behind them."

The party will be held at the Estrel Hotel in Berlin, with the exception of Michael.

The German media are saying that Michael will be there, along with Janet, LaToya and Jermaine Jackson.

The last time Jackson was in Berlin he unwisely dangled his baby over a hotel balcony.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Michael Jackson To Sing In Berlin

Michael Jackson will sing at Joe Jackson's 76th birthday party in Berlin this Friday.

Michael offer to sing, is his way of thanking his father for the support that he gave him during his recent child sex abuse trial.

It seems that the trial has brought the two of them together, after years of estrangement.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Michael Jackson's Quest for Immortality

According to reports Michael Jackson has discussed having his remains cryogenically preserved; so that he might be brought back to life.

Jackson has also allegedly invested millions in DNA research, in the hope of engineering perfect offspring. He has also deposited his own genetic matter in three sperm banks around the world.

A waste of money.

When you're dead, you're dead; it is as simple as that.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Berlin Party

Michael Jackson will attend a 1000 guest birthday party in Berlin for his father, Joe Jackson.

Jackson will be joined by his sisters Janet and Jermaine for the party which will be held next Friday, to celebrate his father Joe's 76th birthday.

Joe Jackson and his three children will mark the occasion at a Berlin hotel, where he has taken the 250 square metre presidential suite on the 17th floor.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Michael Jackson Dead In Ten Years

It seems that some authors will stop at nothing to hype their books.

Stacy Brown, who is one of the authors of the book "Michael Jackson: The Man Behind The Mask", is adding publicity to his work by saying that Michael Jackson will be dead within ten years.

Brown believes that Jackson will "crash and burn" before long.

Brown, who co-wrote the book with Bob Jones, said:

"I don't think Michael Jackson will be alive in 10 years time...It's amazing to me that what happened to Elvis hasn't happened to him. He lives on the edge. He's bound to crash and burn. He's 87 pounds and six foot tall - that's unhealthy."

Brown doesn't think that Jackson would commit suicide:

"I don't think he has it in him to take his own life. I don't see him putting a gun to his head. It'll be an accidental overdose - something like that..It's the most tragic story in pop music history - and he's not dead yet."

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Michael Jackson Sued

It seems that the trials of Michael Jackson have not ended.

It is reported that Prescient Acquisition Group, a financial company that specialises in asset acquisitions, has sued Jackson for an alleged sum owing of $48M relating to fees for rescuing Jackson's stake in the publishing rights to songs by the Beatles.

The firm alleges that Jackson enlisted it last November, to provide financial advice and to secure refinancing of a $272M debt to Bank of America.

The suit says that the financing group arranged $537M in financing, this was enough for Jackson to pay off the debt and exercise an option to buy the remaining 50% of the Beatles library he didn't already own.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Michael Jackson Urged To Donate To Live8

Michael Jackson is being urged to donate his share of the profits from the Live 8 concerts to charity.

Paul McCartney played Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Get Back, Drive My Car, Helter Skelter, The Long And Winding Road and Hey Jude at the London portion of Live 8.

Since Jackson owns the rights to all Beatles songs, he would have earned money on McCartney's performance, and the subsequent sales of Beatles songs.

This may be a hard call for Jackson, as the profits would go quite some way to clearing his debts.

At the end of the day he will make a calculation; take the profits now, or give them away in the expectation that the giveaway will earn him larger future profits by rebuilding his brand.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

In Denial

Michael Jackson's publicist, Raymone Bain, who was recently fired appears to be in a state of denial.

She is apparently still insisting that, because Jackson didn't fire her personally, she still has a job.

Bain said:

"Randy Jackson (Michael's younger brother) says I'm fired, but I am still working for Michael until he terminates me. He's the boss."

Friday, July 08, 2005

Another Investigation Into Jackson

Santa Barbara County District Attorney's office is still refusing to return evidence, that it seized from Michael Jackson's Neverland in 2003 and 2004.

Attorney Stephen Dunkle, who is working for Jackson lawyer Robert Sanger, filed a declaration that requested a return Jackson's property.

It seems that the prosecution is dragging its heals on returning the evidence, as it is hoping to try again via another investigation.

The DA's office responded to the request by saying:

"Certain of the property seized from Neverland is contraband. Certain of that property may not belong to Mr. Jackson. Other items may have relevance in the event of another investigation."


"One just knows that defendant's counsel would assert that the order [to return Jackson's property] covers photographs taken of Mr. Jackson's person in 1994, in connection with the investigation of his reported molestation [of the boy in the 1994 Chandler case]."

There is an old saying, that seems applicable in this case, "put up, or shut up".

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Legal Repercussions of Jackson's Trial

Santa Barbara County attorneys have asked the state Supreme Court not to render moot, a ruling that limited the news media's access to evidence in the Michael Jackson molestation case.

This could have ramifications on the freedom of the press in California.

Attorneys for news organisations have asked the California Supreme Court to "delist" a decision by the state's 2nd District Court of Appeal. Delisting would mean that other courts could not rely on the decision as a legal precedent in other cases.

Santa Barbara County Counsel Stephen Shane Stark said, in a letter released Wednesday:

"The media's insatiable quest for stories that showcase criminal behavior illustrates why this decision is significant and should remain published..While admittedly a Michael Jackson case does not happen very frequently, the media presents for public consumption a new crime story seemingly every day...."

Theodore Boutrous, the news organisations' attorney, said:

"If it's published then it can be cited as precedent...We believe it should serve as very little if any precedent because of the unique facts of the case and the rationale of the court."

The appeals court ruled in April that Judge Rodney Melville was justified in sealing dozens of records in the Jackson trial.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Sixth Greatest Hits Album

Michael Jackson will release his sixth Greatest Hits album on the 18th of July.

The LP will be Jackson's first tentative attempt to rebuild his shattered music career.

The album, called "The Essential Michael Jackson", will include songs spanning his entire career from; 1970's 'I want you back' to 2001's 'You rock my world'.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Jackson Moves To Europe

It is reported that Michael Jackson is planning a spectacular comeback.

However, he will first buy a new base in the UK or France.

Jackson has left America for good, and is now seeking a fresh start in Europe.

One of his entourage is quoted as saying:

"He wants somewhere that guarantees his total privacy but allows him to get to recording studios and gig venues quickly."

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Jackson In Hiding In Bahrain

Michael Jackson has remained out of sight during his vacation in Bahrain.

This has disappointed his fans living there.

Sheik Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa, a son of Bahrain's king, is quoted as saying:

"He would love his privacy, and we will do our best to maintain the privacy he has".

Friday, July 01, 2005

Jackson On Live 8?

Hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons, a co-producer of Saturday's Live 8 concert in Philadelphia, is clearly an optimist.

He is hoping to get Michael Jackson to perform at the Saturday Live 8 show.

Jackson is currently on vacation in Bahrain.

Simmons is reportedly trying to get Jackson and Prince to join the current lineup of stars on stage, for a finale rendition of the 1985 Live Aid anthem "We are the World," which Jackson co-wrote.


"They haven't said no. Until they say no, I'll keep dreaming,".

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Jackson Flies To Bahrain

Michael Jackson is on holiday in the Gulf kingdom of Bahrain, as a guest of honour of the king's son.

Jackson who arrived from Europe on a private plane on Wednesday night; it is reported that he is there to relax.

A spokesman is quoted as saying:

"(Jackson) wants to be away from the U.S. press and he chose Bahrain to rest after what he went through in the past few months,".

Jackson is there at the personal invitation of Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the king's son, and is staying in one of the royal palaces.

Jackson In Paris

It is reported that Michael Jackson left Neverland on 19th June, and went to Paris in order to try to restart his career.

He is allegedly in discussions with a number of directors, including Mark Stewart (son of Jackie Stewart), regarding the possible production of a documentary.

Why did Jackson only issue a thank you message a few days ago, when he had already left the country?

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Joe Jackson's Money Worries

Joe Jackson, Michael Jackson's father, is reportedly worried about his son's finances following the trial.

Joe is reportedly worried that Michael Jackson has been left physically and financially crippled by the stress of the trial, and the poor advice from those close to him.


"Am I worried about his financial problems? Yes, I am! If he didn't trust the wrong people, he wouldn't have been in this situation."

A cynic might suggest that part of his fear is based on the realisation that Michael will not be making as much money for him (Joe) as he did in the past.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Trial Cost Over $3M

The cost to the taxpayer of investigating and trying Michael Jackson is estimated to exceed $3M.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department spent more than $3M, out of an annual budget of $84M, investigating Michael Jackson on child-molestation charges and providing security for his trial.

The costs of prosecuting the Jackson case were not available from the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's office.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Jackson Documentary

Digital Classics share price rose by 10% today, as investors took heart from the company's proposed documentary about Michael Jackson.

The company issued a statement:

"Management is currently aggressively marketing the production and is in discussions with six U.S. television channels, three of which are major U.S. networks,"

It made the Jackson documentary in 2003, but could only finish the film after the end of the trial.

God Dried My Tears

Michael Jackson has issued his first public statement, on his website, since the end of his trial for molestation.

He claims that God and his (Jackson's) supporters/fans "dried my tears", and helped him through trial.


"Your love, support and loyalty made it all possible. You were there when I really needed you. I will never forget you..Your ever-present love held me, dried my tears, and carried me through. I will treasure your devotion and support forever. You are my inspiration."

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Jackson To Give Interview

Michael Jackson is reportedly going to give a US TV interview, for a $10M fee.

Needless to say the networks are trying to outbid each other, for the rights to interview him.

If the interview goes ahead Jackson, mindful of the Bashir debacle, will lay down the rules about editorial control.

Jackson Starved Himself

Michael Jackson starved himself during his trial, he allegedly only drank water for 30 days.

This caused his weight to drop to 94 pounds.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Jackson To Be Sued

It seems that, despite being acquitted on child molestation charges, Michael Jackson's legal woes may not be completely behind him.

Donna Kyman has filed a lawsuit, alleging that a dog escaped from Jackson's Encino home and attacked her.

Kyman alleges that Flash, a husky belonging to Jackson's sister-in-law, attacked her whilst she was in her garage without provocation.

Flash was captured and tested negative for rabies. Kyman alleges that she still suffered "great mental, emotional and physical pain" that may "result in some permanent disability."

Kyman goes open the describe the hapless Flash in the most prosaic of terms:

"possessed of vicious and dangerous propensities and was inclined to attack people and other animals without provocation."

Kyman, in her suit, claims that Jackson and his sister-in-law Alejandra Jackson "knew of the viciousness and dangerousness of their dog and of its inclination, or reasonably should have known these facts", and that they "negligently, carelessly, and wrongfully permitted their husky dog to go, without a leash, onto public streets."

The suit is seeking compensation for medical, travel, incidental and legal expenses.

As ever, it comes down to money.

The question is, how on earth can Flash afford to pay damages if he is convicted?

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Katherine Jackson Speaks Out

Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, gave an interview to the Today show on MSNBC yesterday.

She said that the trial took everything out of Jackson, both physically and mentally.


"One of the reasons why it devastated him, he would tell me, 'Mother, when they say 'call your next witness,' and I look around and I'm surprised. It's people that I've helped, and they're up there trying to make money off of me by lying. I don't understand how people can do that.'"

Adding that:

"he'd been proven not to be a child molester, and they know he's not. But some people just believe what they believe and I can't stop that. But I wish they would stop and think about it. That he is not a child molester. He is not a pedophile. He doesn't give liquor to children. These kids were bad kids."

Mrs Jackson said that she feels sorry for the Arvizos:

"I feel sorry for them, too. From what I hear about their past, I feel sorry for their future if they don't change their way."

However, she was less forgiving about Tom Sneddon:

"My son is a better person than he is. What he did to my son, my son would never do to anyone else."


It seems that some people are very easily parted from their money.

There are slices of toast that allegedly contain the image of Michael Jackson, that are being offered for sale on eBay.

The toast is going for $300 a slice. The owners of this toast claim that it popped out of their toasters at the exact moment Jackson was acquitted a week ago.

One seller claims:

"As I was watched the jury's verdict being announced on June 13, 2005, my toast popped up just as Michael was Acquitted!,".

One slice of toast, which bore Jackson's face, has fetched $300.


Monday, June 20, 2005

Juror Lets Herself and Her Fellow Jurors Down

Pauline Coccoz, one of the jury who found Michael Jackson not guilty of molestation, attended Jackson's celebration party last Friday.

400 people attended the party, which was held at the Chumash Indian Casino.

Pauline Coccoz reportedly told journalists that:

"They were playing 'Beat It' and I almost started to cry,"

Jackson's mother, Katherine, told the fans at the party:

"We couldn't have done it without you,".

Coccoz claimed that she decided to bring her family to the party, partly as a public display of her confidence in the jury's verdict.

To my mind for a juror to openly fraternise with the person/associates of the person that they have just acquitted, sends out a very bad signal indeed re the independence of that juror.

She was, in my view, very unwise to attend and has let her fellow jurors down.

Could there be grounds for the prosecution to claim mistrial, on the basis of this juror not being seen to be independent?

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Final Party

There was a final victory party held this weekend, for 400 family and fans of Michael Jackson.

The event was held at the Chumash Indian casino, where Joe Jackson stayed during the trial.

The guests included; Katherine Jackson, Robert Sanger the defence lawyer, and Pauline Coccoz, one of the jurors who acquitted him.

Is it appropriate that an "independent" member of the jury attend a party thrown to celebrate Jackson's acquittal?

Michael Jackson did not attend, and hasn't been since the trial.

Jackson Going Into Exile

It seems that Michael Jackson may be preparing to leave the USA, for exile abroad, as early as this week.

His lawyers are seeking the speedy return of his passport, and his financial advisers are waiting for approval to put Neverland up for sale to raise £40m towards his debts of £200M.

The remaining animals in the Neverland zoo are being removed, and the fairground rides are being dismantled.

All things turn to dust.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Leno Does Mesereau

Jay Leno hosted Michael Jackson's defence attorney, Tom Mesereau, on his Tonight Show last night.

Leno kicked off by saying that Jackson could start a show in Las Vegas by "playing Diana Ross in the 'Legends Show.'"

Mesereau, who seemed not to be that happy during the interview, said:

"Michael Jackson is an artist. He's a creative spirit. He likes to sit in a tree and compose music,".

He went on to attack prosecutor Tom Sneddon, saying "he had a personal vendetta".

I thought that these guys were professionals, who didn't take their roles personally?

He said that Jackson's settlement with Jordie Chandler was a mistake, I think that is very true indeed.

Friday, June 17, 2005


Michael Jackson's family plans to throw a party at a casino this weekend, to thank his loyal fans for their support during the trial.

It is not clear if Jackson, himself, will appear.

Frances Snyder, a spokeswoman for Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, reportedly said:

"We don't know who will perform. We're just told the Jackson family is putting together an event for fans they have selected,".

The Jackson family will choose the attendees for the party, to be held on Saturday night.

The casino has been home to some of the Jackson family over the past few weeks, as it is near Neverland.

Why didn't they stay at Neverland?

The Jacksons

It is reported that Michael Jackson may soon appear in a reality television series, along with his parents and siblings.

This seems to be an attempt to emulate the success of the Osbournes.

The series was allegedly being planned even before Jackson's victory.

If true, how wise is this?

Jackson likes to think of himself as "The King of Pop"; as any monarch will tell you, the more you expose yourself to the scrutiny of the public the more you detract from the "majesty" of your role and image.

Sneddon Won't Return Jackson's Penis

Tom Sneddon has told interviewers that he has no intention of giving Michael Jackson back the photo taken of his penis (Jackson's) during the 1993 Jordie Chandler investigation.


"It could turn out to be evidence,".

Let us hope that it doesn't leak.

Jackson Wants His Stuff Back

A mere 3 days after acquittal, and Michael Jackson's lawyers were back in court.

This time they were on the offensive, asking Judge Rodney Melville to return the 600 items seized by the police in the two raids on Neverland.

Judge Melville ordered that Jackson's passport be returned to the star.

The rumour is that Jackson will leave the USA very quickly.

However, Jackson is still waiting for the rest of his stuff to be returned; including his porn collection and the photos of his penis.

Jude Melville has delayed a decision on Jackson's "stuff," aside from the passport, until the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office clarifies if they still need it.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Another Trial?

Carl Douglas, a lawyer who has represented Michael Jackson in civil cases, is warning that there may be a civil action taken against Jackson by the Arvizos.


"He has to send a message to the world: If you're going to come after Michael Jackson, you have to be ready for a war,".

In civil litigation the accuser could force Jackson to testify both in depositions and at a trial.

Additionally, 12 jurors in the criminal case would have had to find Jackson guilty "beyond a reasonable doubt". However, in a civil case the claimant only has to prove their case "by a preponderance of the evidence"; whereby 9 of the 12 need to agree.

Jackson To Sue Sneddon?

Tom Mesereau, Michael Jackson's defence attorney, is reportedly urging Jackson to go back to court and sue Tom Sneddon for "malicious prosecution".

I would have though that the best thing for Jackson would be to get away from lawyers and courts for a while, and to make an attempt to rebuild his brand.

I note that there are also rumours that he may sue Martin Bashir, in London, for his 2003 documentary.

Mesereau made his suggestion, about suing Sneddon, on Larry King Live.


"Do I think this was done maliciously and unfairly? Absolutely...I think that he was treated in a way that no one else would have been similarly treated. It's because he's a mega-celebrity."


"I think their biggest problem was they were not objective about their case, they believed things they wanted to believe, they tried to prove theories that were absurd and they tried to demonise Michael Jackson."

Sometimes though, even in victory, it is better to get on with your life and let the dust settle.

Jackson To Appear At Live 8?

There are rumours circulating that Michael Jackson is preparing to make a comeback, by appearing at the Live 8 concert on 2 July.

Harvey Goldsmith, promoter of Live 8, is quoted as saying:

"Of course we'd consider it..Whether it's appropriate or not is another issue, whether he's in a fit state to work is another issue, whether he can work is another issue and whether he can work live is another issue."

Jackson Might Leave USA

Jermaine Jackson, Michael Jackson's brother, gave an interview on CNN's "Larry King Live" in which he hinted that Jackson might leave the USA.

When asked as to whether Jackson might leave, Jermaine said rather cryptically:

"We've always had a love for other places outside the US."

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Jackson To Stop Sleeping With Children

The above headline highlights just how bizarre this whole case has been.

Precisely why some parents allowed their children to sleep with a middle aged man, or why he would wish to, has never been answered satisfactorily.

I can't but help speculate that had Jackson been poor, then the parents would never have allowed their children to "sleep over".

Money and celebrity seems to allow people to break normal codes of behaviour.

Be that as it may, Jackson's lawyer Tom Mesereau has stated that Jackson will now no longer sleep with children.

How very wise!


"He's not going to do that anymore..He's not going to make himself vulnerable to this anymore."

Jackson's official website, www.mjjsource.com, equates the acquittal with; Martin Luther King's birthday, the day Nelson Mandela was freed and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Hubris is a dangerous reaction, and often comes to bite you back.

There are two lessons to be learned from this sorry tale of depravity, greed, manipulation and dishonesty:

1 Middle aged men should not sleep with children

2 Parents should not allow middle aged men to sleep with their children

The thing is, we all knew that anyway.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Arvizos In Hiding

As one door opens, so another closes; so it would seem to be the case for the Arvizo family.

It is reported that, following Michael Jackson's acquittal, they are now in hiding; fearing a backlash from Jackson's fans.

They are now living in a secret location, in a suburb in southern California.

Their home has been fitted with a panic button, so that a team of police officers can rush to their rescue in the event of an attack.


Martin Bashir, the journalist who fronted the infamous 2003 documentary about Michael Jackson, now faces the possibility of a lawsuit from Michael Jackson.

Jackson began legal moves against Bashir and Granada, which made the documentary, in 2003 claiming breach of confidence.

It was claimed that Bashir broke a promise to allow Jackson to vet the programme before it was broadcast.

Jackson also said Bashir reneged on an agreement not to film his children without the masks they wear in public. A High Court action was due to start in late 2003, but was halted after Jackson was arrested and charged with child abuse.

Jury Suspected Jackson Was Guilty

It is reported that members of the Michael Jackson jury suspected that he was guilty of child abuse, but did not have enough evidence to find him guilty of the trial charges.

Two of the jury are quoted as saying that Jackson had probably molested young boys, who were guests at his Neverland ranch, in the past.

Raymond Hultman said:

"I feel that Michael Jackson probably has molested boys. I cannot believe that this man could sleep in the same bedroom for 365 straight days and not do something more than just watch television and eat popcorn. I mean, that doesn't make sense to me. But that doesn't make him guilty of the charges that were presented in this case and that's where we had to make our decision. That's not to say he's an innocent man. He's just not guilty of the crimes he's been charged with."

The jury foreman, Paul Rodriguez, also said that he had not ruled out that Jackson had abused boys.


"The allegations of past abuse were considered credible to some extent. There are not too many grown men we know that would sleep with children but we had to base it on the evidence presented to us. There were a lot of things lacking."

One juror summed up the feelings of many people, not just the jury, in relation to the idea of letting children sleep with a middle aged man.


"As a parent you spend every moment of your day protective of what happens to your children. What kind of mother in her right mind would allow that to happen, to freely volunteer your child to sleep with anyone, not just Michael Jackson, but anyone?"

Civil Case

Before the champagne has even gone flat, as fans and Jackson celebrate his acquittal, there are those who say that Gavin Arvizo may mount a civil suit against Jackson for alleged abuse.

It may not yet be over.

Rowe Issues Statement

Debbie Rowe, Michael Jackson's ex wife and mother of Prince and Paris, said that she was "overjoyed" at his acquittal.

Quote from her attorney:

"Debbie is overjoyed that the justice system really works, regardless of which side called her to testify at the trial,".

Rowe testified at Jackson's trial, saying that he was a "great father" and a generous man surrounded by "vultures."

This testimony was in spite of, or because, she was fighting with Jackson to have the right to visit her two children.

Rowe had pledged earlier, in return for a multimillion-dollar settlement, never to talk about Jackson's purported drug use, "sexual behaviour" and whether/how he fathered her children.

Money talks!

The Future

With the not guilty verdict delivered in the Michael Jackson trial, thoughts are now focused on what the future holds for Jackson.

It is widely assumed that Jackson is in serious financial trouble. Despite the fact he is not guilty, his brand image has been severely tarnished by the case. Therefore it will not be easy for him to simply "go back to work" as normal.

It is widely assumed that he may have to sell his share of the Beatles music collection, in order to pay off debts (legal fees alone are thought to top $20M).

His liabilities are estimated to exceed his assets by around $60M.

In addition to holding a "fire sale", he needs to work to earn a living. One option is that he could go on the "Vegas" circuit, a lucrative earner for stars whose popularity is on the wane.

His priority is now to rebuild the brand.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Voice of America

If you want to hear a recording of today's Voice Of America show about the Michael Jackson trial, in which I am one of the guests, please click this link Voice of America.

Michael Jackson Trial Verdict

The verdict has just been announced in the Michael Jackson trial.

He is innocent on all counts.

Michael Jackson has left court, and returned to Neverland, a free man.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Mesereau 1 Bain 0

It seems that Tom Mesereau has won the power struggle, reported on this site a few days ago, as to who should be the official voice of Michael Jackson during the jury deliberation phase.

Raymone Bain, on Friday, issued a short statement to reporters that denied rumours that she had been fired. However, Jackson's MJJ Productions later put out a statement on its Web site saying she had been fired.

Even Jesse Jackson has been quiet for the last few days.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

The Devil Makes Work For Idle Hands

The long wait, at least by media standards, for a verdict in the Michael Jackson trial is leading to tension on site between fans, protesters, residents, media and police.

The police are reportedly expecting a "highly emotional" reaction from fans, when the verdict is announced.

The verdict will be preceded by a one hour warning, which will give ample time for the ranks of those who maintain a daily vigil outside the courthouse to swell.

The police are going to draft in 200 extra officers, in order to ensure the throng does not descend into chaos.

As noted before, despite claiming to believe in Jackson's media image of love and peace, some Jackson fans seem to have a grudge against journalists for what they perceive to be unfair reporting of their hero.

In the spirit of freedom of speech, some have attempted to stop journalist broadcasting by sounding horns and chanting.

There are even reports of fans were putting out strips of spikes, designed to burst car tyres, on the roadside.

This seems to be in retaliation for the car that allegedly deliberately ran over tributes, that had been placed in the roadside verges by some fans.

I wonder what they would fill their lives with if Jackson had never existed?

Friday, June 10, 2005

Power Struggle

There still seems to be a power struggle going on behind the gates of Neverland, between the Jackson pr machine/entourage and Tom Mesereau as to who has the right to speak on his behalf.

Mesereau, quite rightly, is telling people to shut their mouths; whilst the jury ponder the guilt or innocence of Jackson.

He knows that a misplaced word or impression could tip the scales of justice the wrong way.

However, it seems that Raymone Bain (Jackson's spokesperson) still likes to give a daily briefing to press.

Jesse Jackson, normally never shy in putting himself forward, seems to have taken heed of Mesereau; he has reportedly left Neverland, and is out of touch, at a meeting somewhere in Chicago.

There is an old saying: "if you hire a dog, let it do the barking".

In other words, Jackson has paid Mesereau to act on his behalf; it is time that he let him do just that.

Hoax Suicide Mail

Be warned, there is a hoax email doing the rounds. It claims to have information regarding an alleged suicide attempt by Michael Jackson.

It is a fake.

If you get an email saying that Michael Jackson has committed suicide, do not open it. Delete the mail, and watch out for any other odd mails in your inbox today about Michael Jackson.

Some scum have decided to not only start an Internet hoax that Michael Jackson killed himself yesterday, but they are also littering that email with a malicious link.

The email is titled "Re: Suicidal Attempt" and the following message text: "Last night, while in his Neverland Ranch, Michael Jackson has made a suicidal attempt."

The email then asks computer users to click on a link that then takes them to a website. This website then installs code on computers, which can then open them up to hacking and corruption.


Beard Growing Competition

Those members of the media and fans who are becoming a tad bored and frustrated at waiting for the jury to reach a verdict, in the Michael Jackson trial, may care to participate in the rodeo being held in Santa Maria.

In addition to the rodeo, the town is also holding its centennial anniversary celebrations and the annual beard growing competition.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Jackson In Hospital Again

Michael Jackson was back in hospital again this morning, having routine treatment for back spasms. That at least is the reason according to his spokeswoman Raymone Bain.

Shut Up

As I have mooted already, the actions of "publicity shy" Jesse Jackson in telling the world Michael Jackson's thoughts have not been viewed as necessarily being in Michael Jackson's best interests.

Tom Mesereau have told the Reverend and also Raymone Bain, Michael Jackson's publicist, to shut up and stop talking about Jackson's health and hopes for acquittal.

Mesereau told the Jackson entourage to obey the judge, and keep quiet.

Raymone Bain has said that Jackson was idling away the time with his children, watching television and movies and taking calls from his lawyers.


"He is good spirits but as you all can imagine he is very nervous. He is confident in his innocence,".

Mesereau issued a statement saying that he had not authorised anyone to hold news conferences on Jackson's behalf.


"I have not authorised anyone to speak or hold any press conferences on behalf of Michael Jackson or his family...A gag order is in effect which the defence team will continue to honour."

Exactly, the best service that Jackson's entourage can their master is to shut up and wait for the jury to deliver their verdict.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Money Troubles

Michael Jackson's trial has weighed heavily on his purse strings.

Whatever the verdict, it is likely that his career will have taken a very large knock back.

It remains to be seen as to what he will do, if he is acquitted. As such the question is being raised, by those in the music industry, as to whether he will have to sell his share of the Beatles' music catalogue.

Jackson bought the publishing rights to the catalogue for about $48M in the 1980's.

The ownership of the songs is split between Jackson and Sony Corporation.

Owen Sloane, an entertainment lawyer who was involved in the original 1985 deal, is quoted in the media as saying:

"I've heard the rumors he's trying to raise cash and Sony probably would have the right of first refusal and would be first in line to buy if he chose to sell".

Accountant John Duross O'Bryan testified for the prosecution at Jackson's trial that Jackson has borrowed approximately $200M against his holdings, and not paid his share of Sony's continuing investment.

It is reported that these loans, first provided by Bank of America, were sold in the past month to Fortress Investment Group.

It seems that, if Jackson is acquitted, he will have to find ways to earn money. A serious rebranding exercise is needed, coupled with a dramatic change of lifestyle.

You Say Tomato, I Say Tomato

I have had an email from someone who, whilst enjoying the coverage of the trial, pointed out that defence is spelt with an "s".

It occurs to me that maybe there are many of you, in the USA, who have been reading this site and thinking that my spelling of defence and some other words was wrong.

I would just like to point out that I am not illiterate; for you see ladies and gentlemen, I am British and living in the UK.

The spelling is correct, if you are British.

We are two nations separated by the Atlantic, and by our common language.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Punch Up Almost Erupts At Jackson Trial

The tension, whilst waiting for the verdict in the Michael Jackson trial, appears to be getting to some of the more "excitable" Jackson fans.

There were about 200 fans, cordoned off by a fence, who hoisted signs and repeatedly yelled "Liar! Liar!" at the posse of international reporters gathered for the verdict.

At one point, fans and camera crews almost had a punch up when Joe Jackson appeared; he arrived under the mistaken belief that a verdict had been delivered.

In addition to the media, the fans also seem to be a "tad annoyed" at DA Tom Sneddon, who they refer to as a "snake" and a liar who "will go to hell."

I thought Jackson "preached" forgiveness and peace?

It seems that if the jury find Jackson guilty there may be some bother there.

Jesse Jackson Speaks

Reverend Jesse Jackson entered the media spotlight again, in an attempt to speak on behalf of Michael Jackson.

He said that Michael Jackson does not feel bitter towards Gavin Arvizo, but does feel betrayed by those who testified against him.

It seems, according to the Reverend, that Michael Jackson believes that he will be acquitted.


"He is convinced that he'll be acquitted if the jury uses reasonable doubt..He declares his innocence in the most private sessions."


"I think in some sense he feels betrayed by those he trusted the most, who now seek to destroy him..He's not embittered by it ... he does not speak toward them in embittered tones. He speaks of the unfairness of the sheriff."

Why is he annoyed at the Sheriff?

Reverend Jackson also criticised the search of Neverland. He referred to it as "a Waco-style invasion,".

Needless to say, great emphasis was made as to Jackson's back pain:

"You add to that the stress of this moment. And yet, through it all, he is enduring the pain with great strength and great focus,".

Blood Circulation

In scenes more reminiscent of a third rate Dracula movie, it appears that a "Heath Robinson" style blood circulation machine was delivered to Michael Jackson's Neverland on Saturday evening.

This bizarre contraption, which is not approved of by the FDA, squeezes the legs and allows the heart to rest for a few seconds.

It also seems that Jackson is now receiving vitamin nutrients and supplements.

Jackson was treated at a local hospital last Thursday, despite denials by some, after complaining of cold hands, dizziness, fatigue and flu-like symptoms. He received electrolytes through an IV.

Normal people would just eat and drink properly.

I am reminded of the last days of the Reich when Hitler was under the "care" of Dr Theodor Morell, who administered all manner of drugs potions and pills to the hypochondriac dictator.

Do I sound unsympathetic?

Sorry, I am afraid that I am.

This seems to me to be no more than a method of pulling at the heart strings of the jury and the public. Jackson is well capable of eating and drinking himself back to good health, if he chooses to do so.