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PROJECT “M” for MICHAEL JACKSON

February 3, 2018

You never know what can give you the necessary clue to help unravel the foul play around Michael Jackson. In my case the guiding light came from Michael’s haters who suggested a book by Darlene Craviotto An Agoraphobic’s Guide to Hollywood: How Michael Jackson Got Me Out of the House. They recommended it as a “pleasant surprise” for people of their kind and as a “shock” – evidently for Michael’s supporters.

Darlene Craviotto is a former actress-turned screenwriter who in 1990 had a contract with Disney films to write a script for what was supposed to be Steven Spielberg’s Peter Pan musical with Michael Jackson in the title role.  The plan was called “Project M” and for some reason was shrouded in top secrecy. The news of it was revealed only recently, in Craviotto’s book published in November 2011.

The author was hired to write a script by then Disney top executive Jeffrey Katzenberg – the Katzenberg who left Disney four years later to found the Dreamworks studio together with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen. The concept of the Peter Pan musical was to be worked out together with Michael Jackson.

The author had several meetings with Michael where he shared his ideas about the movie. The meetings were recorded at Michael’s suggestion and are now supposed to be the basis for the author’s story, at least that part of it that has to do with Jackson.

And indeed, when you read Craviotto’s account of her conversations with Michael you can recognize the ideas he also expressed in his songs. For example, the way they discussed Peter Pan’s Neverland clearly reminds you of his “Earth” song:

“When they first get to Neverland it should be this most beautiful, magical, gorgeous place ever seen… Paradise! Then there’s the other side we show that is being threatened: the land is changing; it’s just so ugly.”… Neverland is being destroyed,” he says.

“…there would be another section of Neverland that’s just terrible… ugly, polluted. And these pirates who are pigs have done this. And all Hook cares about is greed and money. He’s destroying the place. Fish are dying, and the mermaids. It should be a serious threat to the land and the kids. This place was one a beautiful paradise. And then… at the end when Hook is killed, we see this other thing happen. It would be so uplifiting, don’t you think? And rewarding. We see all those fairies go up, and the land changes again, and heavens open up. Neverland is back to what it should be. And the kids are jumping up and down.”

“I think Captain Hook is such an evil presence that even the animals sense it, and have left.” I suggest.

Michael laughs; he likes this.

“There are no animals living on that one section of the island,” I say.

“They’ve been killing and shooting the animals,” he adds. “Just like planet earth.”

Michael was delighted with the resulting script however it never materialized into a movie as Spielberg chose a different one which eventually turned into his “Hook” version of the same story.

The title of Craviotto’s book mentions agoraphobia, a condition the author suffered from after a car accident. In her case it involved fear to leave her home, drive a car and go to public places. This is why the need to visit Michael was quite a problem for her, further aggravated by the fact that Michael could meet her only after 9pm – he was busy recording the Dangerous album at the time, so to be able to see him she had to leave her two small kids in the care of her husband – an actor “between jobs” who seemed somewhat unaccustomed or unfit for the job.

The first 21 chapters of the book describe the author’s agoraphobia problems as well as her interaction with Michael Jackson whom she forced herself to visit at Neverland ranch and one of his LA condos. Funnily, Michael’s recording studio was at the end of the street where she lived, but it didn’t occur to her to suggest him visit her place (he would have loved it) as she kept her agoraphobia a secret, from everyone except her agent, for fear of losing the job.

And everything would have been fine about this book, if it hadn’t been for a chapter at the end of it where Craviotto describes reading the final transcript to Michael Jackson, and oh God, suddenly there are two more people there – a gray-haired man with a beard whom she calls “Buddy” and a nine or ten-year old boy in a fedora hat.

Michael’s haters naturally skip everything else and fast forward to this chapter, describing it in full detail and even making some screenshots (reproduced here), so anyone interested can get familiar with the horrors Craviotto saw there and what she thought about it.

And this is what she saw.

THE SCENE

Michael sits on the couch wearing his black fedora, and sitting at his side is a little boy also wearing a black fedora. The boy is polishing off the pizza slices as Michael giggles and pours him more soda. The child looks like he might be nine or ten years old, and Michael appears as comfortable sitting next to him as I’ve ever seen him look.

“Hi, Darlene!” Michael says, never moving from the couch.

I’m sure my mouth must be open. I only hope it’s not.

“This is my friend Andrew,” he tells me, as though that makes everything else understandable.

I nod and smile at the little boy who is too busy wolfing down pizza to really care who I am or why I’m there. I really don’t know what to say. For someone who makes her living using words, those tools of my trade are suddenly not at my disposal. I am trying not to stare, but I don’t understand this strange image of dual fedoras or the significance of Michael and his pintsize pizza buddy.

“Andrew’s from New Zealand,” Michael says, as though that will explain this strange tableau.

I’m still not getting it. 

It is difficult to explain why the author was so lost for words seeing a boy eat pizza in the presence of three grown-ups, but let us not comment on her feelings – after all she is agoraphobic, so who knows… Let us just note that the year described is 1990, so the real name for “Andrew from New Zealand” may very well be “Wade Robson from Australia”, and this is where the explosive has evidently been strategically placed.

The author never says who “Buddy” is and from her description of him we assume that he is some shady character, however readers recognized in that person Buz Kohan, a 57-year old man and father of three children, a renowned television producer and writer, with whom Michael was good friends since his Motown days. Michael called him “Buzzy”.

Buz Kohan, Michael Jackson and Susanne de Passe during rehearsal

The author describes the hell she is going through at seeing what’s happening in the room:

I am trying to distance myself from what is happening here in the room.

What the hell is happening in this room?!

Why is another writer here? The last thing a screenwriter on a project needs to hear right before pitching her story to the star is that there is another writer (not even attached to the project) sitting in the room. Is this some kind of test Michael is putting me through? If I fail it am I going to be replaced?

…Buddy must be a mind reader.

“I mostly produce, “he explains, recognizing the look of competitive horror in my screenwriting eyes. “And I’ve done a couple of songs with Michael,” he adds.

“Buddy and I just wrote a song together,” Michael clarifies. “I want him to hear the story to get some ideas for songs.”

…”Terrific!” I say, lying with great enthusiasm.

A little Google search tells us that the song Michael Jackson was talking about is “Gone too soon” recorded for the Dangerous album (which he was working on at the time). The song was dedicated to Michael’s friend Ryan White, the boy infected with AIDS through a blood transfusion, who died just at that very time, in April 1990. Buz Kohan was the one to write that song, but he gave it to Michael for him to record it as a tribute to the boy.

To understand Michael’s frame of mind at that moment this is how Joseph Vogel described Michael’s interaction with Buz Kohan over that song and the reason why it was included in the album:

Michael Jackson and Ryan White

IT WAS PAST MIDNIGHT ON A SUNDAY when the phone rang at the Kohan home. “Sorry, did I wake you up?” a voice whispered on the other line. “Is Buzzie there?”

Buz’s wife, Rhea, had grown accustomed to Jackson’s late night calls. “Just a second,” she said, passing the phone to her husband. Jackson was calling that night about a particular song. Earlier that evening he had watched Dionne Warwick (a good friend) perform a tribute on the TV special, <> to performers who died early. Watching it, Jackson wept.

That night Jackson told Buz he felt he had to record it some day. “It’s yours when you want it,” Buz said.

Years later, in 1990, Buz and Jackson were talking on the phone when Jackson brought up a young boy he had befriended named Ryan White. . “He’s not gonna live forever,” Jackson said. “I wanna do something special for him.”

Ryan had become the national face of AIDS at a time when the disease was still severely misunderstood, stigmatized, and feared.

Jackson knew he couldn’t change Ryan’s fate, but he hoped to give him some escapism and joy before his time was up.  [He] bought Ryan a red Mustang convertible, his dream car, for his birthday. Just months later, however, on April 8, 1990, Ryan died.

The next day, Jackson arrived in Indiana. He sat in Ryan’s empty room for hours, looking at his souvenirs, clothes, and pictures. “I don’t understand when a child dies,” Jackson later said. “I really don’t.” Ryan’s mother, Jeane, offered to let Jackson have whatever he wanted as a keepsake, but he told her just to keep everything in his room as it was.

Months later, Buzz was there in the studio at Ocean Way when Jackson recorded the song. As usual, Jackson sang in the dark to fully immerse himself. Sitting by engineer Bruce Swedien at the control desk, Buz got goosebumps as he listened. The lyrics were about the beauty, transience, and fragility of life. The words could easily devolve into cliche and sentimentality in the hands of an ordinary performer, but Jackson was no ordinary performer. “He put his soul into it,” recalls Buz. “There was no exaggeration or affect. It was real emotion.”

“Gone Too Soon” was track No. 13 of 14 on the Dangerous album. It was released as a single on World AIDS Day, December 1, 1993. Jackson also performed the song at President Bill Clinton’s inaugural gala to further educate the world about Ryan White and garner political support and funding for AIDS research.

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/06/gone-too-soon-the-many-lives-of-michael-jacksons-elegy/258933/

However let’s return to Darlen Craviotto and her drama.

Andrew by now has finished the pizza and flops back into the couch cushions. Michael cleans up the pizza box and used napkins, taking the trash into the kitchen. Buddy and I wait for Michael to return, and my eyes look over at the freckled-faced little boy whose mop of blonde hair peeks out helter-skelter under the brim of the fedora.

What the hell is he doing here?

And where is his mother? It’s ten o’clock on a Thursday night, and shouldn’t she be here? My head is spinning with questions that I can’t possibly ask. Instead, I reach for the glass of water Buddy has poured for me from the glass pitcher Michael always seems to have available.

Michael returns with a blanket, and settles back down on the couch, covering the boy and himself with it. He puts a protective arm around little Andrew, and the boy settles back into the crook of Michael’s shoulder. I try not to stare. I try not to watch this or to look judgmentally as Michael spreads the blanket over his lap, and the lap of the little boy, the two of them cuddling closely together.

I put my head down, and look at the pages of my story in front of me. Once I am certain that everyone is settled down (and tucked in), I begin to read.

Indeed, what the hell were the boy and Buddy doing there?

My first guess is that Michael invited his two friends to listen to the final reading of the script and hear their opinion about it.

The boy is the most natural audience for the Peter Pan story and Darlene knows it better than anyone else as she herself tested the script on her own children, evening after evening, to see their reaction and note what scenes would make them laugh and which would make them spellbound.

Each night I would read to Jacob and Kathryn the pages of the Peter Pan story that I had written that day in my office. The children would listen at bedtime as I acted out all of the roles, moving the story along with my voice. When they’d laugh, I’d remember the sound, and it gave me hope; when their eyes grew big, and they listened so spellbound, I knew that my story was working.

Buz Kohan is also another natural audience for the reading – he was a long-time collaborator of Michael Jackson, worked with him right at that moment and could be invited there even to write some songs for the new musical. In any case his opinion of the movie script as a veteran in the entertainment industry was surely of great value to Michael.

Unfortunately the hour was past 9pm, however this was the only time Michael had for the reading as usual, but the author forgets all about it and her mind is racing over totally different things.

Looking at the boy her biggest worry now is that Michael is too caring for him and behaves more like a woman than a man should – of course, from her point of view of a mother whose husband has scarce experience with their own kids and whose usual reaction to their demands for attention is closing the door on them.

As I read through the 37 pages of my Peter Pan story, I moved from Neverland, to Michael’s Hideaway, watching everything in the room while living the story on the page. No one would know I was doing it, but I was. I read the lines of dialogue in character, I would play a dramatic moment, and then I’d quickly hover just above myself, turning my attention to Buddy or Michael or the drowsy looking little boy cuddling with Michael.

I’d take flight as Peter, soaring above treetops, but I’d also watch Michael and the little boy sitting across from me. 

…As I lowered my voice and slipped into Hook, I hovered above Michael, watching him cuddle with the boy the way I did with my own children. 

But this wasn’t Michael’s child, and he wasn’t the boy’s mother. He didn’t seem to relate to this boy the way I’ve seen fathers relate. His moves were like those of a mother: comforting and tender as he would reach out and take the little boy’s hand to hold it.

…I only know that my instincts are telling me this doesn’t feel right. It just doesn’t.

Amidst all the drama the boy falls asleep.

Tenderly, Michael bundles the little boy in his arms and lifts him up from the couch. He carries him off carefully towards the hallway and to this bedroom. My eyes follow Michael and the boy, and Buddy sees me watching them.

“Michael is a very good friend of the boy’s mother,” he explains.

I nod but wonder why he’s telling me this. Can he see how uncomfortable I feel? Or how pissed I am at Michael for making me feel this discomfort?

Of course I won’t say anything. It’s not part of my job to speak up. I wear my perfect screenwriter’s poker face, and whatever is thrown my way is fine with me. But the agoraphobic inside of me just wants to get out of there as quickly as possible. Escape is not an option, not at the moment. And I am feeling as trapped here as I’ve ever felt outside of my house.

When Michael returns he and Buddy reassure her that the script is good and the boy fell asleep not because he was not spellbound by the story, but because he was sleepy from too much pizza. However the author doesn’t appreciate their effort to set her at ease – the boy is evidently a bigger issue for her than Michael Jackson’s opinion of her final script.

“He ate too much pizza!” Michael says, coming back into the living room. “Too many carbs make you sleepy,” he laughs.

“My kids fall asleep all the time when I read to them,” I say. But I have to admit I’m not happy my words have put the little boy to sleep. Or that the little boy was even there in the room to hear them.

“I like it,” Buddy says, meaning my story. He says it like he’s pleasantly surprised.

“It’s so good!” Michael says with a smile.

On the drive back home, my head was spinning.

I couldn’t stop thinking about Michael and the young boy. I wanted to make sense of something that maybe I just didn’t understand. I knew that Michael thought of himself as Peter, but what I had witnessed didn’t make me think of Peter Pan at all.

…It reminded me of something else.  Something I had heard years ago, but didn’t want to believe.

While the studio driver is taking her home she recalls some gossip from a Hollywood music company that when Michael was small he had a “relationship” with a man who wasn’t only his mentor professionally, but also “much more”.

A friend of mine worked in the office of a Hollywood music company. She had told me in confidence about the rumors of a “relationship” between Michael Jackson and one of the executives of the company. The man had been a mentor to Michael professionally, but he had also been much more. The office gossip was that the man had been molesting Michael since he was a young boy. It was on the down low, and people there kept it to themselves for fear of losing their jobs.

I thought the story my friend told me was cruel and malicious gossip. …I just assumed that those rumors about Michael and the executive were part of a celebrity mystique. I never imagined that they could be true. Until tonight.

And now Craviotto thinks that it could be due to his own past experience (if there was any) that Michael didn’t see anything wrong in a bond with a boy (assuming that there was a bond).

If Michael had a relationship with a man when he was a young boy, maybe he doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with that kind of a bond. His closeness to the boy seemed easy and relaxed, and Michael looked comfortable being with him. Nothing about his behavior indicated that Michael thought what he was doing was problematic or anything less than normal. Maybe that’s what made me feel so ill at ease. So concerned. So confused.

How does Hollywood not know about this?

Is this Michael’s secret, just as agoraphobia is mine?

Did I see something he usually keeps private? And if I did, why was Michael showing this side of himself to me?

…I didn’t know what the truth was. I wasn’t sure I wanted to find out.

Here is what readers say about this scene in the comments on amazon.com:

This is a troubling book. On the one hand, it has some lovely moments of time spent with Michael Jackson while working on a script for the idea of a Peter Pan movie. Craviotto is a good writer and her own story is entertaining and heart warming. The trouble develops when she tries to psychoanalyze Mr. Jackson’s motives and behavior. When she writes of her time with this very creative musician and film maker without her own analysis, we discover his charm, natural shyness, kindness and humor. It’s when she looks at his motives and behavior, especially around children, with preconceived ideas that the writing feels creepy. Craviotto falls into the trap of many writers who can’t help seeing him through the lens of abnormality.

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Nothing happened that was “uncomfortable” if we look at the simple facts of the story. What is so uncomfortable about a child eating then falling asleep in the presence of three adults? 
It were the author’s deliberate innuendos those made the situation look “uncomfortable”, not the situation itself.  By the way, it’s also strange why the author did not tell who Buddy really is. It’s Buz Kohan, a well respected musician and composer, a father of three. Why not reveal his real identity in this story? Why make Buddy out to be some kind of mysterious, creepy, shady character? Those are the means by which a simple, innocent scene can be turned into something “suspicious”, “uncomfortable”, “creepy”. And in my opinion the author is doing it totally deliberately in this scene. Don’t pretend she does not know what she’s doing with the way she describes that scene.

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I agree she went completely overboard in her reaction to a child being there with MJ. As an agoraphobic who stayed home with her kids, she seems totally unaware that men can also be caretakers of kids. Her own husband was somewhat remote from his own kids. One time she can’t find a babysitter when she has to meet MJ, so he steps in to do a big favor of taking care of his own kids!!

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Darlene writes with charm, humor and sensitivity about her relationship with Michael and for a long while into the book seems to feel a kindred spirit with him. She describes him in the fondest of terms (though I didn’t particularly like the methods she resorted to stay in his good graces). However, suddenly near the end she relates the incident that seemed totally out of context. It seemed randomly and sensationally tossed in, for what purpose?? To satisfy a publisher’s or a public’s need for something titillating? In that sense, the joy I felt reading most of the book was deflated like a balloon pricked with a pin. I just wish Ms Craviotto hadn’t chosen to exploit innuendo and assumption when in reality, it proved nothing.

Indeed, it proved nothing. It is all those suggestions she put into that scene which turns it into something sinister, and not the scene itself.

HOW DOES HOLLYWOOD NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS?

After all these details obligingly provided to readers by Michael’s haters we can easily answer Craviotto’s question: “How does Hollywood not know about this?  by simply asking a similar question: “How does Hollywood not know about what?”

The fact that the son of Michael’s friend was invited to listen to a new script of Peter Pan movie, fell asleep and stayed in Michael’s condo with another grown-up there? And the whole company looked natural, easy and relaxed at that?

When Darlene Craviotto was still an actress and not a screenwriter she had a couple of roles in horror films and this experience very much tells on her narrative about Jackson. It sounds very much like a Hitchcock’s movie where nothing wrong is actually taking place, but the suspense is built up through the power of suggestion and maximizing the readers’ anxiety and fear.

In fact she even employs a special film technique of the camera/ her imagination hovering over Jackson who is holding the boy’s hand. Close-ups like that, the camera roaming over the room to draw attention to details and the mere suggestion of a crime instead of the crime itself were exactly the methods Hitchcock used in his movies (see more about his method in this marvelous manual).

What’s also interesting about Craviotto’s question is that it may be asked in a different way. If you place the emphasis on another word there, you will learn what she probably didn’t intend to disclose and is now unwittingly giving away about the relationship between Hollywood and Michael Jackson: “How does Hollywood not know about this?”

This question tells us that in 1990 there was no one in Hollywood to worry about Michael’s interaction with children and the reason for it is that even the most cynical there realized that in sexual matters he was no more than a child.

Craviotto herself repeatedly described him as a “3rd grader” with whom they giggled like small children when, for example, Michael was shocked to see his trousers unzipped after a visit to the bathroom, and when he offered to watch the Grammies on a bed with him the very first time they met, thinking nothing of it.

The author tells us that the only gossip circulating in Hollywood at the time was that Michael had been molested as a child as well as stories about his “eccentricities” and the like, so Craviotto’s revelations now may very well turn her into the very person who triggered off the avalanche of innuendos about Michael Jackson, especially since the very next morning she thought of nothing better than spill out her fantasies to her Hollywood agent.

She called her Raymond at 8am the next morning to ask if he knew any dirt about Jackson – according to her agents in Hollywood are the most informed people there and if they don’t know, no one does.

The surprised agent said no, there was no dirt on Jackson except that “everyone knew that he was weird”, however our author didn’t stop at that and shared with him the worst of what her imagination suggested about Jackson.

I call Raymond at his office early the next morning.

….“Tell me everything you know about Michael,” I ask. “All the dirt.”

If there were rumors about Michael and boys that he had befriended, Raymond would have heard them. Agents pride themselves on knowing the dirt about everyone in town. They’re agents; it’s part of their job to know people’s vulnerabilities.

“He’s weird!” Raymond says. “Everybody knows that. Why? What happened? What did he do?”

I tell Raymond everything. About the boy, and Michael cuddling with him on the couch. About how late it was, and there wasn’t a parent in sight. I tell him that it really bothered me as a mother, that I’d shared photos of my own kids with Michael, that I was hoping they could meet him one day, and he’d invite them to Neverland. I said that I didn’t understand what I had witnesses at the Hideaway, but I’d heard rumors about Michael as a boy, and now I wasn’t so sure they were only rumors, and I never wanted Michael to ever meet my kids, and I ask Raymond if he’s heard anything about Michael and young boys.

“No!” he tells me adamantly. “Nothing like that,” he says, sounding totally shocked, and repulsed. “That’s serious. That can kill a career!”

I know by Raymond’s tone of voice that he’s telling me the truth. If there was any gossip about Michael’s involvement with children, Raymond would have heard all about it. Hollywood is too small of an industry to keep that kind of secret quiet.

All of the above was not only nasty but also unnecessary. If you don’t want your children to go to Neverland it is okay, only what’s the point of sharing it with your agent?

So being perfectly aware of what Hollywood is like, she gives full vein to her fantasy and makes her story sound so bad that now she even wishes Michael hadn’t seen the photos of her children. And we are to believe that she didn’t know that the whole of Hollywood would soon be abuzz despite her agent’s promises to keep silent?

No wonder readers say that this book will break your heart.

WHAT READERS SAY

The review below sums up all of it pretty well, adding some more interesting details to the story.

This book will break your heart. At the same time it is probably one of the best “insider” stories out there. The author describes her unusual but warm and kindly relationship with Michael Jackson for the first 90% of the book. You really get the impression that she is empathic and understanding. Then at the eleventh hour she throws him under the bus.

Still, if you can stand the inevitable betrayal at the end, it is a fascinating glimpse into MJ’s thought process, creative spirit, kindness, and emotions. And it’s very well-written. The project they were working on was a movie of Peter Pan where Michael was to play the title role.

Throughout the story, although Michael is very emotionally invested in the project, he also expresses worry that Steven Spielberg is actually not serious about really casting him. Michael has meetings with Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg, and although they are going through the motions and saying the right things, Michael senses that they really don’t mean it – they are only massaging his ego and it’s all BS. He’s torn, throughout, as he wants to believe them, but deep down he’s afraid he’s being played. At the end, as it becomes more and more clear to Michael that his fears are correct — he has been played a fool and done all this work for nothing — he turns cold toward the author, for she too has been less honest than honest with him, for her own reasons.

His behavior makes complete sense to me. Michael is too polite or inhibited or convinced she has no clue anyway, to say anything directly to her. Or maybe he doesn’t want to burst her bubble. But he knows. So now all of sudden he brings brand new people, including a child, into their meeting. That the child needs excessive attention from him, and she is now required to deal with his other people (strangers to her), is just obviously a distraction technique — his plausible deniability excuse for ignoring her and not expressing his rage directly.

But she (predictably, sadly, cluelessly) concludes this must be evidence of some monsterish freakish weirdness. So she starts raising questions with Disney execs, and her agents. She is told by everyone – no, no there has never been any question like this about Michael. None.
This is 1990. And you may draw your own conclusions, dear reader, but it seems she is where the bad stories apparently started.

The point about Michael sensing that he has been played a fool and all his work is for nothing is a very insightful observation, however other readers disagree that the author was “clueless” about it – most probably she did know or guess that her script was only to make Michael Jackson happy and as such was simply a distraction technique. 

That idea of her trying to make Michael “happy” is repeated in the book so often that it simply imposes itself on the reader as the real purpose of the project.

“I’ve done everything in my power to keep Michael 100% happy. I’ve been the perfect little screenwriter: I have nurtured, encouraged, coaxed and enticed. We’ve been playmates together, sucking Jolly Roger candies and giggling over nonsense. But that’s over now. We’ve stopped being kids. Well, I’ve stopped at least. Michael seems content staying just the way he is.”

Readers say about it:

It is quite amazing this author does not seem to see that she was used as the instrument through which MJ was being played. Even as she discusses what a tough town Hollywood is and how the whole town is “built on bullshit (to quote her) she seems unable to comprehend that she too was used. Or, more likely, she won’t admit it because she still wants to work.

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I found it hollow in terms of the rest of the story involving Spielberg, the movie studios, the producers. It felt like there was a whole part missing in terms of everything else that would obviously be going on. But this was a story which was clearly designed to be focused around Michael in order to pitch the sale, with Michael’s name right there in the title, and some predictable innuendo thrown in. I found it mind boggling anyone – let alone the author! – could deem this book heart warming or sweet or anything of the kind. She intended for it to be the complete opposite.

The fact that this book is a deliberate attempt to sully Michael’s name still requires some proof, however all information about the inner workings behind this project is indeed missing there, so to fill in these blanks we need to dig much deeper than just the surface of it.

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

There is a lot more that makes you wonder about Craviotto’s story besides the obvious fact that she is making unfounded innuendos about Jackson and thirty years ago sent them racing all over Hollywood.

Why, for example, did she disclose the secret Project M to readers, and why only now? And why did she structure the book the way she did, turning on Jackson at the last moment?

You will agree that writing a story wholly sympathetic to Michael and throwing him under the bus at the last minute is somewhat strange – it looks more like a trap for readers and an unexpected change in genre, like a comedy sitcom suddenly turning into a horror movie. There is something unnatural about it unless the story is a script of course, where anything can happen and where the climax of the story is intended to be at the very end of the movie in any case.

In fact, Craviotto does not rule it out that one day her book will be adapted for film, and this also suggests that her story is almost a ready-made script for a “tell-all” movie about Jackson. See an excerpt from this interview:

Lisa:  What’s next for you?  Will you write a screenplay from this book?

Darlene:  I don’t have any plans at the moment to adapt my memoir into a screenplay. I’m just concentrating on the marketing efforts right now. We’ll see where the book leads.

Well, we hope that it leads nowhere, and in the meantime wonder about the timing of Craviotto’s book and the fact that it ends in a sort of a question mark  -“is he or he isn’t”?

When placed in a certain time frame the resulting impression is that it is only setting the scene for something which is yet to come and give a definitive answer to the author’s question. If, for example, the subject raised in the book were followed up in real life, the timing and strategy of the book would look more than logical and would explain it all.

And indeed, in May 2012 the person described by Craviotto as “a boy from New Zealand” attended a therapist where he allegedly learned of his abuse, then shopped his own book with publishers and when that failed made his allegations against Michael in May 2013. Looking at these events in their perspective it is hard to resist the temptation to establish a link between Craviotto’s book and the “boy’s” actions following its publication.

Another matter that slightly bothers is why this Project M was so big a secret. Craviotto says that no one knew about it and no one would have known if it hadn’t been for her book. She claims that even she doesn’t understand why there was so much secrecy around it.

In her introduction to the book she says that if we do a Google search we won’t find a thing on Project M and this is correct – I did try, but found nothing. But why all this secrecy?

They called it “Project M” so that no one would know about the true nature of the film. Why it was kept a secret I still don’t understand. Except for a press leak early in the development stage, there was no further mention of the film at the time. It was to be a co-venture between Disney Studios and Amblin Entertainment, Steven Spielberg’s film company. Steven was attached to direct, and equally as exciting, Michael Jackson would be its star. It was to be the film musical of Peter Pan. A blockbuster of a project and Disney wanted me to be the screenwriter.

No one has ever heard of it.

As a mater of fact, if you do a Google search, you won’t find a thing on Project M. Although there is a brief mention in a Wikipedia entry that says Steven Spielberg was considering a musical of Peter Pan with Michael Jackson in the early 1980s but then reconsidered. That’s not exactly what happened.

And what happened is another big mystery. According to Craviotto, at the last moment Steven Spielberg changed his mind and decided in favor of “Hook” and Robin Williams instead of “Peter Pan” and Michael Jackson.

Of all the events described this sudden turnabout is not only the most painful, but also the least explained. At first Spielberg was all set on making the movie with MJ, and even asked him if he could guarantee that no tour and no album would interfere with their project, and Michael was adamant that nothing would stand in the way – and then Spielberg killed it on a mere whim and with so little consideration for his friend?

All the executives wanted this project, were enthusiastic, well-meaning and cooperative, and it was only Steven Spielberg who seemed not to care, while everyone else was having a fit over the sudden news. If this is how it happened he is no less than a villain…

And from this point of view Darlene Craviotto’s book leaves us not only with one villain (Michael Jackson), but actually two of them, where each of them is bad in his own way.

ANOTHER VILLAIN

In fact, all throughout the book Spielberg comes across as a worrisome character. During their meetings with Craviotto Michael Jackson voiced his anxiety about Spielberg on several occasions and, according to her each time Michael turned off the recorder and his voice became “cold and unemotional.”

This is how she describes it:

Steven Spielberg in Michael Jackson’s “Liberian Girl”

Abruptly, he reaches over and shuts off the tape recorder.

“I’m worried about Steven,” he confides to me, softly. “Do you think he can do this? …Do you think he has the heart to make Peter Pan?”

I’m shocked by the question: Michael Jackson is asking me what I think of Steven Spielberg’s directing capabilities.

…“I’ve had other directors come to me about Peter Pan, but I always wanted to do this with Steven,” Michael says. He seems genuine about his respect for the man, but his apprehension about the director seems real too.

“But I don’t know… I don’t know if he can handle the heart of the story…..I’m not sure he has heart like he used to.”

…Reaching his hand out, Michael turns on the tape recorder again, and presses “Record.” Sitting back now in his chair, he breaks out in a big smile.

…“I love the idea of Peter Pan, I love it! And it’s really never been done right. It’s a perfect vehicle to touch the world. Cause it’s that transition everybody has to deal with – about growing up. Everybody can relate to it. People say, “I remember when I felt like that’. I still fell that way! Nobody wants to admit that they really don’t want to grow up. They want to fit into society and play it cool. But inside they’re just …kids.”

“Everything we’ve talked about I can see through Spielberg’s camera,” I say excitedly, “The way Steven shoots and the look of his…”

Before I can finish my thought, Michael has reached over to shut off the recorder again. The tape stops in place, and there is silence. Michael fills in when he finally says, “We have to make him see things our way”.

The words are cold and unemotional, sounding more like a threat than a conspiracy.

“We will,” I assure him.

These episodes are recurrent throughout the book, and each time they seemed, well, a little overdramatic and a bit out of character for the people described. After all Peter Pan was Spielberg’s favorite tale as a child too and in a 1985 Time interview he even likened himself to Peter Pan:

“I have always felt like Peter Pan. It has been very hard for me to grow up. I’m a victim of the Peter Pan Syndrome.”

So considering that the author has no tapes to support Michael’s apprehensions that Spielberg “didn’t have the heart” to do this tale (the tape recorder was always off), over here I really don’t know.

However what we do know is that Jeffrey Katzenberg (top Disney executive), Howard Fein (Disney creative producer) and everyone else were all set on making the movie and obviously had the heart for it, and it was only Steven Spielberg, bad timing or bad luck that didn’t make it happen.

I get a phone call from Howard on Monday morning.

“It’s wonderful! “he says in a voice that really does sound appreciative, and genuine. “You’ve done some wonderful, really creative things. It’s terrific!” he gushes again.

…”I wish we could make it,” he says awkwardly.

There’s always a “But” in Hollywood. You just have to wade through the bullshit long enough to find it. 

…“We can’t do Peter Pan,” he admits. “At all. Not at all.”

“Is it because of Michael?” I ask.

“Michael has nothing to do with the decision. He loves Peter Pan; you know that. He’s dying to play Peter.”

“So you love the story, and Michael’s still onboard?
“It’s Steven,” he admits quietly.

I get a chill up my spine.

“He didn’t like it?” I ask, through gritted teeth.

What follows next is every screenwriter’s nightmare.

“He’s got another script,” Howard says, with the words sticking in his throat.

“Another script?”

“It’s called Hook.”

… “This is an already written, ready to go script?!” I ask Howard, as I slowly come out of my shock-induced mental paralysis. “And Steven just happened to stumble over it?”

“Somebody just sent it to him.”

“Yeah, right!”

“I swear to God, Darlene. Steven didn’t have this in development when we all had lunch together. This just dropped into his lap. It’s just timing, terrible, terrible timing. Don’t take it personally.”

“So that’s it for Peter Pan? That’s a wrap?”

“We love what you did!” he says in a voice that’s way too enthusiastic for the news it’s bringing.

“Jeffrey loved it!”

In her interview Craviotto says that not every script makes it to the end and it is a common thing for Hollywood to have them rejected, however she herself would never start writing until the deal was in place, so she was always paid for the job and it wasn’t a financial disaster for her when her scripts didn’t end up being filmed.

But to Michael Jackson it must have been a devastating blow. She recalled what he used to say about Spielberg and realized that her hope that at least “he would have been treated better” didn’t come true.

As badly as I felt as the screenwriter, my heart really went out to Michael. His whole life was centered on his Peter Pan identity, and it was always his dream to play out that role on film. It must have been devastating for him and humiliating also to have the role taken away from him. Instead of Michael’s Peter Pan, it would be Robin Williams who was cast in the role. And I think that must have hurt Michael deeply.

…I remembered Michael’s words, his concern about the director not having enough “heart,” and it all seemed so prophetic. I wondered how long Steven had known about the Hook script, or how many meetings Michael and I kept having while he knew? I was just the screenwriter: the bottom of the food chain. But Michael was a star, and I thought he would have been treated better.

I immediately wrote a note to Michael, telling him how badly I felt about the timing of the Hook project, and Steven’s involvement with it. I said that I hoped someday he’d get the chance to play the role of Peter, a role I felt he was destined to play. I told him that I loved working with him, and I hoped some day in the future we could work together again. I took a cab out to the Hideaway that same night, and I left the note with the doorman.

I never got a reply.

I never heard from Michael again.

Now the question is – can we believe all the drama Darlene Craviotto describes in her book? After all she is a Hollywood screenwriter who is used to creating stories and not describing the events the way they really happened, and to earn money and maximize the effect she could make her story a little more “colorful”, adding to it some shades and creative details.

In fact she has once said that the publisher asked her to make her story more salacious, but she did no such thing.

Lisa:  You mentioned that early on one major publisher said the book needed to be more salacious.

Darlene: I didn’t expect that response because I knew that I hadn’t written a tell-all about Michael Jackson. ..For nonfiction, unlike with a novel, the book proposal has to sell the book: 8 – 10 pages and some sample chapters. The goal is to get a contract, and then the publisher would have input. But my book was already written: this was the story I wanted to tell and in the way I wanted to tell it.

Suddenly, I felt as though I had wandered back into Hollywood again where essentially you have to write a story the way the producers/studio want it to be written.  If you don’t, you’re fired.  The agent advised, “You don’t have to write anything you don’t want to write.  It’s your book.”  So then I realized I had control over my story and how it would be told.  All I had to say was, “Sorry, but I’m not interested.”

Good. So she wasn’t interested in inventing more about Jackson as she already squeezed the maximum damage out of that story about the boy and his pizza.

But why I am still suspicious about the rest of it is because there are not only things that made the author uncomfortable about Michael Jackson, but there are certain things that make me uncomfortable about her.

AGORAPHOBIA

The whole of Darlene Craviotto’s story is based on a premise that she had agoraphobia which didn’t allow her to leave home and hence all that fuss over having to go out to see Jackson.

She says that she developed agoraphobia after a bad car accident when she went through the windshield of her car and her face was injured. Eventually the injuries healed, but by that time she had already developed agoraphobia and was petrified to leave her home for other reasons than her face wounds.

Here are some excerpts from Craviotto’s writings telling her story:

Darlene Craviotto in “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden”, 1977 (screenshot)

 “I was hired to co-star in a big film, I Never Promised You A Rose Garden.  All of my Hollywood dreams were coming true.  But one week before we were supposed to re-shoot the ending of the film (with me in it) I had a car accident and my face went through the windshield of my 1967 Chevy Malibu. My face eventually healed, but I developed agoraphobia after the accident.  I couldn’t really go to auditions, so I had to stop acting.  But the good news was I picked up a pen and started writing.  I had to do something with all that time sitting at home, so I wrote.” 

“It wasn’t just my face that was injured in that accident. Suddenly, I became afraid to leave the house. I’d find myself breaking out in a cold sweat anywhere I’d go. The grocery store seemed overwhelming, standing in line at the bank felt endless until my heart would start racing, and I’d have to bold. Forget about going anywhere like a mall, a theatre or sporting event where there might be hundreds or (God forbid) thousands of people. My mind would fog up just at the thought of it, and I’d find myself walking around in a daze. So I simply stayed home.”

“I was stuck in the house, terrified to leave.”

What makes me uncomfortable about the above statements is that after her first movie “I Never Promised You A Rose Garden” completed at the end of 1977 Darlene Craviotto was supposed to stop acting and stay at home doing scripts as she was terrified to leave the house. However her official filmography lists at least three more movies after that, one of which came almost immediately after that car accident that also left her with the facial wounds.

Darlene Craviotto in “Human Experiments” movie, 1978 (screenshot)

In 1978 she played the role of a student in “More Than Friends” TV series. In the 1979 “Human Experiments” horror film she had a short but demanding role of an insane woman in prison who was turned into a vegetable by a criminal psychiatrist. And in the 1981 “Angel Dusted” TV movie she played a psychiatrist herself and was also the film’s screenwriter who adapted someone else’s book into a movie.

Darlene Craviotto’s acted in movies after the 1977 car accident

And though all her roles were short they still required working on the set, so what Craviotto depicts as cold sweats at the mere idea of leaving home looks like a bit of an exaggeration to say the very least.

All this talk about agoraphobia may have been required just for turning the book into a humorous and entertaining story, so when she makes heinous insinuations about Jackson against so lighthearted a background they strike you even harder as they take you completely unawares and come at a moment when you least expect it. Craviotto must be a good student of Hitchcock’s method who said that suspense didn’t have any value if not balanced by humor. “It is the equivalent of a roller coaster ride in which the passengers scream wildly on the way down but laugh when the ride rolls to a stop.”

When Craviotto was criticized by MJ’s fans for the nasty scene at the end of the book, she once again pulled out her agoraphobia as a magic wand to explain everything – she said she was afraid of any meeting and this is why her reaction to two more people in the room was so strong.

However, given that she went on acting in horror films even despite her agoraphobia, her explanation doesn’t sound to me too convincing.

“…this was told only from my point of view — an agoraphobic struggling with leaving my house for any meeting, trying not to have a panic attack in front of an important client, and to arrive and see new faces, especially a child, made that meeting particularly stressful. I felt I had an obligation to include this scene because I had been honest throughout the entire book, and to exclude this felt dishonest to me. But some fans raged against me, calling me names, saying hateful things. 

That hurt, and made me reconsider ever reaching out to any of Jackson’s fans again.  Within weeks, however, a Jackson fan site posted a positive review, noting a reader could better understand Michael through what he had to say about Peter Pan. And other people have since praised the book, even telling me that Michael’s portrayal humanized him.”

Oh, those horrible, horrible fans – saying hateful things to her – not like those other people who praised her for humanizing Jackson …

To meet the people who praised her for “humanizing” Jackson I naturally followed the link provided  in the above interview – which is http://www.anagoraphobicsguide.com/

Judging by the name of it this is where I expected to find other agoraphobic sufferers getting together and praising Darlene Craviotto for her braveness to leave home and her undying effort to humanize Jackson.  And do you know where I found myself as a result?

I found myself on a German clothes-selling website.

The name of it is Anagoraph and for the uninitiated it looks and sounds almost like Agoraphobia which is evidently why it was used as a fake reference to those who allegedly praise the author for her being so nice to Jackson.

To be frank, discovering an online shopping site instead of people discussing the author’s book was quite a shock and made me really uncomfortable about Darlene Craviotto. This strange occurrence only added to the feeling that there is something more to the book that just meets the eye.

Here is the respective screenshot – just in case the link and site disappear for some reason.

Darlene Craviotto’s link to “other people who praised her book”

By the way, there are some lovely discounts there at the moment, and Stella McCartney’s cashmere pullover is not that bad, so you could still give it a try.

THE SPONSOR

Eventually I did find the people who praised the book for humanizing Jackson, but they turned out to be not some ordinary readers as you might expect, but Craviotto’s publishers who said how good the book was in their official press release announcing the publication. For some reason the press release came half a year after the book was published, in June 2012.

The only reason I can imagine for so late an announcement is because the publishers wanted to revive readers’ attention to the book and refresh their memory of Craviotto’s insinuations. Incidentally, right at that time the “boy from New Zealand” was also getting ready to come into the spotlight, so in terms of warming up the public for the soon-to-follow scandal the belated press release was a very logical thing to do.

Craviotto wrote about it in her blog and called it “a word from our sponsor”:

And Now A Word From Our Sponsor…

Posted on June 5, 2012

I’m proud to share this press release that came out yesterday for An Agoraphobic’s Guide to Hollywood – How Michael Jackson Got Me Out of the House.

http://www.prlog.org/11891788-award-winning-screenwriter-debuts-memoir-on-michael-jackson-project-and-agoraphobia.html?embed

So Darlene Craviotto did have a sponsor.

And this means that she didn’t self-publish the book and that someone invested money in her project and paid her for it.

Okay.

The press release didn’t say a single bad word about Jackson and was full of praise for the author: “The award-winning screenwriter”, “a car accident ended her promising acting career”, “battling agoraphobia and afraid to leave her house for twelve years”, “debuts memoir”, “the top secret Project M”,  “a book that humanizes the King of Pop in a way never seen before”.

In short it said all the right things to lure the public into reading it and included all possible information (complete with a link to the Anagoraph clothes-selling site) with the only exception that it never mentioned that the book was actually an anti-Jackson one.

Naturally, the next step to take was to look up the publisher, i.e. sponsor. The publisher turned out to be the “Front Door Books” publishing company, located in Santa Barbara, California, the place where Darlene Craviotto lives.  The publishers’ page says about their company:

“Front Door Books is a Media Content Publishing Company first started in 2011 in Santa Barbara, California.  It’s goal is to bring quality stories to film, digital, and print medias.  Its first book, An Agoraphobic’s Guide to Hollywood: How Michael Jackson Got Me Out of the House, written by screenwriter, Darlene Craviotto, is available in e-book and paperback on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, i-Tunes, and selective bookstores everywhere….”

Wait, so this was their first book? And the year when they published it was actually the year they started their company? Does it mean that this sponsor set up a publishing company with the sole purpose of printing Darlene Craviotto’s book?

My mind was racing over these strange facts like Craviotto’s mind was racing over that boy and his pizza. It also reasoned that there was nothing wrong for a new publisher to use her book as a start up, considering that Michael Jackson’s name is always an attraction. The year was 2011, so they must have published a lot since then, haven’t they?

And this is when we find that Craviotto’s book is actually the only book in this company’s portfolio. Or to be more exact, Craviotto is the only author whose stories this publisher releases. By now I have been able to spot two more of their joint publications – Craviotto’s 54-page essay and her recent fiction novel that came out in 2017 (if you find anything else, please advise), and that was all.

Front Door Books is not on the list of Santa Barbara publishers

After all these discoveries it was no longer a shock to discover that the list of 99 publishers located in Santa Barbara does not give the name of Front Door Books publishing house – which is all the more surprising since they did publish three of Craviotto’s stories, so there must be some mention of them at least somewhere, however there is none and all we have is their agent’s email and telephone indicated in that press-release.

All this gaslighting weirdness reminded me of the recent story of Harvey Weinstein’s former Massad or whoever agents who worked against his accusers under the cover of a fictional real property company in London which never existed, though they maintained a site of their own.

It also brought back to me the memory of another publishing company set up for the sole purpose of releasing a book of lies about Jackson. It was Ray Chandler for whom it was a way to avoid responsibility for the book content and violating the Chandlers’ confidentiality agreement with Jackson as he acted in the capacity of a publisher and not an author.

Craviotto didn’t self-publish as she had a sponsor, however it doesn’t make the matters better but only worse in my opinion.

Another thing I recalled is that Darlene Craviotto’s book is describing the moment in Michael’s life after which two books containing some photos of naked boys mysteriously appeared at his Neverland. One was a gift from a fan and one more was given to him for an autograph as Michael left a note on its flyleaf and signed it. In some mysterious way both books got into a locked cabinet in Michael’s closet where they were found only in 1993 during a police raid, when a maid who stopped working for Michael three years earlier (Blanca Francia) miraculously produced the key to it.

In short there is too much mystery about the books and publishing companies around Michael Jackson, if you understand what I mean. Michael always said that he was framed up, but everyone brushed it off as his paranoia, however when you put all these strange occurrences together the frame-up looks very much like the real thing.

Talk about paranoia in the weird circumstances when there is a unknown sponsor and non-existent publisher, and all of it is wrapped in some Anagoraph/Agoraphobia clothes-selling stuff. Isn’t it a bit too much?

SUMMARY

To get some footing in all this devilry let’s go over the main points and see what all of it boils down to.

  • In 1990 there was a certain Project M for a movie starring Jackson and for some reason it was top secret. The person hired to write the script was Darlene Craviotto.
  • At the time Hollywood had nothing bad to say about Jackson except his “eccentricities”, and the author may well be the one who actually started those innuendos.
  • In 2011 or so a secret sponsor gave Craviotto money for her debut memoir about Michael Jackson.
  • She included in her memoir a nasty scene making the worst kind of insinuations about MJ and a certain “boy from New Zealand”, based on her imagination only.
  • Craviotto’s book came out in November 2011, and this is when the publishing company that released it was also set up.
  • The book about Jackson was their first project followed only by a couple of other Craviotto’s publications which look more like a way to support and continue sponsoring this particular author.
  • The company is not listed anywhere as an official publisher. It has no address, and all we know is the email of their agent stated in their 2012 release. Actually nothing is known about this secret sponsor and publisher.
  • The only thing we know for sure is that the project was a deliberate attempt to sully Michael Jackson’s name. This time it was done in a more sophisticated way than usual, by masquerading as an entertaining story about agoraphobia and the Peter Pan project.
  • The secondary target of the book may well be Steven Spielberg who is made out as the only obstacle for realizing Project M. Given that the main audience of the book was supposed to be Michael Jackson’s fans, this is who the rage of the fans was evidently supposed to be directed at.
  • However Spielberg is not the one who is standing behind Craviotto’s book as he has nothing else to get from it except some damage to his name.
  • So it must be someone else. This person/people also have first-hand information about Project M and have given their okay to disclose at least some details of it in Craviotto’s book.

All of it makes Ms. Craviotto’s book a no less mystery than the top-secret Project M itself.

But it also lays the groundwork for digging further.

COREY FELDMAN’S TAPES about Michael Jackson, Jon Grissom, Sergeant Deborah Linden and other characters

January 13, 2018

Corey Feldman and family in March 1990 (age 19)

Last month Corey Feldman discovered in his garage the copies of tapes made during his interview at the Santa Barbara Sheriff department in December 1993.

Corey was 22 years old then and was interviewed by Sergeant Deborah Linden and Detective Russell Birchim during their investigation of Michael Jackson.

As soon as Corey revealed that he had the recordings containing the names of his abusers, the Santa Barbara Sheriff department immediately acknowledged that they had also found them and were ready to pass them over to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

Previously they denied they ever had them and made the following comment:

“We are aware of the statements that Mr. Feldman is making regarding an investigation in 1993. Our records do not indicate that he named any suspects.”

So they did have some written records, but there was no word there about Corey naming his abusers. Interesting, but in the light of the events that followed this wording may sound even formally correct because it wasn’t actually Corey who did it.

Apparently, Corey Feldman had not listened to those tapes for a long time himself. When he recently heard them again, besides the proof that he had told the police about his molester Jon Grissom and they completely ignored his complaint, he also found something there that made him sure that Michael Jackson had been framed up.

We haven’t heard the full tape and Corey Feldman is yet to unravel the whole mystery, but even at this stage we can try and look for the tips that brought Corey to the conclusion about a set-up – the conclusion we also share irrespective of what he found. Read more…

ROBSON’S CASE and THE PEOPLE BEHIND IT

January 3, 2018

On December 19th the judge finally threw out Robson’s case. It took him four and half years to rule on the matter clear to most of us from day one – Michael Jackson’s companies could not be held liable for Robson’s “exposure” to him as the media puts it. If there was anyone really responsible for it, it was Robson’s own mother who pursued Michael Jackson for years with dogged perseverance and determination even amid the scandals and media frenzy around Jackson.

But this is not the point. The point is that though the judge’s ruling is good news, it is still absolutely no Michael Jackson’s vindication. When a lawsuit is dismissed due to a technicality it always leaves doubt about the accused, especially when the media hammers it home in each of their papers that judge Beckloff “didn’t rule on the credibility of the allegations themselves”.

The latter is true of course, but only half true. The untold half is that the judge was not even supposed to look into the allegations. Moreover, at that stage the judge was even required by the law to take the complaint as given because it was necessary to determine if the case could go forward at all – without any look at the allegations proper.

But the general public doesn’t know about this law requirement, and by withholding this crucial detail the media gravely misleads the public, leaving the story open to all sorts of speculations. See how this web of speculations is woven right in front of our eyes. Read more…

DIANE DIMOND, a Shark That Swims in Safe Waters Only

December 6, 2017

Recently we were astonished to see that Diane Dimond, known for her relentless dogging of Michael Jackson for the things he never did, suddenly struck a warm note and asked for a ‘pause in the sex talk’ championing for the rights of the accused.

Our Susannerb noticed Diane Dimond’s sudden transformation and wrote the following comment reposted here:

It’s stunning how all those who created “Michael Jackson the Monster” and fought against him to the death now prove themselves what we always said: That they were/are on a crusade against Michael Jackson, and only him, and not against pedophilia and sexual abuse in itself.
They are more than ready to downplay the Hollywood situation and even defend those accused powerful men, while they fed Michael to the lions.

Another example of it is Diane Dimond:

In a new post of November 20, 2017, on her blog, Diane Dimond shows a completely different attitude towards sexual predators and demands “a pause in the sex talk”. She puts the following questions:

“Question: by bringing up an episode from ten, twenty or even thirty years ago don’t we inevitably erase the possibility that the guilty party has grown as a person over the years and learned the error of their ways? I know I did things decades ago that I’m not proud of, things I would never do again.

Question: how do we handle the man who delivers a seemingly heartfelt apology for their past bad acts? If we continue to vilify him aren’t we guilty of the very act of shaming we condemn? If the woman’s goal is a big money settlement couldn’t that be seen as a predatory act too?

And, final question: by automatically accepting an accuser’s version of events and immediately heaping scorn on the suspect haven’t we forgotten to give the accused an opportunity to defend himself?

That said, if multiple victims step forward to point the finger of blame at one person, well, that’s pretty telling. But let’s make sure we don’t robotically accept each and every complaint as true. False reports are more common than you think and once exposed they can dilute the power of legitimate complaints.”
http://www.dianedimond.com/a-pause-please-in-the-sex-talk/

Can you believe it? Just think about her words for a moment and compare them with her behavior towards Michael!
DD suddenly shows understanding for the situation of abusers, giving them the benefit of the doubt.
Suddenly she claims to be a voice of reason who “reflects for a moment”, stating that people shouldn’t “go overboard” and requiring “A Pause, please, in the sex talk”.

This is another proof that all of them had an explicit agenda against Michael Jackson and only Michael Jackson, whom Dimond prejudged without evidence and before a trial took place and never gave “an opportunity to defend himself”, and whose accusers’ enforced settlement she never saw “as a predatory act too”.

The proverb says that “Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”, and by asking for sympathy and understanding for the big shots in Hollywood accused of sexual crimes Diane Dimond is definitely throwing stones in her own glass. Indeed, how can she restrain the public from expressing indignation for these people while all the time heaping scorn on poor Michael Jackson’s head?

Read more…

Tabloids are at it again: A FAKE STORY ABOUT MICHAEL JACKSON AND COREY HAIM

November 27, 2017

Amid the avalanche of sex abuse accusations shattering Hollywood many people are wondering what is going on and why now. The scandal is indeed huge and the latest attempt of RadarOnline and National Enquirer to channel this process in the direction desirable for them, by implicating Michael Jackson in other people’s actions, makes me express my views which I refrained from voicing for quite a long time. If one day we manage to get to the bottom of it you will probably understand why I hesitated for so long.

However first we need to look into the new fake story smearing Michael Jackson that was published by RadarOnline and National Enquirer under the guidance of a certain Dylan Howard, their editing director and editor-in-chief respectively.

The story alleges that in 2008 a certain producer was told by Corey Haim that he had been assaulted by Michael Jackson. No exact moment of the ‘assault’ is specified, so the general public assumed what was meant to be assumed – that not only Michael Jackson was Haim’s abuser, but that the whole thing took place when Corey was a child.

Read more…

Corey Feldman Needs SUPPORT of Michael Jackson’s Fans

November 18, 2017

COREY FELDMAN’S TRUTH CAMPAIGN

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/corey-feldman-s-truth-campaign#/

Above is a link to Corey Feldman’s truth campaign.

Does Corey need our support?

Absolutely. He needs the support of all honest people and of Michael Jackson’s fans in particular.

Besides a planned movie about sex abusers in Hollywood Corey Feldman’s other dream is to open a shelter for children to protect them from abuse.

And Michael Jackson, even when drugged by Murray and being in a half-conscious state, spoke of his dream to build a children’s hospital with the money due to him for his last tour. So no matter what MJ’s haters say, Michael and Corey were completely at one when it came to the protection of the most innocent and young – and Michael Jackson’s supporters are the first people to know it.

Fans also owe Corey Feldman a separate thank-you for telling the truth about Jackson and standing up for him even despite their difference of opinion over other matters. He always spoke of Michael Jackson’s innocence – in 1993 when he was grilled by the Santa Barbara police who did nothing to follow on Corey’s own molesters as they were after Jackson only, in 2013 when he spoke of pedophilia as Hollywood’s biggest problem, and in his current interviews again.

Each time Corey was adamant that Michael Jackson was innocent and that Michael was his safe haven after the ordeal he had experienced at the hands of real abusers. Read more…

Michael Jackson’s Difference

August 29, 2017

Today Michael Jackson would have turned 59. It is more than eight years since his untimely death and yet the saga of his character assassination is far from being over.

Michael Jackson’s Estate has a very clear case against Robson and Safechuck and their slow but sure battle against these liars will one day put a stop to the profitable business of various rogues trying to make millions just by making false allegations against Michael.

This will be a welcome change as it will at least prevent the future fortune seekers from trying to make their living by accusing Michael Jackson of anything they want.

PROBLEMS

However even if the Estate’s legal battle is a success, the main problem will still remain there – Michael’s name will still be tarnished and the public will still be undecided as to who is right here.

Haters will claim that Robson’s and Safechuck’s case is legitimate and that they lost it due to a mere technicality – MJ’s companies had no control over their boss and cannot be found liable for the acts he might or might not have committed.

And as regards this latter point haters will be correct– the fact of non-responsibility has been perfectly clear from the start of it and one can only wonder why it is taking so long to prove so obvious a point.

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