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MYUNG HO LEE and HOLLYWOOD MAGIC for MICHAEL JACKSON

November 2, 2021

The Final Reckoning post about the mysterious Myung Ho Lee, Michael Jackson’s chief financial advisor who mishandled his millions in 1998-2001, didn’t turn out to be final after all.

Despite everything we’ve learned about this character and Michael Jackson’s not so lavish real spending, the question where the millions he borrowed from Bank of America were gone is still there.  

In a rare fit of justice towards Jackson the New York Times acknowledged in 2006 that the most probable reason for Michael’s debt mounting in the late 90s was not his ‘flagrant’ spending, which was Myung Ho Lee’s standard narrative and constant media propaganda, but bad advice from Michael’s financial advisors.  

Reporter Timothy O’Brien actually named Myung Ho Lee as the central figure responsible for Michael Jackson’s growing financial trouble. He assumed, and I fully agree with him, that the leading drain on MJ’s wealth may have been ‘the monumentally unwise investments that produced equally colossal losses’.

Myung Ho Lee

Myung Ho Lee certainly put his hand to it as he was head of “Jackson International” that handled all Michael’s funds and investments in 1998-2001.

Here are some excerpts from O’Brien’s article:

Jackson faces demise of a financial Neverland

By Timothy L. O’Brien

May 12, 2006

….Others close to Jackson say that the performer’s finances have not unwound simply because he is a flagrant spender. They say that until the early 1990s, he paid relatively close attention to his accounting and kept a watchful eye on the cash that flowed through his business and creative ventures. After that, they say, Jackson became overly enamored of something that ensnares wealthy people of all types: bad advice.

“I think after me, there were a lot of people that didn’t care. All they were interested in was what they were getting. And they killed the golden goose,” [said] Frank Dileo, who was Jackson’s manager from 1984 to 1989.

At least one of his advisers from the period contends that Jackson kept a lid on his spending until even the late 1990s.
“I didn’t ever see him take all kinds of people all around the world,” said James Morey, who served as one of Jackson’s personal managers from 1990 to 1997 (when Jackson fired him and replaced him with the Saudi sheik Prince Alwaleed bin Talal).

“Michael is very bright, and Michael pretty much knew – even when he was advised something was too expensive – if he felt it was right for the art, he had the means to pay for it. He wasn’t oblivious to what budgets were.”

Jackson also came under the sway of an assorted rotation of new advisers, who apparently convinced him to make heavy bets on sketchy investments that never panned out.

In late 1996, according to court papers, he met a Korean adviser named Myung Ho Lee who emerged as a central figure in the performer’s debt binge.

Although documents indicate that Lee brought at least two risky investment opportunities to Jackson, Lee still castigated the performer in court papers for a lack of financial discipline in 1999 and 2000. “Jackson became fixated on obtaining expensive possessions and feeding his ego by listening to the advice of hucksters and impostors,” Lee said.

The leading drain on Jackson’s ample resources may have been monumentally unwise investments that apparently produced equally colossal losses.
Malnik estimates that some of Jackson’s advisers squandered $50 million to $100 million on deals that never panned out.

Jackson also invested heavily in a short-lived entertainment Web site, hollywoodticket.com, designed to let fans interact with stars. The site’s founders, Derek Rundell and Gary Casey, became advisers to Jackson in 2000; after he dismissed them the following year, they sued him for $25 million.

It is possible that Jackson’s biggest costs may have shifted in early 2000 away from his shopping sprees to simply shouldering enormous monthly interest payments on his debt. According to one executive involved in his affairs, Jackson was making monthly payments of about $4.5 million in 2005 on $270 million in debt.

Derek Rundell and Gary “Court” Coursey were not associated with Myung Ho Lee and were sort of his rivals, but since they were mentioned here they are worth a note too.

COURT AND DEREK

The point in favor of these two young people is that when sorting through MJ’s business papers they uncovered a big fraud Michael had fallen victim to. He was led to believe that he had obtained the controlling stake in Marvel Comics though the deal was never made. The discovery came in spring 2001 and was a crushing blow to Michael – someone had been lying to him all along.

Frank Cascio describes the scene when Court and Derek told Michael that it was a fraud:

 “In their ongoing study of his financial situation, they had discovered bad news about a deal he thought was nearly complete—the move to purchase Marvel Comics. As with the Beatles catalog, which he had acquired in 1985 in a brilliant business maneuver, Michael predicted the value of Marvel, especially the potential of Spider-Man, before the films based on the comic were made. The Marvel deal had in fact fallen through, but Michael had been led to believe that the company was his. Court, Derek, and I met with him and informed him that he did not in fact own Marvel Comics and never had. Michael refused to believe it, and was angry at me—at us—for delivering this news, but finally, he put his hands over his face and started crying.

“Why do I get used and lied to like this?” he kept repeating.

[“My Friend Michael”, chapter 10]

The Marvel scam is probably where many of Michael’s millions borrowed from Bank of America went into, but it still remains to be seen who were the fraudsters behind the deal. Timewise Myung Ho Lee may be to blame as the scam occurred during his tenure with MJ and being his chief financial advisor he was obliged to know, however there is no proof that he was involved.

Besides uncovering the Marvel fraud Court and Derek helped MJ to get rid of some of his excessive business expenditure. The young and inexperienced Frank Cascio, who was Michael’s assistant then, was exasperated by the mess in Michael’s finances and hoped that Derek and Court would sort it out:

“His talent managers would be doing one deal while his business managers were negotiating a conflicting deal elsewhere. One manager was making grandiose promises to him about the deals he was making, but then he would go MIA [Missing From Action] for up to a month at a time. Michael’s organization was in a state of chaos.

The result of all this chaos was that Michael’s finances were a mess. People were taking advantage of him. His organization had umpteen offices with ridiculous expenses. People on his payroll were crisscrossing the world, flying first class, and we had no idea who was flying where or why their trip was even necessary. Michael was paying five hundred cell-phone bills every month!”

Court and Derek did indeed manage to get rid of some hangers-on in Michael Jackson’s life but they were not above taking advantage of Michael’s name and riches themselves. In fact, their cooperation with Michael started a year earlier when in May 2000 they convinced him to invest at least $2mln in their hollywoodticket.com project and when it fell through Derek’s only comment was that the project was a “disappointment”.  

It seems that most people around MJ took advantage of his generosity and regarded millions they were entrusted with as money to be freely spent without bearing any responsibility for it. Michael Jackson rarely sued of his own free will unless he had to retaliate an attack.

In 2001 Roger Friedman wrote:

Jackson also may not have been as astute as previously described in his choosing of business partners. Last year, he invested $2 million in a L.A.-based Internet outfit called Rundell & Coursey, which was launching something called HollywoodTicket.com. But that venture, conceded founder Derek Rundell yesterday, has been a “disappointment.”

Rundell and Coursey have their own legal problems. They’ve been battling a lawsuit from WebMD, the online medical site.

The NY Post described those legal problems:

WebMD charged the partners with providing false financial information to deceive WebMD into acquiring it. While the two sides settled the lawsuit, WebMD claimed in court papers that Coursey “did little more than travel on first-class airline tickets and incur business expenses for which he claimed reimbursement.”

Internet analysts say HollywoodTicket.com had the right intentions but didn’t execute them well. Idil Cakim, a senior media analyst at Cyber Dialogue, said it is possible that while the business model looked good, it was not implemented in the right way.

And the Venture Capital provided the details of their lawsuit against Michael Jackson:

“Trading on Jackson’s name didn’t save HollywoodTicket.com, which was out of business less than a year after it had launched. Still, Rundell and Coursey managed to sign a deal with Jackson in May 2001 to provide him financial “advice, consultation, and assistance” over a three-year period. The agreement called for the pair to be paid $60,000 a month. It also stipulated that Jackson had just 60 days to back out of the arrangement, which had been made retroactive to April 2001.

When Jackson fired them roughly two months later, on July 3, 2001, they filed a $25 million lawsuit against him.”

In fact, Jackson did back out 60 days later, in full accordance with the agreement but the lawsuit still claimed a breach of contract. The demand for $25 million was outrageous, especially considering that the two guys had earlier mishandled at least $2 million of Michael’s money.

The lawsuit was dismissed but only after the Jackson side countersued them for fraud in January 2002. The dispute seemed to continue until the beginning of 2003 and ended in a settlement for an unknown sum.

Characteristically, the media gleefully reported the $25 million lawsuit against MJ, but didn’t say a word about Michael Jackson’s counter lawsuit. This was no accident – every new complaint was used by the media to portray him as a conceited star who took advantage of his assistants who selflessly worked for him without getting paid. And the crazy sums of those lawsuits were presented as a sort of ‘proof’ of his guilt.

And Court & Derek’s lawsuit was no different. It was strategically filed on the day of Michael Jackson’s concert on September 7, 2001 at Madison square, and the media certainly went into a frenzy over it.

JACKO GETS WACKOED BY $25M SUIT, rejoiced the anonymous ‘Yahoo Travel’ in the NY Post.

KING OF POP MOUNTS HIS WOBBLY THRONE. A GODFATHER, TWO DRAMA QUEENS… AND ANOTHER NASTY LAWSUIT, echoed the Guardian.

A couple of years later a piece in the UK Telegraph headlined INSIDE THE COURT OF THE KING OF POP presented Michael Jackson as a tyrant and his business advisors as his ‘loyal servants’. Everyone who knew Michael personally must have been shocked to read that

“Jackson has long believed in ruling by fear and intimidation. He has hired and fired his way through hundreds of business advisers. Michael Jackson is master of creating uncertainty and discomfort among his entourage.”

No wonder then that in this shameless media environment, which was constantly craving for Michael Jackson’s blood, Myung Ho Lee and many others felt completely safe and even encouraged to waste away his millions, and when their projects invariably failed, sue him for his money after they themselves grossly mismanaged it.

OTHERS

When Myung Ho Lee sneered at the “charlatans, hangers-on, hucksters, con artists, sycophants and swindlers” around Jackson who squandered his fortune in “bizarre ways”, I imagined that he referred to people like Dieter Wiesner, who operated somewhat apart from Myung Ho Lee and over whom Lee seemed to have no control.

Imagine my shock at the news that Wiesner’s licensing project for using Michael’s likeness on German merchandise was endorsed by Myung Ho Lee himself!

This nuance is revealed by Steve Knopper in his book about Michael Jackson’s finances which lists Lee’s help to Wiesner’s company as part of his accomplishments:

With Lee’s help, Michael paid $7.4 million to MJ Net, a German entertainment-memorabilia company, for use of his likeness on products, including a state-of-the-art audio speaker system with photos of Michael on the front panels.

He invested $2 million in a fuel-cell technology company.  

He was «extremely interested» in a company that had engineered a magnetic motor, for use as a high-efficiency generator, and attempted to invest $10 million before reducing his stake to $2 million.  

For all these deals, Lee took a 2.5 percent fee.  

….“Michael gave him all kinds of ability and authority and power, and he exercised it to push John [Branca] out, any way he could, and push me out,” says Zia Modabber, one of Michael’s longtime lawyers.  

[MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson, by Steve Knopper]

So Myung Ho Lee ‘helped’ Michael to invest $2 million in a fuel-cell technology company (Neo-Genesis) and another $2 million in a magnetic motor project, and was instrumental in the creation of Wiesner’s company in Germany.  All three ventures brought only losses but Lee still charged Michael a 2.5% fee for his assistance. And this could be the tip of the iceberg only.

The story about Michael investing $7.4 million in MJ Net is disputed by Wiesner whose lawsuit claims exactly the opposite and says that it was he who paid MJ for the exclusive license to use his name and logo on various merchandise, which definitely sounds more logical to me.

Whatever the case, Myung Ho Lee was still involved in the creation of Wiesner’s company in his hometown Frankfurt, and we even remember Maureen Orth mentioning that Lee travelled there together with Michael Jackson.

The MJ Net was set up on September 30, 2000 which was when Myung Ho Lee still oversaw all Michael’s investments and was supposed to provide legal back-up for his deals. Lee was actually a lawyer trained at the University of Chicago and according to Maureen Orth of the Vanity Fair his sister, So-Yung, was the chief legal officer at Jackson International from 1998 to 2001.

In the absence of John Branca and Zia Modabber, who had been ousted by the two Koreans, the Lees were certainly responsible for the legal side of the MJ Net project same as all other Michael Jackson’s investment deals, at least until June 2001 when Jackson International was dissolved.  

But their legal supervision of the MJ Net deal was so inadequate that it cost millions to Michael.

Wiesner’s complaint said that the contract was giving him the exclusive right to use Michael Jackson’s likeness on various merchandise produced in Germany and worldwide, however it was to come into effect only after Michael Jackson’s written notice that he had terminated his prior merchandising agreement – with Signatures Network, formerly Sony Network.

His lawsuit claimed that:

  • “On or about January 8, 2001, Jackson gave MJ Net written notice of the termination of the Signatures Agreement” but “Jackson knew or should have known that Signatures’ position was that its agreement was not terminated, and that Signatures would take legal action against Jackson and MJ Net to preserve its rights.”
  • “As a result of Jackson’s breach of the Agreement plaintiff has suffered damages in at least the amount of (1) the $1.4 million deposit; (2) the $6 million in initial advances; and (3) lost profits from the exploitation of the Licenses Marks which plaintiff is informed and believes is in excess of $50,000,000.”

All in all, Wiesner sued Michael Jackson for a crazy sum of $64 million, including the $7.4 mln in the initial investment and pay for the license, the $1.6 mln settlement with Signatures (Sony) Network, plus interest, ‘lost profits’ and whatnot.

Dieter Wiesner sued Michael Jackson for $64 milion

The Spiegel article published in 2011 revealed that the lawsuit ended in September 2007 when Michael Jackson signed a confidential settlement with Wiesner and agreed to pay him $3.48 million.

Those interested may have a look at the details:

26.04.2011

Wiesner met Jackson in 1994, when he got the singer interested in a peach-flavored energy drink called “MJ Mystery Drink.” Wiesner eventually became Jackson’s manager.

On Sept. 30, 2000, the Frankfurt-based company MJ Net Entertainment managed to obtain a licensing agreement with Jackson and his company Triumph International, possibly through Wiesner’s intercession. The artist wished to produce and merchandise certain products which bear his name, his symbols, logos, brands, designs and images or photographs of him. MJ Net, as the license holder retained the sole and unconditional right to enter into third-party contracts concerning production or matters relating to licensed products. Any T-shirts or other items bearing the artist’s image would garner royalties for MJ Net, and Jackson himself, according to the company’s business plan, was to have a stake in the company.

That euphoria was short-lived. [ ] It appears that the whole business of royalties was never carried out entirely correctly. Signature Network, an American company, claimed similar rights — apparently Jackson had sold off his rights at least twice.

MJ Net had to be dissolved in 2004 and the district court in Frankfurt declined to open insolvency proceedings against the company due to a lack of sufficient assets. The company had made just €871 ($1,270) in revenue in 2002, according to an expert insolvency review.

The courts were unable to ascertain whether fraud had occurred, but in January 2007, Wiesner was sentenced to a fine of €25 per day for 90 days, for delaying insolvency proceedings.

It’s unlikely the fine caused Wiesner many sleepless nights. After Jackson fired him as an advisor, Wiesner sued the musician and his company Triumph in a Los Angeles court, asserting his right to compensation for unpaid work performed in his role as manager.

To settle the disagreement, both parties signed a confidential settlement agreement and mutual statement, not previously revealed to the public, on Sept. 14, 2007. With his large, looping signature, Jackson agreed to pay Wiesner a total of $3.48 million.

Dieter Wiesner should be given merit for not saying a bad word about Michael in his interviews and book “Michael Jackson: The Real Story”, but his narrative definitely misses a chapter about the MJ Net failure and his lawsuit against Michael all of which Wiesner chose to omit. 

But putting aside Wiesner’s role in this unsavory story and the gigantic sum he claimed from Michael Jackson, let us look at a person who provided Michael with that notorious note terminating his previous merchandising agreement, which set the ball rolling and resulted in all the mishaps.

Who could that person be? Was it Michael Jackson himself who sorted out the legal problem with a company called Signatures Network?

Certainly not, so in search for the responsible party let us go over the facts again.

The termination note was submitted on January 8, 2001, when all Michael’s finances and investments were handled by Jackson International which was dissolved only in June 2001, and even after that Myung Ho Lee claimed that he was still working for Michael.

We also remember Zia Modabber’s comment that Myung Ho Lee exercised the power of attorney given to him to push out both Zia and John Branca “any way he could”.

With these two key lawyers out of the picture Myung Ho Lee remained the only person who 1) supervised that deal and 2) could settle a purely legal dispute with the former Sony Network. Apparently, he never did and instead provided MJ with a fake termination note which eventually made him face a multi-million lawsuit.

So the line in Wiesner’s complaint stating that Michael Jackson “knew or should have known” must be actually read as “he didn’t know” and the fault for misinforming Michael surely rests with Myung Ho Lee. This cannot be proven by documents as Lee actually destroyed all records of his business activity for Jackson (see the previous post for that), but all evidence points to him being the central problem in that situation.

For some reason not a single media outlet reported Myung Ho Lee’s misdeeds – his name has always been mysteriously protected from any criticism. As if following the orchestra conductor all media picked up his lurid stories about Jackson told to Maureen Orth of the Vanity Fair and repeated his every lie, but suppressed the truth about Lee’s personality and business activity – so his huge damage to Michael Jackson’s reputation and finances still remains unknown.

MYUNG HO LEE and MARCEL AVRAM

Despite the media effort to cover up for Myung Ho Lee’s misdeeds, there are some clues indicating that the damage he did to Michael was not accidental and that it was malicious sabotage on his part, done in a sophisticated and seemingly innocent way.

Various incidents here and there suggest that sometime around 2000 Lee began to covertly work against Michael to deplete his finances and undermine his credibility and reputation.

The destruction of financial records, his role in providing the invalid termination note, and his several years of vicious slander against Michael in the Vanity Fair are only some instances of the above.

His method was to let Michael down by disinformation and then make him face the music.

A strange incident confirming this conclusion took place when Myung Ho Lee was in cooperation with Marcel Avram, the promoter of Michael Jackson’s charity concerts in Seoul and Munich in June 1999.

Myung Ho Lee boasted that he was part of the deal. This follows from his lawsuit which says that besides the (failed) Neo-Genesis deal on fuel-cell technology he also made deals for Jackson with Cheil Samsung of Korea:

“Besides the loans, Lee says he made deals for Jackson with Cheil (Samsung) of Korea, as well as with Neo Genesis, a company Lee says was involved in fuel cell technology.”

Neo-Genesis disappeared from the Internet without leaving a trace, while Cheil companies are numerous as Cheil translates from Korean as “best”. However, the only Cheil company under Samsung is Cheil Worldwide Inc., a marketing company that offers advertising, public relations, etc.

Until 2008 it was called Cheil Communications, and Cheil Communications was indeed involved with Michael Jackson – initially they promoted his concert in October 1998 in Panmunjom, the truce village between North and South Korea but that plan was cancelled “due to negative public opinion and complications involving military issues”.  

And a year later Cheil Communications promoted Michael’s charity concert in Seoul, which took place on June 25, 1999, and was called “Michael Jackson and friends”. Myung Ho Lee’s part in the project seems to be nothing much – he just brought together Cheil Communications and Marcel Avram who was producing the concerts.

Two days after the charity concert in Seoul, Jackson was performing in Munich and this is where a tragic accident took place – the bridge on which Michael Jackson was standing fell from a 10m height and this resulted in a heavy injury to his spine. Frank Cascio never understood why they were not allowed to call an ambulance and had to cruise around the city in search of a hospital while Michael was in the back seat in a half-conscious state.

The responsibility for the accident certainly rested with the director of the show Kenny Ortega and concert organizer Marcel Avram.

This German TV video reminds us of the accident and says that Michael crashed at a speed of 20km an hour. However, Marvel Avram shrugged off Michael’s injuries as insignificant. “That’s like football”, he said:

Michael Jackson didn’t sue Avram or Ortega for the irreparable damage to his spine that was revealed only later and the incessant back pain that plagued him forever after. As I’ve already said he rarely sued unless he had to counter other people’s complaints.

Instead, it was Marcel Avram who sued Jackson for his alleged refusal to perform at two millennium concerts that were to take place on December 31, 1999, and were meant to compensate for the losses Avram allegedly sustained at the two charity concerts.

Michael Jackson argued that it was Avram who cancelled the millennium shows for fear that they would not be profitable, but in the media hysteria that followed no one was actually listening.

The BBC reported:

Tuesday, 27 June, 2000

Jackson sued over millennium shows

A German concert promoter is suing pop superstar Michael Jackson for over $20m for allegedly pulling out of two concerts to mark the new millennium.

Marcel Avram, who has promoted Jackson since 1972, filed a suit in the California Superior Court in Los Angeles seeking damages of $21.2m (£14.1m) plus interest.

Avram claims Jackson pulled out of a deal signed in the spring of 1999 for him to perform at the millennium events which were to take place in Sydney, Australia, and Honolulu.

A statement issued by Avram’s company, Mama Concerts & Rau, said he had tried for six months to reach an amicable agreement with Jackson – who is said to have received a $1m (£667,000) advance on the deal – but without success, even though there was no get-out clause in the contract.

Avram last hit the headlines in December 1997, when he was jailed for three and a half years in Germany on 12 counts of tax evasion.

By the way, when Marcel Avram was sentenced to three and a half years in jail Michael Jackson didn’t give up on him and visited him in prison though Avram had been abandoned by many of his other clients. Avram was released after serving only 9 months out of his sentence.  

Though Avram lost many clients during his jail stint, Jackson remained and even visited him in prison. Avram was released in April 1999 after serving nine months of a three-and-a-half-year sentence.

Since Michael Jackson’s concerts took place just two months after Avram’s release his friend Michael was obviously the first person Avram turned to in an effort to mend his dire situation.

Frank Cascio commented that:

“Avram was out of pocket again, and so, not surprisingly, he sued Michael for millions of dollars, blaming him for the millennium concert cancellations, as well as for the resulting damages.”

But even the $21 mln claim wasn’t enough for the grateful promoter.

In January 2002 Marcel Avram filed one more lawsuit against Michael Jackson – this time for the damages never sustained but only ‘anticipated’. Upon hearing that Michael was thinking of a tour to promote the Invincible album, Avram claimed that MJ had broken his promise to let him organize his next tour. The promise was allegedly given to Avram when he sued Michael Jackson the first time.

I know it sounds complicated but Marcel Avram actually sued Michael Jackson three times – the first lawsuit was in 1994 for pulling out of the Dangerous tour when Michael was under much stress over the Chandler allegations, was unable to adequately function and needed to go to a rehab. MTV reported that the sum claimed by Avram was more than $40 mln:

In 1994, the promotion firm sued Jackson for more than $40 million, after he canceled a total of 19 dates of the Dangerous tour. At the time, Jackson faced allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor, although the official reason given for the cancellation was that he was addicted to painkillers. The matter was settled out of court.

Other media said that the claim was $20 million, but this was probably the final sum for which Marcel Avram agreed to settle after making Michael promise that his next series of concerts would be promoted by him. And in 2002 Avram somehow managed to link that old promise with the prospect of the Invincible tour.

Incidentally, the many millions paid by Michael Jackson to Marcel Avram for cancelling the Dangerous dates, coupled with the $15,3 mln paid to the Chandler extortionists, were actually a trigger for Jackson’s further financial trouble.

Here is a summary of all Avram’s litigation against Jackson in case you are still confused:

Marcel Avram: “He had some pain, but that’s like football”

MICHAEL JACKSON TAKES STAND IN MILLENNIUM CONCERT LAWSUIT

JENNIFER VINEYARD  November 13, 2002

Michael Jackson took the stand Wednesday to defend himself against a concert promoter’s lawsuit accusing him of fraud and breach of contract.
Marcel Avram, a European concert promoter who has worked with Jackson since 1972, filed suit in June 2000, claiming the singer cost him $21 million when he allegedly abandoned plans to perform two millennium concerts on both sides of the international date line.

Attorney Louis “Skip” Miller told the court that Avram was left with hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses after Jackson backed out of the shows. Jackson attorney Zia Modabber countered by saying Avram wanted out of the shows after two charity concerts also involving Jackson failed to make a profit. Those shows were held in Seoul, South Korea, and Munich, Germany, in June 1999.

Avram testified that his contract with Jackson called for two for-profit millennium concerts and two charity concerts and that when the charity shows lost money, he expected to recoup his losses with the millennium concerts but could not when Jackson backed out in October 1999. He said he lost even more money on advance event and production costs — about $10 million — as well as a $1.2 million advance paid to Jackson for the millennium shows. The promoter estimated he lost another $10 million in earnings for the two concerts and the worldwide television rights he had secured.

The suit isn’t the first Avram has filed against Jackson.

In 1994 Avram’s promotion firm sued Jackson for $20 million after the singer failed to complete his 1993 Dangerous world tour, claiming fraud, negligent misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty. Jackson had canceled 19 Avram-promoted concerts.

Avram settled the lawsuit after obtaining an agreement that he would have the rights to promote the singer’s next series of concerts.
So when Jackson allegedly went shopping around for a new promoter when it came time to promote Invincible, Avram sued him again. Though the tour never came to pass, Avram filed a $20 million complaint for anticipatory breach of contract, breach of contract and fraud. That suit is still pending.

As a side note please compare the above with a short piece below – will you notice anything wrong there?

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Fake news about MJ claiming that Avram paid Michael Jackson the advance of $11.2 million instead of $1.2m.

Fake news didn’t start yesterday – it started with the media’s massive lies about Michael Jackson. The above was just one example out of many from the Irish times quoting AFP (Agence France-Presse). Look at the easy way they turned the $1.2 million advance into $11.2 million – just by increasing it tenfold!

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Within a short period around 2000 lawsuits against Michael were piling up in a kind of an avalanche – $25 mln were claimed by Court and Derek, $13 mln by Myung Ho Lee, $64 mln by Dieter Weisner, $21 mln by Marcel Avram and then $20 mln again – and these were only some of the lawsuits filed by 2003.

The media were ecstatic. The very least they lied about MJ was that he was a wildly extravagant spender whose lifestyle allegedly demanded $8 mln per month (another fake as the sum was per year) but didn’t pay to all those wonderful people who did him so much ‘good’.

The jurors are susceptible to public pressure, so it is no surprise that amid all the hysteria in March 2003 the Santa Barbara jury decided against Jackson and ordered him to pay Avram $5.3 million.

Three months later, in June 2003 just as the judge was about to throw out Myung Ho Lee’s lawsuit, Michael settled with Myung Ho Lee for a sum “well into seven figures” though his contract with Michael as a basis for his lawsuit was obviously fake – it was signed in Michael’s absence, had a forged signature under it and was invalid at least due to his lack of license to act as a financial advisor.

But Myung Ho Lee threatened to divulge the secrets of Michael’s explosive financial situation and, same as in the Chandler case, if it came to a civil trial it was to be televised…

This fear-for-bad-publicity trend started in 1994 with a settlement agreement with the Chandlers despite Michael’s complete innocence, and since that time it went on and on until his dying day. Michael found himself in a vicious circle – the bigger the number of lawsuits and the crazier the sums, the less chance he had to win the case. Struck by the sheer number of lawsuits, the huge money they claimed, and guided by the media in blaming MJ irrespective of the circumstances, the jury and public considered him responsible almost by default.

But what about Myung Ho Lee and his part in the Avram drama?

Avram accused Michael of cancelling the millennium concerts, and Michael said that Avram cancelled them himself for fear of no profit. However, Frank Cascio gives away the big secret that it was neither Avram nor Michael, but Myung Ho Lee who misinformed Michael about that cancellation.

Cascio was a direct witness to a conversation with Myung Ho Lee when the latter called Michael at Neverland:

“I was in Michael’s room at Neverland when Myung-Ho Lee called to tell Michael that the shows had been canceled. I never knew whether it was Michael or Avram who called them off—later, in court, each would contend that it was the other—but when Michael took the call, he seemed both happy that he would now be able to spend Christmas with his kids and the family and a bit regretful to be letting down his fans.” [“My Friend Michael”, chapter 10]

The above could be regarded as a chance mishap and unfortunate misunderstanding, but you remember that Myung Ho Lee let Michael down in January 2001 again and in a similar way too – by providing him with an invalid termination note of the earlier license agreement and misinforming Michael about its status.

It seems that misinforming Michael Jackson on some crucial issue and then making him reap the resulting lawsuits became a pattern with Myung Ho Lee and his signature style with Jackson. And each time it could be explained as a mere misunderstanding.

Besides all that Myung Ho Lee devised one more project for Michael Jackson that evidently created a big hole in his budget, but it is totally unknown to the public as there isn’t a single mention of it in the press.

MYUNG HO LEE’S MAGIC

This secret project was launched in May 2000 and was probably Lee’s biggest enterprise that ripped Michael Jackson of the bulk of his money.

The Internet provides zero information about it, and the only clue that it ever took place was left by none other than Maureen Orth.

Her “Losing his grip” article published in April 2003 – which certainly accidentally coincided with the media storm around MJ and Bashir’s film – opened with Myung Ho Lee’s story that David Geffen and Steven Spielberg were on the top of Michael’s enemy list and a crazy description of a blood bath voodoo ritual against these people attributed to MJ.

Maureen Orth was so carried away by Lee’s fairy tales that in her zeal mentioned a certain Tim Nelson who ridiculed Michael Jackson and turned him into a laughing stock in connection with a multitude of his business projects.  

Here is an excerpt:

“In May 2000, Tim Nelson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, upon hearing that Jackson was taking “the helm of a $100 million Korea-based venture fund that will invest in entertainment-oriented Internet companies,” listed nine other Jackson projects and asked readers to guess which ones were “actually in the pipeline.” His answer: “All of them! Every one! Coming soon to a vacant lot near you!”

Wait a minute, so Michael Jackson “took the helm of a $100 million Korea-based venture fund in May 2000″?

The fact-check confirmed that Tim Nelson indeed used to be a correspondent for St. Paul Pioneer Press, however the respective piece about MJ was missing from his reports.

Maureen Orth also mentioned a certain Kathleen A. Kelly, “an investment banker who in 2000 went to work for Jackson International” who had a mandate from “Magic2 Venture Partners to raise a pool of money to invest in companies and provide Michael an outlet for other ventures he wanted to pursue.”

“[Kelly] lined up as advisory executives Kathleen Kennedy, a co-producer of many of Steven Spielberg’s films, and Casey Silver, former chairman of Universal Pictures. Jackson was supposed to contribute $5 million to the fund, but Kelly says that never happened. She got the salary she was promised, $20,000 a month, only “four or five times.” Kelly, whose $1.95 million lawsuit was dismissed in Los Angeles last December because of venue, is now resubmitting it in New York, the locale where she conducted much of her business.” [“Losing his grip”]

Maureen Orth’s article is the only source available on the Internet regarding the mysterious $100 mln fund that involved Jackson International and its Magic2 partners. Surprisingly, this particular segment of her story was not even copy-pasted by others and was repeated nowhere else.

However the laborious process of translating the search words into Korean and then back did bring some results – it turned out that in May 2000 the Korean media published several articles reporting that venture.

All the articles are Google translated from Korean, so it is not always easy to figure out the details of the project. Some may contradict the other, but if the most informative of them is correct, we may be sure that in 2000 Myung Ho Lee embezzled over $30 million of Michael Jackson’s money.

Below is a guide through the Korean press which reported the story on May 9, 2000:

Magic Square Fund’ worth 200 billion won, created simultaneously in Korea and the US

2000-05-09

A venture fund worth 200 billion won to intensively foster digital entertainment will be created in Korea and the United States at the same time.

Wise-Tomorrow Investment, a start-up investment company, and Union Financial Investment, an international financial advisory company, announced on the 9th that they plan to create a 100 billion won fund each in Korea and the US under the name of ‘Magic Square’.

In particular, the fund created this time attracts attention of Hollywood celebrities such as world-famous pop singer Michael Jackson and ‘Jurassic Park’ producer Casey Silver, Korean producer Joo Cheol-hwan, and writer Jin-na Song [who will] participate as advisors. Among them, Michael Jackson and Casey Silver are known to be pursuing direct investments worth $10 million.

The organizers of the fund plan to establish Magic Square Korea and Magic Square USA respectively to operate the fund locally. In particular, [they] plan to invest mainly in venture companies at the start-up stage before going public.

The first fund formation is by the end of this month, and the second fund is [to be] created in June. Of the funds created, 30% will be cross-invested in Korea and the US, and the remaining 70% will be managed in their own countries.

The Magic Square Fund, with a management period of 5 years, is worth 50 million won or more per share, and more than one subscription is possible. The investment briefing session will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Gangnam, Seoul on the 12th at 4 pm.

https://www.donga.com/news/Economy/article/all/20000509/7533617/1

Let us start with the 200 billion won first.

Today 200 billion won are equal to approximately $170,270,000. In May 2000 the exchange rate was different ($1 =1110 won) and the same 200 billion came to about $180,200,000. So the planned budget of the project was roughly $180 mln.

Now here is the rest of the story.

In May 2000 a startup company named Wise-Tomorrow Investment (now defunct) and the barely unknown Myung Ho Lee’s company Union Finance Investment set up in 1998 (defunct too), created a joint venture called “Magic Square Fund” which was to operate in the two countries as Magic Square Korea and Magic Square USA.

Each was supposed to raise 100 billion won or approximately 90 million US dollars.

30% of the funds were to be cross-invested (the US fund would invest 30% of its money in the Korean fund, and vice versa).

The project attracted several celebrities including Michael Jackson and Casey Silver, former chairman of Universal Pictures, who were to make a direct investment worth $10 million.  Some other people were mentioned but probably as the fund’s potential advisors only.

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The next article provided more detail.

It said that the main partner of Magic Square USA was Jackson International run by Myung Ho Lee, and that from that moment on Lee would manage Magic Square USA too.  

In fact, Myung Ho Lee looked like the central figure of the whole thing as his own company Union Finance Investment was to act as an advisor to both Magic Square Korea and USA:

Video-specialized fund, established at the same time in Korea and the United States [by] Wise Tomorrow / Union Finance worth 100 million dollars each

2000.05.09 

A video-specialized venture fund in which world-famous pop singer Michael Jackson and broadcast writer Ji-na Song participate as investment advisors will be created at the same time in Korea and the United States.

Wise Tomorrow Investment (CEO Kim Jung-sil and Kim Tae-han), a start-up investment company, and Union Financial Investment (CEO Lee Myung-ho), an international financial advisory firm, are jointly working on a 100 billion won domestic venture fund “Magic Square Korea.”

Wise Tomorrow is in charge of the recruitment and operation of Magic Square Korea.
In the case of Magic Square [USA], Jackson International, in which Michael Jackson holds a 100% stake, will participate as a general partner and manage the fund.
Union Financial Investment will act as an advisor to the two funds.

In particular, Magic Square Korea will invest 30% of the amount raised in Magic Square in the United States, paving the way for domestic investors to indirectly invest in promising venture companies in the United States.

In these funds, Hollywood celebrities such as Michael Jackson, former chairman of Universal Studios Casey Silver, who produced Jurassic Park, and Kassie [Kathleen] Kennedy, who produced Star Wars, Sixth Sense, etc. will not only discover promising digital entertainment ventures in the startup stage and before IPO, but also support overseas expansion of domestic investment companies and strategic alliances between investment companies.

In addition, as these advisors plan to invest directly in the fund, active activities are expected, said Wise Tomorrow.
Wise Tomorrow Investment and Union Financial Investment will hold an investment briefing session at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Seoul on the 12th. On this day, investment management members of Magic Square in the US will visit Korea and introduce activities in the US and the growth of the entertainment industry around the world.
https://www.hankyung.com/news/article/2000050863261

Now we learn that within the mutual program of “cross investments” Magic Square Korea was to invest 30% of its money in Magic Square USA.  Michael Jackson, Casey Silver and Kathleen Kennedy were mentioned as advisors who would “discover promising entertainment ventures” on the Internet and also “plan to invest directly in the fund”.

Kathleen Kelly was mentioned too – among the project organizers as a “member of the fund management committee” who was supposed to come to Korea and hold an investment briefing there.

See here:

The Magic Square Korea Fund has a management period of five years, and Kathryn Kelly, a member of the fund management committee on the US side, and Louis Gillivalty, a consultant in the media field, will visit Korea and hold an investment briefing session at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Seoul on the 12th . 

https://www.mk.co.kr/news/home/view/2000/05/51854/

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The third article was even more informative and added to the above a crucial piece of news.

It turned out that besides the plan to mutually invest in each other’s funds, Myung Ho Lee’s company Union Finance was also acting separately and had already received its 30%. And the investment came from Jackson International, Michael’s company headed by Myung Ho Lee!

Simultaneous formation of global digital entertainment in Korea and the United States

Issue Date: 2000.05.09

A large-scale digital entertainment venture fund dedicated to investing in entertainment fields such as movies, games, animations, the Internet, and related solutions with the participation of domestic and foreign celebrities will be formed simultaneously in Korea and the United States.

Separately, Union Financial Investment received a 30% investment as a general partner from Jackson International, where global pop star Michael Jackson owns 100% of the shares, and is developing businesses such as licensing and theme park projects, to create a “Magic Square” worth 100 million dollars and plans to link and operate it with “Magic Square Korea Fund”.

The US “Magic Square Fund” to be established and managed will mainly invest in venture companies related to overseas entertainment. The two funds also plan to mutually invest 30% of the total amount raised.

This fund formation is noteworthy in that it is the first case in the United States and Korea to be established with the same name at the same time.

In particular, Hollywood giants such as Michael Jackson, former president of Universal Studios who produced Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List, Kassie [Kathleen] Kennedy, producer of Star Wars and The Sixth Sense, and Carrie Fisher, an actor and writer as the owner of the Hollywood Network. A large number of domestic experts such as producer Joo Cheol-hwan, and writer Song Ji-na have participated in the investment and review advisory committee and are attracting attention.

Wise Tomorrow Vice President Kang Hee-bong said, “Strategic alliances between the companies invested by Magic Square Korea and the companies invested by Magic Square are possible, which will help domestic venture companies to establish a foundation for becoming a global company from the initial stage.” Union’s Dr. Sehwan Lee expected that “Magic Square Korea Fund will contribute to raising the level of the Korean Internet industry and entertainment industry to the next level”.

Meanwhile, it is known that Magic Square and Magic Square Korea Fund’s manager are already conducting investment reviews for 10 domestic and foreign venture companies related to media, content, and solutions, including B2C in the Internet entertainment field, prior to the formation of the fund.

https://www-etnews-com.translate.goog/200005090151?m=1&_x_tr_sl=auto&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=ru&_x_tr_pto=nui

Now it turns out that Carrie Fisher, an actress, writer and owner of the Hollywood Network, was also part of the team, but probably as an advisor only. Two people on the Korean side are said to have participated in the investments.

But the key point in the above piece is, of course, the following part which requires a second look:

Each word in the above is important, so let them sink in: Union Finance – received – separately – 30% – from Jackson International – plans – link with Magic Square Korea – $100 million.

When brought together they mean that Myung Ho Lee, who was head of Jackson International, took 30% of the required $90-$100 mln sum from Michael Jackson’s company as some kind of ‘investment’ and transferred it to the account of his company, and this was done separately, under the pretext of only planning to invest it into “Magic Square Korea Fund”!

30% of the budget of each fund amounted to $30 million or more, and this means that by May 2000 at least $30 million had been stolen from Michael Jackson and transferred to Lee’s account. 

All that time Myung Ho Lee was said to be working on licensing projects (Wiesner’s company?) and the development of some theme parks in an alleged effort to create the Magic Square USA sometime later.

Of course, we remember Kathleen Kelly claiming that MJ didn’t pay his promised share of $5 mln, but one thing does not rule out the other – Michael may have not paid the official contribution same as other US investors didn’t, but $30 million of his money could be still embezzled by Myung Ho Lee, and it is highly unlikely that Lee would have disclosed this fact to his partner Kathleen Kelly.

Actually, the embezzlement of Michael’s money was mentioned even in the “Losing his Grip” article. Despite the absence of financial documentation destroyed by Myung Ho Lee, Michael’s lawyers established that Lee had transferred millions of Jackson’s money to Korean accounts and stolen millions from him that way.

Maureen Orth was reckless enough to let us know about the lawyers’ discovery, but she brushed it aside as some nonsense:

“Lee’s $12-million-plus suit claims “Jackson’s extravagant lifestyle had all but bankrupted him. [ ] Jackson’s lawyers counter that Lee duped Jackson and “stole millions of dollars of Jackson’s money by … authorizing wire transfers from Jackson International to Union’s Korean accounts.”

Robert Silverman, Lee’s lawyer, scoffs at these charges. “Can you believe this guy? My client saves his life and gets him all this new financing. Michael even gives him a $400,000 car. But when it comes time to pay him, he practically denies even knowing him.”

And now we know that this was TRUE.

Apparently, the whole idea of Myung Ho Lee’s project was to steal Michael Jackson’s money by making legal transfers to his Korean accounts and this is probably the real reason why those two funds were created. If tens of millions of dollars were sent from one fund to the other within their so-called program of “mutual investments”, these operations would be subject to no suspicion and could look like perfectly legitimate business.

The transfer of millions from the US to Lee’s company in Korea was also in line with his plans to turn himself into a Korean “Goldman Sachs” by “borrowing money from overseas and lending it to domestic companies at a commission.” 

It seems that no other Americans except Michael Jackson were robbed of their money, otherwise we would have heard of their lawsuits, at least from Casey Silver who was also supposed to contribute $5 million. But there were no complaints, same as there was no sign that the funds ever existed, with one exception though – these two documents from the Delaware official records which are provided below.

One document is for Magic2 Venture Partners and the other is for Jackson Magic 2 Venture Partners L.L.C. Both companies were created on May 3, 2000, were never closed and are still there on the Delaware register:

If we are to believe the above records the two companies have been operating for 21 years already (!), only their address is wrong, status unknown and nobody knows what they do and who is running this business.

In short, the Magic Square project was pure magic, and one more piece from the Korean press added to all this witchcraft the final and somewhat ridiculous touch – it named Cher as one of the Fund’s investment advisors.

Hollywood giants such as Sher [Cher] participated as investment advisors.

http://m.inews24.com/v/4197

Cher may be a ‘Hollywood giant’ but she is definitely no investment advisor. Cher herself made poor financial choices and in 2016 sued her own financial managers, claiming that they defrauded her of $1.3 mln with bad investments.

In other words, now it is absolutely clear that the Magic Square Fund was a sham, which was probably created for the sole purpose of defrauding Michael Jackson.

This reminds me of Project M which was devised by Jeffrey Katzenberg and apparently David Geffen with the sole purpose to mislead Michael Jackson into believing that he was about to get the main role in a Peter Pan movie that was never meant to exist.

The people drawn into this Magic scam – Cher, Carrie Fisher, Casey Silver and Kathleen Kennedy as well as some famous Korean personalities – could be used as pawns in the game to represent a glorious front and give the allure of respectability to the fake project.  

It is a puzzle though how Myung Ho Lee managed to persuade them to participate – of course, if they knew that they were participating.  Was the Korean national no one knew anything about so influential that he could talk the top Hollywood people into investing their millions?

Another puzzle is the choice of personalities for that Magic scheme which really makes me wonder. Each name is associated with at least one of two Hollywood bigwigs – Cher is a great friend of David Geffen, same as Carrie Fisher was; and Kathleen Kennedy and Casey Silver are very close to Steven Spielberg.

This may suggest that Myung Ho Lee had a certain reason for dropping those two particular names to Maureen Orth.

If Michael followed the same trail as we did, he could put those names on his “enemy list” as soon as he realized that he had been swindled out of his money in a scam that was arranged by Myung Ho Lee but was masterminded by someone in Hollywood.

In fact, Myung Ho Lee was no personal friend of Michael Jackson and though Michael did suspect some people in the entertainment business of the intention to ruin his career and deplete his finances, there was no reason for him to confide in Lee regarding his enemies unless Lee disclosed those names himself.

My opinion is that one of the two could indeed be involved or inspire a scam against MJ as Michael named him as his worst enemy, while the other could be a side victim of the other guy’s usual machinations.

But the biggest puzzle of it all is why Myung Ho Lee decided to approach Maureen Orth in April 2003 and start his career with the Vanity Fair with a strange voodoo story regarding Geffen and Spielberg.

The answer to the first question is easy – Lee wanted to drag Michael Jackson through the mud to induce him to settle the lawsuit (the settlement took place two months later, in June 2003).

But the second point is more difficult to decipher. Simple logic suggests that pouring all that voodoo stuff on Michael Jackson’s head was a kind of a preemptive move, meant to restrain Michael from telling the public about the foul play against him and from dropping the names of those big Hollywood personalities and other participants.

Indeed, what if Michael Jackson revealed to the press that he was in a great project with Kathleen Kennedy, Casey Silver, Carrie Fisher and Cher, run by his Korean manager? What could Lee answer to that? That all of it was a smokescreen and nothing was for real?

Hence the need to strike first and tell some insane story to portray Michael as a complete lunatic, to smear and vilify him through and through, and turn him into a laughing stock no one would ever listen to.

Whether Myung Ho Lee thought of it himself or someone suggested to him this idea, this ‘bloodbath’ method did work. It struck people’s imagination, did enormous damage to Michael’s name and image, prevented him from saying a single word in his defense and simultaneously covered up Lee’s and other people’s evil activity against him.

As to the fact that all of it was a deliberate campaign to defame and ruin Michael Jackson, orchestrated by someone on the top of the world hierarchy, it is actually an axiom not requiring any proof.

If you are still in doubt ask yourself a question why the corporate media is suppressing all information about Myung Ho Lee and the damage he did to Michael Jackson’s life, reputation and finances, and why any trace of those Magic funds disappeared from the Internet as if by a magic wand.

THE FINAL RECKONING-5: Michael Jackson and Myung Ho Lee

August 16, 2021

What do we know about Myung Ho Lee?

We think we know more than enough as the media have rubbed it in that 1) Myung Ho Lee was a Korean advisor to Michael Jackson who in 1998 arranged for him a $140mln loan from Bank of America 2) the millions were gone within a year due to MJ’s “lavish lifestyle”, so the loan had to be increased to $200mln and this was soon gone too, and that 3) Michael allegedly participated in voodoo rituals and took a blood bath in order to curse the enemies on his list headed by David Geffen according to this advisor (the point about Geffen as the top enemy I readily believe).

Actually there was much more from Myung Ho Lee but the above was the main story.

The lead vocal in the media chorus propagating all of it belongs to Maureen Orth of Vanity Fair who savored every detail of this narrative in three of her articles, painting Michael Jackson in the ugliest light possible, unimaginable even for Diane Dimond.

If you brush aside the absurdity of a bath of animal blood allegedly taken by the nature-loving and God-fearing Jackson and dig a little deeper, you will realize that the financial side of the story is no less weird than the blood bath, because there is a huge discrepancy between what they tell us about Michael Jackson’s spending and his actual expenses.

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THE FINAL RECKONING -4

July 28, 2021

We left Don Stabler on February 28, 2005 when he signed the Commitment Letter from Transitional Investors LLC claiming to be Michael Jackson’s authorized representative though he wasn’t.

By this signature alone Stabler committed Michael Jackson to a deal with Transitional/Fortress joint venture to purchase MJ’s $200 million loan from Bank of America, give him a new one-year loan at a 15% interest rate and oblige him to pay extra $48 million to the intermediary – Darien Dash of “Prescient Acqusitions”, from which Stabler and “Perfect Circle” expected to get their share (see the previous post for that).

Three weeks later, on March 20, 2005, Stuart Shelly and John Cox, the directors of Transitional Investors, addressed their “Investment Committee Members” with a certain Memorandum where they outlined the benefits of the deal for their company.

This turns it into a document of exceptional interest to us as it opens up the inner workings of the deal and the company’s expectations of it, as well as their independent evaluation of Michael Jackson’s assets.

That particular memorandum was for a $90mln loan to be given to Michael to repay his $72,5 mln credit with Bank of America and provide him with some cash. The loan was to be secured by the MIJAC catalog and Neverland as additional collateral. The Memorandum also assessed Michael’s share in Sony/ATV as Transitional Investors intended to acquire part of it and possibly even the whole catalog (all of them wanted it!).

The memorandum is highly technical but I will nevertheless try to interpret it.

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THE FINAL RECKONING -3

July 23, 2021

UPDATED

After having a look at Fortress Capital Group it would be interesting to learn how this loan shark came into Michael Jackson’s life and what kind of people ‘helped’ Michael to find it.

Let us see who these remarkable people were.

PRESCIENT ACQUISITIONS

Fortress Capital group was brought in by a certain Prescient Acquisitions company. Prescient is based in New York and is headed by Darien Dash who is the first cousin of hip-hop entrepreneur Damon Dash and so must have connections in the entertainment business.

As is usual with Michael Jackson’s do-gooders Darien Dash filed a lawsuit against him (on July 11, 2005). 

The Prescient case was heard before the federal judge in the Southern District Court of New York and here is the judge’s ruling which states the essential details of the case.

I’ll comment on some excerpts from it:

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THE FINAL RECKONING -2

July 16, 2021

This is a continuation of the subject raised in this post.

First a short reminder – when Fortress Capital Group bought Michael’s loans in May 2005, the bulk of the sum was secured by Michael’s half in Sony/ATV. This catalog was in potential danger of being lost to him as it was pledged as collateral for the $200mln loan that was to mature just six months later, on December 20, 2005.

The remaining part of the debt ($72,5mln) was a Bank of America credit line with an outrageous interest rate of 16.5% which was probably secured by MJJAC catalog (according to some sources) or probably not (according to others). But its maturity date was later, so that catalog was not in so much jeopardy though the credit itself was draining Michael of millions.

And it was only the Neverland ranch that was relatively secure as it was only partially pledged or indirectly tied in with the above loans.

That was the status of Michael Jackson’s debts when Fortress bought them and left them as they were, without any refinancing and just waiting for the loans to come due.

But if Neverland was relatively free, how did it turn into collateral under Fortress too?

This matter is a really sore point because Branca’s critics directly connect Michael’s purchase of Branca’s 5% stake in Sony/ATV with his need to mortgage Neverland to be able to pay him.

And to a certain extent they are right.

The thing is that on the one hand Fortress demanded that Michael should buy back Branca’s share, but on the other hand they refused to increase the loan by a mere $13,5mln in order to pay Branca.

Instead, these good Samaritans were ‘’willing to consider’’ a separate loan, which required Neverland as collateral. The money offered by Fortress was $20mln though the estimated cost of the ranch around that time was $33mln (the estimation was done in 2008 by accounting firm Thompson, Cobb, Bazilio and Associates).

The terms on which these $20 million were offered by Fortress were outrageous in my opinion.

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THE FINAL RECKONING

July 14, 2021

After this post I received a number of links to some blogs by other authors who are highly critical of John Branca (“the greedy backstabber”) with a request to comment on them.

Well, comment I will not, but verify I will.

Fortunately now we have every means of verification as lots of true and correct information is provided by 1) the Tax Court Memo of May 3, 2021 regarding the Estate’s prevalence over the IRS and 2) the depositions in Wade Robson’s case (recently thrown out by another judge) where people gave their testimony under oath, including John Branca who was deposed by Robson’s lawyer Finaldi on October 18, 2017.

Both sources in combination with what we knew before will give us a unique chance to finally get to the bottom of things which are a matter of fierce controversy within the MJ fan community even today. 

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The first thing doubted by Branca’s critics is that he really had the right to 5% of the Sony/ATV catalog. 

John Branca claims that he did, or rather his firm did as the money didn’t go directly into his pocket – after all, he wasn’t the only one in his law firm to work for Michael Jackson.

Branca’s 5% stake in the Sony/ATV catalog was mentioned in so many documents that doubting it is ridiculous, but since some people do, let’s start from the beginning again.

Finaldi asked Branca about his ownership of 5% in the Sony/ATV catalog and this is what Branca replied under oath (pp.37-38 of the transcript ):

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Michael Jackson and his foes: TWO MAJOR WINS BY THE ESTATE

June 20, 2021

Resuming writing for this blog after a long hiatus is not easy, but I will nevertheless try.  And the first question I ask myself 12 years after Michael Jackson’s death is where we are now as to his legacy and his name?

Judging by the comments here and there, only the inquisitive managed to go beyond the superficial propaganda of that fantasy piece called “Leaving Neverland” and the tall tales told by the media. This does not surprise me because most of the mainstream media has turned into fake news delivering sheer propaganda, and unfortunately the public tends to swallow it uncritically.

And this is no surprise either as millions have proven themselves unable to interpret facts correctly even when flatly facing them and even in much easier cases than the intricate scam around Michael Jackson.

At first the media tested their massive fakes on the poor Jackson and then continued with everything else playing people for fools, alas.

An example of the media duping the public is the way they reported on Anthony Pellicano’s release from prison in March 2019.

DEPOSITIONS

I mention his name because the recent MJ Estate memorandum asking Wade Robson to pay around $113,000 in legal costs now that he lost his civil case against the Estate, listed two Pellicano’s depositions taken in August 2020, which sounds to me as a sheer sensation.

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THE KEY PLAYERS behind ‘Leaving Neverland’ Operation

December 29, 2020

Three days before the official trailer for “Leaving Neverland” was first released to the public on February 19, 2019, Maureen Dowd of the New York Times wrote her review of the film setting a sort of a standard for other mainstream media to follow.

Maureen Dowd should not be confused with Maureen Orth of the Vanity Fair who dedicated her life to smearing Michael Jackson. Maureen Dowd is the Pulitzer Prize-winning op-ed columnist who is “arguably the most powerful journalist in America thanks to her must-read column in The New York Times”.

To show how powerful she really is it’s suffice to mention that just one column of hers written in February 2007 ruined the chances of Hillary Clinton for presidency and projected the career of Barack Obama as a Democratic nominee who would later win the elections.

Let me repeat – it was Dowd’s just one column that changed the US political climate forever.

And on February 16, 2019 she reviewed the Leaving Neverland film, just several days before some of its footage was to be shown to the public for the first time.

A month prior to that the film premiered at the Sundance festival and those present had already sent shock waves throughout the world, however its TV premiere was to take place only on March 3 and 4, so Maureen Dowd’s opinion of the film was kind of setting the scene.

One would imagine that a journalist whose word people hang on as if it were the gospel, would be wary of making rash conclusions and warn others that unless proven by facts the assertions of two individuals are worthless.

However this was not the case. In the very headline of her column Maureen Dowd denounced Michael Jackson as the King of “perversion”, presented the film as fact and instead of asking appropriate questions about its legitimacy redirected everyone’s attention to “how could we be so blind?”

Her review abounded in words like “lair”, “monster”, “rapist”, “apparent criminality”, “shredded lives of victims”, “tragedy” and the like. Read more…

Which side in CULTURE WARS is Michael Jackson on?

December 5, 2020

When the news of Elton John’s story about  Michael Jackson arrived here I was reading the works of Professor James Davison Hunter, the American sociologist who coined the expression “Culture wars” and first used it in his book “Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America” published in 1991.

This groundbreaking book is not online, but I read two others by the same author entitled “Death of Character – Moral Education in an Age without Good or Evil” (published in 2000) and “Is there a Culture War? A Dialogue on Values and American Public Life” (2006).

What was remarkable about my reading is that Elton John’s story was a perfect example of the culture war described by the author – the culture division and even polarization between Michael Jackson and his immediate circle in the entertainment industry, in Hollywood and the media serving the interests of one side only, all of which formed an immensely hostile cultural opposition to Michael Jackson.

CULTURE WAR

The Culture war will help you understand why some people in Michael’s homeland are virtually unable to see his innocence – and not so much because of the total absence of evidence to support those baseless allegations, but primarily due their lack of certain personal traits necessary to understand his character and core moral values.

The problem of these people is that due to the realignment of values that took place in the US several decades ago, their own morals became relative and are now deprived of their commanding character. Instead of convictions these people have preferences and “truth has become a matter of taste for them – all provisional, all exchangeable,” often subject to fashion and certainly having nothing to do with the moral imperatives that existed earlier.

These wonderful people are called progressives.

According to sociologist James Hunter the culture war, raging in the US already in the 1990s, began between the ‘progressives’ and ‘traditionalists’ sometime in the 50s when traditionalism came as an answer to the progressive trends that rose at the beginning of the 20th century. Since then progressivism has scored one victory after another.

To see what progressivism is, you actually need not go further than the beginning of Hunter’s book “Death of Character. Moral education in an Age without Good or Evil” with has an introduction with a telling subtitle “Postmortem”: Read more…

The Reason for Michael Jackson’s Escapism

November 29, 2020

Some time ago a reader’s comment arrived here about Elton John’s biography of 2019 and his spiteful description of a lunch with Michael Jackson, which was certainly hailed in the press as another instance of Michael Jackson’s so-called ‘bizarre’ behavior.

First, let me repeat the comment and my answer to it here.

Elton John recalls Michael Jackson

luv4hutch: By the way, here is the specific comments of Elton John about Michael in his memoir entitled “Me”, which doesn’t say Michael was guilty, it just refers to him as “disturbing to be around.” It focuses on a lunch that Elton had when he was first dating his husband, David Furnish, and of course how Elton makes a judgment without knowing all the facts, though Michael would always think of Elton as a friend, especially in his dedications in the HIStory and Blood on the Dance Floor albums, and Elton earlier in the book acknowledges Michael’s role and friendship with Ryan White, who Elton of course also says was a big reason for him to get sober and to start his AIDS Foundation:

“The problem at the lunch party wasn’t really my mum. It was one of my other guests, a psychiatrist, who at the last minute, informed me that his client, Michael Jackson, was in England, and asked if he could bring him along. This didn’t sound like the greatest idea I’d ever heard, but I could hardly refuse. I’d known Michael since he was thirteen or fourteen: after a gig I played in Philadelphia, Elizabeth Taylor had turned up on the Starship with him in tow. He was just the most adorable kid you could imagine. But in the intervening years, he started sequestering himself away from the world and away from reality, the way Elvis Presley did. God knows what was going on in his head, and God knows what prescription drugs he was being pumped full of, but every time I saw him in his later years, I came away thinking the poor guy had totally lost his marbles. I don’t mean that in a lighthearted way. He was genuinely mentally ill, a disturbing person to be around. It was incredibly sad, but he was someone you couldn’t help: he was just gone, off into a world of his own, surrounded by only by people who told him what he wanted to hear.

And now he was coming to the lunch at which my boyfriend was scheduled to meet my mother for the first time. Fantastic. I decided the best plan was to ring David and drop this information into the conversation as nonchalantly as possible. Perhaps if I behaved as if there was no problem there, he might take it in stride. Or perhaps not-I hadn’t even finished nonchalantly mentioning the change in lunch plans before I was interrupted by an anguished yell of ‘are you fucking KIDDING ME?’ I tried to reassure him by lying through my teeth, promising that the reports that he’d heard of Michael’s eccentricities were greatly exaggerated. This probably wasn’t very convincing, since some of the reports of them had come directly from me. But no, I insisted it wouldn’t be as strange as he might expect.

In that respect at least, I was absolutely right. The meal wasn’t as strange as I might have expected. It was stranger than I could have imagined. It was a sunny day and we had to sit indoors with the curtains drawn because of Michael’s vitiligo. The poor guy looked awful, really frail and ill. He was wearing makeup that looked like it had been applied by a maniac, it was all over the place. His nose was covered with a sticking plaster which kept what was left of it attached to his face. He just sat there, not really saying anything, just giving off waves of discomfort the way some people give off an air of confidence. I somehow got the impression he hadn’t eaten a meal around other people in a very long time. Certainly, he wouldn’t eat anything we served up. He had his own chef with him, but didn’t eat anything he made, either. After a while, he got up from the table without a word and disappeared. We finally found him, two hours later, in a cottage on the grounds of Woodside where my housekeeper lived: she was sitting there, watching Michael Jackson quietly play video games with her eleven-year-old son. For whatever reason, he couldn’t seem to cope with adult company at all…”

As if the above piece were not enough for me I read a couple of more pages of Elton John’s bio and came to the conclusion that in this Orwellian world of ours it was Michael Jackson who was the most normal man who, alas, had to live among totally abnormal people around him.

In a classic case of a pot calling the kettle black Elton John pronounced Michael Jackson “disturbing to be around”, “mentally ill” and sometimes “pumped full of prescription drugs” though his own personality is much better suited for these descriptions.

Prescription drugs Michael did take as he had to cope with the never-ending pain after the scalp-stretching operations to cover the burned skin on his head, so he was in a constant medical condition requiring painkillers that later turned into an addiction (which he eventually overcame).

But Elton John didn’t have any medical reasons to justify the use of drugs, however he himself says that he was a horrible cocaine addict for almost two decades. By his own admission after so many years of drug abuse his soul became so black that it was “like a charred piece of steak”. Read more…

The Schleiters remember Michael Jackson in AKTE documentary

June 26, 2020

The AKTE documentary about the Schleiter family and their friendship with Michael Jackson aired on German TV sometime in January this year, but its English version was made available to us only recently, thanks to AlfonsMeir who uploaded it here.

The Schleiter family

Many of us have probably not heard of the Schleiters except their emphatic “Enough is enough” letter in support of Michael Jackson as previously they never spoke to the press.

I encourage everyone to read the letter and watch the documentary as the latter is quite accurate in describing Michael Jackson’s tribulations beginning with 1993 (except the wrong age of the accuser and some minor details) and covers almost everything up to Martin Bashir’s film and La Toya’s various performances in this or that attire for and against her brother.

Anyone can watch the documentary themselves to form an opinion, but your impression will not be full if you don’t know what is insinuated about Anton Schleiter by Michael’s detractors.  In fact it is the comparison between these freaks’ innuendoes and the truth which is a real eye-opener here. Read more…

What JEFFREY EPSTEIN’s case tells us about the MEDIA and MICHAEL JACKSON

June 9, 2020

Hopefully some of you have already seen the ‘Filthy Rich’ Netflix series about pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and had a chance to think it over.

The documentary requires a comparison with Dan Reed’s ‘Leaving Neverland’ of course, but there is so big a difference in the standards of research for the two films that it is not even worth it.

One is a sloppy propaganda piece, while the other is a serious study of a horrible case and a horrible phenomenon. And how can you compare the two rogues spilling their fantasies about Michael Jackson without any proof, with the testimonies of Epstein’s victims supported by the documents, police and even the FBI 53-page indictment? The two cases are totally incomparable and are actually poles apart.

But if you do compare there are at least two factors that are drawing attention.

One is that the genuine victims in ‘Filthy Rich’ look unwilling to discuss the sexual crimes committed against them and are visibly reluctant to describe them in graphic detail. There are no juicy details in their accounts and when it is necessary to give some, the victims stop short, clearly hesitate and are still unable to utter it. Only one woman out of many in ‘Filthy Rich’ mentioned a sex toy used by Epstein but said it in so low a voice that it was barely heard, though this was one of his main tools of abusing minors.

Remember Robson & Safechuck who gleefully described in ‘Leaving Neverland’ the various ways they were allegedly abused by MJ as well as their occasional smiles and twinkling of the eye during descriptions?

What a dead give-away that they are lying! Their desire to tell it in so much graphic detail in order to look convincing shows that for their own selves their stories are cold and devoid of any emotion, and all their descriptions are just words not resonating with any feelings.

Real feeling is what you see in Epstein’s victims though they do try to look unemotional and calm.

Another thing that strikes you as a very big difference is that Epstein’s victims never changed their stories. What they initially said they repeated later, and what they repeated later they had been saying from the very beginning. And though initially most of them were unwilling to talk, when interviewed by the police all of them admitted that they were molested by Epstein. According to the police two of the girls claimed that they ‘loved’ Epstein and hoped to marry him, but the fact of molestation was not disputed even by them.

The only ones who still deny everything are Epstein’s accomplices – Ghislaine Maxwell and several other monstrous females who turned the sexual abuse of girls into their daily routine. By now they have changed their names and are unavailable for comment, but hopefully one day they will see their day of reckoning.

If we didn’t know Robson to be a liar he could easily qualify for the role of an accomplice and it would be an interesting turn to the matter, because if we are to believe his current story it means that when defending Michael Jackson at the 2005 trial he perjured himself and obstructed justice that way. But if he told the truth then, it means that now he is lying to extort the MJ Estate for money (initially a billion reduced to hundreds of millions by today). So whichever way you look at him the only place where Robson really belongs is prison, and not a TV show. Read more…

The Debate With a Hollywood Producer: MICHAEL JACKSON, PROJECT M and STEVEN SPIELBERG

March 15, 2020

The previous post was about a debate between a Hollywood producer scornful of Michael Jackson and our reader ‘luv4hutch’ who sent us the text of their discussion and asked for a comment; and also some facts regarding the role of David Geffen in the life of Laura Nyro and Donna Summer, same as Michael Jackson’s.

The ruin of their careers revealed exactly the same modus operandi and is pointing to the same person in their immediate surrounding who put a hand to their destruction.

Here is the continuation of the debate and we begin where we left off – with David Geffen, of course and Project M on making a Peter Pan movie supposedly with Michael Jackson in the main role. The whole thing was a fake as it was never meant to be realized, but the scheme was elaborate and multi-task and resulted in putting the blame for its failure on Steven Spielberg which put an end to his friendship with Michael Jackson.

My interest in the debate is the frame of mind of people in Hollywood, and getting new facts, if any, to further clarify the picture around Michael Jackson then and now. Read more…

What Michael Jackson, Laura Nyro & Donna Summer had in common: DAVID GEFFEN

March 2, 2020

Reader luv4hutch has sent us the summary of his debate with a friend about Michael Jackson and asked for a comment or post about it. And though our waiting list is already long, let it be another unexpected post that precedes everything else.

The person who goes as a “Producer” in the debate is a producer working in the entertainment industry. His views about Jackson are standard for the people of his trade – they were formed by very many years of listening to rumor and innuendo from the so-called reliable people in Hollywood, generating inflated stories and feeding on them too, and also some scraps of insider’s information which may be occasionally true. All of it has long cemented into their rock solid confidence that no one can possibly know more about Jackson and that everything to know about him is already there.And since these people see no need in learning anything new or fact-checking the earlier stories we can safely say that they got stuck in the past, in a sort of Stone Age with regard to Michael Jackson.

“Reader” is the initiator of the debate who is apparently sitting on the fence and is torn between his friend who seems to be so knowledgeable about Jackson and his own doubts in the veracity of claims about him.  His views are more or less typical of the present of Michael Jackson – which is still controversial and unclear for the majority of people.

And we here represent Michael Jackson’s future. After more than 10 years of research of every pro and con argument we are one hundred per cent certain that Michael Jackson was innocent and consider it only a matter of time when it becomes obvious to everyone else. This confidence arose from examining every story about Jackson and after finding nothing incriminating there we have moved on to explore the unchartered waters and the subjects of our interest now are somewhat bewildering to the uninitiated – like the role of a certain Victor Gutierrez or David Geffen in Michael Jackson’s fate, for example.

So the main difference between us is that we know everything they know, while they don’t have even a fraction of our knowledge. They think they possess some precious insiders’ information and do not understand that we have already dissected their knowledge into a million pieces and have discarded it all after examining it several times over, and are far ahead of these people now. So far ahead that it is actually a bore to go over it again and again.

However I will still make a comment on an issue that needs clarification and further research and is actually what our Friend started with.

Producer: Geffen came on to Michael and got turned down? Well, that’s funny, considering before Michael had a taste for more dubious activities, he had a taste for men. I know of several men who can be reliably stated to have dated Michael, Jehovah Witness-ism to the contrary.

VMJ: Several men reliably stated it? If Scott Thorson is one of those highly reliable people here is a post about this character. As regards the opinion of Hollywood at large, our Friend should know better than others that there are no reliable sources in Hollywood – everyone lies there and everyone repeats someone else’s false story.

And this isn’t just my opinion – it is a statement of the Los Angeles Magazine that presented it as an indisputable fact in its March 2004 issue: Read more…

Blanca Francia’s Testimony Revisited: STRANGE CONNECTIONS

January 30, 2020

The previous post about Blanca Francia introduced you to psychologist Mike Craft, who started working with Blanca and her son Jason within a state-run program for molested children even before Jason was first interviewed by the police and recalled the three alleged tickling episodes. You also learned about attorney Terry Cannon, who reached a settlement with Michael Jackson’s lawyers on behalf of the Francia family.

Both Mike Craft and Terry Cannon surprised me by the time they appeared in Blanca Francia’s orbit.

Diane Dimond writes that the state-sponsored therapy program run by Mike Craft was arranged for Jason after his mother’s interview with the police (September 1993) and this means that the program had begun even before Jason complained about anything at all (in March ’94) and even before he first met with the police (on November 3, 1993).

Mike Craft is a marriage and family counselor. He set up his office in 1992. The number of staff is 1 (one).

If Jason Francia’s so-called therapy by Mike Craft indeed started before he recalled any tickling by MJ, it changes our perception of the situation around Michael Jackson in the most dramatic way.

As to attorney Terry Cannon he stunned me by entering the picture already at Jason Francia’s second police interview on March 24, 1994. This date didn’t jibe with the official version either as we were told that the negotiations over a settlement began only in late ’94/early ’95 after all dust in the Chandler case had settled.

These inexplicable shifts in the timeline were a curious twist to the story and demanded attention. What I found was a sensation that was lying almost on the surface. Read more…

Blanca Francia’s Testimony Revisited: THE TIMELINE

January 25, 2020

The promise to cover the remaining parts of ‘Leaving Neverland’ horror movie will be certainly kept, but before that we need to finish with the Blanca and Jason Francia’s story which is also a very big subject that has secrets of its own.

And I am not only talking about Blanca’s so-called evidence regarding Wade Robson that was handled in one of the previous posts – there are a lot of other interesting details that will open up to you if you really look.

Blanca Francia

This post will be about some of those secrets, but first here is a short reminder of what we found earlier about Blanca’s tale regarding Wade Robson.

Some excerpts from her 1993/94 deposition, posted on the internet only recently, made it clear that the story of ‘the former maid seeing Michael in a shower with little Wade Robson’ is a myth dispelled by her own depositions which took place just three years after the alleged event.

It turned out that she had seen only one figure in Michael Jackson’s shower – that of Michael himself. She only assumed that someone else could be there because his figure was blurred and half seen through the fogged glass, and she heard him give a little he-he-he giggle which made her think that he was talking to someone, though there were no other voices heard.

She also assumed that Wade Robson was in the shower as the boy was not in MJ’s room and she saw him and Michael Jackson together later in the day. But nothing was seen or heard in that bathroom – all of it was just a play of her vivid imagination.

Great as this discovery was, more awaited us when we learned that the alleged event  took place in December 1989 which dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s – by that time the Robsons had not even arrived in the US yet as their first visit to Neverland was only in February 1990.

So regardless of Robson’s claims, the described scene has nothing to do with him and we can forget about Robson for now.

A little more research brought us the name of the boy who really stayed at Neverland at the time specified by Blanca Francia – that of Ryan White, an AIDS victim whose condition was already so bad that he died just four months later, in April 1990.

Ryan White, aged 18 meets Ronald and Nancy Reagan. This is his last public appearance [March 1990]

Though being already 18 years old Ryan White looked very young, small and no older than 12, and could be easily taken by Blanca Francia for a ‘little’ friend of Michael Jackson.

And if she made her assumptions about that boy, any ideas about a joint shower with him will be completely crazy considering his disease, because at that time people were afraid of even sitting beside an AIDS victim, not to mention going to a shower or a bathtub with an infected person.

However another astonishing fact we know about Michael Jackson is that he wanted to go to a Jacuzzi with Ryan White.

When speaking to Larry King, Michael’s dermatologist Arnold Klein said that Michael asked him if going in a Jacuzzi with Ryan would be safe and didn’t pose a threat to him. He asked Dr. Hoefflin too, and Hoefflin strongly advised him against it, while Klein said it was okay.

But why did Michael want to do it for Ryan White?

He wanted to show the boy that he wasn’t a pariah and that at least Michael wasn’t afraid of him. Michael’s heart always went out to the weak and he wanted Ryan to feel normal and no different from others. He wanted to set him at his ease and acted like there was nothing extraordinary in taking a Jacuzzi with an infected person though everyone around shunned him like the plague.

In case Michael Jackson managed to realize his big plan and did take Ryan to a Jacuzzi during that visit, Blanca Francia could indeed see their wet swimming trunks on the floor (as she said she did) and Michael could indeed take a shower after that, right in the middle of the day.

As to Ryan White, after the Jacuzzi he would certainly go back to his guest unit to have a nap there – he was so frail that he regularly took a nap in the daytime to regain his strength.

For details of what Blanca Francia said during those 1993/94 depositions please go to this post. And if you want to learn more about Ryan White’s five-day stay at Neverland (in a guest unit by the way) in December ‘89 and see how he got acquainted with MJ at all, you can go to a separate page of this blog that will tell you about the two visits to Neverland described by Ryan White himself. He doesn’t mention the Jacuzzi, but if it did happen it could be only during his second visit to Neverland at Christmas 1989.

And we proceed to Blanca Francia’s numerous depositions that span the incredible period of nearly 25 years – this is how long every speck of dust around Michael was dissected by law enforcement, the media and his detractors.

Our goal is to see 1) what Blanca and Jason Francia testified to and what is true and false in their story 2) how their narrative progressed as time went by and 3) why and how Blanca reached a $2 mln. settlement agreement with MJ in connection with her son’s claims that he was tickled on three occasions within the five years they knew him. Read more…

A See-Through-Lies Manual on Orietta Murdock, Victor Gutierrez and Joy Robson

December 22, 2019

UPDATED

In the comments for one of this blog posts there are two short texts about little Wade Robson in Michael Jackson’s recording studio – one is Orietta Murdock’s statement from the Prosecution ‘Prior Bad Acts’ Motion for the 2005 trial and the other comes from Victor Gutierrez’s literary opus about Michael published in 1996.

For those who don’t know the above characters here is a reminder:  Orietta Murdock was Michael Jackson’s administrative assistant in September 1989–January 1991 and Victor Gutierrez is a pedophilia advocate who dogged Jackson since the late 80s, spread innumerable lies about him and who by Diane Dimond’s own admission, was the latter’s best source.

The stories by Murdock and Gutierrez are the usual kind – they are blatant lies about Michael Jackson and the only peculiar thing about them is that they are identical, though told by different people and at different times. My conclusion was that in the job of smearing Michael Jackson these two personas worked in close cooperation with each other, and Gutierrez was most probably the one with whom the false text originated.

The story proper was not analyzed as I thought that the proof of Murdock’s cooperation with a scumbag like Gutierrez was reason enough to immediately flash it down the toilet, but a reader left a comment to the effect that who told whom is a secondary matter as the basis of the story is true.

Indeed, who told whom doesn’t matter that much, but I am highly resentful of the idea that the basis of the story is true.  It is absolutely not true, though I understand why people fall into the fallacy of thinking that it is – if some elements sound familiar people get the impression that they know the general idea, and if a couple of details are real, they imagine that the whole of it is basically correct.

But clean and dirty waters are also basically the same as they share the same molecular structure, only one is safe to drink while the other will cause you sickness and even death. And the same goes for stories and information at large – though looking similar some of it is downright poisonous.

So it’s high time we realized that it is absolutely not enough to know the story ‘in general’ – this is only the illusion of knowledge and if you don’t know the story in full you may as well consider yourself ignorant of the matter.

HARD FACTS

Before we deal with the Gutierrez and Murdock lies the first thing to start with is establishing the hard facts of the story. And there can’t be a better source for the episodes described than Joy Robson, mother of Wade Robson. She testified to all that at the 2005 trial and her account can be trusted as even after her son’s U-turn against Jackson she hasn’t changed it and it is only her perception of some details that may be different now. Read more…

Blanca Francia’s Deposition BLASTS the Wade Robson Story

December 4, 2019

The name of Blanca Francia is now firmly associated with Wade Robson. She used to be a personal maid to Michael Jackson, who later made controversial statements about him, and Robson insisted on Michael’s innocence for the first 30 years of his life, but since making his U-turn in 2013 has told most horrible things about his former friend.

So previously Francia and Robson were on the opposite sides of the barrier, and now they are allies whose case against Jackson is based on each other stories – Blanca Francia thinks she saw the shadow of Robson in Michael Jackson’s shower at Neverland, and Robson, though recalling none of it himself, goes much further and claims she saw Michael Jackson “rubbing the Plaintiff” and “the Plaintiff’s head was pressed against Michael Jackson’s stomach area.”

The above Robson’s statements come from his Motion to amend his third amended complaint filed on September 9, 2016 (for its screenshot see the collage below).

The collage, combining an excerpt from the 2016 Motion and Robson’s milder version of the same from an earlier court document, was made by Hammer whose Twitter account also introduced me to the recent 2016 deposition of Blanca Francia.

Why is the description of the shower episode different in Robson’s two court documents and why is the amended 2016 version so gross in its content?

Whenever Robson’s story is found inconsistent his standard reply is that his memory “evolved”. But given that the new amendment was made three days after Blanca Francia’s deposition on September 6, 2016, it would be logical to assume that Robson took all those salacious details from her new testimony – however the problem here is that Blanca Francia said nothing of the kind there, so Robson must have drawn inspiration from another source.

Of course Blanca Francia’s deposition is available to us only in the bits and pieces put online by the one who bought those pages from the court reporter, but when you start reading the little we have, you will realize that even the above graphic content is not that important as it fades in comparison with the discovery we make there. Read more…

10 years of vindicating Michael Jackson

November 21, 2019

Sometimes there are dates or anniversaries of which you don’t know whether to celebrate them or to mourn them. After Michael Jackson’s 10th death anniversary this year, we now have the 10th anniversary of the foundation of our Vindicate MJ blog. Exactly today 10 years ago, on November 21 in 2009, Helena sent this blog online into the world with these first words:

“Father, Forgive Them; They Don’t Know What They Are Doing…”, with Johann Sebastian Bach’s famous Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major called “Air” and with her explanation why she started this work.

Well, in view of the fact that nothing has changed since November 2009 and that we still have to fight for the truth, it’s hard to celebrate this 10 year anniversary. And meanwhile I believe it is fair to say that some things cannot be forgiven anymore – at least it is up to God to forgive the liars, our human souls are not able to do this.10 years

When faced with the “Leaving Neverland” spectacle this year, it felt like we were thrown back to the beginning of our journey and have to start with educating people all over again.

However, what happened within these 10 years made us stronger and helped us to counter these new allegations with much more knowledge. There was so much research done by Jackson’s fans and supporters in this decade that we now can reply to every new claim and allegation with an enormous amount of facts like nobody else. This was harder in the beginning after Michael’s death than it is now.

Of course, the media didn’t learn much during this time, they ignore most of the facts now as they did it in earlier years. This is a systematic approach! We cannot rely on their objective treatment of Michael Jackson and all the stories spread about him. When it comes to MJ, they are still not interested in doing the task assigned to them: detailed fact-checking and objective assessment and reporting of stories and allegations.

But with all the research that was done by Michael Jackson “truthers” in an almost scientific manner since Michael’s death, we today can be very sure and convinced that we are right! That we are not mistaken! Because with every new fact we found out, our convictions were corroborated. And this is the joint work of international groups of bloggers, advocates and researchers, of which Helena is one of the most important.

On this day I want to highlight particularly the work done by Helena in the course of these 10 years, with so much passion that sometimes her health suffered severely from it. I remember the several public trials she covered arduously, writing posts every day and night, hardly sleeping during these weeks. I remember the attacks from MJ haters by impersonating the blog with lies and fake news. I remember her falling in a hurry and breaking her wrists which required her to stay in hospital for a while and leaving the blog to others, when she couldn’t write herself. The several times of absence from the blog always made the readers miss her very much – because she could not and never can be replaced. Her quick perception and excellent judgment and assessment of things are unparalleled and so much needed in difficult situations when false stories on Michael become overwhelming and people don’t know what to believe. In these times we need somebody with a clear view, with a wealth of knowledge and a good memory, leading us through the waves of rumors, untruths and biased reporting.

Certainly, nobody can do this amount of work on a daily basis for years. We need to stay healthy, we have families and have to care for other things and family members. So the temporal intervals between writing posts became longer over time, and it also didn’t seem necessary to repeat all facts any time new claims and lies on Michael came up. Principally, all was said on the allegations, and the facts speak for themselves.

But this year was different. Leaving Neverland and the two liars and their director made us nearly vomit considering the filthiness and the impertinence of their lies. And also nauseating was the fact that the media and the entertainment industry embraced the film despite the transparency of the lies, as well as the fact that pedophilia doesn’t seem any longer a subject of disgust, but of entertainment and a new ideology (“children can enjoy sex with adults”). Moreover, the agenda to bring down Jackson’s legacy became so obvious.

Seeing Robson and Safechuck going so far as to present themselves with their lies as movie stars (with even photo sessions showing them as the popstars they always wanted to be) was a shock – not a shock about the lies they told, because we already knew them – but a shock about how low some people can sink to make headlines and to take revenge.

The good thing that happened after the initial shock was the unity and the collective reaction of the fanbase and MJ advocates. And especially that many younger “MJ truthers” took over and stroke back on Twitter, YouTube and other social media, even in form of a great documentary, with joint forces and vast knowledge. This gives us a lot of hope. Helena and I are over 60 now, and we need the younger ones to take over and continue the work. It is necessary that younger fans carry forward the vindication work with the same passion and with new instruments and skills, and we are glad that we can rely on them.

Now I would particularly like to say a big Thank you to Helena for her tireless work and commitment. She is one of the pioneers in the MJ blogger community that emerged after Michael’s death, and did a lot of the essential research we needed for today. And we hope that she will be here as long as possible and give us the light we need.

I think we can be thankful that we could keep the blog alive for 10 years now and that nobody could break us. Considering the new law controlling the internet in Helena’s home country, this cannot be taken for granted for the future. And now that a new Californian legislation enables Robson and Safechuck to return their cases to the trial court, there is possibly a lot more work to do and we are far from reaching our goal. But we hope for the best that we will be able to go on TOGETHER!

The VMJ blog is an academic Chair for studying Michael Jackson, and it hopefully will exist another 10 years and longer, beyond our own lives, to educate next generations. This is our wish and we will take care that it remains safe. Thanks to all our readers who keep us going!

May God bless you, Helena!

WHAT WE KNOW about Mark Quindoy’s Diary and Wade Robson. Part 3

November 16, 2019

If somebody tells you that he kept a diary when travelling to an exotic place, and when you start reading it you find that the the names and locations are all wrong, the dates are messed up and the museum described was closed in that particular season, you will suspect that the writer is pulling your leg and just fabricated the whole thing, probably never going on that trip at all.

The same with Mariano “Mark” Quindoy.

Mark Quindoy reads out from his diary, 1993

Quindoy claimed that he kept a diary since his first day of employment at Neverland, but it has so many inaccuracies in the dates, names and descriptions that at some point you start realizing that it is a fabrication.

Michael Jackson’s detractors will excuse Quindoy’s blunders by saying that “it was long ago and he simply misremembered it”, however this excuse cannot be applied to a diary which is kept then and there and if something worthy of attention happens in the morning you make a note of it in the evening. Or the next day. Or the same week at the very latest.

A diary cannot have any discrepancies and if not true to life in its every detail, it is actually an imitation based on outside sources and the author’s fantasy. It is either this or that,  with no shades of gray in between.

Therefore it is no use sorting through the mess of Mariano Quindoy’s diary trying to filter the “correct” facts from its lies and inaccuracies – if some pieces of his diary are messed up it means that the whole of it was fabricated.

WHAT THE ‘DIARY’ SAYS ABOUT SAFECHUCK

Mariano Quindoy’s diary has reached us in its several versions. First it was reported by the media as Quindoy presented it at his 1993 press conference in Manila. Then Quindoy’s ideas were stated in the prosecution “Prior Bad Acts” Motion of December 10, 2004. And then it was retold in several books (Diane Dimond’s is the example).

Let us go over Quindoy’s most striking statements that went into the Prosecution “Prior Bad Acts” Motion. Read more…

What Do We Know About Mariano “Mark” Quindoy? Part 2

November 5, 2019

By September 1993, when Mariano “Mark” and Ofelia “Faye” Quindoy arranged a press conference in Manila, their legal battle with Michael Jackson had been going for three years – since they left Neverland in August 1990. The disputed sum was $283,000 they thought Michael Jackson owed them in unpaid overtime wages.

For a while all seemed quiet, but in late 1991– early 1992 they started seeking contact with the media. We’ve seen their two big TV interviews with Hard Copy (Feb.1992) and Geraldo (July 1992), and an earlier contract with the “Sun” for $25,000 to tell a frank and full story about their work for Michael Jackson – however then they didn’t say a single bad word about their former employer.

The Quindoys and Michael Jackson

But knowing that when doing those interviews the Quindoys were also litigating Michael Jackson, it was easy to assume that their public appearances were actually a warning sent to Michael via TV – if their payment demands were not met, the very same story about him would acquire a different coloring.

Indeed, their earlier interviews had all the makings of future allegations – the comment that Michael used to throw around his clothes and underwear was a signal that it could turn into “boy’s underwear” lying by his bedside, the bed on the second floor of his bedroom where his guests “usually stayed” could turn into a “never slept in” bed, and the innocent fact that for their 6 months there they didn’t see any MJ’s girlfriends would later turn into the idea that he was gay.

The supposition that the interviews were a veiled threat was confirmed by an unexpected source – Victor Gutierrez, who claims that the Quindoys “made demands of” Jackson and threatened him. Gutierrez says that he was also planning to interview them. Read more…

What Do We Know About Mariano “Mark” Quindoy? Part 1

October 31, 2019

Recently I came across an interview of Mariano “Mark” Quindoy, a former housekeeper at Neverland and his wife Ofelia “Faye” Quindoy who worked at Neverland as chef. The video claims that the Quindoys were employed at the ranch for two years and shows Mariano “Mark” Quindoy saying that during his time at the ranch he eye-witnessed a scene in the pool area where Michael Jackson allegedly kissed a boy and put his hand into the boy’s pants. The name of the boy was not specified.

Mariano “Mark” Quindoy on Current Affair, Jan.17, 1994

This previously unknown video is a clip from the Current Affair program dated January 17, 1994, but it surfaced only recently sparking off numerous exclamations from its viewers like “Shocking”, “Never seen this before. I can’t believe some people think he’s innocent”, “Why the hell did they stay silent?” etc.

It just happened that right at that time I was also rereading the Prosecution Motion of December 10, 2004 introducing the so-called “Prior Bad Acts” into the forthcoming Michael Jackson trial (also known as #1108 Motion), and the details and wording of the statement of the same Mariano “Mark” Quindoy in that paper made it clear that Robson’s and Safechuck’s stories in the “Leaving Neverland” film are for the most part based on Quindoy’s claims – up to the description of some scenes repeated by these two characters almost verbatim.

This suddenly made Mariano “Mark” Quindoy big news again, so we need to closely look into this character and his story, especially into that striking episode near the pool area which Quindoy allegedly observed at Neverland and which, according to #1108 Motion, supposedly involved Jimmy Safechuck. It is the same episode as the one in the video, only described in the prosecution paper in much more detail. Read more…

Danny Wu’s documentary SQUARE ONE about Michael Jackson is a MUST-SEE

October 9, 2019

Danny Wu did a remarkable job.

His SQUARE ONE documentary does away with the allegations against Michael Jackson in a very concise and clear way, and what amazes me most is that despite the documentary being only 1 hour and 20 minutes long he manages to cover it all and not miss a thing. Out of the vast exculpatory materials accumulated since Michael Jackson’s passing, Danny Wu managed to select only the most essential facts and documents that tell the truth about those allegations in their most condensed form.

From what I hear about the author he more or less believed Michael Jackson’s accusers after watching the “Leaving Neverland” fake but since it didn’t feel right for him to just blindly accept it, it triggered off his own research and after an obviously very deep dive into the MJ story he made his rebuttal documentary just in two months – a miraculous phenomenon in and of itself, especially considering how impressive the result is.

Even from this point of view it is totally unlike Dan Reed’s tedious shooting and reshooting of his “Leaving Neverland” scenes intended to present its characters in their most favorable light and give them some semblance of credibility through their endless repetitive lies, which are meant to pass off as “research” that actually never took place there.

It is also funny how Danny Wu manages to be slightly ironic about Dan Reed’s crooked job by imitating his signature aerial views and piano music which adds to this documentary at lot as you can’t help occasionally laughing even despite the seriousness of the subject.

In short the quality, accuracy and standard of research of SQUARE ONE are phenomenal, which make it a must-see for those who never heard MJ’s real story and are ready to leave the nasty media matrix to discover the sensational truth that Michael Jackson was an innocent man.

And even long-time researchers like us can also find in the documentary some new facts to carry on with. Read more…

LIES OF “LEAVING NEVERLAND” and the matter of JOY ROBSON’S HAIRSTYLE

August 29, 2019

Honest people to whom the truth matters are doing so splendid a job of debunking  the lies of Dan Reed’s ‘Leaving Neverland’ film that I can only watch in awe the speed at which they are doing it. Great new videos have been released lately and more are still to come – the ‘Leaving Neverland‘ fakes are indeed an endless source for research and analysis for those who value the truth and reveal it to others.

The thorough shredding of ‘Leaving Neverland’ into pieces seems to have come as a surprise to its authors as well as the mainstream media – none of them expected Michael Jackson’s fans to watch the film in the first place, not to mention the fans’ determination to dissect it.  Of course all those involved in making this fabrication continue to play the old tune, but now they are definitely on the defense and sound more and more like a broken record. Their fake documentary is in rags now because of the numerous holes poked in it, but the liars in and around the film continue to pretend they don’t see anything wrong with it and don’t mind the stench. And this is what backfires most – the more they pretend and censor the voices of reason, the clearer Michael’s innocence is.

Out of the many latest videos debunking Robson’s and Safechuck’s lies the only one available to me is the one called ‘Lies of Leaving Neverland’, released in mid-August, almost on the eve of Michael Jackson’s birthday.

The video is a marvel. It takes only 32 minutes to show the enormity of falsifications in Dan Reed’s film – its numerous contradictions, provable lies, fakes scenes, restaged shoots, reconstructed memories, omission of critical information, manipulation of news clips, use of discredited source materials, key motives ignored and whatnot.

But to me the most stunning discovery of all were the fragments of Robson’s and his mother’s depositions videotaped in 2016 and released only now. Let me tell you – it is one thing to read the tapescripts and it is a totally different thing to see them saying it. Read more…

How the TRUTH of “Chernobyl” Dumped the “Leaving Neverland” FAKE

June 25, 2019

“This is not a film about Michael Jackson. It’s about the Robsons and Safechucks and their encounters with Jackson,” said Dan Reed about his “Leaving Neverland” creation.

Following Reed’s example I will also say that this post is not about Michael Jackson – it is about the two filmmakers whose films are the complete opposites and the only common feature and drawback they share is that both were produced by HBO.

This common production platform is indeed a drawback because the superb accuracy of Craig Mazin’s  “Chernobyl” may lead people to believe that “Leaving Neverland” made by Dan Reed is up to the same standard of factual accuracy. And the glorious effect of one film may reflect on the other though these two films are actually like poles apart – Reed’s so-called documentary is a blatant fake while Craig Mazin’s dramatization movie, which even has some fictional characters, is still breathtakingly authentic and true to life.

Craig Mazin

And this is not to mention the fact that Craig Mazin’s work is up to the highest standards of journalistic and human ethics, while Dan Reed is even unaware of these words.

If you put these films side by side you will also suddenly realize that the tragic but simple truth is much more harrowing than even the most sophisticated and horrible lies. Read more…

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