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WADE ROBSON and JIM MORET Mark the Ninth Anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Death

October 10, 2018

A reader wondered why Wade Robson restarted his ‘molestation’ story this May though his frivolous lawsuits against the Estate and MJ companies were tossed out at the end of last year.

The question doesn’t even require an answer – Robson has nothing else to do but sit on his old bag of lies and has nowhere to go but the media which is always willing to listen to a Michael Jackson detractor even when his lies are so obvious.

So what’s really interesting is why this failed liar is still being invited there and why Robson’s renewed speech occurred at the time it occurred.

As to the timing of the event it is no mystery whatsoever – it has become a time honored tradition to restart allegations about Michael Jackson exactly a month before the anniversary of his death.

This period is a strategic check point in a continued war against Jackson and each year it pursues the same goals – the stories fabricated at this time are meant to obscure Michael Jackson’s full acquittal on June 13th (2005) unwelcome to some people, and overshadow his untimely death on June 25th (2009) still mourned by almost everyone in the world.

These bogus stories are meant to direct public attention elsewhere, refresh old lies about Jackson and add a couple of new ones in order to solidify the image of an ‘abuser’ long created for the poor Michael, and leave it there until the next anniversary arrives – a simple but effective propaganda technique that takes people on a smooth path from the initial rejection of a lie to its complete acceptance and ‘everyone knows it’ stage.

We’ve long noticed the ugly trend of this regular mud-slinging as had to regularly debunk new fakes about Michael Jackson at this time of the year, and now the history of those fabrications can be easily traced back by the posts made on those occasions.

And before we talk about this year’s venture let me remind everyone of previous attempts.

REGULAR EVENT

MAY 2010 was marked by the announcement of a new ground-breaking book about Michael Jackson, meant to ‘humanize’ him and recommended by some university professors for ‘family reading’. The author was a certain Carl Toms, who later turned out to be a convicted pedophile Thomas O’Carroll whose true identity was exposed by Michael’s fans.

Despite the overwhelming protests the book of this criminal was published, though its ultimate goal was to promote the ‘cause’ of this scum of the earth by dragging into the picture the innocent name of Michael Jackson. Here is a series of posts about it, complete with a look at those professors who recommended the pedophilia opus for family reading.

In MAY 2011 a certain Daphne Barak suddenly popped up with a tale about Aaron Carter who allegedly spoke of MJ’s inappropriate behavior towards him. An extensive investigation found the story to be a fabrication and the tape accompanying it a compilation of Carter’s words taken out of a different context.

Carter did indeed talk of some ‘King’ who once freaked him out by sitting on his bed at night, however it was Lou Pearlman, the King of boy bands and Carter’s manager at whose place many of them stayed and who is serving his time in prison now and has a long trail of sex assault accusations by the members of his boy bands. Here are the details of that thriller.

The MAY 2012 post was about Scott Thorson who, fresh from prison and on the eve of the third anniversary of MJ’s death, suddenly decided to improve his finances by alleging that he had once had a ‘secret romance’ with MJ.

Our detailed post debunking the lie ended with a question if Scott Thorson will ever understand that blood money has never done anyone any good. The journalist who happens to know Thorson answered a big NO to this question (so he never will) and was correct. When Thorson’s story subsided its author was incarcerated again for his other offenses which were numerous and varied.

MAY 2013 was a big time for Wade Robson. After testifying about Michael Jackson’s innocence twice and both time under oath – in 1993 to the Grand Jury and at the 2005 trial – he suddenly reentered the picture with an opposite story claiming that he had been ‘sexually abused’.

Robson defended Michael Jackson at the 2005 trial

Trying to explain his previous two decades of standing by Jackson he presented a ridiculous version that he ‘always knew what had been done to him’ only ‘he didn’t realize that it was rape’ (even when he testified to Michael’s innocence at the age of 22), and realized it, poor thing, only when it was explained it to him in a recent therapy session.

This is what British journalist Charles Thomson had to say about it.  And here is Joe Vogel’s take on the same issue.

Throughout the summer of 2013 which was also the time of a grueling court fight between Katherine Jackson and AEG Live, the media salivated over Robson’s news and kept throwing in even more mud.

Beginning with June 2013 a certain James Desborough, a former editor of the defunct News of the World and a freelance journalist now, published in UK tabloids a series of stories about the innumerable millions allegedly paid by MJ to ‘dozens’ of boys no one ever heard of and allegedly listed in some secret FBI files. The story was found to be a big fat lie and if you don’t mind a long and winding investigation here and here are the details.

JUNE 2014 was marked by a CNN interview with Conrad Murray, the doctor who killed Michael Jackson and whose sentence to four years in jail had been cut by half due to overcrowding in prisons. Immediately upon his release the ex-doctor was welcomed on TV to share his valuable views on Jackson – first in an interview and then in a widely publicized documentary. Both events were not only biased, but a horrible insult to justice, truth and simple human decency.

If the media anticipated some ‘dark secrets’ to be disclosed by Murray, they were disappointed – the ex-doctor mostly justified his method of treating Jackson (which led to his death) and only hinted at possible revelations if the media offers were interesting enough. All of it resulted in Conrad Murray writing a book in the summer of 2016 which showed him so malign a narcissist that after the initial agitation the media quickly dropped the matter to avoid further embarrassment. Here is more about that saga. And here too.

In MAY 2015 Robson suffered his first setback. He wanted money from the MJ Estate but the judge didn’t allow his probate creditor’s claim to proceed. The media downplayed the news focusing on the idea that the case was thrown out ‘for technical reasons only’, and was partially correct – at that stage the judge was not even expected to decide on the merits of the case. His sole responsibility was to find if the creditor’s claim could proceed or not, and it naturally couldn’t as all datelines had long expired.

JUNE 2015 was also the 10th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s full acquittal in court, but not a single journalist in the mainstream and tabloid media, except Roger Friedman and Charles Thomson, remembered it. The details are here and here.

A year later, in JUNE 2016 Robson’s other case which was a civil lawsuit against MJ’s companies, was still dragging and to fill the void the media struck afresh with a series of lies published on RadarOnline and other tabloid media that reposted their story.

RadarOnline had been a go-to place for Robson’s lawyers since the inception of his project, but this time the forces supporting Robson surpassed themselves – they meddled with the police documents for the 2005 trial and fabricated the accompanying pictures to imitate porn which was declared to be ‘revealed only now’. The anti-Michael campaign raged all over the media, but the RadarOnline report was so crass and shameless a fake that Michael’s nephews threatened to take legal action against the paper. In the midst of it all Robson suddenly changed his team of lawyers and the matter somehow died, however leaving the unsuspecting public with ripples of suspicions about Jackson. More about it here and here.

That story would not be complete if I didn’t mention the fun fact that a few months after those RadarOnline publications their fakes mysteriously disappeared from the web and can no longer be traced even by archive machines. So even if you know nothing about that case, this disappearance act alone will tell you how big a lie the whole thing was.

When threatened with legal action RadarOnline didn’t want to be held responsible for their fabrication, especially since their goal had been achieved and all the damage to Michael’s name had already been done, so they quietly pulled that material leaving no trace behind them. This hit-and-run RadarOnline operation was revealed in this investigative piece.

Considering all of the above JUNE 2017 was expected by us to be another round of fakes about MJ (our Susannerb even made a post about it), however either because RadarOnline learned its lesson or we missed something in our overview of the battlefield, the eighth anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death seemed to be uneventful in terms of new lies about Jackson (please correct me if I overlooked something).

Moreover, the early summer of 2017 surprised us by a fairly well-made TV movie titled “Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland” and based on the book “Remember the Time” by two of Jackson’s bodyguards – you can watch it here in minor quality.

However in MAY 2018 the mud slinging resumed. After all his setbacks in court Wade Robson resurfaced again, this time in the court of public opinion, and gave an interview to Jim Moret of Inside Edition – the one who interviewed the Robson family back in 1993 and made a report about them on CNN.  And since it was Jim Moret who provided his public platform to Wade Robson to let him rekindle his lies there, it is he who interests us most.

JIM MORET

Jim Moret. Twitter

Indeed, who is Jim Moret?

Wiki says that he is a journalist and also a lawyer who acted as a legal analyst in covering several celebrity trial cases for various TV and radio channels:

Jim Moret (born December 3, 1956) is the chief correspondent for the syndicated television news magazine Inside Edition. Moret has covered entertainment news and traditional hard news stories for over 25 years. He is a regular guest contributor, legal analyst and guest-host on CNN, HLN, Fox News Channel, Court TV, and MSNBC.

Moret graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a degree in Communication Studies and received a J.D. from Southwestern Law School.

Moret has covered many major California criminal cases including [ ] the O.J. Simpson criminal and civil trials, Scott Peterson double murder trial and the Michael Jackson molestation case, for which he served as the broadcast legal analyst for numerous television and radio networks.

Okay, so since Jim Moret covered the MJ trial in 2005 ‘for numerous TV and radio networks’ as a legal analyst, here comes the next question: How did he cover it?

Describing the way the 2005 trial was reported by the media, several recent articles placed Jim Moret side by side with Diane Dimond as if suggesting that their presentation of the trial was similar or the same.

Steve Knopper, whose two books about the entertainment industry have already been quoted in this blog, spoke to Jim Moret and in his 2016 article made no bones about Moret’s views:

  • “Jim Moret believes Jackson is a child molester. He acknowledges the prosecution made a weak case. But he adds: “Are you asking in my gut, did I feel he was guilty? Yeah, I did.”

Well, first of all, the prosecution case was very strong in terms of the number of con artists of various sorts collected by the prosecution to speak against Jackson and covering more than a decade from early 90s to early 2000s – the period that went well beyond the scope of that particular trial. But as regards the evidence against Jackson their case was indeed weak – there was simply none.

However Jim Moret is apparently the type of a lawyer who doesn’t rely on facts but is guided mostly by his gut feeling, which is enough for him to call a person a criminal. What a remarkable feature for a reporter and legal analyst who is supposed to be analyzing the trial with utmost objectivity! And how fortunate we were to have the 12 jurors who were guided by facts and facts alone!

Here are some excerpts from Steve Knopper’s piece:

Michael Jackson’s 2005 Child-Molestation Trial: Journalists Remember the Public Frenzy, Porn, Hijinks

7/1/2016 by Steve Knopper

Atty. Jim Moret, Network Legal Analyst for Michael Jackson trial [2005]

…Jackson’s trial lasted from the day Tom Sneddon, the Santa Barbara County district attorney, filed charges on December 18, 2003, to the jury’s not-guilty verdict on June 13, 2005.It had extreme moments of drama and spectacle befitting the King of Pop, like the day of his first court appearance, when he jumped on top of a black SUV and performed dance steps to a screaming crowd, or the day he showed up in court in pajamas.(And there was the porn, which prosecutors intended to show as evidence of Jackson’s boy-loving depravity, but, in a twisted way, it established him as a straight male.)Jackson’s trial was similar to those of O.J. Simpson, Scott Peterson and others, all covered wall-to-wall by cable television and drawing thousands of fans and gawkers. But Judge Rodney Melville closed the courtroom to live media, unlike Simpson’s trial, giving more weight to reporters’ brief daily reports.…Like some reporters who covered the trial, notably Diane Dimond of Hard Copy, Jim Moret of Inside Edition believes Jackson is a child molester. He acknowledges the prosecution made a weak case, particularly in its reliance on the bizarre, finger-snapping testimony of Janet Arvizo, mother of the 10-year-old boy who accused Jackson of molestation. But he adds: “Are you asking in my gut, did I feel he was guilty? Yeah, I did.”Other reporters were dismayed by the openly biased media experts and correspondents who took courtroom seats daily. “There were reporters [at the trial] who had dedicated much of their careers to, for some reason, exposing Michael Jackson as a molester,” says Linda Deutsch, the veteran Associated Press trial reporter who filed regular reports from Santa Maria. “I never understood it. And it was very troubling.”Although Jackson received the best possible verdict, the public ordeal of the lengthy trial visibly took a toll on his health; reporters watched in the courtroom as he struggled to sit down and stand up and occasionally did stretching exercises during breaks. (He died on June 25, 2009.) “It was clear to everyone his health was suffering,” says Peter Bowes, who covered the trial for BBC News. “He became frailer, a lot thinner—almost, I hate to use this phrase, zombie-like, as he walked in and out…. It was tragic to watch.”

There is always something new to learn even from an old story. The above article, for example, made me aware of the importance of live media in the courtroom and of a fundamental difference between MJ’s trial and the trials covered live (O.J.Simpson’s case, for example).

If Michael Jackson’s trial had been broadcast live the media would have had much lesser room for misrepresenting the case. Its outcome would have been the same (full acquittal), but the public would have been convinced of Michael’s innocence in the same way the 12 jurors were convinced of it when they were bringing in a unanimous NOT guilty verdict.

However since there was no live coverage the people had a completely distorted picture of that trial, but still imagine that they can liken Michael Jackson’s not guilty verdict to that in Simpson’s case though in one case they saw all of it with their own eyes and formed their own opinion of it, and in Michael’s case they were guided by other people’s reports that were largely biased, vile and often downright false.

But one thing is a far cry from the other and there can’t be any comparison between the picture you see with your own eyes with a false impression imposed on you by journalistic monsters like Diane Dimond et al. or legal analysts like Jim Moret who value their gut feelings more than facts.

Randy Taraborrelli: “Jim Moret, has been a friend of mine for years; we covered the Michael Jackson trial in Santa Maria together”

A small tip to the TV people – reenact the trial based on its court transcripts and it will open up a wealth of exculpatory information about Jackson and will clear the minds of many.

Another article of the 2005 period puts Jim Moret’s name beside Diane Dimond again and describes the US celebrity show trials as a crime caster industry calling its participants ‘a travelling band of analysts’ most of whom regard it as a way to make a good living for themselves.

To Some, Jackson Trial Is Another Shot at TV

By JOHN M. BRODER APRIL 2, 2005

SANTA MARIA, Calif.

Anne Bremner has taken unpaid time off from her Seattle law practice to sit in the courtroom and offer television commentary on the Michael Jackson trial. The visibility the case has given her, she said, has meant millions of dollars of new business for her firm.

…Drawn by the flame of the klieg lights and the television money that powers them, lawyer-commentators have been a fixture at widely publicized trials at least since William Kennedy Smith was tried and acquitted of rape in Palm Beach, Fla., in 1991. The tribulations of O.J. Simpson, Kobe Bryant, Scott Peterson and now Michael Jackson have brought this traveling band of analysts to the media bivouacs that spring up around America’s celebrity show trials.

Some of the sideline analysts at Mr. Jackson’s trial are familiar from previous spectacles. Jim Moret, who is covering the trial as senior correspondent for the syndicated program “Inside Edition,” was the studio anchor for CNN’s coverage of Mr. Simpson’s trial.

Diane Dimond of Court TV, who is not a lawyer, is among the nation’s foremost experts on Mr. Jackson’s personal and legal issues and is reporting around the clock from a tent pitched in the driveway of the Santa Maria courthouse.

…The Jackson trial has also provided a venue for lesser-known lawyers and courthouse denizens to break into the crimecaster industry.  There a revolving cast of talking heads offers up comment on the proceedings. The video is made available to the networks participating in a pool arrangement, which explains why Ms. Bremner or Mr. Moret, say, may show up on two or three different networks in a single day.

“Trials are like public morality plays,” Ms. Bremner said. “And there’s a public-education aspect to it, in this case more so than in many others.”

She said the Jackson case had provided an occasion to debate a state law on sex crimes cases that allowed the introduction of evidence of past offenses, even if they were not reported or prosecuted. The case has also illumined the vulnerability of a celebrity suspect to possible swindlers or to a prosecutor on a mission, she said.

Some analysts appear to have been hired because of their connections to the prosecution or the defense. NBC has contracted Jim Thomas, the former sheriff of Santa Barbara County, to analyze the trial. Mr. Thomas, who worked closely for years with Thomas W. Sneddon Jr., the Santa Barbara district attorney who is leading the Jackson prosecution, offers insight from the perspective of law enforcement officers and prosecutors.

NBC has also contracted Ronald Richards, who describes himself as a “professional friend” of Thomas A. Mesereau Jr., Mr. Jackson’s chief defense lawyer. Mr. Richards said he tried to be neutral but added that the network hired him because of his expertise on criminal defense issues.

Mr. Richards said no one but a blockhead did legal commentary without being paid. “I don’t understand these lawyers who come up here and do it for free,” he said. “I guess some people are addicted to the camera. It’s like a shot of heroin. If they think it’s good for their legal business, they’re just rationalizing their addiction.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/02/us/to-some-jackson-trial-is-another-shot-at-tv.html

This was an interesting insight into the trade of legal analysts. So while some of them used MJ’s trial for the promotion of their law firms, the majority of legal analysts did their commentary for money, and Jim Moret was among those who could show up on two or three networks in a single day. Imagine the financial benefits he reaped from that activity.

And not that he didn’t need that money – he needed it very much. Jim Moret left CNN in 2001 and stayed out of work for a while. Eventually his career went back on track, however by then he had already got himself entangled in loans and by 2008 his finances were so bad that he seriously considered committing suicide (all of it is described in his book “The Last Day of My Life” published in 2010). Here is the very short of that story:

Like so many Americans, Moret found himself mired in the problems brought on by the real estate and banking crash of the past year and a half. On the brink of losing everything, Moret – who had spent most of his life as the golden child, the guy to whom everything came easily – found himself obsessing about committing suicide.

When he left CNN in 2001, he was earning nearly $750,000 annually. [ ] With virtually no income, Moret quickly fell deeply in debt trying to keep up with his mortgage and private-school education in Los Angeles for his three children. To cover his costs, Moret ended up taking out a sub-prime loan that saved him in the short-term but eventually made matters far worse. By April 2008, Moret was having a hard time seeing a way out: “… selling the house was no longer a viable option,” he writes. “Because of the market’s precipitous fall, our home was now worth less than the amount we owed on it.”

“The timing of this impending crisis only heightened my sense of despair and hopelessness. My financial meltdown did not hit when I was out of work, but rather several years after my career was already back on track. I had reestablished my career and it was even on an upward swing.” It was then that Moret grew depressed and started wondering if he was better off dead.” 

Apparently, the upward swing in Jim Moret’s career was in close ties with Michael Jackson’s fall from grace in 2004/05. After Moret’s earlier coverage of Jackson he was considered an expert on MJ and during the Arvizo case his services were again in very much demand. His next stroke of luck came when Michael Jackson died in 2009 and Jim Moret found himself in the role of a go-to guy again.

In other words what was Michael’s misfortune was Jim Moret’s bread (and butter too).

Michael Jackson death big business for ‘Inside Edition’ reporter Jim Moret

By RICHARD HUFF | DAILY NEWS TV EDITOR |

AUG 10, 2009 | 10:03 PM

…”I never in a million years thought I’d be the ‘Michael Jackson guy,” said Moret, chief correspondent for “Inside Edition.”

Indeed, since Jackson died, Moret has become that guy and made more than 100 appearances and counting on shows other than “Inside Edition” to talk about the constantly unraveling story behind Jackson.

And with the autopsy results yet to be released, Moret’s extra airtime won’t end soon.

Moret gets the call because besides being a longtime journalist, he’s also a lawyer, which helps because of the various legal twists in the Jackson fallout.

Moret had been covering Jackson since 1984 when he was correspondent in Los Angeles. Then, while at CNN, he was inside the courtroom for Jackson’s first molestation case, and quickly became the go-to guy for other outlets looking for someone to talk celebrity and law.

Now, thanks to Jackson, Moret is everywhere – again.

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/michael-jackson-death-big-business-edition-reporter-jim-moret-article-1.398049

To have a feel of Jim Moret’s style of reporting on Jackson here are some specimen of it.

In his 2010 article Moret sounded a little saddened, but not so much by Michael’s death but by the fact that after he died ‘the most questionable’ aspects of his life were ‘almost dismissed’.

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

And when reporting on the AEG 2013 trial Jim Moret could hardly conceal his frustration that Michael’s reputation and legacy were being resurrected. It even looked like his most ardent desire was to see Michael Jackson’s legacy killed.

Did the AEG Verdict Kill Michael Jackson’s Legacy?

10/02/2013

… For a brief time following Michael Jackson’s death, his reputation seemed resurrected, with millions of fans once again focusing on his music. The documentary This Is It chronicling the buildup and rehearsals for the ill-fated London concert tour cemented Jackson’s reputation as an artistic genius. His records were once again selling in the millions. Jackson’s estate which was estimated to be $400 million in debt at the time of his death, was turned around in dramatic fashion by the deft efforts of the estate’s executors.

Things changed for the worse when the wrongful death claim filed by Jackson’s three children and his eight-three year old mother against AEG finally went to trial earlier this year.

… During the five-month trial, witnesses took the stand and revealed sordid details about Jackson’s alleged molestations, drug addiction and abuse, subjects which Jackson had fought so vigorously during his life to keep out of the headlines.

The jury has spoken in this latest case and found in favor of AEG. Michael Jackson died in June, 2009. When this verdict was announced, I suspect that part of Jackson’s legacy may have died as well.

Now what the hell is that: “witnesses revealed sordid details about Jackson’s alleged molestations”?

Where did he get it?

Those of us who have closely followed the trial were certainly shocked and amazed by this statement. I nearly fell off my chair too. In this blog we analyzed every court transcript page by page and all those testimonies flashed through my mind within seconds, however I still couldn’t remember a single witness to even touch on the ‘molestation’ subject, not to mention ‘reveal sordid details’ of the allegations.

The AEG trial had many ups and downs, its own lies, inconsistencies and flaws, but what they surely didn’t have was the ‘molestation’ issue. I remember it perfectly well because I was even surprised that they didn’t.

So this is the kind of reporting Jim Moret did for his audience? Something that never took place is presented by him as fact?

All of it is beginning to explain why of all people in the world it was Jim Moret of Inside Edition who in May 2018 invited Wade Robson to share his precious lies about Jackson.

These two people are a perfect match for each other – both are not too much bothered about the truth and don’t mind it when it contradicts their stories. Both are driven by an ardent desire to smear Michael Jackson and both seem to benefit from prolonging the hate campaign against MJ and turning lies about him into their profession.

THE TWO INTERVIEWS

Half of Jim Moret’s 2018 interview with Robson is not actually an interview, but the usual voiceover retelling Robson’s allegations and illustrated by the pictures of MJ and young Robson together, Robson now teaching a dance class to his students and Robson sitting here and there with a slightly wistful but top honest look on his face.

Jim Moret interviews the Robsons in 1993

The centerpiece of the current story is Jim Moret’s own interview with Robson as a child when he as a young CNN correspondent spoke to the Robsons in 1993.

The three of them – Wade, his mother Joy and sister Chantal were calm and confident in their support of Jackson. They ruled out the possibility of any abuse on his part and spoke highly of him. The slumber parties were dismissed with a shrug of their shoulders as they were simply party time and were a lot of fun.

Rewatching that old footage now Robson commented on it as follows:

“I remember specifically the days leading up to the interview,” Robson recalled. “The conversation from Michael was they’re saying we did this, that, and the other, disgusting sexual things, and we never did any of that right? And I would just play along and say, ‘That was crazy — never did anything like that.'”

On the face of it his explanation may look feasible, but not until you learn the real timeline of the events. And the real timeline tells us a totally different story proving that MJ could not have coached Robson for his public statements even if he had intended to.

The thing is that first the Robson family was interviewed by police and Robson told them that he had never been touched by Jackson, and only then Joy Robson contacted Norma Staikos who contacted Anthony Pellicano who several days later arranged for Robson and his family to be interviewed by the media.

This timeline follows from Robson’s own Fourth Amended Complaint (yes, the judge allowed him to amend it four times) and shows that there was no need to coach Robson about the innocent things he had already spilled to the police. Especially since Michael was on the Dangerous tour then and Pellicano who would later handle the matter was accompanying him there.

In general Robson’s Fourth Amended complaint describes the succession of those events correctly with the only exception that for reasons of his own Robson shifted the dates from August 21st when all of it really happened to the second half of September.

Here is an excerpt from his Fourth Amended Complaint:

36. On September 14, 1993 […] Jordan Chandler, brought a civil lawsuit against MICHAEL JACKSON, which resulted in the Chandler Investigation identified above. Plaintiff  and his mother were interviewed by the Los Angeles Police Department in connection with the Chandler Investigation. Immediately afterwards, Plaintiffs mother [Joy Robson] called Norma Staikos, who put Plaintiffs mother in contact with Anthony Pellicano, MICHAEL JACKSON’s private investigator. Mr. Pellicano privately interviewed Plaintiff regarding the allegations against MICHAEL JACKSON, and he then arranged for Plaintiff and Plaintiffs mother to be interviewed by the media. Plaintiff was subpoenaed to testify before a Grand Jury in Los Angeles. He was eleven (11) years old at the time. MICHAEL JACKSON selected, hired and paid for counsel who represented Plaintiff in relation to his Grand Jury subpoena, to which Plaintiffs mother refused to let him testify. As a result of Plaintiff s refusal, Judge Lance Ito (the Judge in the O.J. Simpson 1994 criminal case) charged Plaintiff with contempt. A juvenile officer met with Plaintiff and his mother and told them he had to consider Plaintiff a child charged with a crime and possibly take Plaintiff to juvenile incarceration. A compromise was negotiated through MICHAEL JACKSON’s attorneys whereby Plaintiff would testify in a private session, and not before the full Grand Jury panel.

Never mind that September nonsense – the Robson family was interviewed almost a month prior to that. The criminal investigation started on August 17. On Saturday, August 21 the police raided Neverland and then MJ’s condo in Century City. In the meantime Michael’s several child friends were interviewed by police investigators (during the raid one of the boys was staying at Neverland and when questioned by the police fiercely defended Jackson).

On August 22/23 Pellicano interviewed the boys himself and on August 24 he arranged a press-conference with the participation of Robson and Brett Barnes.

On Wednesday, August 25 CNN spoke to Brett Barnes and the next day Robson and his family sat for an interview with Jim Moret.

The correct timing follows from the then press describing the events in their immediate succession and also from Jim Moret’s own original report citing ‘late Thursday’ (August 26) as the time when Robson and his family were introduced to CNN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37nw8K6H91c

To learn other important details see what the LA Times wrote on September 3, 1993:

Gloves Come Off in Damage Control by Jackson Camp

September 03, 1993|DAVID FERRELL and CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS

The instant the phone call arrived, Anthony Pellicano knew there was trouble–possibly big trouble. The caller told him there had been a raid. Police had confiscated photos and videotapes from the homes of the private investigator’s top client, pop superstar Michael Jackson.

For Pellicano, who was accompanying the singer on the Asian leg of a world concert tour, the bombshell was sufficiently jarring to prompt his own phone call moments later to Los Angeles, where it was not yet dawn.

“Wake up,” Pellicano told an old ally, criminal attorney Howard Weitzman. [ ] As the Aug. 21 police raid threatened to spill the accusations into the public realm, Pellicano sought to act quickly, enlisting Weitzman’s services before flying from Bangkok, Thailand, to Los Angeles.

…While sifting through the interview requests, Pellicano and Weitzman began dealing privately with the Los Angeles Police Department, providing information that led the LAPD to open an investigation into the alleged extortion attempt.

The private eye also tracked down child friends of Jackson who might help paint a positive image of the singer. Dealing with children is especially tricky because their accounts of events sometimes can change, according to Crutchfield and legal experts. And attacking the credibility of children who are the accusers runs the risk of alienating the public.

In spite of those dangers, Pellicano seemed to score a winner several days after the scandal broke when an Australian youngster appeared on CNN television, some experts said. The child was found by police in one of Jackson’s residences at the time of the raid, and was interviewed by LAPD investigators before he was questioned by Pellicano.

After Pellicano made the child available to CNN, the child talked of sleeping in the same bed with Jackson, but said that the singer never improperly touched him. “I’ll tell you what, he was good,” Crutchfield said. “They couldn’t have picked anybody better.”

[Elizabeth] Taylor arrived by jet in Singapore on Aug. 29, joining Jackson’s concert tour to show her support. The next day, Jackson’s mother and other family members spoke out on his behalf at a news conference. Former teen-age actor Corey Feldman, a star in the film “Stand By Me,” expressed his support for Jackson in an appearance on the television news.

http://articles.latimes.com/1993-09-03/news/mn-31256_1_michael-jackson

If we compare this article with Robson’s Fourth Amended Complaint it becomes clear that Michael’s associate who was contacted by Joy Robson via Norma Staikos after they were interviewed by police was Anthony Pellicano.

An interesting nuance is that Pellicano was unaware of the August 21st police raid and learned about it from a call to Bangkok where he was staying with Jackson. Michael’s legal team didn’t know of it either as the services of criminal attorney Howard Wiezman were enlisted only later, upon hearing the news.

So before the police investigators interviewed Robson and before his mother contacted Norma Staikos there had been absolutely no one to coach the boy – neither MJ, nor anyone as no one simply knew.

And even if the boy who stayed at Neverland and fiercely defended Jackson to the police was not Robson, but Brett Barnes (for example), it won’t change anything as exactly the same succession of events was also described by Robson in his Fourth Amended Complaint – Robson was first questioned by police investigators to whom he spilled the story as it was, in a somewhat naive childish way (yes, we had sleepover parties but nothing happened, why are you asking?) and only then came his interview with CNN.

It’s funny that legal analyst Jim Moret didn’t ask a single question to clarify that point and swallowed that ‘coaching’ story hook, line and sinker.

By the way no one should be surprised that Michael’s child friends stayed at Neverland when he was away. Robson’s mother said that in the entire time they had lived in the US since 1991 she could remember only four occasions in 14 years when they were in Neverland together with Michael. She said: ‘Every other time we’ve been there without him.’

So what are we supposed to make of Robson’s recent explanations? The real timeline says that no matter whether Michael talked or didn’t talk to Robson before the CNN interview it doesn’t change the simple fact that Robson spoke in support of Jackson from the start of and of his own free will too.

Those boys had never been touched and were so sure of what they were saying that Pellicano even sent them to a press-conference and to a questioning on national TV – the risky test which not every grown-up would endure.

And this means that now Robson is lying again. He went on Jim Moret’s program to intentionally mar the anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death (and full acquittal in court) by rekindling his old lies and throwing in a new one. This was probably not his biggest lie as compared with all the rest of them, but as the former FBI director James Comey recently said: ‘Small lies matter.’

SMALL LIES MATTER

Mr. Comey also wrote that ‘little lies point to bigger lies’ and reminded everyone of the standard jury instruction:

And since James Comey anticipated a counter argument that ‘people may forget’ he made another remark which is also fully applicable to our Robson:

F.B.I. agents know time has very little to do with memory. They know every married person remembers the weather on their wedding day, no matter how long ago. Significance drives memory. They also know that little lies point to bigger lies.

Incidentally, the case which Mr. Comey was referring to is that of a certain woman, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Professor of Psychology who recently accused a certain man (Federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh) of a rape attempt she narrowly escaped 36 years ago when both of them were senior school students.

What’s remarkable about that case is that to prove her charges the woman voluntarily took a lie detector test conducted by a FBI expert and for several hours running answered direct questions from all sides in a gruelling questioning broadcast live from the Senate, and they still didn’t believe her.

And Wade Robson first said one thing and then another, broke his oath twice, openly called himself ‘a master of deception’, was never directly questioned about his present story and never took a lie detector test  – and he is still being listened to.

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

To see the absurdity of the situation you will have to imagine that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford first defended her abuser for two decades and testified to his innocence as a girl and then as a grown-up woman, but then made a U-turn and now keeps amending her story depending on the circumstances – and the media still invites her and encourages for more.

For Robson to only minimally approach Dr. Christine Ford’s standing and acquire just a scrap of her credibility, he should first undergo a lie detector test, conducted by a professional investigator too, and then subject himself to several hours of direct questioning by lawyers or knowledgeable journalists (not Jim Moret), broadcast live please, and even in that case there will be no guarantee that he will be considered a trusted witness. After all they didn’t believe Dr. Ford though if you put her beside Robson she will tower over him like a pillar of truth.

And until Wade Robson does all of the above we can say an easy farewell to our dear lost friend, same as to those journalists and legal analysts who like fiction more than fact and make reports about innocent people on the basis of their gut feeling and not truth or rational analysis.

The Sad Story of MOVIE PROJECTS and WINDOW DRESSING for Michael Jackson

September 20, 2018

So much time has passed since the previous post (about the power grab in 1990) that all of us need to refresh our memories about the key changes that took place around Michael Jackson at the time.

The setting of the scene remained unchanged – it was the same old Sony with whom Michael Jackson had a recording contract, initially signed with CBS Records and its head Walter Yetnikoff and inherited by the Japanese company when it acquired CBS in 1988.

However the Japanese bosses were far away and out of touch with the local landscape, and it was the US scene where a monumental shift of power was taking place. As a result of it the Sony before and the Sony after the event were two different companies, at least for Michael Jackson.

Before that tectonic shift Michael’s team included Walter Yetnikoff, the CBS Records President under whose wing the Jackson 5 were since 1975 (when they signed with the CBS subsidiary Epic Records) and with whom Michael Jackson collaborated until 1990, Frank Dileo, initially the head promoter at Epic and Michael’s personal manager since 1984, and John Branca, Michael’s attorney and sort of his chief executive officer of more than a decade.

“Midknight” movie: A shy young man was to turn into a knight

Quite by chance, via a little-known book about a certain “Project M” (for details see this series, please) we learned that another man who grew close to Michael at the newly formed Columbia/Sony Pictures was its co-president Jon Peters, who in 1990 was tirelessly promoting a musical called “Midknight” the idea of which was suggested by Michael himself. MJ was to star in the role of a shy young man who turned into a knight at midnight, so hence the title.

But the person who had the most influence on Michael Jackson in the year 1990 was surely David Geffen.
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MICHAEL JACKSON 1958–2018 – what does his 60th birthday mean to us?

August 28, 2018

MJ age 10Today, on August 29th 2018, we celebrate Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday. It could have been a day for him to celebrate this special birthday with a huge party like the one he had on his 40th birthday at Neverland – with a lot of music and many guests. Sadly, he is no longer here to be part of his own birthday celebrations.

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Michael Jackson, Yetnikoff, Geffen and THE 1990 POWER GRAB

July 19, 2018

For the majority of us the most important periods in Michael Jackson’s life are 1993 and 2005 (for obvious reasons), while the year 1990 is always mentioned in passing, usually as the time when Michael finished his Bad tour and began working on the new songs for his next, Dangerous album.

My attention to the year 1990 was drawn quite by chance too, through Darlene Craviotto’s book, but after a good look it turned into a pivotal point in Michael Jackson’s life – a kind of a “before” and “after it” matter, the moment of crucial changes in the power play around Jackson which in its turn determined the course of the events that followed.

Everything that happened at the time is of importance, to a degree that some of the episodes require analysis on a day by day basis. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that this post will abound in quotes, documents and various characters acting in those days – it will be an effort to restore the real picture and fit each detail into its right place. Read more…

Michael Jackson and David Geffen, THE OPERATOR

June 25, 2018

We are coming to the end of the road where most of the questions still pending will have to be answered.

And considering that today is nine years since Michael Jackson is gone, the first most natural question to ask is whose guilt is the biggest in contributing to his death.

Well, technically it was Conrad Murray working for AEG Live (and not for MJ as they told us) while the overall atmosphere of unbearable pressure, humiliation and primitive exploitation that finally killed Michael was created by the company itself and specifically its Randy Phillips, whose monstrous methods of work deprived Michael of the last chance to sleep in an natural way.

These methods included arranging for MJ a huge number of concerts he never agreed to and creating for him a harsh schedule of performances he could not follow even when young. There was also shouting at the artist, slapping him and humiliating him in front of others, threatening to leave him on skid row and even take away his children – all of it in case Michael didn’t fulfill Randy Phillips’s willful orders he never had the right to make in the first place.

The only thing that more or less reconciles me with AEG Live is that they fired Randy Phillips, though not until after he gave his pro-AEG testimony in Katherine Jackson’s lawsuit against the company.

But horrible as they are, they are certainly not to blame for the false stories of child molestation about Michael Jackson that were killing him slowly, and most probably not for the introduction of Wade Robson into the scene at the beginning of the Jacksons vs. AEG Live trial (May 2013), as well as supporting Robson in his slander campaign against Jackson for the past five years.

The co-occurrence of Robson’s allegations and the beginning of that trial was indeed too striking not to notice it and the suspicion that AEG Live was involved was the first thing that came to our minds (even Thomas Mesereau thought that there was a connection).

The only factor that restrained us from making a definitive conclusion was the fact that a cunning entity like AEG Live wouldn’t have done it so blatantly and wouldn’t have made itself so obvious a target. So even at that time connecting Robson’s allegations with AEG looked like too easy an assumption and the thought that someone else took advantage of the situation to smear Michael’s name did cross my mind, however looking in that direction seemed like over complicating things, so the thought was brushed aside then.

However now it is probably time to return to this matter. Was there a third party and who was it? Who was so determined to ruin Michael Jackson’s name and legacy that he encouraged a new liar to tell his fake story and supported the accuser (or accusers, if we also include Safechuck) for several years, paying their two consecutive teams of lawyers and carrying out a dirty publicity campaign with the help of tabloids like RadarOnline? And do the main actors of the game know who is orchestrating the whole thing?  Read more…

Project M for Michael Jackson and HOLLYWOOD POWER PLAYERS. Part 4

March 23, 2018

When you encounter the same people again and again and in most unexpected places too you react to this amazing fact by saying “it’s a small world”.

But if the world is a small place, the top tier of Hollywood executives must be the tiniest place possible, because over there you constantly stumble across the same handful of people who move from one film studio to another, take each other posts, leave and come back, join and break up, and much more of it.

Well, at least this is what it was like in the 1980-90s when Michael Jackson was trying to start a film career in Hollywood. Going into the movies was Michael’s lifelong dream and a kind of a passion as he thought that not his concerts or even records, but only the movies could secure him a solid place in human memory.  Read more…

Project M and REAL MOVIE PROJECTS for Michael Jackson. Part 3

March 3, 2018

Now that we know that Project M, devised by Disney executives in 1990 for the trusting Michael Jackson was a sham and was not intended to be realized from its very beginning, we can have a look at other episodes in Darlene Craviotto’s book.

An important episode worth our attention took place in March 1990 during the author’s first visit to Neverland where she was supposed to discuss with Michael the concept of their so-called Peter Pan movie.

“HE WON’T LEAVE!”

The problem was that when the author arrived on a pre-arranged meeting with Michael, he was not available to her for half a day because of another visitor there. This other visitor was Jon Peters of Sony studios who had already spent there the whole weekend and was supposed to leave early in the morning, but “wouldn’t go away” though a small red helicopter was already waiting for him.

Ms. Craviotto put much emotion into the scene to show how much Michael Jackson was exasperated by the long-staying and possibly unwelcome guest.  Read more…

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