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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.

The thing is that even if Michael’s personal expenditure was $8 mln annually (not monthly as the media lied to you) it was simply impossible for him to spend all that money just within a year.

For proof of Michael Jackson’s real spending see the memorandum on his financial situation made by Transitional Investors LLC on March 20, 2005 for their own investment committee with regard to their plans to refinance Michael’s loans.

The memorandum shows that in the year 2005 with the exception of trial expenses and the debt service, Michael spent $660,000 a month on his personal needs, $700,000 on running his business (obviously including recording expenses, fees to his lawyers and advisors, etc.) and $370,000 on the Neverland ranch. All in all it came to $20 mln a year, which was of course much more than he earned at that time but still not too cosmic for a person of his stature and certainly not as “outrageous” as the media claimed it.

Here is an excerpt from the memorandum:

The media tried to spin the numbers but if you ignore their buzzing you will see that the figures don’t add up, and this means that the bulk of the money was spent not on Michael’s personal needs but on something different and the media is muting the key element – where Michael’s money really went to.

The NY Post provided some figures from Myung Ho Lee’s lawsuit but they don’t explain anything if you start calculating:

July 27, 2002 

Lee alleges that in 1998 he helped Jackson borrow $140 million from Bank of America/NationsBank. The loan was made against the value of the $272 million Beatles song catalog Jackson owns.

By the next year, Jackson had blown through the money, Friedman reports. That was big trouble because he had a divorce settlement to pay. Lee arranged another $30 million loan, which Jackson allegedly blew through in a year.

In October 2000, Jackson needed even more money and Lee was able to get yet another $30 million, bringing the total Jackson owed to $200 million.

At the same time, Jackson lived a lavish lifestyle, according to budget figures for the months of October, November and December 2000, which were provided in the suit.

Michael Jackson’s outrageous spending habits and loan debt have left him in financial peril, according to a suit brought by his former business manager, Myung Ho Lee. Here’s a look at where his money went:

* $140 million loan to purchase Beatles catalog, which required he put up his $272 million share of Sony

* $30 million line of credit for divorce settlement

* $60 million loan with provision to use half to pay off credit line

* $12 million owed to Lee in unpaid bills

* $1.5 million paid to ex-wife Deborah Rowe

* $507,443 owed to litigation firms

* $260,000 for music lawyer, including $47,000 in reimbursable expenses

* $250,000 per month to run Neverland

* $340,000 payment to Neverland Rides

* $170,000 payment to Neverland Operations

* $214,000 for limo rentals

* $200,000 running bill for gadgets and stereo equipment from a Sony outlet

* $170,000 settlement for missed concerts following Princess Diana’s death

* $78,451 owed to PR firms

* $25,000 for dermatologist

* $20,000 outstanding doctor bill

* $10,000 pharmacy bill

https://nypost.com/2002/07/27/king-of-debt-suit-jacko-owes-200m/

Even a brief glance at the above shows that the loans are in millions while the expenses are in thousands.

But mesmerized by the insistent media hammering about MJ’s “lavish lifestyle” the public failed to notice the gap between the two, and never asked on what projects those millions were squandered and who is responsible for it.

Of course it was impossible for the media and public to really know as people usually don’t disclose the details of their financial deals unless they are wildly successful, but Myung Ho Lee as Michael’s chief financial and investment advisor did know, however even in his lawsuit he kept mum about those failures and his own role in swindling Michael’s money.

The point that also attracts attention is that according to Myung Ho Lee, the $140mln loan in 1998 was allegedly taken “to purchase the Beatles catalog”. But Michael Jackson’s top advisor was supposed to know that the agreement with Sony didn’t allow either side to sell and purchase each other’s stakes before 2005. So the loan was for a different purpose, and Myung Ho Lee definitely didn’t tell the whole truth here.

Now what does the glaring discrepancy between the loans and Michael’s actual spending suggest?

It suggests that in the years 1998-2001, when Myung Ho Lee advised Jackson and which were critically important for his finances, most of his money went into some major investments that were a disaster and were therefore not disclosed by Jackson.

By his status alone Myung Ho Lee must have put his hand to those investments, but instead of revealing his role in squandering Michael’s money he sued him for “unpaid services” in the amount of about $13mln (more than $3mln a year). The media ran with his story like crazy focusing on Michael’s spending and never questioning the validity of Lee’s claims, and the public easily bought what Lee and the media were selling it.

And no one listened to Michael’s remonstrations that the person who sued him was actually the one who had stolen millions from him.

The excessive media clamor over Michael’s “outrageous lifestyle” and their uncharacteristic disinterest in the personality of Myung Ho Lee made me wonder about the role of this person in Michael’s life –  however any attempt to learn more led to an impasse.

Google brought me hundreds of pages reproducing Maureen Orth’s story and all those unconvincing figures from Myung Ho Lee’s lawsuit, but there was nothing – no information, no photos, no business activity, I mean nothing – about him and his company “Union Finance and Investment Corporation” which he was supposed to be head of.

The conspicuous absence of anything about Myung Ho Lee was puzzling, odd and utterly unusual.  After all, this was a Korean lawyer who got educated in the US, was CEO of a financial and investment company which rendered financial services to the most famous man on the planet, so how come he left no trace of business activity in the US and even South Korea?

Did he materialize from thin air to suddenly advise Michael Jackson on financial matters, and where did he suddenly disappear thereafter? And how could he be a financial counselor to Jackson and arrange multi-million loans for him from Bank of America if no one really knew him?

THE DODGERS

You cannot imagine the effort it took me to get at least some grains of information about this person.

The many hours of searching finally rewarded me with a story published in L.A.Weekly in 2012 about a certain Josh Macciello who wanted to buy the Dodgers baseball team with the help of investor Myung Ho Lee who provided him and his partner Fred Furrow with what the journalist of L.A.Weekly called

  • a single-page “proof of funds”, which purports to show that $10 billion is sitting in an account at HSBC in Hong Kong, under the name of Myung Ho Lee.”   

The journalist was also shown

  • “the trio’s $2.2 billion bid and a curriculum vitae for Myung Ho Lee, including his phone number.”

Fred Furrow, one of the trio, said that it was he who landed the big investor from Korea:

  • “South Korea–based Myung Ho Lee has committed to put $10 billion into his technologies in the very near future. He says he expected to have received some of the money already, but Lee recently came down with a potassium deficiency, which put him in the hospital for a week.”

The Weekly reporter got interested in Myung Ho Lee and introduced him as follows:

 “Myung Ho Lee has a colorful background. He is not on the Forbes list of Korean billionaires, but a quick Google search shows that he used to manage Michael Jackson’s financial affairs before the two had a falling-out in 2001. Lee made a number of headline-grabbing allegations against the pop star, including that he hired witch doctors and paid hush money to his ex-wife. Jackson’s lawyers claimed that Lee stole millions from Jackson. Lee filed a $12 million lawsuit against the singer, which was resolved in an out-of-court settlement in 2003.

Lee re-emerged in March 2011, in a press release from a company called Colorado Rare Earths Inc. According to the release, Lee’s company — Union Financial and Investment Corp. — had agreed to partner with the company to provide precious minerals to Korean companies. But the press contact on the release tells the Weekly the deal never went through.

With Myung Ho Lee now Macciello’s last possible source of billions for the Dodger purchase, and the clock ticking away on the promised money transfer, the Weekly attempted to reach him.

An assistant answers the phone in Korean but switches effortlessly to English and gives Lee’s cell number. Reached on that number, Lee says he’s in a meeting. Asked if he’s involved in the Dodger deal, he says,I’m not at liberty to confirm or deny that at the moment.”

Are you a billionaire?

“Far from that,” he says. “I would not characterize myself in that fashion. Talk to Fred about this, please.”

After Lee heard from a reporter, Furrow says, “He called me and blew up.”

“That money in Hong Kong was not allocated for the Dodgers,” Furrow continues. “If our investors found out we were using that money for the Dodger deal, we could lose $100 billion in international revenue.”

“We are no longer a player. Your call to Myung Ho Lee has caused us to totally drop out with Josh. … Any mention of our names in any future article will force us to take legal action.”

To make a long story short Josh Marcello turned out to be a fraud and convicted drug dealer (see here).

His partner Fred Furrow was no better as his company Full Circle Energy, Inc. offering new technology to “generate clean, renewable electricity from garbage and human waste” relied on someone who said he had access to the owners of the technology located in Russia, but the consultants checking up on Furrow wrote that “Existing commercial examples DO NOT EXIST.” Now Fred Furrow is running a company called Full Circle Energy Therapies and promises “to empower and facilitate his clients’ natural abilities to heal on a personalized basis”.

As to Myung Ho Lee as an investor who allegedly sent them a proof-of-funds paper with $10 billion on his account, he hasn’t been heard of since 2012 and the only piece I found was a short note from the municipal authorities of one of Seoul’s districts offering condolences to his sister Lee So-Yung and stating that he died in 2018 (same as Michael Jackson he was born in 1958).

It is true that Myung Ho Lee’s participation in the above multi-billion fraud isn’t proof enough that he was also a charlatan and hardened rogue like the others. Like any investor he could be gullible enough to have simply fallen under their spell.

However at the very best this scam pointed to him having a penchant for what he himself accused Michael Jackson of – a weakness for “charlatans”, “hangers-on”, “hucksters”, “impostors”, “con artists”, “sycophants” and “swindlers”. And even if this was his only drawback, for a top financial advisor who advised Michael Jackson on his investments, it was a totally unacceptable flaw.

RECONSTRUCTION OF THE EVENTS

According to Myung Ho Lee’s lawsuit he began setting up investments for Michael Jackson in 1997 after being introduced to him by another Korean:

  • According to the suit, Lee began working for Jackson in 1997, giving him business and career advice and arranging loans and setting up investments, after being introduced by another Korean businessman whom Jackson met following a failed charity concert in Seoul.

In the late 1990s Michael Jackson indeed had very close ties with South Korea.  The concert called ‘failed’ in the above piece was a concert Michael wanted to arrange in the demilitarized zone between South and North Korea as a symbol of unity of all Koreans, however it was never realized for obvious reasons.

The Korean “Sad farewell to the King of Pop” reminded of it:

  • He dreamed of a fairy-tale world. He always sent out a message of peace to the world, and wanted to perform in both South and North Korea, since Korea is the only divided country on the planet. When it became difficult to perform in Pyongyang, he decided to perform in the demilitarized zone instead, and on Nov. 18, 1997, he visited Muju resort without any reservations or prior plans to make contact with Kim Dae-jung, who was a presidential candidate at the time. After that meeting, Jackson even appeared at Kim’s inauguration on Feb. 25 the following year.
  • Jackson’s contact with Korea stopped after his “Michael Jackson and Friends” charity concert in Seoul with Mariah Carey and others on June 25, 1999.

Actually the contact with Korea did not stop in 1999 as Myung Ho Lee kept advising Michael Jackson at least until 2001. And when Michael visited the Korean Muju resort in November 1997 Myung Ho Lee was already there.

MJ and Kim Dae-jung

Michael Jackson’s many connections to Korea

 2020-04-24 

Somehow, in late 1997 he began a friendship with Kim Dae-jung who was running for the top office in South Korea.

Jackson, financier George Soros and former U.S. trade negotiator Mickey Kantor took part in an international video conference meant to boost Kim’s chances. “Korea is a country of warmth, love, sincerity and complete innocence,” Jackson proclaimed with considerable grandiosity.

Kim did indeed win, and Jackson was in Seoul shortly thereafter to meet with the president-elect. They had a press conference with handshakes, bear hugs and warm words.

MJ was back two months later to witness Kim’s inauguration ceremony. Photos from that day show Jackson in bright red amid a sea of Koreans wearing black or at least dark clothes.

He returned to Korea in the summer of 1999. This was a short tour that also included a show in Munich.  His concert took place June 25, 1999.

One member of Jackson’s large and ever-changing staff was Lee Myung-ho, a U.S.-educated Korean lawyer. Lee spent a lot of time at Neverland, Jackson’s 2,700-acre estate in southern California. Lee [] filed a $12 million civil suit to compel payment for services rendered. It ended in 2003 when the two sides reached an out-of-court settlement.

Recently there was a fire at the Muju resort hotel where Michael stayed in 1997, and in this connection the Korean press recalled that Michael visited it not only to discuss that concert but also some investments and was accompanied by a “Korean-American lawyer” who was Myung Ho Lee, of course.

Michael Jackson was so much in love with Korea that he named the country “God” and left a message on the hotel nightstand calling on people to love and save children……The hotel was burned down, but room 501 where he stayed miraculously survived the fire.

This article was google translated from Korean:

The Muju Tyrol Hotel burned down… The miracle of Michael Jackson’s old room 501

2021.02.21

The Tyrol Hotel in Deogyusan Resort, Muju, Jeollabuk-do, was completely extinguished in 4 hours and 50 minutes after a fire broke out at 11:40 pm on the 20th = News

This is where Jackson, who visited Korea in 1997 to discuss investment, stayed for 3 days and 2 nights.

There were concerns that the fire that hit the hotel might have burned even the traces of Jackson, but fortunately, the damage to the room he stayed in was reported to be minor.

Jackson came to Korea to discuss investment  in the Mkji Resort Children’s Park owned by SsangBall. According to reports 24 years ago, he visited Muju with three bodyguards and a Korean-American lawyer. The group occupied the entire 5th floor of the hotel, but Jackson stayed in Suite 501.

Jackson left his mark on the wooden nightstand next to the bed in this room. “LOVE and SAVE OUR CHILDREN. KOREA IS GOD AND MUJU IS LOVE.” A picture of a human face was also engraved next to the phrase “LOVE always (Love children and save them. Korea is God and Muju is love. With eternal love)’.

Afterwards, the resort changed the name of the room to ‘Michael Jackson’s Room’ to commemorate Jackson’s stay.

During his visit to Korea, Jackson met former President Kim Dae-jung, a strong opposition presidential candidate, and returned to Korea to attend the inauguration ceremony of President Kim Dae-jung in February 1998. They even submitted a letter of intent to invest in Muju Resort, but no actual investment was made.

https://news.joins.com/article/23996631

What was Myung Ho Lee’s role in those investments? Did he have any money of his own or did he use his connections in Korea to provide funds from third parties for the proposed projects?

No, none of it. From the moment Myung Ho Lee stuck to Michael Jackson he thought of him as an endless source of money which Lee could freely invest here and there, and when he found that MJ had financial problems of his own, Lee was extremely disappointed and it was evidently due to his crushed expectations that the resort investment plans were never realized.

In fact Lee said it directly that he joined Michael only because he thought him to be “incredibly wealthy:

30 May 2003  

Lee’s lawsuit claims that he agreed to represent Jackson in the 1990s, believing that the 44-year-old former child star was “incredibly wealthy” thanks to decades as a pop icon and ownership of a large portion of the Beatles song catalog.

“At the time … there was no clue that Jackson’s extravagant lifestyle had all but bankrupted him,” the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit charges that Jackson had burned through hundreds of millions of dollars by 2000 and was living on lines of credit arranged by Lee.

How could Michael Jackson plan to make investments if he didn’t have spare money on his hands?

Michael was indeed “cash-poor” but was far from bankrupt – he could sell his ATV and MIJAC catalogs and get hundreds of millions in cash, however he didn’t want to part with them and instead looked for investment projects that would give him good returns and in order to finance them he was ready to take a loan backed by the music publishing rights in his possession.

Who gave him the idea to make those investments? Well, probably Myung Ho Lee did.

But was Lee qualified enough to guide others in their financial planning? Let us have a look.

MYUNG HO LEE’S BUSINESS

The only one article about Myung Ho Lee available on the Korean Internet is dated 1998.

This was a year after Lee began advising Jackson, but even then he was still “a new face on the finance market” in Korea, though a promising and ambitious one whose goal was to become “Korea’s Goldman Sachs”.

The article praised Lee for his successful resale to some foreigners of the $20mln Iranian outstanding debt to Samsung, so that Samsung finally got back their money. The article also explained the way Myung Ho Lee was doing his business.

The essence of it was to borrow money ‘from overseas’ (Michael Jackson, for example), and lend it to domestic or other companies, or provide related advice, and receive a commission in return.

His aspiration was to create Korea’s investment bank No.1 that would rival Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, and JP Morgan, however since we’ve never heard of his company again, and it is not listed among any Korean financial institutions and its address belongs to a totally different company dealing in rare minerals, his goal was never realized even in its minimum.

Here is the 1998 piece about Myung Ho Lee – the only one available on the worldwide web, google translated from Korean and slightly shortened:

[Finance New Market New Face] Union Investment Finance President Myung-Ho Lee

“Become Korea’s Goldman Sachs.”

Enter 1998-11-05 19:34 Edited 2009-09-24 20:46

Union is a company that borrows money from overseas on the basis of large-scale projects, trade, and joint ventures of domestic companies, lends them to companies or provides related advice, and receives commissions in return. 

This is what investment banks that are well-known in Korea, such as Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, and JP Morgan, do this. It is the No. 1 domestic investment bank.

Lee Myung-ho (40 years old) is the son of the late Foreign Minister Lee Beom-seok, who died in the 1983 bombing of the Aung San Mausoleum in Myanmar (then Burma). 

After working as a lawyer in the United States, he returned to Korea at the end of 1994. At Sonanshine Nas & Rosenthal Law Firm, where he joined after graduating from Chicago Law School, he and three other lawyers went public with Allstate Insurance, the largest in US history ($2.4 billion).

He revealed the reason for the founding of Union.

“The finance business is much more creative than the legal one. You can dynamically do things from $10 million to over $10 billion. It is also an area where Korea can do well, because there are a lot of smart people instead of a lack of natural resources.”

He spends about nine months of the year abroad. As of the 5th, he is on a business trip to Singapore, USA and South Africa on a full-day schedule. His aspirations were revealed through an international phone call from Singapore. “We will create a Korean investment bank that is recognized not only in the domestic market but also in the international market.”

▼ Biography ▼

△ Born in Seoul △ Bachelor of Economics from Yonsei University in 1982 △ Master of Business Administration from George Washington University in 1987 △ Juris Doctor from Chicago Law School in 1990 △ Lawyer at Sonanshine Nas & Rosenthal, a law firm in 1990 △ International affairs advisor to Korea Stock Exchange in 1994 △95 Feb. Established Union Investment

https://www.donga.com/news/Economy/article/all/19981105/7392970/1

With all due respect for Myung Ho Lee’s credentials his goal was not running Michael Jackson’s finances for the benefit of his client as he claimed it was.

His goal was to use Michael as a source of ‘overseas money’ which could be invested elsewhere with profits going directly into his new investment bank, or even investing Michael’s money straight into his start-up project.

In this context this piece from “Losing his grip” by Maureen Orth is seen in a totally different light:

Lee’s $12-million-plus suit claims “Jackson’s extravagant lifestyle had all but bankrupted him… Jackson never intended to put his business and personal affairs in order, but instead wished to continue to spend well beyond his means and to retain and take advice from charlatans and hangers-on.”

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.”

Indeed, can we believe this guy – I mean Jackson – when he says that Myung Ho Lee stole millions from him by authorizing wire transfers from ‘Jackson International’ to his ‘Union Finance and Investment’ company in Korea?

We absolutely can.  

Myung Ho Lee set up ‘Jackson International’ and made himself president of it to be able to handle all Michael’s investments and financial operations. The fact that Lee transferred millions of dollars from Michael Jackson’s pocket to his own company’s accounts is absolutely believable because this was actually the modus operandi he openly proclaimed as the very essence of his business – “he borrows money from overseas and lends them to companies, and receives commissions in return”. 

I am even certain that after transferring Michael’s money to his investment bank he lent it to his clients in Korea and certainly at a bank interest rate. And if those companies went bust with Michael’s money invested into them, the minimal profit guaranteed to Lee was the commission he charged from his Korean clients, same as a commission he took from Michael Jackson for actually borrowing money from him.

What an unbeatable business plan that could never fail!

Myung didn’t risk any money of his own and if the investment went bad and Michael complained about the wasted funds, in the toxic media environment created by Maureen Orth and her ilk no one would believe Michael’s arguments, blaming only him for bad judgment and the grandiosity of plans.

THE DOCUMENTS

To make Michael unable to prove any embezzlement of his funds Myung Ho Lee destroyed all documentation for the whole period of his work for Jackson, except for some months in 1999 the respective papers for which were attached to his lawsuit.

Zia Modabber who represented Michael in that litigation accused Myung Ho Lee of destroying the financial records in order to cover up his misdeeds.

Fri 30 May 2003

The curtain will rise again next month in the long-running drama of Michael Jackson, this time playing out as a bitter court fight between the reclusive entertainer and a top adviser that could offer a rare glimpse into his personal life and finances.

Among the allegations that could spill into a Los Angeles courtroom are that the one-time King of Pop is broke, having squandered his fortune in “bizarre” ways while egged on by a string of “charlatans”, “hangers-on”, “hucksters”, “impostors”, “con artists”, “sycophants” and “swindlers”.

The claims are set out in a lawsuit by Jackson’s former financial advisor, Myung-Ho Lee, and his firm Union Finance and Investment Corp, who seek $US12 million for alleged breach of contract and fraud.

Jackson has counter-sued, claiming that his trusted advisor – whom he called “Lawyer Lee” – and Union Finance stole millions from him and destroyed records to cover up their misdeeds.

The complaint about the destroyed records could be regarded as a mere excuse on Michael Jackson’s part if it were not for the independent opinion of John Duross O’Bryan, the accountant who testified for the prosecution at the 2005 trial and who confirmed that the documents for that period were indeed missing.  

O’Bryan said that he was told by the prosecutors that the financial documents for the 2000s were simply “not available to him”, without an explanation why.

 TESTIMONY OF O’BRYAN May 3, 2005:

 Q. BY MR. MESEREAU:  When you began your examination by the prosecutor for the government, you indicated there was some documents that you had wanted to see if you could, but they were not available to you, right?

A.  That is correct.

Q.  And what documents were they?

A.  Those would be — well, we’d like to see financial statements for 2000 — for 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, and all the way through February of 2003.  In addition to that, general ledgers, which are the summation of transactions, which become financial statements. [ ] They were just simply not made available to us.

Q.  Okay.  They were not made available to you by the prosecutor who hired you, correct?

A:  I was simply told that that information was not available to me.

Q.  BY MR. MESEREAU:  Well, you’ve never spoken to anyone on the defense side, correct?

A.  I have not, no. 

Q. Did you see any year-by-year breakdowns about what Mr. Jackson was supposedly spending this money on?

A.  Well, we showed you 1999, which summarized it by four or five different categories.  There was some information in 2000.  There was not — I don’t recall any information in ’01 or ’02. [ ] As I mentioned, we didn’t get all the financial statements and all the documents that we talked about, no.

So it is actually the prosecution witness who proved to us that most of the financial records, kept by Myung Ho Lee in those years, were really destroyed and Michael was telling the absolute truth, only no one believed him as everyone was busy swallowing those lurid voodoo stories from Maureen Orth who hang on each of Lee’s words.

Both Lee and Orth obviously knew that if you want to deflect public attention from something really important, it is enough to tell a big and spectacular lie and run with it, and everyone will follow you without looking back.

According to Maureen Orth and her “Neverland lost boys” story, Myung Ho Lee was assisted in his untiring work for Jackson by his sister So-Yung who worked at Jackson International as the chief legal officer:

  • “Lee’s sister, So-Yung [ ] was the chief legal officer for Jackson International between 1998 and 2001”

Steve Knopper, the author of “MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson” says that during the period of So-Yung’s work for Michael Jackson he gave her a Lexus car worth $50,000 and paid the rent on two Century City condos, including furnishings, utilities and cable bills. As to Myung Ho Lee, his lawyer has already told us that Michael gave him a car that cost $400,000.

Steve Knopper:

  • Eventually, Lee sued Michael, divulging juicy details in his complaint: Michael had wired $150,000 to a Mali bank to pay Baba, a voodoo chief who ritually sacrificed forty cows in a ceremony designed to curse Steven Spielberg and David Geffen. By way of response, Jackson’s attorneys accused Lee of using Michael’s assets to enrich himself in elaborate ways: he paid for his sister’s $50,000 Lexus and the rent on two Century City condos, including furnishings, utilities, and cable bills.

Thus Myung Ho Lee and his sister kept ‘advising’ Jackson for several years, never having to pay for their rent and bills, and charging Michael Jackson a commission for transferring his money to Korea, until Jackson International was finally closed in 2001.

The Celebrityaccess reports that the company was shuttered in June 2001 and this time is suggestive of a moment when Michael Jackson parted with Myung Ho Lee and his sister:

  • “…in June, Jackson shuttered Jackson International, which handled all his money and investments.” 

LAWSUIT

In April 2002 Myung Ho Lee sued Jackson claiming that on September 14, 2001 Michael allegedly signed an agreement with Lee promising to pay him $13mln in back pay.

However, considering that Michael fired him several months prior to the date of agreement, in June 2001, the story was most probably a lie – there was no reason for Michael to sign it at that moment and do it in the absence of a lawyer at that.

In fact, due to the lack of documents Myung Ho Lee could claim anything and according to one of his versions he was fired in August 2001 and then immediately rehired, right in time for the agreement 🙂 The piece where he claims it actually starts with another of his lies – about him arranging “for the $140mln loan for Jackson to buy the complete catalog of Beatles songs”.

Lee said he arranged for $140 million in 1998 for Jackson to buy the complete catalog of Beatles songs. The next year, Jackson told Lee he’d gone through the money and needed more to settle his divorce from nurse Debbie Rowe, according to the lawsuit.

Jackson fired Lee in August 2001, then immediately rehired him. It was unclear when both men went their separate ways, but it occurred sometime between fall 2001 and the filing of Lee’s lawsuit last April.

Whatever the case, Michael’s attorney Zia Modabber discovered that MJ’s signature under that agreement was forged and that Michael Jackson wasn’t even in Los Angeles at the time of its signing:

Jacko’s Defense: Was His Signature Forged?

Tuesday, July 30, 2002
By Roger Friedman

So what does Michael Jackson say about the $13 million lawsuit filed by former business manager Myung-Ho Lee?

He says in a sworn statement included in court papers that he never signed an agreement last September promising that he would pay Lee the money. His assistant says the same thing in another document and another affidavit, by a bodyguard, swears that Jackson was traveling on Sept. 14 and was not in Los Angeles at all.

Lee says that he and Jackson met in Los Angeles on Sept. 14 and that Michael signed a piece of paper admitting that he owed Lee nearly $14 million. No lawyers were present.

First, Jackson:

“I specifically looked at the signature that appears at the end of this document above my typed name. This is not my signature. I did not sign this document and have never seen [it] until a few weeks ago. I would never knowingly sign a document that expressly required me to pay over $13 million to Mr. Lee or anyone else, alone in a room and without review and counsel by one or more of my attorneys.”

If you remember, Jackson was in New York on the morning of Sept. 11, having just completed the second of his two anniversary concerts. When he heard that the World Trade Center was under attack, Jackson and his posse are said to have rented a bus and high-tailed it out of New York. If they drove directly back, they could have been in Los Angeles by the 14th.

Zia Modabber, Jackson’s litigator in this case, includes an affidavit sworn by former Los Angeles Country Sheriff Michael Laperruque, who states that he was with Jackson on Sept. 14 and that they were not in California.[ ]

More interesting, perhaps, is the story of how Michael borrowed the initial $140 million which he backed with his 50 percent ownership of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, aka the Beatles catalog.

According to statements included in Jackson’s opposition papers, a meeting took place in attorney John Branca’s suite at the swanky Waldorf Towers in New York.

Branca met with, among others, Jane Heller, Jackson’s banker from Bank of America/NationsBank since 1993.

Heller does confirm in her new statement what this column reported back in April. “I participated in and supervised perhaps as many as five financing transactions with Mr. Jackson.” What she fails to add is that each one dug his financial hole deeper — until it was so deep he couldn’t get out of it.

https://web.archive.org/web/20020814201341/https://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,59085,00.html

Oh, so besides forging Michael’s signature Myung Ho Lee also lied that it was him who arranged the $140mln loan?

He attributed it to himself only and though he could indeed sign it as Michael’s then chief financial advisor, now we learn that the loan was arranged by John Branca.

The Guardian confirms it:

On the surface of things, 1998 was an unremarkable year for Michael Jackson. But at the Waldorf Towers on East 50th Street in Manhattan that year – according to court documents only reported by the US media years later – something genuinely remarkable did happen. Jackson’s attorney, John Branca [ ] reportedly hosted a meeting at his Waldorf suite with Jane Heller, Jackson’s personal banker at the Bank of America.

Hence the Waldorf Towers meeting, and its highly confidential outcome. A loan would be made to Jackson from Bank of America for $140m. It was to be secured against the star’s most cherished asset – his half-ownership of the Sony/ATV music catalogue. The loan was the equivalent of at least seven years’ income for Jackson at the time. And yet, by the middle of the following year, his former business manager Myung Ho Lee would later claim, it had been depleted. It was increased to $200m.

Each new loan refinanced the previous one, and this way the $140mln loan repaid the first $90mln (also arranged by Branca) leaving Michael with about $45mln or so of available funds after deduction of the interest paid on the earlier loan. And if Michael invested those funds in some disastrous projects advised to him by Lee, that money could indeed easily vanish just within a year. 

Zia Modabber also brought it to the judge’s attention that Myung Ho Lee was not licensed to provide any financial services in California and on this basis made a motion to dismiss his lawsuit.

Having no license and not being registered by the respective authorities is actually a sure sign that the person engaged in this business is a shady character – banking institutions constantly warn people against trusting unlicensed dealers with their money, especially when the sums at stake are millions of dollars.

So it was no accident that with no license and no right to render financial services, the first thing Myung Ho Lee did after worming himself into Michael’s confidence, was pushing out John Branca and Zia Modabber “any way he could” according to Modabber.

We learn it from Steve Knopper who explains the move by Lee’s desire to “ruthlessly overhaul Michael’s finances”. But in hindsight it is obvious that Myung Ho Lee never even entertained the idea of remedying MJ’s situation – his goal was to enrich himself at Michael’s expense and consolidate his investment bank in Korea, so any lawyers who could check on him and his plans were certainly unwelcome.

According to Steve Knopper,

  • “Lee set to ruthlessly overhaul Michael’s finances. “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, who had defended him in a number of cases after the Chandler settlement turned Michael into a legal punching bag.”

Michael as a punching bag… Indeed, by organizing a brutal media campaign in April 2003 via Maureen Orth and spilling more oil into the fire after Bashir’s film, Myung Ho Lee and his other attorney Pierce O’Donnell turned Michael Jackson into a punching bag again. The goal was to present him in so ridiculous a light that no one in his right mind would believe his arguments when Myung Ho Lee sued him for those millions.

For a goal like that anything would do, and the crazier lie the better – hence the lurid 42-cows blood bath story, the voodoo stuff and wire transfers to Mali (instead of wire transfers to Korea in real life).

The name of Pierce O’Donnell in connection with this wild narrative deserves a separate comment.

Maureen Orth names Pierce O’Donnell of O’Donnell & Shaeffer of LA as Myung Ho Lee’s lead attorney, who “submitted voluminous records of Jackson’s expenses and budgets as part of their complaint to the Superior Court of California.”

The CNN article dated 1999 describes Pierce O’Donnell as part and parcel of Hollywood. This trial lawyer takes pride in embodying the skills of a film-maker, a scriptwriter and director of the performance. His main expertise lies in the area of spin and his rhetoric is said to be completely out of proportion to the case he is handling.  Actually it was O’Donnell who called Michael Jackson “a ticking financial time bomb waiting to explode at any moment” – a catch phrase that was picked by the media and circled around the globe several times over. 

This shortened piece about him makes an interesting read:

Lights! Camera! Lawsuit! Hollywood loves courtroom dramas. Pierce O’Donnell knows how to stage them.

October 11, 1999

O’Donnell belongs in the movie industry.”The trial lawyer,” he argues, “has to embody the skills of a great filmmaker. He’s a writer–he writes his own material, he outlines what his witnesses are going to say. He’s the director–he directs the performances. He’s the producer–he has to make all the physical arrangements. And he’s the actor.”

And as for the publicity problem–well, when it comes to manufacturing drama and rallying public opinion, Pierce O’Donnell is the equal of any studio.

But O’Donnell is also an expert at spin, at telling a story that paints his clients and himself in the best possible light. He paints his clients as pawns in the hands of a large, arrogant opponent–a hook that’s nearly impossible for the press to resist.

O’Donnell also has an instinct for the turn of phrase that will make it onto the evening news. His briefs are larded with florid prose that seems calculated to delight courthouse reporters.

Pretty much the only drawback to O’Donnell’s rhetoric is that it can be completely out of proportion to the cases involved.  … The other common critique of O’Donnell: that his technique of trying his entertainment industry cases in the showiest, most public fashion possible is designed to serve him, rather than the law, and has hastened the legal profession’s slide toward celebrity.

Remember, this is a man who talks about his cases in terms of movies, with himself as the filmmaker.

Didn’t all of us feel that there was an element of Hollywood make-believe to all those Myung Ho Lee’s florid stories?  And what could you expect if his attorney regarded the case in terms of movies and himself as the filmmaker???

Despite all these maneuvers the judge was obviously leaning towards Michael Jackson as several media reported that she was pondering over dismissing Lee’s case:

Judge mulls dismissing Jacko lawsuit

Jun 3, 2003

A Los Angeles judge said on Monday that she would consider throwing out a lawsuit against Michael Jackson by a former top financial advisor who claims that he is owed $12-million by the onetime King of Pop.

Superior Court Judge Andria Richey said she would also consider request from news organisations to televise the bitter court fight between Jackson and Myung-Ho Lee if it goes forward as scheduled on June 18.

Jackson’s lawyer, Zia Modabber, urged Richey to ban cameras from the courtroom, citing a worldwide media sensation during his November testimony in a central California court case.

But Kelli Sager, an attorney for CourtTV, argued that the 44-year-old superstar could not “veto” public access to a court case simply because he was unhappy with past press coverage. Jackson was not in court.

During a brief hearing on Monday, Jackson’s lawyer Zia Modabber asked Richey to dismiss the suit on the grounds that Lee was not a licensed financial advisor in California and therefore could not have signed a valid contract with Jackson.

Richey said she would rule as early as Monday afternoon on the issue and decide whether to allow cameras in court.

So the media wanted to televise the trial, same as in the Chandler 1993 case!

This is probably why Michael decided to settle with Lee and for a sum “well into seven figures” according to Randall Sullivan despite the fact that his lawsuit was nearly thrown out:

  • Though Jackson nearly had Lee’s lawsuit thrown out, the Korean’s attorneys successfully scheduled a deposition of Michael Jackson in June 2003, at which the singer’s finances would be fully explored. The day before he was to be questioned, Jackson settled out of court for a sum said to be “well into seven figures.”

And you wonder why Michael Jackson settled with the Chandlers for $15,3mln?

The fact that the Chandler’s civil trial was also to be televised is thoroughly hidden from the public eye but in 1994 the LA Times did report it on the day of Michael Jackson’s settlement with the Chandlers:

  • “Now, those immediate problems have been lifted, and he will avoid the spectacle of a nationally televised civil trial probing the most intimate aspects of his personal life.”
On January 26, 1994, the day when MJ settled with the Chandlers, LA Times revealed that the civil trial was to be televised

History virtually repeated itself. Ten years prior to Lee’s lawsuit Michael had a fight with the Chandlers and would have certainly won it, but he still chose to settle rather than have the civil court proceedings televised too and the photos of his genitalia, fully exonerating him from all allegations, shown to the public.

He just saved himself from the horrible embarrassment of it, same as he saved himself from the embarrassment of disclosing his finances to each and everyone in Myung Ho Lee’s case on national TV.

POST-SLANDER

The surprising fact about Myung Ho Lee is that even after his money problem was settled to his full satisfaction, he still continued going after Jackson.

A year after the settlement, in March 2004, Myung Ho Lee reappeared on Vanity Fair to tell new lies about MJ. The pretrial proceedings were looking into the allegations about Michael treating the Arvizo boys to wine, and Lee was quick to come up with a story that he heard a certain Japanese boy to have been given cans of Jesus Juice which actually contained wine.

Jesus Juice was indeed Michael’s word for wine, meaning that if Jesus allowed himself wine, it was okay for him too – however not to let any children see him drinking it, he ordered it in cans and not in glasses.

Maureen Orth wrote about the new story from Myung Ho Lee:

Lee says he is not surprised at the boy’s allegations. Lee was with Jackson in Tokyo in 1998, when Jackson announced with great fanfare a new venture with a Japanese consortium to open three theme parks and a chain of stores called Wonder World of Toys that would stretch across Japan. The project failed almost immediately, according to Lee, because of what happened to the 13-year-old son of one of Jackson’s Japanese partners: “During this time Michael took [the boy] to a theme park one evening. One of Jackson’s people gave Michael three soda cans full of Jesus juice. Later that evening the boy came back sick. Security informed me that he appeared drunk, and his father was very upset.”

Mind it that Lee was careful enough not to claim that it was Michael himself, but just “one of his people” who allegedly gave those cans, however the media is unable to see such nuances and turned it into another freak show about Jackson.

The wine theme naturally blurred what was apparently the real reason for Myung Ho Lee’s story – to distract attention from the fact that the investment projects under his guidance were invariably a failure and point his finger at Jackson instead.

Myung Ho Lee’s story was fully denounced by the boy. When Richard Matsuura was already 18, both he and his father called it “completely false”. Here is what Richard said on Mike Taibbi’s segment for NBC News:

  • As Taibbi reports, “Matsuura says Jackson never said or did anything inappropriate in the four days he spent in his company.” According to Taibbi, NBC News interviewed Matsuura’s father as well and he corroborated his son’s statements.

The story was just another of those innumerable lies about Jackson, but what makes it so special is that Myung Ho Lee told it and kept slandering Michael after they parted their ways, which makes me think that there is more to this person than meets the eye.  

Add to it that the media and Google are keeping away from the public even the few unpleasant facts about Myung Ho Lee reported in this post.

Indeed, it is extremely strange that any traces about Myung Ho Lee’s activity are completely deleted from the Internet and the few leftovers were found either by the alternative Duckduckgo browser or by translating the search into Korean and back 🙂

Besides, we don’t know yet what particular investments Myung Ho Lee made with Michael Jackson’s money and on what projects he squandered it.

This is really a hard task and it will have to be left for another time.

[end of part 5]

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…

„Leaving Neverland“ – after the dust has settled: Fiction and propaganda

June 13, 2019

Meanwhile Dan Reed’s „Leaving Neverland“ has aired in many countries and the dust has settled, presenting a clearer picture of the so-called documentary. The discrepancies and obvious lies in the fiction film have become visible, though not spread everywhere in the media, especially in the US. Apparently it is still not admissible for the mainstream media to talk about the contradictions and implausibilities in the film and explain why not all accusers of sexual abuse have to be believed.

Recently Helena and I have written on a post at the same time, and interestingly we found out that we have included the same topics in it without talking to each other. It showed us that we clearly have the same things on our mind and blindly can complement each other. Helena’s latest post is so important that I decided to add a few things which will corroborate her post and support her statements, especially regarding the propaganda and consensual love issues.
And I do it today on Michael’s acquittal day because in this trial in 2005 his innocence was proven, and Wade Robson had testified for this acquittal. Read more…

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