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Michael Jackson’s DEPOSITION in Mexico in 1993

April 13, 2010

Below are the tapes showing the state Michael was in in the midst of the Chandler scandal, in November 1993 when he was deposed in a several-day deposition in Mexico. The reason for it was a copyright infringement suit he had to face along with Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton and Joseph Jackson. The lawsuit came after three songwriters alleged that the pop star and his fellow defendants had plagiarised the hits “The Girl Is Mine”, “Thriller” and “We Are the World”.

Following the testimony, a nine-member jury found the defendants innocent of plagiarism.

Immediately after that Michael went to a rehabilitation centre in Britain. Although the media hunted for him like crazy Michael’s whereabouts were kept secret. The media went as far as making an announcement in the press of a 50,000 pound reward to the one who found him first.

See how the voice behind the screen insists that he doesn’t see any instances of Michael having an addiction problem here. “Does he look or sound like a drug addict? Or is he faking addiction to escape the heat of the terrible charges?”, the angry voice demands.

It seems that Michael was never able to please the media – being an addict was no good, but not being an addict was no better, or probably even worse if we believe the angry voice….  Funny how the media change their tune depending on the immediate goal they pursue in respect of Michael Jackson. The deposition is no fun though:

November 8, 1993:

He could hardly keep his eyes open and was on the point of collapsing any minute. Some sources say that the deposition lasted for seven hours. It is a torture to see Michael’s humiliation and him answering all those endless and pointless questions. The only thing the deposition shows is how productive Michael was as a composer and how many songs he was keeping in his vault – why should a genius composing songs by hundreds plagiarise anything?  However to some people a simple answer to it is not obvious, as there is no end to their monotonous questions:

“Who wrote this song?”

“I wrote that”

“Released?”

“Never released”

November 10, 1993

So the first day was not enough for them? Is it the third or at least second day of the deposition? Will you ever find an artist who was treated that disrespectfully?  Why are they putting him through this? After all there were only 3 songs in dispute – why interrogate him over all the other songs and treat him like a criminal?

Oh my God, I’ve just remembered that Michael was giving shows at the time – below are the dates of the shows which are impossibly close to each other with the depositions in between them.  Now it is clear that all this deposition nonsense was a deliberate attempt to crush him. Otherwise why this timing and why all thise urgency? Couldn’t they wait until he came back?

Nov 7 Mexico.  Mexico Aztec Stadium (100,000 people attended)

Nov 9 Mexico.  Mexico Aztec Stadium (100,000)

Nov 11 Mexico. Mexico Aztec Stadium (100,000)

This last show was the next day after the deposition, after which he went to London for treatment. He didn’t know yet what further humiliation was awaiting him soon. The horrendous strip search was still to come on December 20, 1993.

HOW COULD HE SURVIVE IT ALL?

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Rodrigo permalink
    November 3, 2012 2:23 am

    I don’t know what was worse, that or the Spanish Inquisition?

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  2. November 3, 2012 12:49 am

    Guys, I’m sorry to be here only for a minute today (family reasons). Just wanted to say that I came across a 3 hour tape of Michael’s deposition in Mexico, with Russian subtitles.

    It is unbelievable. Watching Michael answer all those crazy questions in so humble a way…. He is so natural, so unaffected, so normal in comparison with everything that’s taking place around him… And they called him “freak”! He was the most normal person among them all!

    The scene of the deposition is November 1993, Michael is in the midst of the molestation allegations, is still doing the Dangerous tour and has just had some oral surgery. Someone is doubting Michael’s authorship and this is why this crazy deposition is taking place at all.

    Instead of giving him a chance to relax they are asking him crazy questions to which everyone knows the answers – so all of it is just a waste of his time, health and stamina. If I remember it right the deposition was resumed in a day:

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  3. November 2, 2012 3:51 am

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  4. August 24, 2012 12:33 am

    Just makes me love him more, respect and admire him more. I’m on my knees.

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  5. Jill permalink
    June 1, 2011 10:14 pm

    No, he was not a drug addict. He had insomnia and might have needed to take a sleeping medication to get some sleep like everyone else. He had to deal with so much stress in his life, the horrible allegations, touring and working hard could have taken a toll on him. He needed to relax, he needed to take it easy and do what made him happy, not let others tell him what to do. Like for instance the concerts in London, it should have been his decision only to perform again, not others. Before he announced concerts, I was just so happy that he was alive and living his life and raising his children, that was enough for me. He didn’t have to perform again to make me happy. He should have done what he wanted.
    It just breaks my heart that he might have been forced into something.: (

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  6. November 12, 2010 9:59 pm

    “Even 2 years later than this case the doctor who treated him in 1995 didn’t mention a thing about drugs.”

    Yes, I remember that great article – it shows that all the media talk about Michael taking drugs is very much exaggerated. People are not used to others talking about it freely (like Michael in his great Morphine song) and assume that ‘if he says it himself, then it is something really horrendous” – while in Michael’s case it was completely the opposite case.

    It was a limited period in his life and he was very much controlled about it – but he talked about it because it really bothered him. And others do it all their life, engage in it non-stop, think it is okay or that it is no one else’s business and therefore never talk about it. Surprisingly no one really minds it.

    Excerpt from the article:

    “Mr. Jackson was in critical condition,” Alleyne said. “He was dehydrated. He had low blood pressure. He had a rapid heart rate. He was near death.” He was blunt that Jackson had no drugs in his system.

    The article is so good that it deserves to be posted here in full: http://www.mjj2005.com/kopboard/index.php?showtopic=43458

    By Andrew Dys, Columnist
    The Herald – Rock Hill, SC

    When Dr. William Alleyne II heard about Michael Jackson’s death last week while on vacation, this doctor who specializes in lung ailments in Rock Hill turned young again.

    In his mind, he was just Bill Alleyne, the young guy who spent money out of his pocket to buy Michael Jackson albums. The guy who became a doctor and took his new bride to Michael Jackson concerts.

    “It was an overwhelming sense of sadness,” Alleyne said.

    Sure, Bill Alleyne is a Michael Jackson fan like millions. But Dr. William Alleyne had more reason to be sad than most fans. Alleyne said Tuesday, for the first time in 14 years, I was the doctor who saved Michael Jackson’s life.

    In December 1995, Alleyne was the critical care director at Beth Israel North Hospital, on the Upper East Side in New York City across the way from the mayor’s Gracie Mansion. He was the guy in charge when one of the nurses told him, We have Michael Jackson coming here.

    Alleyne didn’t believe it then.

    “I said, ‘Ha, ha, very funny,'” Alleyne recalled.

    He had seen patients who were stars, or spouses of stars, but this was different. Thousands of people started clamoring outside the hospital. The place was turning into bedlam.

    Ten minutes later, they rolled Michael Jackson in on a stretcher, Alleyne said Tuesday from his Rock Hill office where he’s one of the partners at Carolina Pulmonary Physicians. But in 1995, Alleyne was the doctor to the King of Pop. Jackson had collapsed after a rehearsal for an upcoming HBO special at the nearby Beacon Theater.

    Alleyne and his wife had seen Jackson before in concert, on television, and now, in 1995, Jackson was waiting, unconscious, for Bill Alleyne to save his life.

    “Mr. Jackson was in critical condition, Alleyne said. He was dehydrated. He had low blood pressure. He had a rapid heart rate. He was near death.”

    Alleyne went from doctor to a star to doctor of a man who could die. Alleyne, an acquaintance of Jackson’s doctor at the time who had seen some of that doctor’s patients, had been picked personally by that doctor to be the attending physician for Jackson’s emergency care. Alleyne gave the order to have the defibrillator ready if needed to treat the abnormal heart rhythm of the most famous entertainer with the best rhythm on Earth.

    After about an hour or so that December dusk, Alleyne said he had Jackson stabilized with intravenous fluids and other treatment, and transferred Jackson to intensive care. But in the meantime, the crowd outside had become massive, a mob scene.

    “I looked outside the window, and the crowd was shoulder to shoulder, huge, far more than when the mayor’s mansion across the street had hosted the pope, the president, even Nelson Mandela,” Alleyne recalled.

    And inside the hospital, Alleyne said, it was absolute pandemonium.

    Jackson’s entourage had muscled into intensive care. Alleyne had a brief showdown with one bodyguard who did not want to let Alleyne in the room again after Alleyne had left briefly. Alleyne recalled he said to the bodyguard, Your boss is dying in there, and I am going in there to save his life. You can be the one who has to say you wouldn’t let me in.

    Bill Alleyne walked in and saved Michael Jackson.

    But the crush of people inside wasn’t over. The entourage of Jackson’s then-wife, Lisa Marie Presley, came in. Presley came in, too. Then through the middle of the crowd, another entourage, and Janet Jackson, Michael’s sister.

    “Here is Janet, drop-dead, stop-the clock gorgeous, and she said, ‘Thank you for taking care of my brother,'” Alleyne recalled.

    Alleyne found time to call home. His wife, Cheryl Courtlandt, a physician herself who now is a pediatrician at Levine’s Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, was home with two small kids.

    “I’m gonna be a little late honey,” Alleyne told his wife. “Turn on the news.”

    He told his wife Michael Jackson was his patient, and she said to her husband, verbatim, in words Alleyne will never forget: “Well, you take care of Mr. Jackson and hurry home, because I have two kids here and you need to take out the garbage.”

    Jackson soon was stable, and Alleyne and Jackson started a doctor/patient relationship similar to all in theory but unlike any relationship Alleyne had ever had in practice. As people were climbing trees to get pictures of inside the hospital, as Jackson’s fans sang his songs outside and the world press invaded the sidewalks and street for information about the condition of this most-famous man, Bill Alleyne tried to keep Michael Jackson alive with intravenous food and care.

    Michael Jackson was the most soft-spoken, least demanding guy you would ever want to meet, Alleyne said. Everything he said was a whisper. His biggest concern was could he perform.

    Alleyne told Jackson no way could he perform anytime soon.

    Alleyne had to get permission to release information to Jackson’s family. Jackson gave it. Alleyne had to deal with other doctors who came to watch his every move, and a world that wanted information that Alleyne would not give to anybody but those Jackson said to give it to.

    After about 72 hours, Alleyne and Jackson’s publicists and others realized they had to give a press conference. So Alleyne worked with Jackson’s people to go over what could be said, what to stay away from but still tell the truth. Alleyne was blunt with the world, saying Jackson did not have any immune system problems because rumors about AIDS were swirling. He was blunt that Jackson had no drugs in his system.

    News accounts from 1995 show Alleyne and his then-partner, Dr. Bob Glennon, talking about Jackson’s condition to convince the world that Jackson was, in fact, critically ill.

    “Michael Jackson was unconscious when he arrived,” Alleyne said. “I had to make that clear.”

    Through the next few days, Alleyne was Jackson’s doctor. Other doctors came to watch behind him, but Alleyne said he was not affronted. Having others sets of eyes look at his care and treatment of Jackson was understandable.

    Jackson had to do what other patients who are recovering must do, Alleyne said. Walk around, be monitored. Except he had an entourage in the next room.

    “After a couple of days, Mr. Jackson told me he needed to get his hair done,” Alleyne remembered. I told him we had a barber at the hospital.

    Jackson’s entourage laughed: A stylist traveled around the world with Jackson and would style those locks right there in intensive care. The makeup crew came in, too.

    Near the end of Jackson’s hospital stay, he asked Alleyne if he could visit other patients in intensive care. Jackson met one lady, gave her an autographed picture after he prayed with her, and the lady told Alleyne, I can die now; I prayed with Michael Jackson.

    Alleyne recalled, laughing: I told Mr. Jackson maybe visiting with people who had suffered heart attacks or other serious problems wasn’t such a good idea.

    When Jackson was discharged, Alleyne stayed in the background as the cameras went off and the video was shot. But Jackson asked Alleyne to make house calls for the next three days. Blood pressure checks, pulse, all that stuff. Alleyne was the director of critical care house calls were not his bag. But Michael Jackson had asked, so Alleyne said yes.

    “House calls, to the penthouse of the Four Seasons hotel,” Alleyne said. “He had rented out the entire top two floors.”

    In one moment of weakness, Alleyne said he almost asked Jackson to teach him how to moonwalk Jackson’s famous trademark dance.

    But Alleyne kept it professional with Michael Jackson, as the entourages and the world watched Alleyne’s every move.

    Finally, about two weeks into this whirlwind relationship, Alleyne told Jackson, “Mr. Jackson, you are stable. I can stop being your doctor and return to being your fan.”

    All humble Alleyne asked for was an autographed picture for his kids to have years down the road.

    Before Alleyne left the hotel that day, Alleyne recalled Jackson telling him: “Thank you for saving my life.”

    Then Jackson told Alleyne he understood how difficult it had been for a black man to get to such a distinguished position within the medical world, that Alleyne’s accomplishments were inspiring to Jackson.

    “It was very touching,” Alleyne said. “I will never forget that.”

    Alleyne never gave an interview since then, never signed any book deals or made a nickel off being Michael Jackson’s doctor of almost two weeks. He never spoke to Michael Jackson again.

    Alleyne, other than casual conversation with friends, or associates in medicine, or among the people at his medical practice, never told anyone of his time as doctor to the most famous entertainer in the world.

    Alleyne’s own children, son Douglas and daughter Courtney, only learned of his role when a documentary came out a few years ago that had some of the footage of the news conferences from 1995 in it. There was Bill Alleyne.

    “Daddy, are you Michael Jackson’s doctor?” his daughter asked.

    “I said yes, because I was his doctor, Alleyne said. I looked at it as always being his doctor, that I had a professional relationship with Mr. Jackson and would honor that.

    This man with Carolina roots in his family came to Charlotte in 1996, then began practicing medicine in Rock Hill in 1999. He’s done what humble doctors do: give some time to reading at schools, volunteered, raised his kids.

    The sign outside his Rock Hill medical practice only has his name. There is no mention of Michael Jackson anywhere in the building.

    Only now, after Jackson’s death, did Alleyne agree to share his remembrances of those days.

    Alleyne said that he told his wife, only half-jokingly, that the world spotlight would be on the doctors who had recently been caring for Jackson before his death.

    Alleyne said he would be remembered as: I was the doctor who saved Michael Jackson’s life.

    Alleyne has, at night the past few days after seeing patients, watched some coverage of the aftermath of Michael Jackson’s death.

    That to this day he is so loved comes as no surprise to me, Alleyne said. He was very gracious and kind.

    He understands that there were accusations against Jackson after 1995, but that was not the Michael Jackson Bill Alleyne knew in 1995.

    And Tuesday afternoon, as tens of millions, maybe more, watched the memorial service for Jackson from Los Angeles, here’s what Bill Alleyne, doctor, did: He saw other patients. He did not watch TV.

    He helped a lady with a little bit of cardiopulmonary trouble. Another with asthma. More. Each received Bill Alleyne’s full attention, as he had given Michael Jackson his full attention in 1995.

    Alleyne saw them all, gave this interview about that two weeks 14 years ago, then went home.

    Just like he did for those crazy days in December 1995, when Bill Alleyne was Michael Jackson’s doctor.

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  7. katerina permalink
    November 12, 2010 9:04 pm

    The hunt went as far as making an announcement in the press of a 50 000 pound-reward to the one who found him first. what in the world???!?!?!?!?!!! did ppl get their kicks out of making his life a living hell? there is no way this man is stoned, addicted, call it whatever you like. I have seen ppl on drugs (illegal ones in fact) and Michael simply wasn’t. Even 2 years later than this case the doctor who treated him in 1995 didn’t mention a thing about drugs. http://www.michaeljackson.com/uk/node/820899

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  8. Alexandra Lill permalink
    October 13, 2010 4:51 pm

    I´ve seen the full tape, and they ask him at one point, if it´s true that he underwent surgery just a few days ago. He was in pain and that´s why he was under medication.
    It really breaks my heart to see how he was tortured over and over again. I never saw a person as kind as Michael. All MY LOVE …

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  9. Amerie permalink
    July 14, 2010 1:43 am

    The media uses thgis footage to say Michael had a drug problem. Maybe at this sad point in his life he had some issues with prescription meds — but he was not drug addict.

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  10. Amerie permalink
    July 14, 2010 1:41 am

    He’s not completely stoned but you can tell he’s medicated. Smart people dont wait until their a reckless addict before they realize they have a problem. It would have been a full blown addiction if he hadnt have acted as quickly as he did.

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  11. unbreakable1 permalink
    April 17, 2010 12:46 am

    I am heartbroken seeing this deposition for the first time. I never knew the video existed and, at first, I thought this has to be an impersonator. Then, Michael’s unmistakable singing – even while going through this 7 hr. hell. He cut the Dangerous Tour right after these concerts – and who can blame him. Did they put Lionel, Quincy, Rod, and Joseph through this? I can answer a resounding NO!!

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  12. Sharon Burns permalink
    April 14, 2010 12:36 am

    I couldn’t watch it all. It’s obvious he’s stoned but he can still answer all those questions repeatedly for 7 hrs. Amazing! What this world put that man through breaks my heart.

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  13. April 13, 2010 11:44 pm

    Yes, it’s very sad and unfair.

    (I just found your blog. Thanks for what you’re doing here)

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