Michael Jackson’s DEPOSITION in Mexico in 1993
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”
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?