Michael Jackson in a DOCUMENTARY by Aphrodite Jones. ALL HE WANTED WAS TO GET SOME SLEEP
Thanks to great Michael Jackson’s fans who posted APHRODITE JONES’ documentary about Michael Jackson on Youtube we have a chance to see it all (the source is Investigation Discovery Channel, the True Crime series).
It starts with Michael Jackson’s sudden death which made the world hold its breath. Tom Mesereau says: ” All these people are coming our of woodwork now trying to pretend that they loved him, cared about him and I happen to know that many of these people refused to get involved at all. There are a number of celebrities professing their great love for him. I know that we approached them and they refused to cooperate. They didn’t want to get involved.”
-“Did you ever think Michael Jackson was capable of mol.sting a child?”
These attacks struck at the core of Michael Jackson. Tom Sneddon was obsessed to the point of absurdity – the feeling about him was that “one way or another he’ll get him before he retires”.
When Tom Mesereau took that case his colleagues thought it was unwinnable. People believed he was crazy. But it didn’t take him long to figure out that these claims were complete fabrication.
Four years later after the trial Michael Jackson is dead. The Los Angeles County Coroner rules Michael Jackson’s death as homicide caused by acute intoxication following lethal levels of sedatives combined with anesthetic propofol. For Mesereau the cause of Michael’s death goes beyond what happened the day Jackson died. Those events simply represent the culmination of 16 years of torture that Jackson endured. That period begins with a separate case back in 1993.
Those who knew him believe that Jackson had solid values and was sincere.
Joanne Horovitz: “He was genuinely a nice person”
Pearl Jr.: “He wanted to hang around kids because they were fun. They didn’t want anything from him. When he was a kid he was a grown-up, and when he was a grown-up he was a kid”
Frank Dileo: “Every city we went to [while on Bad tour] we went to a children’s hospital and bought them a piece of equipment. Every city! They had a little boy there who was dying. I cried. I couldn’t take it. Michael came over and put his arm round me and said: “You have to understand, Frank, this is our job. Not on the stage. This is our job – to make somebody feel good”.
It is at this time in 1992 Michael Jackson would have a chance encounter that would change his life forever…
Tom Mesereau believes the Chandlers had a hidden agenda. “They did want a lot of closeness with Michael Jackson. Almost everybody who met him thought they were going to profit in some way. That was one of the sad facts of Michael’s life that he felt that virtually everybody who approached him wanted something. I think it resulted in some lack of trust, some isolation and some loneliness”.
As the story of Jordan Chandler evolved Michael Jackson was humiliated in a series of events. What does Tom Mesereau think of his consent to go into a settlement agreement with the Chandlers?
“I think it was a big mistake. He should have fought and won. Michael Jackson was advised by his business consultants and people in his music business to pay whatever it took to get rid of it. The idea was that they had bigger fish to fry and he had a glowing future in front of him. It was a mistake because it sent a message to others – why work if you can sue Michael Jackson?
In 2002 Jackson decides to allow British documentar film-maker Martin Bashir to set the record straight and redeem his public image. Bashir convinces Michael he should be trusted to make a film chronicle of Jackson’s life to show the world he is misunderstood. Michael gives unprecendented access to his private life allowing Bashir and his film crew to follow him for 8 months.
Jackson confidently looks forward to the premiere of “Living with Michael” in 2003, but the film is not what Jackson expected or was promised.
“Martin Bashir is an interesting example of a man who made his name off the back of Michael Jackson. He promised him to help him create an internation children’s holiday that Michael wanted so badly.” “Instead Michael was used, manipulated and undermined by Mr. Bashir”.
Tom Sneddon now resurfaces. The prosecution were alleging that Michael Jackson didn’t mol.st the boy before or during the documentary, but AFTER it… Tom Sneddon IS obsessed to the poing of absurdity – he passes a law in the State of California designed especially for Michael Jackson:
Tom Mesereau: “The Arvizos were targeting celebrities and they ended up with the most gently, kind-hearted celebrity of all – Michael Jackson. Michael wanted to heal this child’s cancer.”
Now Jackson faces ten felony charges plus four minor ones. News networks generate huge ratings as they report the salacious details of his every move. He never wavers except the day when he got sick and went to hospital and that is the famous pyjama day. Tom Mesereau: ” That was my responsibility. I am at fault for that”…
The defense is slowly picking apart the prosecution case. Dates are not lining up. Michael’s defense team is discrediting all the prosecution’s key witnesses.
After a week of deliberations the jury acquit Michal Jackson of all 14 charges. Yet many in the media continue to portray him as a guilty man. “The media was disappointed because it wasn’t the story they wanted to run.” “They were embarassed and didn’t know what to do”. No one said: “Oh, my goodness, we’re sorry. Let’s make the record straight now”. In fact they ignored the not-guilty verdict:
The trial destroyed Michael Jackson. He never recovered from it. All he wanted now was to get some sleep. It turned out to be the wish that took his life.
“He deteriorated physically during that trial. He was having trouble sleeping. He was having trouble eating. He was terrified of the effect on his children of all of this”.
“Five and a half months of your life of being exploited like that day after day – that has to take away your spirit. It has taken its toll on him, his health and his whole way of thinking”.
Michael Jackson did more good to more people around the globe than any entertainer ever. And at the end of the day that trial had an effect on Michael Jackson that was so profound that he never came back…
APHRODITE, unlike all these cowards you are a really brave girl. And you’ve done a really good job! BIG THANKS to you and the people who cooperated with you. We have a long way to go. It is both hard, dangerous and honorable to be the first. But the TRUTH is worth all the hardship. God bless you.
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The UK journalist Charles Thomson adds top important details to the 1993 story:
“This documentary is not a definitive guide to the allegations against Jackson. The 2005 trial alone lasted four months and could warrant a six part TV series of its own. By condensing both rounds of allegations against Jackson – plus his death – into an hour-long show, programme makers have omitted a wealth of key information.
The 1993 case is all but skipped over. Claims made by Evan Chandler are stated as fact rather than conjecture and the ample evidence undermining the Chandler family’s case is not mentioned at all.
The show also fails to mention the enormous legal reason behind the settlement of the civil suit in 1994. Tom Sneddon had so little evidence to support his case in 1993 that two separate grand juries refused to allow him to bring charges against Jackson. The upshot of this was that the civil trial wound up scheduled ahead of any potential criminal trial. This was a violation of Jackson’s fifth amendment as it would severely undermine his right to a fair trial.
Holding the civil trial in advance of a criminal trial would give the prosecution unqualified access to Jackson’s defense strategy. If Jackson cited an alibi in his civil trial, Sneddon could go back to the office and change the dates on the criminal charges. If Jackson called witnesses to corroborate his version of events, Sneddon could go back to his office and mould his case around their testimony. He could tailor his case exactly to the defense strategy, making it impossible for Jackson to win a criminal trial. The only way Jackson could guarantee himself a fair criminal trial was to make the civil trial go away.
The settlement agreement included a clause specifically stating that settling the civil suit did not prevent the Chandler family from testifying in a criminal case.
Jackson was prepared to fight the allegations in court but he was not prepared to forfeit his right to a fair criminal trial by wasting his defense on a civil suit.
The Chandlers’ decision not to testify in the criminal case was entirely their own and is perhaps the best indication of what they were really about.
None of this was mentioned in the show’s discussion of the 1993 case.