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MACAULAY CULKIN as Michael Jackson’s TRUE FRIEND

June 11, 2010

There is a reason for everything that happens. If it weren’t for the 2005 trial we wouldn’t have a chance now to read MACAULAY CULKIN’S testimony of May 12, 2005 which is a complete masterpiece and is probably the best thing the actor has done since his great “Home Alone” movies.

The media usually refers to this testimony in one sentence only – “Culkin denies abuse”,  but it surely deserves much more attention especially when taken in combination with the words of those witnesses for the prosecution who spoke against Culkin at the 2005 trial. These include former Neverland employees Adrian McManus and Phillip Lemarque. McManus, who worked as a maid, told jurors that she saw Jackson once kiss Culkin on the cheek while “he had his hand kind of by his leg, kind of on his rear end.”

Lemarque provided a more graphic testimony. The former Neverland majordomo claimed that he saw Jackson fondle Culkin while the pair played a video game in Neverland’s arcade sometime in 1991 (Culkin was 10 or 11 at the time). Source: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0511051culkin1.html).

Well, guys, it is a great pleasure to introduce to you the government witness Phillip Lemarque who claimed to have seen the molestation process in its most vivid detail.

The Smoking Gun says about him:

“Along with his wife Stella Marcroft, Phillip Lemarque worked at Neverland for a brief period in the early 90s (the couple says their Jackson employment, which ended around late-1991, lasted two years, while other accounts put their tenure at 10 months). It was during that time, Lemarque has told investigators, that he witnessed Jackson act inappropriately with Culkin and other boys”.

Lemarque (now 74) “is a French expat who once wrote of his and his wife’s Neverland responsibilities, “Stella was Michael Jackson’s private chef, I was the major d’homo in charge of organizing Michael’s entertainment activities.”

After both of them were fired by Jackson’s aide Norma Staikos in 1991 Lemarque opened an Encino restaurant in Bourbon Street but amassed $455,000 in debt through his operation of it. It was during his personal bankruptcy proceeding that he was peddling a Jackson ‘molestation’ tale.

“Philippe and Stella Lemarque first reached out to a supermarket tabloid in 1991 but the story wasn’t published then. While looking for the right media channel the Lemargues were not above tailoring their story to fit their needs. They initially asked $100100 claiming they saw MJ sexually caress young visitors including Macaulay Culkin. As their asking price rose the story changed. When their price increased to $500000 Michael’s hand moved into Culkin’s pants”.

The couple contacted former porn star Paul Barresi to aid them in selling it to a London tabloid. “Barresi admitted he didn’t care if the tale was true – he was just helping them to sell it because he was promised a percentage of the selling price. Barresi himself pulled an end-around on the couple, selling their story to the Globe after surreptitiously taping a meeting during which the pair laid out their charges against Jackson (the resulting piece was headlined “We Saw Michael Molesting Child Star”.)

According to the Smoking Gun Lemarque later turned into a “master authority” on Internet porn running a hardcore web site stocked with video and photos depicting “nudity and heterosexual, bi-sexual, homosexual, and transsexual situations”. In 1997, he launched Virtual Sin web site (billed as “the most sinful site on the internet”) which he operated until 2004.

“In addition to Virtual Sin, Lemarque also operated Galaxy 2001, a how-to site for wannabe online porn operators. “Selling SEX is not difficult if you know how to manage your boat through the intricacies of the Internet,” noted Lemarque. He claimed that Galaxy 2001 doubled as a web host and housed “hundred of adult web sites” on its servers.

Among the porn tutorials sold by Lemarque was one offering instruction on how to shoot your own sex videos. The site also contained a flashing link with the words “TEENS TEENS TEENS” that went to another Lemarque site where the X-rated photos featured women clearly beyond 19.” (Full story on Lemarque: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0404051lemarque1.html)

O-la-la…. so this was the man who testified against Jackson and said he had seen him act inappropriately with Culkin and other boys? What a reckless thing to do was to employ him at all!  Though he was surely hired by Michael’s assistants, not him. Well, at least they saw through him after 10 months of his employment.  I can VERY well imagine what stuff he could have left at Neverland to be later picked up by the police as Michael’s belongings.  O-la-la…

It is amazing,  but no one ever tried to check up with Macaulay the absurd stories told about him by those ‘witnesses’. In fact Culkin couldn’t believe his eyes when he read what they were saying about him!

“I COULDN’T BELIEVE WHAT THEY WERE SAYING ABOUT ME”

Here are some excerpts from Macaulay Culkin’s cross-examination by Ronald Zonen and Tom Mesereau telling us what actually happened (or, to be more exact, did not happen) to Macaulay when he was around Michael Jackson:

Q. How long has he been a friend of yours?
A. I first met him when I was 9 or 10 years old.
Q. And how did you meet him?
A. He kind of called me out of the blue one time, just said, “Hey,” you know, “This is Michael Jackson.” And this is after the “Home Alone” movie had come out. So it’s kind of like — it was like, ”I think I understand kind of what’s happening, and I’d like to get together and talk.”
Q. And he’s still your friend?
A. Yes, he is.

Q. When did you visit Neverland for the first time?
A. It was after he had called that first time. He invited us, me and my family, over there to hang out.
Q. And did you and your family go to Neverland?
A. Yes, we did.
Q. Did you hang out?
A. Yes, we did.
Q. How long did you hang out there with him?
A. I think the first trip we were there for about three or four days. It was me and my younger brother and my mother and my father.
Q. How many times do you think you visited Neverland?
A. More than a dozen times from basically when I was about 10 to when I was about 14 years old. When I first — when I first went there, it was such an amazing place, that I decided to — you know, any opportunity I had to go out there, I would go.

Q. Okay. And what do you remember about your first visit to Neverland?
A. It was big. It was — it was — I had never seen anything like it before. Especially considering it was someone’s house. And he was a nice guy. I remember he laughed because I referred to all the Ninja Turtles by their first names, and things like that. And so it was one of those kind of things where it was just very — it was very casual, really.

Q. What are some of the things you did at Neverland with your family?
A. Saw a movie in the movie theater. Rode on the amusement park rides, and — just everything, you know. Just used the facilities, basically.
Q. How many times do you think your family has been to Neverland?
A. About the same amount of times. When I was younger they were there virtually every time I was there.

Q. Have you seen Michael Jackson outside of Neverland?
A. Yes.
Q. Where have you seen him?
A. Whenever. I’d be staying at a hotel and he’d come and pick me and my brothers up, and we’d sneak into a movie theater like in the middle of the night — in the middle of, like, you know, a movie, because that was the only way you could really see an actual movie in an actual movie theater with him. Just a number of occasions.

A. He was in London when I was out there doing a play. And he was out there for, I don’t know, maybe a week or so. We hung out two times, three times.
Q. Now, in London, what did you do with Michael Jackson?
A. Hung out with his kids. We had — we had a dinner with a group of people, most of whom I had not met before, but just — it was a nice, casual, sit-down dinner. And just saw the kids, things like that. I always liked seeing the kids.
Q. And you’re talking about Michael’s kids?
A. Yes.

McCauley Culkin arrives to testify on May 11, 2005

Q. You heard about some of the allegations about whether or not Mr. Jackson improperly ever touched you, right?
A. Yes.
Q. Did Mr. Jackson ever molest you?
A. Never.
Q. Did Mr. Jackson ever improperly touch you?
A. Absolutely not.
Q. Has Mr. Jackson ever touched you in any sexual type of way?
A. No.
Q. Has he ever touched you in any offensive way?

A. No.

Q. What do you think of these allegations?
A. I think they’re absolutely ridiculous.
Q. When did you first learn that these prosecutors were claiming that you were improperly touched?
A. When did I first learn that?
Q. Yes.
A. I — somebody called me up and said, “You should probably check out CNN, because they’re saying something about you”.
Q. And did you check it out?

A. Yes, I did.
Q. And what did you learn?
A. I learned that it was a former cook had done something to me, and there was something about a maid or something like that. It was just one of those things where I just couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe that, first of all, these people were saying these things or — let alone that it was out there and people were thinking that kind of thing about me. And at the same time it was amazing to me that they — that nobody approached me and even asked me whether or not the allegations were true. They kind of just were — threw it out there just like — they didn’t even — they didn’t even double-check it basically. I mean, even if they assumed that they knew the answer, what got me was that they didn’t even ask.
Q. Now, are you saying these prosecutors never tried to reach you to ask you your position on this?
A. No, they didn’t.
Q. Do you know if any police officer from Santa Barbara has ever tried to call you to see what the truth is?
A. No.

Q. Have you ever been to Michael Jackson’s bedroom?
A. Yes.
Q. And when did you first see Michael Jackson’s bedroom?
A. I think it was probably the first trip.
Q. And did you go in there with your family?
A. Uh-huh.
Q. And what do you recall about Michael Jackson’s room?
A. It was large. It was — it was a very comfortable place. He had paintings and all those kind of things on the wall. It was — you know, it had two bedrooms and it was two stories high. It was — you know, it’s not what you normally associate with a bedroom.

Q. And have you and your family stayed in that room?
A. Yes.
Q. How many times, do you think?
A. Handful of times.
Q. How about your brother?
A. Whenever I was there, my little brother was kind of always tagging along with me, so he was usually anywhere I was.

Q. Where else at Neverland have you been with Michael Jackson?
A. Everywhere, essentially. We were always hanging out together, just like I said, and using all the facilities; the zoo, the arcade, or the movie theater, wherever.
Q. What have you done with him?
A. Like I said, we used everything. We’d play video games. We would fill up a bunch of water balloons and toss them around. Just things like that. It was just good old fun, just like a bunch of, like, kids basically having a good time.

Q. What time of day would you play video games with Mr. Jackson?
A. Anytime. You know, sometimes — I mean, sometimes I fell asleep in the arcade and I’d wake up and just start playing, you know. It was one of those kind of things where, you know, you’d be up half the night, you’d be — you know, you’d be kind of in and out of all these places.
Q. Did you ever get the feeling that your family was being excluded from anything you did at Neverland?
A. Absolutely not….It was a real open-door policy just with the entire ranch.
Q. That applied to your family as well as you?
A. Yes, everyone.

Q. You’re complaining that we didn’t interview you?
A. I’m just saying it was something that – I said I kind of just — all of a sudden I turn on the television or look on the Internet and there was those things out there, and it was just surprising to me.
Q. Mr. Culkin, are you completely unaware of the fact that law enforcement has made a number of efforts to gain access to you to talk to you?
A. Like I said, I’m unaware.

Q. Okay. Have you ever traveled with Michael Jackson?
A. Yes.
Q. Where did you travel to?
A. We took a trip, I was going with some family friends. We were going to Bermuda, and I said, ”We’re going.” And he said, “Is it all right if I tag along?” And I said, “Yes.” So we did that. After that, we ended up in — we decided to fly back to Orlando, because the family friends that I was traveling with, that’s where they were from. So we went there, went to Disney World for a day or two, and ended up flying back with my family.

Q. And did Mr. Jackson ever do anything improper to you on any of these trips?
A. No.
Q. Ever see him do anything that you found disturbing on any of these trips?
A. Absolutely not.
Q. Has Mr. Jackson ever hugged you?
A. Sure.
Q. Have you ever hugged him?
A. Absolutely.
Q. Were you ever suspicious of any of these hugs as being something sexual in nature?
A. No, it was always very casual. It was just the way I hug any of my friends.
Q. Did you ever see Mr. Jackson hug your sister?
A. Sure.
Q. Were you ever suspicious of his hugging your sister?
A. No.
Q. Ever see Mr. Jackson hug your brothers?
A. Yeah.
Q. Ever see them hug him?
A. Yes.
Q. Did you ever think anything suspicious was going on when your brothers hugged Mr. Jackson?
A. No, it was always just how you kind of greeted him, greeted almost anyone basically that you were close with.

Q. When he got there, he gave you a watch, did he not?
A. I think that’s when he gave me the watch.
Q. It was a Rolex?
A. Yes.
Q. He gave a Rolex to an 11-year-old child?
A. Yeah. But it wasn’t — it wasn’t anything all that crazy to me. I didn’t see it as anything like that. I was not a person without means, so it wasn’t anything that was all that awe-inspiring. I mean, my father had a Rolex. It was that kind of thing.

Q. You’re an 11-year-old child, but you felt it was okay to invite Mr. Jackson to attend a trip that you were going on with another family?
A. Yeah. I mean, and they were fine with it, from what I remember.
Q. Was it your belief that he was there to visit with you?
A. Yeah, to visit, and spend some time in Bermuda.
Q. All right. And to spend a week or more with a ten-year-old child?
A. To spend a week or more with me, yes.

Q. Prior to staying in Bermuda, had you ever spent the night alone with Mr. Jackson?
A. How do you mean “spend the night”?
Q. Did you ever share a bed with Mr. Jackson prior to going to Bermuda?
A. Yeah, I mean, I’d fallen asleep in the same bed as him.
Q. Did you ever do that, fall asleep in the same bed as Mr. Jackson prior to going to Bermuda where none of your brothers or sisters were present?
A. It’s possible. But like I said, usually my brother was tagging along with me. But I fell asleep basically everywhere in that ranch, or anywhere else when I was hanging out with him. I would just flop down on the floor half the time.

Q. Mr. Culkin, the question was, did you ever share a bed with Mr. Jackson —
A. Yes.
Q. — the two of you by yourself, prior to going to Bermuda?
A. If I remember correctly, probably, yes.
Q. On approximately how many occasions did you and Mr. Jackson share a bed the entire night prior to going to Bermuda?
A. A handful of times.
Q. Was it your expectation that while in Bermuda you would be sharing a hotel room and a bed with Mr. Jackson?
A. I don’t remember it being like an expectation. It was — I may have fallen asleep in the same bed with him there, but it was just as likely I’d fall asleep on the couch watching T.V.
Q. You might have fallen asleep in the bed with Mr. Jackson in Bermuda?
A. I might have fallen asleep on his bed, yes.

Q. All right. On how many of those occasions were you there by yourself without any sibling, alone, without any sibling at all?
A. I don’t really remember. But most every time I was there, I was there with my siblings. And most every time I was with my siblings, they were, like, with me the entire time.
Q. In fact, none of your brothers ever shared a bed with Mr. Jackson by themselves either, did they?
A. I’m not sure if that’s true. But I don’t –I don’t know. Sometimes I would — I wouldn’t fall asleep. I’d be up for a little bit longer and, you know, my brothers would fall asleep who knows where.

Q. But there were occasions when you went to Neverland without your siblings and without your parents; is that right?
A. I think I took one trip there where I arrived there before my family did, for like a day or two, and then they showed up.
Q. Up until the age of, say, 14, are you telling us every time you went to Neverland you were with your parents and your siblings?
A. In some kind of combination of siblings and parents, yes.
Q. You never once went to Neverland by yourself?
A. Like I said, I think I showed up — I showed up there once, and it was like a day or two and then my family met me there.

A. It would be — I slept in his room about as often as I fell asleep anywhere. Like, I fell asleep — I would flop down – we’d fall asleep in the movie theater. He has beds in the movie theater. I’d flop down and fall asleep there. I’ve fallen asleep in the video game machines before. I mean, I’ve — I would go and play there basically until I’d just run myself out, and I would just flop down wherever I needed to.
Q. And you’d be pretty exhausted and go fast asleep; is that right?
A. Yeah, I mean, that would happen. I’d wear myself out and fall asleep, just like any kid would.

Q. While you were asleep as a nine-year-old kid who had run himself ragged, you wouldn’t know what happened while you were asleep, right?
A. I find that unlikely.
Q. Well, but you just told us that sometimes you’d be so exhausted after a day of playing you’d fall asleep on a machine.
A. Yeah, but I think I’d realize if something like that was happening to me.

Q. Yes? And on many of those occasions, you would fall asleep in his bed?
A. It would happen.
Q. So you would have no recollection at all, of all of your visits to Neverland, of ever actually making arrangements to simply go to bed like anybody else, putting on pajamas and crawling into bed and turning out the light?
A. I never really wore pajamas. But at the same time, it was something like — I mean, occasionally, yeah, I’d have to — like, we’d have to wake up early in the morning because – for whatever reason, because I’d have to — because we were going to be leaving in the morning or whatever. I mean, sometimes I was put on a schedule.

Q. Mr. Culkin, as a nine-year-old child, what did you wear to bed?
A. I wore my clothes.
Q. You would just wear whatever you were wearing during the day?
A. Yeah.
Q. Every single night?
A. Up until I was about 17 years old. That’s when I kind of discovered what pajamas were.
Q. And you did that at home as well?
A. Yeah.
Q. Whatever you were wearing?
A. I always fell asleep in jeans and socks and a T-shirt.
Q. All right. So whenever you were at Neverland, you would crawl into bed in jeans and socks and a T-shirt?
A. Yeah.

Q. How old were you when you stopped sleeping in bed with Michael Jackson?
A. Well, like I said, I stopped going there just because I had really — I had never really found myself going to Los Angeles or anything like that. So I didn’t really come back again until I was about 17.
Q. The question was, when did you stop sleeping —
A. I know. I’m getting there. And so when I got — when I started coming back again, I found myself just not sleeping in bed. And I’ve always kind of fell asleep in the guest units ever since then.
Q. Why didn’t you stay with Mr. Jackson in his room?
A. Because I enjoyed my privacy a little bit more.
Q. All right. So is it safe to say that up until and through your 13th year, you stayed with Mr. Jackson in his room?
A. On occasion — On occasion I’d fall asleep there or wherever. It wasn’t really like a thing to, like, ”Let’s go to sleep in a particular place.” On occasion I’d end up falling asleep there. I’d fall asleep anywhere.

Q. Did he tell you how close he felt to you?
A. Yeah, and I’m trying to explain —
THE COURT: You don’t need to explain.
A. Okay. I understand. Yeah, we were close.

Q. Did he start telling you about seeing you as family early on in your relationship with him?
A. I don’t know how far into the relation – or friendship it was, that we started talking about how close we felt. But it was definitely something where we understood each other early on.
Q. Even when you were nine years old?
A. Because of circumstances, yes.

Q. Did he give gifts to your parents?
A. I think so. But I honestly don’t remember. This is a while ago. But he was — he was very generous. He always gave gifts to everybody.

Q. Were you ever introduced to Jordie Chandler?
A. I couldn’t say. I met handfuls of people kind of going in and out. There was always kind of a revolving door of staff and of people kind of coming in. Sometimes there would be guests there that I had never really met before or things like that.
Q. Were you ever in Mr. — in Mr. Jackson’s bedroom overnight while another boy was present in that room, other than your brothers?

A. On occasion, the other kids there that — like I said, some of them were introduced — like, I was introduced to as, like, cousins or family friends and stuff like that. And they’d bring their kids there, and then — same as me. They would –they would play with me, and we’d fall asleep anywhere, sometimes his bedroom, sometimes in the theater, sometimes anywhere.

Q. How many nights do you believe you spent alone in Michael Jackson’s room and in his bed, alone with Michael Jackson, between the ages of 9, 10 and 14?
A. It couldn’t have been more than like – it was a handful of times. It couldn’t have been more than, like, five times, four times.

Q. All right. After age 10, from age 11 through 14, how many times do you think you went to Neverland?
A. From 10 to 14? Like, six to eight times.
Q. And of those six to eight times, how many times of those did you spend in his — let me redo that again. Six to eight times doesn’t necessarily mean six to eight nights, does it?
A. No, I would — sometimes I would stay for a weekend, sometimes it would be – I’d try to get up there — even if it was for a day, I’d go up there. But sometimes it would be, like, four days, sometimes five days.
Q. What’s the longest you ever stayed at Neverland?
A. When I was — I think I was 20, I stayed there for about, I don’t know, 10 days, 14 days. And that was the longest trip I’d ever taken there.
Q. At age 20?
A. Yes.

Q. All right. Well, can I assume that at age 20 you were not sleeping with Michael Jackson?
A. I don’t think he was there on that trip. I kind of just said, “I need to relax. Is it okay if I use your house?” And he said, “Sure.” I was just staying there by myself, and I’d just stay in the guest units, and it was just — it was just that. He wasn’t even there.

Q. But even at age 20, you would not have been sleeping with him in any event; is that correct?
A. Probably not. Like I said, you know, as you get older, you start enjoying your privacy and you start getting on more of a schedule. And I was falling asleep on — I had more of a schedule going.
Q. Have you slept with Mr. Jackson since you turned 20?
A. No.

Q. Did you ever spend a night in Mr. Jackson’s bedroom with another boy, not your brothers?
A. Sometimes. Sometimes, like I said, there would be kids there. They’d be introduced as cousins or something like that. And they would hang with us, just as much as anyone else would.
Q. Can you describe any of them?
A. They were kids. They were — you know, some of them had dark hair. Darker skin, that kind of thing. Whenever I was around, sometimes there would be other kids around. And, you know, it wasn’t like we all, like, “Oh, it’s time to go to bed. Let’s huddle in.” Its like, you know, you’re chatting in bed, and the next thing you know you’re asleep.

Q. Did Mr. Jackson ever take you on shopping sprees?
A. Yeah, we’d go shopping.
Q. Where?
A. We used to do this thing where in the middle of the night — not necessarily the middle of the night, but around, like, after the stores had closed, he would arrange for us to go to Toys-R-Us. And sometimes he wouldn’t even arrange it. We would go there, and he’d literally knock on the door, and the janitor would drop his mop, and go, “What the heck?” and let us in. And then they’d — you know, we’d go shopping basically at Toys-R-Us when the store was totally empty, because it’s the only time that he could really go shopping like that.
Q. How many times did he do that with you?
A. Oh, gosh. Like two times, three times —

Q. Did you ever have a conversation with your parents prior to the age of 13? In other words, 12 or younger. While you were 12 years of age or younger, did you ever have a conversation with either of your parents about whether or not you should be sharing a bed with Michael Jackson?
A. No. They never really saw it as an issue.
Q. Did they know that you were sleeping in his bed?

A. I assume so.
Q. You assume so?
A. I can’t tell you what they — what they knew or didn’t know or what they thought or didn’t think.
Q. Can we assume from that your parents never came into the room while you were in bed with Michael Jackson?
A. That’s not true, no. Sometimes my father would wake us up, because he liked going horseback riding or something like that and, you know, things that I didn’t necessarily enjoy as much as he did, but he would wake me up early in the morning to go horseback riding.
Q. And you would be in bed alone with Michael Jackson?
A. Not always alone, no. And sometimes I wouldn’t be always there. I would be wherever. But I knew they knew that I was in that room, and they knew I fell asleep there.

Q. Did your father say anything to Michael Jackson about him sharing a bed with his ten-year-old son? Did he say anything to Michael Jackson about that in your presence at that time?
A. No, it was a very casual thing. So, no, he never really said anything.
Q. The answer is “No”?
A. No, he never said anything.
Q. Did your mother ever come into the room when you were alone with Michael Jackson in bed?
A. It’s a possibility, yeah.
Q. Do you remember the first time that happened?
A. No, not really, not in any specific detail.
Q. Do you know if it happened more than once?
A. Yeah. He had a very open-door policy. His bedroom door at that time was never locked. Anyone could walk in, fall asleep there, I’d fall asleep anywhere. People just kind of fell asleep wherever they wanted to. That was kind of the fun of the place, was that there was no rigid rules about when or where you should fall asleep.

Q. Did you share a bed with any other 35-year-old man other than a relative during your adolescence?
A. Not that I remember, but I wasn’t really friends with a lot of 35-year-olds who actually understood me.

Q. You said that Michael Jackson understood you. What did you mean?
A. Well, because of circumstances, like with my career, I mean, one day I was essentially a normal kid who happened to be an actor, and the next thing I know, I’m just this thing where people are hiding in the bushes and trying to take your picture. And just — people are kind of out to profit from you, or next thing you know you have a million acquaintances and no more friends anymore. It was like that. And he understood that. That was one of the first things we talked about, was don’t – “I get it. I understand what you’re going through. I understand the same thing.” You know, “If you want to talk about anything or if you ever want to” — you know, I could learn from his knowledge, basically, of where he came from. And you couldn’t really find a whole lot of people, especially when you’re nine years old, put in these circumstances that nobody else — you can’t really talk to anybody about this kind of stuff. And he understood it, and it was — it was a comforting thing.

Q. Do you still talk to Mr. Jackson about the unique way child actors develop and live?
A. On occasion. It’s not like it’s, you know, a child performer self-help group or something like that. But at the same time, it was — we still talk about it, because we’re a part of a unique group of people. And so we have a unique understanding of one another. And when it goes to any person who is a child performer, I kind of keep an eye out for them, and I — because I get it. And it goes the same for anyone who, you know, was or, you know, is a child performer. I think you kind of keep an eye out. You have an understanding of them.

Q. When you say he gets it, what do you mean, specifically?
A. Well, like I said, like the photographers in the bushes, or just profiteers, people looking to — out to get you kind of thing. And he — he lived through that before. And so he understood what — what it was like to be put in a position that I was in, basically just thrust into that position. And it’s weird. It wasn’t necessarily anything I chose for myself. It was something that kind of just happened, and now I have to deal with it. And he understood that.

Q. Did you ever see Mr. Jackson as very childlike himself?
A. He was very childlike, yes.
Q. What do you mean?
A. He liked doing the things that we liked to do. He liked playing the arcade games. Though he wasn’t as good as us, usually, but, you know, he still enjoyed doing it, because, you know, it was one of those things. And he enjoyed the same kind of movies. He liked running around. We used to play tag. I mean, it’s that kind of thing. He played with us, you know, the same kind of way I played with any of my friends my age.

Q. Did Mr. Jackson and you ever discuss the problem of sort of missing out on your childhoods because of all the work and pressures of success?
A. It was one of those things that we talked about, yeah. It just — it kind of just comes with the territory. Like I said, it’s not really, you know, it’s not really a therapy kind of thing. It’s just kind of more like occasionally we would just kind of talk about those kind of things, yes.

Q. And you talked about an open-door policy in his room.
A. Uh-huh.
Q. Could you please explain what you mean?
A. Well, no doors were ever really locked in his place. It wasn’t like — you know, you could always — you could always come — he always told me, “You can just come to the ranch whenever you want.” And every door was open, and you can go anywhere you wanted, and that included the bedroom.

Q. And did you feel that adults were free to come in and out as well as children?
A. Absolutely. He had a lot of memorabilia and things like that in his closets, and so people liked to look at that. It was one of those stops on the tour when we first showed up. It’s like, “Come to the bedroom. Come see what’s in the closet,” those kind of things. Like I said, it’s almost a part of the tour.

Q. What — what other shopping sprees did he take you on, if you remember?
A. I think one time when I was — I mean, besides the Toys-R-Us kind of things, that we just kind of show up in the middle of the night and scare the janitor, I think when I was about 17 or 18, he was in town with Prince, and we went to — he closed down FAO Schwartz, like, late at night, and we kind of showed up there and shopped a little there. And anywhere he shops, they kind of have to close it down for him, or we have to go late at night, just because — it just kind of comes with the territory. So I think we also went CD or DVD shopping when we were in London. He was just like, “We’re going to go shopping. Do you want to tag along?” And I went, “Sure.”

Q. And the prosecutor asked you questions about whether you felt Mr. Jackson was somehow pressuring you somehow to do something improper. Did you ever feel as if Mr. Jackson was pressuring you to do anything?
A. He never pressured me to do anything at all. Just — he was just my friend. He never really pressured me to do anything. Not even go to sleep at the right time or eat my vegetables, you know.

Q. Did you see Mr. Jackson allow other children and families into his room?
A. Yeah. It was, you know, whenever – it was — like I said, it was an open-door policy, not only for me but for whatever other families were there.

Q. And had you discussed with Mr. Jackson from time to time those false allegations?
A. Not really. It’s not something we necessarily talk about. It’s — its — you know, I think it’s just a painful subject. It was a hard thing for everyone to go through, I mean especially him. It just – it’s a hard subject.
Q. Did you ever consider making false allegations against Mr. Jackson so you could get money?
A. Absolutely not.
Q. Did you ever even imagine doing such a thing?
A. No.

Q. You’re telling us that Mr. Jackson had no problem with people going through the closets in his bedroom?
A. Yeah, it was one of those things. I mean, I don’t necessarily think it was a good thing to rifle through everything, but it was —
Q. But people did?
A. He had a large closet. Like I said, he had a lot of his old rhinestone jackets and things like that in there.
Q. People did that?
A. People would go in there, yes.
Q. Sometimes people he didn’t even know?
A. Well, I can’t really speak of whether or not they knew him or not. I assumed if they were there, they knew him.
Q. Certainly people who were in his room with his permission had his permission as well to go through the closets and look at the memorabilia in his closets; is that right?
A. Sure. Like I said, it was another stop on the tour. It was another kind of thing.
Q. It would be nothing unusual at all about somebody who was in his room with his permission to go through his closets and his drawers?
A. Well, I wouldn’t necessarily say the drawers. But it was kind of more — one of the closets was a lot — definitely a lot more for display than it was for, you know, actual clothing.

Q. You said he was childlike. Are you referring to his behavior back when you were 10 and 11 years old?
A. Yeah. I mean, even now, he’s more of a father now. It’s kind of fun for me to see that. But at the same time, yeah, I mean, he still has childlike qualities.

Q. Do you believe that his possession of a great deal of sexually explicit material is consistent with him being childlike?
A. How do you mean?
Q. Him possessing a lot of magazines that are very sexually explicit?
A. It depends on what you are talking about. When I was 12 or 13 years old, I had a couple of Playboys under my bed.
Q. How about magazines that depict men and women engaged in sex acts, magazines with men… Would you believe that possession of those kinds of magazines, and a number of them, would it be consistent with or inconsistent with his being childlike?
A. Well, I think — I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having those things, whether you’re childlike or not. I mean, overall, he’s still a human being, and it’s something that human beings possess. And so I don’t really necessarily find that inappropriate. But — but, yeah, I don’t find it inappropriate.
Q. But it’s surprising to you that he would be in possession of all of that; is that right?
A. Not necessarily, no.

SOURCE : http://deargavinarvizo.com/2009/11/macaulay-culkin-testimony/

A strict disciplinarian will naturally find it appalling that there was no proper regimen or fixed time for going to bed in Neverland and that its guests would fall asleep while watching films in Michael’s bed.

Or that they would drop asleep wherever and whenever they wanted and in their daytime clothes too. Or that they would go to the movies or shopping late at night and have a shop opened specially for them.

Or that Michael’s bedroom would actually be a common sitting room where everyone would enter any time they wanted and with its closets being open to everyone willing to rake through his belongings (which was a very reckless thing to do, in my opinion).

I’m happy that Macaulay Culkin is a guy who is really no different in his real life from the character of his “Home Alone” movies. It would be amusing to see what a child like that would have done to anyone if he had ever tried to touch him ‘inappropriately’. I am very thankful to Macaulay Culkin for his unique character, his courage to defy ‘public opinion’ and his desire to tell the truth about the innocent fun of being a guest of Michael Jackson.

Here is a great article showing what Michael’s and Culkin’s holiday was like when they were Bermuda (the one which the prosecution tried to make out as something really sinister):

A Family’s Bermuda Vacation Was Transformed by Michael Jackson


By Tamara Jones

After presenting a late-night private show, showgirls and entertainers pose with, from left, Michael Jackson, Macaulay Culkin and Brock Goldstein in 1991. (Family Photo)

Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, May 19, 2005

Alan Goldstein and his wife, Lynn, remember they were busy getting ready to take a nice family vacation with their youngest son, Brock, and his best pal, Mac, when they overheard Brock on the phone with Mac, saying something to the effect of yeah, sure, bring him along, too.

This is how pop superstar Michael Jackson appeared at their hotel in Bermuda with a bandage on his nose, a shy smile on his famous face, and a trunkful of squirt guns, race cars and stink bombs on his bed in the VIP suite.

Nice to meet you, the Goldsteins said, or something to that effect.

Fourteen years have passed, but like some postcard from the edge, the Goldsteins’ vacation has now come under the scrutiny of 12 strangers sitting in a California jury box.

And once again, Michael Jackson has popped into the lives of a hotel executive, his teacher wife and their son, now a 24-year-old bartender who finds it all “just so crazy.”

But what the jury in Jackson’s child molestation trial recently heard about that week in Bermuda and what the Goldsteins remember prove to be two entirely different stories: One evokes the image of a creepy predator using a gold Rolex to bait a starstruck kid; the other, of a lonely celebrity trying to reclaim a forsaken childhood by lobbing water balloons at tourists.

The surreal island idyll began when Brock Goldstein, a sometime actor in Orlando, met Macaulay Culkin on a movie set and the two 10-year-olds became fast friends. After his hit “Home Alone” was released that year, Mac Culkin made another new friend, as well: Michael Jackson.

“That sounds like fun. Mind if I tag along?” Culkin would remember Jackson saying when he mentioned the upcoming Bermuda trip with his buddy Brock.

Although prosecutors would later suggest that Jackson crashed the party, Alan Goldstein recalls that the family had been in Bermuda for a few days and had just gotten off their mopeds when the hotel relayed a message to please call “Mr. M. Jackson.”

The world’s best-selling voice came on the other line. “Well, I just need a break,” Jackson explained. “Would you mind?” Goldstein, who grew up in Wheaton, started scrambling to find suitable quarters, until Jackson called back and said he had it all arranged — two suites at the luxe Hamilton Princess. Goldstein swallowed hard.

“I can’t afford that,” he admitted.

“Don’t worry,” Jackson assured him, “everything’s on me.”

He turned up the next day in “his standard red shirt, black pants, yellow socks and wide-brim hat,” Goldstein, now 60, recalled in a telephone interview from his home in Las Vegas. Jackson invited the gang up to his suite.

“He’d brought this huge trunk. He threw it up on the bed and opened it up,” Goldstein says. “It looked like he’d raided a Toys R Us. He’s got water guns, race cars, chewing gum that made your mouth turn black, snap-and-pops . . . ”

While Lynn Goldstein mopped up behind them with Turkish towels, the two grown men and two small boys raced around the suite in a Supersoaker war.

It was great fun, the Goldstein menfolk now reminisce.

“It was a nightmare” is how Lynn good-naturedly puts it.

Jackson came to Bermuda alone, and the role of surrogate-manager fell to Lynn, who made sure the star’s meals were vegetarian and that hotel management kept away fans. Jackson’s trip made the local press, and then the international media.

For nearly two weeks, first in Bermuda and then back in Orlando at Disney World, the Goldsteins found themselves immersed in the other world of stardom with a benefactor they considered both weird and wonderful.

But with Jackson on board, dreams of sunny days on the beach disappeared, and they all became Vacationers of the Night, venturing out in the wee hours to protect Jackson and Culkin from being mobbed. That meant 2 a.m. dips in the hotel pool, room service instead of restaurants, shopping trips arranged after stores closed to the public.

Jackson tried to compensate for the inconveniences.

“We were talking one day about how it might be fun to try diving,” Alan Goldstein said, “and next thing you know, we’ve got a dive boat to ourselves with some dive masters to teach us.”

When the family wanted to see a variety show at one of the island’s resort hotels, the cast put on a private performance at 1 in the morning in an otherwise empty auditorium, the Goldsteins said. “There was a Michael Jackson impersonator, which was a little awkward, but Michael was fine with it,” says Alan Goldstein.

Brock Goldstein remembers the “once-in-your-lifetime” excitement of his favorite music star suddenly becoming a playmate. He remembers Jackson pulling out a small laser light and taking the boys out on the balcony to shine the beam down on bewildered beachgoers.

“We’d try to get them to follow it,” Brock recalls. “We’d be calling out: ‘Follow the red liiiiight, follow the red liiiight. The red light has a present for you! Look, it’s a red balloon!’ ” The three would then hurl water balloons at their targets, ducking behind the balcony to collapse in laughter.

The vacationers headed back to Orlando, where the Goldsteins then lived, and holed up in separate suites at a Disney World hotel to enjoy the theme park for a week.

Summer after summer drifted by. The Goldsteins tucked away their photo albums and lost touch with both Jackson and Culkin.

They returned from vacation this week to find a phone message from a Santa Barbara County sheriff’s investigator. What he wants they’re not sure. But their names have already become part of the court record in People v. Michael Joe Jackson .

Prosecutors — allowed under California law to introduce unproven allegations from Jackson’s past to bolster the present charge that he fondled a 13-year-old cancer survivor — cross-examined Culkin last week. Had he not slept in Michael Jackson’s bed? Had he not spent unchaperoned hours with Jackson at his Neverland ranch? And what, they wanted to know, about that trip to Bermuda? All perfectly innocent, Culkin asserts.

The prosecution team would suggest in their questions to Culkin that the Goldsteins had been wary of Jackson. Had they not confronted him about the inappropriateness of giving the child a Rolex when he greeted Culkin with one engraved “From Michael Jackson”? Culkin drew a blank.

So do the Goldsteins.

Nor do they agree with the prosecution’s portrayal of them putting their foot down over Jackson taking Mac on private side-trips in Bermuda. “That never happened,” declares Lynn Goldstein, now 61, her recollection mirroring those of her husband, her son and Culkin when he took the witness stand. Further, the Goldsteins complain, no one bothered to ask them what happened before making their vacation a footnote in a major criminal trial.

Investigators did question them back in 1993, they said, after allegations surfaced that Jackson had molested a young boy.

“They said, ‘We have a victim, we believe him, and we’re going to get [Jackson]. He fits the profile.’ I didn’t like that. I wanted to know what evidence they had,” Lynn Goldstein recalls. She told them then what she repeats today: Nothing improper ever happened, the kids slept in their own room in the Goldstein suite on a separate floor from Jackson’s, and Jackson “never once tried to get the guys alone. The boys would have sort of like sibling rivalry over his attention, and Michael’s the one who would step up and say no, we’re doing things together, with all of us.”

As a teacher at Laurel High School, and then later in Florida, Lynn Goldstein noted, she knew the warning signs of child abuse, and “I’ve even had to report it on occasion.” She felt sorry for Jackson, not frightened.

During one conversation in Bermuda, she recalled, Jackson turned to her and said wistfully: “‘You know, kids are different than adults. Kids are honest with you. You can trust them. I haven’t met an adult who has been my friend without ending up wanting something from me.’ ”

“He was like one of us,” Brock Goldstein says of Jackson, now 46, and his childlike antics in Bermuda. “It makes perfect sense to me because he never had a childhood. Obviously he’s not normal. He had a twisted upbringing.”

Like his parents, he hates the sinister questions being raised now about a fond memory. “I’d like to be done with it, but at the same time, if people are saying things we didn’t say, it needs to be cleared up,” Brock says. He figures nothing will ever top that magical summer when he hung out with the biggest pop star in the world.

“I mean, where do you go from there?” he wonders. And more to the point, who comes along?

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/05/18/AR2005051802348_3.html

In 2006 Macaulay Culkin wrote a book called Junior. Speaking to the reviewer David Amsden Culkin says what it’s like to be a child star and how he aged in reverse, evidently in a way similar to Michael’s:

“I have a lot of growing up to do,” he tells me at one point, before correcting himself, “or a lot of growing down. I think that’s probably more appropriate.” The stuff of his childhood—work, pressure, fame, wealth, marriage, divorce—reads like a checklist of adult milestones. Meanwhile, at an age when his peers are drifting into adulthood, he is a self-sufficient slacker enjoying a latent adolescence, not worrying about money or work or the future.

“I’m willing to face whatever comes with this, from critics, people trying to make it more sensational than it is. This is not a sensational book. There’s no Michael Jackson references at all, so get that out of your head right now.”

That’s easier said than done, given that it was less than a year ago that Culkin testified for the defense during the pop star’s molestation trial. “You know, I didn’t want to get involved with the whole thing,” he says. “It was a big, fat mess. I almost wanted to say to him, ‘You should have known better, just to even have those kind of people in your life.’

‘When they talk, Culkin always encourages Jackson to get back to music. “You know, call up the Roots, call up the Beastie Boys, call up Björk.” The last time they spoke was a few months after the trial: “He sounded better . . .” He trails off, distracted.

Evidently speaking about Michael’s state of mind after the trial he says: “One of the things that I always thought is that I could have turned out that way. I’m a fairly sheltered person, but I could have just put up a fortress around myself, bought a big chunk of land somewhere, and said, ‘Fuck all y’all!’ … It’s a cool little world that he has, but at the same time, it’s become a little more distant from reality.”

Source: http://nymag.com/arts/books/reviews/16211/

What a terrible difference it is between Michael of the 90s when he and Macauley had carefree fun like two free birds and the lifeless Michael of the year 2006 just after the trial…

But I am happy to hear that Macaulay Culkin is still standing up for Michael and fighting for his good name. Here is some information about the events this May, 2010:

“A Bahraini Islamist MP has called to ban a Michael Jackson tribute concert, labelling the King of Pop a “pimp, child abuser and a thief” whose life should not be celebrated, Gulf Daily News reported on Wednesday.

Sheikh Mohammed Khalid Mohammed has already successfully forced organisers to change the venue for the concert, but now wants it banned altogether, the newspaper said.

“Everyone knows that he is a pimp, child abuser and a thief who stole from the Bahraini royal family,” Shaikh Mohammed was quoted as saying.

Jackson lived as a virtual recluse following his 2005 acquittal on child abuse charges, and spent some time in Bahrain as a guest of Bahraini prince Sheikh Abdulla bin Hamad al-Khalifa.

Jackson had been in talks with Bahrain-based record label Two Seas, owned by Sheikh Abdulla, to produce an album, but nothing ever came of the deal.

Gulf Daily News said Jackson had signed a contract with Two Seas and later lost a $7 million lawsuit brought against him by the label for breach of contract.

This is a Response from Macaulay Culkin:

“Nowhere else in the world would someone be able to stand up and call someone a pimp, a child abuser and a thief without a shred of evidence and get away with it.

The fact that the accuser is a Member of Parliament is all the more deplorable.

To make such public statements without any foundation is outrageous and he should not be too surprised if he receives notification that he is being sued in the American courts for slander.

Obviously on this particular occasion the MP thinks that by making these disgraceful and cowardly accusations against the deceased Michael Jackson, he will in some way ingratiate himself with the powers that be.

I would only hope that the powers that be in Bahrain are not so easily fooled, and realize that the MP is tarnishing their own image by association, and distance themselves from him.

In case there is any doubt, charges of child abuse against Jackson were never proven.

In addition, the failure of a business deal does not permit some sycophantic publicity seeking MP to label Jackson a thief.

As for the statement that he was a pimp – on what basis is he making this statement? Maybe it’s time to put something a little less potent in the Sheesha.

As if that wasn’t enough he then goes on to say that all singers are empty and hollow. Who is this man and in what century was he raised?

Beware Bahrain – this man, and people like him, are shaping your future.

If I were you I would be afraid. Very afraid.

M. Culkin

I wish to thank you, Macaulay Culkin.

You are a GREAT GUY and an EXCELLENT FRIEND.

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UPDATE:

Here is Larry King’s interview with Macaulay Culkin  aired on  May 27, 2004 (a year before his testimony at the trial).

You should really listen to Macaulay and see his amazement when King asked him “What happened at Michael’s house?” to which he replied emphatically and somewhat incredulously at the sinister tone of the question: “NOTHING happened!”.

He says Michael was often misunderstood because “he wasn’t good at explaining himself” and that he preferred the company of children because they treated him like a “normal human being”, not God or King of Pop.

And I don’t blame Macauley for his unwillingness to take part in all that circus around Michael. He is just being frank about not wanting to be dragged into all that dirt (which is quite understandable). However he did go and did testify and make a brilliant job there!

KING: What’s the relationship you had with Michael Jackson?

CULKIN: Had or have?

KING: Both.

CULKIN: Whatever.

KING: Let’s go with had to have.

CULKIN: He’s a good friend of mine and still is. Everything that’s going on is an unfortunate situation for everyone involved, and you know…

KING: When did you first get to meet him?

CULKIN: I first meet him — kind of called me randomly out of the blue, hi, it’s Michael. It’s like hey. And the thing is…

KING: This after “Home Alone.”

CULKIN: This is after “Home Alone.” I had actually met him before I was doing “Nutcracker” at Lincoln Center. I was playing Fritz, and he came back stage one day. And I actually met him very briefly and he kind of recognized me because it was after I had done “Uncle Buck.” And so, he kind of mentions something. Than he calls me up kind of out of the blue and it’s just this weird, random kind of thing. Why don’t you come over to my house?

Think is, I didn’t react to him the way most people did. Most people are like Michael Jackson, and you know, he was a god to people. And to me, I knew he was a pop singer but beyond that, I wasn’t one of the fans. I think that’s one of the reasons why we connected was the fact that — believe me, I call him a jerk all the time. I call him a fat head and this and that and he gets it.

KING: And brother (UNINTELLIGIBLE) to..

CULKIN: Yes. We all did. He was a family friend.

KING: What happened at the house? That’s what all the things that people are concerned about.

CULKIN: That’s what’s so weird.

KING: What did happen?

CULKIN: NOTHING happened. You know, nothing really. I mean, we played video games. We, you know, played at his amusement park.

KING: Did he sleep in the bed?

CULKIN: The thing is with that whole thing, oh, you slept in the same bedroom as him. It’s like, I don’t think you understand, Michael Jackson’s bedroom is two stories and it has like three bathrooms and this and that. So, when I slept in his bedroom, yes, but you understand the whole scenario. And the thing is with Michael he’s not good as explaining himself and he never really has been, because he’s not a very social person. You’re talking about someone who has been sheltered and sheltering himself also for the last like 30 years. And so, he’s not very good at communicating to people and not good at conveying what he’s actually trying to say to you. So, when he says something like that people — he doesn’t quite understand why people react the way that they do.

KING: Why do you think he likes young people so much?

CULKIN: Because the same reason why he liked me, was the fact that I didn’t care who he was. That was the thing. I talked to him like he was a normal human being and kids do that to him because he’s Michael Jackson the pop singer, but he’s not the God, the “king of pop” or anything like that. He’s just a guy who is actually very kid-like himself and wants to go out there and wants to play video games with you.

KING: Did your parents encourage it?

CULKIN: They weren’t against it. It wasn’t like they encouraged it or pushing me upon it. I wanted to hang out with him and they were fine.

KING: What do you make of what he’s going through now?

CULKIN: Like I said, it’s unfortunate, and you know, it’s a circus.

KING: Do you think it’s a bad rap?

CULKIN: You know, I think so. Yes. Listen, look what happened the first time this happened to him. If someone had done something like that to my kid, I wouldn’t settle for some money. I’d make sure the guy was in jail. It just really goes to show as soon as they got the money and they ran. I mean, that’s what really what happened the first time. And so I don’t know. It’s a little crazy and I kind of have taken a step back from the whole thing, because it is a bit of a circus. And you know, if the same thing was happening to me, I wouldn’t want to drag him into it and vice versa. So I try my best to take a distance from it, but like I said he was still a friend of mine.

KING: If they asked you to be a character witness, would you appear?

CULKIN: I guess so, but probably not. Like I said, it’s crazy, and I don’t really want to be a part of it.

KING: You like him.

CULKIN: I like him and he’s a friend of mine. I’m not saying I wouldn’t. It hasn’t been brought up to me and I don’t think he’d want me to either. Just because, like I said, if the same thing was happening to me…

KING: What reaction has happened to you from all of this?

CULKIN: What do you mean?

KING: Do people inquire of you a lot about it?

CULKIN: Sometimes. You know, people always have their opinions. It’s funny. People always talk to me about him, because you know, I’m one of these people who will tell you anything about my life, really, to get me going. You know, so yes, I mean, I’ve openly and freely talked about him and stuff like that. But overall, you know, s’ just a good friend of mine.

KING: You wish him well.

CULKIN: Of course I do.

Full transcript: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0405/27/lkl.00.html

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  1. July 5, 2015 6:05 pm

    From my perspective, Macaulay looked at Michael not just as a friend, but also as a mentor and a father figure, since Kit Culkin (Macaulay’s father) was almost never there when Mac needed him (which was partly why Mac accepted Michael as a father figure, and also appreciated everything Michael did for him, and also showed why Mac became the godfather of Prince and Paris)… 🙂

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  2. September 8, 2014 8:25 pm

    Macaulay is saying clearly to everyone Nothing happen between him and Micheal I believe that he is telling the truth and why can’t others just accept it , why dos ppl like to make it so difficult here the guy is making it clear to all but they keep pushing him question him over and over again just to make micheal go down, I know micheal did not had play days while growing up and he misses that so that’s the reason why he created never land just to be with kids and learn from them also what he had miss out . Micheal and Macaulay love u guys 😉

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  3. September 8, 2014 7:17 pm

    Am proud of micheal and macaulay love u guys both

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  4. kate permalink
    July 17, 2014 9:34 am

    I’ve read this article before.I know that Mac used to have a hard time with his father,his father treated him badly in the past,but I think it would be good if he tried to be reconciled with him somehow.It may be difficult for Mac,but,after all,it’s his father.
    I heard that Michael had wanted to be reconciled with his father Joseph but it never happened.I think Shmuley said that.It’s a pity they never managed to do this.

    Mac seems to have wanted to talk to Michael more frequently and he may have had a little grudge against Mike because of that,at least that’s what I think.

    I like the fact that Mac didn’t write anything about Michael in the book,some people write lots of unnecessary things just to sell their book.

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  5. July 16, 2014 4:53 pm

    “I think it’d be nice if he wrote something about Michael on his twitter(for example when Michael’s death anniversary was) or he might have at least released a statement after Michael had died.It’s not too much,I think.” – Kate

    Kate, it’s not too much but the fact that Macaulay went to Michael’s funeral is actually his statement.

    Mac is a very interesting person. If he has issues with someone (like his father) he will not talk to him for 20 years and will write a whole book devoted to those issues, where one of its entries will be: “Dear dad,”f- -k f- -k f- -k f- -k f- -k f- -k . . .” and on and on for two pages. (I haven’t read the book but I’ve read the reviews).

    And if he doesn’t have issues with someone he just won’t give it much thought and will not make any fuss over it. He didn’t have issues with Michael, so he did not even touch upon him in his book and is not going to waste his time on this nonsense.

    The more I learn of Macaulay the more I admire his honesty, direct ways and brisk manner. He didn’t want to be involved in the 2005 trial (and said so), but he still came and testified about Michael’s innocence.

    He doesn’t twist and turn, and always speaks his mind. And he is still a friend though he may be critical of a person.

    In connection with his book he said the following about Michael and his attitude towards him (in 2006):

    “This is not a sensational book. There’s no Michael Jackson references at all, so get that out of your head right now.”

    That’s easier said than done, given that it was less than a year ago that Culkin testified for the defense during the pop star’s molestation trial.

    “You know, I didn’t want to get involved with the whole thing,” he says. “It was a big, fat mess. I almost wanted to say to him, ‘You should have known better, just to even have those kind of people in your life.’ ”

    He thinks for a moment and continues. “I don’t know how it happened, but somehow I’ve become the resident Michael Jackson expert. We’re close, he’s a good friend of mine, we definitely have a connection that most people don’t have, but he’s a friend that I talk to once a year.”

    When they talk, Culkin always encourages Jackson to get back to music. “You know, call up the Roots, call up the Beastie Boys, call up Björk.” The last time they spoke was a few months after the trial: “He sounded better . . .”

    He trails off, distracted. “One of the things that I always thought is that I could have turned out that way. I’m a fairly sheltered person, but I could have just put up a fortress around myself, bought a big chunk of land somewhere, and said, ‘Fuck all y’all!’ But I made a decision when I was 14 that I was going to live life, where I think he made the opposite decision. It’s a cool little world that he has, but at the same time, it’s become a little more distant from reality.”
    http://nymag.com/arts/books/reviews/16211/

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  6. kate permalink
    July 16, 2014 1:55 pm

    Helena,I entirely agree with you that Mac is sick and tired of speaking the same thing again and again,but I think it’d be nice if he wrote something about Michael on his twitter(for example when Michael’s death anniversary was) or he might have at least released a statement after Michael had died.It’s not too much,I think.

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  7. July 16, 2014 3:27 am

    “I dont mean a big get together party,but some kind of contact from the side of Jackson family.” -t(katrina)

    Katrina, what a great idea! If the Jackson family really established contact with all Michael’s friends it would be the best they could do for Michael’s children. People would come and speak about Michael. Tell stories of them being together. It will benefit the children greatly. And the family too as it seems that they know of him very little. They will discover Michael the way he really was.

    Look how much JC Agajanian alone could tell Michael’s children! https://vindicatemj.wordpress.com/2011/08/29/jc-agajanians-stunning-interview-about-michael-jackson-he-will-never-be-replaced/

    Here are only some whom I remember: Frank Cascio and the whole of the Cascio family, Mike Brando, David Nordahl, Dr. Patrick Treacy, Corey Feldman, Macaulay Culkin, Sean Lennon, Brett Barnes, JC Agajanian, Joanelle Romano, Paddy Dunning (the man with whom Michael and the children stayed in Ireland), his vocal coach Seth Riggs…

    How could all these people enrich the life of Michael’s children if contacts with them were re-established and they were invited to share their time with the family!

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  8. July 16, 2014 2:57 am

    “Mac could have denied it when it was in the media some time ago.For me it’s a little strange and that’s what I meant.” -Kate

    Why do all people want Macaulay to say it again and again as if he is obliged to them to rake through all this dirt? Don’t you understand that it is real harassment when wherever you go everyone points fingers at you and demands that you should prove to them that you were not molested?

    He is not obliged to prove anything to anyone. If I were in Mac’s place I would feel furious with these questions and throw something heavy at the one who asks. He is not a one-trick pony to constantly do what is wanted of him. People should stop treating Mac like a circus horse and understand that he needs a normal life to live.

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  9. July 16, 2014 2:38 am

    “Maybe Mac can’t deny it.” – Carlton

    Macaulay denied it so many times that asking for more amounts to his harassment. LEAVE MACAULAY ALONE.

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  10. July 15, 2014 3:49 am

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    Joanelle run into Jermaine. I know many of the Jackson family did not know all or that many of Michaels friends.He knew quite a lot of people in different contexts.It would be nice to re-establish some contact or write a bit, maybe not a book like Cascio, just something.Not that this blog is any advisory for peoples behaviour.
    Michael did not live a solitary life.There should not be this since from former friends and associates.

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  11. July 15, 2014 3:40 am

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    Macauley attended Michaels funeral with his wife. They are now divorced I read.Since Michael died it seems contact was broken with many of his friends and their families.Now ofcourse the Jackson Family have not had it easy to say the least. I thought that someone,a brother or nephew should contact some of these families and friends. Maybe they feel left out and do not think they should call on the Jacksons.Take for ex Joanelle Romano who run into Michael 1 week before his death and gave her tel. nr saying she needs to see Michael asap. I dont mean a big get together party,but some kind of contact from the side of Jackson family. There is Miko Brandon.Michaes children were too young to clearly remember who is who.And just a first contact to start with.It is wrong that only Murray declares his friendship.

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  12. Carlton permalink
    July 14, 2014 10:45 pm

    Maybe Mac can’t deny it.

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  13. kate permalink
    July 14, 2014 8:52 am

    In the last few years Frank Cascio has written a book about Michael and has also given some interviews.Maybe this article is not fake,but as far as I know Mac hasn’t said anything publicly about Michael for 5 years and he didn’t even release any statement after his death.
    I don’t believe that Michael molested him,but Mac could have denied it when it was in the media some time ago.For me it’s a little strange and that’s what I meant.

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  14. July 13, 2014 11:10 am

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    Btw speaking of Bahrain, there was an uprising a couple of years ago, when those occurred in Egypt and other middle Eastern countries. I watched those on TV.Seems that the Bahrain royals and their kin was pretty rough, maybe brutal even putting those down.

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  15. July 13, 2014 9:48 am

    “Macaulay hasn’t said a word about Michael since Michael’s death.I wonder why?”- kate

    It is not because this provocateur Stacey Brown is inventing stories about Macaulay Culkin now. It is because Macaulay is sick and tired of speaking of one and the same thing again and again. Frank Cascio does not speak about it either. He just said it in the book and that’s it. How much longer should people be harassed with all these questions?

    However there is a statement made by Culkin in the year 2010. It is connected with some Barhain Member of Parliament calling MJ names. Their newspapers published the following rebuff from M.Culkin:

    Outrageous claims
    Posted on » Tuesday, May 18, 2010
    Nowhere else in the world would someone be able to stand up and call someone a pimp, a child abuser and a thief without a shred of evidence and get away with it.
    The fact that the accuser is a Member of Parliament is all the more deplorable.
    To make such public statements without any foundation is outrageous and he should not be too surprised if he receives notification that he is being sued in the American courts for slander.
    Obviously on this particular occasion the MP thinks that by making these disgraceful and cowardly accusations against the deceased Michael Jackson, he will in some way ingratiate himself with the powers that be.
    I would only hope that the powers that be in Bahrain are not so easily fooled, and realize that the MP is tarnishing their own image by association, and distance themselves from him.
    In case there is any doubt, charges of child abuse against Jackson were never proven.
    In addition, the failure of a business deal does not permit some sycophantic publicity seeking MP to label Jackson a thief.
    As for the statement that he was a pimp – on what basis is he making this statement? Maybe it’s time to put something a little less potent in the Sheesha
    As if that wasn’t enough he then goes on to say that all singers are empty and hollow. Who is this man and in what century was he raised?
    Beware Bahrain – this man, and people like him, are shaping your future.
    If I were you I would be afraid. Very afraid. M. Culkin
    http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsDetails.aspx?storyid=278231

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  16. kate permalink
    July 12, 2014 2:52 pm

    Macaulay hasn’t said a word about Michael since Michael’s death.I wonder why?

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  17. January 3, 2013 5:55 am

    Macaulay Culkin is a good kid ,and Michael Jackson and Macaulay Culkin were best friends and they always will be best friends!

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  18. September 28, 2012 12:40 am

    Mark do not belittle your occupation as a truck driver, it requires skill and good jugdement, any job well done is valuable..Think of him as your protecting angel while you are driving on those dangerous roads.Michael was a humble person despite his fame and finally the worth of a person does not hinge on his or her occupation,but on your faith and soul.” – Kaarin

    Kaarin, you are an angel. Thank you.

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  19. September 27, 2012 5:32 am

    Mark it must have been a really great tragedy to lose both of your parents as well as your stepfather of 30 years within 2 months time.I am not quite sure if this happened when Michael died or when you felt you lost him as a child..During such a great shock and sorrow memories of our childhood can come back to your mind. I had imaginary friends as a young child and it is not that unusual.Under great stress like the loss of parents memories may come up and sometime they may seem real.Michael may have been. a friend like this. >To a person in a situation like yours I wuold not be surprised.and I can understand that you wished Katherine to be your mother..You mentioned your Pastor and please talk with him about these things.I have heard of people who needed councelling after Michaels death.
    Many people felt spiritually drawn to him. And do not belittle your occupation as a truck driver, it requires skill and good jugdement, any job well done is valuable..Think of him as your protecting angel while you are driving on those dangerous roads.Michael was a humble person despite his fame and finally the worth of a person does not hinge on his or her occupation,but on your faith and soul.

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  20. September 27, 2012 2:51 am

    Guys, I am sorry that I cannot answer anyone else’s comments today. It is very late here. Hope to be back tomorrow.

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  21. September 27, 2012 2:40 am

    Well, Mark, your letter to Katherine has told me all I needed to know. Here is the summary of it. Being a bloodbrother of MJ you aspire to be Katherine Jackson’s son which is something she will have to live up to for the rest of her life. She is responsible for compassion in regards your emotional and psychological well-being as you think that she is your mother forever. You even question her religous convictions by saying that she “has the nerve” to call herself religious though she still does not answer your persistent letters to her.

    All these ideas have been marked now in bold type in your letter not to be missed by our readers.

    Since it is the middle of the night here I’ll make it short.

    First, I am no longer the sweetheart you so graciously complemented me on. All the trouble connected with my writing about Michael (as well as the upsetting developments in my country) have turned me into a sort of a furious witch instead of a sweetheart I used to be. I am saying this for you not to expect any good from me now or in the future. This will also explain to you the decision I am going to take (sorry for that in advance).

    Second, the purpose of your letter is not stated directly, however it reminded me of a good quote I once heard about parents: “The parent is a banker provided by nature”. Considering that you think Katherine Jackson to be your mother who should live up to her obligations towards her “son”, I suppose that the idea of a “natural banker” taking care of the son “forever” has a direct connection to your intentions.

    Third, the claim that you are blood brothers with Michael Jackson reminds me of two characters in the American literature brilliantly described by Mark Twain – Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. They also took a blood oath not to tell anyone the dark secret of a certain Injun Joe. Here is a link to the full version of it online: http://etext.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/Twa2Tom.html

    I urge you to refresh it in your memory as it is a really enjoyble read. As far as I remember the fact of a blood oath did not allow Huckleberry to legally become a full-time brother of Tom Sawyer and did not place any obligations on his aunt (with whom Tom was living) to take care of Huckleberry for the rest of her (his) life.

    This gives me grounds to think that your letters to the Estate and your persistent writing to Katherine Jackson will not reach the desired goal, and may even backfire, so I suggest you busy yourself with something else instead.

    If you continue to pursue the subject I am afraid I will have to block you to rid the post about Macaulay Culkin from this useless discussion.

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  22. September 27, 2012 12:51 am

    lynande51,
    I’m sorry you feel the need to drag this out on this site. And I am just as sorry as I can be to have to be the one to burst your bubble. But the facts are the way I have stated them and what you think you know from the past is only what was told to the public/fans.
    The real truth will be known by the public soon in time. But if you really want to keep this nonsense up, you can find much more to keep you busy on my blog spot. “why are you even trying to get in touch with Katherine?”
    If you had bothered to go to the web site, you could have found this letter yourself.
    Blog spot: http://www.kingofpopandbanditoneglove.blogspot.com
    Web Site: http://www.bandit-one-glove.com

    Dear Katherine Jackson, Date: September 18th, 2012
    I had a hard time dealing with it all. But I am managing to cope with the loss of my Mother, Father and Stepfather in a two month period.
    My father passed away on the same day I lost my chance to ever see my long lost Blood-Brother/Michael Jackson again in person.(June 25th, 2009)
    My prayers are that you and the family are managing to cope with the loss of Michael as well.
    Please I hope you don’t take my persistent correspondence as presumptuous, disrespectful or rude.
    I have found the process of providing my writings to you, more challenging than learning the craft of writing itself.
    Having to spend what little money I make on the education and progress of the writing project, I just figured why pay lawyers to do what I should be able to accomplish in person, or can I?
    I’ve been misinformed by people I looked to for advice, while relying on legal Jargon I’ve obtained from Traffic court and my service with the CHP.
    Assurance has been given to me many times that my correspondence was received by you when in fact it was not.
    The woman I thought of as a second mother and called mom (Katherine Jackson), had once said to Michael and I: “Well if you two are Blood-Brothers, I guess that means I’m your mother to.”
    As close as we were at the age where we were becoming young men but were still children as well, I know that this one thing we had in common is something that never could or would change about Michael Jackson because it was part of his soul. Michael believed that if you were to tell a child that you are their Mom or Dad, then that is something you have to live up to for the rest of your life. Once you take on the role of Mom or Dad it is forever, bloodline has nothing to do with it, that is only genes. From that moment on you are responsible for compassion in regards to their emotional, spiritual and psychological well being for life. That is simply the only decent attitude of any reverent person who has the nerve to call themselves religious by any standards of any religion.
    When Michael came over to tell me the bad news, he told me that his mom said: “Mark is just too wild. I’m sorry, son, but after today, I’m not going to allow you to go over to his house or see him anymore.”
    While My Blood-Brother was doing his best to speak the words you had spoke to him, I was hearing a totally different speech inside my head which went more like this:
    “The fact is mark that your second mother has disowned you and is taking your brother away from you forever.”
    The first time Michael Jackson ever heard voices transmitted from one side of the globe to the other, Mark Hammock was one of the only two people in the room with him.
    We had been caught by an FCC officer using bad language on the air with the CB radio’s (Walky Talkies) that Mike had bought me for my Birthday. July 9th, 1966.
    The FCC officer was real nice to us and took us back to his house where we got to talk on a HAM radio with an army officer in Tokyo, Japan from San Leandro, CA. This was one month after Michael and I had home schooled our way through the final month of third grade together.
    We were closer to each other than either one of us was to our own family members at the time. I miss him still to this day.
    Mom I apologize. Please. Will you forgive me?
    My biggest prayer of all is that I will get through to you soon.

    God bless you all, Mark Edward Hammock

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  23. September 26, 2012 10:46 pm

    I lynande51,
    I’m glad you’ve been a fan for so long. You failed to tell me how long your life time is. You may have read the book but it sounds to me like you’re still filled with hatred. Please say you weren’t out there in that parking lot?
    You can believe what you think you know to be the truth. I am willing to look past your misquotation “fictitious histories” I think you meant fictitious histories, which I assume you’re be referring to “you only have hearsay information from fictitious records to go on.” (Referring to what the industry releases to the public/fans) Also “your factual inaccuracies” ? You go on to say. “but what I know from my own memory. You see I have been a lifelong fan of Michael.” Did you actually read this before you put it in public? You’re joking, right?
    Let’s forget the touring and all the hard work and support of Mr. Joseph Walter Jackson which is how that fame came about in the first place. I only know the real truth because me and my whole family lived through it, Silly me.
    Maybe you should go to the blog spot and read the letter to Mr. Jackson which he got before accepting me as his friend on FaceBook.

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  24. September 26, 2012 10:45 pm

    Nannorris, Vindicatemj (Helena), Rodrigo, and ynande51, etc.
    Like my friend Bob said: “Mark, you couldn’t ask for better publicity than this!”
    What really cracks me up is the way fans take what they have learned from these fan sites and memorize it as if it is all so perfectly correct. But that’s the reason I try to keep from seeing anymore of that media garbage than is necessary. When you start believing nothing is truth accept what has been released for public information, that’s when this computer becomes nothing more than a high tech boob tube.
    I have to admit that you guys make me feel better in one way. I would tell Michael that people will hurt you when and if you become as famous as you think you will. He said: “But people love me.” I’m glad to see he wasn’t all wrong.
    As for his dad riding him like a jockey. What I saw was his mother telling him he couldn’t leave the house until he spent so much time on his tip toes without getting caught coming down, or he would have to start over. She did say that it was a rule his father made for him. But as Mike said. “That’s just them practicing tough love and the support of a couple of caring parents helping a determined star to be, reach his otherwise impossible goals.”
    Mike said that to me when he was seven and a half years old. Of course after the trouble we got into together, his father probably got a little tougher on him so I guess I would half to take some of that blame which has all fallen on the shoulders of his father. After all, Like I recently told Mr. Jackson in a letter to him. I should have been setting a better example for the younger boy who stepped up to the possibility of being killed to save my life. This new world we live in with computers and face book is truly a Godsend as long as we don’t rely on it as our only source of knowledge.
    If you have had the common courtesy to “READ THE BOOK” you should already know what “The time has come means.” It’s the turning point of this country ready to do something about bullying, terrorism, prejudice and senseless violence. I’m simply telling the truth publically for the first time like I promised Michael Joseph Jackson I would do. If you are rude enough to still be making accusations of me without having couth enough to lend me benefit of the doubt and read the book. You should consider this. How often do think what’s released to the public, is the whole story about any celebrity?
    Anyone who feels threatened by this is feeling threatened by the lord, not me.
    But thank you for defending Michael anyway and please feel free to ask me any questions still.

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  25. lynande51 permalink
    September 26, 2012 8:39 am

    Mark I have read your entire book. Because I have I then have earned the right through the purchase of your book to question all of your factual inaccurracies. I base my information not on what you have termed “ficticious historys but what I know from my own memory. You see I have been a lifelong fan of Michael. I know how old he was and when he moved to California and where in California he moved to. I know when he first signed with Motown and where he was performing before that. When he first moved to California he and his brother Marlon lived with Diana Ross at her home.
    Though your intentions are to do a good deed the facts do not support what you write in your book. I’m sorry you feel as you do but why are you even trying to get in touch with Katherine? I think that is the question that I would like to have answered.

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  26. September 26, 2012 1:17 am

    Remember Rosario (hope I have her name right). She was kind of sweet though.

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  27. September 25, 2012 11:05 pm

    Answering Vindicate (Helena) September 21, 2012 11:17 am

    “Mike brought out the hero in you by his example of reverence and courage.” – Mark E. Hammock
    Over here you are right. Michael brings out the hero in each of us. It is surprising and unexpected but it is true.
    “Go take a good look in the mirror. Your one of those people you are ridiculing.”
    And over here you are wrong. I am not ridiculing you – at the moment I have no reasons for it. All I asked you about was why you sent a letter to the Estate. Another thought I expressed was that the wording of some parts of your initial message was not in line with the story you were telling. “Disclosing the truth” occasionally sounded like a threat the way you presented it. I hope you did not mean it. If you reread it you will (probably) notice it yourself.
    “I have kept this from public scrutiny since 1966″
    And this I simply do not understand. Why keep from public scrutiny a heroic deed like the one you described about Michael? In your place I would have told about it to each and everyone around, especially if it had such a beneficial effect on your character and helped you set new goals in life. This could have helped Michael a lot when he was slandered from every corner.

    “why you sent a letter to the Estate.”
    I sent a letter to the Estate lawyer because I thought he was a way to connect with Katherine which I have been trying to do actively since the end of the trial for the doctor. I guess I was getting desperate and am still very emotional. I always have and always will feel like Mike is the closest of all my family members who was taken away from me within the first month after I turned ten years old. He died the same day as my father. We never got to see each other face to face again. I never got to tell him I got his message seven years late that he sent to me from the set of the Pepsi accident. I lost him within the same two month period as losing both of my parents and my step father of 30 years. Michael felt the same way about me and most of this is what happened to him from the month before he turned eight years old.
    Most people listening to me tell the story only pretend to believe it. I sometimes appreciate the haters more for giving me the chance to debate/fight about it. Much of my own family doesn’t understand this very well so naturally I wonder about how his family will.

    This could have helped Michael a lot when he was slandered from every corner.”
    Wow, this is a heavy one. As Michael would have said, this roller coaster has left the dock. I was defending myself against false accusations by a group of politically connected people who eventually convinced me to be quiet for the protection of my own family. I am obligated not to talk about that unless someone brings it up as dirt on me from that time. Hmm. It’s a small world after all. It’s a small, small world. I was more active in my attempts After 911 which brought out greater importance for our story, however when I finally did get someone on the phone who claimed to be Michael Jackson’s Manager at the Never Land ranch, I don’t believe she ever told Michael about our conversation at all. I know perfectly well that she never said my name to him. I know Michael would have gone anywhere on earth to get to me. Knowing what I know today, I would handle the conversation with her much more aggressively. But I believe Michael’s here now helping me through your amazingly understanding line of questioning. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

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  28. September 25, 2012 6:08 am

    Vindicatemj (Helena),
    please accept my deepest apology. I’ve very little time for this site each week and copied several pieces to take with me. I somehow got your name associated with the wrong materials. You sound like a real sweet heart and I feal awful about that. Please forgive me.
    To answer your question of why: “I have kept this from public scrutiny since 1966″
    The Jackson’s had every right to avoid speaking of the last incident of mine and Michael’s misbehavior the day before our separation. Michael and I knew that it would always be somewhat embarrassing. (This is not the time or place for the details, please read the book)
    However no one has the right to be ashamed of the fact that Michael and I were expelled from the third grade and had to complete the last month of third grade homeschooling together accept the teachers of Sobrante Park Elementary School at 470 El Paseo Drive, Oakland, California.
    This is because we were expelled for using violence in defense of ourselves and the children we had been watching get beaten and terrorized only after those teachers had forced us to by refusing to do anything to stop it after I tried three times to get them to wake up to what was going on right under their noses.
    In this country at that time, not even our parents could stand up to the school system. But Michael and I Became Blood-Brothers and swore a clandestine oath that both of us or the one remaining after the turn of the century would tell this story or die trying in order to help our children and grandchildren and all the other children in the world, especially if he became as famous as Elvis Presley no matter how hard it was, even if the families fought against him.
    Now to address Rodrigo, and ynande51.
    First this is the place to vindicate Michael Jackson, which is what my book 46 years in the making, is all about.
    Vindicating: (to clear somebody or something of blame, guilt, suspicion, or doubt).
    It is not a place for you to debate what neither of you know anything about. (read the book)
    Although my book includes the disclosure “Based On a True Story” was written as if to be used as a sworn declaration in a court of law.
    Anyone who claims that the Jackson’s were not residing on Billings Blvd in San Leandro, CA during May June and July of 1966 is either misinformed or Hiding something that at this point in time is defaming the character me and Michael Jackson and in turn is detrimental to both our rights to see to it that our children know the truth about those three months. We both knew those three months would and did greatly impact both of our lives and would in turn be very important to our descendants forever.
    I am just choosing to start with who I believe to be the highest judge of all with the hope and belief in Michael’s family that he will be all witch is needed. Katherine knows him as Jehovah. Need I say more?
    1. Rodrigo, several times you have misquoted me by using words I never used in any correspondences anywhere or changing the order in which I used the words I did use. I never said Katherine insisted anything. That is as close as I am getting to your smack talk, accept to warn you. Misquote this bully fighter any more in public and you just may find out what the real definition of an internet stalker is by looking in your own bathroom mirror at the bracelet around your ankle while wondering where your confiscated computer went to. I am still a member of the CHP in good standing as an ex employee. (lynande51, Feel free to assume double meaning)
    2. Rodrigo, and lynande51, you may have the best of intentions, but you were not there, so you only have hearsay information from fictitious records to go on. If you think I actually wrote a book without having my own as well as other people’s testimony that were there back then, as well as 11 years worth of research to back it up, then you are both fools.
    1. and 2. (B) This is not a debate. Back off and stay away from the key boards in regards to your doubts of me on this web site or I will take action against you both.
    You are welcome to go to my blog site where most of my current correspondences end up. If you want to know why I wrote anything you find there I will be happy to explain it as long as you are respectful enough to be patient and refrain from accusations, but only after you first READ THE BOOK!!!(respect). That’s what a blog site is for. It is there so all of my correspondences remain as transparent to the public as I can let them be. If you want to have a debate I am much more eager to oblige you than you think. So give that some thought because it will be in front of the entire world. This is my Blog address: http://www.kingofpopandbanditoneglove.blogspot.com
    But for now you are getting involved in something you don’t understand.
    If you have information you are ready willing and able to take into a court of law and legal proof of how you obtained this information, this is my public demand that you provide your full names, Addresses and sources at once. Otherwise, go away. You can read the book or wait for my movie or my obituary whichever comes first. Read all the double meaning you want into it but Get this straight: If you disrespect Michael Jackson, you have disrespected me. If you disrespect me you are disrespecting Michael Jackson, because he is and always will be my Blood-Brother.

    Mark Hammock AKA Bandit One Glove
    Michaels long lost Blood-Brother whose life story is now becoming an open book in The King of Pop’s honor. No I don’t mean the pop star, I mean the guy that saved my life.
    Got it? Good!!! Now get in, sit down, shut up and hold on! Casper AKA Michael Jackson and I are flying this thing around the world!
    Web Site: http://www.bandit-one-glove.com

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  29. September 21, 2012 11:17 am

    “Mike brought out the hero in you by his example of reverence and courage.” – Mark E. Hammock

    Over here you are right. Michael brings out the hero in each of us. It is surprising and unexpected but it is true.

    “Go take a good look in the mirror. Your one of those people you are ridiculing.”

    And over here you are wrong. I am not ridiculing you – at the moment I have no reasons for it. All I asked you about was why you sent a letter to the Estate. Another thought I expressed was that the wording of some parts of your initial message was not in line with the story you were telling. “Disclosing the truth” occasionally sounded like a threat the way you presented it. I hope you did not mean it. If you reread it you will (probably) notice it yourself.

    “I have kept this from public scrutiny since 1966”

    And this I simply do not understand. Why keep from public scrutiny a heroic deed like the one you described about Michael? In your place I would have told about it to each and everyone around, especially if it had such a beneficial effect on your character and helped you set new goals in life. This could have helped Michael a lot when he was slandered from every corner.

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  30. lynande51 permalink
    September 21, 2012 4:02 am

    I have just read Mark Hammock’s book from Amazon.I will just say that the best thing to do is not to engage Mark in conversation in the comment section.

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  31. Rodrigo permalink
    September 21, 2012 3:34 am

    I’m sorry, but I’m just completely at loss for words here.

    For the record, Mark. I personally use an alias because of what crazy Michael haters will do if they found out my identity. I’ve seen the crap Helena, lynande51 and sanemjfan have had thrown at them, I’m not strong enough to be “out there”. I’ve already had haters try to mimic me, do you think I need it done with my personal life? I’m not prepared for that.

    And also. I don’t think you’re a bad guy or anything. It’s just how can these things have happened, if Michael wasn’t there with you?

    Michael was THE poster boy for victims of bullying, and he took it head on. So I can see he inspired you.

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  32. lynande51 permalink
    September 21, 2012 3:05 am

    Mark your story is very nice but there are definite problems with it. Michael never lived in San Leandro California, he first lived with Diana Ross for two years starting in 1968. When he was seven he lived in Gary Indiana, he was 10 when he first moved to California and 12 when his mother moved there.Those are just a few factual examples that I found disconcerting in your comment.
    It is not that your story is bad it is that your intent is to sell it to unsuspecting Michael Jackson fans whether it is for $1.99 or not.Katherine, I suspect, has never met you and therefore would not owe you anything.Check out the language of your comment and see how it would read if someone knew that it was completely factually inaccurate.

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  33. September 21, 2012 1:32 am

    One more thing, my parents taught me two things that Michael’s taught him as well.
    First: If you can’t find something nice to say about someone, do your best not to say anything at all.
    Second: kind of like standing up to bullies. You don’t just stand there and let people who know nothing about the truth, keep going on and on bad mouthing you behind your back. And I do mean behind your back.
    Everything about me is public record. I’m hiding nothing from no one. On the other hand, I can’t help but notice that all of these people with all of these nasty remarks doing everything short of calling me a liar seem to have a couple things in common. Not one of them uses their real name. When I say something I say it to that person in front of the world. Not to the world as if they don’t exist and aren’t listening. (Behind their back)
    I promised Michael I’d turn the other cheek when I could. But I also promised him I’d defend the helpless when I could. He’s a little indisposed right now so I’m telling you for the both of us. If you have something to say to or about me and the guy I owe my life to. Step up to the plate with dignity and say it with the conviction to defend those words. He can’t defend himself anymore. So be careful. And stand up for what you know before speaking about my Blood-Brother who saved my life. I am still the same bully fighter who fought beside him and I will back that up anywhere any time. I have kept this from public scrutiny since 1966 but don’t think for one minute that don’t have many people around me that know the real truth. Their just close friends who don’t betray trust. And don’t worry about that big guy in that video. I’ve never hit a woman accept in defense of life. There are plenty of women around here to take care of that area. So if you want to call me a liar you’d better know what you’re talking about.
    I’ll make sure to talk about this anger you stirred in me with my Pastor.
    Forgive me lord for letting these Ostriches raze my blood pressure.

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  34. Rodrigo permalink
    September 21, 2012 1:04 am

    But how do you explain San Leandro? When the Jackson’s weren’t even there?

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  35. September 20, 2012 9:27 pm

    Helena,
    Go take a good look in the mirror. Your one of those people you are ridiculing.
    We are all just people, even the ones who in the spot light.
    Michael could not always explain himself on the first try.
    I think I’m doing not to awful bad for a beginning writer. I’m just trying to fulfill the promise I made to the guy that saved my life. Is that so hard to understand? Get the book free and read it. Until then put a lid on it. Are you really that self absorbed.
    I’ll pray for you.
    Mark

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  36. September 20, 2012 9:11 pm

    It never seizes to amaze me how many people out there actually believe someone who became world famous in the nineteen hundreds did it without leaving there home town to appear where the important shows were going to be held, sometimes having to travel all the way across the country and stay in first one city and state for a while then the next, then the next and so on before finally getting to stop off in their home town for a quick shower, a little visit with the relatives and friends, only to get right back out on the road again.
    Kind of like the old Willie Nelson Song “ON THE ROAD AGAIN”. No wonder when Mike and I each found a close friend who had also been traveling around the country so much etc. we knew we were meant to be Blood-Brothers. People so often believe that one little spot on the globe is where everyone stay’s. Like a bunch of Ostriches too scared to take their heads out of the sand.
    My story is free to anyone who wants to read it bad enough to ask. It’s not about the money.
    If you had read it you would know that. I just read a few words from Live4u4me. I think this is someone who really did know Mike. If not he is very perceptive. Knowing the child down to his soul as I did, it sounds like this person is,,,,,,,, Culkin? Is that you? Kids just know when someone is genuine down to their soul like Mike was. But when they get that close to a grown man, it makes most adults who rarely understand this type of thing uncomfortable. Why do I know this? Because way back then as a little boy becoming a man, some of Michael’s gift rubbed off on me. (No, wait a minute. It spilled into me. We weren’t just friends. We are and always will be Blood-Brothers). I don’t care. If you don’t want me to get the 35% of $1.99 for the story I’ve been working on since 1966, OK then. I promised the guy that saved my life that I would get the truth told all over the globe. So go to the web site and find the Email address to say I don’t want you to make money off of me so give me the story and I will.
    Anyway the great thing which is the bottom line of it all is that we’re sure making a lot of people stand up and really notice the real man now. Mike always said I had that knack but almost fifty years later I’m still just beginning to learn what he meant. Mike brought out the hero in you by his example of reverence and courage.
    As John Wayne once said:“Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.”
    That’s what that little seven year old kid did for me when he had only known me for 20 hours.
    He ignored his fear of being killed and fought to save my life and defend those kids from the life of terror they had been forced to go to school in. He didn’t have to do anything. I didn’t ask him to. He just refused to let me stand up to them alone because he honestly believed they would kill me.
    I have to go Drive a truck 2,000 Miles now. I’ll be back next week.
    Mark Hammock AKA Bandit One Glove
    Michaels long lost Blood-Brother who’s life story is now becoming an open book in The King of Pop’s honor. No I don’t mean the rock star, I mean the guy that saved my life.
    Web Site: http://www.bandit-one-glove.com

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  37. nannorris permalink
    September 15, 2012 9:06 pm

    Wow Just reading that person Marks tall tale of being MJ best bud when he was little..Amazing what people are willing to do to make a buck..
    Among other things he claims ,he and MJ hung out for several months constantly , of which, I’m sure, Joe Jackson , who was riding MJ like a jockey. would have had something to say about .LOL..Just another person preying on the emotions of MJ fans and family

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  38. Rodrigo permalink
    September 14, 2012 11:58 pm

    Found this

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  39. September 14, 2012 11:26 pm

    “I’ve lived with the Lie of pretending not to know him and staying away from Michael Jackson since 1966, to love and respect Katherine’s wishes. I know she’s big enough to repay me by giving me the respect I have earned and tell the truth now that the time has come. Now that the truth has reached it’s time to surface as the truth always does in time. Hurting me and my family is the price unnecessarily being paid, by hiding the past any longer.’ – Mark etc.

    Lynette, I didn’t like that letter either.

    Even the above paragraph alone is full of double meaning: “Lie, pretending not to know him, staying away from him, repay me, tell the truth, the time has come, it’s time to surface, hurting me and my family, the price paid, hiding the past,” etc.

    The story he told us simply did not agree with this vocabulary. But I don’t think that he presents any real danger to anyone – there are very many lunatics who behave like that. They used to tell stories about Michael when he was alive, and they go on telling these stories now that he is dead.

    However in case you think something should be done about this person I’ll send you the IP address.

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  40. lynande51 permalink
    September 14, 2012 8:36 pm

    @ Rodrigo
    You didn’t pick up on it because it was a beautiful story until you read a few words in there. Yes the person would have to submit a request to the Estate to use the title King Of Pop.That part is true.
    The part that is of great concern is when he refers to Katherine as his second mother and calls her Mom, says he even called her Mom at her insistance.Katherine was always called Mother by her children or even Katherine when Joseph was getting his way. Anyone outside the immediate family called her Katherine once she okayed it and until then it was Mrs. Jackson out of respect.
    Then there is the word Lies in the middle of a sentence that is capitalized making it stand out to the reader. He is focusing on Katherine not necessarily the story and that is the point of the comment. The story is also focusing on hiding a relationship between the writer and Michael so you can imagine the threat behind it.
    Then there is the fact that before I wrote my comment I looked up a few key phrases on the internet and this particular comment was posted to several different boards including a story about Montel Williams on CNN.What we have here is an internet stalker and I am afraid it is Katherine or Macauley Culkin or the children that are being stalked. This story is a way to induce the Jacksons to get in touch and read the phrase repay me again then see if the story is a pretty as you originally thought.
    Helena do you have a way to look up an IP address because I can’t see them anymore on this blog . If you want to email me I will look up the origins of this one.

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  41. Rodrigo permalink
    September 14, 2012 7:35 pm

    Now how did I not pick up on that? 😦

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  42. September 14, 2012 10:50 am

    “the Jackson family home was never in San Leandro California nor did Michael ever go to school there.The Jackson family lived in Gary Indiana until 1970 when they first moved to Los Angeles.” – Lynande51

    Then this clarifies the matter, thank you.

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  43. lynande51 permalink
    September 14, 2012 5:02 am

    More than anything else right now I just hope thet Macaulay gets to read this.
    Michael Jackson risked his life to protect scared children as a seven year old.
    That kind of thing sticks with you forever and children kling to you afterwards.
    I know this because I was fighting with him back to back as a team at the time. We had only known each other for 24 hours and would be seperated for life just 3 months later.
    I know Macaulay has to have heard the story of Michael and I in San Leandro, CA and how that fight got us both expelled from the third grade.
    I’ve lived with the Lie of pretending not to know him and staying away from Michael Jackson since 1966, to love and respect Katherine’s wishes. I know she’s big enough to repay me by giving me the respect I have earned and tell the truth now that the time has come.
    Now that the truth has reached it’s time to surface as the truth always does in time. Hurting me and my family is the price unnecessarily being paid, by hiding the past any longer.
    I know she’ll make me proud enough to call her my second mother once again.
    “Please tell the truth Mom / Katherine Esther Jackson.”
    “Remember, Michael is watching.”

    I am sorry to tell you this but the Jackson family home was never in San Leandro California nor did Michael ever go to school there.The Jackson family lived in Gary Indiana until 1970 when they first moved to Los Angeles. Los Angeles has been their home since that time. I don’t know but your story is either fan fiction or you are a threat to Katherine Jackson, Macauley Culkin or Michael Jackson’s children. The reason that I say that is because all of Michael’s fans know where he originally lived, moved to and his birthdate. Michael never attended school in the San Francisco bay area which is where San Leandro California is.
    Pretty story but it is not true and the way that it was submitted to the Estate of Michael Jackson is cause for concern to them.

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  44. September 13, 2012 11:25 pm

    “Volume 1 entitled KING OF POP and BANDIT ONE GLOVE is already written and self published as an eBook. The bigger story, a Movie’s screenplay I hope the Jackson’s and Macaulay will work with me in writing.” – Mark Edward Hammock

    Mark, I think you were very lucky to know Michael when he was 7 or 8 years old and this alone is a big reward. I am a little surprised to learn that he helped you fight the school bullies (he was so small, frail and could he really fight?), but if he did it only adds to Michael’s character – he really could not stand any injustice and felt it was his duty to protect others.

    But why did you send a letter to the Estate? I am not familiar with the American practices, and if I were you I would simply take Michael’s message of fighing the injustice against all odds further.

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  45. Rodrigo permalink
    September 12, 2012 12:38 am

    Michael Jackson, a hero and an inspiration, even as a kid.

    Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention. I’ll have to buy that book.

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  46. September 11, 2012 11:07 pm

    More than anything else right now I just hope thet Macaulay gets to read this.
    Michael Jackson risked his life to protect scared children as a seven year old.
    That kind of thing sticks with you forever and children kling to you afterwards.
    I know this because I was fighting with him back to back as a team at the time. We had only known each other for 24 hours and would be seperated for life just 3 months later.
    I know Macaulay has to have heard the story of Michael and I in San Leandro, CA and how that fight got us both expelled from the third grade.
    I’ve lived with the Lie of pretending not to know him and staying away from Michael Jackson since 1966, to love and respect Katherine’s wishes. I know she’s big enough to repay me by giving me the respect I have earned and tell the truth now that the time has come.
    Now that the truth has reached it’s time to surface as the truth always does in time. Hurting me and my family is the price unnecessarily being paid, by hiding the past any longer.
    I know she’ll make me proud enough to call her my second mother once again.
    “Please tell the truth Mom / Katherine Esther Jackson.”
    “Remember, Michael is watching.”
    My true story started as an epic tale about two young boys fed up with the horrors of violence and the cowardice act of bullying.
    They were faced with the fact that they were about to be pounded by the same gang of bullies who had been terrorizing the entire school these two boys had just moved into.
    Boy One who tried to get the teachers to help, only got in trouble for pointing out the problem that the teacher was ashamed of not knowing how to deal with. He then figured if he was going to take a beating anyway, at least he could try to make it work towards putting an end to the violence by picking the time and fight himself, giving him the advantage of standing up to them and being able to tell them each: “I’ll catch you alone afterward.”
    Boy Two believing it to be a suicide mission, refused to let this first boy take that risk all alone.
    Both boys who were terrified of being killed, each fought for his friend and the other children and ended up winning the fight against great odds(twice their number and their size). They were expelled for doing what they should have been praised for.
    Boy One ( me, Mark Hammock) became a simple truck driver and family man of meager monetary means but very successful at defending individuals and families against many forms of bullies, paying high prices for it many times (Job and or money loss and physical injuries).
    Boy two (Michael Jackson) became one of the most famous people on earth and the focus of much controversy, but still did much for this cause and many similar to it.
    I am a stranger to the music and entertainment industries and very new to writing. I could really use the help of someone more knowledgeable in these fields, but make no mistake. My death is the only thing that will stop me from turning this true story into a major motion picture aimed at the prevention of bullying, etc. This is the promise I made to Michael Jackson for saving my life and I have given my life to this story those pacts and this cause, risking my life many times over.
    Each of these boys were greatly misunderstood by the people who knew and cared about them and even much of their own family, greatly because of the pacts they had promised each other and themselves to live up to which they were both so determined to do, regardless of the personal sacrifices to themselves and sometimes even their families.
    This single act started a chain reaction of adventures which led to both of them being successful at what was most important to them in life, but it also led to their physical separation forever. Unfortunate circumstances forced these two boys to stay apart and keep this story a well kept secret until such time as Boy Two who’s hope was of becoming famous and his prediction of this country becoming fed up with this bullying problem being all too familiar in our schools, (A Turning Point) had come true and it has.
    “This Is It!!!”
    The following letter in an envelope attached to the outside of a box which holds inside a full copy of the first version and introduction into The Bigger Story in three ring binder form, entitled KING OF POP AND BANDIT ONE GLOVE is what I have sent as registered mail to the office of Howard Weitzman Attorney for the Jackson Estate.
    All of which including this letter to you. I am prepared to enter into evidence in a court of law which I declare to be true and correct under penalty of perjury if there is no response.
    Declaration of Facts and Request for Authorization
    To: The executors of Michael Jackson’s estate. Date: August 3, 2012
    Michael Jackson and I spent the largest part of nearly every day together for three months in 1966.
    After saving each other’s lives, Michael Jackson and I meant so much to each other that we had performed a blood brother ceremony by cutting our hands, pressing the wounds together and making several pacts.
    During the next three months I had started calling Katherine mom at her request.
    I actually came to think of her as my second mother.
    After Michael and I had gotten into pretty serious trouble one day, his mother decided to keep us apart in order to hide our adventurous relationship together from public scrutiny.
    His hopes and expectations of becoming famous as well as the love and respect I had for both Michael and his mother are why I honored her decision and kept that secret for so many years.
    Michael and I knew then, just like I know now that our adventures together, our feelings for each other and the pacts we made with one another even though we were going to be kept apart, would still and did, greatly impact both of our lives forever.
    All of this, combined with the pact I made with Michael about telling this story, makes our adventures together and both our life’s accomplishments ever since that point in time a very important part of Michael’s life story and my autobiography.
    This story also holds vital information for the worlds understanding of Michael Jackson’s childhood and might also shed light on some of his misunderstood actions, in turn upholding his/our character. Volume 1 entitled KING OF POP and BANDIT ONE GLOVE is already written and self published as an eBook. Authorization has been requested for further advanced publishing in order for me to move on with the fulfillment of the oath I made to Michael for saving my life. The bigger story, a Movie’s screenplay I hope the Jackson’s and Macaulay will work with me in writing.
    Mark Edward Hammock

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  47. February 29, 2012 12:17 am

    What it seems no one is remembering is that children who are molested are fearful of their attackers. If Michael had been one to entice and molest, there is no way that EVERY ONE of the so called victims would have continued their desire to be in his company. There would have been signs of fear. there were NONE!

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  48. February 29, 2012 12:05 am

    It never ceases to amaze me how people will try to put a negative spin on anything concerning Michael and the innocence in his love for children. Children are free thinkers, free spirits, gentle, loving, creative souls. They see the beauty in the simple things that grown ups don’t see. They say I love you and give you a real hug with no ulterior motives attached to it. Just because. Never expecting anything in return. That is what Michael loved about children. They had no hidden agendas. They had no reason to pretend. They didn’t see him as a weirdo, just a beautiful, fun loving, free spirit, a big kid. Probably the only adult they ever knew who was “just like them” who understood and related to them, seeing the world through a child’s eyes and not taking the world and everything in it so seriously. Of course as they grew older their views on the world of play changed. That’s called maturity. When they grew away from the need to play, Michael did not try to keep them as children, force them to continue to play. He expected and encouraged them to soar. However, that wasn’t going to put any damper on his desires to be always childlike. So because of the innocence in his love for children, he continued to gather them as tenderly as flowers, new little playmates; still free enough to have pillow fights, water balloon fights, food fights, super soaker battles, and not get angry because they became dishelved in the process. That’s all it was. And I expect with Michael, he would never had outgrown it. He was simply made that way. I wish I had had a friend like him when I was a little one.

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  49. Mona permalink
    February 28, 2012 2:09 am

    Why is it so difficult for people to understand that Michael was so close to children because he was a child himself? How come these haters always see the negative in everything? Sure there are a lot of bad things happening out there but when you stopped seeing the light in others you become one of those bad things yourself. I wonder if these haters ever realize that…

    L.O.V.E.

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  50. April 29, 2011 11:12 pm

    I just found this interview with Mac from 2005 that I’d never read before:

    ABC NEWS

    Jackson and Culkin, Child Stars and Friends

    ‘Home Alone’ Star Embraced Role as Godfather to Jackson’s Children

    By BUCK WOLF
    March 29, 2005 — Years after his childhood sleep-overs, Macaulay Culkin has fondly recalled his childhood trips to Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch.

    Now, at 24, Culkin still describes the pop star as a friend who played an important role in his life. And Jackson, now 46, asked the former “Home Alone” star to be godfather to his two older children.

    As childhood stars with rocky relationships with the parents who managed them, they formed a bond that’s lasted, even though the age gap raised eyebrows.

    “After the ‘Home Alone’ film came out, I remember I got a call from him. He invited me and my family up to his ranch to meet him,” Culkin told ABC News’ Barbara Walters in a May 2001 interview on “20/20.”

    “I think we understand each other in a way that most people can’t understand either of us,” Culkin said.

    Like many child stars, Culkin’s string of success ended abruptly. In 1994, he starred in three films — “Getting Even With Dad,” “The Pagemaster,” and “Richie Rich” — all bombs. He was 14 years old, and boyish charm had given way to adolescent awkwardness.

    “I was actually very happy that they [his films] were not being as successful,” Culkin told Walters in the 2001 interview. “I was hoping — literally, I was hoping to disappear off the face of the Earth.”

    Another Thing in Common: Stage Dads

    It would be almost a decade before Culkin would return to the big screen. A lengthy custody battle between his parents — with the millions he had earned in Hollywood hanging in the balance — made the star’s teenage years hell.

    Culkin described his father as a tyrant, who pushed him to cash in on stardom. “We didn’t even have our own bedroom,” he told Walters. “I mean, I was — I was making — forget about how much money I was making — but I was sleeping on the couch.

    “I think it was just a way of him wanting to break my spirit. He wanted me to know and my brother to know that he was in charge and that if he didn’t want us to sleep on a bed, we weren’t going to sleep on a bed.”

    Jackson could certainly relate to having an overbearing father as a manager. The singer has described Joe Jackson as a brutal taskmaster. When, as a child, he was the lead singer of the Jackson Five, his father would beat him with a belt if he didn’t want to rehearse, Jackson has said.

    When Jackson turned 21, he fired his father, though they maintain a relationship, and Joe Jackson has regularly attended his son’s trial.

    Culkin’s special place in Jackson’s life came into the spotlight in 2001, when Jackson celebrated the 30th anniversary of his solo career. At the star-studded event at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Culkin had a seat of honor, sitting alongside Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor.

    Months earlier, Culkin had once again reiterated the important role Jackson had played in his life.

    “Michael and I had an understanding about my father,” he told the British newspaper, The Guardian. “He knew what that was all about. He’d lived it.”

    Culkin said he regretted not defending Jackson when the singer was accused of child molestation in 1993, a case in which no charges were ever filed. Santa Barbara prosecutors decided not to pursue the 1993 case after they said the alleged victim refused to testify.

    The actor said he didn’t speak up for his friend because his father wouldn’t allow it.

    “I would have liked to say something in his defense,” Culkin told the British paper. “I still wish I had.”

    Culkin may soon get his chance.

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  51. Linda permalink
    April 19, 2011 3:37 am

    It’s nice to know that Michael did have a few really true good friends. If I had a friend going through something like that, I’d go through hell and high water to testify for them. I know that’s the last thing that the Mac wanted to do, but he did it, and a very good job too.
    And a triple YEA for Mr. Mesereau. He really got my respect, not only the way he stood up for Michael, but for all the pro bono work he does. I love the way he cross examined in that trial. Every time he got up to cross, he always said, ” I speak for Michael Jackson”, and once he said “I’m on his side.” He always made it clear that he actually believed in Michael.
    I’m glad I finally found those court transcripts. It was awesome going through all the testimonies, but I don’t think all of them were there, so I’m still looking to find the ones I missed. And Yes, Mac, It really was a circus.

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  52. shelly permalink
    April 16, 2011 5:11 am

    “I found it odd that Michael would mol-st my son knowing that food was on the way. If a person was planning on committing a rape in a hotel, would they order room service just minutes before?”

    It’s a good point.

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  53. hana permalink
    April 16, 2011 3:03 am

    It so obvious that Phillipe Lemarge was not telling the truth. He claimed that michael had ordered french fries and when he went to deliver the fries in the arcade, that’s when he saw michael mol-sting Culkin. I read Kit culkin’s book, and this was an interesting quote: “I found it odd that Michael would mol-st my son knowing that food was on the way. If a person was planning on committing a rape in a hotel, would they order room service just minutes before?”

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  54. nan permalink
    April 13, 2011 8:02 pm

    I dont know if anyone has seen this footage from wm wagener youtube station .jim moret talking about macs testimony however it never made it to television. must have been too pro Michael.

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  55. shelly permalink
    April 12, 2011 11:35 pm

    “Evan Chandler was a dentist and they are mandatory reporters of child abuse too, if he had just suspected Michael he could have reported Michael to the authorities himself without concern for anyone finding out, and yet he chose this twisted and convoluted way of reporting it so the press would find out.”

    I believe it was his main goal. He really wanted to have the story in the press and it’s probably why his brother started to write his book a week after the scandal broke

    “And no one from the hater side ever thinks to ask why the prosecution Never asked Evan Chandler to testify in the 2003 trial, they want everyone to focus on Jordan and June.”

    Can you imagine Evan being cross examined by Mesereau? He would have been another Janet Arvizo. It would have been terrible for the DA.

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  56. shelly permalink
    April 12, 2011 9:18 pm

    @lynande

    In the article from 1993, I posted the father said that

    “Asked if he, his wife or any of the children were at any time made uncomfortable by Jackson, Goldstein said: “There was absolutely no problem at all. If my wife Lynn and I had the opportunity, despite all the horrible things being said about Michael today, we would send Brock off with him. That’s how confident we are that the charges against Michael are untrue.
    “Michael simply is the type who can’t say no to a kid. He’s always been concerned about kids in the limelight because of his own childhood experience.”

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  57. shelly permalink
    April 12, 2011 7:19 pm

    @vindicate,

    I wasn’t clear enough and I am sorry. When I said the Goldstein lie, I just wanted to say that Zonen lied about them. He tried to twist everything they said.

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  58. lynande51 permalink
    April 12, 2011 7:16 pm

    @ VMJ I think that Shelly meant the prosecutors lied about the Goldsteins. Some of these comments get misinterpreted sometimes.
    @ Shelly I am still looking for the first article from 1993 It takes a while when I don’t remember the title of it sorry.

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  59. April 12, 2011 6:47 pm

    Shelly, excuse my stupidity please, but may I ask you where exactly the Goldsteins lied?

    Could you provide the exact quotes for us not to have to look through the whole text?
    I did have a look but didn’t find anything.

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  60. shelly permalink
    April 12, 2011 6:40 pm

    Lynn Goldstein said that in 2009

    “Jackson’s life then took a turn for the worse. Goldstein said she watched in disbelief as the pop legend faced child molestation charges. She and her family vacationed with Jackson in 1981.
    “He never gave the least idea he wanted to be alone with the children,” Goldstein said.
    Goldstein said she remembers a very innocent side of Jackson.
    “He said, ‘Children are always honest,’ and he’s like a child himself,” she said.”

    http://www.wesh.com/r/19864478/detail.html

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  61. shelly permalink
    April 12, 2011 4:15 pm

    @ares

    Sneddon probably lied in court in 2005 or Garcetti lord in September 1994. I don’t know which it is.
    They also lied about the Goldsteins, I just wonder when they were telling the truth.

    @lynande,

    Do you have another article about the Goldsteins?

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  62. lynande51 permalink
    April 12, 2011 3:52 pm

    I have the original article from 1993 and the one from 2003 where the Goldsteins actually say that if they had the chance to do it they would have sent Brock off on a trip with Michael whenever they could. Lynn Goldstein is a school teacher, a mandatory reporter and trained to recognize the symptoms of child abuse and an abuser. If anything had been going on she would have been free to question it with out fear of legal ramifications from the person she suspected. It is the same for teachers as well as health care workers. If I suspect someone of child sexual abuse I can report them to the local authorities and they begin an investigation based on what I say are the findings that I base my suspicions on. I can be named only to the accused but because of the mandatory reporter laws and the importance of reporting they can not bring a lawsuit against me. Of course because it involves a child the investigation is done in family court to avoid the press. The public does not have the right to know the identity of a child accuser/ victim in the US. The reason that Michael was able to have the Arvizo boys testify in open court is because they both reached the age of 14 and therefore are not protected from cross examination in open court. In case no one noticed their names were never used by the media even though everyone knew who they were. He could have demanded the same thing of Jordan. I have a real surprise for everyone too. Evan Chandler was a dentist and they are mandatory reporters of child abuse too, if he had just suspected Michael he could have reported Michael to the authorities himself without concern for anyone finding out, and yet he chose this twisted and convoluted way of reporting it so the press would find out. What does that say to me? That he did not have suspicions in the first place, just a plan to extort an extremely large amount of cash from Michael Jackson.And no one from the hater side ever thinks to ask why the prosecution Never asked Evan Chandler to testify in the 2003 trial, they want everyone to focus on Jordan and June.

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  63. ares permalink
    April 12, 2011 3:20 pm

    @Shelly

    -I can’t get over the fact that Sneddon said Jordan refused to testify right after the settlement while in 1994, Garcetti said Jordan told them that on july 1994 and that they had no idea of that before July. –

    I’m sorry but am totally lost here. What do you mean with the above sentence. I didn’t understand it at all.

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  64. shelly permalink
    April 12, 2011 2:40 pm

    I can’t get over the fact that Sneddon said Jordan refused to testify right after the settlement while in 1994, Garcetti said Jordan told them that on july 1994 and that they had no idea of that before July.
    Now, there is the Goldstein’s lie.

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  65. ares permalink
    April 12, 2011 2:11 pm

    @shelly

    Yes, i understood that you were trying to show that Zonen was lying. Nice find. We need articles like these that prove how stupid and biased those prosecutor were.

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  66. shelly permalink
    April 12, 2011 2:01 pm

    Did the DA tryed to contact them before the trial?

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  67. shelly permalink
    April 12, 2011 1:57 pm

    My point is someone was lying. They already went public in 1993. I think Zonen was trying to twist what the Goldstein said in their police interview in 1993. I also find it strange that he never try to show their police interview to the jury.

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  68. ares permalink
    April 12, 2011 12:47 pm

    Thank you for those links Shelly. It’s amazes how Zonen and Sneddon tried to make up things or twisted events. If i had read that Zonen- Culkin trial transcript without the article of the Goldstein claiming otherwise, i would have thought that Zonen must have known something more.But the man was simply tring to put words in Culkins mouth and twist the events that took place on that trip in order to make Mike look like a predator ones more. The Goldstein’s accounts of that trip are completely different from what Zonen tried to present to the whole world. Wow just wow. Those people are really shameless. They have lied and still to this day continue to present a twisted story of the 1993 and 2005 cases. Someone should give those bastards a lesson.

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  69. shelly permalink
    April 12, 2011 11:35 am

    This is the cross-examination of Culkin

    ” Q. All right. The Goldsteins have a child who

    17 at that time had appeared in a movie with you; is

    18 that right?

    19 A. I don’t remember him being in the film. He

    20 lived in the same community as me when I was

    21 shooting the film “My Girl.” And it was just kind

    22 of a community like — it was almost — it wasn’t

    23 exactly a gated community, but it was off of, like,

    24 the Universal lot. And he was just a neighborhood

    25 kid that I got friendly with.

    26 Q. You became friendly with Brock during the

    27 course of the filming of that film; is that right?

    28 A. Yes. 9832

    1 Q. And you used to spend time at their home?

    2 A. Yes.

    3 Q. And you would spend the night at their home

    4 as well; is that correct?

    5 A. Yeah.

    6 Q. And when they were planning a trip to

    7 Bermuda, they invited you to come along?

    8 A. Yeah.
    Q. They consulted with your parents in advance

    10 and your parents agreed; is that true?

    11 A. Yeah.

    12 Q. All right. You then invited Mr. Jackson to

    13 come along as well; is that correct?

    14 A. From what I remember, yes.

    15 Q. All right. You did not tell either Mr. or

    16 Mrs. Goldstein that you had done that in advance of

    17 that trip?

    18 A. Like I said, I don’t remember that.

    19 Q. Now, you invited Mr. Jackson or Mr. Jackson

    20 invited himself? Which was it?

    21 A. To be honest, I don’t remember. I do — I

    22 think it was something like, “I’m going to Bermuda.”

    23 You know, “We’re going to have a good time.” I

    24 don’t remember how exactly it went over, whether it

    25 was, like, “Oh, is it all right if I come?” Or if

    26 it was, “Why don’t you come along.” I honestly

    27 don’t remember.

    28 Q. Did Mr. Jackson travel with you to Bermuda 9833

    1 or did he meet you there?

    2 A. I honestly don’t remember.

    3 Q. When he got there, he gave you a watch, did

    4 he not?

    5 A. I think that’s when he gave me the watch.

    6 Q. It was a Rolex?

    7 A. Yes.

    8 Q. He gave a Rolex to an 11-year-old child?

    9 A. Yeah. But it wasn’t — it wasn’t anything
    0 all that crazy to me. I didn’t see it as anything

    11 like that. I was not a person without means, so it

    12 wasn’t anything that was all that awe-inspiring. I

    13 mean, my father had a Rolex. It was that kind of

    14 thing.

    15 Q. Did he give a Rolex to Brock as well?

    16 A. I don’t remember.

    17 Q. Did he give any gift to Brock?

    18 A. I don’t remember.

    19 Q. Isn’t it true that the Goldstein family, the

    20 parents, Mr. and Mrs. Goldstein, felt excluded by

    21 the presence of Mr. Jackson; that he was attempting

    22 to and succeeded in taking you away from the family

    23 in terms of the events that were being — that they

    24 were doing?

    25 MR. MESEREAU: Objection; calls for

    26 speculation.

    27 MR. ZONEN: It’s exactly in response to the

    28 question that counsel asked. 9834

    1 THE COURT: You’re asking him for the

    2 Goldsteins’ feelings. The objection is sustained.

    3 Q. BY MR. ZONEN: Did they tell you that they

    4 felt that they were being excluded from activities

    5 with you?

    6 A. Not that I remember.

    7 Q. Did they complain to you at all about the

    8 fact that Mr. Jackson was dominating your time?

    9 A. I don’t — not that I remember.
    Q. Did Mr. Jackson suggest that you go with him

    11 to different locations in Bermuda separate from the

    12 Goldstein family?

    13 A. Excuse me?

    14 Q. Did Mr. Jackson suggest to you that you go

    15 with him to locations in Bermuda without the

    16 Goldstein family?

    17 A. Not that I remember. Like I said, this

    18 whole trip was 15 years ago. And I was nine or ten

    19 years old. And if I knew I was going to have to be

    20 testifying about it, I’m sure I would have made an

    21 effort to remember.

    22 Q. How old are you now?

    23 A. I’m 24.

    24 Q. You’re 24. And you’re saying it’s 15 years

    25 ago?

    26 A. 13, 14, 15 years ago. I honestly don’t

    27 remember exactly how old I was.

    28 Q. You were somewhere between nine and — 9835

    1 A. 11, yes.

    2 Q. And you met him when you were nine?

    3 A. I think that’s about right, yeah. So it

    4 must have been when I was about 10 or 11.

    5 Q. You had known him for at least a year at the

    6 time you went on that trip?

    7 A. Yeah, for at least a year.

    8 Q. All right. And then the question about

    9 whether you have a recollection about Mr. Jackson

    10 asking you to go with him to locations without the
    Goldstein family, at this time you do not recall the

    12 answer to that question?

    13 A. I don’t, no.

    14 Q. Did Mrs. Goldstein at times tell you that it

    15 was not okay for you to go away with Mr. Jackson by

    16 yourself?

    17 A. Could you repeat that?

    18 Q. Didn’t Mrs. Goldstein tell you it was not

    19 okay for you to go away with Mr. Jackson by yourself

    20 without somebody from the Goldstein family being

    21 there? Didn’t she tell you that?

    22 A. Gosh, I don’t remember those kind of —

    23 those kind of details. I remember — I could tell

    24 you the hotel room, what it looked like. I could

    25 tell you, you know, if it was on the beach, and

    26 things like that. But I can’t tell you — I don’t

    27 remember a lot of these specific details, because

    28 there just wasn’t anything that eventful going on, 9836

    1 besides that.

    2 Q. But you don’t remember her telling you

    3 specifically that she was not going to allow you to

    4 go places with Mr. Jackson by yourself unaccompanied

    5 by another member of their family?

    6 A. Not that I remember, but I don’t know.

    7 Q. How long did you stay in Bermuda?

    8 A. I don’t know. It could have been, like,

    9 about a week or so.

    10 Q. Did Mr. Jackson stay with you in Bermuda the

    11 entire time?
    A. From what I remember, he was there the whole

    13 time.

    14 Q. Was he there with any other adult

    15 companionship?

    16 A. How do you mean?

    17 Q. Did he come with another person, man or

    18 woman, a companion?

    19 A. I don’t think so, no. I mean, he might have

    20 had some security with him but I’m not sure.

    21 Q. Other than security, did he come with a man

    22 or woman with whom he intended to travel purely for

    23 companionship?

    24 A. No.

    25 Q. Was it your belief that he was there to

    26 visit with you?

    27 A. Yeah, to visit, and spend some time in

    28 Bermuda. 9837

    1 Q. All right. And to spend a week or more with

    2 a ten-year-old child?

    3 A. To spend a week or more with me, yes.

    4 Q. And had he ever done that prior to that

    5 date, gone traveling with you?

    6 A. Not that I remember, no. We never really —

    7 I mean, besides when he was in Los Angeles, and I

    8 was, he’d come visit me. But we never really went

    9 on, like, trips.
    Do you still have that Rolex watch?

    11 A. I think I do have it somewhere, yes.

    12 Q. You don’t wear it any longer?

    13 A. It doesn’t fit.

    14 Q. It’s a woman’s watch; is that correct?

    15 A. Not that I know of. It was small. It was a

    16 small watch, and the band is very small on it, so

    17 like I said, it doesn’t really fit me anymore.

    18 Q. Did Mr. or Mrs. Goldstein comment to you

    19 about anything at the time that watch was given to

    20 you?

    21 A. Not that I remember.

    22 Q. In your presence, did they tell Mr. Jackson

    23 they thought that was an inappropriate gift?”

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  70. shelly permalink
    April 12, 2011 11:06 am

    I just read the Culkin testimony and I wonder one thing, does someone what they really told the police in 1993?
    This is what they told the media in 1993

    [url]http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Q2RKAAAAIBAJ&sjid=WoYMAAAAIBAJ&pg=1596,3283188&dq=michael+jackson+bermuda&hl=en[/url]

    This is what they said in 2005

    [url]http://site2.mjeol.com/mj-news/goldstein-family-speaks-out-refutes-some-prosecution-allegations.html[/url]

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  71. February 7, 2011 2:56 am

    ilove you micael ilove you ilove you ilove you

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  72. September 3, 2010 2:31 pm

    well every thing about michael jackson is a lie he would never ever touch any kid in is life he is not like that

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  73. skeptikos permalink
    June 17, 2010 2:22 am

    Yeah, a great guy and a great FRIEND.
    «That’s what friends are for | For good times and bad times | I’ll be on your side forever more…»
    I suppose there were only a few and not so great as Macauley Culkin… so sad.

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