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Those who really knew Michael Jackson say of him, INNOCENT!

October 19, 2010

While the media tells us their usual washed out stories obtained in some dark corners from “the-unnamed-sources-in-exchange-for-a-couple-of-bucks” here are the words of the people who REALLY knew Michael Jackson and who are testifying to his complete innocence with the vehemence of those who are standing their Last trial.

Let us hear only a few of them which I’ve been able to find for the past few days and share them with the doubters in Michael’s innocence (please send other quotes to make the collection fuller):

Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson, Michael Jackson’s memorial service (7 July 2009):

  • Ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. And I just want to say that I love him…so much.

Mallika Chopra, in “Reflections on Growing up with Michael Jackson” (29 June 2009):

  • Michael and I shared an absolute love for children, and his heart cried about the pain children around the world faced. One day, while chatting with him about his upcoming Super Bowl performance, Michael was brainstorming how he could use the worldwide exposure for a greater cause, and the Heal The World Foundation was born. … I was so proud of the work we did in that short time, only to find that our good intentions came to a halt when Michael was accused the first time of child molestation. Over night, understandably so, non-profits backed away from our efforts and we quietly closed shop. My family always maintained our belief that Michael was innocent in both cases – for those that were close to Michael, all would admit he was quirky and had bad judgment at times. But to think Michael could abuse a child was unfathomable in my mind.

Over the last decade, my relationship with Michael continued to be focused on kids, but now our own. … It was amazing for me to witness in those early years how enamored Michael was with his children. He changed their diapers through the night, sang and played with them, rocked them to sleep, bathed them and had to change his own outfits when they threw up on him – the same routine that all parents know and love. In the few times we spoke, he would always reflect on the miracle of being a parent. He also protected them in a way that reflected his own lost childhood, and his paranoia about being taken advantage of. Paris, Prince and Blanket are three beautiful children. With Michael gone, I truly pray that they will find some peace and be spared the heart wrenching pain that their father faced time and time again in his life.

Cherilyn Leeregistered nurse in “Michael Jackson’s Nurse ‘On the Record’” (7 July 2009):

  • He was a very caring guy who would go out of his way to help the sick. One night in London he wanted to see some homeless people. He sent them loads of pizzas in secret. The guy had a good heart.

Al Malnik, godfather of Prince Michael II Jackson (Blanket), interviewed by Merideth Viera on The Today Show (1 July 2009):

  • Michael was filled with humility, sensitivity, reverence and respect for anyone and everyone. And most of all, the love that he had for his kids equalled the love that he had for his fans. He just was a guy that was beyond amazing, and it’s just sad to hear all the spurious stories that have been created about him.

Kenny Ortega, producer, director, choreographer:

  • This guy had the biggest heart of anybody and really really did care about improving the human condition, especially for children, and that was part of his mission. While he was on tour, he always wanted to know what he could do in each place, so that when he left, he left a place better, having been there … and how many people can you say that about?”

David Pack, in “Michael Jackson, Jesus, and Me : My story of Christian fellowship with the King of Pop” (27 June 2009):

  • I did not find Michael weird, messed up, or anything you’ve ever heard about him. I want to say that I feel all of the allegations ever charged against Michael were false, and that in my discernment, he did not have the capacity to ever do anything except love children and let them know he would do anything to stand up for them, and help them. Just look at the magnificent work he did on their behalf in writing and co-producing “We Are The World,” and the 39 charities for children he gave to generously. That was Michael. I believe that during his trials he related to the suffering of Christ, and prayed for intervention, because he was being accused over what he loved most—children. This caused him perhaps more pain than anything in his life.”

Brett Ratnerin “Brett Ratner on Michael Jackson: ‘You felt like God was within him’” in The Los Angeles Times (26 June 2009):

  • When you were with him, you really felt like God was within him. He was an amazing, superhuman kind of person, but he always treated you as an equal. He would be your friend and he never asked for anything in return. … I know that people looked at Michael and thought he was strange, but to me, he was fascinating. … He was the most inspirational person in my life. His one dream was to cure all the sick children in the world. And when I’d say, “Isn’t that impossible?” Michael would just start to cry. He was very emotional about things that moved him. I guess you’d have to say he was a pure innocent in a world that wasn’t so innocent anymore.

Teddy Riley, in “What Was Michael Jackson Like As A Father?” at VH1 (31 July 2009):

  • He read them a book every day. When we were in Virginia during the Invincible [sessions], there was not one day missed reading the children something. So that showed me right there that he was an incredible father. … He was like, ‘I would never have them go through the same things ever (the similar childhood/upbringing) in their lives,’ Riley said. “He was like, ‘I think the best scolding for children was a time-out.’ The best scolding for children was, ‘Let’s read a book.’”

 Cory Rooney, in “Cory Rooney and Chris Apostle on Michael Jackson & his effect on the music business” in Examiner.com (5 August 2009):

  • No one talks about when he did the Victory tour, I remember as a kid Michael being on tour with the Victory tour right? And every night on the news they would announce that Michael Jackson donated his money from every city that he did, he donated it to a new charity. He donated his money from the Victory tour to charities. I thought that was amazing. I’m like, wow! This guy’s donating millions of dollars every night to a new charity. Then he would stop in every city and every city he would stop at a hospital and visit kids that were burned, ill or whatever. He took the time to do all that.

Stephen King, in “You Don’t Know Jackson” (13 February 2004):

  • What I’m asking is whether this is still a country where a peculiar person such as Michael Jackson can get a fair shake and be considered innocent until proven guilty … or is this just a 21st-century American barnyard where we all feel free to turn on the moonwalking rooster … and peck it to death?

Stephen King, in “The Sideshow Has Left Town” (14 June 2005):

  • This came down to a prosecutor either so sure Jackson was bad or so offended by Jackson’s combination of celebrity and wackiness that he rushed into a case that looked shaky from hello. It looked worse as Tom Sneddon went along, and had become nearly ludicrous by the time Jackson’s ex-wife left the stand. No matter how pure Sneddon’s motives may have been (and I’m not saying they were, believe me), he began to look like a man pursuing a vendetta, one whose chief hope of securing a conviction lay in the obvious fact that the trial was a sideshow and the accused was … well, a freak.

The media first turned the trial into a freak-show by emphasizing Jackson’s peculiarities rather than his humanity, and stoked the ratings with constant, trivializing coverage while other, far more important stories went under-reported or completely ignored in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, North Korea, and Washington, D.C. The press might respond by saying, We gave the people what they wanted. My response would be, My job is to give them what they want. When he steps into a recording studio, it’s Michael Jackson’s job to give them what they want. Your job is to give the people what they need.

Steven Spielberg, “Why He’s a Thriller” (March 19, 1984):

  • He’s sort of a fawn in a burning forest. It’s a nice place where Michael comes from. I wish we could all spend some time in his world.

Jonathan Margolis, “The truth and the lies” (June 27,  2009):

  • I am confident he was truthful when he insisted he was no child molester. This is partly because Michael’s strict religious background — he was a Jehovah’s Witness although he flirted with Judaism and, latterly, Islam — ensured that even if his slightly ambiguous sexuality urged him to molest, his personal morality would have made such behaviour wholly impossible for him. More to the point, no social worker or child protection expert I ever spoke to or heard believed that he fitted anything like the classic profile of an abuser.

Jonathan Margolis12th March 2001, “My Friend Michael, The Real ManChild Behind The Mask”, Sunday Mirror:

  • The scene was simply astonishing. Neverland is Disneyland meets the San Diego Zoo, gates open wide to a steady stream of children. Some youngsters were fighting off cancer, others were bussed in from inner city schools to enjoy a day of rapture, and all were rendered speechless by the personal attention that Michael gives to each and every child. One 10-year-old child, ashamed to take off his hat and reveal his chemo-ravaged bald head, finally removed the covering after Michael spent a day building up his confidence.
  • It’s interesting that when it comes to Michael, people say that what puts them off is the (ultimately fruitless and unproven) accusations in the early Nineties of child molestation and how he made an £15million settlement to quell his accuser. When I point out that the local District Attorney subsequently invited further accusations, and that none came despite there being so much money on the table, and how surprising that is considering that some 10,000 children a year visit Michael’s home, Neverland, people shift their objection to the indisputable fact that he looks a bit odd – a lesser charge, I can’t help feeling.
  • And I witnessed the extent of what I think is Jackson’s real commitment to children. Rabbi Shmuley’s eldest daughter, Mushki, had complained tearfully to Michael on one of his frequent visits to the Boteaches’ home that she was being bullied by a boy at school. Michael proposed hosting a peace conference, chaired by him, with the boy’s parents to sort it out. This was no idle promise, either. For a week, Michael phoned Shmuley and Mushki daily demanding to know how arrangements for the summit were going. When the day of the meeting came, Michael discovered it clashed with the photographic session for his new CD cover. So rather than change the date, he began the session at 5am to get it over with. In the event, ironically, the boy and his family failed to turn up.
  • There was a knock on the suite door as Michael and his mentor were deep in conversation that evening. Michael asked if I wouldn’t mind going to the door. Outside was Macaulay Culkin, in London for his West End play and here to hang out with Michael. ‘Hi, there, you big, fat monkey head,‘ Culkin said to his friend. You either understand Michael Jackson’s Peter Pan thing or not, but he is earnest about it and says that he is not fond of adults and not proud of being one – hence his fellow feeling with ex-child stars like Culkin who, like him, missed out on childhood.
  • Everywhere were the results of Michael’s reported £2,000 after-hours shopping spree at HMV with Macaulay and a pretty, blonde, 20-year-old student daughter of a family friend in London, whom Michael has known since she was young. It struck me that it’s not correct that Michael Jackson only enjoys the company of children, as is often said. What he likes is to surround himself with people in their twenties whom he has known since they were young – and can, therefore, trust, such as the lovely student.

Macaulay CulkinLarry King Live, May 27, 2004:

  • CULKIN: 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: 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 at 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.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, not a friend to Michael Jackson, on Jewish Telegraph, September 22, 2000:

  • A man who loves a child’s innocence, is himself innocent. A man who loves a child’s playfulness is himself playful. And a man who has patience for children, is a patient man. There is a human quality more essential than food or water that we need to give to our children — dignity. I believe that God has given Michael a special pair of glasses. He sees the robes of dignity, and drapes our children’s shoulders in these royal garments of admiration and respect.

As he said to me, “Every child should be treated like a movie star, getting lots of attention.” My eight-year-old daughter got lost in the halls of Neverland’s video room and started to cry, Michael ran over to her and said: “Oh, I know how you feel. I remember that happening to me when I was a little boy.” I contrasted this with what my natural response would have been — to dismiss her fear and encourage her to “toughen up”.

Because of Michael I have planted a few more flowers in the garden of my own heart. Watching him with his children has made me a better father, seeing him interact at his ranch with cancer patients has made me a more compassionate human being, and witnessing his humility has made me realise that if he can be approachable, then I have no excuse for aloofness.

Janet Jackson, the USA today, 1994, quoted by Lisa Campbell, “King of Pop’s Darkest Hour”:

  • If you met my family, you’d see that everyone is very down to earth… What didn’t help at all is Mike doesn’t speak to the press. When negative things are said about him, he never comes forth to defend himself. After that happens so many times, people go, ‘Hmmm, maybe it is true.’… A lot of people feel he doesn’t know what’s going on in the outside world, when in fact he does. If I had his money, I would build an amusement park at my house too. He is very much an adult, he handles his business very well. What the hell is wrong with still having some kid in you? That’s what makes him so wonderful.

[About LaToya] To me, it’s just her way of jumping on something to get attention. Maybe it’s because she never had the success she wanted. …What’s going on in LaToya’s life, I don’t even know. I haven’t spoken to her in I don’t know how long. The person I see on the news and these infomercials is not the person I grew up with.

Harriette Cole, Behind the scenes at Michael Jackson/Ebony Magazine cover shoot:

  • We didn’t meet Michael’s two other children. His daughter, Paris, is 9 and he has another son, Michael Joseph, 10. Blanket was incredibly well-behaved while he was in our company, which is saying a lot for a 5-year-old. He is obviously very close to his dad. They walked into the fitting holding hands and only separated when both of them became at ease. Michael’s parenting skills were to be commended. Without many words, with very subtle gestures he offered discipline, guidance and support. Michael also obviously wants Blanket to learn good manners, so when the Ebony team came into the room for the interview, Michael coached Blanket on the proper way to shake hands and say hello. Small things, but isn’t it the small things that show the measure of one’s true self?

Bobby NewtApril 07, 2005, Fox News:

  • Robert Newt and his twin brother have the same features as other boys advertised as alleged Neverland “victims.” But all Bobby Newt remembers of his encounter with Jackson is good times.And all he remembers about the man from The National Enquirer [Mitteager] is that he wanted Bobby, then 18, to lie.

“He said, ‘Say he grabbed you on the butt. Say he grabbed you and touched you in any kind of way,'” Newt said. “He told us he took all these people down. Now he was going to take Michael down. That he would really destroy him. He said, ‘We take these people down. That’s what we do.'”

“My dad said these dudes are offering this money to take Michael Jackson down. And the guy [Mitteager] said, ‘Say he touched you. All you have to do is say it. But you might have to take the stand. You might have to go on ‘Oprah’ in front of all these people. You have to be prepared for this thing. Just say it. And we’ll give you money,'” Newt said.

Elizabeth Taylor, Jackson Family Honors, February 19, 1994:

  • Michael is a remarkable human being with talent beyond comprehension, compassion beyond bounds and commitment to others beyond compare. Michael, we who know you more intimately than others acknowledge the suffering you have endured because we have suffered with you. But in the midst of our deepest anguish, we have known that you would prevail through this dark hour, that you would emerge stronger but still innocent, childlike, trusting bruised but still magically untouched by the tongues and opinions of the world. Hurt, but still gloriously loving and benevolent despite the slings and arrows of those who know better. Enough of tabloid media! Enough of tabloid television!

… Michael, we know your recent torture isn’t going to alter or change your compassion and love for children. There is beauty and truth in your being. You are the brightest star in the universe. Don’t let anything dim your leading light.

Corey FeldmanFebruary 10, 2005, a “Celebrity Justice” exclusive Do Feldman Tapes Indicate Jackson Witch-Hunt?

  • Former child-star Corey Feldman was grilled by Santa Barbara sheriff Sgt. Deborah Linden about the actor’s close friendship with Michael Jackson. The interview occurred in 1993, as cops conducted an investigation into charges of child molestation brought against Jackson. On the tape, obtained exclusively by “CJ,” Corey repeatedly insists that their friendship was totally innocent, while the cops repeatedly express suspicion, for over an hour.

“Is your belief in him and your love for him getting in the way of you telling us things?” Sgt. Linden is heard to say.

Feldman replies: “Everything I’ve told you is true and there’s… I mean, nothing happened.[ ] You don’t know how many times I have racked my brain and gone, ‘is there something I’m forgetting? Is there something that, you know, I’m thinking didn’t happen but it really did?’ If I could find something I would love to be able to tell you, but nothing happened.”

“People can say whatever they want, but it wasn’t Michael. He and I have our own issues, but that wasn’t one of them…

Corey Feldman, Larry King Live November 21 2003:

  • We shared rooms a couple of times. Never shared a bed. But, you know, like one time we went to Disneyland and we went to the Disneyland Hotel and, you know, he was a — so much of a gentleman, which this really surprised me, but so much of a gentleman but he actually offered his bed and allowed me to sleep in his bed and he took a cot. And he slept in the cot. That’s a true story.

Lisa Marie Presley in a interview with the Playboy Magazine (2003): 

PLAYBOY: Did you and he ever have children join you in your bed?

LISA-MARIE PRESLEY: Never. Never, never, never, never. I never saw him sleep in bed with a child, ever.

PLAYBOY: Did you ever see him with photos of nude children?

PRESLEY: Never. Never.

PLAYBOY: Do you have any reason to think he’s a child molester?

PRESLEY: If I’d had any reason to suspect that, I would have had nothing to do with the guy. I had no reason to, other than the allegations themselves. The only two people who know are Michael and that kid in the room. I’ve never seen him behave inappropriately. He was great with my kids. He does have a connection with kids, babies. He’s a kid, and other kids sense that in him.

http://www.lisamarieonline.net/lisa/interviews/Playboy.php

Adrian Grant, author of Visual Documentary about Michael Jackson:

  • I had always felt that people would have been more sympathetic towards Michael if they knew him the way I did, if he had just opened up more and said things straight – as they are. I once asked him if he was aware of all the negative media he received and couldn’t he change some of his actions to help combat it. “I know everything that is going on. No matter what I do they’ll always write something bad,” Michael told me sternly.
  • Unfortunately for Michael this was all too true. I recall a trip to Budapest in 1994. Michael, along with Lisa Marie-Presley, was visiting children’s hospitals, handing out gifts and toys. I was fortunate to be the only ‘media’ allowed to accompany them into the hospitals, and I was delighted to help in giving the gifts to some of the sick children. However the sceptical press suggested the trip (part of Michael’s ‘Heal The World’ campaign), was nothing more than a publicity stunt. What they didn’t report was the moving moment when Michael brought a smile to the face of a dying girl who had lain motionless and silent for weeks. Her mother, at her side in constant vigil, broke down in tears as her daughter reached out and touched Michael’s hand. Sounds like a miracle, but I saw it with my own eyes. So why was it that people constantly derided someone who genuinely cared and who also happened to be one of the world’s greatest ever entertainers to boot?
  • Michael was an innocent and he tried ‘healing the world’ with all the love he had to give. I once asked Michael what he considered to be his greatest achievement. During his trip to Budapest in 1994 Michael had promised to help an eight-year-old Hungarian boy, Bella, who was dying from cancer. His life was saved with an operation that Michael and his ‘Heal The World’ foundation had paid for. “Saving Bella’s life was definitely one of the most important moments in my life,” said Michael honestly, furthermore highlighting what a caring humanitarian he was.

Mona Lisa Mouallem, http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2009/06/26/the-night-i-played-piano-for-michael-jackson/

  • With all the fame and fortune he had amassed, with all the clout he had in the industry, at the end of the day what mattered to him were the very fundamentals of life. He was kind, loving and incredibly modest. He absolutely adored his children and was zealous about raising them as good souls. He had tremendous respect and love for all kinds of music – pop, rock, classical, jazz – regardless of who was playing and where. And he was genuinely interested in the lives of others, and would gladly take a step back to let them shine.

Moshe Alon (quoted by Ray Errol Fox),  a security agent who worked for Lyz Taylor and Michael Jackson:

  • “Other than his music and concerts, kids meant the most to him. He would take them to record stores, clothing stores, where they’d buy them up… anything they wanted.” On Jackson’s credit cards. The kids Moshe had in mind traveled with them to Taiwan and Israel. “Kids ran around with bodyguards like kings and queens.” Moshe is critical of the parents who sent their kids unaccompanied—but for Jackson and his bodyguards—for three months. “Kids didn’t recognize their parents after that. (giving kids too much power over him was probably only Michael’s ‘guilt’, VMJ).   And the kids around him, I asked? Moshe’s answer was unequivocal. “I don’t believe he did anything wrong.”
  • “He trusted people.” And according to Moshe, they all took advantage of him. Not only the kids, but older people who were supposed to be friends. Not only them, but “managers and agents… anyone… everyone ripped him off.”
  • Moshe rented a helicopter for him for $10,000. Jackson’s representatives said, “No, Moshe, it’s $100,000.” Moshe corrected them, but they repeated the price was $100,000. Moshe told them he wouldn’t go along with them, he didn’t do things that way. They said his cut would be $20- or $30,000. When Moshe said no to them again, they said it doesn’t matter what you say, his cost is still going to be $100,000.
  • He said it was the same with Jackson’s doctor bills. Inflated. The same with his credit cards—they’d load charges for their own purchases on them.  Moshe says he has nothing against stars. But the people around them—“they make you sick.”
 http://sonofthecucumberking.blogspot.com/2009/07/recalling-michael-jackson.htm

Dexter Simmons“The Michael Jackson I Knew”, the Trinidad News:

  • Grammy-award-winning, Trini-born mix engineer Dexter Simmons remembers Michael Jackson, with whom he spent three and a half months working on the Invincible album, as a ’humble, polite’ person who was very attentive to his children.
  • Simmons worked with MJ in the 1990s but got to know him ’really well’ working on the Invincible album released by Epic Records in 2001. ’That whole talk about how he slept in an oxygen tank, for example, simply was not true, when he burnt his hair, one of the treatments prescribed was pure oxygen, and someone leaked that photo. There are so many other things. I was once in a meeting with him and a producer and it was being said on the entertainment news that he’d fired that particular producer. MJ just laughed sadly.’
  • He also remembers a man who ’loved his children, they travelled everywhere with him. He would read to them, although he had a huge entourage of nannies and bodyguards. He considered them his responsibility. I remember one time, one of the kids spilled some milk in the studio, and Michael simply got some paper towel, got down on his knees and cleaned up the carpet himself.’
  • Simmons also remembers a ’perfectionist’ when it came to the music. ’This is why he would spend three to four years working on an album. His studio sessions were long. Once we were working at a NY studio and it ran out of water. Everyone was stressed and eventually we went to our homes to shower and thought Michael did the same. We came back and met him there. He’d sent for a bucket of water to bathe, rather than stop working.’
  • Jackson was also ’such a cool, fun person. One time he snuck out to a 7-Eleven for water. The studio was freaking out, but he was laughing because the man at the store congratulated him on being the best MJ impersonator he ever saw.’

Seth Riggs, Michael’s voice coach, in an interview with Nicole Brown:

  • “I spent 32 years with Michael…. I vocalized him two hours a day six days a week. Number one – he was a very sweet man, he was an honest man and he was not the kind of man who would ever molest children. That I can promise you. But he loved everyone and he really in many ways spent a lot of money to help people in need. And I watched him do it time and time again. People that needed help desperately… And who would show up? Michael, with his check-book. Nobody knows that. They only think about crazy things that would cause some sort of a sensation. But Michael had a heart of gold.”

Seth Riggs, in a Time Magazine article called “Icons, Intimate Portraits” by Denise Worrell:

  • Everyone thinks Michael is gay, and I said to him one day. ‘You know Michael, a lot of people think you’re gay.’ Michael started to laugh. He said, “I know. The other day a big, tall, blond, nice-looking fellow came up to me and said, “Gee, Michael, I think you’re wonderful. I sure would like to go to bed with you.” I looked at him and said, “When’s the last time you read the Bible? You know you really should read it because there is some real information in there about homosexuality.” The guy says, “I guess if I’d been a girl, it would have been different. And I said, “No, there are some very direct words on that in the Bible too.”

Cory Rooney, producer/songwriter:

  • “The guy is acquitted on ten counts of child molestation. No one said, ‘Sorry Michael.’ No one said, ‘Michael, we knew you were innocent.’ No one did a BET tribute to him then. Nobody played his music and did a marathon then. Nobody rallied up and did a concert.
  • “Let me explain to you what was said to me directly from Michael [about sharing a bed]. Michael and I spoke about that. He said, ‘Cory, when I was a kid, I was denied not only a childhood but I was denied love. When I reached out to hug my father, he didn’t hug me back. When I was scared on an airplane, he didn’t put his arm around me and say Michael, don’t worry. It’s going to be ok. When I was scared to go on stage, he said, ‘Get your ass on this stage.’ Not just him, but every other adult around him. So he said to me ‘Cory, I will never deny a child love and if it means that I have to be crucified or put in jail for it, then that’s just what they’re gonna have to do.’ When it was time for him to stand trial, the first time he went through it, his advisors told him, ‘Michael, this is not good. Pay this kid off and let’s keep moving.’ Second time he said, ‘You know what? All that did was make me look guilty like I was hiding something. So this time there won’t be any payoffs. I’m going to fight this in court. You’ll see. I’ll be innocent.’

http://www.cyinterview.com/2009/07/industry-bigs-music-michael/

Chris ApostleVice President of Special Recording Projects at Sony Music Entertainment:

  • “When I watched the Bashir thing last night, I just wanted to see what it was all about and reflect on it. When Martin asked him about the first incident where he paid off these accusers, I found it very ironic and I look unbelievably sincere and honest the way he said, ‘I just decided I wanted it to go away.’ And he made it go away, which by the way again, not the first person to do this in the history of our business. He wanted to make it go away. The second time he fought.
  • But what Cory was saying going back to his childhood and stuff like that, he was reflecting on the fact that he had acne as a kid, which we all gone through at one phase of our life and how his pap would always sit there and make fun of his acne and his skin condition. You’re talking about a young kid here who never had the chance to grow up and be normal. Kid grew up very differently than a lot of people. Granted he’s Michael Jackson, but there is a lot of reasons why he had certain insecurities. As for his bit with the second thing, I believe a thousand percent, I’ll go to my grave with it that he was innocent completely. He was being blackmailed by that gentleman that wanted to be a screenwriter or write books or do movies, whatever. That was inside information that’s close around enough that I can say it.

Thomas Mesereau:  

  • Much has been made about the child molestation charges. Little has been said about the other claims. The prosecution alleged that Jackson masterminded a conspiracy to falsely imprison a family, abduct children and commit criminal extortion. I can assure you that Michael was not capable of even imagining such behavior. But the more I spoke with him about the alleged molestation charges, the more firm I became in my belief that they were part of a universe of money-making opportunities created by charlatans.
  • The prosecutors had an enormous advantage. Two grand juries in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara had investigated Jackson in the early 1990s. Nobody was charged. A third grand jury indicted him in 2004.
  • During the interim, District Attorney Tom Sneddon had traveled to at least two countries, Australia and Canada, searching for victims. The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department had a Web site seeking information on Michael.
  • The trial judge wanted to waste little time. The politics surrounding the defense were horrific. Numerous lawyers, most of them mediocre at best, were constantly trying to get to Michael to undermine me. The media smelled enormous ratings and revenue in a conviction. They were like a cloud of locusts, constantly descending on any weakness they spotted or created. There were numerous efforts to discredit me. Former girlfriends called to say they had been approached for unsavory information. I received calls from alleged “journalists” promising me favors for inside information. Tabloid sensationalism was at a premium.
  • The trial was carnival-like. Mountains were made out of molehills. For example, Jackson hurt his back one morning and went to the hospital. I informed Judge Melville immediately. His message was firm. If Michael did not appear forthwith, bail would evaporate. I instructed him to rush to court in whatever he was wearing. His pajama bottoms became a media feast. But, they had no bearing on the trial or verdict. The jury foreman later informed me that no juror even noticed Michael’s pants, or lack thereof. This case was characterized by shock, crisis and confusion.
  • The prosecution was permitted to introduce evidence that Jackson had settled other claims of child molestation in civil court. The actual dollar amounts were not admitted (as if anyone hadn’t heard them!). It was also permitted to introduce evidence of alleged prior similar acts of child molestation. Prosecutors were permitted to introduce such evidence extending back 10 years. As icing on the cake, the court permitted them to call third-party witnesses who watched the alleged acts without any requirement that the actual alleged victims testify.
  • We had more good days in this trial than anyone can reasonably expect. But the public never saw how many prosecution witnesses were scorched on cross-examination. The judge imposed a gag order, which I supported. While this permitted more flexibility in court, it made the trial easily distorted by self-serving pundits. I would often return to my duplex, turn on the TV and turn apoplectic at what was being reported. Quite often, former prosecutors in New York would wax passionately about how a witness behaved. Their theatrics were totally lacking in substance or accuracy. I thought we were winning all along. But the media reported the very opposite.
  • In the wake of his passing, I am haunted by certain late-night phone calls I received from Michael. Childlike, kindhearted and terrified, Michael begged me not to allow corrupt enemies to co-opt my performance. He seemed skeptical about any lawyer truly acting in an honorable, professional manner. I repeatedly assured him that my background had more to do with civil rights than it did Hollywood. The world’s most famous celebrity was not accustomed to honest, decent representation.
  • The 14 acquittals were tantamount to complete legal vindication. Nevertheless, I write this with a heavy heart. Michael was one of the kindest, nicest people I ever met. His wistful desire to heal the world with love, music and artistry clashed horribly with the barbaric way he was exploited. The world is a far better place because of him.

http://popshifter.com/2009-07-30/top-ten-questions-everyone-should-be-asking-about-michael-jackson/

David Nordahlan artist and a friend of Michael Jackson of over 20 years, in an interview with Deborah L. Kunesh:

  • He was an absolutely fabulous father.  I’ve never met a parent that is as good or better than Michael.  Those kids were an absolute delight!  I’ve never met kids in my life that were like those kids.  I spent a lot of extended time around them.  I never heard them cry, I never heard them beg for anything, never saw or heard them throw a fit…”
  • “Michael spent a third of a billion dollars on helping children, paying for surgeries, building hospital wings, orphanages, a burn center and on and on and on.  The good things he did he would never talk about them.  You’d always have to hear it from people who were around him because Michael always thought if you did a charitable act and then you talked about it or bragged about it or something, all of the good you’re trying to do, that it negated all of that.  So he never would talk about those things.”
  • “I asked him, ‘Michael, how can you do that?  How can you spend the time with these children who are dying and then go from that, on stage and give that kind of performance?’  He said, ‘How could I not?  If these children want to see me.  I know I’m not important, but Michael Jackson the superstar is, and if I can make a child live an extra minute or an hour or a day or a month, then wouldn’t that be worth it?’
  • Michael was always that way.  If he would get a call from somebody and a child was dying, he would get on a plane and go and he would tell them, ‘I’m going to be back in 2 weeks to see you,’ and a lot of times he extended little kids’ lives that way.  It gave them something to look forward to down the line.  You have to admire something like that.”
  • “Michael told me, ‘we’re all put on earth to do something’  He said ‘I was put here to help children.’  Which he died from the time I met him, he was 29 when I met him, that was what his life was all about.  It was that way all the way up to the time he died.  Michael never changed.  Michael had incredible empathy, especially (for) children that were injuried or sick or neglected.  There were people that were hungry and homeless and that was always in the front of his mind his whole life, and then to be accused of something so horrific, it just stopped him in his tracks and then when it happened again 10 years later, the man was devastated, absolutely devastated.”

http://www.reflectionsonthedance.com/interviewwithdavidnordahl.html

David Nordahl, in a conversation with Raven Woods:

  • After the allegations, the media had a field day. Nordahl says he was constantly bombarded by tabloid and media requests, some even offering up to as much as “$25,000″ to “dish dirt” on Michael. True or not, it didn’t matter. “They would want to know who the kids in the paintings were, what their names were,” he said. “Well, we couldn’t give them any names, because none of the kids really existed. They were all made up.”
  • “He never stopped trying to make it into a better place for the sick children who came there,” David said, noting that his plans even included Jumbotrons that would show cartoons non-stop, all through the night, for the sick children who couldn’t sleep. “Michael understood that for a sick child, it’s not easy to sleep at night. He wanted them to have cartoons playing so that when they woke up in pain, and couldn’t sleep, they would have something to watch. He was always thinking of those kids, and how to make things better for them.”

 http://allforloveblog.com/?p=3826

Frank DileoMichael’s manager until up to 1990, in Lisa Campbell’s book The King of Pop’s Darkest Hour (1994):

  • Frank Dileo, in his first public statement since being fired as Michael’s manager in 1990, supported Michael telling Rolling Stone, “I would trust my own children with him, and have…He lived in my house in Encino for seven months. There is no way that he did that. It’s not in his nature.”
  • Dileo also told Entertainment Weekly, “Michael never really had a childhood and I think he is trying to experience it in later life. I would tell him to keep the knowledge that he is innocent and hold his head up.”

Frank Dileo, in an interview with Diane Sawyer in 2004:

  • Diane: Again to get a sense, you spent in the time you were with him 1984-1989 60 days apart from and that’s all?
  • Frank: Yeah, we might have spent only 60 days apart we only 4,5,6 streets from each other in Encino and uh, we worked together everyday, went on tour together and we were in constant contact everyday, every moment.
  • Diane: So, wasn’t the first time charges have been talked about, when you heard this latest round though, were you surprised?
  • Frank: Yeah, I was surprised, then after I saw the press conference with the DA and the Sheriff, I got very, angry because I think that they are looking to make a big deal out this because I don’t think he’s guilty.
  • Diane: You don’t think he’s guilty?
  • Frank: No, I don’t think he guilty. I think he’s guilty in the press and I think he’s eccentric at times but all very creative people are eccentric at times, there’s no two ways about that.
  • Diane: But at one point had said sometime ago in 2000, January 2000 you said and it’s quoted in the Daily News that his behavior with kids
    Quote:
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    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS JANUARY 10, 2000 “it’s was very strange behavior, and I turned a blind eye….Maybe that was wrong.”
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    Frank: Yeah, and what I meant by that was, that I turned a blind eye to the fact that I should have taken him and sat him down and said listen, this looks really improper to other people, I know that you are not doing anything, you know that you are not doing anything but there are other people that thinks this is not right and it looks bad and I might have prevented some of his problem if I were to have taken a harder hand at it.
  • Diane: But surly people around him had said that to him, surly people or do people not talk to him that way?
  • Frank: No, people don’t talk to him that way. I think I might have been the last person that was very blunt and honest with him about a lot of things.
  • Diane: Why don’t they, what is his hold on the people that are around him who, who are afraid of him. Afraid of …
  • Frank: Well, Diane you are a celebrity and I am sure that there are a lot of people who don’t tell you exactly what they want to say. They get caught up in the fact that this person is a star and they are making millions of dollars off him.
  • Diane: Let me ask you some specifics because you saw Neverland and you saw the whole way he lives. The private bedroom, that we hear about where he can take children and in fact where apparently at one point or the other he did slept next to the bed or whatever. Where you in that private bedroom or did you ever see anything that raise any concern.
  • Frank: No, I never — I’ve been into the bedroom, because he bought that right as he fired me. OK, so I was in there, but that private room was there when he bought it. It was more like a safe room. And I never saw anything that looked like it was trying to attract kids in there or anything, it’s just a little room.
  • Diane: And this whole idea that he built barriers so that nobody that worked with him could come in when he didn’t want you to come in that lots of occasions…
  • Frank: Never saw that, I never saw that. I can tell you that when he lived on Hayvenhurst, I had a key to his private room as I did on tour, all of his suites and I walked in and out as necessary.
  • Diane: On the 60 Minutes interview, when you heard him talk again about sleeping with children as being natural thing . You heard him continue to reassert that he is going to keep doing it and he doesn’t see anything wrong with it.
  • Frank: What I took from it was this: He didn’t say he slept in the bed under the covers, never has. He has said he has been in the room, slept maybe on the couch or the floor and has given his bed to other people – wait – but he also is saying to you not going to stop. I am not hiding anything, you know you are telling me not to do something and I am not doing it anyway.
  • Diane: Why did he fire you?
  • Frank: Why did he fire me? That’s a good question, but I think it was ah, ah, he fired me because it was politically asked of him. There was an outside record executive with a big time lawyer and one executive at Sony who would like to see Michael’s power cut in half. And by getting rid of me was half the power.
  • Diane: And if there is one thing that you can say about him that you think that we don’t know we’ve have never been around him in private moments what is the one thing that would surprise us the most about Michael Jackson you saw.
  • Frank: He’s a very, very charitable person that wouldn’t harm anybody and that’s what is unfair. The tabloid press and cable companies they have him convicted and on his way to prison and that shouldn’t be. That trial should be fought in court with lawyers not on TV. He’s given away more money then people can understand. And those people are the ones that are going to loose out on this. I’d say he gave with me, he has gave away about $12 Million dollars I saw him given away, and who knows what he has given away since.

http://www.jacksonaction.com/index.php?page=view.php&id=180&section=transcripts

Dan O’Daudphotographer, and Norman Winterpublicist, in Lisa Campbell’s book “The King of Pop’s Darkest Hour” (1994):

  • Michael received some added support from interviews with a former photographer, Dan O’Daud and his former publicist, Norman Winter.
  • O’Daud, who knew if Michael were actually guilty he could have paid the money and avoided the whole scandal, asked, “Does anybody actually think, in their right mind, that a guy with as much money as Michael Jackson has would let something like this occur? I mean does anybody actually think he couldn’t cover this up if he wanted to?”. O’Daud added that he would trust Michael Jackson with his own son.
  • Norman Winter explained why Michael likes to spend time with children, “He likes to be with kids more than adults because he feels comfortable, he can relax. He feels their not gonna hustle him.”

Dick Zimmerman, photographer:

  • We talked and talked until about 3 o’clock in the morning. He told me about all his frustrations. He had just done an interview with Diane Sawyer where he took her on a tour of his Neverland Ranch. He said he was as honest with her as anybody could possibly be, and the next day the press jumped on him. He had tears in his eyes. He said, “I don’t know what to do anymore.”
  • He was very misunderstood. They talk about him being a pedophile. I can tell you that didn’t happen. He was very childlike. I thought he was like a gentle butterfly. All he talked about was future generations of children, the environment, air quality. His problem was that he had too many bodyguards around him. Too many people pushing him in all different directions, and with ulterior motives.

http://www.popeater.com/2011/03/10/thriller-portrait-michael-jackson/

Sean Lennon,  in an 1998 interview where an interviewer was trying to get him to say something bad about Mike:

Q: Well, like, what was it like having Michael Jackson, speaking about masturbation, you know, hang out with you when you were younger?

Sean: Michael Jackson. Listen.

Q: That must have been a traumatic experience.

Sean: Look, I resent any accusations that you might be implying about Michael Jackson because he is a really good guy.

http://www.nardwuar.com/vs/sean_lennon/index.html

Kathy and Paris Hilton, June 2011:

PIERS MORGAN: A lot of people claim to have known Michael Jackson. You actually went to high school with Michael Jackson. And you stayed close friends with him right until the end of his life. And you’ve never really spoken about him much in public, not that I can see. Tell me about your relationship with him.

K. HILTON: We met when I was 13 and he was 14 and developed a friendship and a bond throughout the years. And we always kept in touch. And then when I moved to New York and he would come, and we’d always go to his concerts. And, you know, we started with — we used to make prank phone calls together. And we were little kids. We had a really great time. And then he came and visited when Paris was born.

He was there when Paris was first brought into this world. She was just a few months old. …He ended up moving into the Waldorf for six months when we were living there for eight years. And right before he died, he was at the Bel Air Hotel, where we were living while we were renovating our home. So he was there about three or four months.

So we got to spend, you know, great time.

MORGAN: We talk about misconceptions with Paris. What were the misconceptions about Michael, do you think?

K. HILTON: Well, there was not a kinder, more generous, loving, sweet, smart, smart — I can’t — the most wonderful father. At the Bel Air, he did not have any nanny at all. And when I’d go to pick up the kids to take them somewhere, he’d be brushing their hair and buttoning up the sweater and just so warm and wonderful.

And I just — I love him. His whole family, they’re a really wonderful, beautiful family.

MORGAN: How did you hear the news?

K. HILTON: My assistant told me. And I literally fell on the floor. And my sister came and picked me up and we went directly to the house, because I thought the children would be there.

MORGAN: Did you go to the hospital when you —

K. HILTON: Yes.

MORGAN: What was the scene there?

K. HILTON: The children and Mrs. Jackson and all the brothers and sisters and just everybody was in this room. And just crying and hugging each other and just in a daze.

And this is a father that was so with his children. He’s dedicated since they were born to raising and being with them. And then Latoya and Randy took me in to say good-bye.

I think if I hadn’t, I would never quite in my head believe. Because even though he’s a friend, he was such a powerful person.

MORGAN: Was he still alive when you —

K. HILTON: No.

MORGAN: Did you say anything?

K. HILTON: Yes.

MORGAN: What did you say?

K. HILTON: I rubbed his head and his arms and his legs and his feet and I just — I told him I love him so much and, you know, whispered some funny things to him, and that was it.

MORGAN: Incredibly sad end to his life, wasn’t it?

K. HILTON: And he was so fabulous at the hotel. Up early every morning, playing with the kids. Really shocking.

MORGAN: Paris, did you know Michael well?

P. HILTON: Yeah, I grew up — just my mom — I remember — one of the first memories I have of him was when my mom took us to the music video set of “Thriller.” And we have the pictures still. I just always loved him. I used to go to his concerts and he’d bring my sister and I on stage and we’d sing up there.

I just always loved him so much. He was such an amazing man.

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1105/31/pmt.01.html

VIDEO of the interview:

Dr. Patrick Treacy, 2011, Michael’s physician at the time he lived in Ireland, in conversation with Rev. Barbara Gross and Deborah Kunesh of the ‘Reflections on the Dance’ blog.

  • I’ve already been offered close to 5 to 6 digit numbers to try and say bad things about him. Number one they don’t exist but someone would want to print or make up something just for the sake of selling the paper… It really astounds me in many ways. And that was not even only from your side of the Atlantic, it was on ours.
  • The sad fact is that all you had to be in his company 5 minutes to admit his total radiance of goodness. And you never really heard him give out on anybody else. Even though people were stealing from him moneywise. There was just no badness about him. Continually he was thinking about other people. We mentioned the kids in hospital that were burnt. He would ask me a couple of days later: “Are these children in pain now?” These things bothered him continually and it was genuine affection for other people and particularly children.
  • People who reached a sort of spiritual enlightenment always have within themselves this continual wanting to help other people. It was fascinating to see it in Michael. I’ve had many experiences like that with him…
  • Of course he was crucified. If there was the tabloid media present on Earth during the period of Jesus Christ two thousand years ago, they would have probably branded him a ped-le as well.
  • What a loss! There would be long-long time before the planet has anybody of that level of integrity, spirituality, creativity. He had them all in one package!  There was universality about him. He was a Christian and certainly maintained Christian beliefs in everything he did, analogous to other great religious people that lived on planet. You don’t necessarily have to draw too many conclusions there, but a lot of people would see him analogous to the love that Jesus had for people.
  • He lived his faith. There is no doubt about it.

Video of the interview:  

Princess Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis:

  • As bizarre as this might sound Michael was our friend. He came to our house in Germany a few times and we visited him in his house/ranch/estate – the infamous Neverland. We went to several of his concerts and my brother [Prince Albert] even toured most of Europe with him. Whatever dirty thoughts you might be having now I must disappoint you – my brother Albert wasn’t our bribe into Michael’s closest circle … or was he?
  • Well I suppose in a way he was.  Michael loved children. He felt a real kinship towards them. He was excruciatingly shy and I think that only amongst children did he really feel safe. It seemed he was particularly shy with women and it therefore seemed sort of natural to me that he preferred the company of boys. I never perceived him as being sleazy, quite the opposite. He was extremely polite and respectful. He was very generous and once he warmed up a little, even very funny.

….out of the five minutes of “meet and greet” grew a couple of visits to our house, more concert invitations, a trip to Disneyland together and finally – the grand finale – an invitation to Neverland. It was at the after party of one of our first MJ concerts in Munich that the ice really melted. We kids were thrilled. There were balloons, chocolate fountains and even dodgem cars but, most importantly, Michael was there. My brother went straight up to him, past all the insecure grown-ups and desperate wannabes who were circling and trying to get a piece of Michael, and in his angelic voice and with the nonchalance only a child has, asked him: ” Michael Jackson, will you go on a dodgem with me, please?”  Michael was obvioulsy so taken by Albert’s genuine openness that he took him by the hand and practically spent the next few hours playing with him, taking him around the rides and munching away at the snacks (much to the disdain of all the grown-up guests who were lurking away in the background).  What started as a formal meeting between Michael Jackson and a couple of Princesses and a Prince ended up as a real friendship between us kids and an introverted musical genius thereafter.

  • Our trip to Neverland was the highlight of this friendship. Michael had everything a child’s heart could possibly desire. There was a huge funfair with all the rides you could possibly wish for but no queuing or paying necessary. There were stands filled with chocolates, cotton candy and ice cream to be taken at our leisure, no need to ask for permission! There was a cinema with a huge bed in it, where we watched the Sound of  Music stuffing our mouth with handfuls of popcorn. We went on quad bike tours around the countryside. We played with Bubbles the chimp and the other animals in the zoo. But the highlight of all was the super soaker park where we played for hours with Michael. He loved throwing water bombs and super soaking one another. He really turned into a kid. He didn’t mind his hair getting drenched and the make-up he was wearing washing off, he was enjoying himself and that was that. We were young enough to enjoy the children’s paradise but old enough to really remember and realize how special this actually was.
  • We lost contact over the years and like many friendships do ours fizzled. Incidentally, it was not too long after our visit to Neverland that Michael was charged for molestation by that kid, who actually was with us at Neverland at the time! It felt strange and very sad to hear such terrible things about the man who played so happily with us kids for hours. He had become so much more to us than a two dimensional superstar. He was a man, a buddy, and one of the friendliest people I had ever met. I couldn’t imagine Michael hurting a fly, let alone a friend.
  • I have fond memories of the overgrown boy, the friend, and the superstar. I hope the world will remember him as one of the greatest musical performers of our time. What I wish him even more is to enjoy the eternal Neverland up in heaven where I can’t wait to join him and throw another water bomb right into his face.

http://www.finchsquarterly.com/2741/never-neverland-again/

Dr. Wayne Dyer, 2009:

WAYNE W. DYER, PH.D., is an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. He’s the author of over 30 books, has created many audio programs and videos, and has appeared on thousands of television and radio shows. Dyer holds a Doctorate in Educational Counseling from Wayne State University and was an associate professor at St. John’s University in New York.

7/10/09 at 8:45 pm by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

In 1992 when the time came to write a dedication for my book Real Magic, I decided to recognize three special people—my dear daughter Saje, my spiritual brother Deepak Chopra, and my friend pop superstar Michael Jackson. I wanted to recognize Michael “whose words, music, and love remind us that it is only through giving that we are saving our own lives.” Michael Jackson had a special relationship with the principles of Real Magic, the idea of “creating miracles in everyday life.”  With his enormous musical talent, he created a body of work that brought joy to millions. My children and I spent five very happy days with him at Neverland in 1991. He wanted to talk to me about “real magic,” but the truth is, he already had the magic—the power he needed to dream and create and give. Michael was dedicated to ending world hunger and helped create the 1985 “We Are the World” celebrity sing-along that brought together some of the biggest names in popular music to raise funds for famine relief in Africa. I didn’t have to explain “real magic” to Michael because he was already a spiritual being, already kind, loving, and ready to use his musical gift to create miracles. Along with millions of people around the world, I say, thank you, Michael, for sharing your amazing talent to lift our spirits. I’ll remember you as a beautiful human being with a heart as big as the sky.

Namaste,

Wayne

 http://www.drwaynedyer.com/blog/archive/2009/7

Below is a video where Dr. Dyer shares a story of personal time spent with Michael and his impressions of the singer (the transcript of his interview follows the video – I made it the best I could, sorry for the mistakes if any):

DRAFT TRANSCRIPT:

….Deepak Chopra was saying on CNN that Michael was probably the most spiritual man he’d ever met. And I can attest to that as well.

He called me up one day back in 1991 after I’d written a book on Real Magic and asked me if I would like to come out and bring my family which –  you know – is a whole planeload. So all eight of my children were with me and my wife and we spent five days out there at Neverland with him, just talking to him. We went up the mountain out there and just the two of us talked and his question to me was, “Is there such a thing as real magic and what is it and how do I know about it”. And he so was so filled with excitement about this.

What concerns me particularly when I see a lot of the messages coming to me on the Internet about people making accusations about this man… and that troubles me a great deal because this was the kindest, sweetest, most beautiful human being and I trusted my children with him obviously.

When he was out there in the Santa Barbara county at Neverland the prosecutor there had a real, real desire to do something, you know, to go after him. I think they have the statistics that they have 76 police cars in that county and they sent 74 of them out to his ranch to go through and look for evidence to support the accusations that had been made by a woman who had made a career out of going after celebrities and trying to make money. In the same county there are many of the priests that had been not only accused but had admitted to sexually molesting boys but they didn’t send any cars out for them.

And then all of the evidence that they acquired was presented to a jury of not of his peers but of the people who were not even that friendly toward him and they voted 12 to nothing to acquit him of every single charge.

So I know for absolute certain that this is a man who could never have done anything that would be harmful to anyone. He was very much a child himself. He was as kind and decent and spiritual human being as I ever had the pleasure of spending any time with. I dedicated one of my books to him.

When you look at his enormous talent and the commitment that he had to ending the world hunger, for example, – he personally was responsible for cutting the number of people starving to death on this planet IN HALF back in the 1980s and the 1990s with “We are the World”. And he took no money for it at all.

When I spent the time out there at the ranch the whole thing was organized around children who were handicapped in one way – the theatre they had out there, the entire amusement part – all of it was set up so that children who were hospitalized and in beds and sick and on crutches and so on, could come there and experience the joy of what it meant to be a child.

This was a beautiful, beautiful human being – someone who would go down in history as one of the greatest entertainers EVER, but more than the great entertainer this was a great man who lived a very tortured life, particularly in the last several years of his life. I think being accused of those kinds of things when he and his heart were so pure, I think it took a huge toll, a huge toll….

And I said to my children last night, “Anybody can make an accusation such as that”. They could have made an accusation with my wife when we split up. I’ve just talked to a friend of mine who in practice as a physician and he had an affair and his wife got angry. She went out and made accusation about him and their children. None of it was ever true and ultimately it ended in his suicide.

So these kinds of accusations, these kind of things that people say – be very careful about it and knowing my heart, if you trust me, my time with him and those five days with him back in 1991 solidified for me that this was a transcendent being who had not only enormous talent but a heart as big as the sky.

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Much more to come…

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  1. October 10, 2014 11:59 am

    Amen.

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  2. February 15, 2014 5:16 am

    As regards Michael’s innocence here is what Anjelica Huston (who played in MJ’s Captain EO short film) said about him in 2009:

    Actress Anjelica Huston met Michael Jackson working on Captain EO, Francis Ford Coppola’s 3-D movie that was shown at Disney theme parks.

    I met Michael on the first day of rehearsal, and I was stunned — even though, obviously, I knew his image very well — at how incredibly sweet and how modest and how innocent he was. And fragile too. In person you felt he was almost breakable. But then this thing happened when he would start to work: your heart would beat faster and the hair on your arms and the back of your neck would stick up as he literally took your breath away. I think he was the most electrifying performer I’ve ever seen.

    I think it was very hard for Michael to express anger. He was, I have to say, one of the most polite people I have ever met in my life. I never heard Michael say a swear word, even when he was upset. He had the most beautiful manners. And I think music was really the only way in which his passion could come through unguarded. It was immense. He was on fire as a performer — I’ve never seen a talent like it.

    I think, actually, there was a lot of the otherworldly in Michael. He had this talent that I’ve never encountered before, and I’ve seen a lot of extraordinary people perform.

    He was, I think, very misunderstood. I never believed any of the allegations or insinuations against him. We had lunch together about a month ago, and he talked about his ordeal. He felt like he had really been put through the ringer. He said they wanted blood. I felt so bad for him, and I felt that he was really broken-hearted from what had been done.

    He was a meteor: his flame burned incredibly bright, and not for long but mightily.

    http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1907409_1907413_1907499,00.html#ixzz2peUhxyxD

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  3. February 15, 2014 1:18 am

    Susanne, are you talking about this Corey Rooney’s remark?

    “I found it very ironic and I look unbelievably sincere and honest the way he said, ‘I just decided I wanted it to go away.’ And he made it go away, which by the way again, not the first person to do this in the history of our business. He wanted to make it go away. The second time he fought.”

    So what is here that’s bothering you?

    In a deep hypnotic trance Michael said the same to Uri Geller who checked his deepest subconscious to learn the truth about why he had settled. And Michael said:

    “I couldn’t take it any more. I had enough”

    Yes, there are moments when people feel that they have been tortured for so long that they can’t take any more. In moments like these people will agree to anything to make the pain go away. This is what those who start it are actually counting on.

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  4. February 14, 2014 1:39 pm

    “There’s something that bothers me a bit about the Corey Rooney quote. He says Michael’s advisors told him to “pay the kid off and get it over with.” Why would his advisors even entertain the thought that he should do that?” – Susanne

    What Corey Rooney quote? What are you talking about? Please clarify.

    “Also, how was Michael so sure he would be found innocent?”

    What a strange question. I think that Michael was sure only of his innocence but not of the fact that the jury would find him innocent. This is the usual state of mind of a person who knows that he didn’t commit a crime but doesn’t know what the future holds for him.

    If you didn’t murder anyone all you can be sure of is that you didn’t do it, but as regards the verdict of the so-called “justice system” you never know. False witnesses, planted or doctored evidence, bribed jurors, corrupt judges, mistakes or negligence of the defense – oh, there is a huge number of opportunities for convicting a man for what he didn’t do.

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  5. February 13, 2014 6:59 am

    Sorry,at the time there was no Estate yet. The insurance paid the Chandlers, but I dont know who paid T.Mesereau.Probably MJJ.

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  6. February 13, 2014 6:54 am

    Everything is possible,less is probable. Now why would T.Mesenreau a hihly held attorney
    have agreed to something so illegal and risked his whole reputation and life? I do´t mean he wouds have been physically killed. But it would have been over for him had this come out. He was not a money hungry man. As I undestood it he waited quite awile to be paid by MJJ or the Estate,don´t know whose responsibility it was.-And what a shame it is for the Chandlers to live with this lie.Mesenreau did not need such burdens.
    Maybe June made a 180 as she undrstood she will not be the mistress of Neverland.

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  7. Suzanne permalink
    February 12, 2014 5:06 pm

    There’s something that bothers me a bit about the Corey Rooney quote. He says Michael’s advisors told him to “pay the kid off and get it over with.” Why would his advisors even entertain the thought that he should do that? Also, how was Michael so sure he would be found innocent? Is there any possibility he and Tom Mesereau had some sort of plan with the jury and court involving lots of money that would ensure him to be found innocent? I really don’t want to believe that, so please shut me down. I need to counter this argument that everyone’s giving me that there was payoff to the court/jury etc. in secret. Thanks:)

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  8. April 8, 2013 9:47 pm

    “This paper work can be found here, on the third page: http://www.sbscpublicaccess.org/docs/ctdocs/032205mjmemospprtobj.pdf): “The insurance carrier negotiated and paid the settlement, over the protests of Mr. Jackson and his personal legal counsel.” – Elle

    Elle, back in 1993/94 there was some news that the insurance company was notified of the problem and it took them some time to decide what course of action to take (I’m not sure they were very much willing to pay, but finally they did – it was arranged by MJ’s lawyers).

    Michael was also in great doubt whether the settlement should be made. At the time he stood up to a humiliating strip-search which proved that the photos of his genitalia did not match Jordan’s description, and was ready to fight, but his will was totally broken at the end of December 1993 when he learned of a possibility of the civil trial being televised. To prove his innocence in court the photos of his genitalia would have had to be produced to the jury and they could have ended up on the TV screens, and this Michael could not afford.

    I think this was the main reason why Michael agreed to a settlement – at least to Bashir he mentioned only this reason and nothing else.

    The plans to televise the Chandlers’ civil suit are practically unknown to the public, and this (together with some other secrets not disclosed by the media) was covered in this post: https://vindicatemj.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/jackson-case-what-the-public-didnt-hear/

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  9. ellie permalink
    April 8, 2013 12:23 pm

    The bigger picture is that all the evidence was there that Chandler and the other kid lied. What needs to happen is an entire documentary detailing all the lies they said, without mentioning that is was MJ who was accused.

    For example, show a documentary about how two kids falsely accused a man of molestation and how they ruined his life, show the paper work that shows that money was exchanged by MJ’s company against MJ’s wishes .

    This paper work can be found here, on the third page: http://www.sbscpublicaccess.org/docs/ctdocs/032205mjmemospprtobj.pdf) :

    “The insurance carrier negotiated and paid the settlement, over the protests of Mr. Jackson and his personal legal counsel.”

    If you leave MJ’s name out of it, and focus on the harm they have done, and then at the end say who it was, the public will finally believe the truth.

    I hope MJ is resting in peace, he saved my life and it is a sad what the world has lost.

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  10. August 19, 2012 1:46 pm

    And here is what another private investigator, Anthony Pellicano, said about Michael in 1993:

    “People are always trying to extort him for all kinds of reasons because he’s a superstar,” Pellicano said. “I have worked for Michael Jackson for many years and have gone through many of these.
    “This one just happened to have gone too far. Michael is probably one of the most kind and decent men I’ve ever met, and this is horrible.
    http://articles.latimes.com/1993-08-24/local/me-27332_1_michael-jackson

    When Pellicano left his job as a private investigator in the Chandler 1993 case he said:

    “I swear on my children this decision was not Michael Jackson’s,” Pellicano said in an interview Tuesday. “It was my sole decision. If I wanted to, I could be working on this case today.”
    In a statement released by his office, Fields said he had resigned Nov. 23 and had put the resignation in writing Dec. 3.
    “He has made no public announcement of this,” the statement said. “He felt that . . . it was not appropriate to publicly announce this.”

    “In no way, shape or form does (my resignation) indicate that Michael Jackson is guilty,” Pellicano said. “Michael Jackson is not guilty, and all the things I said in the past I reaffirm.”
    Pellicano insisted that he pulled out of the case because it was taking too much of his time and because his investigation was essentially complete. “The investigation has all been done and is now in the hands of the lawyers,” he said.”

    And after the settlement he said:

    Anthony Pellicano, an outspoken private investigator who worked for Jackson until resigning last month, said the settlement merely reaffirmed his belief that the boy and his family were after the singer’s money.
    “I have maintained Michael Jackson’s innocence from the very start, and I still maintain that he is innocent,” Pellicano said. “Obviously, there has been an exchange of money to settle this case. It all boils down to money.”
    http://articles.latimes.com/1994-01-26/news/mn-15478_1_michael-jackson

    PLEASE DO NOT BELIEVE THE MEDIA LIES THAT PELLICANO WENT BACK ON HIS WORDS!

    The same day The Daily Beast said that Pellicano allegedly said that “MJ did something worse than molestation” the other page of the same Daily Beast said that Pellicano did find damning information, but about the accuser’s family (and not Michael):

    “Facing molestation charges, Michael Jackson reportedly used Pellicano, who claims he found damning information about the accuser’s family”
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2011/08/07/pellicano-s-reach.html

    Please pay attention to the date contained in the link – it is the same day when the lie about Pellicano was published!

    For proof of the above see point 7 of the table from the Daily Beast of 2011/08/07:

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  11. August 19, 2012 1:32 pm

    And here is what a private investigator Scott Ross working for the defense in the 2005 trial said about him:

    07-29-2005
    P.I. Ross Talks About Trial
    Scott Ross is a private investigator who worked for Michael Jackson’s defense team. In a recent interview he talked about his work during the trial.

    “My focus was very specific. It was to develop information on the accuser’s mother.”
    And after Ross put the accuser’s mother in his cross hairs, he found that, “Lying, cheating and stealing seemed to be a way of life for her.”
    Ross was also the guy who exposed the sordid past of Bonnie Lee Bakley in the Robert Blake case. Attorney Tom Mesereau had a blunt directive for Ross.
    “He said, ‘You need to do to the accuser’s mother what you did to Bonnie Lee Bakley.”
    To do that, Ross needed information from an insider in the accuser’s family:
    “The accuser’s father was fully aware of and knew that these allegations were not true.”

    The accuser’s father turned Ross on to celebrities like Chris Tucker.
    “Mr. Tucker, of all witnesses, was the first person to say to me, ‘I don’t really care that it’s Michael Jackson. This is wrong. Someone is being falsely accused.‘”
    Ross also became privy to other witnesses like Jay Leno when the prosecution handed over an audio tape of an interview with Leno that sheriffs had secretly recorded.
    “These people had to turn over the material to us, and that’s how Jay Leno became a witness.”

    Actor Macaulay Culkin proved to be an even better witness for Michael Jackson. Contrary to media reports, Culkin was an easy witness.
    “Macaulay Culkin was never not going to testify. It was never an issue.”

    Some other witnesses weren’t always available, like comedy shop owner Jamie Masada. So Ross showed up at Masada’s press conference, cleverly blended in with the press corps, even asking questions, and then slapped him with a subpoena.

    When the trial got underway, Ross was in a unique position to observe Michael Jackson. He said the King of Pop became the King of Post-It notes.
    “He would grab Post-Its, write something down. I don’t know if he’s writing a song or thinking about music or putting himself in another place.”
    And as for those who consider Michael Jackson a “freak”, Ross says they’ve got it all wrong.
    “I’ve been involved in hundreds of cases. He is one of three people who have thanked me. He doesn’t sound like freak to me; he sounds like decent human being.”

    Source: MJFC / Celebrity Justice

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  12. August 19, 2012 1:27 pm

    Here is one more testimony from the 2005 trial. An acting police-officer never saw Michael give grounds for reporting any “molestation” issues.

    Brian Barron, a full-time police officer worked for several years at Neverland and never saw anything worth reporting. One can’t help thinking that for a person suspected of molestation it was a bit too reckless to hire an acting police-officer and the one that would work on night shifts too.

    In comparison with it, when you read Ralph Chacon’s testimony one would think that Michael was walking about with boys almost naked in full view of everyone and calling out for guards by shouting “Security!” to draw even more attention to himself! People must be crazy to believe absurd stories like Ralph Chacon’s!

    The reality was much innocent and much less colorful:

    04-20-2005

    Former Security Guard Testifies

    Prosecutors in the Michael Jackson trial continued their case today with Brian Barron, a former security guard at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch.

    [ ]Although his full-time job is that of a police officer in Guadalupe, California, Barron worked nights at Neverland for three years, only leaving once the ranch was raided by the Santa Barbara County Sherriff’s department. Barron stated that he left Neverland at the insistance of his superiors who thought it would be inappropriate for him to work at the ranch while it was under criminal investigation.

    Barron admitted that after the November (2003) raid, the Sherriff’s department did try to persuade him to go back to work at the ranch to serve as an informant, but he refused.

    During cross-examination by Robert Sanger, Barron admitted that as a police officer, he would have been required by law to report anything illegal that he saw at Neverland, but he never had grounds to do so.
    Source: MJFC / Contact Music

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  13. August 19, 2012 1:12 pm

    Another piece is about the Newt boy who refused the National Enquirer to slander Michael, and who is vehement that Michael never tried to do anything which the media and prosecution claim about him:

    “Bobby Newt recalled more details of the 30-minute meeting with The National Enquirer’s reporter:

    “He was trying to coach me – if I decided to take the money, what would happen. He said ‘You know, it’s going to be a huge scandal. You’ll probably have a lot of people not liking you. You’re going to be famous!’ But to me, you’d be ruined. And the truth is Michael didn’t do anything even close to trying to molest us.”

    Ironically, the second piece of evidence also backs up the Newts’ story. Unbeknownst to them, they were taped by Mitteager.

    I told you last week that Mitteager did more surreptitious taping than Richard Nixon. When he died, the tapes were left to Hollywood investigator Paul Barresi. His dozens of hours of tapes include a conversation between Mitteager, Ron Newt Sr. and Charlie Walker.

    When I read some of the transcript back to Newt the other day, he was shocked.

    “I said all that,” he observed, surprised to have his memory prodded some 12 years later.

    Back in the mid-’80s, Ron Newt Sr. put his three sons together as a singing group much as Joseph Jackson did. He called them The Newtrons. After much pushing, he got the attention of Joe Jackson, who agreed to manage the group. Joe Jackson got the Newtrons a showcase at the Roxy in West Hollywood.

    Michael showed up and loved them. The result was a two-week stay for the boys at the Encino house on Hayvenhurst Ave., where they were supposed to work on their music.

    “We would see Michael in passing. We didn’t see him, maybe, because he was working on an album. We saw him downstairs in the kitchen and we talked to him,” he said.

    The Newtrons eventually got a record contract and recorded the Jackson 5 hit “I Want You Back” at Hayvenhurst. They also spent the night at Tito Jackson’s house. But nothing about what Bobby Newt hears now about himself or others makes sense.

    “I don’t know what to believe. He had prime time with me and my brother in the guest room for two weeks,” he said. “And he didn’t try anything.”

    As a footnote to all of this: In the small world of the Los Angeles music business, Bobby Newt recently worked with choreographer and alleged Jackson “victim” Wade Robson on tracks for his first album, a potential hit compendium of original R&B ballads.

    Jackson’s former maid Blanca Francia implicated Robson in the case during Monday’s testimony. Robson is not testifying for the prosecution.

    “Wade is straight as they come. He’s getting married. And nothing ever happened to him, either,” Newt said.

    He shakes his head, thinking about those who have made claims against Jackson.

    “You have to look at these people, go back and see when their relationship with Michael fractured. The calls stopped coming,” he said.

    And Newt should know. After the adventure in 1985, the Newts never saw Jackson again. It didn’t bother them, Bobby says, as much as it might have others.

    “They probably didn’t like it. And this is their way of getting back at him,” he said.

    http://www.mjfanclub.net/home/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=168%3A2005&id=293%3A2005-april&Itemid=75

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  14. August 19, 2012 1:09 pm

    “Perhaps we can continue adding to this list? It’s amazing and quite refreshing!” – SemiRefinedJunkie

    SMJ, you are right. The list should be continued. Among the immediate things I’ll add to it will be the testimony of Michael’s former employee at the 2005 trial:

    03-30-2005
    Former Employee Fully Supports Michael Jackson

    Rob Henry, a man from New Zealand who worked as Michael Jackson’s assistant on the 1987 Bad World Tour, is fully supporting his former boss. Being responsible for Michael Jackson, his security, management, solicitors and camera crew during the Bad Tour Henry had daily contact with the entertainer. He describes him as “down to earth and nice”. Now he has spoken out from his home in Whangarei to the New Zealand Herald as he is sick of the media twisting Michael Jackson’s image.
    “I can’t speak highly enough of the man. I would leave my 3 1/2-year-old with him tomorrow.”
    Henry describes the accusations as “ludicrous”. He saw Michael Jackson with children, and saw nothing untoward in his behaviour.
    Henry also claims to have first-hand knowledge of how the press painted a picture of “wacko” Jackson. He rubbished stories about Jackson’s penchant for bathing in Evian water – a tale made up by the press after seeing bottles of Evian for a crew of 290 people delivered to the hotel. Disguises Jackson wore to avoid being recognised were made out to be a fascination with dress-ups. In his opinion, Michael Jackson’s one fault was that he was too naive.
    Rob Henry believes Jackson will walk free, and will fight back with “an album bigger than Thriller”. He had contacted Jackson’s current assistant, and he said the message to fans in New Zealand was to keep supporting him through his music.
    “He’s found a lot of strength, and I think he will stand up to them this time. I think he’s learned a very big lesson.”
    Source: MJFC / The New Zealand Herald
    http://www.mjfanclub.net/home/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=168%3A2005&id=292%3A2005-march&Itemid=75

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  15. August 19, 2012 12:55 pm

    “Michael got the last laugh in the end because he was acquitted on all counts. They didn’t get him on anything, bringing Sneddon and his team the ultimate humiliation.”

    Stacy, I think that Michael will get the last laugh when EVERYONE understands that Michael was innocent and won despite the malicious prosecution against him and the media working in collusion with Sneddon in order to undermine him. In the meantime look at the comments following this information about WW’s affidavit:

    Michael Jackson Fans Go After Prosecutor
    ________________________________________
    Wednesday, August 15, 2012
    BY CHRIS MEAGHER (CONTACT)
    A number of people showed up to the board of supervisors meeting Tuesday to express concerns that former DA Tom Sneddon committed felonies in his prosecution of pop star Michael Jackson in 2005, allegedly misusing his power to pursue a conviction on the molestation charges. An online petition has begun, and the group is asking for a full investigation be conducted by an independent special prosecutor. Jackson, who for a time lived at his Neverland Ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley, died in 2009.
    http://www.independent.com/news/2012/aug/15/michael-jackson-fans-go-after-prosecutor/#commenttoggle

    I cannot believe what people are writing in their comments!

    – After reviewing the facts of that “trial” guilty as charged would have been the proper verdict . A true molester, using wealth and fame to attracted his victims. SNEDDON screwed up that case! Should have been a slam dunk.
    – the article should have begun thusly… ‘A number of people with a lack of purpose in their lives showed up….
    – Apart from the fact that Sneddon did an excellent job of making himself look like an idiot, isn’t this a few years too late to have semblance of relevancy? I could pose the already answered question: Do these people have any lives what so ever? I’m just proud that we have had authority figures like Jerry Sandusky and MJ to mentor our youth…

    Can we put up with this? Absolutely not! Sneddon’s crimes against justice should be uncovered and this is a perfect chance to tell the truth about Michael’s innocence again!

    By the way did you notice how quickly they rounded up Sandusky’s real molestation trial and how long they chewed up the fictional molestation trial of Michael Jackson? Making the least of the real case of child abuse and making the most of the fictional one?

    Is it a chance occurrence? I think not.

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  16. stacy permalink
    August 19, 2012 8:12 am

    @Helena

    Michael got the last laugh in the end because he was acquitted on all counts. They didn’t get him on anything, bringing Sneddon and his team the ultimate humiliation.

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  17. August 19, 2012 7:08 am

    I love this post the most, (love reading it every time I visit this blog) simply because of all the LOVE all these seemingly “loveless” people had for him…I also suggest Jermaine’s book “You Are Not Alone Michael: Through A Brother’s Eyes” (2011)…a very genuine, very honest and balanced book, that’s not overtly emotional, but contains the essence of the love two brothers shared. Let’s just say it’s told in a way that no one else could’ve told it other than an older brother.

    Perhaps we can continue adding to this list? It’s amazing and quite refreshing! 😀

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  18. August 10, 2012 1:37 am

    “I have now no doubts that Sneddon did it to impoverish Michael,drag him through the tabloid press and start to annihilate him as a person ,artist and philantropist. All this that finally,indirectly, contributed to his early death and left 3 children without parent. This was a crime as much or more than Murray’s” – Kaarin

    Absolutely! You know, there was one small thing which surprised me greatly in the 2005 trial. It was the fact that Sneddon was celebrating before the jury passed its verdict. The reason for it was not only his confidence that he would win the case.

    Sneddon was celebrating his victory in total ruining of Michael’s reputation, turning Michael’s finances into disarray due to his need to pay to a team of lawyers and depriving Michael of a chance to amend his financial situation in future through his work – the public was fully on Sneddon’s side and would not want someone fresh from a court-room to “entertain” them.

    In short Sneddon effectively smeared Michael’s name, put an end to him as a performer, stripped him of his earning ability and blocked him from any chance to start his career anew, thus fulfilling his major goals.

    Sneeddon did indeed have reasons to celebrate and that is why was throwing a party for his team even before the verdict!

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  19. August 8, 2012 12:50 am

    Tom Mesereau is a complete angel. Not only for MJ, but for targeting something horrific that is still prevalent in America. For those who have not seen this entire lecture, I encourage you to take 2hrs and watch it! Marvelous! 🙂

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  20. kaarin22 permalink
    August 6, 2012 9:26 am

    I have now no doubts that Sneddon did it to impoverish Michael,drag him through the tabloid press and start to annihilate him as a person ,artist and philantropist.All this that finally,indirectly, contributed to his early death and left 3 children without parent.
    This was a crime as much or more than murrays.no pity for murray though.

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  21. kaarin22 permalink
    August 6, 2012 9:15 am

    Michael was a gift to our world and time.All of us know why.Like anyone he had an achilles heal and Sneddon,Evan Jordan, the Arvizios etc knew how to exploit this fact. Larry Feldman, and “the big happy family.
    PPS is not a recognized diagnosis,and ofcourse it is not nice to pick apart someones psyche,however the fact that p-lia was based on can thus be completely disregarded.”I am misunderstood” was the most important words Michael said and totally true. Sometimes truth comes out in strange ways.

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  22. Rodrigo permalink
    August 6, 2012 8:25 am

    IMO. The reason people want trash about others, especially celebs, is because it’s fun. It detracts from the things in our own lives. Makes us feel better and big. We get a kick out of discussing others. It’s a terrible trait. The media exploits this perfectly. We pay to see the worst of celebrities, because they are these big people who make us feel small, and we want the media to find the best stuff that will bring them down to our level.

    1993, the world wanted to see and hear the worst of Michael Jackson. Guilty, true or not, the media was onhand to give the public what they wanted. We wanted to create a circus about him, and the media did it for us.

    Those who wanted to see the truth, nope. Because they gained so much in crucifying Michael, knowing like fools we lapped it up, so they thought spurning out so much trash would keep this huge money ball rolling.

    Diane Dimond is a woman who delibrately appeals to those who think Michael is guilty, appealing to the worst in people, getting their attention and money. She just continued to follow the craze that her peers started, because that’s where her success and role lay. You ask her for proof however, and she’ll simply ignore you or talk her way out of it!

    But people continue to allow all this…Because it’s fun, it feels good to see celebs like Michael crumble and break?

    It’s bad enough that there is a business that will go to any lengths to exploit the worst of humanity’s aspects for profit, but it’s worse that we allow ourselves to continue down this road KNOWING that fact.

    To quote Einstein
    The world is a dangerous place. Not because of the people who are evil; but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.

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  23. August 6, 2012 2:54 am

    “Why the hell do people want TRASH?”

    @SemiRefineJunkie, I wish we knew the answer. This is a huge philosophical question and if we managed to find an answer to it, we would be halfway on the road to success.

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  24. August 5, 2012 12:51 am

    I can’t stop complimenting this site…This post made my heart sing…The media truly is disgusting, as we all know…I just wish everyone could accept and understand that. “Give people what they want.” Why the hell do people want TRASH?

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  25. Truth Prevail permalink
    May 7, 2012 5:43 pm

    oh you have matt fiddes up there he was no bodyguard to Mike just a umbrella holder his true colors are showing.

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  26. February 12, 2012 11:50 am

    “The only thing I would change (also about credibility) is to read through and correct a few grammatical errors, like misspelled words and stuff.”

    Hallie, oh, this is beyond my control – English is a foreign language to me, so PLEASE tell me what mistakes are the most awful (I assume there are many, so everything cannot be corrected), providing me with the right variant and I will gladly change it.

    I really mean it and will be only grateful if someone tells me!

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  27. Hallie permalink
    February 12, 2012 9:18 am

    Hello. Absolutely love this site! It really says it all, and from credible sources, which is a nice change, as people seem to not take credibility into perspective when it comes to Michael Jackson. I think Dr. Wayne Dyer said it all with “anyone can make these accusations.”

    The only thing I would change (also about credibility) is to read through and correct a few grammatical errors, like misspelled words and stuff. Wouldn’t want a doubter coming on and disregarding all this hard work because of a few typos. 🙂

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  28. January 29, 2012 12:42 pm

    “I will add only a bit re Michael´s insomnia.Even ordinary people are told not to engage in vigorous exercise in the evening hours before bedtime.And thats when Michael was performing and I don´t think the state of hyperarousal that demanded and caused settled so easily.He would have needed to sit with easygoing frends for a relaxing chat or something for 2-3 hours before attempting to go to sleep. And then sleep without need to be awoken for a full nights sleep.”

    Kaarin, of course Michael had a thousand reasons for insomnia. The sleep pattern of all brothers was ruined in the Jackson 5 era, when they had to perform until late at night and in the morning it was time for school or to rehearse again. Add to it the non-stop media harassment of Michael (even one article like Maureen Orth’s voodoo thing can leave your restless for months or probably years) and crazy accusations from every corner – and you have a deadly mix of daily poison which rid Michael of sleep forever. The media are very much responsible for his insomnia, and it is no use making innocent eyes now pretending they don’t know.

    “he suffered from separation anxiety and felt a particular type of loneliness sleeping alone. Separation anxiety is an ontological anxiety we all have latently. It is essential in an infant to call on the mother’s presence. Under certain stress or life circumstances we can all expierience it. Michaels life circumstances contributed to him having a tendency towards this type of anxiety. And we all are prone to it under special circumstances.’

    Again, we can add to it that for Michael it was natural to live in a crowd – it started with a crammed room in his home and finished with a huge audience in concerts or a crowd following him in the street. It was Michael’s natural environment, and though he was tired of it and craved for privacy there was no getting away from this pattern.

    As a baby of a big city I experienced it myself when I tried to have a holiday in a very small town far from the crowd. It was quite nice for the first few days, but then the nature call for something bigger and a quicker pace of life took over.

    What I am trying to say is that all those small “strange” things in Michael’s behavior (like mannequins in his room, for example) become understandable when you start thinking about it – mannequins created the illusion of a crowd Michael needed but didn’t bother him with their attention, ensuring privacy. But of course the most comfort Michael enjoyed when he was sleeping among friends – hence all those slumber parties.

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  29. January 27, 2012 2:45 am

    I will add only a bit re Michael´s insomnia.Even ordinary people are told not to engage in vigorous exercise in the evening hours before bedtime.And thats when Michael was performing and I don´t think the state of hyperarousal that demanded and caused settled so easily.He would have needed to sit with easygoing frends for a relaxing chat or something for 2-3 hours before attempting to go to sleep.And then sleep without need to be awoken for a full nights sleep.
    In a previous post I postulated that he suffered from separation anxiety and felt a particular type of loneliness sleeping alone. Separation anxiety is an ontological anxiety we all have latently. It is essential in an infant to call on the mothers presence.Under certain stress or life circumstances we can all expierience it. Michaels life circumstances contributed to him having a tendency towards this type of anxiety.And we all are prone to it under special circumstances.

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  30. January 27, 2012 1:52 am

    David, thanks for the video. It is good that Frank Cascio started smiling! Michael’s untimely death was such a blow to him that he hardly smiled before. I am happy that he and his family were beside Michael at all times – he was a real friend to Michael.

    However you need to see what some media says about Frank’s book. The article written by Christopher Schobert (editor at Buffalo Spree) is a manual on hatred for Michael Jackson and a textbook on how to distort the truth. It is just enough to look at a couple of paragraphs to see what a monstrosity it is. On the other hand it shows their lies in the making, which is a sort of a benefit.

    This is what Christopher Schobert says about Michael’s occasional visits to the Cascios’ home. He arrived late at night (when no one saw him) and the children woke up and ran to greet him. Please note all the innuendos that he is splashing here:

    Casico met Jackson as a 4- year-old through his father, general manager of a five-star Manhattan hotel. A lasting friendship began, one that, in typical Jackson fashion, was anything but typical:
    “The doorbell would ring late at night, and [my brother] Eddie and I would know it was Michael. We’d wake up, run to give him hugs and show him whatever new toys we had and tricks we had learned.”
    It is worth noting that at the time, Jackson would have been around 26 years old.

    Okay, we noted that Jackson was 26 years old then. So what?

    And this paragraph is meant to show that if Michael indeed called red wine Jesus juice it is incriminating him in something terrible. In fact, all he was trying to do was not to show to children that he was drinking wine, which only speaks well of him. I guess millions of men and women do not go to great pains like that when they drink wine at dinnertime and no one accuses them of anything, however Michael Jackson was supposed to drink yogurt only? Okay, some children heard that word from him and guessed what it was, so what?

    Much of what follows reads like a greatest hits of MJ facts and rumors. Case in point, the much discussed “Jesus juice.” Jackson referred to wine this way “as a way of justifying its consumption: if Jesus drank wine, so could we.” To anyone who followed the star’s tangled life, this ain’t news, but it’s still fascinating, to say the least.

    And this is described as a routine thing though it took place only ONCE – and that is why Frank was absolutely astonished that it happened. By the way in spite of this event Michael did give a beautiful show:

    Cascio arrived at Jackson’s hotel room and found a locked door—and a sleeping Michael:
    “‘You have to get ready! What happened?’ He rolled over and moaned. All at once I knew what had happened, and just like that, my naive belief that Michael wouldn’t let his medicine interfere with the show blew up in my face. . .

    Let me say that the above is the WORST episode in the whole book. All the rest of it is telling us what a fantastic human being Michael was. Absolutely human and absolutely fantastic. However the “book review” by this author naturally has no room for anything good about Michael Jackson – all it intends to do is to remind everyone that (quote):”no one has completely forgotten the child molestation accusations or baby-on-the-balcony madness of “Jacko”!

    Please leave your comment on this filth in addition to the great comment already there: http://www.buffalonews.com/entertainment/gusto/books/book-reviews/article715021.ece

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  31. sanemjfan permalink
    January 25, 2012 12:37 am

    Here is video of Frank Cascio promoting his book and discussing his time with MJ! It was a good interview, except for when that idiot gossip pundit Wendy Williams asked him if there was any sex between the two of them! It was a stupid and inappropriate question that she asked just to get a reaction from her audience!

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  32. lcpledwards permalink
    June 24, 2011 1:43 am

    Here is an extremely rare interivew with Susan Yu, MJ’s attorney during the trial. It was recorded on July 6th, 2005, but wasn’t uploaded to YouTube until last week. She talks very kindly and fondly of MJ, as you would expect! The interview begins at :50 seconds.

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  33. Suzy permalink
    April 10, 2011 6:34 am

    @ Thetis7

    Thank you. He was such a good man.

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  34. April 9, 2011 9:00 pm

    Jackson’s kindness recounted

    David Smithee, a 14-year-old Tulsan, poses for a picture with Michael Jackson in April 1984. Smithee, who had cystic fibrosis, got to meet Jackson through the Brass Ring Society, an organization that fulfilled the wishes of terminally ill children. Smithee died in May 1984. Courtesy
    David Smithee, a 14-year-old Tulsan, poses for a picture with Michael Jackson in April 1984. Smithee, who had cystic fibrosis, got to meet Jackson through the Brass Ring Society, an organization that fulfilled the wishes of terminally ill children. Smithee died in May 1984. Courtesy
    A dying Tulsa boy loved meeting, playing games with the star.

    By CURTIS KILLMAN World Staff Writer
    Published: 6/28/2009 2:28 AM
    Last Modified: 6/28/2009 3:46 AM

    Karen Wilson was traveling back to Tulsa from a business trip when she heard the news that Michael Jackson had died Thursday.

    “It brought back some wonderful memories of my son and how special Michael Jackson treated him,” Wilson said. “His loss was terrible, and his death brought up a heavy heart.”

    It was in 1984 when her 14-year-old son, David Smithee, who was terminally ill with cystic fibrosis, met Jackson at his California home.

    The visit was part of a weeklong California trip for David made possible by a nonprofit organization that fulfilled the dreams of terminally ill children.

    During the afternoon visit at Jackson’s Encino, Calif., home, David watched a movie with Jackson in his home theater, played video games and learned how to moonwalk.

    Of the video games, David told a Tulsa Tribune reporter, “I played two games with him and beat him both times.”

    The visit was topped off with Jackson giving David the red leather jacket he had worn in the “Beat It” video and a beaded glove he had worn to the American Music Awards, where he collected eight awards.

    David wore the jacket and glove home on the plane to Tulsa, his mother recalled.

    “He was just in heaven,” Wilson said.

    David, an eighth-grader at Nimitz Junior High School, went straight to the hospital after arriving home, his mother said.

    While in the hospital, David showed visitors the jacket, glove and pictures of himself and Jackson, Wilson said.

    David died one month later.

    Michael Jackson gave us the happiest last month of our lives,” Wilson said. “(David) died very happy.”

    The visit must have made an impact on Jackson, too; he later dedicated the Jackson 5’s “Victory” album to David.

    Wilson continued to follow Jackson’s career after her son’s death. She remains an adamant defender of Jackson, who faced rumors and accusations of inappropriate behavior with children.

    “Despite everything that was said of him later, we saw none of that,” Wilson said. “I never, never, never believed any of it. He was alone with my son a lot and never did anything ever happen.

    “I never really believed any of that.”

    Wilson still has all the pictures and memorabilia from their visit with Jackson.

    And she still has the jacket and glove.

    “They are under lock and key,” Wilson said. “But now they’ve become too fragile to take out and touch too much.”

    Ironically, Wilson was dancing to a Jackson song Wednesday night while at a convention during her business trip. The song gave her the opportunity to tell others about her son’s meeting with Jackson. “I still, when a Michael Jackson song comes on, my heart still pounds,” Wilson said.

    http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=11&articleid=20090628_11_A1_DavidS991085

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  35. April 5, 2011 9:17 am

    @vindicatemj you could also add these:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/11/22/48hours/main585135.shtml

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  36. Marie Paul permalink
    March 19, 2011 8:04 pm

    Keep up the great work at getting the truth out for Michael, Michael was an inspiration in so many ways…

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  37. March 18, 2011 2:03 am

    The simple, unfettered truth told by those who witnessed the best of Michael. Reading these beautiful, breathtaking stories saddens me a great deal because, though I am an optimist, I doubt the world will be graced with such a towering figure in the world of music and dance again.
    He was peerless in his craft, and an unforgettable goodwill ambassador who has achieved more in his short life about which most can only DREAM.
    Thank you for reminding us about Michael’s humanity and soaring spirit!

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  38. March 17, 2011 9:42 pm

    Gigi, thank you for the video. Paddy says that Michael was getting over the fact that the world had turned it back on him. He was eating well. And if he had stayed there he would be alive now. Sad.

    I also have a story about Michael’s stay in Ireland. Its shortened version is here:

    Michael Jackson’s Irish hideaway
    Luke Bainbridge
    The Observer, Sunday 15 August 2010

    Even in the context of the bizarre, twisted fairy tale of Michael Jackson’s life, the time he spent living in a converted cowshed in rural Ireland shortly before he died takes some believing. But in the summer of 2006, after his acquittal in the previous year’s court case, having left Neverland and spent some time in Bahrain, the King of Pop secretly arrived in County Westmeath with his children. Relieved he had found a sanctuary away from the paparazzi and enchanted by an area so rich in history, myth and folklore, Jackson ended up staying for the rest of the year.

    I’ve been given some odd assignments by the Observer, but none quite so off the wall as sleeping in what used to be Michael Jackson’s bed, after discovering that the Irish country homes he stayed in are now available to rent for weekend breaks.

    Grouse Lodge is a secluded Georgian estate located down an unsigned, winding, potholed gravel drive near the village of Rosemount. It was converted into a residential recording studio in 2002 by owners Paddy and Claire Dunning, and has been used by everyone from REM to Doves, Muse to Ms Dynamite, Snow Patrol to Shirley Bassey.

    In 2006 a woman called Grace Rwaramba arrived to check out Grouse Lodge studio for an unnamed A-list pop star. She liked what she saw and booked the studio plus a three-bed cottage on the grounds that had been converted from a cowshed. But she still didn’t reveal who the artist was. Paddy and Claire only discovered the identity of their new lodger when a bus turned up and out trooped Prince Michael Junior, Paris and Blanket, followed by their father Michael Jackson, nanny Grace and the children’s tutor.

    Grouse Lodge is set around an old farmyard, and there’s a collection of converted outbuildings that form a second grassed courtyard, none of which is visible from the road, so it’s not hard to see why Jackson felt safe and secluded here. He began work on new material at Grouse Lodge with Will.I.Am and Rodney Jerkins, producers who flew in from America.

    Jackson fell in love with County Westmeath and, after a month in the converted cowshed, moved to the equally secluded neighbouring estate of Coolatore, also owned by the Dunnings. Because Jackson didn’t have his own driver in Ireland, Paddy enlisted local taxi driver Ray O’Hara to drive Michael and the kids around in a borrowed people carrier with blacked-out windows.

    The Dunnings somehow managed to keep the fact that the King of Pop was in residence a secret for several months. Even when Jackson began to venture out and there were rumoured sightings of him in the nearby villages of Moate or Kilbeggan, the Dunnings would deny all knowledge. “If someone said to me I’ve heard Michael Jackson is there, I would tell them: ‘Yeah, so is Elvis Presley!’ says Paddy.

    The only security Grouse Lodge arranged was to post three guards on rotation at the top of the drive to intercept unwelcome visitors. When word eventually began to leak out, locals in the know became protective of Jackson, sending reporters the wrong way, and one farmer even threatened to empty his slurry trailer over the car of a paparazzo.

    Traditionally, the hill of Uisneach is the geographical centre of Ireland. It’s only 600ft high, but from the top you can see 20 counties on a clear day. It was the ancient seat of the kings of Meath, the most sacred site in the world in Pagan times, and home of the ancient festival of the fires, Bealtaine, which attracted Egyptians up the Shannon 2,000 years ago. It’s also home to the Cat Stone (or Stone of Divisions), said to be the burial place of the goddess Ériu (who gave her name to Ireland, or Eire) and where the ancient provinces of Ireland were divided.

    Uisneach is now part of the farm belonging to David Clarke, and on 1 May this year, Clarke and Paddy organised the first Festival of the Fires for more than 1,000 years, attracting a diverse mix of locals, farmers, clairvoyants, witches, wizards and gurus from far and wide. A beacon was lit on Uisneach, sparking a chain of fires on 73 different hills across the country, from Dingle to Donegal. “Michael was interested in history,” says Paddy, “and smitten by the intricacies of Irish music.”

    The Dunnings have a wealth of stories from the time they spent with Jackson. “One night we ended up in the studio,” Paddy recalls. “Michael was on the drums, I was playing guitar and [American producer] Nephew was on the keyboards and we just started getting a rhythm together, and slowly but surely Nephew just creeped the song in to ‘Billie Jean’. It was just mad playing ‘Billie Jean’ with Michael Jackson – I never thought I’d do that.”

    Paddy is a natural raconteur. He tells me how, when he bought the Wax Museum Plus – Dublin’s answer to Madame Tussauds – the resident Elvis was looking a little tired, so Paddy retired him, placing him in the woods by Coolatore. He had forgotten about him until Michael Jackson came in from a walk one day looking shaken. “Paddy,” he said, “I just met my father-in-law in the woods!”

    Towards the end of his stay in Westmeath, Jackson started to look at prospective houses to buy. When the Dunnings bought a further property, Bishopstown House, a derelict Georgian estate a mile or so away, Jackson visited it and discussed the renovations with Paddy. So, although it would be a little disingenuous to call Bishopstown the House that Jacko built, it’s certainly the house built with Jacko in mind. Jackson had a base in London for his ill-fated 50-date run of gigs at the O2, but according to Paddy he also planned to spend time in Ireland, escaping the media glare of the English capital”.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2010/aug/15/michael-jackson-ireland-secret-retreat

    The story has the same video interview with Paddy incorporated into it. The sound of it is slightly better so if you want to hear it please click on the link to watch the video again.

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  39. March 17, 2011 8:47 pm

    Sorry, the link didn’t post right. Here’s the interview with Paddy on Michael’s time living in Ireland.

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  40. March 17, 2011 8:44 pm

    Here’s a great interview with Paddy and Ray O’hara, both knew Michael when he was living in Ireland. The community of farmers people of Ireland really respected Michael has a human being and helped to protect his and his kid’s privacy from reporters that where bent on tracking him down. As Paddy mentions in the interview Michael was very thankful for his neighbors support and help to keep the paps away. Such a shame the US couldn’t extend the same kind of respect to Michael and his kids.

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  41. March 9, 2011 6:47 pm

    This comes from a forum where musicians write and you can even find Bruce Swedien posts there. Apart from Swedien there are 3 people who have worked for Michael that write there as well. The one is Rob Hoffman by the username of Robmix, the other is John (I miss the last name) by the username Resonator and Bill Bottrell.

    The following is a quote from Rob Hoffman (http://www.elicitmusic.com/):

    “I spent close to 3 years working with him, and not once did I question his morals, or ever believe any of the allegations. I wasn’t even a fan then. I saw him interact with his brothers kids, other people’s children, and at one point my own girlfriend’s kids. I got to spend a day at Neverland with them. A completely incredible human being.”

    http://www.gearslutz.com/board/so-much-gear-so-little-time/403276-post-here-if-you-worked-michael-jacksons-dangerous-album-6.html

    The stories on Michael’s work are numerous and it’s worth reading the forum.

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  42. March 5, 2011 1:35 pm

    Another one Nisha Kataria should be in the post. A FEMALE Protégé? oops

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  43. February 26, 2011 11:45 am

    Guys, to counter balance the filthy videos which I’ve just posted, here is some information about the purity and innocence of Michael Jackson the way Dr. Wayne Dyer remembered him. What a contrast it is!

    A couple of words about Dr. Dyer:

    *WAYNE W. DYER, PH.D., is an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. He’s the author of over 30 books, has created many audio programs and videos, and has appeared on thousands of television and radio shows.

    Dyer holds a Doctorate in Educational Counseling from Wayne State University and was an associate professor at St. John’s University in New York.

    This is what Dr. Dyer wrote about Michael in his blog:

    7/10/09 at 8:45 pm by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

    In 1992 when the time came to write a dedication for my book Real Magic, I decided to recognize three special people—my dear daughter Saje, my spiritual brother Deepak Chopra, and my friend pop superstar Michael Jackson. I wanted to recognize Michael “whose words, music, and love remind us that it is only through giving that we are saving our own lives.” Michael Jackson had a special relationship with the principles of Real Magic, the idea of “creating miracles in everyday life.” With his enormous musical talent, he created a body of work that brought joy to millions. My children and I spent five very happy days with him at Neverland in 1991. He wanted to talk to me about “real magic,” but the truth is, he already had the magic—the power he needed to dream and create and give. Michael was dedicated to ending world hunger and helped create the 1985 “We Are the World” celebrity sing-along that brought together some of the biggest names in popular music to raise funds for famine relief in Africa. I didn’t have to explain “real magic” to Michael because he was already a spiritual being, already kind, loving, and ready to use his musical gift to create miracles. Along with millions of people around the world, I say, thank you, Michael, for sharing your amazing talent to lift our spirits. I’ll remember you as a beautiful human being with a heart as big as the sky.

    Namaste,

    Wayne

    http://www.drwaynedyer.com/blog/archive/2009/7

    Below is a video where Dr. Dyer shares a story of personal time spent with Michael and his impressions of the singer (the transcript of his interview follows the video – I made it the best I could, sorry for the mistakes if any):

    DRAFT TRANSCRIPT:

    ….Deepak Chopra was saying on CNN that Michael was probably the most spiritual man he’d ever met. And I can attest to that as well.

    He called me up one day back in 1991 after I’d written a book on Real Magic and asked me if I would like to come out and bring my family which – you know – is a whole planeload. So all eight of my children were with me and my wife and we spent five days out there at Neverland with him, just talking to him. We went up the mountain out there and just the two of us talked and his question to me was, “Is there such a thing as real magic and what is it and how do I know about it”. And he so was so filled with excitement about this.

    What concerns me particularly when I see a lot of the messages coming to me on the Internet about people making accusations about this man… and that troubles me a great deal because this was the kindest, sweetest, most beautiful human being and I trusted my children with him obviously.

    When he was out there in the Santa Barbara county at Neverland the prosecutor there had a real, real desire to do something, you know, to go after him. I think they have the statistics that they have 76 police cars in that county and they sent 74 of them out to his ranch to go through and look for evidence to support the accusations that had been made by a woman who had made a career out of going after celebrities and trying to make money. In the same county there are many of the priests that had been not only accused but had admitted to sexually molesting boys but they didn’t send any cars out for them.

    And then all of the evidence that they acquired was presented to a jury of not of his peers but of the people who were not even that friendly toward him and they voted 12 to nothing to acquit him of every single charge.

    So I know for absolute certain that this is a man who could never have done anything that would be harmful to anyone. He was very much a child himself. He was as kind and decent and spiritual human being as I ever had the pleasure of spending any time with. I dedicated one of my books to him.

    When you look at his enormous talent and the commitment that he had to ending the world hunger, for example, – he personally was responsible for cutting the number of people starving to death on this planet IN HALF back in the 1980s and the 1990s with “We are the World”. And he took no money for it at all.

    When I spent the time out there at the ranch the whole thing was organized around children who were handicapped in one way – the theatre they had out there, the entire amusement part – all of it was set up so that children who were hospitalized and in beds and sick and on crutches and so on, could come there and experience the joy of what it meant to be a child.

    This was a beautiful, beautiful human being – someone who would go down in history as one of the greatest entertainers EVER, but more than the great entertainer this was a great man who lived a very tortured life, particularly in the last several years of his life. I think being accused of those kinds of things when he and his heart were so pure, I think it took a huge toll, a huge toll….

    And I said to my children last night, “Anybody can make an accusation such as that”. They could have made an accusation with my wife when we split up. I’ve just talked to a friend of mine who in practice as a physician and he had an affair and his wife got angry. She went out and made accusation about him and their children. None of it was ever true and ultimately it ended in his suicide.

    So these kinds of accusations, these kind of things that people say – be very careful about it and knowing my heart, if you trust me, my time with him and those five days with him back in 1991 solidified for me that this was a transcendent being who had not only enormous talent but a heart as big as the sky.

    (the post was updated with this information)

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  44. February 25, 2011 2:18 pm

    “Helena we should add this interview as well”

    Yes, sure – I will try to transcribe it first and then add it to the post. I myself have problems in understanding spoken English, so there might be others who have a similar problem – this is why we need a transcription.

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  45. February 25, 2011 10:41 am

    Helena we should add this interview as well.

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  46. October 31, 2010 2:28 am

    A great interview by Frank Dileo in 2004, I’d only ever read the taken out of context quote that Diane had asked him about. Funny that, huh?

    http://www.jacksonaction.com/index.php?page=view.php&id=180&section=transcripts

    His friends really DO all say innocent.

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  47. October 27, 2010 8:20 pm

    Eloise, thank you very much for this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cy-NMcaZ00&feature=player_embedded

    It is a great piece. Here is more of what Seth Riggs said about Michael (I’ve added it to the post):

    “I spent 32 years with Michael…. I vocalized him two hours a day six days a week. Number one – he was a very sweet man, he was an honest man and he was not the kind of man who would ever molest children. That I can promise you. But he loved everyone and he really in many ways spent a lot of money to help people in need. And I watched him do it time and time again. People that needed help desperately… And who would show up? Michael, with his check-book. Nobody knows that. They only think about crazy things that would cause some sort of a sensation. But Michael had a heart of gold.”

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  48. October 27, 2010 7:46 pm

    Lynette, this is a splendid clarification which deserves to be turned into a post. We need to talk in full earnest one day about Michael’s insomnia and dependency on medication and the text you’ve just provided should be part of it.

    The one thing I would want to add about Michael’s insomnia is that it was natural for him to be sleepless after his shows. They ended late and he was still full of adrenalin after all that beat, dance and singing. His body was vibrating with the energy of the music and roar of the crowd (the same was going on with his fans who attended the show and surely couldn’t sleep that night either). Only for them it was one concert only while for him it was every night or every other night.

    Remember his pressed schedule during the tours and him flying from one country to another country with only two days in between? A show every other day PLUS the jet leg is a terrible mixture which can make anyone not only insomniac but dangerously ill too.

    Michael never spared himself and no one spared him when he was a boy, hence this severe form of insomnia as a result. And you are right, instead of careful treatment of the case some irresponsible doctors offered him an easy solution – easy and profitable for them, but fatal for Michael.

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  49. Eloise permalink
    October 27, 2010 7:36 pm

    Seth Riggs: ” He was a very sweet, honest, not the kind of man who would abuse children. That I can swear.

    And he loved everyone. Actually in many ways spent a lot of money to help people in need. I saw him do it again and again. People needed something Who helped them? Michael, opened his checkbook. Nobody knows.”

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  50. October 27, 2010 7:19 pm

    “I typed up the Lisa Marie interview here: http://lacienegasmiled.wordpress.com/2010/03/03/1993-1998-lisa-marie-presley/

    Rockforeveron, what a marvel you are!

    I’ve added the Lacienegasmiled blog into the blogroll for easier access to it.

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  51. lcpledwards permalink
    October 27, 2010 7:10 pm

    Well said Lynette!! Your explanation on the difference between dependency and addition was superb!

    BTW, did you ever find your comment about LMP’s interview with Oprah? I specifically recall you saying that her interview with Howard Stern “wasn’t fit for human consumption”. Did you accidentally delete it? When you delete a comment, it goes into the trash can, and from there it is permanently deleted.

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  52. lynande51 permalink
    October 27, 2010 6:12 pm

    I can answer this better than anybody else (not bragging just fact). I work many hours in psychiatric nursing and I can tell you that two things come into play here. One the media never gets anything medical right because they never know who they should talk to, or what they are talking about, and second to them everybody is an addict especially Michael Jackson. From everything I have read about Michael he was a lifelong insomniac that was dependent on medication to help him sleep. Insomnia is a recognized sleep disorder that falls under the category of Anxiety disorders. Michael was probably a classic insomniac, those that can’t fall asleep, wake early (usually around 3 am) and cannot get back to sleep, without pharmaceutical intervention he probably only got 3-4 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period. In an adult to regenerate the immune system and for cellular metabolism to occur, 6-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep is required. When a person does not get the required amount of sleep they become sleep deprived, they have specific symptoms, they become intensely anxious, agitated and they can experience auditory, visual and tactile hallucinations. They go from irritable to violent; can become homicidal or depressed and suicidal. This can happen in a very short time period usually 72 hours of sleep deprivation does it. The worst thing about insomnia is that it is cyclical, meaning that the less you sleep the more anxious you become and the more anxious you become the less you are able to sleep. Anyone who has even had one or two episodes of insomnia in their lives can related to how miserable it is, just imagine how someone who had it all the time felt.
    I can even give you the medical /physical reasons for his insomnia. When Michael was very young 7-8 years old his father was waking him in the middle of the night to go to some club and perform. He wasn’t just waking up and laying in bed, he was up, his adrenaline was running at full speed, and he was doing an hour to two hours of flat out aerobics in the middle of the night. Because of his age Michael’s body was just developing its solid circadian rhythm. In other words when it knew when to sleep and when it knew when to wake. When he had to get up and do that at that age, it messed him all up. What happened next were the tours, when he got to be 10-12 years old. Michael was flying all over the world and in different time zones , his body already didn’t know when it was time to rest and the next thing that it gets hit with is jet lag (another form of insomnia). Michael Jackson, because of his job was never able to develop a proper circadian rhythm. Continuing on with his adult hood the same could be said about those tours. Two hours of aerobics every night or every other night and his body could not slow down because of the adrenaline.
    His anxiety was then added to with the 1993 allegations and the 2005 trial put it over the top. By the end of that trial Michael was in full into the throes of PTSD. The thing he feared more than anything else on earth was a constant probability for 2 years of his life. He could lose his children. That is what he feared the most, and the lovely ladies of the media, Diane Dimond and company and Gloria Allred with her sidekick Dr. Carol Lieberman were after them in full force. They went in for the kill and they achieved their goal, Michael Jackson was a broken man, his spirit had all but left him by that time. They even continue after his death when they refer to him and everything about his life as though they were actually privileged enough to be a part of it. Those women are just plain nasty Bitches. I remember seeing a sign held by one of Michael’s other fans the day the verdict came in that said “Michael on behalf of mankind we are sorry”. Yes the entire human race owes him and his the biggest apology anyone has ever had. It was no wonder he couldn’t sleep.
    He had no choice but to be dependent on some kind of medication to help him sleep, using it would have been in his best interest, dependency would not or should not have been an issue. The problem was that Michael relied on the wrong Doctors to provide him with medications. He should have sought out a specialist in sleep disorders to find a medication that worked well for him. These medications have to be specifically prescribed, in personalized dosages for each individual to have the maximum benefit. Instead he asked that dufus Arnie Klein and from there, went Doctor shopping all over the globe just to find a good night’s sleep, and what did he get? Conrad Murray.
    There is a big difference in addiction and dependency on a medication to achieve a medical purpose. If Michael had the right Doctors instead of vultures he would have been able to sleep. Addiction means that the body would physically go into withdrawal if the said drug is not administered. Dependency is when the symptoms that are being treated return because the medication is not administered. People are dependent on everything from narcotics for chronic intense pain to blood pressure medications that doesn’t mean that they are addicted it means that they need it for a medical condition.

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  53. October 27, 2010 6:12 pm

    I typed up the Lisa Marie interview here:

    http://lacienegasmiled.wordpress.com/2010/03/03/1993-1998-lisa-marie-presley/

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  54. October 27, 2010 4:03 pm

    “You can find a great summary of the Murray case on the Los Angeles Times blog LA Now, written by a group of four reporters – Harriet Ryan, Jack Leonard, Richard Winton and Victoria Kim – who have owned this story from day one.(…)» http://www.reportingonhealth.org/blogs/conrad-murray%E2%80%99s-mistakes-why-does-michael-jackson%E2%80%99s-doctor-face-criminal-charges-when-others-d

    Skeptikos, thank you for the link. I’ve looked up the summary here: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/02/michael-jacksons-doctor-charged-with-involuntary-manslaughter-in-pop-stars-death.html and once again thought how terrible an insomnia Michael Jackson had if he couldn’t sleep for TEN hours after being given the other sedatives (not propofol). Those who are familiar with insomnia know that you could take anything – just anything – to be able to have some sleep, even if you don’t have to give 50 shows in a week’s time.

    When Michael is described as someone who was addicted to drugs I always shudder at these words. There seems to be some kind of misunderstanding here – my people use these words only in respect of those who are addicted to narcotics, while all those who take medication for treating some disorder are just ‘people who take their medication as it is prescribed to them by their doctors’. Thus an invalid taking lots of medication cannot be considered a ‘drug addict’ as he is taking these drugs for treatment of his health problems.

    Am I correct in understanding that the English-speaking media is using the word ‘drug addict’ in respect of anyone who takes drugs on a regular basis? Or do they just continue to have a special treatment for Michael Jackson in this case?

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  55. Skeptikos permalink
    October 25, 2010 9:45 am

    Hi to all!

    I found out interesting reading here: “Antidote: New Ways to Investigate Untold Health Stories” by William Heisel|Contributing Editor|Reporting on Health

    «(…) Physicians tend to follow guidelines set by the members of their specialties and state and federal laws that govern specific procedures. Only when they step outside the norms and put their patients at unnecessary risk does the specter of a criminal case loom. Even then, it is rare for physicians to actually be charged.

    That is what makes the Murray case so fascinating – even setting aside the fame of the person he is accused of killing. Murray made some spectacularly bad decisions. What he did and the way his case has been handled could become a gold standard for prosecutors – and reporters – when dealing with physicians caught with dead bodies.

    You can find a great summary of the Murray case on the Los Angeles Times blog LA Now, written by a group of four reporters – Harriet Ryan, Jack Leonard, Richard Winton and Victoria Kim – who have owned this story from day one.(…)»

    http://www.reportingonhealth.org/blogs/conrad-murray%E2%80%99s-mistakes-why-does-michael-jackson%E2%80%99s-doctor-face-criminal-charges-when-others-d

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  56. lynande51 permalink
    October 23, 2010 11:35 pm

    Hi I just emailed you. I’ve been working 23 of the last 24 hours somebody else didn’t come to work so I had to stay.I didn’t delete the commment on purpose it was an accident I wanted to add something to it and instead of update I think I hit trash and when I went to get it it deleted and I’m not sure what I did wrong. I have been looking all over for it on my computer to and still haven’t found it. I will look some more after I take a little cat nap and if I can’t find it I will write it again.

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  57. October 23, 2010 8:44 am

    Lynette, your reflections on LMP were very much to the point and from the way she treated Michael you have every right to be resentful of her. You have removed your comments on LMP and I am worried that you are worried about whether to keep them here. There is absolutely no reason for you to take them away!

    I KNOW what she is like and never expected anything of her. LMP is a spoilt and capricious princess who stamps her foot, orders people around and is used to always having things her way. She has never encountered a real problem in life except seeing her father’s death – and that is why she returns to it again and again as if she is the only one who saw things like that.

    She is not too clever and has never risen in her development over that spoilt kid she was during her daddy’s time. She is used to seeing complete servitude from others and was mad that she met a man whom she couldn’t twist the way she wanted. However the problem for her was that she fell in love with him and couldn’t control her feeling – which enraged her completely and made her even nastier than she originally was.

    Now she has finally realized at least one thing – that despite all the fighting they had Michael did love her and she is sorry she realized it too late. She no longer feels humiliated that it was a one-sided relationship – her chasing him round the world and him rejecting her. She has finally made peace with him and for a woman like her it is already some progress. Having further expectations of her and believing that one day she will stop thinking of herself only and start thinking of Michael (and proving his innocence to others) is really too much. However miracles do happen…

    Lynette, dear, please return your comments about LMP to the blog. Even if I didn’t agree with you (which I do!) it wouldn’t be the right thing to do at all. It is your blog and you should feel free here to say whatever you like.

    P.S. I am really worried that you have confused feelings whether you can post it or not. There are absolutely no limitations for expressing your own opinion here. Each of us is expected to be just himself – that’s all! This is a place for joint thinking and not for joint obligatory agreement with each other. I will even be happy if you disagree as it is a clear sign that everything is okay.

    P.P.S. Leaving you for a couple of days – have a nice weekend, guys!

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  58. October 22, 2010 11:07 pm

    Raven, I’ve read your post and it made me speechless. I don’t know how to explain how sorry I am for what you had to go through and there are equally no words to describe how great your post is. It is a kind of a manifesto for all of us. It says exactly what all of us feel about the injustice done to Michael and the injustice as such. It is a powerful expression of what each of us would want to say or scream to the others. It is genuine and staggering. Thank you so much…

    http://allforloveblog.com/?p=4264

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  59. October 22, 2010 10:05 pm

    “As a responsible doctor you don’t administer Propofol at home. Period.”

    And as a responsible doctor you don’t leave your patient unattended if you do administer it and don’t talk over the phone for 40 minutes when the patient passes away – instead of trying to bring him back to life.

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  60. October 22, 2010 9:50 pm

    http://www.michaeljackson.com/uk/node/820899

    Olga, thank you for the article. Besides being an interesting read let me point out a couple of things important for our research:

    1) Look at all the pandemonium they had at the hospital (and around it) and compare it, please, with the ridiculous assumption made by some ridiculous couple to the FBI that they had seen Michael Jackson travelling on a train with a boy (all alone) and them hearing ‘strange noises’ from an adjoining compartment. An adjoining compartment? Was it possible for him to take one compartment only and travel without his entourage risking all that real mobbing – while when Michael stayed at a hotel he and his entourage occupied the two floors of it? And his bodyguards were so strict that they didn’t allow even a doctor into his room?

    2) This hospital incident seems to be the one which LMP described in her latest interview. Do you remember how she resented it that no one told her what was the matter with him? One day it was one thing and the next day it was another thing? And she assumed that it was all about drugs?

    And now we see that even the doctor didn’t know what was wrong with him… Low blood pressure, a rapid heart rate and no drugs in his system!

    Let us remember that.

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  61. lynande51 permalink
    October 22, 2010 6:46 pm

    It isn’t that it would lessen Murray’s reponsibility it is how the jury pool perceives Michael and believe me it will make a difference. The jury is made up of humans with feelings and it will make a difference.

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  62. Suzy permalink
    October 22, 2010 6:41 pm

    Or they can use footage like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2il3vPh2QHs&feature=related

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  63. Suzy permalink
    October 22, 2010 6:27 pm

    @ Raven

    I do believe Michael had problems with dependency, or at least had in his past. However, he was still a victim and that does not exonerate Murray’s role in his death.

    I fully agree with it, but I can’t see why would it lessen the responsibility of Murray if somebody said Michael had drug problems in the past. To me it’s simple: Murray is a doctor, Michael was not. A responsible doctor doesn’t give Propofol to his patient just to make him sleep – especially not at home and without life saving equipment. Not even if the patient is on his knees, begging for it. Not even if other doctors gave it to him in the past. Not even if he was addicted in the past. Nothing removes this responsibility of Murray.

    And unfrotunately there will be a doctor who, IMO, is a bigger player in Michael’s problems than Murray and still will walk free, and that is Arnold Klein. Because Michael’s problems didn’t start with Murray and in the last 6 weeks of his life. Klein was the doctor who was with him for half of his life. (It’s obvious that LMP was too referring to him in her interview.)

    Whether LMP talks about problems of that kind in the 90s or not, doesn’t matter. Murray’s defense will have a lot of accounts to prove Michael had a problem for a long time and that it didn’t start just out of the blue since Murray was in his life. I’m not defending Murray, I’m just saying it will be easy to prove for his defense, regardless of what LMP said. They can also reach back to the 2003 house search where they found lots of medicine prescribed by Klein, or where they found a blood stain (Michael’s blood according to the DNA) with tarces of Demerol in it.

    Murray’s defense will certainly do all this, but like I said, it doesn’t matter. Why should it? As a responsible doctor you don’t administer Propofol at home. Period.

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  64. October 22, 2010 4:43 pm

    In my case, it’s not so much that I have a problem with the discussion of his drug dependencies-for the most part, it was handled tastefully in the interview-but I do have a problem with it when the subject is discussed at the near exclusion of everything else in his life. Once again, there was no mention of his humanitarian work. He’s simply painted as another tragic icon like Elvis, succumbing to drug abuse. No mention of Murray’s role in it. No mention that the death was ruled a homicide. (Though Lisa did bring up the subject-again-of Michael saying he feared for his life, and I’m glad she did. I think people need to at least be aware that there may be a lot more to this story than we know). I do worry about the potential effect that interviews like this can have on the trial, down the road. The more Michael is portrayed as someone responsible for his own demise, the better Murray’s case is going to look. Some people have argued, “The jury won’t be watching TV, so it doesn’t matter.” Well, it does matter. Because often shows like this are admitted as evidence. During Michael’s trial in 2005, they watched the Martin Bashir documentary, as well as the rebuttal and Larry Nimmer’s video. The defense could request that the Oprah interview be allowed to be shown as evidence. I do believe Michael had problems with dependency, or at least had in his past. However, he was still a victim and that does not exonerate Murray’s role in his death.

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  65. Olga permalink
    October 22, 2010 3:37 pm

    Rock Hill doctor helped saved Michael Jackson’s life after 1995 rehearsal collapse…
    http://www.heraldonline.com/front/story/1458834.html

    Published: Wednesday, Jul. 08, 2009 / Updated: Wednesday, Jul. 08, 2009 07:31 AM
    Rock Hill doctor helped saved Michael Jackson’s life after 1995 rehearsal collapse

    By Andrew Dys, Columnist – adys@heradonline.com
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    When Dr. William Alleyne II heard about Michael Jackson’s death last week while on vacation, this doctor who specializes in lung ailments in Rock Hill turned young again.

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

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

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

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

    Alleyne didn’t believe it then.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Bill Alleyne walked in and saved Michael Jackson.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Alleyne told Jackson no way could he perform anytime soon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    http://www.michaeljackson.com/uk/node/820899

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  66. Suzy permalink
    October 22, 2010 3:20 pm

    “Thank you Principal Kenneth Urbina for this AMAZING and historical photo. #MJsNameUNCOVERED. We love you, Michael. ”

    http://twitpic.com/2zo71a

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  67. Suzy permalink
    October 22, 2010 9:49 am

    I would like to bring your attention to the latest blog entry of Raven Woods, “Why I Support Michael Jackson: From A Sexual Child Abuse Survivor” : http://allforloveblog.com/?p=4264

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  68. October 22, 2010 7:44 am

    “He admittedly had a pain killer addiction in 1993, after he was first accused and probably he never really fully recovered from that. He didn’t take drugs because he wanted to be high! He took drugs because he had pain and he couldn’t sleep.”

    Suzy, I can’t understand how some fans can dispute the fact that Michael was addicted to an opiate drug at a certain period of his life (the habit he later managed to beat judging by his autopsy report, for which I absolutely admire him). Michael spoke about it in his songs, admitted it on TV in a 1993 Innocent statement and Klein repeatedly said that he treated him with Demerol (which contains opioid).

    In fact Michael was astonishingly open about it while the majority of people would have kept it hush-hush. This alone gives an insight into Michael’s character – if he had a real sin that was bothering him he would not beat about the bush but lay it out there for everyone to see. This is a remarkable feature of him, so if there had been any other issues they would have transpired in the same way – however they didn’t because there was nothing to transpire.

    As to drugs it would be extremely hypocritical of everyone to feign surprise and indignation at the fact that at the peak of all those horrendous allegations and a witch hunt which never really ended Michael took (or was prescribed) some medication to subdue his mental pain – it is the equivalent of the inquisition torturing a person by a rack and piercing his nails with needles, laughing at the screams of the sufferer and wondering ‘why would he need a pain-killer?’ Really, why?

    In my humble opinion instead of downplaying the fact that the pain was unbearable for any person to live with fans should pass a GUILTY verdict on the media and society for the enormous perverse pleasure they derived from torturing their suspect in an utterly inhuman way.

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  69. October 22, 2010 6:58 am

    “But I’ll take a break from it to transcribe the Lisa Marie interview, since you asked, and I’ll post it tomorrow!”

    David, I don’t know how to thank you! I also wanted to transcribe it but it is difficult for me as I didn’t understand every word – especially with LMP half saying and half struggling with it. If you post the text I would like to make a short addition to it. In fact all our co-editors could leave their own short interpretation of her words if they want to (I mean in the text of the post) and our opinions should not necessarily coincide – every person looks at it from his own perspective and from his own expectations of LMP. I didn’t expect much, that is why the interview looked so good to me. What I see is her progress.

    P.S. Sure we can wait with the trascript. There is something else to do in the meantime.

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  70. October 22, 2010 6:45 am

    “Unfortunately the interview of Oprah to Lisa was a disaster. When Oprah asks her if she thinks that Michael was a child molester she just said “I didn’t see it”, this is not a way to say.”

    Beatriz, I agree that she could and should have said it differently, but for a start it is okay. LMP is not eloquent and is somewhat slow in waking up to certain things. I am grateful to her that she is making the progress she is making – see how many years it took her to understand a very simple thing that Michael loved her and see how terrible her misery is at realizing it too late.

    LMP is a true baby of our world the way it is now – the true meaning of what she sees comes very slowly to her, but what I like about her is that she is not hopeless. There is no doubt that there will come a time when she will be able to put into words her confidence in Michael’s innocence – at the moment she just cannot explain it. And we know that she was confident of it because she allowed her own two small children to stay beside him and never had any doubts about it.

    Let us just be happy that she frankly spoke of their love and the fact that they were together for another four years after their marriage which puts an end to all this shameful talk about it being a sham (and their marriage being too short). The relationship started many months before the marriage took place and lasted much longer than anyone could ever expect!

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  71. lcpledwards permalink
    October 22, 2010 5:02 am

    @ Helena
    I was going to actually TYPE the entire interview myself, but then I realized that Oprah sells official transcripts of her shows online. They are in PDF format, but I can buy it and convert it to a Word file using this free service (http://www.pdftoword.com/) so that we can cut and paste it into the blog. Unfortunately, it takes between 2 and 5 days for the PDF file to be delivered via email, so it’ll be next week at the earliest before we could do a post on it.

    If you can wait until then, that’s fine. But if you absolutely want to write something up now, you can just type excerpts of the interview about the parts that you want to discuss. The link to Oprah’s transcript shop is below:

    http://oprahstore.oprah.com/c-284-October.aspx

    As for my opinion, here it is: . I can’t comment on all of that lovey-dovey crap because I don’t know them personally, but I will say that I am PROFOUNDLY DISAPPOINTED with LMP’s answer regarding the allegations. For her to say that only MJ and Jordie/Gavin know what really happened is tantamount to saying he’s guilty! If she was so unsure of his innocence, then why did she marry him and allow him to be around her kids? I’m surprised Oprah didn’t follow up with that question!

    LMP should know EVERYTHING about that case (especially since she encouraged him to settle the civil case), and her defense of MJ’s innocence should be UNEQUIVOCAL, not that wishy-washy crap that she displayed today. And if Oprah even has to ASK if there was any inappropriate conduct, then that shows that she too has doubts about MJ’s innocence. If she has doubts, then why on earth is she interviewing his parents and (possibly) his kids? Why did she promote “This Is It” last year?

    I wonder if she’s going to ask MJ’s parents if they ever saw anything inappropriate?

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  72. Suzy permalink
    October 22, 2010 3:52 am

    I think the interview was alright. She DID say she doesn’t believe he was a child molester and that she never saw anything bad between him and children.

    As for the drugs, I know it’s a touchy subject for most fans, but I think Michael did have a problem with them. He admittedly had a pain killer addiction in 1993, after he was first accused and probably he never really fully recovered from that. This doesn’t mean he was a junkie! He didn’t take drugs because he wanted to be high! He took drugs because he had pain and he couldn’t sleep. To me that’s a lot different than someone who takes drugs just “to fly”. It also doesn’t mean that Conrad Murray isn’t responsible for what he did. (And Arnold Klein – although he will probably not get charged about what he did to Michael – but to me it’s clear he is the doctor LMP talks about here. She says “a certain doctor”, who is a dermatologist.)

    I think it’s the first time LMP publicly admitted that she and Michael were together – on and off – for four years AFTER their divorce. Fans always knew or suspected this, since we saw the photos, but I don’t think the general public was aware of this. So much about the “sham marriage”.

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  73. October 22, 2010 3:02 am

    Personally I found the interview refreshing.

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  74. lcpledwards permalink
    October 22, 2010 1:51 am

    @ Helena
    I was in the middle of typing the transcript of the Frozen in Time seminar, but I won’t be finished for a few days. But I’ll take a break from it to transcribe the Lisa Marie interview, since you asked, and I’ll post it tomorrow!

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  75. Beatriz permalink
    October 22, 2010 1:46 am

    Unfortunately the interview of Oprah to Lisa was a disaster. It’s difficult to hear everything. They talk about drugs all the time, when Oprah ask her if she thinks that Michael was a child molester she just said “I didn’t see it”, this is not a way to say.
    She should say that knew Michael enough to know he was innocent. OMG what a bad show.

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  76. Olga permalink
    October 21, 2010 11:17 pm

    we should remind to Oprah that Michael never had “a second charge”. He had one. Why is it so difficult for some people to learn and remember the facts? It makes me wonder how they were able to finsih school in the first place.

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  77. October 21, 2010 10:35 pm

    Slightly off topic, but for anyone who is interested, Lisa Marie Presley has just given an interview about Michael to Oprah Winfrey:

    OMG, Suzy, slightly off topic? The interview is just what the doctor ordered! Does anyone happen to have a transcript of it? She is saying so many important things and in such a way that all those haters’ mean and fussy arguments are dissolving as a puff of smoke.

    IT WAS AND STILL IS A TRUE LOVE.

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  78. Suzy permalink
    October 21, 2010 9:06 pm

    Slightly off topic, but for anyone who is interested, Lisa Marie Presley has just given an interview about Michael to Oprah Winfrey:

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  79. October 21, 2010 8:14 pm

    “Shmuley Boteach betrayed Michael!!! Erease his name from here. PLEASE!!”

    Myrna, I also thought that Shmuley Boteach’s name didn’t belong there and was doubtful about using it. However isn’t it taletelling that at the time when he was friends with Michael (in 2000/01?) he spoke very highly of him and of his own free will too, and only after they parted over Shmuley’s embezzlement of the charity money that he started on the road to Michael’s betrayal?

    You are right. I’ve left the comment but erased the name. Let the good words stay and the name be forgotten.

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  80. Myrna Ramos permalink
    October 21, 2010 3:09 am

    Shmuley Boteach (who is decidedly not a friend) broke, easily, his secret of confesion for money and fame. He betrayed Michael!!! Erease his name from here. PLEASE!!

    Michael deserves respect. Long live the king!!

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  81. Eloise permalink
    October 20, 2010 9:58 pm

    http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/archive.cgi?noframes;read=64536

    Interesting article.

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  82. October 20, 2010 8:19 pm

    “I HATE when people are using the word “stranger” or “normal”.
    The Fact Michael Is Naive I Believe Is What Makes Him So Innocent Pure Lovely Human Being.

    Irma, of course it is very much understandable for a 17-year old to be so emotional – rebellion is one of the main features of the young.

    Michael Jackson was not at all “strange” – all his eccentricities were explained by a thousand good reasons – his seclusion was due to his constant mobbing, the umbrella – due to doctors’ advice, use of make up – due to vitiligo and lupus, eating habits – due to the need to stay thin as a dancer, keeping the company of Bubbles – due to animals often being better than humans, his abrupt firing of some people – due to his enormous patience with them and his kindness which often revealed the worst in people. Just when they thought they had him in their pocket he realized that they were hopeless and put an end to all his waiting. There is nothing strange about this type of behavior!

    And some say that he was “naïve” – which is another of those absolutely wrong statements. There is nothing naïve in giving other people all the benefit of the doubt – in fact you never know which side of a human being will take over, so every person should be given a chance to show himself at his best. You give him a chance and he shows to you whether he was worthy of it or not. He doesn’t pass the test – well, you have gained a lot of experience and now know for sure who you are dealing with. Every exact knowledge should be paid for and if you don’t risk you’ll never know who is beside you.

    And believing in the best in people and in God isn’t naïve at all. Look at the miracle such a belief did to the 33 miners in Chile and you’ll see that all the smartness in the world cannot do a small fraction of what ‘naivety’ is capable of. I am still greatly impressed that they were looking for the minors after 17 days of search! Wasn’t it naïve to think that anyone could be still alive there? Wouldn’t it have been absolutely reasonable and normal to stop searching after a week or so? However which of the two – reason or naivety – won there?

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  83. October 20, 2010 7:17 pm

    China is going to erect a statue of MJ, and Raven Woods writes that in a perfect world, America would do the same, but of course we all know it’ll never happen: http://allforloveblog.com/?p=4215

    Why never? Probably Americans will be the last nation in the world to realize who graced their land but they will eventually understand. What did the Gospel say? “Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor.”

    At the moment the majority of Americans seem to be so deaf that the rest of the world will have to shout to them about Michael’s innocence (and greatness) in chorus. This is the reason why there are so many non-Americans here – we are shouting at you from every corner of the world so that your people might finally wake up. Some things are surely better seen from afar.

    BTW the monument is very good. With his arms stretched and embracing the world it reminds me of the statue of Jesus Christ in Brasil.

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  84. October 20, 2010 6:39 pm

    David, this “Tweet it “video is hilarious. At first I thought it was off topic and didn’t have to do with the quotes about MJ – however it is, only it is a quote from Michael Jackson. I hope they do more of them and Michael will be alive forever.

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  85. JMie permalink
    October 20, 2010 9:11 am

    thank you

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  86. Irma permalink
    October 20, 2010 12:40 am

    The reason why Michael always was “accused” as being oh god i hate that word “strange” is because Michael Believed In LOVE L.O.V.E with all the true meaning of LOVE and Was not afraid of the ignorant miserable narrow mind limited “”””social rules””””, that’s why if someone is not “loyal” to the “rules”, get ready to your head to be cut off!

    I TOTALLY AGREE With one of the remarks that are mentioned here,but again I HATE when “people” using the word “stranger” or “normal” .

    Pardon Me,Who the hell have been decided what’s normal and what’s stranger?
    Everybody are Children Of God!!
    Only God Has This Right!
    Everybody Must Look At The Mirror At Himself First!
    I Hate hate hate HATE those words with all my heart.

    I Love using the word “Natural”,”Nature”
    Because that’s what we are part of the Nature! Logical Of Natural.Logical Of The Nature.Logical Of The Human Nature!

    Even At His Trail,Michael Was Accused Not Because Of A Crime,He Was Accused Of The LOVE!
    His Huge Innocent LOVE For The Most precious Thing God Has Gave To The Human Being-CHILDREN!
    LOVE FOR CHILDREN! LOVE THE CHILDREN! PROTECT THE CHILDREN!
    CHILDREN-THE MOST INNOCENT THING IN THE WORLD,THE MOST INNOCENT THING,THE MOST NATURAL THING,THE MOST INNOCENT LOVE GOD GAVE TO THE HUMAN BEING!

    During all his lifetime,Michael was a victim of the social gangsters and social Ignorance just because Michael Wanted To LOVE And Wanted To Be LOVED.Just Because Michael Wanted To Fulfill Himself,His Life,His Nature With LOVE With Innocence Just Like Michael Himself Used To Say “I Am In Love With Innocence”. Always Was Around,Playing And Helping Millions By Millions Of Children,Bringing Them To Neverland,Giving Them LOVE,Caring,HOPE,JOY AND LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE AND A LOT OF LOVE! “That’s what the world needs now, more LOVE more HEART” Michael Said On Ba$hir’s lies twisted trash can “deco”. And I Will Never Forget One Of The Most Smart And True Remarks That Michael Said There And I Believe And Miserable Ba$hir did swallow his big dirty tongue on that moment.
    It was like that:
    “When you say bed, you’re thinking sexual, they make that sexual, it’s not sexual.” “We’re going to sleep, I tuck them in and I put a little like, er, music on and when it’s story time I read a book.” “We go to sleep with the fireplace on. I give them hot milk, you know, we have cookies, it’s very charming, it’s very sweet, it’s what the whole world should do”

    I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU MICHAEL.
    THAT’S WHAT THE WORLD NOT SHOULD-MUST DO!
    This is God’s Nature,People used and still doing that,don’t think that everything is lost.
    The Problem is,and believe that or not,I Always tell that to my mother and brother,when I See daily,simple events -Mother,”if they were Michael Jackson,they would have been called “child molester”.

    I Will Never Forget How one of the maids,that have been brought to testify against Michael at the 2005 trial,who worked before million years at Neverland, Considered Michael as a “molester”,why? Because,he kissed Macaulay Culkin Where? On His CHEEK! I truly don’t know if if I Should laugh of her Ignorance and narrow mind Or Cry of How Poor Michael Is,And How Naive He Is.

    The Fact Michael Is Naive I Believe Is What Makes Him So Innocent Pure Lovely Human Being Who Loves The Children Who Loves The World And Believes In LOVE And Goodness And In Making A Better World And So Do I.I Believe That If A Human Being Won’t Have Some Naivety Inside Him,A Hope, A Faith And Will Spend His Life Suspecting Every People He Is Gonna Meet,His Life Gonna Be Lame And Full Of Pain And Darkness.

    Michael,Being Naive Also Hurt Him,Destroyed Him,He Had To Deal A Lot Of Blood Suckers,Thieves,Beasts Hungry For Blood And Hard Desired For Michael Hard Worked Money.

    But Though Michael Was FORCED To Touch The Deepest And The Most Cruel Bottom Of The Pool Michael Maintained HUGE TALL,And Never Let The Evil,The Devil To Takeover Him. Didn’t Let The Leeches To Change His LOVE!

    Because That’s What The Media,The Haters,The Envy People COULD NOT SIMPLY STAND!

    That A Man Like Michael Jackson A Fantastic Artist With A Fantastic Career,Great Fame,Multi Millions Of Fans All Around The World And Rich- Is A Humble Man,Is Human Who Loves Children,Helping Children,Caring For Children,Cares For The World,Innocent And Simply LOVES THE LOVE!
    Not Corrupt,Not Nasty,Not Dirty,Not Obsessive Drunk Junkie Man,Not Sensual.

    They Wanted MJ To Be Like Them Corrupt,Dirty,Nasty,Dirty Mind,Junkie
    They Could Not ACCEPT That MJ is Not Even In their Disgusting Side,And Even Didn’t Want To Approach To These Bacterias.
    And That’s Killed Them Each And Every Day!

    The Only “”””””Strange”””””” Michael Jackson Is The One That Those Leeches(Medialoids,Haters,Thieves,Envy People….) Has Invented In Their Sick Twisted No Healthy Mind Which Is Product Of Their Frustration And Hallucinations!

    But if you came to see
    The truth the purity
    It’s here inside
    A lonely heart

    So let the performance start

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  87. lcpledwards permalink
    October 19, 2010 10:55 pm

    Hey guys, here is a VERY INFORMATIVE article on America’s treatment of MJ, based on this country’s biases and prejudices against people who are “different”:

    http://hubpages.com/hub/Does-American-Dream-Have-to-Die-With-Michael-Jackson

    Raven Woods wrote a similar article on her blog. China is going to erect a statue of MJ, and she writes that in a perfect world, America would do the same, but of course we all know it’ll never happen:

    http://allforloveblog.com/?p=4215

    Lastly, for a little comic relief to lighten the mood, here is a spoof of “Beat It” called “Tweet It”!! It shows 2 gangs, one yielding Apple iPads, the other yielding iPhones, and the video is a PERFECT PORTRAYAL of the original video! In fact, open two windows, and play this video and the original, and they will look identical!

    And just go go back down memory lane, here is Wierd Al Yankovich’s spoof, “Eat It”:

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  88. Suzy permalink
    October 19, 2010 9:35 pm

    Another story:

    Bernice King, daughter of MLK, shares a story

    Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King, and her brother Martin Luther King III, spoke at Michael Jackson’s service.

    Bernice told an interesting story about how MJ called her mother to offer encouragement during her last illness. She couldn’t speak because of a stroke, but listened as he talked to her by phone.

    “She listened as he said to her he had been praying on his knees for her every day. He wanted to know what music was being played in her room, because of its healing effect.

    “If he only could have seen the glow on her face,” King said.

    “That day, Michael Jackson made our mother’s face smile in spite of her condition. What an unforgettable moment. He was such a thoughtful and selfless man, full of the unconditional love of God and good works that touch and change lives.

    “In remembrance of Michael, may we all be inspired to go and let our lights shine.”

    http://apps.detnews.com/apps/blogs/susanwhitallblog/index.php?blogid=673

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