AEG-Jackson wrongful death trial, DAY 4, TRUE witnesses and the MEDIA SPIN
Here are the tweets of ABC7 Court News reporting Day 4 of the AEG trial:
DAY 4 of AEG trial
|1||Hello from the courthouse in downtown LA. Before trial resumed, AEG atty asked judge to excuse Rebbie from courtroom; she may be a witness|
|2||Judge Yvette Palazuelos had ordered that only one Jackson family member accompany Katherine Jackson. AEG wanted it to be Randy every day|
|3||Judge Yvette Palazuelos: “Mrs. Jackson should have one person in support with her in the courtroom.” Rebbie was allowed to stay.|
|4||LAPD Detective Orlando Martinez back on the stand. Panish went over Dr. Murray’s credit report. It shows doctor was behind in his mortgage|
|5||Martinez said he got Dr. Murray’s credit reports from Experian and Equifax, but not Transunion, since they didn’t accept the subpoena.|
|6||Panish played a voicemail Frank DiLeo left to Dr. Murray on June 20, 2009: “I’m sure you’re aware he had an episode last night. He’s sick”|
|7||Also in the voicemail, left on June 20, 09 DiLeo told Dr. Murray he thought MJ needed to get a blood test done to see what was wrong|
|8||Next Panish showed some documents Martinez retrieved describing that Dr. Murray had lost his privilege at some hospitals.|
|9||Panish finish direct examination by getting Martinez to say, one more time, that he thought Dr. Murray was in dire financial straits in 09|
|10||AEG attorney, Marvin Putnam, is cross examining Detective Martinez. There will be no time for coroner to testify today.|
|11||Lunch break almost over. Katherine Jackson and Rebbie in the courtroom all morning.|
|12||Detectives Dan Meyers and Scott Smith partnered with Martinez. They investigate Dr. Murray in connection with the criminal matter.|
|13||Martinez said his unit at LAPD investigates sexual assault, robbery, murder. The detective entered MJ’s house pursuant to the investigation.|
|14||As a police officer, Putnam asked Martinez if he had special privileges to do searches. Martinez said private investigators can do it too|
|15||Putnam: If I wanted to look up your credit, will I need your permission?|
|16||Martinez: I think so|
|17||Putnam: there are limits as to what civilians can do in terms of search, like DMV search?|
|18||Martinez: I believe so|
|19||Putnam asked Martinez if searching someone’s credit without consent is a crime|
|20||Putnam: it would be a crime?|
|21||Martinez: It’s a misdemeanor|
|22||As to looking for Dr. Conrad Murray at UCLA, Martinez said: “when I sent the other two detectives to go find him, he was gone.”|
|23||Putnam asked why Martinez wanted to talk to Dr. Murray: “To get straight from the horses’s mouth what happened.”|
|24||Martinez said they knew where Dr. Murray was, but he was not answering police calls. “We knew where he was, we were tracking his cell phone”|
|25||Panish: Were you suspicious of Dr. Murray?|
|26||Martinez: Yes, if it was medical emergency/natural death why would he be refusing to speak w/ us|
|27||Dr. Murray was not interviewed until two days after MJ’s death. The doctor told Martinez he had spoken with AEG’s people while at UCLA.|
|28||Putnam asked about all the times Martinez went to MJ’s house over the months after MJ’s death. Martinez confirmed he was there several times|
|29||Judge Palazuelos asked Martinez if the police had secured MJ’s property. He said yes, up until about midnight on the day MJ died.|
|30||After midnight, Martinez said, MJ’s house was only secured by MJ’s security team and family members could come and go freely.|
|31||Putnam showed Martinez pix of the front door of MJ’s house. The detective identified the entrance as the one he used to enters the property.|
|32||Martinez said the house has 3 levels: 1st, 2nd, basement w/ movie theater, exercise room, wine cellar; all very clean and organized|
|33||Next picture showed the second floor’s master bedroom — it was MJ’s master bedroom, but not the one he received treatment.|
|34||There were a lot of papers on the floor, master bedroom was very messy. Martinez said curtains were pulled and fireplace was on.|
|35||Pics of master bedroom showed papers on the floor, clothes hung, books piled, moving boxes. Hall to the closet covered with clothes.|
|36||One of the many closets in the master bedroom was very disorganized, clothes and boxes all over the place, on the floor. Complete mess.|
|37||Martinez said the room seemed messy but it didn’t seem out of the ordinary. It was night and day compared to the rooms downstairs, he opined|
|38||Pictures showed the master bathroom also messy, clothes everywhere, boxes with stuff, shopping bags.|
|39||Martinez said MJ’s house was secured from 2:30 pm PT until about midnight on the day MJ died. After midnight, the scene was not secured.|
|40||On the 26th, Martinez got a search warrant to search the house since he had obtained more information in the investigation.|
|41||Search warrant: …his staff was allowed to be present on the ground floor. No staff was allowed on the top floors.|
|42||A chef, Kai Chase, was allowed to go upstairs to drop food off outside the door.|
|43||Search warrant: During the course of the investigation, family members notified coroner that they had located luggage on the second floor|
|44||Dr. Murray’s attys called police for interview; lasted 2 1/2 hrs. Martinez said he learned facts that led him to believe this was criminal|
|45||Martinez said he first noticed the drug Propofol when he found a vial in Jackson’s room. Martinez’ neighbor is a doctor, he asked for help|
|46||Martinez said he believes Dr. Murray’s first orders of Propofol were in March 2009. They were shipped from Las Vegas to Santa Monica.|
|47||Putnam asked Martinez about the medical equipments found at MJ’s house: oxygen tanks, IV stand, ambu bag. “It was rented by Dr. Murray”|
|48||Dr. Murray was the person who paid for the items, Martinez said. Dr. Murray also paid for all the Propofol orders.|
|49||Martinez said LAPD doesn’t name people as suspects, but “It was common knowledge he (Dr. Murray) was a suspect.”|
|50||Martinez interviewed Mrs. Jackson in Dec 09. He wanted to clear up some stuff regarding family meetings, addiction, intervention|
|51||Martinez: Family had attempted several interventions, spoken with other sons about his possible problems with drugs.|
|52||Martinez said he wrote that the family tried numerous interventions, but didn’t know exactly how many.|
|53||Putnam: Do you remember what Mrs. Jackson told you MJ said?|
|54||Martinez: That he denied having a problem|
|55||Martinez said Mrs. Jackson thought MJ was taking drugs for back pain. The Detective thought his addition was to painkillers.|
|56||Martinez wrote in a doc that Mrs. Jackson saw Dr. Murray at UCLA for the 1st time. She said she didn’t know who he was until Michael’s death|
|57||Martinez: “Mrs. Jackson stated the family attempted several times to help Michael, however he would have nothing to do with it.”|
|58||Martinez did not interview Michael’s children. Another detective did, but they chose not to get into the drug abuse line of questioning.|
|59||Putnam countered plaintiffs several documents highlighting Dr. Murray’s financial distress by saying all the liens belonged to one house|
|60||Panish said Dr. Murray’s hospital privileges were suspended because he was late returning phone call while on duty & lack of record keeping|
|61||Putnam asked if Martinez knew if Dr. Murray’s license to practice medicine had been suspended before June 25, 2009? He said no.|
|62||Putnam: Did Dr. Murray’s debts excuse him in anyway for what he did? Martinez: No|
|63||Putnam asked Martinez if Dr. Murray being in financial trouble made him a suspect? He said no, it was the totality of the evidence|
|64||Panish accused AEG of implying Murray was a great doctor. “But that’s not true, you found out that he had killed someone else” Panish asked|
|65||Putnam objected and Panish rephrased the statement, saying Martinez found out Dr. Murray was sued for wrongful death of another patient|
|66||About seeing Mrs. Jackson and the kids at UCLA:|
|70||Martinez said Katherine Jackson did not have attorneys present when he interviewed her. She was cooperative and forthcoming.|
|71||Panish asked if having messy room is against the law according to the penal code? Martinez laughed and said no.|
|72||As to the moving boxes, Panish asked Martinez if he knew MJ was planning to go to England the first week of July. He said yes.|
|73||Panish: have you changed your mind?|
|74||Martinez: Did not change my mind that Dr. Murray’s financial distress was the reason for his actions.|
|75||Putnam asked if anyone at AEG ever refused to speak with police or produce documents, and Martinez said no. They gave police one email|
|76||Putnam noted that the person who died under Dr. Murray’s care died of natural causes and no lawsuit was filed. Marinez said he was wrong.|
|77||Putnam asked Martinez what was his suspicion. For that amount of money he wondered if Murray would bend rules to be the one getting the money|
|78||Putnam: the suspicion wasn’t about the source of that money, AEG Live?|
|79||Martinez: It didn’t matter to our investigation|
|80||Did you change your mind that his financial problems were the motive for what he did to bend the rules? Panish asked. “No,” Martinez replied|
|81||Martinez was excused subject to recall in case defendants want to put him on the stand again. No court tomorrow, trial resumes on Monday|
|82||Plaintiffs’ attorney told the judge toxicologist Mr. Anderson and coroner Dr. Rogers are expected to testify on Monday.|
|83||That completes Day 4 of Jackson Family vs AEG trial for the wrongful death of Michael Jackson.|
|84||ABC7 Court News https://twitter.com/ABC7Courts|
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Believe it or not but out of the above I was mostly impressed by the different way the ABC news and the LA Times presented the small piece on who would stay in the courtroom to support Mrs. Jackson.
ABC7 Court News said the following about it:
- “Judge Yvette Palazuelos: “Mrs. Jackson should have one person in support with her in the courtroom.” Rebbie was allowed to stay.
And the LA Times turned it into an impressive statement to effectively end their article with:
- “I think Mrs. Jackson should have at least one support person in the courtroom,” the judge said”.
I checked my reaction several times and each time it sounded to me like there was no one else but one person support Mrs. Jackson in that courtroom. The same phrase in the ABC variant did not convey anything of the kind – there was no “at least” there and this was not how their text ended.
I recently guessed that when you read the article you need to go immediately to the end of it. The ending is the essence of it all, it leaves the lasting impression on the reader and though may fully contradict the text prior to it will imprint on the memory its most important conclusion. This way a mere couple of words or a question mark at the end may doubt or even erase everything said prior to that.
So it is absolutely no chance occurrence that the LA Times is turning that “only one person in support of Mrs. Jackson” phrase into an effective ending – this way they are sending a hint that the case is frivolous and if even no one in the courtroom is supporting it (as the judge said) no one beyond the walls of the courtroom should do it either:
Family tried to get Jackson to stop taking drugs, detective says
By Corina Knoll
May 2, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
Michael Jackson’s family tried over and over to talk with the pop singer about his drug abuse and attempted one intervention at his Neverland retreat, a Los Angeles police detective who interviewed Michael Jackson’s mother testified Thursday.
Det. Orlando Martinez said that when he interviewed Katherine Jackson on Dec. 9, 2009 — months after Jackson’s death — she told him she had never met nor known about Dr. Conrad Murray until her son died. Murray, who gave the singer a lethal dose of propofol, is now serving a jail sentence for involuntary manslaughter.
“Mrs. Jackson stated that she last spoke with Michael at his residence on Carolwood approximately one and a half weeks prior to his death. When asked if Mrs. Jackson had ever met Dr. Murray she stated that she had not and didn’t even know who he was until after Michael’s death.
“Mrs. Jackson was asked if she or any other family members ever attempted to do an intervention with Michael as it relates to painkillers or any other drugs. She stated that there had been one attempted intervention at Neverland on behalf of Janet, however Michael didn’t want to participate.
“Mrs. Jackson stated that she had been informed Michael had been taking drugs, however she had no idea which drugs, and she had never seen Michael take any drugs. Mrs. Jackson stated that the family attempted several times to help Michael however he would have nothing to do with it. She further stated that she had asked Michael if he was taking any drugs and Michael denied it.
“When asked if Michael had any chronic medical conditions that she was aware of, Mrs. Jackson stated that he had problems sleeping and that his back frequently bothered him. She stated she thought the back pain was a result of falling off of a stage during a performance.”
Katherine Jackson has been present at the trial since it began Monday, stepping out of the courtroom only when a paramedic described finding the singer on his bed.
Jackson’s mother and the singer’s three children are accusing the entertainment company of pushing the singer beyond his physical abilities and of negligently hiring and controlling Murray, who gave Jackson a fatal dose of propofol.
On Thursday, defense attorneys objected to Katherine Jackson being accompanied by her daughter Rebbie, who, like many of her siblings, is on the witness list.
Judge Yvette Palazuelos overruled the objection. “I think Mrs. Jackson should have at least one support person in the courtroom,” the judge said.
An impressive ending indeed. And you asked about the ways they do it to us.
As to the essence of the “drug problem” let me repeat what I already posted in the comments on the article.
The problem of Michael’s drug addiction is highly exaggerated and since his mother and siblings knew nothing of the true state of affairs they were the first to fall for the media gossip.
When Michael returned from Ireland in December 2006 he was healthy, invigorated and clean of any drugs, but the media thought otherwise, and unfortunately the family believed the media and not Michael. They attempted an intervention though there was no other reason for it except the nasty media gossip. The intervention was all the more insulting to Michael because all this mistrust was coming from his own family.
At the time he was seen in a wheelchair, but this could have been a flare of lupus from which he suffered all his life and which is an incurable disease. It flares up in time of stress and trouble and goes into remission when everything is quiet. The family had no idea about Michael’s lupus as this information was uncovered only recently and confused by all those wild guesses assumed the drug version as the media conveniently suggested it.
However neither the media reports, nor the family’s interventions prompted by the media “information” are proof enough that Michael was indeed taking any drugs, at least at that time.
It was Michael’s biggest problem and even a tragedy that no matter what he did everyone thought only the worst of him, family included.
Let me remind everyone of Michael’s promoter Jack Wishna who also complained about the family’s unreasonable behavior, especially Joe Jackson, but never saw any drugs around Michael and never saw or heard him to take any when he was in Las Vegas in 2007 and 2008:
January 8, 2010
“It was December 23rd 2006, it was the day before Christmas Eve and we arranged it where a private jet would pick Michael Jackson up in Dublin, Ireland, and take him directly to Las Vegas,” Wishna said in an interview for Access Hollywood and Las Vegas television station KVBC with correspondent Alicia Jacobs.
And Wishna revealed the vision he shared with Jackson.
“When he came off that plane, it was the old Michael Jackson of the ‘Bad Tour,’ type thing, it was the Michael Jackson that I grew up with,” he said.
And although Jackson’s use of prescription drugs became big news after his death, Wishna said he never saw any of that kind of stuff around.
“Never saw any drugs,” Wishna said. “Never saw any intravenous, or needles or anything like that. Never met any doctors around Michael.”
Naming their project “RockCity,” Jackson was going to be required to perform just three days a month.
But once he was settled into his new home with his children and the comeback collaboration was underway, Wishna said Jackson’s behavior turned erratic.
“As he stayed in Las Vegas, he started to get debilitated while he was here and debilitated from a mental health standpoint, debilitated from a physical standpoint,” Wishna said.
“The family started to, you know, bother him again… His father Joe. It just started – a lot of the weirdness started to come back,” he continued.
Wishna said he often had to conduct damage control, especially after one night when Jackson watched a fight, incognito in a wheelchair.
“My phone rings… It’s The Associated Press and the person on the other end of the phone says Jack, ‘What do you know about Michael being in a wheelchair last night with a coat over his head and sunglasses over his coat,” Wishna recounted. “If you say, ‘Michael, why did you do that?’ That’s the way he wanted to go out and if he wanted to go out that way, that’s the way he wanted to go out.”
Eventually, Wishna came to the decision that the negative publicity surrounding Jackson’s antics were detrimental to the success of “RockCity.”
“This was probably about June of 2007 and I said, ‘Michael, I think we should shelve it. I think we should put it on the shelf, come back to it when you are’ — these are the words that I used – ‘mentally, physically, and vocally capable of being a part of this project,’” he explained.
Wishna was both right and wrong. As the world discovered from “This Is It,” Michael’s vocals and dance moves were at the top of his game, but his drug abuse tragically sabotaged it all.
“I believe Michael was troubled every single day of his life,” Wishna said. “I believe that contributed to his untimely death.”
Jack Wishna’s explanations of the wheelchair prove to me only one thing – he had no idea about Michael’s lupus and its flares, or otherwise he would not have so easily brushed it off.
However the essential fact in his story is that he did not see any drugs. Michael’s health must have been indeed frail as otherwise he would not have used the wheelchair but the reason for it was evidently not drugs, but something else.
My personal opinion is that it was the stress of coming back home and seeing all the usual media spin that did not change a bit since the time he left the US. After the the 2005 trial his nervous system was completely ruined and all the worry and fear of seeing people judging him again was sending him into a state of a nervous wreck.
In this connection I’m tempted to quote some of Karen Faye’s Facebook messages:
- Michael was afraid to be judged again. I have answered this over and over. The trial devastated his self esteem in which he never recovered. Some people think “super stars” are ‘super human” … they are NOT. They hurt and bleed just like you. How would you be after the trial?????
- Yes LOOK tabloids… look what you have done. Display what you have done to Michael in your trashy magazines. Print your guilt!!!!
TRASH ABOUT THE MESS
Day 4 of the AEG trial started for me with a shock of having to read miles and miles about Michael’s “messy” room.
In one more LA Times article Corina Knoll described the mess with so much relish that I very much regretted my earlier good opinion of the paper – the speed with which the LA Times is turning into a tabloid is amazing.
More than half of the article is devoted to what they call a “peek into Michael Jackson’s private life” describing his premises as “messy”, “strewn all over with clothes”, full of “cardboard boxes lined up”, “books piled up on the floor”, “more cardboard boxes overflowing with clothes” and a “rumpled bed”.
In their opinion the bed where a man just died should necessarily be a tidy and pretty sight.
And not a word – not a single word – is said about the fact that in the days before his death Michael Jackson was simply packing for his long stay in London which was to start a few days later, around July 3.
One does not have to be a genius to recall this simple fact. All the LA Times had to do was report the news from the courtroom as it was, without overlooking anything said there. And Brian Panish did ask there if the witness remembered that Michael Jackson was packing for a move to London and the witness acknowledged that he did.
ABC7 CourtNews tweeted his questions to Detective Martinez and his laughing answer about it being no crime:
- “Panish asked if having messy room is against the law according to the penal code? Martinez laughed and said no.
- As to the moving boxes, Panish asked Martinez if he knew MJ was planning to go to England the first week of July. He said yes.
But this is what the ABC7 CourtNew said and the LA Times absolutely failed to report, and the fact that they didn’t say a single word to explain the reason for the mess, but devoted six full paragraphs to its description, is turning their story into a piece of valuable evidence about them.
They called it a peek into Michael’s private life, but instead gave us a peek into the kitchen where the media is baking its news about Jackson.
Now they themselves showed us how they are doing it and what a deep and dark agenda they have against Michael. They demonstrated it by cutting off anything that might explain Michael’s actions and using the rest of it for exaggerating it out of all proportion and allowing your fantasy to do the rest of their misinterpretation.
This is no objective reporting. This is a cut-and-paste job where you take a photo of a man, cut off anything that might be pleasing to the sight, photoshop it by attaching some garbage to it, and then say – “This is the real him”, while what you actually see is a nasty collage only.
Why they are doing it – for ratings, money or out of their big and selfless love for guys like AEG, does not really matter. What matters is the fact itself – they are eager to cover Jackson with dirt and paint a picture of him that will be suitable for AEG only. And AEG is interested in Michael Jackson’s character assassination because they have nothing else to say in their defense, and this is why they are now making these dirty but irrelevant statements.
Indeed how can the packing process on the second floor of Michael’s home be relevant for the case accusing AEG of negligent hiring Murray? In the opinion of the LA Times it evidently can:
Photos of Jackson’s messy, clothes-strewn bedroom shown to jurors
By Corina Knoll
May 2, 2013, 1:39 p.m.
In a case that attorneys promised would dive into Michael Jackson’s personal life, jurors were shown photographs Thursday of the eccentric music legend’s messy, clothes-strewn second-floor bedroom in the rented mansion where he died.
Although the foyer of the Holmby Hills home was pristine — a lavish, open space with ornate gold frames — and the dining room boasted flowing white curtains around giant windows that allowed in streaming sunlight, the second floor presented a scene that was radically different, jurors were told in the wrongful-death case brought by the singer’s family against entertainment firm AEG.
On June 25, 2009, the day of Jackson’s death, the master bedroom on the second floor was in disarray, Los Angeles Police Det. Orlando Martinez testified. The curtains were pulled and the fireplace was on.
A portable rack was jammed with hangers of clothing. More clothes were strewn about the room, including on the rumpled bedspread. On a desk were stacks of what appeared to be DVDs and papers. Books lay in piles on the floor. Lining the hallway floor that led from the bedroom to the master closet and a bathroom were piles of clothes.
Inside the closet was a globe, shopping bags, a dress form with a red coat trimmed in black, and cardboard boxes that overflowed with even more clothes.
Papers were strewn about the star’s bathroom, which had another cardboard box stuffed with clothing. Bags and towels lay scattered about. Inside the inlaid marble bathtub were additional towels. Nearby sat fancy glass bottles filled with liquids.
Although merely a peek into Jackson’s private life, the photos presented during the fourth day of the case could foreshadow what’s to come in a trial expected to last four months.
The suit filed by Jackson’s mother, Katherine, and his three children accuses concert promoter AEG of pushing the singer beyond his physical abilities and of negligently hiring and controlling Dr.Conrad Murray, who gave Jackson a fatal dose of propofol and is now serving a jail term for involuntary manslaughter.
On Thursday, the family’s attorney played a phone message to Murray left by Jackson’s manager Frank DiLeo on June 20, 2009.
“I’m sure you’re aware he had an episode last night. He’s sick. Today’s Saturday, tomorrow I’m on my way back. I’m not gonna continue my trip. Uh, I think you need — I think you need to get a blood test on him today. I — I — we gotta see what he’s doing. All right. Thank you.”
Brian Panish, the plaintiffs’ attorney, said he believed that DiLeo had spoken with an AEG executive just prior to making the phone call.
Five days later, Jackson was dead.
Martinez testified that on the day of the singer’s death, he went to Jackson’s home, which boasted a movie theater, workout room, dance area and a wine cellar.
Although the entryway was immaculate, the second floor — where Jackson had been found by paramedics earlier that morning — was a deep contrast.
A search warrant and affidavit said that no adults besides Jackson were known to live at the location and that the staff was only allowed to be present on the ground floor. Martinez testified that the chef was allowed to leave food outside a door upstairs.
Martinez said that when he arrived, Jackson’s children and his brother Randy were at the home. He also saw three cars, including Murray’s BMW.
Investigators attempted to reach Murray but the doctor did not answer his phone or return calls, which seemed suspicious, Martinez said.
“If it was a medical emergency or a natural death, why would he be refusing to speak with us? Why would he leave the hospital after he was asked to stay? Why would he not go back to pick up his car?” Martinez said.
Murray was tracked through his cellphone and found in Santa Monica. Detectives interviewed him two days after Jackson’s death.
I remember one of Michael’s friends saying that Michael had so little help at that time that he had to pack his things himself. Moving house is a difficult job as it is, as each of us knows, but when you have to rehearse in the daytime, struggle with insomnia the whole night through and have to pack things during the little time left, it is simply mean, indecent, vulgar, foolish and absurd to derive pleasure from trashing the person for the clothes lying about his room waiting to be packed.
June 21st was Sunday, and the next day June 22nd the show was moving from the Forum to Staples Center. Michael had two spare days and must have used them for packing his things for London. On June 23d he told his chef Kai Chase that he had packed and was ready to go. The boxes with luggage were indeed lining up the premises as those “messy” photos confirmed.
Michael said to Kai Chase:
She said she had already filled out paperwork and submitted a copy of her passport to the Jackson staff and expected to leave for London on July 3.
On June 23, she said Jackson told her: “I’m packed and I’m ready to go.” Two days later, he was dead.
The process was far from finished of course and the reader who answered my comment in the LA Times added to it that Michael was known to be having a clear-out at that time and giving away his clothes and personal items to other people which was another reason to hang them out and look:
Pen-dragon57 at 12:52 AM May 3, 2013
Good point – Jackson was to stay in England for around 9 months – anyone who has ever moved home will know how chaotic a time that is… boxes everywhere. Jackson was also known to be having a clear-out at the same time, and gave away many clothes and personal items in preparation for the move. I see nothing sinister in his private quarters being in a muddle at this time.
If this packing problem is still a sore point with those who listen to AEG’s trashy stories repeated by their media collaborators, let me inform you that the realtor who rented a mansion to Michael Jackson in Las Vegas said that he left the house in an impeccable condition, professionally cleaned. The realtor called Michael a complete gentleman.
I wish the same could be said about the AEG people and journalists dancing to their tunes. Here is the story about Michael’s house in Las Vegas and the realtor who disproved the media lies:
Inside Michael Jackson’s Bedroom
by Whitney English and Natalie FinnTue., Jul. 14, 2009 9:03 PM PDT
So this is what it looks like.
E! News scored an exclusive tour of the Las Vegas mansion the King of Pop rented while negotiating a possible comeback gig—and though any personal items belonging to the eccentric artist are long gone, it’s still fascinating to put a place to the increasingly odd face.
Here’s the scoop we got from realtor Zar Zanganeh, who leased the 10-bedroom house to Jackson in 2006 and 2007 and is now showing it for seller Carolyn Mullany Coldwell Banker Premiere Realty:
Jackson obviously wanted to keep his kids close to home—that’s where they played and went to school, and a security team was on hand at all times to keep them safe.
Vegas businessman Jack Wishna, who was trying to get a Sin City concert residency rolling for the Thriller artist, told E! News this week that Jackson and his three children all slept in one room.
Zanganeh maintained that Prince Michael, Paris and wee Prince Michael II (aka Blanket) had their own bedroom next to their dad’s 2,000-square-foot suite—and that’s where they slept, on three separate beds.
Albeit three separate beds squished together in a room meant for one bed.
“Michael slept in his bed every night as far as I know,” the realtor said. “There were plenty of times I came over and he was still in bed. He always came out of this room,” he added, motioning to the master bedroom. “The kids were right next door.”
Zanganeh did not dispute, however, Wishna’s story about Jackson leaving his Christmas ’06 tree up until the day his family vacated the home the following summer—but he put a much sweeter spin on it.
“He liked it so much he left it up for his entire stay,” he said simply, adding that rumors of Jackson leaving a mess behind when he moved out were totally false.
“He left the property in great condition, professionally cleaned up. He was a complete gentleman,” Zanganeh said.
The gated residence—replete with tennis and basketball courts, a playroom, three office suites, au pair quarters and an impressive yet eerie backstory—has remained empty since the most storied branch of the Jackson family called it home.
The article corrected the media spin about Michael’s housekeeiping ways, however introduced us to another spin concerning the“sleeping in one room” issue. With these people it never stops – you put out one fire but they immediately ignite another one for you.
JACK WISHNA’S TESTIMONY
No, Jack Wishna did not mean anything like that. He just said that he saw several mattresses brought together into Michael’s master bedroom so that he and his children could jump and play there. And as if knowing what would start after these words Jack Wishna quickly added that all of it was quite innocent:
“I’m looking around the house for him and I go into the master bedroom and there’s no mattress on the bed. I go into another bedroom, there’s no mattresses on the bed. I finally open up a room that was kind of like an empty room and all the mattresses are on the floor lined up so Michael can sleep there with the three kids,” Wisha said.
However, Wishna was quick to note the impression left by the unusual sleeping arrangement was purely an innocent one.
“They can play. They can jump up and down. That’s Michael,” he added. “He was very comfortable in that Romper Room-type environment.”
Wishna also insisted Jackson tried his hardest to be a good dad.
Jack Wishna spoke about Michael’s life-style with a smile and understanding, adding that that one part of Michael was a creative genius while the other was that of a 13-year old and that he was a child at heart.
Though the article is actually nasty it has a good video called “Michael’s former Vegas promoter, Jack Wishna, lets us in on the private, family-oriented style of the King of Pop”, where free from any media embellishments made around his words Jacks Wishna says what he really says:
- “He loved those children more than anything else in the world. He was a great father. In the 22 thousand square foot mansion there were beds in every room. The master bedroom was probably bigger than the size of my house and he took all the mattresses off all the beds in all the rooms, put them into one room so that he can sleep, play, jump up and down on the mattresses with his three kids, and they all will be together in one room.
- I always said that Michael was very creative, tremendously creative on one side of his brain. On the other side he was always thirteen, he was just a child at heart, he was always a child, he acted like a child. If he was in a room and part of the room had adults and part of the room had children he would gravitate towards the side with the children. He loved children, he loved his children, he would be most comfortable in that environment”.
And it was due to Michael’s trust of a “thirteen-year old” and belief in the good of others that he let “wrong people come into his life”. As we know Jack Wishna regretted very much that he had brought Michael back to the US:
Wishna was working with Jackson on a permanent Las Vegas show, but during the seven months he lived here, it became clear Jackson was in no physical shape to take on such a project.
“The wrong people came into his life and ultimately caused his demise,” says Wishna. “One part of his brain was tremendously talented in terms of music and creativity, the other side of his brain was very trusting like a twelve year old”
“Over the years I always thought that maybe if I didn’t move Michael from Ireland back to America, back to Las Vegas, that maybe Michael would be alive today,” says entertainment power broker Jack Wishna, president of Rockrena, Inc. http://www.ktnv.com/news/local/133419218.html
It would be wrong to assume that Jack Wishna was speaking only of Conrad Murray. No, he referred to all those who came into Michael’s life also in 2008 – Tohme, Barrack and AEG Live. They “whooed” Michael into their deal and it was due to that that Wishna had to withdraw.
Wishna was very apprehensive of the upcoming concerts and shared some of his concerns with the media. A thing or two of his very cautious statements leaked into the press after Michael’s death. I’m very grateful to Wishna that upon realizing that Michael was not fit for a series of concerts he thought of other projects which did not involve Michael’s direct participation (the Cirque du Soleil project and others).
This way he did exactly the opposite to what was done by AEG. They also saw Michael unfit for the shows but decided to make use of it instead of helping Michael. So when you read Tohme (in Sullivan’s book) and he throws there Jack Wishna into a pile of some “parasites” please don’t believe them – Wishna was a very decent man.
And Wishna was clearly resentful of what AEG was doing to Michael. If he had lived to be a witness at the current trial he would have spoken up in support of Katherine Jackson against AEG. Unfortunately Jackson Wishna committed suicide – he was found in his car in his garage intoxicated by carbon monoxide as the autopsy determined.
But if he were alive he would repeat to the jury the following words and would probably tell them much more:
“It’s Going to Be a Disaster”: Associate Says Jackson Was Too Weak for Major Comeback
by Whitney English and Natalie FinnFri., Jul. 10, 2009 8:16 PM PDT
One of the dreamers who tried to reboot Michael Jackson’s career says the late King of Pop wasn’t fit enough to hit the stage for the “greatest comeback show ever” two years ago, let alone this summer.
“It would have happened had I assessed that Michael was capable mentally, emotionally, vocally to do it. At the end of it, we decided no, he wasn’t,” Jack Wishna, president of consultancy CPAmerica and the orchestrator of Jackson’s return to the U.S. after a year spent living abroad, exclusively tells E! News.
The idea that they danced around from mid-2006 to mid-2007, and again earlier this year, was to have Jackson in residence at a Las Vegas hotel, where he’d star in a concert spectacular called Michael Jackson Presents that would also feature guest appearances by the latest R&B hitmakers.
…But though concert promoter AEG Live said that Jackson passed a physical with flying colors earlier this year, Wishna maintains that the 50-year-old artist had been in a “weakened state” and wasn’t able to do three shows a month in 2007, much less maintain a more rigorous schedule now.
“He would get hurt if he had to do a regimen of performances,” Wishna said. “You really have to be fit to go up on stage to do that.”
So, earlier this year, he and Jackson instead discussed creating a show in the guise of LOVE, Cirque du Soleil’s ode to the Beatles, that the King of Pop would not actually be in.
But then, Wishna said, he found out Jackson had hooked up with AEG for his London engagement.
“He said it should be fine,” Wishna recalled. “In my heart I knew he didn’t get better from the time I was with him. He was thin and weak. It’s going to be a disaster. I would never put him into a show that way. I don’t know who the doctor is that certified him for it. I didn’t think [Jackson] was capable of doing it.”
…”Michael has a lot of people around him that cut deals and sometimes Michael doesn’t even know what those deals are,” he added. “So many people have been around him. At every turn it’s like he’s his worst enemy because of the people that are around him.”
As Jack Wishna will no longer be able to testify let us remember his last words as his evidence in the case of Katherine Jackson against AEG:
- “Michael would get hurt if he had to do a regimen of performances,” (this is a reference to 50 shows and their impossible regimen)
- “I would never put him into a show that way” (his opinion of AEG – only they were capable of a ruthless thing like that)
- “Michael has a lot of people around him that cut deals and sometimes Michael doesn’t even know what those deals are,” (this may be true for all the three of them – due to Tohme Michael did not know his deal either with Tom Barrack or AEG Live).
I wish Jack Wishna could testify at this trial. His voice would have been a strong one.
Another person who can tell us a lot about Michael and the way he was treated by AEG Live is Karen Faye. Reading her messages (in muzikfactory blog here) I am amazed to see how much of what Karen Faye said then is fitting into our own understanding of the situation now.
Now we know that it was a must for Michael to have enough rest between the shows as he had grave sleeping issues which aggravated during the concerts. He would not sleep for a day or two after the show and there is no way AEG could not know about it when they were setting the schedule. Karen Faye says:
- Yes… he had sleeping issues for a long time. He had a difficult and complicated life. His sleeping issues were even worse during performing live concerts. His adrenaline would surge through his body during the performance. Sometimes it would take a day or two for him to fall asleep after the performance.
Like all the rest of them Karen Faye was hired in May only, though some preliminary discussion took place in March. Then they seemed to ignore her for weeks, so what she says about the dancers starting in April may not be necessarily true. Like many others she may simply not know and may be repeating the AEG official version. She joined them in May so what was happening in April must have been told to her by Kenny Ortega or Randy Phillips. The dancers could be saying the same too – all of them had confidentiality agreements and were obliged to follow AEG’s orders.
And they are talking of some confidentiality agreements signed for MJ? They have not seen the AEG concentration camp security!
Like all the rest of them she is thinking the worst of Michael in terms of drugs. “She began to see the signs of drugs” though how long had she not associated with Michael before that ? Twelve years or more? So how could she really know? Her talk about drugs is a mere guess:
- My first call from Michael was on March 15th. M.Bush’s first contract was April 11th. I was not put on staff until May 14th. I feel like I was being ignored for weeks. There were many meetings with other staff. Dancers, musicians and back up singers began at Center Stagin in April. Michael began to rehearse and work out at home in April. When Michael was younger and working, this would have been enough time for him. Michael did not get on stage and start working with his performers until mid June. Michael seems reluctant to begin. I began to see warning signs of drugs and continued weight loss. The rehearsals on the 23 and 24 were the most productive up to that point.
Michael invited Kenny Ortega to do the show. Karen is telling us news that it was Ortega who was responsible for the great damage caused to Michael’s back during the concert in Munich. At least Michael held Ortega responsible for the fall of the bridge there. Ortega left the scene not to confront the tragedy and didn’t apologize for the drop which was evidently the result of his negligence. Michael regularly spoke about it hoping that Ortega would apologize to him one day and when Ortega finally did sometime in 2009 it was one of the first things Michael told Karen about.
So Ortega is no angel but has an advantage over AEG as he is human and not a machine like them:
- I was in shock as I saw the bridge in free fall with Michael on it. I was just outside his quick change room. I ran screaming towards the stage and security grabbed me and held me back as the bridge disappeared down past the edge of the front of the stage, I saw the horror on the other performers, but the music kept going. The audience was still transfixed. I saw one arm… then a leg, then his body climb back on stage… he finished the song. He made it back to the dressing room. His heart was beating, he seemed in a trance. We need to get you to the hospital, I said. “NO, I can’t, I can’t”… he ran back out and finished the show. When he returned to the dressing room after the last note.. he collapsed. Security picked him and up and got him to the hospital. I couldn’t sleep that night I couldn’t get any response to how he was. The next day, he called me from the hospital. I asked “why didn’t you stop?” he replied, “Turkle, I couldn’t… all I could hear was my father’s voice… DON’T DISAPPOINT THE AUDIENCE”.
- Actually, Michael held Kenny Ortega responsible and Kenny left the Munich very quickly without confronting the tragedy. Michael told me Kenny finally apologized when Michael asked him to help him with the O2 shows. This was always something Michael would bring up on a regular basis… ‘you know Turkle, Kenny has never mentioned or apologized for dropping me”. And when I came back to work with Michael again this year, one of the first things he said to me was “Kenny finally apologized.”
Kenny Ortega was to do the show in London and then leave the production. After that Michael would perfect the show and fine tune it, fixing the choreography. To us it means that the promoters needed even more time than we initially thought:
- Michael asked Kenny to do this. Michael didn’t like his choreographic style (thought it was too “VEGAS”) but Kenny has great skill in bringing people and productions together. Michael said he could always change, and fix the choreography. Michael usually would fine tune the shows after Kenny left the production. Kenny would stay a week or so, and leave and go on to his next project. Then Michael would streamline the show.
- The show would be in place before Kenny would leave, of course. Michael didn’t need to “assume” anything … he would just perfect things.
The only big difference from the way I see the situation is that Karen, like Jack Wishna earlier in 2007, says that Michael’s condition was too frail. I explain it by the fact that she started seeing Michael only in April 2009 and this was already the time when things were growing worse with each new day. I am more than sure that the process started with the shock Michael experienced in March over setting the dates and this became the reason for his incessant and never-ending worry.
- Yes. It was difficult to find the “old Michael” after I reunited with him in April 2009. I only saw glimmers. That is what kept me believing there was a chance he could do these shows. I believed once he felt the stage and his fans cheering him … we would get Michael back. It was my prayer.
Like everyone else – Kenny Ortega, Frank Dileo and the family – she also assumed that he “began taking drugs”. It was nothing different from the media reports of the time, and it seems that only AEG were not (officially) noticing that something was indeed wrong:
- The week before Michael’s death, the crew was starting to ask questions.. about Michael not showing up and not rehearsing as he should be, not taking off his sun glasses. The excuses WE gave was “he was tired”… only half the truth. I personally could not tell strangers (dancers) that I thought he started taking drugs.. that I was worried sick about his weight. I told Kenny and Frank Dileo. I was hoping he would improve in the next two weeks before we left for London, and then the week and a half in London before the first show. I thought we had time to get on track. He showed marked improvement the 23 and 24th. We had hope. Then he died.
The next message from Karen Faye is amazing. It says that Doctor Murray told them to give Michael “tough love”. Whose words can Murray be repeating here and is it possible to assume that he could say so callous a thing about his employer? And after that people are doubting that Murray was actually working for AEG and not for Michael? And is it typical of a doctor to talk about his patient that way at all?
No, all I can think of in this connection is that Murray was fulfilling another of those requests from his AEG bosses.
Since this message comes before the rehearsal when Kenny Ortega massaged Michael’s feet and eventually sent him home (on June 19th), it means that Murray told everyone to play tough love on Jackson even before that rehearsal. This is why Ortega referred to “tough love” in his email to Randy Phillips that night and spoke about “bringing the doctor in the fold”. At Murray’s trial Phillips put a blank expression on his face and said he heard about it for the first time. Karen Faye wrote about it:
- Kenny told me that Doctor Murray told us to give Michael “tough love”.
- While Kenny was cutting his chicken and massaging his feet, I was infuriated that I was getting so many mixed messages. In my opinion, this was not a healthy situation.
Everything Karen Faye is describing in her messages testifies to the fact that Michael’s nerves were terribly on edge. He was angry and upset with his partners for their treatment of him as if they were his masters, though they did not have a single right to talk or behave to him like that .
They were not facing any risk and all their worry was sheer pretense. However the pressure on Michael was real and demanded some medication. The propofol or whatever Murray was feeding him was having a terrible physical effect and was making things only worse. Karen did not know a thing about what was happening, but assumed that “Michael was taking drugs” – though these drugs were given to him by the very doctor who told them to play tough love on Jackson.
Well, Murray was not in her employment, so how could she know? However if we only imagine for a moment a hypothetical situation that Michael was, you will immediately realize that for the one who manages the doctor it is simply impossible not to know. The very least AEG could have done was just pay attention to the state Michael was in, but they never did:
- I was begging for a physiologist [psychologist], because of Michael’s state of mind was not right. He could not sleep, he was angry (for not having any control), he was showing signs of taking drugs, OCD [obsessive-compulsive disorder] and his body was always ice cold, and loosing weight rapidly. It was a matter of six days from the time I was sending emails, sounding the alert and when Michael was dead. Four of the six days, he was not at rehearsals, and I hadn’t seen him.
AEG preferred not to notice or react though Karen was writing them emails:
- ..”It is very clear to me by the responses here that people who do not “really” know Michael, think he looks fine. Maybe to corporate businessmen who weren’t sensitive to Michael, never even bothered to notice his condition. BUT, I wrote the emails and had discussions (not with Randy Phillips, because he wasn’t available to me. He just recently told me, he was ‘shown’ my emails, and was aware of my concerns, before Michael died) with others who were responsible for Michael and the O2 shows”
This is it movie was made by AEG to absolve themselves of the guilt and create an idyllic picture of the events. Frankly, they did not manage to do it anyway as all the disturbing signs of distress are still there. Though we are happy to see Michael on stage in the final moments of his life, the movie is still a very painful document of lies, mistreatment and Michael’s suffering visible even to the naked eye (remember the episode of his complaining about a fist in his ear and Ortega’s rude answer to him – something like “you’ll have to”). At the time of Karen’s message there was no wrongful death lawsuit filed yet:
- If there was evidence of abuse, they would be liable for a wrongful death lawsuit. In my opinion, that is what this movie is really about … to absolve the guilty. The ones speaking the loudest and most about Michael being healthy are the guilty ones.
Karen confirms our understanding that all this talk about the rehearsal footage being for Michael’s home is sheer crap. Michael never gave permission for that footage and was probably even suspicious why they were shooting him with two high-definition cameras. But his opinion wasn’t respected and he had no power to object. Imagine how Michael must have been humiliated by all that neglect for his wishes:
- Camera crew was hired by AEG. Michael asked Michael Bush where they came from. All other projects that Michael ever did, the camera crews were hired and payed by MJJ Productions. Michael did not have the control over ‘This Is It’ like he did with other projects. He did not have the money to do it himself and he didn’t have the power to object.
It seems that their recording the footage was no small matter for Michael. From Michael’s questions we see that he was worried about it and hurt him because they were again doing it without his approval. This was how their cooperation started (when they set those 50 shows without asking him) and this is how it was going on with it – it was the same non-stop humiliation at every stage of it:
- MB [Michael Bush] told me that MJ asked him who gave the permission to film the rehearsals. I believe MB answered that AEG was doing it. Usually, Michael has his own documentary crew shooting. This way Michael owns it and can edit and show what he wants the world to see. He often released his footage for “the making of” projects, behind the scene footage but he was in complete control of the footage. I thought that the crew that was shooting rehearsals was doing it FOR Michael when I saw them. It wasn’t till Michael was gone, MB told me, the film crew was AEG, and MJ didn’t approve of it.
It is painful to read how angry and upset Michael was about the way he was treated by AEG – they looked at him as if he was nobody, though the whole success of the tour depended on him and him alone:
- It only further shows me that Michael had very little control of the situation… which why he was so angry in the last days… He kept saying “Why can’t I choose?”
Karen is the second person (the first was Frank Dileo) who says that the fateful “contract” with which everything started was read to Michael and not studied by him. Besides the fact that understanding it by the ear is impossible even in principle, this also makes me sure that they read out to him a preliminary version only. Without reading the final version he would not have signed it – no one would:
- AEG was even paying his rent, food and children’s schooling. All the expenses would have been reimbursed out of Michael’s share of the concerts. He signed a contract that was admittedly READ to him.
Karen says AEG showed little concern for Michael and used him as a commodity. Indeed, it manifested itself already in January, when they included all those highway robbery terms into their contract, and was repeated again in March when Randy Phillips and Tohme sold the shows.
And of course he was a commodity to them.This type of a schedule is not created for human beings to fulfill them. This type of a schedule is for machines only (“They treat me like I’m a machine”) or for those whom you do NOT want to succeed. Everything they had heard about Michael’s health before must have told them that they should not even bother about the actual concerts. And Karen says they knew or thought that he was unable to do the shows.
What Karen Faye does not know, however, is that had it not been for that fraud and the stress of it Michael would have made those concerts. I am absolutely positive of it:
- ..The movie is not the entire truth… Please know there was a very dark side. A side that showed little concern for Michael the person. It was about Michael the commodity. He was trapped by circumstances, to do this shows, a show he was mentally, and physically unable to do… and they knew it.
- I don’t want you not see the movie. Everyone was robbed of Michael from ever creating again. These are his final days… but they do not tell the entire story. There is a very dark truth that you are not seeing. The head of AEG said it in his own words… this will clear us of any wrong doing. Why would anyone say that …. If no wrong doing ever occurred?
And the next message shows that Karen knows what kind of people she is dealing with. This places all those strange suicides of Jack Wishna, Peter Lopez and Frank Dileo’s coma and death (following an accidental overdose of anesthetic) just into the right context which is now almost impossible to overlook:
- If something happens to me… it will not be an accident.
- Look at all these liars… these vultures. It is getting harder and harder to get the truth out there. I am only one small girl. They have the money and power to CRUSH the truth.
After Michael’ s death these people did their best for no one to ever know the truth about their everyday bullying of Michael. They tied everyone with confidentiality clauses which prevent people from using the right to free speech, tell the truth and stand up for it. Instead they coerced people into telling lies. AEG calls it “business” while the right word for it would be an oath of silence taken by some criminals so that no one ever knows of their common crime.
- I have some Legal issues. Randy Phillips is getting very angry with me and is emailing me I must stop. I need to remain on a “private” page”. I have a confidentiality clause in my AEG contract.
- No… not closing. I guess the truth is making him nervous. He (Phillips) says my comments are “defamatory, damaging, and not factual”.
- I have been asked to stop posting some of my opinions here by Randy Phillips. I have a confidentiality contract with AEG. I am being accused by Randy Phillips of creating this site. They are asking me to remove it from my FB pages.
- They have been addressing me with emails, their lawyers and Frank Dileo.
- I am not removing this page. Nor am I going to remove anyone’s opinion about TINI. Everyone is entitled to their point of view and opinion.
In fact Karen Faye did have to remove the page. As I said all her messages are quoted now by the muzikfactory blog.
I hope she will repeat all this and much more when she testifies at the trial. And we will probably even hear it – of course if the media is so kind as to report it correctly, please.
Suppositions like Karen Faye’s (drugs, etc.) are probably the ugliest of the facts you will hear from AEG’s lawyers during the current trial. Now that you have heard them are you still afraid that anyone will know ?
Or would you like to make AEG answer for turning Michael Jackson’s last months and days into a complete nightmare? If they had not squeezed him and his life like others squeeze a lemon into their tea before sending it into a garbage bin he would be alive now.
All they were to do was keep their promise and arrange 10 shows only, set for him at a comfortable pace of two shows or even one show a week, sell tickets at a level worthy of Michael’s name at a market price which in terms of money would have brought the same (official) revenue as for 50 concerts, and arrange for those who can’t afford it a chance to see the concerts live on the Internet on a pay-per-view basis.
If these conditions had been fulfilled Michael would be perfectly alive now. Moreover once he had developed a taste for it he would have even agreed to more concerts, in other cities of the world following the same comfortable pattern. He would have made much money, the show would have turned into a great movie, the debts would have been paid and life in general would have taken a totally different course.
And I am more than sure that he would have made it. I am also sure that they (AEG Live) could also have made it happen if they had really wanted to. The only thing they needed to do was give a little damn for a human being like Michael Jackson.
WHAT TO EXPECT NOW
AEG’s lawyer Marvin Putnam constantly repeats that Michael was a grown-up man and had to take responsibility for his decisions.
This we heard a hundred times already, so I suggest Mr. Putnam explains to us instead why the sharks going after trusting people like Michael always demand that he should answer for whatever was done to them, while the sharks themselves are totally unwilling to take responsibility for any of their actions?
It is simply not clear why those who were deceived and betrayed are responsible for their actions, and why those who betray and deceive are not.
Considering Mr. Putnam’s one-sided manner of thinking it is no wonder that AEG hired this particular lawyer for this particular case. However there was one more reason for it – the primary focus of Marvin Putnam’s legal practice turns out to be nothing but the “media in defense of their First Amendment rights,” according to his own official biography:
“Marvin Putnam is the lead lawyer for AEG Live, defending against the wrongful death suit. The primary focus of his legal practice is “media in defense of their FirstAmendment rights,” according to his official biography”. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/29/showbiz/jackson-death-trial-opens/
And since the First Amendment is all about freedom of expression Putnam’s official motto should be read as follows:
- “Media in defense of their right to express themselves”.
This makes it clearer why the media is holding its breath in wait for the ugly facts promised by Mr. Putnam. These facts will enable the media to express its beautiful self, after which Mr. Putnam as their attorney will defend them in their right to tell the lies and dirt about Jackson.
Isn’t it a marvelous match for all the three of them – the press, AEG and their lawyer?
But even despite so much love and understanding between all the parties I am still not ready to be intimidated by the ‘ugly facts” they are doing to tell us about Michael Jackson. By now we know Michael too well not to be afraid of any of their facts about him – as long as they are true of course.
However it is exactly their ability to tell the truth which I question very much indeed now. The unfortunate experience with those photos has taught me to look with grave mistrust at everything they will be saying and doing now.
Well, has it changed anything for me personally?
No, it hasn’t.
Will it make me retract my support for Katherine Jackson and go over to the AEG side?
No, absolutely not.