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AEG-Jackson trial DAY 11. Rehearsals with TRAVIS PAYNE: ‘He was very tired, all of us were’

May 24, 2013

DAYS 10-11

May 13-14, 2009

There is so much going on around Michael Jackson now that it is difficult to follow each twist and turn of the AEG trial. But there is still a possibility to focus on some of its main issues. And one of the most crucial ones is whether Michael was or was not obliged to attend every rehearsal set by AEG.

1. STACEY WALKER AND TRAVIS PAYNE

Stacy Walker, Levi Walker Photography

Full testimony of Stacey Walker is here: http://teammichaeljackson.com/archives/8361

Both choreographers who testified for AEG – Stacey Walker and Travis Payne – confidently said that Michael was to attend the rehearsals with the rest of the company as per AEG schedule. Well, no one really expected any other answer from them. They were AEG employees and those who have chosen to testify for AEG too, so what else could they say?

However both of them also said that the This is it tour had no new choreography except for the Drill in “They don’t care about us”. All the rest of it was done long ago and was created by Michael Jackson himself, and not only did he know his dance routines inside out, but had also repeated them a thousand times before.

Stacey Walker:

Q. You said that the choreography was already done and created many years ago. Did Mr. Jackson create it?

A. Yes, Mr. Jackson created it many years ago and these routines were used already on his tours. The Thriller and Beat it routine were from his world tour the Bad tour and had been done previously and on the History tour as well…

Q. You would say that Mr. Jackson knew all this choreography well having created it?

A. Yes, he knew all the steps, all committed to memory, he created them.

Travis Payne also said that the dance steps were created decades before. Michael’s dancing seemed fine to him and he was not under the impression that Michael was grasping the material slowly. Over here he disagreed with Kenny Ortega and even said that he knows better:

Q. When you were dancing with Michael Jackson at his Carolwood house, how did he seem?

A. His dancing seemed fine to me, we worked on things that had been created decades before. So it took some time to re-imagine them. To make sure they were age appropriate.

Q.What do you mean?

A.When you’re 30 you can do more than when you’re 50.

Q.Was that case with Mr.Jackson?

Q.Yes.

Q.Was he age appropriate to you?

A.Yes.

Q. Was it your understanding he was having a hard time picking up material?

A. No.

Q. Any material?

A. Yes.

Q. Kenny Ortega tells Paul Gongaware that Mr. Jackson is having a hard job grasping the material, correct?

A. Yes.

Q. You disagree?

A. I disagree partly.

Q. Who has more knowledge?

A. What are talking about? In some regards I had more knowledge of choreography than Mr. Ortega.

Good. I never doubted that Michael refreshed his dance steps easily and it was only the matter of building up his stamina for 50 concerts which was a real issue.

Despite the fact that Michael was his own choreographer and knew his steps perfectly well, this did not stop AEG from working out a schedule for him which is usually set for performers whose tours are supervised by invited choreographers and who need to learn, train and incorporate the newly learned dance steps into the whole picture.

Teaching Michael his own choreography in the same way they teach it to these performers was absurd, but the AEG people were evidently of a different opinion.

The schedule they had for Michael demanded that he should train with Travis Payne for three or four hours at home and then join the company on stage in the evening singing and dancing again, and this was supposed to be done nearly every day.

Stacey Walker:

Q. You’re a perfectionist, have a good background in dance and choreography, would you say that it’s necessary for a dancer to rehearse, should Mr. Jackson have been at rehearsal?

A. Yes, Mr. Jackson should have been at rehearsal more even though he was rehearsing at home with Travis Payne.

Q. You talked about Travis Payne, and what was your understanding of Mr. Payne and Mr. Jackson’s relationship.

A. They had been working together for a very long time, they had a loving relationship. Travis worked with Michael and I worked with the dancers.

Q. What was a typical rehearsal day like when Michael was there with the dancers?

A. Generally at night. Generally at night. I don’t remember the exact times but it was in the evenings.

Q. So about one… ten or eleven?

A. Travis would rehearse with Michael earlier around one at his house and then they (MJ and Payne) were in different rooms.

Travis Payne said that they were to rehearse 5 days a week. Each workday was to be 3 or 4 hours with a 10 minutes break. This was the routine they followed on most of the days in Michael’s house:

Q. Did you rehearse at Mr.Jackson’s home?

A. These were scheduled 5 days a week.

Q. And did you go 5 days a week?

A. Yes.

Q. So you saw him frequently?

A.Yes.

Q. Almost daily?

A.Yes.

Q. These personal rehearsals with Mr. Jackson at Carolwood – these were 3 hour workdays?

A. Yes.

Q Continuous?

A. No, We would take a 10 minutes break. Then resume.

Q. Were there many days you worked and were they approximately 3 or 4 hours?

A. Yes it was.

Q. Were there a number of days in May when you worked with Mr. Jackson choreographing the show?

A. Yes.

Q. How often did you actually see Mr. Jackson?

A. I can’t say.

Q. Was it most days?

Panish: Objection. Foundation.

Q. Was Mr. Jackson there most days, at his house?

A. Yes.

Why the Jacksons’ lawyer Panish is objecting to hearing this crucial information I don’t know but to me it does not matter. I find it essential to note that in addition to training with Travis Payne for 3 or 4 hours every day Michael was to go on stage in the evenings too. Add to it the workouts with Lou Ferrignio several times a week and you get a complete recipe for exhausting Michael even before the concerts started.

Travis Payne and Stacey Walker

Travis Payne assumes that this schedule was set by someone “higher up in production” and I am absolutely ready to believe him.

But when he assumes that this was done with Michael’s approval I regard it as a grave crime against the truth:

Q. Do you know who was setting the rehearsal schedule?

A. I would assume the higher up in production, with Michael’s approval.

Besides dancing and singing Michael had to attend to lots of other things. The AEG attorney showed Travis their schedule  for Central Staging in May 2009. At that time Michael was supposed to work mostly at home and little on stage as in May the dancers had not yet been selected. However in the Forum Michael was supposed to spend more time with the company and less at home:

Stabbins shows exhibit. Payne reads it.

Q.What is the document?

A.It just look like another schedule for May 12th.

Q. What does it all refer to?

A. It’s the location – Michael’s house. Wardrobe. Kenny after that. Center Staging for 1 hour. Rehearsal before lunch. After lunch – a 3D video meeting with the directors of the show and Michael. 3:30 – discussion of the show rundown, or rundown of previous days events. 4:30 session with Michael’s vocal trainer.

Q. Would this be a typical day during the time at Center Staging?

A. Yes, there was always people to meet, discussion to have, and if specific people had to be at the meeting, the schedule would be sent out to them.

Q. How did he seem to you?

A. He was busy with his work. He wasn’t just working with the crew and production on This is it. He was also working on an album and a book. And other things to go into his book.

Q. So he was not just working on the This is it Tour, is that correct?

A. Correct.

Q. What other hours did you work? What was your schedule?

A. Well, from 2p, to 4-5pm I would work during the private session at Carolwood. Then resumed with the company at Staples until 6pm.

Q. These would have been shorter dance rehearsals with Mr. Jackson because of the busy schedule?

A. Yes, I would go to his house, then go to company rehearsals.

Q. Was there increasingly less time rehearsing?

A. Yes. As we got closer to the schedule we did less private rehearsing.

Q. How was Mr.Jackson’s performance?

A. He was in working process. Not show standard. He was reading, was processing. I don’t expect him to be performing as if he were in front of a crowd because he wasn’t.

We learn that even on the day of Michael’s death Michael was to rehearse with Travis Payne in his house beginning with 2p.m.:

Q. Did you feel anything was wrong with him?

A. All I saw was improvement and that we were getting closer to the goals.

Q. Was he noticeably good?

A. He had improved then what he was in the past.

.. Q. I know this is difficult. Can you say how you found out about Mr.Jackson’s passing?

A.I was headed to my 2pm rehearsal with Michael at Carolwood….

The rehearsals with Michael started as early as March which by the time of his death made at least three months:

Q. What were the time periods of rehearsals?

A. From March to when he died.

So for full three months Michael was to train for 3 or 4 hours in the day time, then to rehearse on stage in the evening and some time in between work out with Lou Ferrignio too? Yes, this was the totally exhausting schedule demanded  of him by AEG.

No wonder Michael said on the night when he arrived from his last rehearsal ”I’m tired and fatigued and I’m treated like I’m a machine”.

I am treated like a machine

A quote from Murray’s interview with the police

It also seems that AEG overdid it with Michael even as compared with their own harsh standards and demands.

In May Michael was not even supposed to join the company but they still made him come again and again.

At some point of his testimony Travis Payne had to admit that Michael was not to join the rehearsals on stage until the entire company was brought together. Given that out of the 5000 invited dancers as many as 2500 people showed up the casting was a long process and the final 11 dancers were selected only by approximately the middle of May, so considering that there was no “company” before that time any talk about Michael missing rehearsals  in May was impossible even by the AEG standards. There was simply nothing to miss as the troop was not yet there.

AEG naturally objected to this information:

Q. You’ve testified that Randy Phillips was almost always at rehearsals, correct?

A. Yes.

Q. Would it be true to say that Mr. Jackson was not required to come to rehearsals until the entire company was ready?

A. I don’t think that’s completely accurate.

Q. That’s what I mean. It would not be completely accurate to say that Mr. Jackson was not required to come to rehearsals until the entire company was complete, right?

AEG: Objection.

(Panish reads from Payne’s transcript testimony from yesterday)

Panish: MJ wasn’t due to come to rehearsal until the entire troop  –

AEG: Objection.

When the Jacksons’ lawyer pressed on Travis Payne questions about the need or no need for Michael to attend the rehearsals Payne stubbornly persisted that Michael was to come to each and every one of them:

Q. Is it truthful to say Mr. Jackson did not have to come to rehearsal?

A. No, he had to come.

Q. Is it true to say Mr. Jackson wasn’t to come to rehearsal until everyone was ready for him?

A. No, he still had to come. There were other things he had to do.

Q. Is it correct to say Mr. Jackson did not have to come to rehearsals?

A. No, he needed to come to rehearsal. It was part of the job.

So Travis Payne says that it was part of Michael’s job? I wonder who said that to him? His AEG bosses? But AEG were the boss only for Travis and not for Michael Jackson!

But if AEG were no boss to Michael Jackson why did they determine Michael’s responsibilites and how much time he was to spend in various places designated by AEG? Michael was not in their employment and was not to be pushed about!

Well, even Travis Payne says that AEG was only Michael Jackson’s partner, and such a partner too who was not even to sponsor the tour. All they provided for their tour were their facilities which they had to fill anyway, therefore the fact the Michael was filling their venue for 50 dates looks to me more like his favor done to AEG than their favor done to him.

So these facilities were the only contribution AEG was making into the partnership as their contract made it clear that all the rest of the costs (transportation, wages, accommodation, all production expenses and much more) were to be covered by Michael Jackson. This was outrageous to say the very least.

Q. Was this tour different from previous tours?

A. Yes. This time it was a partnership, not a promotion. AEG would be a partner in This is it, not a sponsor.

Q. What is the difference between being a partner as opposed to being a sponsor?

A. Sponsors make investments and the show happens. That’s it. You don’t see reps daily. For This is it – it was a partnership. Because AEG have facilities all over the world, it was a partnership. Michael told me: This is good. AEG have all these facilities. He was excited to work with AEG.

Payne repeats the word “partner” several times evidently not realizing that if Michael was only a partner to AEG , they had no right whatsoever to dictate any terms to Michael Jackson. No demands about rehearsals, no nothing – he was to determine all those things himself.

Partners are equal and are absolutely not in each other’s employment, and this is probably why Michael liked the idea of it at all – it was supposed to leave him a lot of personal space and freedom, which alas he never received from his AEG ‘partners’:

Q. In the email Mr. Ortega is saying something about Billie Jean. What is that referring to?

A.This time Billie Jean was going to illuminate. We went through the process or securing that technology. The costume would light up.

Q. Was Mr.Jackson involved in that?

A. Yes.

Q. At the bottom of the email, it says our partner is specific about the – Who’s the partner?

A.Michael Jackson.

Indeed, what a great ‘partner’ AEG is! They don’t sponsor anything, but nevertheless make harsh demands, declare tough love on him, monitor the artist’s every step, isolate him and block his free communication with others, force him to follow their rules and schedules – or otherwise they will ‘pull the plug’!

Q. Did you have an understanding that AEG were talking about pulling the plug on the This is it show?

A. Yes.

Q. Did you understand that would cause significant stress on Mr. Jackson?

A. Yes.

AEG: Objection.

Q. You discussed this with Mr. Ortega – about AEG pulling the plug on This is it?

A. It wasn’t throughout, but we knew we had to get it together or the plug will be pulled.

At this point Payne’s testimony suddenly produced the idea of some ‘investments in the show’. Travis Payne must have been so brainwashed by his bosses that he doesn’t understand that if he says that Michael was only a partner of AEG who did not sponsor anything, he cannot simultaneously talk of them ‘investing’ in the show.

Making investments is absolutely not the same as lending or advancing money to someone. AEG lent the money to Michael and he invested it in the show and if the show failed he was to lose everything  as he was to return the money lent plus compensate for all the ‘damages’ and other inconveniences caused to poor AEG.

Travis Payne even gets offended when the attorney asks him about his previous testimony that Randy Phillips was coming every day to watch out for his ‘investment’ in the project:

Q. You previously stated that Mr. Phillips was coming every day to watch out for his investment, didn’t you?

A. I may have. I’m not privy to that.

Q. Sir, did you testify under oath that Mr. Phillips was coming every day to the This is it rehearsals to watch out for the investment of their company?

A. I don’t understand why investment is a bad thing. You make – I don’t have dog in this race. I’m not masking anything. When you do this, its pretty aggressive. I feel like you are cornering me sometimes.

And cornered he really is as he himself is saying two totally incompatible things – on the one hand Michael is an independent partner and AEG has no power over him (they are only advancing him money which will be by all means returned to them at least in the form of Michael’s assets), but on the other hand Travis thinks that Michael is expected to fulfill each of AEG’s wishes as if he were a humble employee of theirs.

The Jacksons’ lawyer plays up to the idea of ‘investment’ implying that even if someone invests money into some project they should be at least interested in protecting their investment and should therefore have their star’s best interests at heart. After all without this star there will be no show, so shouldn’t they take care of him as their best investment?

Q. Do you have an understanding what AEG was to gain from their investment?

A. No, that’s not to my understanding as an artist.

Q. Who was in charge of the show?

A. AEG was the producer and promoter. Certainly MJ was the star and had to be happy.

Q. You have to make sure the star is okay. If not, you lost money, correct?

A. Perhaps. I’m not privy to those details.

Q. There was lots going on. If AEG doesn’t have Mr. Jackson best interests, they are not protecting their investment, correct?

A. Objection.

To look into the original subject of missing rehearsals around which all the AEG fuss started I wondered how many rehearsals Michael did not attend. From my earlier calculations some four or five rehearsals were missed at the beginning of June due to making videos at Culver Studios, and three or four more rehearsals were missed in the middle and end of June when Michael was already dying in front of everyone’s eyes.

But to my amazement the number of rehearsals missed was downplayed by the AEG attorneys as well as Travis Payne himself.

I could hardly believe my eyes when he said that Michael missed only 5 rehearsals during the whole period of April-May-June.

And this was all? So why was AEG then threatening to pull the plug and what were they talking about at all?

A.Sometimes he was tired and lethargic and had to be, not convinced, but supported throughout rehearsals.

Q. How many times did Mr. Jackson miss rehearsals?

A.Not many.

Q.Less than five times?

A.May be about five.

Q.Were these times throughout the whole period of preparations for the tour?

What period of time was this?

Panish: Objection

Q.Were these times in June or through the entire period of This is it rehearsals?

A.Not many times than 5 times during the company rehearsals with the whole groups. April, May and June.

Q. Other than that, were there any times when Mr.Jackson could not perform at all?

A. I know there was a time when Kenny Ortega sent Michael home. I don’t know the reasoning. There was no other time. That was the only time.

Q. Rehearsing means Mr. Jackson getting up onstage. You don’t know how many times you saw him up on the stage?

A. No.

Q. No big deal, right?

A. Correct.

When asked why Michael was missing rehearsals Travis Payne said that he “did not know”:

Q. Why did he miss rehearsals?

A. I don’t know. He was tied up sometimes.

Q. Did he have good days and bad days?

A. Yes.

Q. Was there a pattern?

A. No. No pattern.

Travis cautiosly mentioned Michael’s frustration, only did not explain why Michael should be frustrated at all if he was so excited about the shows:

Q. How did he seem at rehearsals?

A. Some days better than other in his productivity and energy level. He was mainly excited. He had good days and bad days.

Q. Did you ever see him sick during this time period?

A. Yes, one day in particular near the end of our process. He was cold. He ultimately needed a blanket and heater to be comfortable in rehearsal. Um, I think the frustration and desire to get everything together had him on edge. But I took it that he was probably fighting cold. But I’m not certain.

If you come to think of it even a cold for a singer on the eve of his concerts must be a very grave reason for concern for the organizers of the tour and it is only for Travis that it is a mere trifle.

In fact he brushes off Michael’s health problems as unimportant and what he essentially says is that irrespective of Michael’s state production insisted on him to be on the stage. And if production wanted it Travis’s job was to ensure Michael’s coming no matter what – even despite the fact that Michael was very tired:

Q. You were at rehearsals with Mr. Jackson from 2pm to 5pm at his house?

A. Yes.

Q. And your worked how often with Mr.Jackson at his house?

A. Almost every day. Less as we got into the process. Whether there were problems with Michael or not, the production needed him to be on site at rehearsals with the case. Because it was time for everyone to be onsite together. That was the main reason. Likewise, production wanted to make sure Michael was coming. Sometimes we would have our private sessions. But production insisted we work less at the house, as we were needed at rehearsals. He seemed very tired, we all were.

Q. During the private rehearsal session that Mr.Jackson worked with you, he was actively engaged?

A.Yes.

2. ‘HE SEEMED VERY TIRED, WE ALL WERE’

This made me furious.

So he did notice it but simply did not care callously saying that ‘all of them were tired’? But what do I care for all of them?  If even a much younger Travis was tired, how much more tired must have been the fifty-year old Michael Jackson? The only thing that really mattered at that moment is that he was very tired and as for Travis I personally don’t give a damn.

The choreographers’ job and Michael’’s job were exactly the opposite in terms of conserving and releasing the energy needed for the show. They were to do their best at the preparation stage of the show and he was to do his best after the tour started. When he was to spring into the full working mode they were already free as birds and could leave the project and enjoy all the rest they needed after the good job done.

But for Michael Jackson all of it was only starting.

It was Michael who was to put all his remaining strength into the three hours of dance and song and do it every other day too, for three months running and practically non-stop.

It was he who was to take the full burden of the concerts upon his shoulders after the rehearsals, while the choreographers could fully relax and do as they pleased.

How can Travis Payne even dare brush away as unimportant the fact that Michael Jackson was very tired on the eve of the tour? This is exactly what these people are to blame for – instead of letting him save his energy, build up his stamina, train as much as he saw fit, dispose of his time as he wanted and sleep, sleep, sleep and sleep, they were exhausting him and depriving him of the last shreds of his strength even before the tour started.

Let me make a little correction though. After the tour started Travis Payne was expected to stay on the show as Michael Jackson asked him to .… make notes on each show and tell him what corrections needed to be made:

Q. Did you create the show and go away and then Mr.Jackson comes in?

A. No, that’s what I expected would happen. But Michael told me – he made clear to me that he expected me at every show, taking notes. He wanted to know if something was not perfect. He wanted me to be his eyes. I’ve done this before. I was told I was expected to stay the whole time.

Poor tired Travis, what a hard job was awaiting him after the tour started! No wonder Michael Jackson had to persuade AEG to pay him the salary which AEG thought too high and it was only due to Michael’s involvement that the matter between AEG and Travis Payne was settled to Travis’s full satisfaction:

Q. And was that contract with AEG Live?

A.AEG Live

Q. Did Michael Jackson get personally involved with negotiating your contract with AEG live?

A. Yes. We were at a standstill about the contract being signed – about my being engaged to work – because AEG was at a deadlock with my agent. So Michael spoke to them.

Q. AEG didn’t want to pay as much as Mr. Jackson pays you?

A. You could say that. The amount definitely was not in line with my standard operating cost.

Q. Did Mr. Jackson speak to AEG on your behalf?

A. He asked them to pay my standard cost.

Q. So Mr. Jackson solved the problem?

A. Yes.

Q. Did you get the amount you wanted?

A. It was fair.

And how nicely Travis is repaying his benefactor now – he is testifying for AEG and is probably not even telling the whole truth about the matter.

On several occasions the Jacksons’ lawyer caught him lying – for example, in the matter of how many rehearsals he did together with Jackson. When asked about the email Karen Faye sent him after Michael’s death where she asked him point blank why he was telling lies about This is it, Travis twisted and turned as if on a frying pan – he doesn’t know, he didn’t receive the message, even if he got it he erased it and he probably responded to it only he doesn’t remember about it:

Q. After Michael Jackson died, Karen Faye sent you a text message?

A. I don’t know.

Q. You don’t recall that Ms. Faye sent you a text message and asked you why you were lying to the media about Michael after he died?

A. I never received it.

Q. Are you denying it?

A. I’m saying there were many text messages. For Karen Faye to say I lied – if I got it, I erased it.

Q. Do you deny receiving a text message from Ms.Faye after Michael Jackson died? Asking you: Why are you lying to the media about Michael’s condition?

A. I don’t know if I received it. If you show it to me, I will be happy to address it.

Q. Do you have a memory of responding to Ms.Faye’s text message?

A. I certainly don’t remember. I don’t know.

Q. You deny responding to Ms.Faye’s text message?

A. I don’t know if it happened.

Q. Do you know who Charles Claypal is?

A.Yes.

Q. Did Mr. Claypal have a different opinion than you of Mr. Jackson’s physical condition?

A.I don’t know.

We also find out that Karen Faye addressed Travis Payne with her concerns about Michael’s health but he could not care less and told her to go to Kenny Ortega. He explained his disinterest in the subject by being a ‘creative person’ and the fact that he was hired by AEG to focus on the show.

As to Michael’s health he says he didn’t really notice anything  – except that Michael was very tired, was probably having a cold or  flu, had to be wrapped in blankets and warm himself with space heaters in the middle of summer, had trouble with sleep, was losing weight, was hurting a lot, was sore, etc. – but except that everything was perfectly okay and there were no reasons for concern:

Q. She [Karen Faye] could say things you could not because of her closeness?

A.Yes.

Q. In June, Ms.Faye made you aware she had become concerned about how Mr. Jackson looked, correct?

A. Yes. She was concerned. She came to me in an aggressive way. I told her: Anything you want to voice, to say – talk to Kenny.

Q. Who did Kenny Ortega report to?

A. He reported to Michael. MJ had a partnership with AEG, he worked with AEG.

Q. You say partnership. Who was partners with AEG?

A. Kenny was the producer. I don’t know the working relationship.

Q. Karen Faye had concerns about Mr.Jackson’s well-being and you didn’t do anything?

A.I said to her- because we were in the middle of rehearsal – I told her: If you feel it’s serious than converse with Kenny.

Q. Did you know if she went to Mr. Ortega?

A. I don’t know.

Q. You have seen emails of the discussion?

A. Yes.

Q. But you said you didn’t know if she went to Mr.Ortega?

A.I said I didn’t know.

Q. Did she go to Mr. Ortega?

A.Yes.

Q. And you didn’t do anything but tell Ms.Faye to speak to Kenny Ortega?

A. She wanted to call a doctor. There was a doctor already there. I’m a creative person. I was working on the show which I had been hired to focus on.

Q. On June 22nd, Ms.Faye was concerned about Mr.Jackson, correct?

A. I don’t know the date.

Q. She could look at Mr. Jackson and see signs you couldn’t.

A.Yes.

Q. She was frustrated?

A. Yes.

Q. She told you?

A.Yes.

Q. Did you feel everything was being done for Mr. Jackson?

A. No, I wanted him to have a physical therapist, nutrionist, massage – to have his family around. This was a different scenario for Michael. This was the first time MJ was working with an entity like AEG.

Q. Mr. Jackson had previously always had full control over production?

A. Yes, with his companies. I’ve always been hired by MJJ Productions before.

Q. This was first time you were hired by other company in relation to a Michael Jackson production?

A.Yes.

Travis is all smiles and is always ready for a good joke. At least when during his testimony he heard about Frank Dileo’s remark made two days prior to Michael’s death (“Bring him a bucket of chicken”) Travis Payne laughed, evidently considering the matter funny:

Q. Were present when Michael Bush told Frank Dileo about Michael Jackson having lost weight?

A. Yes.

Q. You heard them talking about Mr. Jackson not eating and being thin?

A. Yes.

Q. Was Mr. Dileo paid by AEG?

A. I don’t know.

Q. Did you hear Mr. Dileo say to get Michael Jackson a bucket of chicken?

A (laughing) No.

Q. You think that is funny?

A. Well it is now, the way you ask it.

However even despite all his indifference to Michael’s problems and infinite loyalty to AEG, closer to the end of his testimony Travis finally showed some faint signs of sympathy towards MJ. Looking at Michael’s photos he had to admit that he was too thin, was not in great physical shape and was sore. Under a heavy questioning from Jacksons’ attorney he admitted that he sensed that something was wrong and that the pressure of the show was taking a heavy toll on Michael (only he did not care):

SKELETAL June 19th, 2009 Michael is trying on his costumes

On June 19th, 2009 Michael was trying on his costumes

Q. You see this in when Mr. Jackson was getting fitted for the costume’s shoulder pieces, correct?

A. Yes, this is the first time Michael saw them.

Q. Did you see Mr. Jackson in his t-shirt during that fitting?

A. Yes.

Q. Did you see the collar-bone?

A. Yes.

Q. He’s pretty skinny?

A. Yes.

Q. Was this photo taken on the 19th? [June 19]

A. I believe so.

Q. He is not in great physical shape, is he?

A. No, not in great physical shape and he was sore.

Q. He was hurting?

A. Yes.

Q. Did you believe that Mr. Ortega was of the mindset that Mr. Jackson was not ready physically  for the tour, correct?

A. If he wrote that.

Q. This was in June. Five days before he died, correct?

A. Yes.

Q. You could sense that something was up – something was wrong, but you just didn’t know what it was, correct?

A. Yes.

Q. But you knew Mr. Jackson was different?

A. Yes.

Q. You knew within 4 days of his death that he was not the Michael Jackson you knew, correct?

A. Yes.

Q. And he died 4 days later?

A. Yes, on the 25th.

Q. Did you feel the pressure with the show had manifested themselves physically in Michael Jackson?

A. Yes.

When Travis Payne says that he “does not have a dog in this race and is not masking anything” I don’t believe him.

He knew very well why Michael was very tired, lethargic and even ‘loopy’ during the rehearsals. And he also knew that Michael’s state had absolutely nothing to do with prescription drugs as the Jackson attorneys are probably trying to prove it.

Due to the impossible schedule of the 50 shows and the burden of excessive rehearsals forced on Michael by AEG Michael was exhausted, stressed-out and was having a big trouble with sleep as he actually told  Travis about it:

Q. You say yesterday that Mr.Jackson was tired. Do you know why?

Panish: Objection. Judge: Overruled

Q.Michael explained to me he had trouble sleeping. But he was excited about touring again, that was it.

Q.During this time period did you notice Mr. Jackson losing weight?

A.Michael was always thin, from the time I met Michael in April I noticed he was thinner. How much he may have lost from April to June, I don’t know.

The more his testimony progressed the more evident it became that Travis Payne did have a dog in the race.

If he and other others knew all along of Michael’s problems with sleep, the fact that they willfully chose to ignore Michael’s most fundamental need makes Travis and all the rest of them accomplices in the crime of a slow and mindless killing of Michael Jackson.

Travis Payne chose to close his eyes on Michael’s problems and pretend that he was simply doing his job, though he was actually the first person who should have noticed the trouble  – he was working side by side with Jackson for full three months and if he had paid Michael at least a little of his attention Michael could be alive now.

All of them knew about Michael’s problems with sleep:

Q. You knew he had sleeping problems?

A. Yes.

Q. You knew Mr. Jackson was being treated by Dr. Murray for his sleeping problems?

A. Yes.

Q. It was widely known knowledge that Mr. Jackson had sleeping problems, correct?

A. Yes.

Q. It was widely known during Mr. Jackson’s tours – through the touring process, that Mr. Jackson had trouble sleeping?

A. Yes.

Q. To your knowledge, did Mr. Ortega know about Mr. Jackson’s sleeping problems?

A. Yes.

Q. Based on your knowledge, would you believe that anyone from AEG could not know about Mr. Jackson’s sleeping problems?

AEG: Objection.

Q. You know Mr. Gongaware?

A. Yes.

His desire to please AEG is almost unbearable. He knows that AEG were aware of Michael’s insomnia but is resisting the truth even though by now it is clear to everyone around that he is blatantly lying:

Q. Did you have an understanding that Mr. Gongaware knew about Mr. Jackson’s sleeping problems?

AEG: Objection.

Q. Sir, as far as you know, it was well known within the business that Mr. Jackson had sleeping problems, correct?

A. I don’t know how well known it was. I think many people knew. Michael told me.

Q. And you knew that before the This is it tour preparations?:

A. Yes.

Q. And to your knowledge, did Mr. Gongaware know Mr. Jackson had sleeping problems?

AEG: Objection.

A. NO!

So Travis Payne knew that Michael was fatigued and exhausted, had trouble sleeping and was quickly losing weight but all he was concerned about was that ‘the production felt he wasn’t coming to evening rehearsals enough’:

Q. At any other time other than that rehearsal – what were your concerns?

A. I had concerns that production felt he wasn’t coming to evening rehearsals enough. I had concerns we needed to create a show that Michael would like doing. If it was too ambitious it wouldn’t be fun for him. If it was less, Michael Jackson fans would not like it. So it had to be balanced.

After his testimony there can be no doubt that in the open war AEG was waging against Michael Jackson Travis Payne chose to go over to the other side and fully collaborate with Michael’s harassers instead of helping the man who trusted him to be his friend.

Let me finish with Travis by Panish showing him the picture of all of them at the premiere of This is it:

Q. Whose is this?

A. Frank Dileo, Randy Phillips, Kenny Ortega and me at the L.A. Premiere.

Q. They look pretty happy about this?
A. Yes. You know we were just happy to put the worst behind us. It has been very difficult, things were finally coming together.

So for Travis Payne the worst was over and things were finally coming together?  Oh my God….

 3. THE WAY MICHAEL REHEARSED

With the matter of Travis Payne closed one more question is still preoccupying me – could AEG be at least partially right in claiming that Michael should go on stage at every rehearsal? What if it was indeed an objective need?

To be able to answer this question we need to look at the way Michael rehearsed for the previous tours and the testimony from the same two choreographers may be some help in this respect.

This is what Travis Payne said about the History tour:

Q. Do you recall how much time Mr.Jackson spent working with the dancers on this show? Did he spend a lot of time rehearsing with the dancers?

A. No, not extensively. But it’s safe to say Michael would get caught up to speed. He was very good at giving people their space. And then he would join in.

So Michael did not spend much time rehearsing with the dancers…  He “gave people their space” and only then joined in.  And this absolutely did not hinder him to make the phenomenal showsduring the tour!

Stacey Walker said the same about the time she took part in the History tour. The ABC7 Court News tweets are quoting her:

On the “History” tour, Walker worked about 6 months. She was one of the two girls dancer in The Way You Make Me Feel. “I feel it’s my song”. Dancers rehearsed by themselves in LA. Then went to France, rehearsed in a studio at Disneyland. MJ showed up one or two times.

So Michael Jackson showed up just one or two times at the general rehearsals with the company when they were preparing for the History tour? Interesting.

As regards the way Michael rehearsed for the Dangerous tour I recently quoted an article of December 1993 which was actually about the tour cancellation, however it mentioned somewhat in passing that the tour organizer Marcel Avram said that Michael “barely rehearsed” for the tour:

He alleges that Jackson barely rehearsed for the tour and indeed requested to cancel or postpone it on Aug. 19–less than one week before the first concert was scheduled to take place in Bangkok.

http://articles.latimes.com/1993-12-29/entertainment/ca-6422_1_pop-star-michael-jackson

Michael ‘barely rehearsed’ the way it looked to Marcel Avram!  But despite this Michael still gave first class concerts and the tour was cancelled only due to the problem with painkillers which arose in that extremely difficult period of Michael’s life when the unhealed surgery on his head was combined with the pain of all those false molestation stories.

The above is already giving us the idea that in preparation for the shows Michael was specifically avoiding too much strain to preserve his energy for the show, but I was elated to find a much more detailed information about the same from  the UK choreographer Anthony King.

In his blog Anthony King analyzes every song Michael rehearsed in preparation for the Dangerous tour, sometimes providing us with precious little tips which help us understand how Michael was getting ready for the shows. Some of those points are directly applicable to This is it – like this one, for example:

JAM, the Dangerous tour rehearsal:

The final version, of the Dangerous Tour had a very good combination of live backing vocals with the rap section and the over-lines, near the end. We also hear the backing vocalist, applauding and screaming when Michael sings his first line of the rehearsal. I guess this is a sign of appreciation and respect but in my opinion just on the limit of respect. You don’t want to add pressure to Michael or the artist, so that they feel that HAVE to perform in rehearsal because everybody is watching them. If you are cheering you are probably not focusing on your job enough!

I feel like this was a major issue during “This is it” and was so because Michael felt like he had to justify himself every 10 seconds, that he wasn’t going all out and that he had to conserve his voice – this is certainly NOT acceptable. The star should NEVER have to explain themselves to crew, team and dancers or ever FEEL the need to do so.

Michael Jackson proved himself over decades and shouldn’t have to justify anything. On the other hand, they are all fans and they are all excited and the Dangerous Tour crew seemed to be a great team and most of them did know Michael for a very long time, so it’s cool and not an issue from this footage but an interesting point.

http://anthony-king.com/blog/jam-the-dangerous-tour-rehearsals-michael-jackson/

“Michael Jackson proved himself over decades and shouldn’t have to justify anything.”  But this is the very essence of his problem with AEG! Michael was the master of the show and the fact that he had to justify himself every 10 minutes only testifies to how terribly humiliated and mistreated he was by those in AEG and their helpers!

In the next piece Anthony King explains that Michael did not do much dancing when rehearsing his songs. He liked rehearsing in the dark and always sang very softly at rehearsals to conserve his voice.

HUMAN NATURE, the Dangerous tour rehearsal:

Michael doesn’t do too much dancing or moving around during this song, as he is taking a rest from an energetic opening and the first two songs. Consequently the lighting is probably the most finished out of all the songs and you can see that they are using strong lights with some really nice shapes, colours and patterns. Note that Michael doesn’t rehearse with spotlights, so that would also come later to brighten the stage even more, so it’s normal if it looked a little dark – Michael liked to rehearse in the dark.

Michael was really getting into this rehearsal and singing well. He asked the technicians to turn his microphone up (“more voice”) which makes no noticeable difference (although he is singing quietly, I always think he could have sung a little louder, for that). Michael sings quite softly during this rehearsal and one of the themes of the rehearsal is to turn the microphone up.

http://anthony-king.com/blog/human-nature-the-dangerous-tour-rehearsals-michael-jackson/

Here is the rehearsal footage of “Will you be there” to illustrate King’s points. Michael Jackson hardly dances there and does very little singing too. In fact his singing and dancing is more like ‘marking’ what the song will be like in the future:

During the rehearsal of Bad for the Dangerous tour he barely sings and dances only when he wants to:

Anthony King speaks about the dynamics of Michael’s dance style and says that by the History tour Michael slowed down but this only added to the pace of the show :

 History tour: I must comment on Michael’s dance style through the years and especially during the History tour. I think that dance vocabulary wise, MJ reached his pinnacle during the History tour. This is because he obviously had mastered and enjoyed his locking, robotics and popping and really showed this off during songs like “Stranger in Moscow” and “Billie Jean”. He also had a renewed sense of pace. He slowed down a lot compared to previous tours. Military wise and choreographically speaking he was amazing, there is a real dynamic sense of space in songs like “They don’t care about us”. He also had a renewed sense of control. Knowing to slow down and to pose and then move. A genius of dance.

During rehearsals anything can happen, so Michael’s request for a teleprompter for This is it should be no surprise. When rehearsing Beat it Michael forgot his words too. Anthony King says that (twenty years ago) it happened “as usual”:

Michael’s vocal was brilliant and almost better than on the actual Dangerous Tour! As usual, Michael forgot the words to the song, just like he did later in the “Royal concert in Brunei

And this piece is about rehearsing “She is out of my life” and about the way Michael politely sorted out the problems with the other performers. Again he sings very quietly:

This is an initial rehearsal so we shouldn’t read too much into the mistakes and performance as they are still planning, preparing and in some cases re learning the parts. That said, the keyboards during this song are far too loud and heavy. I would go as far to say as they are missing any kind of feeling at all. In addition the keyboardist made several mistakes. I would put this down to nervousness, because the mistakes were simple ones and the mistakes were not continued during the actual Dangerous tour.

Michael was forced to say, “can you turn the piano down some, please“. Previously, I think that he was singing quietly, rather than keyboards too loud but on this occasion he was spot on – they were way over the top and way too forceful.

Michael was also very polite, considering that he had already told them to turn the keyboards down. I think that Michael was trained or just was very aware that he should be polite, all of the time, in public. I think this is because if you get chastised by the King of Pop, you’re going to remember it forever and it could potentially damage you for a long time! You aren’t going to forget that! He really was a nice guy with his team and band, as is evident from this video.

With that said, he was annoyed by it because you could hear it in his voice leading up to it and especially when he said it, even though he was extremely polite. Again, Michael was warmed up at this point and sang well and didn’t skip any of the high notes. This is a song from the tour that is based upon Michael’s solo performance and voice so we didn’t have any classic “Michael Jackson moves“, either.

Here is another video which shows the difference between rehearsals and the actual performances (the video is a great thing of its own):

And here is a valuable piece about the Bad tour and Michael eventually being introduced to lip-synching technology which was used by him when he was doing difficult dance routines:

The first shows in the first leg were completely live and Michael’s voice was amazing and perfectly on point. During the later parts of the tour Michael would begin to experiment with different backing vocals and lip syncing technology which he would later utilise in parts of Smooth Criminal, Man in the Mirror, Bad and The way you make me feel, especially. Michael would also perform songs, only in the first few shows like, Things I do for you, You are my lovely one, Shake your Body (down to the ground) which were replaced by his newer classics.

As regards choreography Travis Payne is mentioned again quoting Michael Jackson’s words: “Why change a good thing that works?” which once again confirms that when the choreography was created it was rarely changed, and this means that during This is it rehearsals Michael had nothing new to learn:

Travis Payne would go on to say, in his THIS IS IT, preparations that Michael’s philosophy was “Why change a good thing that works?” and I tend to agree! Michael would keep the foundation of many of his songs through the years and rarely change choreography, from the Bad tour through to This is it. They would enhance what they had created which is clearly seen from the Bad tour performances of “Smooth Criminal”, compared to Dangerous, History performances of Smooth Criminal with Lean, with extended Robotics sections, slowed circle slide etc.

http://anthony-king.com/michaeljacksonarticles/michael-jackson%E2%80%99s-bad-tour/

Since the above was indeed interesting I got slightly carried away and distracted from the main subject, but the next quote from Anthony King will directly concern the matter whether Michael Jackson rehearsed much or little for his earlier tours.

In an interview Anthony King gave to Sky News sometime in September 2009 he discussed the first 13minutes from the This is it footage leaked to the press.

The perfect marvel of this conversation is that Anthony King doesn’t know that his words may drive another nail into AEG’s coffin and therefore chirps like a happy bird comparing Michael’s great rehearsals for This is it with Michael’s barely singing and dancing at the Dangerous and History rehearsals.

In fact Anthony King is amazed that at This is it rehearsals Michael is actually “going for it”.  He says it is the most energetic rehearsal he has ever seen.

When the host asks him whether such full-out rehearsals could have an enormous physical strain on Michael’s body he says that it all of it depends on the preparation of the show and that Michael had his crew around him that “would be helping him”.

Oh, if only Anthony King knew … There was absolutely no one to help Michael Jackson. He was all alone and struggling for his life…

Here is the video followed by the transcript (this is the most I could make of their conversation):

Michael jackson THIS IS IT Rehearsal Sky News interview Anthony King

Host: It is extraordinary footage. He does appear on top of his game?

A.King: Very true. In actual fact if you watch some of his old rehearsal footage like in the Dangerous tour for example, he used to dance a lot less in his rehearsals, he is really going for it [now]. It is unusual from the footage I’ve seen of previous rehearsals, he is really doing it. Same choreography as before, basically. Good performance, a good performance and a pretty energetic rehearsal, even more energetic than maybe Bad rehearsals and Dangerous tour.

This choreography is from 1996, the History tour and the choreography is based on that, basically the same thing.  Rehearsal wise… when he was rehearsing for his tours he used to dance ten years ago … even in the Bad tour, if you watch the Bad tour rehearsal footage he does not dance! He walks, wearing a big jacket and just walks through. But this … he is actually dancing and going for it. Musically it sounds really great – you can hear it, and the back singers sound really great. You can see that this is a rehearsal and the music is in working progress and it sounds like some parts are temporary but it sounds really good.

Host: He really means business…He is thirteen minutes on stage…

A.King: Well, it is silly… thirteen minutes is one or two songs. Obviously he was really going for it. 

Host: Could it have put an enormous strain on his body if he had been exercising for some time? What is the physiological stress you put on the body during those dance moves?

A.King: Well yes, it is a case of preparation. But he’s been doing it all his life. The This is it tour wasn’t really The History tour was a lot bigger, the Bad tour was a lot bigger in a sense that he was flying around the world and was performing more dates. This is something he has been doing all his life and in that sense I don’t feel that… it is just a case of his preparation. He had his crew around him, he had his team that would have been helping him. I know the incredible Halk was helping him train and I think it is just a case.. it’s his business to prepare … I think it’s obviously a lot of stress. He does look a bit thin, but again you just build up.. it is stressful time working on a tour.. I guess that he had a lot of business activity as well, so he was probably building up to it, and it was obviously a working process but he was looking good.

In this video Anthony King told us everything we needed to know about the way Michael Jackson prepared himself for the earlier tours.

In private he trained a lot, no doubt about it, but when he joined the company he danced and sang very little saving his energy and voice for the concerts.

So the near-concert mode he displayed in the This is it footage was very unusual for him and was most probably done to appease the appetites of the AEG sharks who were demanding their “product” even at the rehearsal stage and were blackmailing Michael to perform full-time or otherwise they ‘pull the plug’.

They exhausted Michael even at the stage of rehearsals.

They forced him to perform and this is why they brought those two high-definition cameras to shoot it. They got their rehearsal footage and had their hundreds of millions for selling it, but by doing it they deprived us of the chance to see his concerts and him of the chance to live …

4.  THE LAST WORD

The choreography used for This is it was known to Michael since time immemorial, and as Travis Payne said Michael was having absolutely no problem with that. So he could have come to rehearsals to simply watch the others dancing, and this would have been nothing extraordinary for him as this was his usual mode of rehearsing for the shows.

I don’t even know of the right word to call AEG for their demands towards Michael to come on stage every evening and sing and dance there as if it were a concert. There is no word to describe the tragedy they arranged for him by their willful, arrogant and criminal behavior which turned his last days into a never-ending misery and nightmare.

Anthony King has no doubts whatsoever that Michael would have made those concerts and I fully agree with him, but with one reservation only – Michael would have made those concerts if it had not been for AEG.

AEG’s mercenary plans were the major stumbling block for Michael’s dream come true. If these people did not feel like the whole universe is and should be revolving around their precious selves, we would not be sitting here now hoping to see at least a hologram of Michael, but would be seeing him in flesh and blood, and only God knows what tremendous good he would have done not only to his own family and children, but to all of us the children of this planet.

But due to AEG it will never happen.

Probably the only good thing Travis Payne said about Michael was this:

Q. Was Mr. Jackson a humanitarian?

A. Yes.

Q. What did he do as a humanitarian?

A. He still holds the Guinness World Record for donating the most money to charity of any entertainer. Many of his songs had to do with bringing awareness, about the planet. The needs of the planet and people around the world. He was shining light on problems and what he could do to help. To get involved to effect positive change.

Q. Michael Jackson was always a dedicated humanitarian?

A. It was what I saw. I felt it was his passion.

Q. Why did Michael Jackson want to do this tour?

A. So he could unite people around the world.

So he could unite people around the world….

It suddenly struck me that the last song Michael Jackson sang during his last rehearsal on June 24th was Earth song.

At the AEG  trial the picture of Michael singing this song was shown to Travis Payne and he made a remark generally untypical for sensible men like him. He said that it was a  spiritual moment, almost a prayer:

almost a prayer

There is indeed something symbolic in this last picture left to us by Michael Jackson.

This is the last day of his life. In a few hours from this moment he will die.

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TeamMichaelJackson is posting full transcripts from the AEG trial. Please help them to help all of us to learn the truth: http://teammichaeljackson.com/archives/8530

Stacey Walker, Associate Producer  May 13, 2013

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34 Comments leave one →
  1. June 3, 2013 1:49 pm

    “Thank you” – Anthony King

    Thank you, Anthony. Your blog is a jewel and we found there everything we were looking for.

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  2. June 2, 2013 7:21 am

    Thank you. Brilliant work

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  3. May 29, 2013 4:28 pm

    “lena, sorry darling for my ignorance i should have done a bit more research and i would definitely try to find the movie thanks for the info sweetie”

    Goodie, you needn’t apologize for anything. It is impossible to know everything and none of us does. You put in your knowledge and experience and I put in mine. And all of us together will probably make it.

    P.S. No sooner did I say it than I realized my own mistake – the director of the film is Paolo Pasolini.
    Trailer for it:

    One more:

    If you watch the trailers I am sure that you will never want to see the film. Too depressive. But AEG grinding down Michael Jackson is no better.

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  4. goodie permalink
    May 29, 2013 3:00 pm

    lena, sorry darling for my ignorance i should have done a bit more research and i would definitely try to find the movie thanks for the info sweetie

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  5. May 29, 2013 7:00 am

    Just would like to say that the comment mentioned below was not from me, must be a different Susanne.
    Nevertheless, I also agree with it.

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  6. May 29, 2013 5:58 am

    “helena sorry dear but russian movies are hard to find in my part of the world but i did purchase the on hearing about it from you thanks!!! sorry i meant i purchased the book on hearing from you” – Goodie

    No, the film is not Russian, it is by an Italian director Paolo Pasolini. If you watch the movie I need to warn you that there are many sex scenes there. Decameron as the book is also by an Italian – Giovanni Boccaccio, a poet who wrote it in the 14th century. I haven’t read it but feel very much like it now.

    I saw the movie some twenty years ago but even today remember the impression it produced on me – it depicted the society fully contaminated with vice in its various forms. It showed ultimate evil as everyday people’s routine and no one even having an inkling that something is wrong with the way they live. And the fact that this evil was so matter-of-fact and accepted by all is what impressed most about the film.

    In all this living hell there were only two exceptions, two small islands of purity – a young couple who were in love with each other and a painter who raised to heavenly heights when he was creating his masterpieces. While painting his frescos he could go without food and sleep and looked like he was driven by God, but when the work was over he returned to his old ugly self and became like all the rest of them.

    In the ancient Zoroastrian tradition (which I happened to study just at the time I saw the film) Love and Creative process are symbolized by Fire which, as the Zoroastrian myth says, is the only sphere which was not contaminated by evil at the beginning of times. For today’s life it means that when humans fall in love or are inspired by the process of creation they are close to what God wanted them to be like when creating the world. It is a myth and you can believe or disbelieve it, but I was amazed by the coincidence of first hearing of it and then seeing a clear manifestation of it in the film by Pasolini.

    As to the morals of the then society depicted in the film they remind me very much of the people of today. The AEG trial is showing them the ugliest skeletons in the deepest AEG cupboards but they pretend they don’t notice them and keep shifting all the blame onto Michael and tripping at his family. For some reason no one says that AEG should also be held responsible for their decisions. By the way they are also adults and not kids, but these adults are allowed to lie, deceive, tyrannize others and show total disrespect for every societal and human law. However no one is surprised as this is evidently considered a “norm”. These comments are typical:

    Sorry, but AEG is not in the baby-sitting business. Aside from that, MJ was 50, not 5.

    The only person responsible for Jackson is Jackson – they didn’t tie him down and shove a needle in his arm – he was definitely old enough to know that taking ANY drug like this could be hazardous – I hope they lose and have to pay costs – His family is JUST as guilty for this and are only interested in money… they’d pick his flesh and sell it if they could.

    -If he had lived, this tour would have been a disaster.
    -Would have been more interesting to watch than just having him die suddenly.

    Michael Jackson was not helpless at all. He was a grown up man, capable and able to do many things – good and bad things. But he wanted us to believe that he was a ‘helpless victim’ because that made it more easy to hide the sides of his character that he did not want us to see and take notice of.

    This is freaking a waste of time.

    I fail to see how a concert promoter is responsible for the drug addiction of stars. The last I heard they were adults and made their own decisions. The Jackson family is evil, and I hope those kids get taken away as soon as possible. They don’t need that kind of crazy in their lives.

    The Jackson mom makes me sick.
    He’s dead, it’s his fault, the intricacies of who was paying whom is irrelevant, nobody forced him onto propofol or Jesus Juice. She’s just trying to make some moolah.

    She is as evil as the rest of the brood,hope their ploy to get more money fails .
    What caused his sleeping problem was a ton of opiates in his system, opiates s-t-i-m-u-l-a-t-e the brain, meaning euphoria, your brain is jumping around saying “yay
    Dopamine!!!!!! i feel great!!!! How about some propofol so i can relax? sleep?

    It never occurs to these people that there wasn’t even a trace of opiates found in Michael’s system, let alone “a ton” of them. But truth is not the strongest point of these people. The only comment I agree with is the one left by Susanne:

    As I see it, it’s not only about justice and the truth about MJ. It’s a battle between good and evil going on. And I’m not just talking about this case.

    The comments are taken from the new article by Alan Duke: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/28/showbiz/jackson-death-trial/index.html?sr=sharebar_twitter#cnn-disqus-area

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  7. goodie permalink
    May 28, 2013 6:49 pm

    sorry i meant i purchased the book on hearing from you

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  8. goodie permalink
    May 28, 2013 6:48 pm

    helena sorry dear but russian movies are hard to find in my part of the world but i did purchase the on hearing about it from you thanks!!!

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  9. Sina permalink
    May 28, 2013 5:34 pm

    @ Helena
    In fact the agreement had a point of negligence. This was the only point which remained after the Chandlers dropped everything else. We don’t need to stretch the truth at all (as real truthseekers we don’t need any lies) and I don’t see reasons why we should not talk about “negligence

    I agree, this is really not something to stretch, as it is a fact and in paper. We all know that he was forced by the circumstances to settle and that no crime was comitted.

    Its obligatory for fans to undertand the circumstances , the impact of the case and its spin off .The rest of Michael public life was defined by this case.
    From then on It became common concensus that its ok to lie and cheat on him and treat him as less than human.The AEG debacle is just one example out of many, but happened to become the climax of what had been building up for years.

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  10. TatumMarie permalink
    May 28, 2013 3:32 pm

    From what I remember the Chandlers removed the sexual allegations as a plea for Michael to discontinue the extortion investigation. Plus what you said too.

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  11. Lopsided man permalink
    May 28, 2013 3:07 pm

    My understanding is that the Chandlers withdrew the sexual molestation component of the lawsuit because the insurance company wouldn’t pay for that, so they replaced it with negligence. Michael settled, while denying negligence or sexual molestation.

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  12. May 28, 2013 5:03 am

    “is it me or every friend of mike turns out be a gold digging SOB”

    Goodie, I think it is something different. It is a sign that the world is SICK and does not notice it.

    Have you ever seen the film Decameron by Pasolini? He shows the world full of utter depravity where each person deceives another person and there are no values left to live by.

    You think someone is a friend but he takes you to a tomb, steals from you and leaves you doomed to a slow death there.

    You think you’ve found true love but her only desire is to get your money and get rid of you by breaking the wooden boards in their medieval toilet so that the man drowns in shit in the literal meaning of the word. When he gets out the whole town is laughing at him and the stench. It has been a joke played by her on everyone who fell for her charms and they were looking forward to it happening again. Actually many of them willingly took part in the “joke”.

    And so on and so forth. In short it is sheer hell on earth where you cannot rely on anyone as everyone is a predator and evereone thinks that it is the only normal way to live one’s life.

    I haven’t read Boccaccio’s book written in the 14th century but hear that the background for it was the Plague or the Black Death raging in Europe at the time which swept away 70% of its population.

    “The sum of thirteen hundred and forty eight years had elapsed since the fruitful Incarnation of the Son of God, when the noble city of Florence, which for its great beauty excels all others in Italy, was visited by the deadly pestilence. Some say that it descended upon the human race through the influence of the heavenly bodies, others that it was a punishment signifying God’s righteous anger at our iniquitous way of life.” Thus begins Boccaccio’s description of the plague in The First Day of The Decameron.

    The Decameron is set in Florence in 1348, when the black plague has ravished the city. The social order has broken down: laws are not enforced, funeral rites are ignored as bodies pile up, and once-full households are peopled only by servants. Help is refused to the sick, and loyal servants die from exposure to their infected masters. Those who take up the task of removing bodies–a “gravedigging fraternity…drawn from the lower orders of society”–exploited the high demand for undertakers, and often ignored the dead person’s burial wishes. As graves fill up, churches begin building trenches to accommodate the flood of corpses.

    Citizens approach the tragedy differently. Some choose to isolate themselves away from the infected, living without excess or entertainment. Others take advantage of the chaos and “drink heavily, enjoy life to the full…gratify all of one’s cravings whenever the opportunity offered, and shrug the whole thing off as one enormous joke.” A third group lives as they did before the plague, except now they carry around spices to combat the stench of rotting bodies.

    Another alternative is to flee the city, believing that the disease wouldn’t spread beyond the city’s walls, or that Florence was being decimated by divine forces. Such is the decision arrived at by seven young ladies and three men who are attending services at the church of Santa Maria Novella. The well-off youths are emotionally depleted from the deaths of numerous friends and family members, and wish to escape the morbid scenes and eschew further exposure to the plague. They go to a country house, some two miles from the city, and spend ten carefree days of repose, festivities and storytelling. https://coursewikis.fas.harvard.edu/aiu18/Decameron

    What was done to Michael during his life, is being done now through people like WR, AEG and those who support it, and the overall public reaction to all this hell reminds me of the medieval Plague.

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  13. May 28, 2013 3:53 am

    “But this is a common misconception / lie propagated by the likes of Dimond, and I felt it was important to correct it. I also encourage you and everyone else to correct this error whenever and wherever you see and hear it.” – lopsided man

    In fact the agreement had a point of negligence. This was the only point which remained after the Chandlers dropped everything else. We don’t need to stretch the truth at all (as real truthseekers we don’t need any lies) and I don’t see reasons why we should not talk about “negligence”.

    Negligence is a very broad term. Once I left my child under the care of my friend (for one day only) and in my absence there was a terrible accident involving a bicycle. Was it negligence on the part of my friend? Most probably it was as she was busy with something and was not looking. But I am absolutely not sure that she was to blame for it – it was an accident, a deplorable one, but still an accident.

    Mr. Agajanjan had a similar accident with his daughter when they were in Neverland – they went on a horse ride and his daughter fell and was taken to hospital (with a brain concussion if I remember it right). But he never sued MJ like the Chandlers did though he had a full right to do it.

    What could be regarded as “negligence” in cases like that of the Chandlers? ANYTHING. Even things like “he touched my son’s hair” and “hugged him” and it “caused my child unbearable suffering”, especially if some twenty years some quack of a doctor explains to them that it was “abuse”. This is what most probably done to Wade Robson.

    I’ve now added the screenshots of the Chandler settlement to the post made three years ago about it: https://vindicatemj.wordpress.com/2010/04/28/mjagreement/

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  14. goodie permalink
    May 27, 2013 11:02 pm

    is it me or every friend of mike turns out be a gold digging SOB

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  15. Lopsided man permalink
    May 27, 2013 7:40 pm

    “@ Lopsided man. my point was to explain settlement in general,not to discuss the Chandler settlement. Anyone can draw their own conclusion. “

    Sina, I understand. But this is a common misconception / lie propagated by the likes of Dimond, and I felt it was important to correct it.

    I also encourage you and everyone else to correct this error whenever and wherever you see and hear it.

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  16. goodie permalink
    May 27, 2013 2:10 pm

    yes you remember in schmuley tapes he said he wanted to be buried among children, he would feel secure that way now i understand better than ever as to what he meant.

    God have mercy in this planet,we are sinking to a place beyond hell

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  17. May 27, 2013 1:54 am

    goodie: Also an AMEN from me.
    This is exactly what I tried to explain last week to a German fan who didn’t know how to understand Michael’s love for children and was uncertain if it is even an obsession. Knowing what people thought about him must have created a huge unsecurity at public appearances. I think what in the beginning was just pure love for children in the course of time became a necessity to feel secure, even to survive.

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  18. May 27, 2013 12:08 am

    “these past few days it actually occurred to me with greater force than ever before as to why he wanted children around him, he was in the true sense of the word a lonely man,anybody could pass judgement on him without giving a damn, calling him a transgender a woman a freak and god knows what… it would have killed him, nobody i guess had the guts to go unto him and say all this on his face,they all did it in a crowd or behind his back like a typical gold digger. This must have made him so insecure that loneliness would have become his only defense, but who wants to even die alone? Children don’t have prejudices they don’t judge and are definitely are blunt so they must have made him feel secure and actually unconditionally loved. Everything is falling into right places, his unorthodox philosophy, his preference for children.. everything. I am so upset with all this hypocrisy when i have to deal with only 10 people or so passing their judgments out of complete ignorance, stupidity and desperation that i want to go and settle down on mars for good then he must have terribly lost his faith in humanity and i guess it was restored by childlike innocence; u know something like when an atheist comes back to the grace of lord… something as strong as that.”- goodie

    Amen.

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  19. goodie permalink
    May 26, 2013 11:21 pm

    maybe it is not the correct place to say it but i really wanna share it
    these past few days it actually occurred to me with greater force than ever before as to why he wanted children around him, he was in the true sense of the word a lonely man,anybody could pass judgement on him without giving a damn, calling him a transgender a woman a freak and god knows what… it would have killed him, nobody i guess had the guts to go unto him and say all this on his face,they all did it in a crowd or behind his back like a typical gold digger. This must have made him so insecure that loneliness would have become his only defense, but who wants to even die alone? Children don’t have prejudices they don’t judge and are definitely are blunt so they must have made him feel secure and actually unconditionally loved. Everything is falling into right places, his unorthodox philosophy,his preference for children.. everything. I am so upset with all this hypocrisy when i have to deal with only 10 people or so passing their judgments out of complete ignorance, stupidity and desperation that i want to go and settle down on mars for good then he must have terribly lost his faith in humanity and i guess it was restored by childlike innocence; u know something like when an atheist comes back to the grace of lord… something as strong as that.

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  20. Sina permalink
    May 26, 2013 4:44 pm

    @ Lopsided man. my point was to explain settlement in general,not to discuss the Chandler settlement. Anyone can draw their own conclusion.

    “The parties recognize that the settlement payment set forth in this paragraph 3 are in settlement of claims by Jordan Chandler, Evan Chandler and June Chandler for alledged compensatory damages for alledged personal injuries arising out of claims of negigence and not of intentional or wrongful acts of sexual molestation”

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  21. Lopsided man permalink
    May 26, 2013 2:56 pm

    “Example, even though Chandler vs MJ was settled and Michael did not admit molesting Jordy, he did admit negligence.” – Sina

    Michael DID NOT admit to negligence at all.

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  22. May 25, 2013 7:36 pm

    Reblogged this on MJJ Fan News.

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  23. Sina permalink
    May 25, 2013 3:49 pm

    I was just thinking . Michaels kids were home schooled and during shoolhours they were around the house. They must have seen who visited on a daily basis, how often Travis was there and who else came to the house and they can testify on it . I hope there is no need for them to take the stand. But if they do, more lies will be exposed.

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  24. MagUK permalink
    May 25, 2013 3:38 pm

    I can’t quite articulate what I want to say, and of course it is just my opinion .. but it seems that those at AEG were unable to recognise what they had in Michael..

    They certainly didn’t seem to understand they were working with a genius ( who had a history of surpassing anything anyone else had achieved). If only AEG had shown that they had complete trust in him to produce excellence as he had always done previously, and allowed him take the lead, I believe he would still be here today having successfully completed all the shows and living the life he envisaged for himself and his children..

    It makes me angry, and also breaks my heart, that it seems like they treated him as some new kid on the block who needed to constantly prove he was up to the job.. He must have felt so insulted. Of course he needed to rehearse and prepare for the shows, and be involved in the other aspects of the production. Clearly he was doing all of that with enthusiasm and commitment and working really hard.. At some point he must have realised that as things progressed, control was being taken away from him, and the whole idea of a successful outcome was in jeopardy.

    Subjected to such an immense psychological pressure, no wonder his physical health deteriorated.. not helped by the ever worsening insomnia and the drastic measures used to get some sleep, to be able to meet the ever increasing demands of the next day.

    In simple terms it seems to me that AEG were just grinding him down. I believe it was they who were “not up to it”, not Michael.. but he paid the price and they must bear some of the responsibility.

    There have been so many down the years who, having worked with Michael, said how much they learned from him and the way he got the best out of people because he treated them with respect.

    AEG got the ultimate prize in Michael and they trashed him.

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  25. May 25, 2013 1:45 pm

    “This trial will be a breaking point to show the world THE TRUE MICHAEL JOE JACKSON!” – jadz28958

    Yes, the world will never be the same after all this. It is extremely sad that Michael had to die for the changes to at least start taking place. The price is indeed too high. But evidently otherwise no one would have woken up. If only we could return him…

    The media is beginning to admit the changes. I wonder how far it will go:

    “It’s all downside for A.E.G.,” said Bill Werde, the editorial director of Billboard magazine. “And this trial affects A.E.G., as well as the touring and broader music industry. Every time people see headlines about these incredibly sad details of Michael Jackson’s life, it makes this seem to be an uncaring business that exploits stars, even to their peril.”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/15/business/media/at-michael-jackson-trial-question-of-aegs-negligence.html?pagewanted=all&_r=2&

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  26. jadz28958 permalink
    May 25, 2013 10:25 am

    Thank you for putting it in the words that everyone of us can see the TRUE Michael and what he stands for!

    Yes the world needs to wake up and just see that MICHAEL JACKSON was not just this wonderful entertainer that the world saw with so much power!
    But THE LOVE HE had in his heart for every one! This is a true sign that most people who don’t know Michael miss out!

    Michael had to fight for every thing in his life even the simple loving things that people choose to to make dirt of!

    RESPECT AND LOVE THE MAN THAT MEANT SO MUCH TO SO MANY PEOPLE!♥

    You can never replace Michael he was one of the kind1

    This trial will be a breaking point to show the world THE TRUE MICHAEL JOE JACKSON! HIS LOVE WILL NEVER DIE!♥

    GOOD LUCK WHERE EVER YOU ARE!

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  27. May 25, 2013 8:58 am

    Linda, to spare his voice Michael sang all of “Earth Song” in TII with his “head voice”. In concerts he sang these parts with what we call in German “Bruststimme” – it would be “chest voice” in English, but I don’t know if the expression exists in English. To sing high tones with the “chest voice” stresses the voice very much and it can become hoarse if you do it too often, so it’s very obvious why Michael tried to spare his voice all the time.

    Sina, thank you very much for exlaining this settling matter. I had the same thoughts and I fully agree.

    I am very disappointed of Travis Payne being so ignorant to Michael’s problems. He always seemed a bit big-headed and conceited to me, but I didn’t expect he would put his success and career above the man without whom he was a Nobody.

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  28. mjjyo permalink
    May 25, 2013 8:34 am

    Vindicatemj (Helena) – L.O.V.E., thank you dear always.
    We’ll be strong by The L.O.V.E. for the truth of Michael and the justice.
    The Justice for Michael has to arrive more.

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  29. TatumMarie permalink
    May 25, 2013 8:20 am

    I am currently at an assembly and I cant take my eyes off this page. I cant really place Travis in the same category as others in AEG because he did want better for Michael but he was a coward. The history of Michaels rehearsals were also corroborated by the assistant choreographer on the Bad era short films Jefferey Daniels. Michael would pop in and out because he could easily pickup the routine of the dancers apparently that was just the way he did videos and tour rehearsal.

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  30. Sina permalink
    May 25, 2013 7:44 am

    Travis Payne is trying hard not to say much, but what he does say is telling’

    Q. Did you feel everything was being done for Mr. Jackson?
    A. No, I wanted him to have a physical therapist, nutritionist, massage – to have his family around. This was a different scenario for Michael. This was the first time MJ was working with an entity like AEG.

    And on his way out to Michaels mother : God bless you .……

    Yet make no mistake Travis Payne is’ just a small fish in a big dirty pond.’

    I just finished reading the last court testimonies and I am still in the process of digesting it , to understand the meaning of what was said.

    AEG execs calling Michael a freak and a creep does not surprise me, it just confirms the pattern. But it still hurts to hear it from people who chased him for 3 years and are accomplice in his death.

    What also hurts but says enough of their mindset and priorities, is the mockery of a mothers tears by a certain section of the fans combined with the total lack of interest or compassion for what the man went through in his final weeks. It’s the exact same rhetoric that I have heard for years about Michael, ridiculed, called a freak and a fake by the press and public. Nothing has changed really, only the target .

    Another news this week was that Katherine’s attorney offered to settle and some are quick to say that its proof that the case is all about money, not justice.

    Let me explain the inaccuracy thats deliberately been spread.

    First of all criminal cases deal with guilt, civil cases deal with liability.

    If the defendant is liable the plaintiff will be awarded the set amount. AEG or their representatives will not go to jail, neither do we expect them to apologize, since they didn’t do it in the first place.

    BUT settling does not mean that the accused does not admit to be guilty.

    YOU DO NOT SETTLE FOR DOING NOTHING. There is always an admission of guilt or liability. Otherwise people would be extorted left and right with the justice system facilitating it. You only admit to a lesser charge and usually the public will not even know what the charges are because there is often an agreement of nondisclosure.

    Settling is nothing more or less than the equivalent of a plea bargain in a criminal case, where it is always an admission of guilt, with the purpose to get a lesser charge.

    Of course plea bargain and settlement are used for the wrong reasons by plaintiff as well as defendant, but its within the boundaries of the law.
    Example, even though Chandler vs MJ was settled and Michael did not admit molesting Jordy, he did admit negligence.

    Now the big difference between the AEG and Chandlers case.

    The AEG case is based on a verdict that a crime was committed. So whether they settle or not it is always with reference to the verdict in the criminal case and AEGs role in it.

    In no way or form can you compare it to Michael vs Chandler, where a crime was never established.

    Michael settled because he was in a very weak position due to the order of the criminal and the civil case. And he was forced to settle because of 3th parties business investment.

    I am glad they didn’t settle because now we hear the full story of what was going on and its getting more interesting with every new witness. I am looking forward to see Gongaware and Randy Philips on the stand.

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  31. Angie permalink
    May 25, 2013 4:30 am

    Travis is not the only one, many were evil just like Travis. Just about everyone from AEG is evil. You see how someone from AEG called MJ a freak, and that wasn’t Travis. So like I said, just about everyone from AEG was evil-hearted toward MJ. All they cared about, was money. But it’s so great to know that MJ had, and still have more people that like him, than dislike him. MJ was a very extremely loveable person.

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  32. Lopsided man permalink
    May 25, 2013 3:41 am

    Heartless…..

    ——————–

    Jackson a ‘freak’ to AEG, trial told

    By: Staff Writer

    Posted: 05/24/2013 1:00 AM |

    LOS ANGELES — A lawyer for the parent company of AEG Live LLC called Michael Jackson a freak on the day the singer signed a multimillion-dollar contract for a series of ill-fated comeback concerts, emails displayed for a jury on Wednesday showed.

    The emails were presented by Brian Panish, an attorney for Jackson’s mother in her lawsuit claiming AEG was negligent in hiring the personal physician who was later convicted of killing the pop superstar.

    The lawsuit also says AEG pushed Jackson too hard despite signs that he was in poor health.

    The emails were sent Jan. 28, 2009, roughly four months before the singer’s death.

    In the exchange, AEG Live general counsel Shawn Trell told his boss that he was going to Jackson’s home to sign contracts for the This Is It shows later that year in London.

    Ted Fikre, the general counsel for Anschutz Entertainment Group, wrote back in two minutes.

    “Does this mean you get to meet the freak?” Fikre replied, according to the emails.

    “Apparently. Not sure how I feel about that. Interesting for sure, but kind of creepy,” replied Trell, who had spoken approvingly while testifying on Tuesday about his only meeting with Jackson,

    Katherine Jackson was seated in the front row of the courtroom when the emails were displayed, and she passed Trell on her way out at the end of the day. They did not acknowledge each other.

    — The Associated Press

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  33. Lopsided man permalink
    May 25, 2013 3:29 am

    Linda, Earth Song might’ve been sung live at Staple Center on June 24 (it is possible that the cameras didn’t pick up his vocals properly), but the version we hear in the movie is a voiceover of the demo version called “What About Us” (from the Dangerous recording sessions.

    And you’re right, everyday of this trial, AEG’s ugly face is being exposed to the world. Heartless doesn’t begin to describe them!

    Check out @TeamMichael777’s tweets from this week.

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  34. Linda permalink
    May 25, 2013 12:23 am

    Wow!!! When I watched this is it rehearsals for Earth song I was disappointed in those high parts where his voice was suppose to be gravely and it didn’t sound right the way he did it. Now I understand from the videos of his rehearsals, that was normal. The difference between his rehearsals and the live performances were amazing, and damn it, he didn’t need to be at every rehearsal. He knew every song and every move. What did he say? “I’m trying to conserve my voice” and “why are you making me sing out”

    He was begging for mercy and help while putting more effort into the rehearsal than usual. AEG is getting uglier every day of this trial, and i’m getting more pissed the more I hear. Even those testifying FOR AEG are putting them in a bad light. It kind of reminds me of the 2005 trial. Jerk off Sneddon’s own witnesses destroyed his case. The same thing is happening here. They are going down.

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