MICHAEL’S “ADDICTION” or Who Needs Enemies With Friends Like These?
Five years after Michael Jackson’s death the most painful thing the media and public say about him is not even the allegations about ‘boys’ – this will slowly fade away with every new book telling us what a big kid Michael himself was – but a lie that Michael was a drug-addict.
He was not. There was a time when he did get addicted to Demerol – in 1993 when he went to a rehab and in the 2000s when he relapsed due the bridge fall and other circumstances – but both times he managed to overcome the habit, and even though technically he could be called an addict he was definitely a recovered one.
However MJ’s drug-addiction is still propagated by too many people including his family and this is where it hurts most. The public is inclined to think that if the family holds to this opinion then who should know better than they do?
The Jacksons were indeed always ready to ‘save’ Michael from addiction, but their problem was that they had too little contact with Michael and the majority of them didn’t see him for years, and as the AEG trial showed none of them actually knew what exactly Michael was to be saved from.
All of it was mostly rumors, gossip, hearsay and media spin. They seemed to be constantly under the impression that the Demerol thing was still going on and in the absence of true information were hanging on every wild story told by the media and “well-wishers”.
The recent book by Michael’s bodyguards (“Remembering the time: Protecting Michael Jackson in his final days”) says that Joe Jackson who hadn’t seen his son for several years greeted one of them with the words “You’re probably one of those putting needles in my son’s arm”.
And this was said at a time when Michael had just come from Ireland and was clean as a whistle! This episode alone tells us all we need to know about how little Joe and the family knew of the real Michael and how poor their opinion of him was. And even though their actions were prompted by genuine concern for his well-being there may be still little excuse for an ignorance like that.
But the most outrageous family spokesman trumpeting about Michael’s “addiction” is actually not a member of the family, but a certain Terry Harvey who presents himself as an insider and close family friend and who repeatedly makes his appearance in the media to tell horrendous stories about Michael.
His previous performance was in the Autopsy program made by the UK Channel 5 and recently rebroadcast in the US. Over there Terry Harvey starred together with Conrad Murray and Michael’s worst detractor James Desborough (the one who invented a series about fake FBI files).
And the most recent event (which triggered off this post) occurred only a couple of days ago when he again spoke on behalf of the family in an article about Prince Jackson. The boy looked very nice there, shared his plans for the future and said that they were still having a tough time without their father who was the best father anyone could have.
Of course it is very tough for them and of course Michael was the best.
In the photo Prince looks slimmer and not in the least like Michael, but his two fingers in a V-sign strike you as the exact replica of Michael’s fingers held in the same gesture. This was actually the first thing I noticed and it was amazing.
In short everything would be fine about that article if only it didn’t introduce Terry Harvey as a close friend of the Jackson family and he didn’t go again into his old mantra about Michael being a drug addict.
Considering that Terry Harvey knows of Michael even less than the family as he met Michael just several times in the spring of 2009 it’s high time everyone understood that his repeated stories about Michael are fictional and are simply a chance to make loud publicity for himself.
If it were not for the aura of being a ‘Jacksons’ close friend’ no one would ever care about Terry Harvey and what this disgrace of a man thinks about MJ, but since he is evidently a friend of Joe Jackson he is making extensive use of his association to speak about things he has absolutely no idea of.
Here is the article about Prince Jackson and Terry Harvey also finding his way into the story:
He was the best father anybody could have’ Prince Jackson opens up about dad Michael
IT’S been five years since Michael Jackson passed away, but his son Prince has admitted that it’s still tough for the famous family.
By: Kirsty McCormack
Published: Sun, June 22, 2014
The 17-year-old, who has entered the limelight since his father’s death, revealed it was still “tough” coping with the loss and told how the last thing he and Michael had planned was a trip to London.
Speaking to The Sun on Sunday, Prince said: “My dad always said he loved London.
“He really wanted to go there and show what he could do. He was looking forward to showing us around.”
The King of Pop was scheduled to play several dates at London’s O2 Arena, but sadly he died of a cardiac arrest on June 25, 2009 – three weeks before the tour was due to begin.
“It’s tough. This will be the fifth anniversary of his death. Yeah… yeah,” Prince added.
“He was the best father anybody could have. He raised us the right way and there is nothing anyone can do to make us forget about him.
“He was always concerned about humanity. He helped many charities. In his songs his message was simple — love. We will continue to spread his message.”
Prince’s life nowadays is worlds away from how he lived when his father was alive – especially as the superstar used to hide Prince’s face behind a mask, along with his other two children Paris and Prince Michael “Blanket” Jackson II.
The teenager has not only found work as a TV presenter but he’s also acted in US TV show ‘90210’ and attends several celebrity events.Prince and Paris, pictured here as children, are still coping with their grief five years on [SPLASH]
Speaking at the after party of the US premiere of ‘True Blood’ in Los Angeles this week, he said: “I don’t expect to walk into roles because of who I am. I want to learn my craft.
“My plan is to work for TV companies, doing what I did for Entertainment Tonight,” he added.
“I had such great fun working for that show and doing interviews. I learned a lot. The feedback I got was really great, too. I want to get more experience.”
The youngster hopes to direct films one day, but is keen to do more acting before taking on that role.
“We all love movies and I would like to be a director one day. But to be a good director you have to know how an actor works and feels on set,” he explained.
“I want to learn my craft and experience being in TV shows and possibly movies before I even consider going behind the camera.
“It is not a job to be taken lightly. You need to put your time in to learning something properly before overseeing others.”
Meanwhile, his 16-year-old Paris isn’t looking for a job in the industry and is currently recovering following a suicide attempt.
Close family friend Terry Harvey — who worked alongside the Jacksons for many years — revealed to the newspaper that the family’s trauma is still very raw.
“Paris was her daddy’s princess,” he said. “They had a special relationship which was torn apart. She saw her father’s dead body — it still gives her nightmares.
“That is the type of trauma a young girl never recovers from. It is five years ago but to most of the family it still feels like it happened yesterday.”
Paris – who tried to take her own life last summer – has been attending a private boarding school in Utah after being admitted to hospital.
According to family friends, she has recovered well in recent months, but Terry says Michael’s physician, Conrad Murray, is to blame.
Conrad was convicted of involuntary man-slaughter in November 2011, but spent just two years in prison.
“Conrad Murray has a lot to answer for,” Terry stated. “He has wrecked so many lives and yet the family and I agree he has shown no remorse, only self-pity. That family has been through hell because of that man.
“He even tried to get Prince and Paris to testify for him in the criminal trial, thinking they supported him. What monster would do that?”
Terry added that he had tried to encourage Michael to go to rehab before his London shows.
“He needed rehab, not London shows, and a year getting healthier and off those crazy drugs,” he said.
“His father Joe and I were telling people that Michael needed to go to rehab and not on tour. We were trying to save Michael Jackson.”
Let me ask a question – which “crazy drugs”? There was no Demerol or any other narcotics in Michael’s system and the only ones he had were Propofol which was never used by Michael outside performances and was given to him by a doctor, and Lorazepam, a benzodiazepine which was fed to Michael by Murray almost by force. He said it himself that Michael didn’t like it because it was ineffective for his insomnia.
Propofol does not form an addiction and can be stopped at any minute without producing any consequences for the patient, while Lorazepam is addictive and according to some medical experts Michael did grow dependent on it, however Lorazepam was the drug of Murray’s choice and therefore any dependency on it should be his fault and none of Michael’s.
What else was found in Michael’s system? Nothing of importance – no narcotics for sure. However back in 2009 our friend Terry Harvey in cooperation with James Desborough who was working for the News of the World at that time came up with a totally crazy story about the reasons for Michael’s death and cited a ridiculous number of narcotics allegedly found in Michael’s home and in his body.
Remember how at the time of Michael’s death the media went absolutely wild with allegations about a whole assortment of narcotic drugs Michael allegedly died of? If you read Terry Harvey’s story you will know who was one of the first to trigger off that hysteria.
Most of the articles of that period are no longer available however I did find some (translated into other languages). The one below was Google translated into English from Vietnamese but originally it comes from a US source. The Google translation had its imperfections of course, and this is why the story was shortened, but the imperfection of text can be very well compensated for by the photos. Oh, these photos…
The story is attributed to Terry Harvey who gave an interview to the News of the World on July 19, 2009:
Terry Harvey: “Michael was poisoned “
Monday, 20/07/2009 11:14 AM (GMT +7)
According to the News of the World, the autopsy report shows that Michael was murdered.
Police told Michael’s family that their investigation will focus on one or several people who took care of Michael’s treatment in his final days. In the near future a criminal trial will be open to hear who is responsible for Michael’s death.
This means the doctor who was treating and caring for Michael will be included in the list for the investigation. Police are conducting an investigation in order to quickly find the guys who injected high doses of pain medication into Michael’s body.
Last week, La Toya Jackson – Michael’s sister said to the News of the World that she knows who killed her brother. And the amazing thing is yesterday, 19/7, Terry Harvey – a longtime friend of the Jackson family also gave an exclusive interview to the News of the World.
Terry said: “According to the survey results Michael died from an overdose of painkiller Diprivan and many other poisonous drugs. The investigators found very much of the drug in his stomach. The body of Michael had a lot of scars from injections “.
“The authorities told the family that these drugs are the cause of Michael’s death. The police notified Michael’s family that they are coordinating their investigation with the Drug Enforcement Administration.”
Terry said: “I could see that Joe was prepared to file a lawsuit against anyone who is believed to have caused the death of his son.”
Terry added: “Michael was in the habit of taking drugs for a long time”
For those who cannot read the text in the picture let me dechiper the top No. 5 section of it. It is preceded by a notice:
“These drugs were found at Jacko’s home. They are ranked by their potency – with 5 the strongest.
METHADONE. Synthetic morphine weans off junkies off heroin.
DEMEROL. Narcotic pain relief injected into Jackson.
PROPOROL. Anesthetic should only be used in hospital.
FENTANYL. Pain relief usually for terminal cancer patients.
OXYCONTIN. Branded “Hillibilly Heroin” after it killed 300 in US.
DILAUDID. Painkiller used after surgery and for cancer pain”.
Shall I remind those who missed the whole story that NONE of these drugs were found in Michael’s home (except Propofol of course)? There were no narcotics whatsoever – neither in his home, nor in his system.
Of course there is always a chance that the crazy drugs in the list were not named by Terry Harvey and were added to the story by the tabloids which are always ready to embellish the story.
However a month prior to that, immediately after Michael’s death crazy rumors about a huge assortment of narcotics in Michael’s home were circulating all over the media and this information was claimed to have also come from a close “friend” of the family.
One of the stories goes back to June 28, 2009 and says that a “close member” of the Jackson family said that Michael allegedly received a daily shot of Oxycontin and Demerol and that it was an injection of Demerol that sent him into a cardiac arrest which half an hour later led to his death.
The source was not named however Stacy Brown was mentioned in connection with the family “concerns about his use of painkillers, especially Demerol” of which he allegedly received “one injection per day always administered by a doctor”.
None of it was true of course.
Singer’s medical history a blur, says biographer
AGENCIES Jun 28, 2009, 03.40am IST
LOS ANGELES: Michael Jackson had a long and intricate history of health problems, say people who knew him but it has always been difficult to separate the rumours from his medical history.
”It’s always been a subject of confusion,” said J Randy Taraborrelli, a Jackson biographer who knew him for 40 years. ”His doctors have generally not betrayed him, so there is no way to be conclusive about this kind of information.”
A celebrity website citing an interview with an unidentified ”close member” of the Jackson family, reported the entertainer was injected with Demerol about half an hour before he went into cardiac arrest.
A senior law enforcement official told a news channel that Jackson was ”heavily addicted” to the painkiller Oxycontin and was injected daily with that medication, along with Demerol.
Stacy Brown, co-author of the 2005 book, ‘Michael Jackson: the Man Behind the Mask’, said the singer’s family had been very concerned recently about his use of painkillers, especially Demerol that had been one of the concerns for a long time. He said Jackson was receiving one injection per day, always administered by a doctor.
The fraudulent story about “Demerol injected half an hour before he went into cardiac arrest” was widely circulated in the press and the media claimed that it were some “Jackson’s aides” who allegedly told the story to the emergency room staff at the hospital:
Michael Jackson death caused by a Demerol shot?
June 26, 2009
New reports are in that say Michael Jackson may have died from a Demerol overdose. Many news agencies and websites are reporting that Michael Jackson died from receiving an overdose of Demerol. Toxicology results will take 4 to 6 weeks to confirm cause of death.
The Sun reports an Emergency Room source at UCLA hospital said Jackson aides told medics he had collapsed after an injection of potent Demerol. A Michael Jackson source said: “Shortly after taking the Demerol he started to experience slow shallow breathing. His breathing gradually got slower and slower until it stopped.”
The Jackson family also reportedly believes Michael may have died from Demerol. A close member of Michael Jackson’s family has told TMZ that Jackson received a daily injection of a synthetic narcotic similar to morphine, Demerol, and yesterday he received a shot at 11:30 AM. Shortly after the Demerol shot was given 911 was called.
Attempts were made by Michael Jackson’s personal Doctor, Dr.Conrad Murray, to save Jackson’s life before paramedics arrived. The paramedics tried to revive Jackson but were unsuccessful. Jackson was rushed to UCLA Medical Center where additional attempts were made to save his life. Michael Jackson never regained consciousness. He was pronounced dead at 2:26 on June 25th, 2009.
6/26/2009 10:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A close member of Michael Jackson’s family has told us Jackson received a daily injection of a synthetic narcotic similar to morphine — Demerol — and yesterday he received a shot at 11:30 AM.
Family members are saying the dosage was “too much” and that’s what caused his death.
Putting two and two together we realize that out of the two possible liars this particular lie was told by Stacy Brown. This doesn’t surprise us in the least as we have long known him to be an unscrupulous and cynical scoundrel – since the time he and Bob Jones wrote their fictional book about Michael.
However Terry Harvey is not any better. About a month after Michael’s death, on July 19, 2009 when James Desborough published his News of the World article admitting that the autopsy report revealed no narcotics in Michael’s system, Terry Harvey named by the article a “close friend of the family” called Michael a “junkie who is no different to a drug addict living in a crack house”.
Considering that the autopsy showed no trace of narcotics the article was more restrained than the previous hysterical stuff but Terry Harvey nevertheless called Diprivan/Propofol a “a heavy-duty painkiller” (though it isn’t), Vistaril, an anti-allergic drug for treating rash and itching was called “a daily injection of a painkiller” and Prilosec prescribed for heartburn/stomach ulcers was included into a sinister “cocktail of pills” together with some anti-depressants.
Calling Michael a “junkie who is no different to a drug addict living in a crack house” on the basis of this is an unspeakable lie – none of these medicines are even remotely close to narcotics and all of them, except Propofol, may be found in the homes of any of us.
I doubt that Terry Harvey is unaware of the fact that there is nothing wrong with those pills, so the only other option is that his goal was to deliberately smear Michael’s name. This was done evidently in the hope that an average reader would be too lazy to look up the names of the pills and would believe the term “junkie” in respect of Michael without double checking.
Let me ask a question at this point – if Terry Harvey is really a “close friend” of the Jackson family who needs enemies with friends like these?
Here is the shortened variant of James Desborough/Terry Harvey’s story:
Michael Jackson’s death to lead to murder charges within days!
By James Deasborough
July 19th, 2009
News Of The World WWW.NOTW.CO.UK
THE death of Michael Jackson is to become a MURDER investigation, the News of the World can reveal.
An autopsy on the superstar has shown he died from an injected overdose of heavy-duty painkiller Diprivan.
Police have told his family they will press charges against one or more people within DAYS and there will be a criminal TRIAL.
It could involve whoever administered the injection and anyone who made it available to the star.
Last week La Toya Jackson told the News of the World she knew who had murdered her brother.
Yesterday’s astonishing development was revealed by Terry Harvey, a long-time friend of the Jackson family, in an exclusive interview with us.
Terry said: “The autopsy shows that Michael died of a drug overdose with Diprivan and a range of pills in his stomach. He had needle marks on his neck and all over his body.
“The family are working with the DEA and Los Angeles Police Department to work out which doctor prescribed Michael these drugs and how far back this serious problem runs.
Respected music promoter Terry, currently working with girlband TLC, said:
“The family is speaking about whether there is enough evidence to take a private lawsuit against the promoters or the doctors involved.
“Once the criminal charges are announced, the family will file for a wrongful death lawsuit.
“Joe Jackson has made no secret of his efforts to step in to get Michael to rehab while he prepared for his London shows. The question is how much did the concert organisers know about his drug problems and who was feeding him the drugs?
“I can see Joe filing a lawsuit against anyone who is found to have caused fatal harm to his beloved son.
“He and the rest of the family are serious about getting to the bottom of his son’s death and insists it’s foul play. It’s no secret that AEG appointed a doctor to look after Michael’s welfare.”
Terry is also the first member of Jackson’s inner-circle to confirm the star’s horrendous, long-term addiction to prescription drugs.
He said Jacko died a JUNKIE thanks to daily injections of Diprivan (or Propofol) and another painkiller Vistaril, plus swallowing a cocktail of pills including anxiety drug Xanax, anti-depressants Prozac and Zoloft and anti-indigestion drug Prilosec.
Terry added: “Michael had a long-term drug habit. He was no different to a drug addict living in a crack house.What he wanted was served up to him. He didn’t go to the stores to get his fix, it was brought to him. He started in 1984 after he got burned filming that Pepsi advert. But in recent years it spiralled out of control and he was even self-injecting.
“By the end he knew how to administer these drugs himself as he had so much medical knowledge. Now he’s dead everyone is washing their hands of it. I don’t believe that Michael injected himself in the neck though.
“The jury is out on everyone in his inner circle. I believe some of them actually got him drugs. These people should be thrown into jail.”
Terry, who is friends with Joe Jackson and Michael’s brother Tito, got close to the star’s aides in his final days after agreeing to promote a one-off Jackson 5 reunion in 2010.And he is adamant that Michael needed to go to rehab before returning to the stage in London this month and begged 50-year-old Jacko’s associates to let him step in.
Terry, 49, said: “I toldthem Michael had a drug problem. I said we need to ‘get him off the junk’.
“They said my concerns were meritless and changed the subject. I didn’t hear a word afterwards.”
Terry told how Jacko’s dad tried to get Michael to go to rehab in March.
He said: “Joe wanted to get his son cleaned up as he was so keen to do the family show deal for 2010.
“He knew he wasn’t ready for these summer shows in London. Joe called him on the phone and said to Michael, ‘Let’s get it together. Let us help you and clean the house’. Michael said ‘OK’ to appease his dad but he didn’t even take his words in.
By that stage he was an addict.
“He still thought he was the biggest star in the world. He did what he wanted. He felt he wasn’t ready to go.
“Joe went to the house at least three times to intervene, but couldn’t get through to his son.”
Concerned Terry even offered to take care of Jacko. He said: “I begged Joe to get me into the house. I wanted to fight off all the enablers and keep them away.
“We had suspicions who was getting him prescription pills, but it was important to stop it first and deal with them later.
“MJ needed to be looked after one-on-one. Aside from the drugs Michael knew that these shows were too much for him.
He needed the money, but it was all too much too soon. I knew in his heart he didn’t want to and more importantly couldn’t do these shows.”
Terry told how Jacko called him after the O2 shows were announced.
He said: “Michael came on the phone and said, ‘I only signed up for 10 shows. I didn’t sign for 50. You are gonna have to rearrange the schedule to two shows a week.’ Michael could only do two shows a week due to the strain on his voice let alone the physical stress of doing two hours on stage.”
Two weeks ago AEG boss Randy Phillips told the News Of The World Jacko was lazy and had turned up for just two weeks of the four months of rehearsals.
But Terry said: “The TV has been showing clips of his rehearsals and from what I can see Michael wasn’t even singing live.
“He was struggling with his dance moves. I was told he had his vocals sequenced on stage so if he didn’t want to sing live they just switched on the tape.”
Days before his death Jackson postponed his 02 debut from July 8 to July 13 blaming the “size and scope” of the production.
Terry added: “Michael knew he had to do these shows as he was in so much debt.
“The concert company put a lot up front and wanted to get a return on their money. The shows and the pressure got bigger than he could handle. “Michael pushed himself to the edge as he didn’t want to let the fans down.”
We thank Terry Harvey for a confirmation that Michael agreed to do only 10 shows and that 50 shows were an unexpected shock to him, but as to all the rest of it there will be some questions.
THE MATTER OF REHAB
None of the medicines enumerated by Terry Harvey needed to take Michael to a “rehab” as none of them are narcotic substances. All of them except Propofol are perfectly legitimate drugs which may be taken by any of us for our various health conditions (I for one am prescribed two of them).
Diprivan/Propofol is of course a highly unconventional drug to be given for sleep and in a home setting too, but even Propofol is not a narcotic and therefore does not require any rehabs, clean-ups or whatever. There is no craving for it the moment it is gone, it evaporates from the system five minutes after it stops dripping and absolutely nothing happens after that.
If Michael had been given an adequate treatment for insomnia the need for Propofol would have never arisen at all. When not under the pressure to perform Michael never used Propofol even if he scarcely slept. This we know from the bodyguards who saw him wandering from the studio to the kitchen deep in the night but who still didn’t see any doctors giving him any IV for almost three years they worked for him.
So the plan to place Michael in a “rehab” Terry Harvey is constantly speaking of could be a well-intentional one, but totally out of place and missing the whole point. Moreover any talk about it was extremely damaging to Michael.
Terry Harvey repeatedly boasts that he was trying to “save” Michael by telling Michael’s associates that Michael was a “drug-addict”, but let us remember that statements like these are actually a double-edged sword – if it was he who convinced AEG executives that Michael was missing rehearsals and lacked energy due to his “drug-addiction”, now Terry Harvey should please bear his share of responsibility for AEG’s vile harassment of Michael due to their belief that he was an addict.
Fortunately they never admitted that they considered Michael an addict and now it is too late to change the tune. But all of us still know that their story is a lie – they did consider him a “junkie” and this was exactly the reason why Randy Phillips allowed himself to treat Michael with no respect – slap him and throw him into a cold shower, declare a “straight jacket” and “tough love” for him, arrange “intervention meetings” and threaten to pull the plug if he didn’t do as he was told, and all of it finally came to a point when they were threatening to ruin Michael and even deprive him of his children if he didn’t attend one single day of their damned rehearsals.
All these AEG’s steps were not only harsh and brutal, but they were also wrong as they were overlooking Michael’s real health needs and were not addressing his real problem – his inability to sleep.
Sorry that I have to say it but Terry Harvey’s repeated stories about Michael being a “junkie” could have influenced AEG’s attitude towards Michael and therefore, though indirectly, could contribute to his death.
And the worst part of it is that Terry Harvey had absolutely no idea what was the matter with Michael Jackson and simply sprang to a conclusion that he was a “junkie”. Cynical characters like him seldom consider any opportunity other than the one that comes first to their minds and which they are accustomed to think about other people.
What difference would it have made if he or anyone had spoken of Michael’s insomnia instead!
SPOKESMAN FOR THE JACKSONS
After Michael’s death Terry Harvey reserved for himself the role of the main spokesman for the Jacksons.
In the September 13, 2009 article by Diane Dimond he managed to throw under the bus not only Michael Jackson but the whole of the Jackson family:
“When I got to Vegas, Joe Jackson met with me and said, ‘Get me a Prevost (a million-dollar tour bus), put $50,000 in cash in the glove box, and I’ll make sure the Jackson 8 come together.’ ” This effort is confirmed by others in the meeting. “I was right there,” Terry Harvey, a music promoter for Tito Jackson, told The Daily Beast. “I absolutely heard it.” Asked why Joe Jackson would get involved, Harvey responded: “Because they are a dysfunctional family if you want to know the truth. They all have their own agendas.”
On October 25, 2009 after a short piece of Michael’s rehearsal of June 23rd was released for TV he expressed his scepticism about Michael’s ability to sing:
Michael Jackson’s family claims that the late singer’s film This Is It features stand-ins, not the real star.
US concert promoter Terry Harvey said: “From what I can see, Michael wasn’t even singing live in a full segment. He was struggling. I was told he had his vocals sequenced on stage so if he didn’t want to sing live, they just switched on the tape.”
On November 1, 2009 Terry Harvey called Michael a “zombie hampered by drugs”. This diagnosis was all wrong though the signs of ill health displayed by Michael were quite real – he was not himself, was dragging his feet, was listless and lacking energy.
However the reason for it was not narcotics as Terry Harvey habitually assumed but one or several of a multitude of other reasons – a heavy depression or lack of sleep, or the burden of his financial problems, or the benzodiazepines fed to him by Murray and making Michael dull and sleepy in the daytime, or all of it taken together.
But by voicing only one version of the story and a wrong one at that and speaking on behalf of Michael’s family too Harvey was doing Michael irreparable harm – his stories were looked upon as first-hand information from the Jacksons and were therefore readily believed by the public. Little did they know that the family was also in the dark as to what was going on with Michael and most probably also listened to this Oracle Terry Harvey in the same way the public did.
Here are the November 2009 views from Terry Harvey. The source was naturally the News of the World:
King of Pop Michael Jackson used golf cart to whisk him to and from his car during This Is It tour rehearsals, because he was so drugged and exhausted he could barely walk, it has been revealed.
In the new movie This Is It, the late singer is shown as a master at work as he leaps around the stage at Los Angeles Staples Center.
However, aides have revealed behind the scenes he was a wreck who could hardly stand.
“Everyone in the house knew Michael was not himself, and was clearly under the influence of drugs. I was amazed at how he looks on film, because in the flesh he was a shadow of himself. He was thin, almost anorexic, pale and didn’t seem to have enough energy to walk across the room, let alone dance,” News of the World quoted concert promoter and friend Terry Harvey as saying.
“He had a sharp mind, but he was deluded, hampered by the drugs. He didn’t know what he was saying to people. To make his life easy he would just say ‘yes’.
“He was walking around in a daze like a zombie,” Harvey added.
Harvey also said: “To me that movie is all smoke and mirrors. Michael was struggling with his dance moves and schedule.
“Michael was not fit enough – he couldn’t pull off a tour if his life depended it. They took the best bits of the video and made it into this movie.
“The rehearsals were long days, and Michael was tired. He hadn’t been on stage for over 10 years and wasn’t used to the physical demands of long days. Some days he didn’t even turn up to rehearsals,” Harvey added.
A source close to the production said: “Michael was exhausted. Some days he barely said a word. He slumped down in a chair and would just get talked at. During one rehearsal he nodded off.”
One friend said: “The hard work needed was just too much for him, and his mood became very dark by the end. He was a gibbering wreck.
“He shouted out, ‘They are pushing me and I can’t take it anymore. They are gonna kill me’.” (ANI)
The fact conveyed to us by this other friend is priceless. So in his frustration with AEG’s pressure on him Michael shouted: “They are pushing me and I can’t take it anymore. They are gonna kill me’!”
If Michael shouted it the amount of pressure he was under explains why he had to resort to Propofol even before the tour started. Due to those insulting demands to make his appearance and rehearse every day though rehearsals were never his obligation even by their contract, due to the disdain almost openly shown to him as a “drug-addict” and due to the neglect for his real health problems, Michael lost his sleep, the remaining stamina and all confidence in himself.
He was filled with anxiety and fear, and the constant “interventions” everyone was harassing him with were only adding to the insult of it all.
Michael didn’t need any “interventions” – he needed qualified help from a sleep specialist. But most of all he needed peace and quiet for himself, and everyone leaving him alone, and letting him get ready for the show the way he saw fit.
On August 22, 2010 Terry Harvey again collaborated with his favorite guy James Desborough. He continued to degrade Michael in the eyes of the public by calling him a “drug-addicted wreck”. The article suggested that this scumbag was making “research” for a book…
News of the World
By James Desborough, US Editor, 22/08/2010
PARANOID Michael Jackson believed he suffered heart attacks and had cancer and brain tumours in the six months before he died.
The hypochondriac King of Pop even thought he had HYPOTHERMIA and FROSTBITE – in sunny Los Angeles.
But his delusions were caused by his mind and body being ravaged by his addiction to prescription drugs and painkillers, according to aides.
One said: “He was a mental wreck and always felt he had a disease. He was terrified of the sun as it irritated his vitiligo (skin condition) prompting him to claim he had cancer and brain tumours.
“At other times he said he was freezing cold and might have frostbite. On reflection his body and mind were just wrecked by drug use.”
Murray’s defence will argue Jacko hid the full extent of his pill-popping from him. But today we can reveal family friend and prosecution witness Terry Harvey will challenge this.
Terry, who first told the world that Jacko’s death at 50 was from an overdose of painkiller Propofol, said: “I discovered Murray knew about Michael’s drug problems for a long time.
“Michael was a drug-addicted wreck and complained for months about being too ill to perform his shows.”
Terry, 50, who uncovered the revelations while researching a book about Jacko’s death, added: “I expect at Murray’s trial all those secret things I have discovered will come to the fore.”
On May 13, 2013 (during the AEG trial) Terry Harvey’s fruitful cooperation with James Desborough continued. This time Terry Harvey shared with the public the news that the concert with AllGoodEntertainment which he was pushing on Michael for the summer of 2010 could only be held “on condition he went to a rehab”.
So in addition to all Michael’s troubles with AEG Terry Harvey was also setting him conditions! We learn that “getting clean was part of their contract” and that Terry Harvey was ‘for months” telling Tohme, Dennis Hawk and Dileo about Michael’s addiction issues, only they “didn’t want to know”.
They did know it all right and this is why they saw their primary task in keeping Michael in full isolation from friends, fans and even lawyers (like Peter Lopez) whom they evidently considered to be Michael’s “enablers” and by doing so they only aggravated Michael’s acute feeling of loneliness, isolation, insecurity and helplessness. Remember how he asked Karen Faye to be always present during rehearsals so that he could always see her? This is how lonely he felt in that hostile environment of theirs.
And let Terry Harvey not imagine that he didn’t make his own contribution to Michael’s isolation and misery at the time. He did.
However by they year 2013 Terry Harvey’s story about how he was “saving” Michael Jackson acquired the notes of warm consideration and deep concern for his frail state. The story is naturally told by Terry’s twin brother James Desborough again:
By James Desborough, Christopher Bucktin
Long-term Jackson family friend Terry Harvey claims the singer had laid down vocals over several months to work as back-up material for shows.
And the promoter insists he made Jackson’s managers Dr Tohme Tohme, Frank DiLeo and contract lawyer Dennis Hawk aware of his dangerously frail state.
He says he warned Di Leo, who died in 2011: “You are going to kill Michael.”
Harvey, claims the singer recorded show vocals weeks before his rehearsals.
He said: “On This Is It there were moments where he wasn’t singing, his energy levels were down and anyone who worked with him in the past could tell Michael was a way off from 100 per cent. We found out Michael was in the studio recording tracks for the show and even new albums in his last months. You can put your voice in a sequencer and backing track for live shows, so if you don’t want to sing you mime and fans don’t realise.”
Harvey and partners AllGood Entertainment offered Jackson a Dallas 2009 comeback show, on the provision he went to rehab. But the singer chose AEG’s gigs in London.
It prompted a lawsuit with AllGood which they lost in 2010. But today Harvey claims AllGood plan to refile their £200million lawsuit against AEG for stealing the Thriller star from their grasp.
Harvey claims he spoke to Jackson in his last few weeks over the deal with AllGood.
He said: “It was part of the contract for Michael to get clean. His mother Katherine and father Joe knew that, and we made it clear to everyone close to him.
“For months we told Michael’s lawyer at the time Dennis Hawk, his managers Frank DiLeo and Dr Tohme Tohme he needed rehab.
“I told Frank, ‘He needs to get clean first’, but he didn’t want to know. It was an open secret in close circles that Michael had addiction issues.”
Harvey claims Jackson had agreed to do a one-off return gig in Dallas but was lured away by AEG execs.
Harvey, 53, who lives in Oklahoma, said: “Michael’s comeback was tailor-made for one show. He didn’t need to slug it out for 50 nights. The This Is It sales figures prove our formula – they made $200million from a rehearsal, so we would have made more – and Michael would have taken the lion’s share.
“There is a feeling that Michael’s death turned about to be a good business decision for AEG. It hurts me to say that, because people forget Michael was not just a commodity, but a troubled human being, with a lot still to offer, who was dedicated to his three kids. The only reason he did this was so that his kids could see him perform.”
AllGood, who have worked with stars such as Bon Jovi and Stevie Wonder, are set to refile their £200million law suit in the next few weeks.
“We feel there is a strong case,” said Harvey. “The company were not given access to the emails that have come up in this case.
“We have depositions from senior AEG executives, who insisted that Michael was healthy enough to do ‘100 shows’ in the days before the rehearsals. The emails in the Jackson case suggest they had knowledge of problems. People knew Michael had a long term drug condition.
“His employees saw him unable to walk after visiting doctors – it was even on the news, but no one stepped in. I think AEG will lose to Katherine Jackson.”
The Jackson family claim that as Jackson’s personal physician Dr Conrad Murray was responsible for administering the fatal anaesthetic, AEG should be held responsible as they were his employer. AEG deny responsibility.
Murray, paid £100,000 a month by Jackson, got four years jail for involuntary manslaughter.
I fully agree with Terry Harvey that the AllGoodEntertainment proposition to Michael of one concert on a pay-per-view basis was a much better and lucrative option than the AEG tour of 50 shows, however the ultimatums he set to Michael were completely groundless not to mention the continuous damaging effect his silly stories about MJ needing a clean up had on the general public.
In November 2013 (after the AEG trial) together with his inseparable friend James Desborough Terry Harvey made a TV appearance in the Autopsy program made by Channel 5 where he was featured in the following episodes:
Terry Harvey: He did things that no one else could do. He was untouchable.
Narrator: His personal doctor Conrad Murray assured them that apart from his insomnia Jackson was in good physical condition, but not everyone was so convinced. [the camera shows the gargantuan Terry Harvey with a cigar sitting in a car]
Terry Harvey: Ha-ha-ha.
Narrator: Terry Harvey is a music promoter with close links to the Jackson family.
Terry Harvey: How fit would someone have to be to perform for two and a half hours in good shape? Do I think Michael didn’t have the energy and stamina for fifty nights? He didn’t have the stamina to do thirty minutes!
Terry Harvey [smiling and making dance moves]: … he was devious and the king of manipulation. He was the puppet master. He can tell you what you want to hear and look like it is real and guess what? You go – it’s okay, it’s all right, come on, let’s go. He was on a path of destruction. When you walk often in that Devil’s Dalliance some of us make it out, some of us don’t.
Let me remind you that Terry Harvey allows himself to talk this way of Michael Jackson though the most he saw of him was a couple of times when they discussed their AllGoodEntertainment proposal. All he had was a visual observation of Michael – and Michael was evidently listless, tired and disinterested. No facts, no nothing. Just Harvey’s impression of him.
All the other talks were held in Michael’s absence – initially with Frank Dileo in the winter of 2008/09 when Patrick Allocco of AllGoodEntertainment thought that Frank Dileo was Michael’s manager, and then with Joe Jackson and Leonard Rowe who met Michael just on one or two occasions trying to sign Leonard Rowe in as Michael’s manager.
This was all the “data” available to Harvey, except probably some stories from Joe Jackson who didn’t know anything of his son either.
However people like Terry Harvey are never abashed by the absence of small things like facts and are capable to make the most of the little they think they know and to the best advantage for themselves too. Indeed who would know Terry Harvey if it were not for his constant tales about Michael Jackson told in cooperation with his suspicious friend James Desborough? The tales everyone unfortunately believed and probably even the Jackson family in the first place too.
Since Terry Harvey is so desperate for the attention to his persona let me disclose Terry Harvey’s little secret.
From a lovely interview dated March 5, 2008 and titled “Talking with Grammy Winner Steve Pageot” we learn that as early as April-March 2008 Terry Harvey and Frank Dileo were passing themselves off as Michael Jackson’s “managers” and were even signing management deals with other performers by making use of Michael’s name. The deals included “being in talks with Michael” to bring those singers into one studio with him for a new album.
Still oblivious of the fraud Steve Pageot’s was telling the story in his March 2008 interview:
Question: What artists are you currently listening to for your own pleasure?
Steve Pageot: Right now, Michael Jackson. I love listening to Michael, you know. Actually, I just signed a management deal with Michael Jackson’s managers, Frank DiLeo and Terry Harvey. So they’re managing me now, and we’re in talks to bring me into the studio for Michael Jackson’s next studio album.
No matter whether Michael intended or didn’t intend to record something with Steve Pageot, the two con artists were surely not Michael’s managers in 2008, so all their promises and management deals were a clear fraud.
Do I need to say that Michael never knew of the activity Terry Harvey and Frank Dileo were involved in behind his back? If he had known he would have never talked to any of them a year later when one approached him together with Joe and Leonard Rowe with a deal for AllGoodEntertainment and the other was proposed by AEG as a sort of a manager for him.
The next trick of the pair was evidently the concert to be arranged by AllGoodEntertainment. When Frank Dileo asked for a $150,000 down payment for enlisting Michael in the deal the money was promised to him but only after signing the contract. Frank Dileo could never guarantee that as he was a nobody for MJ then, so evidently Terry Harvey as another “manager” of Michael approached Leonard Rowe and this is how the new stage of negotiations started.
When Michael fired Tohme AEG made a smart counter-move by bringing Frank Dileo over to their side and this is probably how Terry Harvey and Dileo found themselves on the opposite sides of the barricades.
If you ask me what I think of all these games around Michael I will say that they look disgusting to me. At least for some of the participants in the game Michael was nothing but a prized toy or a valuable commodity. He was not even allowed to be his own master.
And how could he trust anyone in circumstances like these or understand who had his best interests at heart if most of these people were thinking only of themselves when dealing with him?
And please don’t tell me that Terry Harvey was genuinely concerned about Michael’s health. Michael’s parents and siblings were concerned – it simply couldn’t be anything different, but with people like Terry Harvey as a go-between them and Michael they didn’t have a single chance to ever understand what was really wrong with him.
I now live in hope that one day Michael’s family will publicly disavow any connection with this terrible guy Terry Harvey and this will put a stop to his incessant public trashing of Michael.
My other big dream is that the Jackson family will finally understand that when they relied on the opinion of scumbags like Terry Harvey and Stacy Brown about their son and brother whom they for sure dearly loved, they not only allowed themselves to be fundamentally deceived, but they also grossly let Michael down by sharing the views, opionions and mode of thinking of these cynical liars.