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Tabloids are at it again: A FAKE STORY ABOUT MICHAEL JACKSON AND COREY HAIM

November 27, 2017

Amid the avalanche of sex abuse accusations shattering Hollywood many people are wondering what is going on and why now. The scandal is indeed huge and the latest attempt of RadarOnline and National Enquirer to channel this process in the direction desirable for them, by implicating Michael Jackson in other people’s actions, makes me express my views which I refrained from voicing for quite a long time. If one day we manage to get to the bottom of it you will probably understand why I hesitated for so long.

However first we need to look into the new fake story smearing Michael Jackson that was published by RadarOnline and National Enquirer under the guidance of a certain Dylan Howard, their editing director and editor-in-chief respectively.

The story alleges that in 2008 a certain producer was told by Corey Haim that he had been assaulted by Michael Jackson. No exact moment of the ‘assault’ is specified, so the general public assumed what was meant to be assumed – that not only Michael Jackson was Haim’s abuser, but that the whole thing took place when Corey was a child.

This fantasy piece was also printed and elaborated on in the National Enquirer, however both were refuted by Michael Jackson’s fans just within hours – by means of a short quote from Corey Feldman’s book “Coreyography” which says that Corey Haim met Michael Jackson for the first time only in 1994 when he was actually 22.

“Over the next several weeks, I made a few informal comments to the press and declared that Michael was innocent of the charges. (I was still living in Encino at the time; the paparazzi often made the two-minute drive to my house once they’d grown tired of staking out Hayvenhurst.) Michael was appreciative that I had spoken out on his behalf, and as a thank-you several months after he settled the case out of court he invited me up to Neverland Ranch.

I took Corey Haim with me, since he had never actually had an opportunity to meet Michael face-to-face. We rode go-karts. We giggled as Michael told us stories about Madonna, his date to the 1991 Academy Awards. (I think she intended to make a man out of him, but Michael wasn’t ready for all that.) We ordered movies to watch in his theatre. Together, the three of us screened Dream a Little Dream.”

– Corey Feldman: Coreyography

Corey Feldman has first-hand information about the events and it shreds the tabloid story into pieces – firstly, he was Corey Haim’s closest friend and the one who introduced Corey Haim to Jackson and, secondly, he can’t be suspected of any bias – when he was describing this episode there was no way to know that one day it would become so instrumental in refuting new lies about Jackson.

Seeing the fake story falling apart and evidently facing the need for damage control the Daily Mail came running to help their US tabloid colleagues and updated the story with a suggestion, sounding more like a hope, that “the offense had to happen some time after that point”. On their own part they also added a couple of inaccuracies about Jackson.

Here are some extracts from the Daily Mail version.

‘I have a problem with Michael Jackson’: Corey Haim said the King of Pop and Charlie Sheen assaulted him, claims producer – and the confession was allegedly caught on tape

By Chris Spargo For Dailymail.com

PUBLISHED: 12:47 EST, 23 November 2017  

<>There is no date given for the offense, but if Feldman is to be believed it would have had to have happened when Haim was an adult.

In his memoir Coreyography, Feldman writes that after he publicly defended his friend during his sexual abuse trial he was invited to spend a weekend at Neverland Ranch. 

Note: In 1993 there was no trial. The police didn’t even bring charges against Jackson after a year-long investigation, during which Michael Jackson fully cooperated with the police up to undergoing a strip search of his private parts. And Corey Feldman defended MJ in an interview with the Santa Barbara police in December 1993, when he was 22 and fully aware what real molestation is like – he actually gave the police the names of his abusers, but they were not interested and were after Jackson only.

(continued)

That case was settled in January of 1994, with Jackson paying the family of his 13-year-old accuser $25 million, and soon after Feldman headed to the King of Pop’s estate with his best friend Haim. This was just around that time that Jackson married his first and only wife in May 1994, Lisa Marie Presley. 

With every new paragraph it gets more and more surprising. Not only does the settlement sum rise with every new publication, but it also turns out that Michael Jackson’s two children were born out of wedlock. Has the Daily Mail ever heard of Debby Rowe?

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He writes in the book though that Haim, who was 21 at the time, had never met Jackson face-to-face until that day. That would mean the alleged assault had to have occurred some time after that point.

‘We rode go-karts. We giggled as Michael told us stories about Madonna, his date to the 1991 Academy Awards,’ writes Feldman.

‘We ordered movies to watch in his theater. Together the three of us screened Dream A Little Dream.’ 

Feldman admits however that he and Jackson lost touch after that weekend, and he only saw him a handful of times after that date. 

The Daily Mail seems unable to report accurately even a small thing like Haim’s age – Corey Haim was born on December 23rd, 1971, so in the year 1994 he was definitely older than 21.

Their story is illustrated by a couple of photos to show Corey Haim and Michael Jackson in 1993, which is another proof of the Daily Mail sloppy job or their deliberate attempt to distort the picture by hinting at a big age difference between the two guys.  In reality Michael was photographed on his crutches on March 21st, 2001 when he gave a speech in Oxford, and Corey Haim was an adult in 1994 and no longer looked like a teen.

Is there anything at all the Daily Mail can report accurately?

The correct photos for that period are provided below. These are the screenshots from Corey Haim’s home videos dated 1994 and the photos of Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley as newly weds in May 1994.

As regards the essence of the Daily Mail version and their attempt to portray the ‘offense’ as something occurring after 1994, someone should remind these guys that the original RadarOnline lie was decidedly different. The initial  allegation was that MJ ‘attacked Corey Haim as a child’, thus leaving no room for other interpretations.

Look at the headline and the full text:

Corey Haim Claimed Michael Jackson Attacked Him As A Child

Producer says late actor confided he was ‘assaulted’ by the singer.

By Radar Staff

Posted on Nov 22, 2017 @ 9:00AM

Another villain who may have attacked child star Corey Haim has been unmasked — pop star Michael Jackson!

In a world RadarOnline.com exclusive, film producer Ed Meyer has broken an almost ten-year silence to reveal what Haim confided to him in 2008 — just two years before the troubled actor died of pneumonia at 38.

 “Corey said, ‘I have a problem with Michael Jackson and with Charlie Sheen. I was assaulted by these guys, and a few others,’ ” Meyer told Radar. “I didn’t feel it was appropriate to say, ‘Who are the other people?’”

Although Haim never described the assaults as sexual, Meyer said his meaning was all too clear.

 “Oh yeah, definitely,” Meyer told Radar. “He didn’t use the word sexual in either case. [It was just], ‘I was assaulted by these guys and a few others.’ It was also clear Sheen turned him on to drugs. That was 100 percent clear … He sounded like he was calling Charlie a pimp.”

As Radar reported, former actor Dominick Brascia, a close friend of Haim, said the Lost Boys legend told him Sheen sodomized him on the set of the 1986 film Lucas.

“Haim told me he had sex with Sheen when they filmed ‘Lucas,’” Brascia said. “He told me they smoked pot and had sex. Haim said after it happened, Sheen became very cold and rejected him.”

At the time, Haim was 13, and Sheen was 19.

Brascia’s stunning account was backed up by a longtime Sheen confidant, who told Radar the Platoon menace, now 52, admitted to a sexual tryst with Corey, but insisted it had been consensual.

Meyer told Radar Haim made the explosive revelation about Jackson, who died in 2009 at age 50, while filming the reality show The Two Coreys. The scene was eventually deleted.

Haim co-starred in the show with fellow former child star Corey Feldman.

In the deleted scene, filmed at Sound City Studios in Los Angeles, a down-on-his-luck Haim asked Meyer and casting directors for help in reviving his career.

One of the directors happened to know Sheen, and Haim was startled to see him, Meyer said.

“You could see he was shook a little bit,” Meyer told Radar. “He didn’t expect it, and I started kicking him under the table, like, ‘Back off!’”

That’s when Haim ripped into Sheen and Jackson for assaulting him, Meyer said.

Note: The link takes you to a story about “a Hollywood A-list star who raped tragic ’80s child star Corey Haim and has brazenly gotten away with the abuse for almost three decades.” Not a single word is said about Michael Jackson there.

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“[Corey] was basically saying it was a dark time in his life, but he felt he was over that, and he was moving on and looking for work, and that played into what we were doing on camera,” Meyer said.

Ultimately, Meyer said the scene was cut because Haim had gone “overboard” about Jackson and Sheen.

“A&E filmed the video, and they did not air our piece because Corey was going overboard, venting,” Meyer said.

 “If it had aired, I think you would have had law enforcement looking into Charlie!”

We pay for juicy info! Do you have a story for RadarOnline.com? Email us at tips@radaronline.com, or call us at (866) ON-RADAR (667-2327) any time, day or night.

http://radaronline.com/celebrity-news/corey-haim-accused-michael-jackson-attack/

Well, it seems that the only true point in all of the above is that RadarOnline.com pays for juicy information. The rest of the story is fiction too.

The scene about A&E allegedly cutting the footage of Corey Haim going “overboard” about Jackson is a 100% fake. Back in 2008 nothing was more important to the media than dragging Michael’s name through the mud, so if the tape had existed they would have never missed the chance. Never. A juicy video like that would have cost a fortune if taken to tabloids, so for those who remember those times this lie sounds the silliest of all.

Another of their tabloid little secrets is a method to put the innocent and the (possibly) guilty into one mix. I mean their allegations concerning Charlie Sheen and Dominick Brascia who accused Sheen of abusing Corey Haim when he was a teen.

I’m aware of the gossip about Charlie Sheen, but over here they are most probably telling a lie too. Corey Haim’s mother revealed on a recent Dr. Oz’s show that the person who accused Charlie Sheen was actually the one who molested her son himself. The name of that person is Dominick Brascia.

This guy Dominick is the guy that abused my son,” she said. “My son said so.”

“He said so on The Two Coreys,” said Judy. “If you ever go back and watch any interview that my son ever gave, you would understand what I’m talking about. He hid nothing.”

https://people.com/tv/corey-haim-mother-names-his-alleged-abuser/

Nicole Eggert, who was once engaged to Corey Haim and was on the set when the respective episode of the ‘Two Coreys’ was filmed, said that she also heard the name of Haim’s abuser. In 2010 when she spoke about it she didn’t disclose the name, but when asked whether it was Michael Jackson was adamant that that it wasn’t. In fact Corey Haim had only “amazing things to say about Michael Jackson” according to Nicole.

Nicole Eggert Remembers Corey Haim: ‘We Loved Each Other So Dearly’

March 11, 2010 11:47 AM PST

….Nicole also addressed Corey’s statements during “The Two Coreys” that he had been molested.
I know who he is because I was there with them. I was friends with them at this time,” she said of Haim’s alleged abuser.

And she denied the rumor that it had been Michael Jackson. “He always had amazing things to say about Michael Jackson.”

Of the alleged molester, Nicole said, “I hope he’s having a horrible life.”
http://www.accesshollywood.com/articles/nicole-eggert-remembers-corey-haim-we-loved-each-other-so-dearly-83256/#FTXdfZ1B74QM2bET.99

So what’s left of the original story told by our beloved tabloids?

Nothing is left. And the truth turns out to be the exact opposite of what they are claiming:

  • Corey Haim was not a child, but an adult when he met Jackson.
  • Haim had only amazing things to say about Michael.
  • Corey Haim never named Michael to the RadarOnline source who said he was on the set of that reality show. There was no tape either, at least about Michael Jackson, and no cuts in it related to him. If someone wants to prove otherwise, produce the tape please.
  • The abuser Corey Haim named to his mother was Dominick Brascia, a big fat character actor and producer born in 1956. Brascia was 16 years older than Corey Haim.
  • So it was probably Dominick Brascia who was mentioned during the filming of the “Two Coreys” episode. Nicole Eggert was a witness to that scene. However no one paid attention and since the name never appeared on air that episode was indeed cut from the original footage. Of course, none of it had anything to do with Michael Jackson.
  • If the studio had aired the full tape where Corey Haim had the courage to name his abuser, law enforcement could have followed the lead and this could have changed Corey Haim’s life.
  • Dominick Brascia is now a favourite source of information for RadarOnline and National Enquirer. They boast getting lots of ‘exclusive’ information from this guy.

Dominick Brascia then and now

Now that we see that everything in the RadarOnline and National Enaquirer reports is entirely false, it is time to look at their publisher Dylan Howard and wonder how come this tabloid veteran may be vice-president of American Media Inc. in charge of the news?  Wiki says about him:

He is currently the vice president of news at American Media, where he holds the roles of editorial director of RadarOnline.com and editor in chief of the National Enquirer.

American Media, Inc. (AMI) is not to be confused with American Media Distribution, the international news coverage firm. AMI is publisher of magazines, supermarket tabloids and books based in New York City including National Enquirer, National Examiner, OK!, RadarOnline.com, Soap Opera Digest, Star, Us Weekly and others.

The above reminds me of a saying “Like father, like son”, only in this case it would be more pertinent to say “Like the vice-president of news, like the news” if you allow me to reword the phrase.

And how very interesting it is that Dylan Howard – the big media shot, vice president, editor-in-chief, editing director, etc. etc. etc. – is actually the same Dylan Howard who is mentioned in Ronan Farrow’s ground-breaking report about Harvey Weinstein’s army of spies as a media executive who was trying to help Weinstein to silence his most outspoken accuser, Rose MgGowan!

“A December, 2016, e-mail exchange between Weinstein and Dylan Howard, the chief content officer of American Media Inc., which publishes the National Enquirer, shows that Howard shared with Weinstein material obtained by one of his reporters, as part of an effort to help Weinstein disprove McGowan’s allegation of rape. In one e-mail, Howard sent Weinstein a list of contacts. “Let’s discuss next steps on each,” he wrote. https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/harvey-weinsteins-army-of-spies

More about that investigation later, but at this point let us simply note a surprising fact – in Weinstein’s case Dylan Howard was trying to help silence a real victim, and for Michael Jackson the same Dylan Howard is trying to create a fake one.

Does it mean that the chief content officer of American Media Inc. has some anti-Jackson agenda? Or is he motivated by money as may be assumed from Weinstein’s case?

My initial thought was that he has an agenda, however the idea had to be discarded as in November 2013 Dylan Howard had the decency to publish a fairly accurate report about Corey Feldman’s 1993 interview with the police when Feldman resisted the allegations and spoke of Michael Jackson’s innocence instead.

Secret Police Tape: Child Star Corey Feldman First Detailed How He Was ‘Molested’ In 1993… But Cops Did ‘Zero’ To Catch Sexual Predator

By Dylan Howard

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 @ 3:33AM

<> We have uncovered a recording of the Stand By Me actor’s interview with Santa Barbara sheriffs, recorded in December 1993 when he was aged 22, during which he told them: “I myself was molested.”

The grilling was part of the sheriffs’ investigation into his close pal Michael Jackson who, at the time, was facing child molestation charges brought by Jordy Chandler and his family.

Shockingly, Feldman actually named his alleged abusers — we have excluded them from the excerpt, below — but the detectives expressed little interest in investigating the monsters, instead lasering in on the “King Of Pop” instead.

“I know what it’s like to go through those feelings and believe me, the person who molested me, if this was him that did that to me, this would be a different story,” Feldman told Sgt. Deborah Linden and Detective Russ Birchim.

Corey: “Nothing ever happened with Michael”

“I would be out there, up front, doing something immediately to have this man given what was due to him.”

The frustrated star is now questioning why his report went nowhere.

“All names were given to police before statute had run out but they did zero,” he wrote to a fan on Twitter recently, who had asked why he did not report the men to authorities.<>

http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2013/11/secret-police-tape-corey-feldman-first-detailed-rape-in-1993-cops-did-zero-to-catch-sexual-predator/

The above was published on November 1st, 2013, but since then RadarOnline has gone on a kind of a witch-hunt against Jackson by printing every single statement of Wade Robson’s lawyers and making up all sort of fakes about Michael – that he allegedly abused his nephews, possessed child porn and photos of tortured animals, abused Corey Haim when he was a child, and much, much more of similar trash (for details see here and here please).

In one of their messages the Michael Jackson Estate called these attempts ‘sleazy internet click bait’. But this would be correct only in part – there are lots of other, true stories about Michael Jackson which would be no less sensational if tabloids ever cared to look into them, so why don’t they publish the no less sensational truth about MJ? For example, the tragic story of treating his burns by stretching his scalp and placing balloons there which actually started his dependency on anaesthetics?

So the problem is not in the fact that Dylan Howard’s media are ready to pay for ‘juicy information’ about Michael Jackson. The problem is that his media are seeking only for negative juicy information about him and are always ready to tell a bad lie to smear his good name.

In Weinstein’s case Dylan Howard was working on the basis of a contract which required him to seek out anything that would undermine the women who had allegations against Weinstein. To explain his activities Howard said:

“Absent a corporate decision to terminate the agreement with The Weinstein Company, I had an obligation to protect AMI’s interests by seeking out—but not publishing—truthful information about people who Mr. Weinstein insisted were making false claims against him.”

However a contract is a contract, and Weinstein should have been paying him for these ‘obligations’ – by money, advertisements in his media or other means.

So it wouldn’t be a too big stretch of imagination to assume that in Michael Jackson’s case there might be a similar type of contract, only an anti-Jackson one, requiring the media to find anything that would undermine Michael Jackson, true or false alike. Really negative information about Michael is difficult to find, hence the need for false stories like their recent one about Corey Haim.

And if this hypothesis is correct, the question arises about who could be a partner in that contract and pay for it at least since 2013. In Weinstein’s case it is clear who the payer and beneficiary is – it is Weinstein himself. But who could be paying for the anti-Jackson media campaign?

To try and understand it we need to look into the technique employed by Harvey Weinstein for manipulating the media and go over the history of sex abuse revelations the way they evolved in the past few years.

There is a certain logic to the succession in which they emerged and this may be the key to the whole problem.

 

35 Comments leave one →
  1. December 8, 2017 4:45 pm

    “Helena, I hope it is OK if I put a link to your article in the December issue of A Candle for Michael newsletter ” – Kerry Hennigan

    Certainly it is okay, you are very much welcome to do it. Sorry for the late reply. And thank you!

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  2. Asma permalink
    December 6, 2017 10:28 pm

    Helena,

    You are correct that this is moving fast. Take a look at this…the Santa Barbara Police Department said they found the Corey Feldman’s tapes (I remember hearing it played back in 2010 on one of the Hollywood/Entertainment shows, so I never believed they lost it).

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/jezebel.com/police-say-theyve-located-the-1993-recording-of-corey-f-1821068185/amp

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  3. December 6, 2017 6:43 pm

    “Dylan Howard of American media is being accused of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, according to HOllywood Reporter”

    Well, well, well – things are happening so fast that I am unable even to follow them. Thank you for the news, I will definitely look into it tomorrow (now it is past midnight here).

    Jacksonaktak is right – it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person.

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  4. December 6, 2017 12:12 pm

    Re. Dylan Howard.

    Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person.

    BTW, I came across another article today which is about Harvey Weinstein. It is a long article, but MJ is mentioned in the part where they describe how Weinstein used tabloid media connections to generate stories about others in order to distract from his scandals.

    (Dylan Howard is also involved in Weinstein’s scandal as he tried to dig up dirt on Weinstein’s accusers to help Weinstein.)

    Here is that part:

    [b]Keeping the Media Close[/b]

    Shortly after the news investigations of Mr. Weinstein’s alleged abuse were published, A. J. Benza, a former New York Daily News gossip columnist, received a two-word text from the producer: “Help me.”

    Mr. Benza had been integral to the network of friendly journalists — gossip columnists, magazine writers, editors and authors — whom the producer relied on to promote his entertainment empire and sometimes punish rivals or deflect threats.

    Over dinner in West Hollywood in late 2003 or early the next year, the men had discussed a plan to help Mr. Weinstein avoid embarrassment. While married to his first wife, he had become involved with someone else, Mr. Benza discovered. A clerk at a Los Angeles art studio where he commissioned a gift for Mr. Weinstein — a painting of a reimagined “Hollywood” sign reading “Harveywood” — volunteered to Mr. Benza that a friend, Georgina Chapman, was seeing the producer. Mr. Weinstein, who would later marry Ms. Chapman, was separated and wanted to keep the relationship confidential until he was divorced, according to his spokeswoman, Sallie Hofmeister.

    Mr. Benza, then between jobs, had a suggestion. “I could supply your P.R. girls with a lot of gossip — a lot of stories — and if people come at them with the ‘Harvey’s having an affair story,’ they can barter,” Mr. Benza recalled telling Mr. Weinstein. “He said, ‘A. J., it’s got to be good stories,’ and I said, ‘Don’t you worry about it.’”

    [b]Collecting a monthly retainer, Mr. Benza said, he reported items on Roger Clemens, Michael Jackson and others and sent them to Mr. Weinstein’s communications team, though he didn’t know whether they were used to trade away stories about the producer. [/b]Mr. Weinstein’s spokeswoman said the payments to Mr. Benza were for public relations work during Miramax’s dispute with Disney.

    After 10 months, Mr. Weinstein said, “I think the coast is clear; I think we beat this thing,” according to Mr. Benza, who recently had a brief stint as a writer for American Media and also runs his own gossip podcast, “Fame Is a Bitch.”

    Mr. Benza and Mr. Weinstein were exploiting a longstanding system of favor-trading between the press and the movie business. Gossip writers need a stream of insider scoops, industry beat reporters need exclusives on the next big deal and glossy magazines need celebrities who can drive newsstand sales. Mr. Weinstein, who wanted glowing coverage, could provide that and more.

    The producer often held out business opportunities to those who covered him. He had book and movie deals with writers and editors at Fox News, The New York Post, Premiere magazine, Vanity Fair, Variety and elsewhere. In Mr. Benza’s case, a book contract came immediately after he left The Daily News. In interviews, several journalists who had business ties to him said the arrangements did not cause them to pull punches.

    [b]He had particularly strong ties to the tabloid giant American Media — owner of The Enquirer, Globe, OK!, Radar Online and others — with which he teamed up to pursue several media and production deals.[/b]
    Mr. Weinstein was especially close with David J. Pecker, head of the tabloid publisher American Media Inc. Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

    On occasion, Mr. Weinstein’s defenses showed cracks. Two journalists learned of assault accusations against him — David Carr and Ken Auletta — while writing warts-and-all profiles of him in the early 2000s.

    Mr. Auletta, of The New Yorker, said he learned about a sexual assault allegation that a former assistant had made against the producer, and a related settlement that required confidentiality. Mr. Auletta said that he and his editors concluded just before publishing that they could not include the allegation because the woman would not agree to cooperate.

    Mr. Carr, a New York Times columnist who died in 2015, heard about Ms. McGowan’s assault allegation and other accusations while reporting a profile for New York magazine in 2001, his editors said.

    Several weeks before the article was published, Kroll, a private investigative agency that did work for Mr. Weinstein, provided him with some details of Mr. Carr’s reporting, according to a former Miramax executive who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Mr. Carr wrote in the profile that Mr. Weinstein seemed to have “near-perfect visibility into my notebook,” and told friends that Mr. Weinstein called him before publication to read a line he had written.

    His spokeswoman dismissed the account as “urban legend,” and a top Kroll executive, Daniel E. Karson, did not respond to a request for comment.

    Mr. Carr’s article also did not include any sexual misconduct allegations; Caroline Miller, then New York’s editor, said that none of the women would speak on the record. That same wall of silence would stymie other journalists in the years that followed.

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  5. Asma permalink
    December 5, 2017 5:10 pm

    Nan beat me to it:

    https://apnews.com/61ec808965414abb810a6e2d84f06a79

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  6. Nan permalink
    December 5, 2017 4:47 pm

    Dylan Howard of American media is being accused of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, according to HOllywood Reporter, I’m not able to post the link but you can google it

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  7. December 4, 2017 11:10 pm

    Dimond knows damn well that to throw MJ in that mix is a lie.

    1. MJ did not “scare” anyone into silence. It were the Chandlers and the Francias who demanded a settlement all along. The Chandlers admit in their own book that they wanted nothing but a settlement, that they filed their lawsuit with a “highly profitable settlement” in mind. And Blanca Francia said all the while the criminal proceedings were going on that she wanted to sue MJ for money. That settlement happened after the criminal process was closed anyway.

    2. No one was silenced. In MJ’s case, MJ actually refused to pay the Chandlers off in secret, even though they offered him not to go to authorities and the public if he did. It were also the Chandlers who were pushing for the criminal process being pushed behind the civil. They never wanted a criminal trial. They tried to avoid it like plague! That’s all in the Chandlers’ own book! I am sure Dimond knows that, after all the Chandlers considered her their “best ally” in the media.

    3. Nothing in those settlements prevented either the Chandlers or the Francias from testifying in a criminal trial. The Chandlers refused both in 1994 and in 2005. The Francias also could have testified in 1994 in front of a Grand Jury and they DID testify in 2005 but were not found credible.

    4. She has some nerve talking about “witness tampering”, when her show Hard Copy routinely paid people to lie. Even in 2005 those people were the prosecution’s “witnesses” – the people that Diane Dimond’s Hard Copy paid to make up lies.

    5. That other article about forgiving molesters puts her association with pedophilia advocate, Victor Gutierrez into a new light, doesn’t it?

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  8. December 4, 2017 6:10 pm

    Well, apparently Bryan Singer has been fired from the Freddie Mercury biopic. Officially, this is because he has been absent from the set for most of the filming up to now, has been read the riot act by Rami Malek, who is playing the titular role, and refused to return to the set after Thanksgiving break. Singer has been even saying the set experience has “given him PTSD.” What are the odds that the reason he’s been absent from the set is because he’s waiting for shoes to drop about his past behavior?

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  9. Asma permalink
    December 2, 2017 3:51 pm

    Oh Helena, steam is coming out of my ears! What is perplexing to me is how she can write about the predators a month and a half ago (putting Michael into the mix) then *now* talk about pausing from a lynch mob and thinks that it will not be noticed? She is putting it out there in public!

    Of course I know that she does this because she is hardly ever called out for her shameless inaccuracies about Jackson on a constant basis accept from his fans and advocates. However, a time *must* come where her BS is called out on a far reachingly credible forum and unabashedly shamed for disgustingly spreading false information the way she does. The reason why we are deteriorating as a society is because of people like her!

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  10. December 2, 2017 3:28 pm

    My jaw dropped too. Susanne, what a great find!

    After you wrote about it I looked up other Dimond’s posts and see the even despite her present “make-a-pause” calls concerning others she still goes on smearing Michael Jackson.

    In her earlier piece, on October 20th she threw Michael into one group with Weinstein and others, and claimed that all of them had secret settlements that prevented their accusers from speaking up. For Weinstein it may be true, but not for Michael Jackson and Dimond knows it perfectly well.

    In MJ’s settlement with the Chandlers no one was hushed up – the family and their lawyer had already said to the press whatever they liked. And there was no obstruction of justice either – the Chandlers could perfectly testify at a criminal trial if they desired to and in 2005 June Chandler did indeed take the opportunity.

    In other words the situation is incomparable to the total silence into which Weinstein terrorized his victims. However see what Diane Dimond is writing:

    What do the late Fox CEO Roger Ailes, former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, movie producer Harvey Weinstein, President Bill Clinton, Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, comedian Bill Cosby and entertainer Michael Jackson have in common?

    Each man arranged to pay out beaucoup bucks to people who accused them of sexual assault or sexual harassment. Each hired lawyers to draw up a secret settlement with the accuser which included a promise that the accuser would never – ever – speak about what had occurred. In other words, these wealthy Americans were allowed to throw money at a problem to make a criminal or civil case disappear. With no complaining witness there cannot be a trial.

    Why is this allowed to happen in a country where there is supposed to be equal treatment under the law? And why do members of the American Bar Association agree to engage in writing up closed door/closed mouth non-disclosure contracts that circumvent the law?

    There is a legal dichotomy surrounding these secret settlements. They are standard practice but there is a serious question raised when they are used to cover up a crime. Scaring an accuser into silence is akin to witness tampering in my book and burying criminal activity under a pile of hush money smells like obstruction of justice.

    Our legal system should no longer be used to shield sexual perpetrators from legal liability. These secret settlements aren’t made to clear up just one little misunderstanding. In each of the cases I’ve mentioned there were multiple accusers. This corrupt status quo accomplishes only one thing — it allows serial sexual predators to roam free to victimize others.

    Every state ought to follow the lead of California, New York and New Jersey and take immediate steps to outlaw this odious practice.
    http://www.dianedimond.com/lets-ban-secret-sex-harassment-settlements/

    A liar and a hypocrite. A disgusting liar and a disgusting hypocrite.

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  11. Asma permalink
    December 2, 2017 12:23 pm

    Susanne,

    My jaw just dropped to the floor reading that. This is really confirming suspicions that these people (and I use the term loosely) have been and *are*, out to get Michael dead or alive and do not give a hang about protecting victims. This just makes me so very angry. Dimond should have sat this one out. Because her razor thin credibility just got even more shaved down. No words exist to describe the disgust I am feeling right now towards her in particular and this entire gang of blood thirsty vultures so eager to take down an innocent man and on *top* of that, telling people to forget about a victims’ emotional and psychological damage because the predator *might* have “changed.” Well Predators *don’t* change. They are out for power and will manipulate the system to leverage their position and feed their need for blood because that is what fulfils their warped nerd to feel powerful over others. A victims’ rights, boundaries and feelings matter very little to them if at all. Dimond can go suck a lemon.

    P.S., if you examine what any of the recently accused like Matt Lauer, Louis C.K., Kevin Spacey and more have done, you will see that they were concrete acts of predatory behavior because they felt a sense of power over their subjects and no one has denied the acts they have been accused of. To use Lauer as an example, he had a button where he could lock his office door from the *inside* enabling him to entrap women of and *for* his own will. That is not an example of a thought process that humanizes those separate from himself nor does it exhibit some sort of youthful transgression of character outgrown from a development of consciousness that Dimond is suggesting. It is *embedded* in his personality and he would have kept going had he not been exposed. What a way to trivialize rape and assault, shame on her!

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  12. susannerb permalink*
    December 2, 2017 4:54 am

    Hi guys! Thank you very much to Helena for taking the time to document and refute these new lies.

    It’s stunning how all those who created “Michael Jackson the Monster” and fought against him to the death now prove themselves what we always said: That they were/are on a crusade against Michael Jackson, and only him, and not against pedophilia and sexual abuse in itself.
    They are more than ready to downplay the Hollywood situation and even defend those accused powerful men, while they fed Michael to the lions.

    Another example is Diane Dimond:
    In a new post of November 20, 2017, on her blog, Diane Dimond shows a complete different attitude towards sexual predators and demands “a pause in the sex talk”. She puts the following questions:

    “Question: by bringing up an episode from ten, twenty or even thirty years ago don’t we inevitably erase the possibility that the guilty party has grown as a person over the years and learned the error of their ways? I know I did things decades ago that I’m not proud of, things I would never do again.

    Question: how do we handle the man who delivers a seemingly heartfelt apology for their past bad acts? If we continue to vilify him aren’t we guilty of the very act of shaming we condemn? If the woman’s goal is a big money settlement couldn’t that be seen as a predatory act too?

    And, final question: by automatically accepting an accuser’s version of events and immediately heaping scorn on the suspect haven’t we forgotten to give the accused an opportunity to defend himself?

    That said, if multiple victims step forward to point the finger of blame at one person, well, that’s pretty telling. But let’s make sure we don’t robotically accept each and every complaint as true. False reports are more common than you think and once exposed they can dilute the power of legitimate complaints.”
    http://www.dianedimond.com/a-pause-please-in-the-sex-talk/

    Can you believe it? Just think about her sentences for a moment and compare them with her behavior towards Michael!
    DD suddenly shows understanding for the situation of abusers, giving them the benefit of the doubt.
    Suddenly she claims to be a voice of reason who “reflects for a moment”, stating that people shouldn’t “go overboard” and requiring “A Pause, please, in the sex talk”.

    This is another proof that all of them had an explicit agenda against Michael Jackson and only Michael Jackson, whom Dimond prejudged without evidence and before a trial took place and never gave “an opportunity to defend himself”, and whose accusers’ enforced settlement she never saw “as a predatory act too”.

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  13. December 1, 2017 7:46 pm

    Helena, I hope it is OK if I put a link to your article in the December issue of A Candle for Michael newsletter, since I think it is the best summation/refutation of the tabloid claims I’ve read. Great job!

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  14. December 1, 2017 4:05 pm

    Asma, thank you for the video. I noticed that Corey Haim started smiling when he recalled his time with Michael Jackson. He said that “Michael treated everyone with so much respect and dignity,” and “he loved everyone”. But Corey’s most poignant point is that it was annoying for him to see people act like they had always supported Michael while they “were incapable of being polite to the man until he passed on. I wish it would have been like this all the time”.

    These words should be set in gold.

    Performers: Jackson Was One-of-a-Kind

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  15. December 1, 2017 3:27 pm

    “because ONCE UPON A TIME Spielberg introduced people to Michael, or smiled at him or worked with him, DOES NOT MEAN LATER THE WITCH HUNT DID NOT HAPPEN.”- archangelmichael777

    The witch hunt did happen, but is there a direct link to Spielberg? And why Speilberg of all people? Even if you talk about the fact that Michael’s logo was stolen by Dreamworks Pictures, why do you think it was done solely by Spielberg? Dreamworks as a film production label was founded by three people.

    DreamWorks began in 1994 as an attempt by media moguls Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen (together, SKG) to create a new Hollywood studio of which they owned 72%. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DreamWorks

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  16. December 1, 2017 3:16 pm

    “I need you all to understand, and check back on Michael’s public comments also with lawyers, that THE BUSINESS STUFF IS RELATED TO THE TIMINGS OF REPETITIVE FALSE ACCUSATIONS” – archangelmichael777

    You are absolutely right. The accusations WERE related to business stuff, which makes it clear that the primary objective was to ruin Michael financially. There were innumerable so-called coincidences when Michael was to release a new record, project or whatever, and exactly the same day (or on the eve of it) new allegations or something equally bad suddenly took place. It would make a long list to enumerate them all. Here is a reminder of just a couple of them:

    1. The Neverland raid by 70 officers was made on the same day Michael Jackson’s Number Ones album was released.

    The raid came on the same day that Jackson’s Number Ones greatest hits album was released. The collection features the new song “One More Chance,” written by R. Kelly. A Jackson TV special is scheduled to air on CBS on November 26th.
    Jackson and his three children were not at Neverland during the raid because he has been in Las Vegas for three weeks filming footage for the TV special.
    http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/police-raid-jackson-ranch-20031118

    2. During the two and a half weeks of grand jury deliberations in 2004 (March 29th- April 21st) two more allegations suddenly popped up – one was Scott Thorson on April 15th with his fantasies about an alleged gay affair with young MJ and the second was a certain Bartucci who struck with his crazy story the next day after Thorson, on April 16th.

    You can find more details about it my post written five years ago. Some quotes from it:

    The fact that Scott’s story was published on April 15, 2004 and the indictment came on April 21, 2004 was a pure coincidence (of course), however when studying the Michael Jackson case there are so many coincidences that they alone can make an impressive list to wonder about.

    The very next day after the National Enquirer’s story about Scott Thorson came out, another article dated April 16, 2004 said that another ‘victim’ from Michael Jackson’s very distant past had been found and would probably testify at the trial.

    He claimed that he suffered from repressed memories and recalled that he had been molested by MJ only in November 2003 when he was watching on TV the press-conference held by the D.A. Tom Sneddon and Sheriff Jim Anderson.

    Bartucci was almost the same age as Michael and at the time of the alleged ‘molestation’ he was 18 years old. The ‘crime scene’ was a white limousine in New Orleans into which Bartucci was allegedly forced by slim and frail Michael and then driven to California “while being molested, held at gunpoint and cut with steel wire and a razor blade.”

    The police were looking into Bartucci’s story for several months and judging by the fact that the news was released on April 16, 2004 only, they waited for half a year and accidentally decided to make the news public just during the last week of the Grand Jury deliberations – which is another of our beautiful coincidences of course.

    Later on Bartucci’s story was thrown out of court as the judge found him to be a “professional litigator” but at that moment the effect on the Grand jury and the public must have been a thunderous one – look, another victim has been found!

    Impressed by all these coincidences and out of sheer curiosity I randomly picked up Maureen Orth’s articles to see if this author could also accidentally have something thrilling to tell us during the Grand Jury deliberations. And you know what? Just when the deliberations started in March 2004 she did write an article called “Neverland’s Lost Boys” about the poor nice sick kid Gavin Arvizo and the monstrous Michael Jackson!

    After finding all these articles so neatly grouped together at a moment when Michael Jackson’s fate and future were being decided I can bet whatever you like that the list of strange coincidences is far from being full. All it requires is just a little more digging to be able to find more “sensational” articles published just in one special week of April 2004.
    https://vindicatemj.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/lies-about-michael-jackson-will-scott-thorson-understand-that-blood-money-has-never-done-anyone-any-good/

    Mind you, all these coincidences occurred within a very short period of time when the grand jury was deciding whether to indict MJ or not. And how many more similar ‘coincidences’ took place at other crucial moments of his life?!!

    As to a link between “business stuff” and allegations against Michael, I am sure that one of the purposes of that trial and his non-stop harassment in general was draining Michael of his money.

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  17. December 1, 2017 1:46 am

    I need you all to understand, and check back on Michael’s public comments also with lawyers, that THE BUSINESS STUFF IS RELATED TO THE TIMINGS OF REPETITIVE FALSE ACCUSATIONS, if you think because ONCE UPON A TIME Spielberg introduced people to Michael, or smiled at him or worked with him, DOES NOT MEAN LATER THE WITCH HUNT DID NOT HAPPEN. Ok. Every time Michael would be about to publish or planning PROJECTS, WORK…these false accusations would wise, the media being used as a tool to SABOTAGE INVESTORS, HIS REPUTATION AND AGAIN…..PROJECTS. Makes me angry if you let them distract you, seriously, I was in LA and almost died from being poisoned, I am a film director, I was right there with Michael when he was preparing before he passed to take on his FILM DIRECTOR CAREER and show them who’s better….after everything they did to him and stole from him.

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  18. Asma permalink
    November 30, 2017 2:28 pm

    Clarification Helena,

    In the video I posted below I said Corey Haim’s words started at 1:20 but it seems to really start around 1:27 or 1:28. He said something to the effect of something that “really, really irritated me” and really hit the target. So there is my clarification. Thank you!

    Asma

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  19. Asma permalink
    November 30, 2017 2:22 pm

    Hi Helena,

    You may have already seen this as MJ Justice Project tweeted this along with a few others involved in the advocacy community and I am so grateful that they did. I think it should really go viral as much as possible. You have Radar and other tabloids making up a story about Corey Haim saying something regarding Michael and yet here Haim is on *record* in his own words saying what he is saying about MJ. It is an important record and it speaks for itself, so I’ll leave it here on your page:

    Corey Haim starts at 1:30

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  20. dorito permalink
    November 30, 2017 12:22 pm

    michael wasn’t friends with haim, he met him as an adult and not even sneddon, the fbi nor the media sought him out in 1993 to interview him like they were doing with all the kids michael knew, they were tracking down all those kids for information, haim wasn’t in the equation because…they weren’t friends lol. They hadn’t even met yet! The media even found out about those two boys who stayed with their father at the jackson house for like 2 weeks in the mid 80’s, you know the ones they offered 100.000 so they can lie about michael molesting them, I’m pretty sure if they had anything on haim we would have known since then! if this wasn’t tragic I would be laughing 😛

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  21. November 29, 2017 7:44 am

    True I didn’t mean to sound like Spielberg did any such things, I honestly don’t believe that, but he is involved in the big type economic manipulation towards Michael, later on down the road, this not about Corey, this about Michael’s film plans and plan to found a film production and direct etc…this is what I meant, and other than that, he might just be silent and well, play the game, maybe he knows some stuff, and doesn’t have any courage to speak up. We will see I guess.

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  22. Asma permalink
    November 29, 2017 12:18 am

    Sanemjfan,

    Thank you for the screenshot. It’s good to see. I myself don’t have a twitter account, I tried a few years ago but it was utterly confusing for me to use. But I took the liberty here to to click on Mr. Feldman’s account and read some of the tweets. I noticed he follows “An Open Secret.” That looked very cool so I clicked on *their* account. I saw that on the 18th of November, they were tweeted by Wade Robson’s group and were probing Open Secret why they wouldn’t name Michael Jackson in their probe. They were gracious in their response and said something to the effect that they will be on Infowars (which does not come with my recommendation). Then the group thanked them for not being dismissive of MJ’s “victims.”

    Needless to say seeing that was a little bit bothersome. Does anyone in the MJ community think it would be useful to follow An Open Secret, and possibly keep them aware of Jackson’s case? Not for any reason but just to keep awareness alive? They seem like quite a good group. Just putting that out there. Thank all of you for staying on all these stories. It is interesting how all the dimensions connect with how MJ was/is treated in the public eye, and in turn how *his* treatment is connected to journalistic integrity which effects the well being of all of our nations’ and our intellectual health. All of these stories and situations, concerning sexual assault and MJ’s public image & treatment, is connected to deeper more serious issues we see playing out right in front of our eyes regarding the overall issue of democracy. Others may disagree with me, but I *do* have reasons for thinking this way.

    Asma

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  23. sanemjfan permalink
    November 28, 2017 11:17 pm

    Here is Corey Feldman’s reply to me earlier today:

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  24. November 28, 2017 2:40 pm

    The person who spread the lies is named Ed Meyer, he is a director that is partners and friends with Spielberg and co. how long are we going to let them vent their evil freely at anyone racist that way? – archangelmichael777

    Spielberg is friends with many people and was Corey Feldman’s trusted and supportive friend too. He was the one who helped Corey meet Michael Jackson.

    “I was shattered, disgusted, devastated. I needed some normalcy in my life. So, I called Michael Jackson,” Feldman writes. “Michael Jackson’s world, crazy as it sounds, had become my happy place. Being with Michael brought me back to my innocence. When I was with Michael, it was like being 10 years old again.”

    As to Speilberg, when some people assumed that Corey was talking of him when he spoke of rampant pedophilia in Hollywood, Corey said vehement NO and wrote an angry reply to someone on Twitter:

    Corey Feldman
    ✔@Corey_Feldman
    Replying to @angeldevil1111
    @AngelDevil1166 4 the last time….Steven Spielberg is not a pedo!!! GOT IT?!?? GOOD!! Don’t ever say it again! Thanx!
    3:43 AM – Jul 25, 2013
    https://twitter.com/#!/x/status/360198573251497984

    This of course doesn’t mean that Spielberg didn’t do MJ any wrong, but the latter will require some proof, so I suggest we make our conclusions on the basis of facts and analysis alone.

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  25. Asma permalink
    November 28, 2017 2:30 pm

    Of course, Helena. Good on you for that. With the rate it’s all going, perhaps hopefully the names will be exposed sooner rather than later.

    Asma

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  26. November 28, 2017 2:04 pm

    “Do you have possible guesses as to who this anti-Jackson contract partner or partners might be at all? You don’t have to name the name, I just wondered if you had any suspicions.”- Asma

    Yes, I have my suppositions, but am absolutely not willing to name any names in the absence of real evidence. All I aspire to is collecting as many various facts as possible and analyzing them together with the readers.

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  27. Asma permalink
    November 28, 2017 1:50 pm

    Dear Helena,

    Just thought I’d leave this here since it is new:

    http://deadline.com/2017/11/gary-goddard-leave-of-absence-sexual-assault-allegations-anthony-edwards-1202215425/amp/

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  28. November 28, 2017 1:17 pm

    The person who spread the lies is named Ed Meyer, he is a director that is partners and friends with Spielberg and co., who have fought Michael for years and used media same manner to get back at Michael, and stole intellectual property from him: Logo, Film Company Concept, Movie Ideas then twisted them, how long are we going to let them vent their evil freely at anyone racist that way?

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  29. November 28, 2017 1:15 pm

    Thank you for your relentless defence of innocent Michael

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  30. November 28, 2017 1:14 pm

    PLEASE DONT GIVE THEM ATTENTION MORE FOR THIS, THATS WHAT THEY WANT! Look here to see who is doing this, enough is enough: https://twitter.com/MJTwinFlameSoul/status/934774377803124737

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  31. November 28, 2017 10:05 am

    “Corey Feldman just tweeted and confirmed that the story is false!” – sanemjfan

    Very good of him though he doesn’t know either the year his friend was born and thinks he was 21. But for friends this is the usual thing – they don’t look into each other’s passports. What’s important is that he confirms that the story is BS.

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  32. Asma permalink
    November 28, 2017 3:20 am

    Helena,

    Do you have possible guesses as to who this anti-Jackson contract partner or partners might be at all? You don’t have to name the name, I just wondered if you had any suspicions.

    As usual, great read and I think you are definitely onto something.

    Asma

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  33. DJH permalink
    November 28, 2017 1:42 am

    That is amazing research! Thank you for this

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  34. sanemjfan permalink
    November 28, 2017 1:35 am

    Helena,
    Corey Feldman just tweeted and confirmed that the story is false! You should add this to your post!

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