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Michael JacksonHappy Birthday Michael. 29-08-'06

Michael Jackson is born on 29 August 1958, today Michael is 48 years and that brings a lot of joy with his children.

Prince, Paris, Blanket & Grace throw a surprise birthday party for Michael at the luxurious Luggala Castle, in Co. Wicklow where they have been staying for the past few weeks.

Michael’s spokeswoman, Raymone K. Bain, told Access Hollywood. Michael had cake, although Raymone wasn’t sure if it included all 48 candles!

A puppet show also was part of the party surprise. Raymone told Access that Michael is having “a really great day” and is receiving gifts and messages from fans all over the world. Tuesday’s party follows a surprise party thrown by fans in Ireland Monday. Michael Jackson has been living in Europe since leaving Bahrain in May.

Source : MJFC / Access Hollywood / Billie Jean


Jackson Sells Elephants And Giraffes. 24-08-'06

Michael Jackson has axed plans to sell his Neverland Ranch, and opted to get rid of his collection of zoo animals instead.

The pop superstar is desperately attempting to raise money to pay back massive loans, and was thought to be ready to offload the Santa Barbara, California ranch he hasn't lived in since he was acquitted of child molestation last year (05).

But Santa Barbara magazine alleges he is ditching his menagerie of animals instead. A source tells the magazine, "Jackson's elephant sold to a big wheel (circus) near Los Angeles. It's also true that Jackson has four giraffes up for sale. His asking price: $35,000 a pair."

Source: Contact Music / Billie Jean


The Michael Jackson MusicalThe Michael Jackson Musical Updated. 16-08-'06

August 27th 2006, Dominion Theatre London.
A stage & video spectacular celebrating the amazing career of the World’s greatest entertainer!

This amazing show will feature over 80 performers paying tribute to the King of Pop via song and dance...

Enjoy the unbelievable career of Michael Jackson in this one-off musical presentation with a full live-band, choir, children’s ballet, great singers, dance groups and special guests!

This is an event not to be missed! Enjoy the ultimate Michael Jackson tribute show with 100's of other fans from across the world, on Bank Holiday weekend, just 2 days before Michael’s birthday!

Taking place at one of London’s most popular theatres, The Dominion is currently home to the Queen musical, ‘We Will Rock You’. If you’ve been fortunate enough to see that show, then imagine what Michael’s awesome videos will look like on their state of the art super large video screen!

You’ll also have the chance to buy merchandise, and take part in our raffle and auction.

After-Show Party/Meal:
Continue the fun and dance the night away to more Michael music at Jury's Hotel, which is right next door to the Dominion Theatre.

There is also a restaurant where you can buy a two-course after-show meal.

The After-Show Party is open to all ages, but those under the age of 17, must be accompanied by somebody over the age of 18.

Tickets are just £10 each.

Place: Dominion Theatre London, 5pm-8.30pm

‘The Michael Jackson Musical’, is being produced by Adrian Grant, author of the ‘Michael Jackson Visual Documentary’, founder of the original Michael Jackson British fan club in 1988, and producer of the Annual MJ Day since 1991.

Source: MJFC / Billie Jean


Michael JacksonMichael Jackson Tells Ex-Wife Debbie Rowe To Beat It. 26-08-'06

Michael Jackson was hit with a suit last month by his ex-wife Debbie Rowe, demanding more money -- now he's telling her to beat it.

The Gloved One handed over $8 million in support and legal fees to Rowe in a settlement after their 1999 divorce. He got custody of their two children, Michael Jr., 9, and Paris, 8.

Rowe is now fighting for custody and wants Jackson to pay about $245,000 in new legal fees.

In his response, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Tuesday (August 22) but released Thursday (August 24), Jackson argues he has already paid her prior legal fees and the millions dictated by the settlement and charges that she broke a nondisclosure clause.

The case will be heard by Judge Robert Schnider on Sept. 5.

Source: New York Post / Billie Jean


Wildfire Burns Part Of Neverland Ranch. 25-08-'06

Hearts and minds of Michael Jackson's friends and fans are turned toward Los Olivos, California on this warm summer evening.

A wildfire has burned about 40 acres of Neverland Valley Ranch, coming within a quarter mile of the main house, according to Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesperson Jeff Ross.

Thankfully, no structures have caught fire at the 2,500 acre estate.

About 100 fire-fighters were engaged in battling the fire, backed up with water - dropping helicopters.

Michael Jackson is not at the estate, but currently resides in Europe.

Neverland Ranch
A wildfire burned about 40 acres of Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch.

We received the following information from Gail Felix who is in touch with Michael's representative, Raymone K. Bain:
Conversation with Raymone K. Bain about fire:

I just talked to Raymone. She is being kept up to date on the status of the fire at Michael's Neverland Ranch every 15 to 20 minutes as she is out of the office at this time.

She said that the fire started as a brush fire where it was very thick brush in that area. She said that because the lawns and grasses were maintained and cut short and very moist because of being watered regularly, she was told that was probably why the fire didn't spread.

She said there is no damage at this time, there are around 20 to 30 fire trucks still there and that everyone is working and being very responsible.

She was told that the fire jumped from the backyard, to the theatre area and then up to the hills...she was told that they had never seen anything like it.

She said it was a God send that the lawns were so moist.

Everyone is fine and as I said is being kept updated.

So far word from the ones at the Ranch is that the fire has been contained.

This is not official from the fire department but from the Staff on the premises.

Source: MJFC / Billie Jean


Dave DaveMichael Jackson Friend Dave Dave Wins Lawsuit. 21-08-'06

Dave Dave, formerly known as David Rothenberg, was six years old when his father doused him with kerosene and set him on fire in an Orange County motel room during a custody dispute. More than 90 percent of the child's body was burned.

Michael Jackson befriended the child during his recovery and recently came to his friend's assistance once again.

Dave, who is now 28, alleged in a lawsuit that was filed in February that Darnello Jackson posed as Michael's cousin, gained his trust and conned him into signing over his $335,000 condo in Inglewood. The two met in 2003 at Neverland Valley Ranch.

A superior court judge signed a default judgment returning the property to Dave, said his attorney, Brian Oxman.
Dave was also awarded $93,000 in damages, according to Oxman, who said he took on the case at Jackson's request.

'This is a case where the most vulnerable was taken advantage of,' Oxman said.

Source: AP / Billie Jean


MTVMTV's 25TH Birthday. 13-08-'06

In MSN's article written about MTV's 25th birthday, Michael Jackson takes the top honors in what author David Bauder perceives to be MTV's most memorable moments. Unfortunately, we won't see anything about the birthday on MTV, itself. Those folks who pride themselves on being instrumental in designing the musical scene, and thus playing a major role in defining youth culture, are not eager to take a look that far back. After all, most of their target audience were not even born when MTV first took to the airwaves in August of 1981.

Second only to the launch of the station, David Bauder of the Associated Press is quick to name Michael Jackson's 'Beat It' video, seen on March 31, 1983, as the most momentous MTV event. With 'Beat It', Michael became the first black artist with a video on MTV.

Michael also holds the next place on the MTV countdown with the debut of the incomparable 'Thriller' short film on December 2, 1983.

Source: MJFC / Billie Jean


Marcel AvramJudge To Decide Jackson Lawsuit Against Marcel Avram. 09-08-'06

A Superior Court judge on Tuesday (August 8) took under submission a lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson against a concert promoter to prevent arbitration over a disputed 1999 concert contract.

Jackson and his company, MJ Company, sued concert promoter Marcel Avram and his German-based company for breach of contract. The lawsuit also seeks a preliminary injunction to prevent Avram from proceeding with arbitration.

In 2002, Jackson testified in a $21 million lawsuit brought against him by Avram, who accused the entertainer of backing out of two concerts on New Year's Eve 1999.

The two ultimately settled with Jackson agreeing to pay Avram $6.5 million, Jackson's lawyer Thomas C. Mundell told Superior Court Judge Soussan G. Bruguera. He said the settlement also called for Avram to stop seeking further arbitration.
''Nobody pays $6.5 million and doesn't get a full release from future claims,'' Mundell said in his closing arguments during Tuesday's nonjury trial.

Disputes regarding the settlement were to be resolved in Superior Court as a part of an agreement between both sides, but Avram moved forward with arbitration, according to the lawsuit.

Avram's attorney Louis R. Miller said his client should be entitled to $9.2 million in money he spent promoting a benefit concert in South Korea. Miller also claimed Jackson committed fraud by not disclosing to Avram that Sony Music Entertainment owned the rights to footage of the concert.

Jackson left Avram ''holding the bag'' for the concerts, he said.

Source: AP / Billie Jean


Michael JacksonConspiracy To Force Jackson Into Bankruptcy Revealed. 08-08-'06

In what could be one of the biggest conspiracies in entertainment history, documents have been sent to Michael Jackson, and his representatives, which reveal a deliberate plan by some former attorneys as well as associates and advisors, to force Mr. Jackson into involuntary bankruptcy.

The documents reveal that former attorneys actively solicited other attorneys, vendors and creditors to "join in a petition to place the client in involuntary bankruptcy."

Mr. Jackson who, on June 27, 2006, announced sweeping organizational changes, has instructed his legal team to investigate and file claims against those responsible for conspiracy, bad faith, and self dealing. These efforts may also result in civil and/or criminal charges, where appropriate. In addition, there is a strong possibility that these documents will be forwarded to the U.S. Attorney General for review and possible involvement.

"Mr. Jackson is neither shocked or surprised by these revelations," says Raymone K. Bain, Michael Jackson’s General Manager. "Based on the timing of events that have impacted his personal and professional life in recent years, he has long been suspicious that some of those whom he entrusted to act on his behalf, and to advise him with respect to his personal and business affairs, may not have always acted in his best interests."

Source: Raymone K. Bain / Billie Jean


Michael JacksonCivil Lawsuit Against Jackson Rescheduled. 02-08-'06

The trial of a civil lawsuit filed by entertainer Michael Jackson against a concert promoter was rescheduled Tuesday (August 1) for August 8.

Jackson, 47, is trying to prevent the promoter from proceeding with arbitration over a disputed 1999 concert contract.

Jackson and his MJ Company sued promoter Marcel Avram and his Germany-based company MAMA Concerts and RAU GmbH last Oct. 3 for breach of contract and sought a preliminary injunction, according to the lawsuit.

Avram's attorney, Louis R. "Skip" Miller, said testimony delivered at the trial is expected to last two to three hours, but Jackson and Avram will probably not be among the witnesses.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Soussan G. Brugera will preside over the non-jury trial.

Jackson's legal problems with Avram began in 2000 over his appearance at two concerts, the lawsuit states.

In 2003, Jackson and Avram signed a settlement agreement, which resolved all existing and future claims in connection with the concert lawsuits, according to court papers.

All disputes regarding the agreement's interpretation were to be settled in Los Angeles Superior Court. However, Avram decided to move forward with arbitration, a violation of the agreement, the lawsuit alleges.

"Plaintiffs Jackson and MJ Company seek this court's intervention to compel (Avram) to abide by the terms of the settlement agreement and to engage Plaintiff’s in this forum regarding their purported right to relief,” according to court papers.

Jackson is seeking an injunction preventing any alternate forms of dispute resolution, interest on sums awarded and costs of the lawsuit.

Source: CBS / Billie Jean


Michael JacksonNY Lawsuit Against Michael Jackson Trust Goes Ahead. 01-08-'06

A federal judge on Monday (July 30) allowed a breach of contract claim brought by a financial firm against Michael Jackson to move forward against one of Jackson's trusts.

The judge ordered all parties, including Jackson, to appear in court in September. A lawyer for Jackson was not immediately available for comment.

U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel said Prescient Acquisition Group can proceed with a $48 million lawsuit it filed in July 2005 against Jackson's MJ Publishing Trust, while dismissing other claims.

Prescient claimed the singer owed fees for the company's help in refinancing his bank debts and claiming a larger stake in a library of Beatles songs.

MJ Publishing Trust was formed by Jackson for the purpose of holding title to certain property rights, including libraries of songs written by Jackson and by the Beatles, and sought to dismiss the case.

"Plaintiff asserts sufficient facts to survive the motion to dismiss the plaintiff's breach of contract claim against defendant MJ Publishing Trust," the judge said.

Prescient claims it helped gain refinancing of a $272.5 million bank debt of Jackson's as well as $537.5 million in additional financing to buy the other half of The Beatles library of songs he did not already own, the lawsuit said.

Source: Reuters / Billie Jean

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