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Billy Bush Dances In Michael’s Shoes. 16-01-'11

When Michael’s fellow choreographer, Travis Payne, appeared on ‘Access Hollywood Live,’ to talk about Michael, he took with him a pair of shoes, which Michael had worn for rehearsals of his, ‘This Is It,’ concerts. Travis taught Billy Bush, the host of the show, a few steps from one of Michael’s dances, with Billy wearing Michael’s shoes!

The shoes actually fit Bush, and he did his best Michael impression, shimmying and shaking around Payne’s studio. In the interview segment, Bush said,

“I hope Michael never saw me, looking down, in those shoes.”

Co-host Kit Hoover, thought Payne actually gave Bush the shoes, and was surprised to find they were only on loan.

“Oh no,” said Payne. “We shared. We exchanged energy.”

Payne praised Bush as a “quick study,” which made him quite proud.

“You either have a little bit of rhythm or you don’t,” Bush replied, “and I have a little bit of rhythm. Travis just channeled that and it was beautiful.”

It’s gotta’ be the shoes!!

Source: tvsquad.com / Billie Jean


New Home For Katherine & Children. 16-01-'11

In the wake of some uncomfortable living arrangements at Hayvenhurst, Katherine Jackson and Michael's three children have found new accommodations in a gated Encino community. The new residence is a massive $20 million estate for which Katherine will be paying $30,000 a month to lease.

In the meantime, Hayvenhurst is undergoing a drastic remodel. The home has seen no major remodel since the family bought the property in 1989. Following Michael's passing, a lot of his furniture was brought to the home and mixed in with what was already there.

This will hopefully ease tensions while courts decide on whether Alejandra and her five kids should be removed from Hayvenhurst since they are not beneficiaries to Michael's will and, therefore, do not have a claim to live at the property.

Source: MJFC / x17online.com / Billie Jean


Dr. Murray -- Hey Everyone, I'm SUSPENDED! 15-01-'11

Dr. Conrad Murray was SUPER quick to follow court orders this week ... taking just ONE DAY to inform Nevada and Texas that his medical license had been yanked in California.

As we previously reported, L.A. County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor ordered the suspension of Murray's California medical license Tuesday as a condition to the Doc's bail in the Michael Jackson manslaughter case.

Murray was given 24 hours to inform the medical boards in Texas and Nevada-- where he also practices -- about his suspension.

According to docs obtained by TMZ, Murray completed his task the following day ... and now TX and NV will decide if they will follow California's lead and also prohibit Murray from practicing medicine.

A decision from each state is expected soon.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


Jackson Fragrance Line On The Way. 15-01-'11

MICHAEL JACKSON's father is set to launch a fragrance collection dedicated to his late son.

Joe Jackson has teamed up with a French perfume company to create the male and female scents, called Jackson's Tribute and Jackson's Legend, which are inspired by plants grown at the late King of Pop's Neverland Ranch.

The family patriarch signed the deal with bosses of the Julian Rouas Paris company last month (Dec10), and the fragrances have since gone into production ahead of a 7 March (11) release in the U.S. A portion of the proceeds will given to a number of the late singer's favourite charities.

The firm's chief executive, Franck Rouas, tells the AFP, "With Joe Jackson, we are 50-50 partners in world sales, television rights and advertising receipts (for the collection)... We did it very, very quickly. Usually it takes a year."

A representative for Jackson's estate has confirmed the project has not been authorised by them, branding it "a Joe Jackson deal".

Source: contactmusic / Billie Jean


Tito Jackson Thanks Fans For Their Support During These Very Difficult Times. 14-01-'11

Michael’s brother, Tito Jackson, has posted the following message to the fans on Twitter:

First of all i would like to thank each and every one of you- for your support during these very difficult times. Thanks for all the love -caring-concern- and just being there really. YOU ARE THE BEST.

Thank you for asking about the family –we are strong and united–. I am very tired –this has been a very exhausting week–just wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts.

“……YOU’RE ALWAYS IN MY HEART “

Till next time–much love-peace-and happiness.

Source: Twitter / Billie Jean


Two More U.S. State Might Suspend Murray’s Medical License. 14-01-'11

A day after a Los Angeles County judge suspended Murray’s medical license for his alleged role in Michael’s death, officials in two other states said they were evaluating whether to do the same. A spokeswoman for the medical board in Texas, where Murray runs a cardiac clinic, said the ruling by Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor “gives us the authority to do a similar action.

“We certainly have the option of suspending him,” said Leigh Hopper, the board’s public information officer. She said the agency was awaiting an official confirmation of the judge’s ruling before deciding whether to proceed against the physician.

In Nevada, where Murray had a cardiology practice until going to work for Michael, a medical board official said the agency normally “takes reciprocal action” when the medical board of another state strips a physician of his license. But Murray’s case is unique because he lost his license as a condition of bail set by a judge, rather than as the result of an investigation by the state medical board, said Edward Cousineau, deputy executive director of the Nevada Medical Board. ”We need to review our statutes and regulations to know if there are any grounds for suspension or disciplinary action,” he said.

Judge Pastor said allowing Murray to keep his license “would constitute an imminent danger to public safety” given testimony about Murray’s conduct, which included administering the dangerous anesthetic propofol without proper monitoring. Murray’s licenses in all three states were already restricted by agreements he made last year not to use propofol or other heavy sedatives in his practice.

Lawyers for Murray are considering whether to appeal Pastor’s decision, said Charles Peckham, Murray’s civil attorney. ”It’s difficult to understand the reasoning the court had to adding this additional bond restriction,” Peckham said. Since “this one horrific event Dr. Murray has been saving lives in Nevada and Texas,” he said.

He said that Murray is primarily concerned about his patients, but that the potential loss of income is also troubling, given the expenses of mounting a defense. ”The state of California is taking every action to try to make certain Dr. Murray has no resources to try to defend himself, and of course, that is of grave concern,” Peckham said.

Murray has pleaded not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter. His arraignment is set for Jan. 25.

Source: LA Times / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Dance Moves Hit Kinect In April. 14-01-'11

Ubisoft on Thursday announced an April 12 release date for a Michael Jackson video game that challenges Xbox 360 players to dance like the King of Pop.

"Michael Jackson: The Experience" taps into camera and gesture-tracking capabilities of Kinect controllers for Xbox 360 consoles to track how well players are imitating the late music legend's moves.

The game features Ubisoft technology that projects players into on-screen scenes inspired by Jackson's music videos and live performances.

Ubisoft released a version of the game for Nintendo's Wii consoles with motion-sensing wand controllers in November.

Ubisoft has been a longtime believer in motion controls for video games and the potential for 3-D cameras to immerse players in the on-screen action.

The firm seized the opportunity to work with Nintendo on titles tailored for the Wii and had action video game "Red Steel" ready when the innovative motion-controlled consoles launched in late 2006.

Ubisoft finished 2010 as the top third-party developer for Kinect, which lets people play with no hand-held controllers at all and even recognizes faces and voice commands.

"We believed in the potential of Kinect from the start and we set out to be the leading third-party publisher," said Ubisoft North America president Laurent Detoc. "It worked. But this is only the beginning for us."

Microsoft has reported that it sold more than eight million Kinect controllers for Xbox 360 consoles in the two months after the accessory hit the market in November.

Ubisoft will follow the release of the Michael Jackson game with a "Child of Eden" game that promised to "send players diving into a kaleidoscopic matrix of synchronized music and mind-blowing visuals."

Japanese game maker Tetsuya Mizuguchi designed "Child of Eden," which calls on players to use pumps of their hands to hit targets darting about a swirling field of geometric figures while music plays.

"Kinect leapfrogs interactivity from what we have seen so far," Detoc told AFP. "I've believed from Day One that you could play without any controller."

Ubisoft released "Your Shape: Fitness Evolved" along with "Motion Sports" and "Fighters Uncaged" for Kinect last year.

"Motion Sports" lets people compete in on-screen activities such as skiing, boxing, hang gliding and horseback riding using body movements.

"Fighters Uncaged" let players kick, knee, elbow, punch and head butt their way to victory or defeat in a street brawl against a fearsome looking opponent.

"Your Shape Fitness Evolved" built on a trend by Ubisoft to get video game players up and moving.

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Doctor Faces Trial Over Singer's Death. 13-01-'11

Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray was yesterday ordered to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter of the pop superstar.

Prosecutors said he gave the superstar a lethal dose of a powerful anaesthetic mixed with other sedatives and then failed to provide proper care.

Dr Murray, 57, has pleaded not guilty, and insists he did not give Jackson anything potentially lethal.

But Judge Pastor made the order against the cardiologist on the sixth day of the hearing.

He also granted a request by the California Medical Board to suspend the licence of Dr Murray to practice in the state.

Now the full extent of Jackon's bizarre life and addictions is set to be exposed in the most high profile celebrity trial since the Thriller star stood accused of child molestation in 2003.

Dr Murray faces up to four years in prison if convicted.

Source: Billie Jean


La Toya And Jackie Jackson Respond To Judge’s Ruling For Trial. 13-01-'11

As reported earlier today the Judge ordered Conrad Murray to stand trial for manslaughter. After the ruling La Toya and Jackie responded to his ruling on Twitter:

Jackie Jackson : “It’s been an emotional week for my entire family, but it seems like we’re a step closer to justice. Thank you fans for your everlasting love”

La Toya Jackson : “Thanks to all the fans for your consistent love and support over the last 6 days. We are going to trial! And the doctor lost his license.”

Source: Twitter / Billie Jean


Way Black When’s Top Nine Videos From The Nineties. 13-01-'11

In the 1980’s, musicians only scratched the surface of what could be done with the music video, however, Michael set the standard and in the 1990’s, everyone raced to match or surpass him!

Here are ‘Way Black When, A Celebration of Black Culture’s,’ top nine music videos of the 1990’s:

9. The Roots ‘What They Do’

8. The Pharcyde ‘Drop’

7. The Notorious B.I.G. ‘One More Chance’

6. Snoop Doggy Dogg ‘Doggy Dogg World’

5. TLC ‘Waterfalls’

4. Wu-Tang Clan ‘Triumph’

3. Busta Rhymes ‘Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See’

2. Michael Jackson ‘Remember The Time’

1. Missy Elliot ‘The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)’

To read the entire article and enjoy the short videos of the chosen songs, please visit here

Source: newsone.com / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Doctor To Face Manslaughter Trial. 12-01-'11

A judge ordered Michael Jackson's personal doctor to stand trial on involuntary manslaughter charges for allegedly killing the singer with an overdose of powerful sedatives.

Conrad Murray denied the charges, saying he was just treating the pop icon for insomnia when he died in June 2009.

Murray also had his license to practice medicine in California suspended.

The doctor will be arraigned on January 25, the Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled after six days of pre-trial hearings in which evidence was presented that Murray tried to cover up evidence of drugs he gave the star immediately before his death.

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean


Coroner’s Official Says MJ Was Healthy, Murray’s Care Lacking. 12-01-'11

A coroner’s official said Tuesday that Michael was mostly healthy, but Murray provided substandard care. Dr. Christopher Rogers testified that Conrad Murray was improperly using the powerful anesthetic propofol to treat Michael for insomnia, and that Murray was wrong to leave Michael’s side while he was under anesthesia before he died. ”The care was substandard,” Rogers said. “There were several actions that should have been taken, but we don’t have any actions they were taken in this case.”

Rogers also said he did not believe Michael injected himself with propofol, which Murray’s defense attorneys have suggested could have occurred.

Prosecutors contend Murray demonstrated “an extreme deviation from the standard of care” by administering propofol without the proper equipment and botching efforts to resuscitate the singer. Murray has pleaded not guilty, and his attorneys have said he didn’t give Michael anything that should have killed him.

On Tuesday, a detective said Murray spent nearly three hours telling police about his final hours with Michael. Murray’s interview two days after Michael’s death, led police back to Michael’s mansion, where they found 12 vials of propofol — a fraction of the 255 vials a Las Vegas pharmacist said he shipped to Murray in the three months before Michael died of a lethal combination of propofol and other sedatives.

Detective Orlando Martinez was the 20th witness called by prosecutors during the hearing. Murray told Martinez he did everything he could the morning of June 25 to get Michael to sleep. He gave him sedatives then turned down the music in his bedroom and told Michael to meditate. He even rubbed his feet and put lotion on his back. But Michael was still awake. Murray told police Michael was growing frustrated and repeatedly warned he might have to cancel the planned 50 comeback concerts in London because he couldn’t sleep.

At 10:40 a.m., Murray told Martinez, he gave Michael a 25 milligram dose of propofol — half the usual dose. Murray said he watched him for a few minutes then made a long walk to a bathroom. When he returned, Michael wasn’t breathing. Murray told the detective. Murray says he immediately tried to save Michael, but told Martinez he didn’t call 911. “He said he was caring for his patient and he did not want to neglect him,” Martinez testified.

A call to 911 was finally made at 12:21 p.m. Prosecutors have said Michael was dead before help was summoned.

Source: ABC News / Billie Jean


Authorities Gunning For Conrad Murray's License. 11-01-'11

Sources tell TMZ ... the Medical Board of California will immediately ask the judge in Dr. Conrad Murray's preliminary hearing to yank his medical license if Murray is ordered to stand trial.

Judge Michael Pastor should rule within a week whether there's enough evidence to warrant a manslaughter trial in the death of Michael Jackson. If the judge orders a trial -- which he's expected to do -- the lawyer for the Medical Board -- who has been sitting in the courtroom -- will ask Judge Pastor to suspend Murray's license on the spot.

This will be the third attempt by the Board to suspend Murray's license. The first two attempts failed. Murray is already prohibited from administering "deep anesthetics," including Propofol.

Sources connected with Murray say he is furious that the Board is trying to suspend his ability to practice medicine, which would then make it impossible for him to pay for lawyers to defend him.

If California suspends Murray's license, it's likely the medical boards in Texas and Nevada would follow suit.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's Death Recounted In Detail By Detective. 11-01-'11

Michael Jackson, desperate for sleep, warned a doctor on the day he died that he would have to cancel his comeback concerts unless he received a dose of "his milk" - the powerful anesthetic propofol, according to testimony from the lead detective in the case against Jackson's doctor.

As a result, Dr. Conrad Murray yielded and gave the singer a dose of propofol after a night of administering lesser drugs, detective Orlando Martinez said.

Prosecutors said the combination of drugs was lethal and filed an involuntary manslaughter charge against Murray, who has pleaded not guilty.

Martinez, who interviewed Murray two days after Jackson's death, gave a chilling step-by-step account at Murray's preliminary hearing, saying the pop star lay dying while Murray administered CPR but didn't call 911.

Source: billboard / Billie Jean


Jackson Collector Book Will Be Released. 11-01-'11

MJ Backstage, our friends and Jackson Fanclub in Belgium in French language, proudly presents their first ever 'Jackson Collector Book'.

This book (almost 150 pages in black and white and 4 colored pages) in French highlights all the collectors released in 2009 and 2010 about the Jacksons: Michael, Janet, Jermaine, Jackie, Tito as far as CD, DVD, vinyl, t-shirts, magazines, merchandise and collector items releases goes.

This exclusive book contains all the information's about the official collectors. For any true collector at heart this is your chance to find out more about the worldwide releases of the Jacksons in the past two years, including all 'This Is It' and King of Pop releases.

MJ Backstage takes pre-orders until January 20th, as the books will be printed on demand and won't become available for purchase after January 20th. Orders will be send out from early February.

Source: Jackson Source / Billie Jean


Court Update – Murray E-mailed That Michael Was OK On Fatal Day. 11-01-'11

Conrad Murray sent an e-mail to a British insurance agent assuring him that Michael was in good health just 40 minutes before the doctor realized Michael stopped breathing, according to testimony Monday.

The e-mail, found on Murray’s iPhone, was introduced Monday at a preliminary hearing to decide if the involuntary manslaughter case against Murray will go to trial.

Murray ordered more than 15 litters of propofol — a surgical anesthetic — and 80 vials of injectable sedatives from a Las Vegas pharmacy in the three months before Michael’s death, a pharmacist testified. The drugs were shipped to the Santa Monica, California, apartment where Murray stayed with a girlfriend while he worked as Michael’s personal physician, according to pharmacist Tim Lopez and earlier witnesses. A Los Angeles coroner’s investigator testified Friday about finding empty and unused drug vials near Michael’s bed and in a closet after Michael’s death.

Murray injected Michael with a series of sedatives and finally with propofol that morning, according to Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney David Walgren. While Michael slept, Murray made and received several phone calls and replied to e-mails.

“As far as the statement of his health published by the press, let me say they’re all malicious to the best of my knowledge,” Murray wrote in an e-mail sent from his iPhone at 11:17 a.m. to an insurance agent. The agent, who was considering “cancellation insurance” for Michael’s upcoming London concerts, sent Murray an e-mail earlier in the morning raising concerns about media reports about Michael’s health.

After sending the e-mail, Murray apparently began a series of cell phone calls, including the last conversation with Houston cocktail waitress Sade Anding. She testified Friday that she was on the phone with Murray when he suddenly stopped responding. That moment, at about 11:57 a.m., is when prosecutors contend Murray first realized that Michael stopped breathing.

Several of Michael’s family members were in court for Monday’s testimony, including sisters Janet, La Toya and Rebbie. His mother, Katherine, and brothers Jackie and Randy Jackson also were in court.

Source: Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's Personal Physician Hearing To Continue Today. 10-01-'11

A hearing to determine whether Michael Jackson's personal physician should stand trial on an involuntary manslaughter charge stemming from the singer's 2009 death will enter its second week today.

Dr. Conrad Murray, 57, is accused of administering the powerful anesthetic propofol to the singer to help him sleep on June 25, 2009, then failing to monitor him. Jackson, 50, died of acute propofol intoxication, according to the coroner's office.

During a preliminary hearing that began last week, prosecutors presented witnesses who testified that Murray and security personnel at Jackson's rented Holmby Hills estate collected drug vials before calling 911. Paramedics who eventually responded to the home and doctors at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center -- where the singer was pronounced dead -- testified that Murray never told them he gave Jackson propofol, which doctors said is normally used only in a hospital setting.

Other witnesses said Murray made a series of telephone calls the day Jackson died, including several after he administered the propofol.

On Friday, a county coroner's office investigator testified that 12 vials of propofol were found in the estate in the days after Jackson died, some of them already open.

Coroner's investigator Elissa Fleak said she found an empty propofol bottle on the floor near the pop superstar's bed shortly after he died June 25, 2009.

Fleak said she returned to the estate four days later at the request of police and searched a closet -- which she described as being the size of a normal bedroom. She said she found 11 more vials of propofol. Two of them were found open inside a zippered, dark-blue bag, including one inside an IV bag that had been slit open, she said.

The other nine, some of which were open, were found in a light blue and brown bag labeled Baby Essentials, Fleak said. The Baby Essentials bag also contained five of Murray's business cards, according to the coroner's investigator.

Fleak said she found a host of other types of medication in the home as well, along with syringes and other medical equipment.

Also on Friday, Houston cocktail waitress testified that she was on the phone with Murray the day Jackson died, apparently at the time the singer was found unresponsive in his rented Holmby Hills estate.

Sade Anding said she met the doctor while working at a Texas steakhouse in February 2009, and they exchanged phone numbers. Anding said she was in Texas when she received a phone call from Murray on June 25, 2009.

About five minutes into the conversation, however, she realized Murray wasn't on the phone anymore, Anding testified.

"I heard a commotion ... coughing, mumbling of voices," she said, adding that she was unsure if the mumbling was coming from Murray.

Anding said she stayed on the phone for about five minutes.

"I just remember saying, 'Hello? Hello? Hello? Are you there? Are you there? Are you there?' she said.

Anding said she eventually hung up the phone and tried to call Murray back, and tried sending him text messages, but he never responded.

Anding said she didn't speak to Murray again until after she was contacted by Los Angeles police detectives.

She said after police contacted her, she called Murray.

Murray apologized that she had been put in that situation, and advised her to call his lawyer and have him present if she met with the police, Anding said.

Los Angeles police Detective Dan Myers testified that Murray -- who had two cellular phones in his name -- had made or received 11 calls totaling just under 90 minutes between 7:01 a.m. and 11:51 a.m. June 25, 2009.

Prosecutors contend that Murray administered propofol to Jackson at the singer's rented home between 10:40 and 11 a.m.

Myers said the doctor's phone calls that morning included a 32-minute call to his practice in Las Vegas.

They also included an 11-minute call made just before the doctor called Jackson's personal assistant at 12:12 p.m. to report that the singer had a "bad reaction," according to cell phone records presented by Myers.

The preliminary hearing is expected to last three to four more days, including testimony from 20 to 30 prosecution witnesses.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor will then decide whether there is enough evidence for Murray to stand trial on the involuntary manslaughter charge, which could land him in prison for four years.

According to court papers, Murray has admitted giving Jackson propofol, but the doctor insists he did not give anywhere near the amount that would have caused his death.

During a hearing last month, prosecutors indicated the defense was planning to argue that Jackson injected himself with more of the drug, essentially killing himself.

Jackson was in Los Angeles rehearsing for a series of concerts in London.

Defense attorneys were not expected to call any witnesses during the preliminary hearing.

Source: bhcourier / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Was Keen To Sing With Cheryl. 10-01-'11

The late Michael Jackson wanted to work with Cheryl Cole, according to their mutual friend will.i.am.

Michael Jackson wanted to work with Cheryl Cole.

The 'Thriller' singer - who tragically and unexpectedly died in June 2009 - was reportedly keen to collaborate with the 'Promise This' hitmaker after hearing about her from their mutual friend will.i.am.

The Black Eyed Peas star - who had produced a number of tracks for Michael before his death, as well as teaming up with Cheryl for her debut album '3 Words' - said: "I told him Cheryl was the hottest thing in the UK and could sing and dance - basically, she was the complete package.

"He would have worked with her, no doubt, and it would have been something special. They are both total perfectionists when it comes to their work so it would have been something really big. It's just a shame it can never happen now."

Although she will never sing alongside Michael, will.i.am insist there are plenty of big name stars who are still desperate to work with Cheryl as she launches her career in the US this year.

He said: "There are still lots of great artists waiting to work with Cheryl when she gets over to the US - The Peas, Justin Bieber and Usher.

"But her and Michael would have created something that would make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Michael was excited about everything I told him about Cheryl. It could have been one of the great collaborations of recent history."

Source: contactmusic / Billie Jean


Geraldine Hughes’ Statement After Being Banned From The Court Room. 10-01-'11

Today we have learned that Geraldine Hughes, author of the book Redemption (a special will be available here soon), has been banned from the court room.

It seems that freedom of speech does not go for the preliminary hearing of Conrad Murray who is charged for the death of our Michael. This is what Geraldine published on her blog page:

I Regret to Inform You…
It is my regret to inform the entire Jackson fan community that I will no longer be inside the court room! As many of you know, my intentions since releasing Redemption was to bring the truth to the fans that want to hear it. I have supported Michael Jackson’s innocence since 1993 and the Jackson family since 2003. When Michael settled the case and the information went nowhere, I decided in 1997 to write Redemption for the sole purpose of letting the fans and fanbase know the truth. I promote Redemption wherever the fans are because they tried to block the fans from getting Redemption when it first released. My quest now, in loving memory of Michael Jackson and for the sake of his children, is to protect Michael’s legacy, and to make sure the world knows the truth through whatever forum necessary.

I respect concerns to have no one speak to the press without permission, but feel it is my duty as a citizen of the United States of America to exercise my freedom of speech in this case. I also respect concerns that public speaking might jeopardize the case, but the law is not based on public statements. It is based on facts, evidence and proof. Public statements sway public opinion. When you let a negative statement go unchallenged without a rebuttal, then the public believes the negative. (That is what happened in 2003 when Michael was going to trial and no one was rebutting the negative press. Everyone was shocked to learned that Michael was acquitted on all charges, when he was actually winning the case from the very first prosecution witness — but no one was saying so).

Michael Jackson allowed me to speak publicly on his behalf in 2003/2004 because he knew that I had the ears and eyes of the fans and was fully persuaded that I believed in his innocence. Michael Jackson was the one that gave me permission to use his photo as a cover on Redemption without question and when I needed help promoting Redemption, while they were trying to block it, Michael sent word to me to seek the assistance of politicians and entertainers. Jesse Jackson was the first to break the news about Redemption to Chicago in 2003 when he flew me to do a press conference. Jermaine Jackson called me to do an interview with MSNBC’s Dan Abrams. ABC, NBC, Fox News, Rita Crosby, Jeraldo, Scarsborough Country, Access Hollywood, 20/20, and even Bill O’Rielly had no problem with me supporting Michael’s innocence publicly.

The Jackson Truth was designed to bring the truth because the press picks and chooses what it reports. We wanted a positive channel of getting the truth to the fanbase, using positive people, fans that wasn’t caught up in back biting and hurting other fans and who would keep Michael Jackson’s loving legacy alive.

As much as I respect these wishes, I cannot be silenced. I have invested too much of my life (since 1993) in getting the truth out about one of the most wonderful human beings that has ever lived, Michael Jackson. I feel that God has put me in place and no man can put me asunder. I don’t have to be inside the court house to know what really happened. I already know what Conrad Murray did and its not involuntary manslaughter; its murder! I just want to make sure that the truth is told and true justice is served.

I wish we could all work together, because together we stand and divided we fall. There has definitely been a lot of division in Michael Jackson’s fan base. When I look outside of the court house and see no fans, no supporters and that there is only a hand full of fans on the 9th floor fighting to get inside, it saddens my heart. True loving and supportive Michael Jackson fans have backed away because of the feuding amongst other fans. I never thought I would see the day when so-called MJ fans would fight and claw to keep other fans from supporting. I never though I would see the day when true supporters would be banned from the court house. That wasn’t the case in 2003, but this is 2011 and Michael Jackson is no longer here.

I regret to inform you that the tide has changed. Can we all work together to protect Michael Jackson’s loving legacy? God says in the Bible that, “you know my sheep by their love.” Michael Jackson loved God and lived according to His principles. If you love Michael Jackson we should see God (not the devil) in you too!

Geraldine Hughes

Source: Billie Jean


Conrad Murray's Girlfriend -- Sweetest Taboo. 10-01-'11

After testifying at the preliminary hearing in Michael Jackson manslaughter case, one of Dr. Conrad Murray's girlfriends, Sade Anding, arrived back in Texas last night.

Sade testified on Friday to being on the phone with Murray the day Jackson died -- when Murray suddenly disappeared from the call and she heard a commotion and then "coughing and voices."

Phone records indicated the call was made at 11:51 AM PT and Sade testified the call lasted five minutes. Murray didn't call 911 until 12:21 PM PT.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


Fans Petition To Increase Charges. 08-01-'11

A petition calling for the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office to increase the charges for Dr. Conrad Murray is making its way around the internet and already has close to 4,000 signitures.

The petition, which is asking that charges against Dr. Murray be elevated from Involuntary Manslaughter to Second Degree Murder, is also asking prosecutors to include charges of concealment of accidental death; reckless endangerment; reckless conduct; conspiracy; and obstruction of justice. The petition says that in light of testimony to date in the preliminary hearing for Dr. Murray, the more appropriate charge of Second Degree Murder is warrented.

To view the petition and to add your signiture, please click here. Let your voice be heard!

Source: MJFC / petitiononline.com/justs4MJ / Billie Jean


Friday Courtroom Recap. 08-01-'11

The spotlight was placed on Dr. Conrad Murray's private life today during day four of the multi-day preliminary hearing with three of the doctor's mistresses - two former and one current - each taking the witness stand. Murray, 57, is married to a medical-school classmate and has fathered children with several women.

Only one of the girlfriends testified at length about Murray but all of the women's testimonies suggest prosecutors may try link the financial costs of Murray’s romantic life with his desire to keep the $150,000-a-month job with Jackson.

“When you began an intimate relationship with Dr. Murray, were you aware he had six other children?” Deputy District Attorney Deborah Brazil asked Nicole Alvarez, Murray's current girlfriend and the mother of his toddler son.

Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said the question was irrelevant and ordered Alvarez not to answer.

A second girlfriend, Houston cocktail waitress Sade Anding, gave testimony that bore most directly on Jackson’s death and could provide the "smoking gun" as far as disproving Murray's version of events of that day.

Anding was on the phone with Murray at the time the doctor discovered Jackson was in trouble. She said he abruptly stopped responding to her comments.

“I just remember saying, ‘Hello, hello, hello! Are you there? Are you there,’” Anding recalled. She said she heard “a commotion, as if the phone was in a pocket or something,” followed by coughing and a “mumbling of voices” that she didn't recognize.

Anding says she got the call from Murray at around 12:30 p.m. and it lasted approximately 5 minutes. Phone records show she actually got the call at 11:51 a.m.

That difference is important because the 911 call wasn't made until 12:21 p.m. If Murray did indeed realize Jackson was in distress at 11:55 a.m., then there was a long delay in calling for help.

Phone records brought to light in yesterday's proceedings showed that Murray made 11 calls during the time that authorities say he should have been closely monitoring Jackson.

Bridgette Morgan, another former girlfriend, testified briefly that she had phoned Murray about a half-hour before Jackson stopped breathing, but did not reach him.

The most extensive testimony today came from Alvarez, a 29-year-old actress who met Murray in 2005 when he was a customer at a Las Vegas “gentlemen’s club” where she worked.

Asked by Brazil if she knew Murray, who lived in Las Vegas with his wife and children, was married when they met, she said she couldn’t remember. However, later in her testimony she said that Murray’s permanent residence was “in Las Vegas with his wife.”

Alvarez gave birth to Murray's son in March 2009 and said she was planning to take the baby to London with Murray for Jackson’s planned concert residency at the O2 Arena.

Brazil produced packing slips showing six deliveries from a Las Vegas pharmacy - the same pharmacy from which Murray ordered the propofol - to the apartment where Alvarez lived and Murray paid the rent. She said Murray told her he was having packages shipped to the apartment, but she never opened the boxes or looked closely at the return address.

Alvarez, who was often a hostile witness for the prosecution, said that she knew Murray left her apartment each night to treat Jackson, but that the doctor told her “absolutely nothing” about those treatments.

“Dr. Murray and I were on a need-to-know basis. He’s a professional man and I know my position and my place in his life and it is not my duty to know” [the details of his medical practice].

Alvarez asked the prosecutor to repeat questions so many times that the judge eventually admonished her to pay better attention.

When Brazil asked about her expectations of Murray’s schedule while he was treating Jackson, she replied testily, “To begin with, I don’t have expectations of Dr. Murray, so I wouldn’t expect anything … that’s just a rule I live by.”

Since there seems little doubt that the judge will throw the case out and a jury trial is imminent, Murray's defense team has chosen not to play their hand until then in a bit of a strategic move, letting the prosecution lay out its evidence virtually unabated.

Source: thehollywoodgossip.com / Billie Jean


'This Is It' Producer: I Didn't Cause Michael's Death. 08-01-'11

The producer/director of Michael Jackson's "This Is It" tour is scoffing at Katherine Jackson's wrongful death suit in which he's named as a defendant, because he had nothing to do with the drugs or treatment that caused the singer's death.

Kenny Ortega just filed legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- asking the court to remove him as a defendant in Katherine's suit, claiming, "Kenneth Ortega is not alleged to be involved in the medical treatment or administration of drugs that allegedly caused Michael Jackson's death."

Ortega's lawyer adds ... Kenny never had a contract with Dr. Conrad Murray or with Michael Jackson, nor has he had any official affiliation with AEG.

Ortega's lawyer says, "The naming of Kenneth Ortega as a defendant in this action, without any basis, without any substantive charging allegations against him, is a gross error."

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


'Hollywood Tonight' Is The 2nd Single To Be Lifted From The Album 'Michael'. 08-01-'11

Michael Jackson’s first posthumous album ‘Michael’ closed out 2010 as one of the year’s best-sellers. Lead by the Akon-assisted ‘Hold My Hand’, the album has been an international smash, still occupying top 10 chart positions across the globe – despite being released almost a month ago.

Looking to extend the project’s success, Sony Music and The Michael Jackson Estate are set to release another single from the project.

According to All Access, ‘Hollywood Tonight’ is the 2nd official single to be lifted from ‘Michael’ and will be hitting US radio on January 11th.

Source: thatgrapejuice.net / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's Estate Executors File Legal Papers To Make Alejandra Leave The House.
07-01-'11

The executors of Michael Jackson's estate have begun legal proceedings to force Alejandra Jackson and her children to move out of the family mansion. Jackson matriarch Katherine previously asked her former daughter-in-law, who has two sons by ex-husband Jermaine Jackson and another two kids with Randy Jackson, to leave the Hayvenhurst estate in Encino, California.

But Alejandra refused to relocate with the children - and now estate co-executors John Branca and John McClain have filed legal papers asking a judge to order her out of the property. The papers, filed at Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, January 6, state that Alejandra and her kids are not beneficiaries of the King of Pop's will and therefore have no claim to the house, reports TMZ.com.

The Jacksons reportedly want to renovate the sprawling property, but Alejandra is halting proceedings by remaining at the house.

Source: aceshowbiz / Billie Jean


Jackson’s London Promoters Ask For Lawsuit Against Them To Be Thrown Out. 07-01-'11

The promoters behind the late Michael Jackson’s London residency have asked for a lawsuit against them to be thrown out.

AEG were the subject of legal action by Katherine Jackson, the mother of the late star ‘ who died of acute Propofol intoxication in June 2009 ‘ who accused the firm of causing her son’s death by pushing him to rehearse too hard for a planned run of 50 concerts, despite his ill health.

The promoters have now filed an objection to the suit in Los Angeles Superior Court, arguing the ‘legal sufficiency to the pleading”.

In the court documents obtained by RadarOnline.com, AEG – and Michael’s longtime collaborator, choreographer Kenny Ortega – state: “The complaint gets one thing right, Michael Jackson’s death on June 25, 2009 was a tragic event. It was tragic for his children. It was tragic for his fans. And it was tragic for the Defendants here, who had laboured tirelessly to make a reality of Michael Jackson’s dream of a triumphant return to the world’s stage.

‘Otherwise, however, the complaint gets both the law and facts entirely wrong.

‘Not only do the plaintiffs fail to allege any cognisable legal claim (indeed, their novel theories go far beyond those previously recognised by any court), but many of their allegations are proven false by the very documents they refer to and upon which they necessarily rely.

‘As such, the complaint warrants immediate dismissal with prejudice.”

Katherine’s suit, which was filed in September, alleged the firm specifically ‘selected, hired, and controlled’ Dr. Conrad Murray ‘ who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter of the singer ‘ to ensure her son fulfilled his concert obligations regardless of his health.

Her legal documents claimed: “Indeed, AEG demanded and required that Michael Jackson be treated by this particular doctor to ensure that Michael Jackson would attend all rehearsals and shows on the tour.

‘AEG had a responsibility to treat him safely and to not put him in harms’ way.

“AEG, despite its knowledge of Michael Jackson’s physical condition, breached those duties by putting its desire for massive profits from the tour over the health and safety of Michael Jackson.’

Source: mog.com / Billie Jean


People vs. Dr. Conrad Murray. 07-01-'11

UCLA Docs -- Michael Was DOA

Two doctors from the UCLA Medical Center testified ... Michael Jackson was dead on arrival, yet Dr. Murray told them "not to give up easily and try to save the patient."

Dr. Richelle Cooper testified when Jackson arrived at UCLA there was "no signs of life."

Dr. Cooper added Murray was not forthcoming about the drugs administered to MJ. Cooper says Murray copped to giving Michael lorazepam, but made no mention of Propofol.

And this was interesting. Cooper says MJ weighed 136 lbs.

Dr. Thao Nguyen testified Dr. Murray denied giving Michael any sedatives or narcotics, other than the lorazepam.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


Thursday Courtroom Recap. 07-01-'11

A paramedic dispatched to Michael Jackson's rented home on June 25, 2009 says he saw the doctor charged in the singer's death gather up three vials of lidocaine from the floor and place them in a bag during efforts to revive the superstar.

Paramedic Martin Blount testified Thursday he was surprised to see the vials of lidocaine because Dr. Conrad Murray had told paramedics he had not given Jackson any drugs. He said Murray also produced a hypodermic needle at one point and wanted to use it on Jackson but Blount and his fellow paramedics refused.

He described Murray as being frantic and sweating profusely at the time.

Other witnesses during day three of the multi-day preliminary hearing to determine if Dr. Murray should stand trial for involuntary manslaughter included two doctors from the UCLA Medical Center.

Dr. Richelle Cooper testified that when Jackson arrived at UCLA there were "no signs of life." Dr. Cooper added that Murray was not forthcoming about the drugs he had administered saying Murray copped to giving Jackson lorazepam, but made no mention of Propofol.

Dr. Thao Nguyen testified Murray denied giving Jackson any sedatives or narcotics, other than the lorazepam.

Other testimony coming from phone company representatives revealed that, during the period he should have been closely monitoring Michael Jackson’s vital signs, Dr. Murray was talking on the phone and texting several people - but none of them 911.

In the approximately five hours before Murray discovered that his patient had stopped breathing, he had 11 phone conversations on two different phones. Three back-to-back calls lasting 45 minutes led directly to the moment when prosecutors say the doctor realized Jackson was in cardiac arrest.

Murray sent or received a total of five text messages on his iPhone during this period. His phone conversations on that phone and a Sprint cell phone included calls with his practice in Las Vegas, his clinic in Houston, an employee and another doctor. All total, Murray spent close to an hour and a half on the phone in the five-hour period.

The phone records also show the frantic call Murray made to Jackson's personal assistant and two text messages he sent within a minute or two of the time when prosecutors believe he realised Jackson was in trouble.

Source: AP / latimes.com / Billie Jean


Will.i.am And Michael Jackson's Unfinished Songs Would Never Be Released. 07-01-'11

Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am yearns for fans to hear the songs he recorded with the late Michael Jackson before he died, because the collaborative experience was "awesome". The hip-hop star was one of a handful of producers who hit the studio with the "Thriller" legend in the months leading up to his untimely death in preparation for his big pop comeback.

But Jackson passed away in June 2009 and will.i.am vowed to keep the unfinished tracks under wraps out of respect for the perfectionist. The rapper recently blasted the release of Jackson's first posthumous album, "Michael", insisting the superstar would never have wanted fans to hear the songs before they were officially complete.

He said, "Whoever put it out and is profiting off of it, I want to see how cold they are. To say that what (Jackson) contributed during his life wasn't enough. He just wasn't any ordinary artist. He was a hands-on person. To me it's disrespectful. Michael Jackson songs are finished when Michael says they're finished. Maybe if I never worked with him I wouldn't have this perspective. He was very particular about how he wanted his vocals, the reverb he used... he was that hands-on."

And although will.i.am wishes he could showcase some of his work with Jackson, he is adamant it will never happen. He tells London newspaper Metro, "I actually wish the songs could come out but that's like wishing Michael was alive - and I know he didn't want them to (be released unfinished)."

"Working together was awesome. Michael was meticulous, mega-critical: 'Turn that snare down, bring that microphone down - can you bring me some ice?' And it was dope (amazing). I swear to God, that happened."

Source: aceshowbiz / Billie Jean


The Experience Sells Over 2 Million Copies. 06-01-'11

Michael Jackson: The Experience appears to have been a global holiday hit, as it has sold over two million units according to Ubisoft estimates.

Launched November 23, 2010 the game allows players to perform dance steps that were inspired by the choreography of Michael Jackson in environments that were drawn from his world, while listening to and singing along with his music.

In light of this success, the company is looking to bring the title to both Kinect and Move so that an even larger audience can participate in the full motion Michael experience.s

Source: Avault / Billie Jean

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