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Miko BrandoMiko Brando Slams Claims And Defends Michael Jackson. 31-08-'19

The ay after Michael’s birthday (how convenient), the media started to report about a podcast saying they have recording of Marlon Brando claiming he confronted Michael Jackson about the 94’s claims and that he made Michael cry. The podcast is lamely called 'Telephone Stories: The Trials of Michael Jackson'. I know this is as stupid as it gets!

However, today, Miko, son of Marlon Brandon and friend of Michael Jackson for nearly 3 decades, came out in defence of Michael and his dad.

Miko wrote a letter the LA Times, who first broke the story to express his feelings!

“I was friends with Michael Jackson for over 27 years and my father adored him. I don’t appreciate my father’s words being twisted to imply that Michael hurt anyone,”

“This is just someone’s cheap publicity stunt to promote their paid podcast. My father would never have been friends with Michael if he thought he was capable of doing harm to kids, and he would never imply anything negative about Michael. Please correct your story.”

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Could The Bizarre Legal Fight Over HBO's Michael Jackson Doc Wind Up At The Supreme Court?
31-08-'19

HBOHBO made waves back in March with 'Leaving Neverland', the tale of two individuals who allege suffering child sex abuse at the hands of Michael Jackson, and as the documentary competes for Emmy Awards at a ceremony on Sept. 22, a legal dispute has taken on a life of its own with important issues now before a California federal judge.

In the opposition memorandum, the Michael Jackson Estate stresses that its petition turns exclusively “an issue of federal law under the Federal Arbitration Act” and as such, this court has no business applying California’s SLAPP law to whether or not HBO goes to arbitration. Recent Supreme Court rulings how states can’t create “procedural or substantive” obstacles to enforcement of arbitration agreements gets attention. And the Michael Jackson Estate reminds the judge of the modest chore before him.

The petition, states plaintiff, “arises out of HBO’s refusal to arbitrate. Breaching an agreement by refusing to arbitrate is not constitutionally protected activity. And even if it were, the Jackson Estate has shown a probability of success on that claim, as the Court explained in detail in its tentative order (where it definitively rejected all of HBO’s arguments against arbitration). If the Jackson Estate’s claims to be arbitrated are as frivolous as HBO would have the Court believe, it should have no reason for concern.”

California’s SLAPP law provides an automatic right to an immediate appeal. Meaning, no matter what Wu decides, there’s a pretty good chance that the case goes up to the 9th Circuit and maybe eventually the Supreme Court before the two sides would actually settle in for the prospective “open” arbitration.

Hearing on September 19.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter / Billie Jean


Paris Hilton Wishes Michael Jackson Happy Birthday, Celebrities Have Mixed Response. 30-08-'19

Michael Jackson would have turned 61 this week, and Paris Hilton decided to wish the king of pop a happy birthday. But her post, which included a family portrait with MJ, has had mixed reactions in the celebrity world.

Hilton's family has been close with the Jackson's since Paris was a child, including spending a lot of time with Michael himself. So, it was understandable P would post something like this to commemorate the occasion.

The post, however, featured an old photograph with Paris and the King along with the message, "Happy Birthday #MichaelJackson! Love & Miss You."

Kris Jenner decided to comment on Paris' picture posting a bunch of heart and praying hand emojis.

Kylie Massey jumped in and added "Miss the king happy birthday."

Then, Courtney Love joined the action by saying, "Wow z Paris."

CelebritiesParis Hilton (L), Courtney Love (C) and Kris Jenner (R) wishes Michael Jackson Happy Birthday.

Other celebrities including Naomi Campbell posted their own Jackson tributes, the model wrote "HAPPY BIRTHDAY. ALWAYS IN MY HEART. MISS YOU @MICHAELJACKSON. #FOREVERKINGOFPOP #BLACKEXCELLENCE #KING #TBT"

Supporting Michael Jackson has been a touchy subject for some celebrities after the documentary 'Leaving Neverland' chronicled alleged sexual abuse of two young victims.

Michael has been in the news lately after comedian Dave Chapelle defending the singer in his new Neflix special.

We broke the story, after Wade Robson went public condemning Chapelle and Netflix for it, Michael Jackson's estate blasted Robson.

The executor of MJ's estate, John Branca, told us “Wade’s accusations emerged only after his book failed and we turned him down for a job with our Las Vegas show 9 years ago. He couldn’t get a job until HBO and Dan Reed hired him. He’ll say anything to avoid answering the question of why people like Dave Chappelle don’t believe him or to address the factual holes and inconsistencies in this one sided documentary that did not interview a single person other than the two guys and their families, who are in it for the money."

“Sorry, Wade you weren’t good enough to direct our show.” he concluded.

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean


Marlon Brando Made Michael Jackson Cry Over Molestation Claims. 29-08-'19

Marlon BrandoThe allegations surrounding Michael Jackson aren't new in any way. Even before his death, the claims that he molested children ran rampant for at least a decade. Many might wonder why people in his circle turned a blind eye to the possibilities that the popstar inappropriately touched kids but it appears one of Hollywood's most celebrated actors did approach MJ about the allegations.

The podcast 'Telephone Stories: The Trials Of Michael Jackson' apparently obtained a sworn testimony Marlon Brando gave Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys. Brando reportedly told officials, “I think it’s pretty reasonable to conclude that [Jackson] may have had something to do with kids.”

Brando wasn't a stranger to MJ -- the two were close friends and the actor was a frequent visitor of the singer's Neverland Ranch. The D.A.'s Office reached out to Brando about "an unusual conversation he had with Jackson and his suspicions concerning the King of Pop’s behavior around young boys." The L.A. Times confirmed with a judge that Brando did, in fact, have this conversation with prosecutors.

Brando seemingly knew more than he led on in the public eye. You see, Mike's bodyguard was Brando's son, Mike C. Brando, who also had “impressions and concerns" about MJ's behavior, much like his father.

So, with these concerns in mind, Brando went on to confront Michael Jackson about the whole thing. The conversation included an admission from MJ that he hated Joe Jackson, before the conversation shifted towards the sexual abuse allegations. At that point, according to the docs, Michael Jackson cried so hard that Brando had to comfort him.

The singer's tears ended up fuelling what Marlon Brando thought this whole time. He reportedly told prosecutors, "With this mode of behavior that’s been going on, I think it’s pretty reasonable to conclude that he may have had something to do with kids.” Although the actor admitted that MJ never actually admitted to being gay or abusing kids, Brando believed that the tears was a product of guilt. “My impression, was that he didn’t want to answer because he was frightened to answer me,” he recounted.

Source: Hot New Hip Hop / Billie Jean


Michael JacksonMichael Jackson Would Have Been 61 This Year. 29-08-'19

Today 61 years ago, it happened in Gary Indiana, on 29 August 1958 Michael Joe Jackson came to earth. Michael was the seventh child of a child rich family, that exist of the sisters Maureen, LaToya, Janet and the four brothers Jackie, Marlon, Tito and Randy.

He would have celebrated his sixty-one birthday on Thursday, but died on June 25, 2009 at the age of fifty.

Today we celebrate the life, career and message of Michael Jackson: the Greatest Entertainer that ever lived and a great human being. Keep his legacy alive and spread his message of love, peace and heal the world every day!

Love you Michael, Gone Too Soon.

Webmaster Dirk.

Source: Billie Jean


Did MTV Secretly Drop Michael Jackson's Name From The Video Vanguard Award? 28-08-'19

MTV Video Vanguard AwardPage Six first reported last month that MTV was considering dropping Jackson's name from the VMA's' Video Vanguard Award in wake of the 'Leaving Neverland' sexual molestation controversy.

But MTV, which renamed the award in his honor in 1991, called it the "Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award" on Aug. 12 in announcing that Missy Elliott would be this year's recipient.

Yet Monday's VMA's ceremony omitted Michael Jackson's name in presenting the award, even though Elliott said in her acceptance speech: "The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award means so much to me."

MTV's YouTube video of Elliott's speech also omits Jackson's name. Yet MTV's website on Monday described Elliott as "the newest recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award." MTV has yet to comment on the VMA's omission.

NOTE: This is not the first time MTV renamed this award. Named after Michael Jackson in 1991, the name was dropped in 2003 and reinstalled in 2011 (Britney Spears received it).

Source: Prime Timer / Billie Jean


'Get It Together' (Red Vinyl - Limited Edition) Album Will Be Reissued. 28-08-'19

After the bronze vinyl reissue of the album 'Skywriter' of June, the Culture Factory will propose a reissue of the 'Get It Together' in red vinyl on September 20, 2019.

It's a limited edition album (limited to 1000 pressings).

'Get It Together' was for the first time released on September 12th, 1973 in the USA and in the United Kingdom the album was released during November 1973 by Tamla Motown.

Now 15-years-old, his voice began to deepen, taking on a more soulful sound. With Michael's voice having changed, the overall sound of the group changed as well. The little boys were now becoming adults, and those high notes that only Michael could hit were retired.

The album was a breakaway from the group's bubblegum soul sound as they came up with a more funk-oriented album similar to The Temptations Norman Whitfield-produced albums. Whitfield in fact provides covers of two of his Temptations songs here, 'You Need Love Like I Do (Don't You)', and 'Hum Along And Dance'. The Jackson 5's cover of the latter song, an eight-minute album-closer, is today regarded as the most notable version of the song. 'Get It Together' was also one of the earliest disco albums, released at a time before the genre was mainstream.

This album is special it has the "GIT" die-cut cover, the group's name is listed as "The Jackson 5ive" on the cover.

All songs produced by Hal Davis.

Get It Together (Red Vinyl - Limited Edition) [re-issue] Album CoverRed vinyl ... limited edition of only 1000 copies!

Track list:

A:
1. Get It Together - 2:47
2. Don't Say Goodbye Again - 3:26
3. Reflections - 2:58
4. Hum Along And Dance - 8:33

B:
1. Mama I Gotta Brand New Thing (Don't Say No) - 7:14
2. It's Too Late To Change The Time - 4:00
3. You Need Love Like I Do - 3:51
4. Dancing Machine - 3:22

Record label: Motown
Series number: M 783V1
Printed: Europe
Guide price: 28 €

Pre-order the album here at Culture Factory.

Source: Culture Factory / Billie Jean


Official Michael Jackson Figurines For His Birthday. 28-08-'19

MJ ONE will celebrate Michael Jackson’s Birthday in style tomorrow but the gift shop will have even more incredible souvenirs and apparels.

More T-shirts… Not this time! The Estate has released 2 little figurines in honor of Michael Jackson.

Michael_Jackson_FigurinesTwo fantastic figurines of Michael Jackson, the 'Beat' (3,5 inch x 3,5 inch x 5 inch) and 'Toes' figure (3,5 inch x 3,5 inch x 4 inch).

Pre-order 'Beat It' Figurine here and pre-order 'Toes' Figurine here.

This is not it!! Like the 'Thriller' jacket, the Estate has released a replica of Michael Jackson’s letterman’s jacket in leather (not suitable for Vegans) and it is a beautiful jacket!

Thriller JacketThis 'Thriller' jacket was wore by MJ himself in the video clip 'Thriller'.

Pre-order the jacket here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson’s Ex-manager Slams Late Singer’s Estate: ‘You Can’t Shut Me Down!’ 27-08-'19

Raymone K. Bain
Michael Jackson’s Ex-manager Raymone K. Bain

*Michael Jackson’s former manager is firing back at the late singer’s estate for claiming she is not authorized to use MJ’s name and/or likeness for “charitable or commercial purposes.”

As EUR previously reported, Raymone Bain recently held a press conference where she announced the establishment of the MJ Legacy Foundation to “preserve, protect and defend his name while supporting the numerous organizations he supported during his life.”

But a spokesperson for Jackson’s estate told The Blast: “Raymone Bain is not authorized to act on behalf of the Michael Jackson Estate nor to use Michael Jackson’s name in any way for charitable or her own commercial purposes.”

Bain has responded to what she calls the “vicious attacks” against her from Jackson’s estate, as well as entertainment reporter Roger Friedman of Showbiz411, who said of her planned MJ foundation, “I feel bad for Raymone, even with her crazy new hairdo. She sued the Estate, she exploited her association with Michael, she keeps looking for a way back in,” Friedman wrote.

Meanwhile, Bain wants folks to know…. “I have not been “shut down” by the Estate of Michael Jackson. They have no power to do so,” she tells Eurweb EXCLUSIVELY. “The Estate of Michael Jackson is not the Jackson family, but the Executors: Messrs. Weitzman, Branca, and McClain. The Executors work for Prince, Paris, BiGi, and Mrs. Katherine Jackson,” who Bain claims “are in control of Michael Jackson’s name and image.”

“The usage of MJ’s name ultimately rests with the beneficiaries, NOT the executors, who’ve done absolutely nothing to defend, protect, preserve, or enhance the legacy of Michael Jackson, in 10 years,” she said.

“It is also interesting to me that they (estate) primarily issued their statement to Black publications, whose headlines blared that I’m being “shut down”…what a strategic move.”

Bain believes the executors of MJ’s estate have not done enough “to protect and preserve Michael Jackson’s legacy these past 10 years,” and had they done so, “I and others would not have had to do so,” she tells us.

“The Estate has been successful in attacking me, the Jacksons, and others via their “sources” for 10 years. This time, they will not be able to misrepresent, or disseminate anything other than what I said,” she adds. “But what they don’t understand, despite everything else, Michael Jackson is the son of Black America, and we are going to honor him. PERIOD.”

Source: Eurweb / Billie Jean


Man In The Music (2nd Edition) Book Cover'Man In The Music' (2nd Edition) Book Is Released. 27-08-'19

A fully updated of the book 'Man In The Music: The Creative Life And Work' of Michael Jackson is released, published by Vintage (Penguin/Random House).

For half a century, Michael Jackson’s music has been an indelible part of our cultural consciousness. Landmark albums such as Off the Wall and Thriller shattered records, broke racial barriers, amassed awards, and set a new standard for popular music. While his songs continue to be played in nearly every corner of the world, however, they have rarely been given serious critical attention. The first book dedicated solely to exploring his creative work, Man in the Music guides us through an unparalleled analysis of Jackson’s recordings, album by album, from his trailblazing work with Quincy Jones to his later collaborations with Teddy Riley, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, and Rodney Jerkins. Drawing on rare archival material and on dozens of original interviews with the collaborators, engineers, producers, and songwriters who helped bring the artist’s music into the world, Jackson expert and acclaimed cultural critic Joseph Vogel reveals the inspirations, demos, studio sessions, technological advances, setbacks and breakthroughs, failures and triumphs, that gave rise to an immortal body of work.

“Brilliantly cracks the DNA of Michael Joseph Jackson. . . . A pointed, intelligent dissection of an epic body of work.” —Spike Lee

“The only comprehensive and critical rundown of Jackson’s solo material.”—Rolling Stone.

“A must-have for any Jackson fan. . . . A fascinating read. . . . Each song Jackson recorded during his solo career is examined with a critical eye.” —Associated Press.

“Don’t be surprised if it makes you go back and listen . . . with a whole new outlook on the King of Pop.”—Zack O’Malley Greenburg, author of Michael Jackson, Inc.

“This is the kind of book about Michael Jackson’s music, artistry, and creativity that really needed to be written—and Joseph Vogel has done it and done it very well. I am absolutely floored by Joe’s in-depth research and perceptive insight into what made Michael the one-of-a-kind, recording-breaking King of Pop. And—amazingly enough—even I learned a lot!”—J. Randy Taraborrelli, author of 'The Magic And The Madness'.

Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition
Author: Joseph Vogel
Pages: 544
ISBN: 978-0525566571
Printed: USA
Guide price: 16 €

Order the book here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's Daughter Paris Shares Post About Paedophiles After 'Leaving Neverland'. 27-08-'19

Paris JacksonThe musician's daughter said she wanted to distance herself from child molesters in a cryptic Twitter post.

Michael Jackson's daughter Paris has shared a cryptic post about paedophiles after the 'Leaving Neverland' documentary alleged her dad sexually abused children.

The 21 year old, who identifies as bisexual, said she wanted to distance herself from paedophiles and molesters who were trying to join the LGBTQ+ community.

In a lengthy tweet, Paris firmly stated she would not consider a paedophile trying to join the LGBTQ+ community a fellow brother or sister.

She wrote: "Apparently paedos, molesters and furries are trying to become apart of the lgbtq+, saying they were "born this way" as an excuse.

"IDK how others feel but I personally don't condone f***** children or animals at all and will NOT consider you my brother or sister." (sic)

Paris added in a comment: "I should add before y'all attack me on this, there are zoophiles that identify as furries and do the whole thing."

The activist shared her outpouring of thoughts with her 1.3million fans on Twitter.

It comes after Channel 4 documentary 'Leaving Neverland' alleged her father Michael was a paedophile and sent shockwaves through the nation.

In the show, James Safechuck and Wade Robson claimed they were sexually abused as children by the singer.

They were befriended by the star when they were young boys; James was 10 and Wade was seven.

Jackson died in 2009 aged 50 and denied all allegations of sexual abuse made against him.

The Jackson family have come out to strongly deny the claims made in the documentary made about Michael.

Source: Mirror / Billie Jean


Missy Elliott Was Honored With The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. 27-08-'19

Missy ElliottMissy Elliott was honored yesterday (August 26) with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award during MTV Video Music Awards.

The rap icon received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at Monday’s MTV Video Music Awards and took it back with a retrospective of hits spanning her two-decade-plus career. The Grammy-winning trailblazer kicked off the seven-minute medley with 'Throw It Back' off her new EP Iconology.

She then brought back the black garbage bag for 'The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)' followed by 'Get Ur Freak On'. She flipped it and reversed it while performing 'Work It' featuring a surprise appearance from Alyson Stoner, who danced as a child in the original 2002 music video.

Missy then transformed into a scarecrow in a cornfield while recreating her iconic 'Pass That Dutch' video, closing with the electrifying 'Lose Control'.

Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson, and Ciara all praised Missy in video tributes, while Cardi B presented her with the award on stage. “Everybody has copied from Missy Elliott, even me!” said the “Bodak Yellow” rapper.

A humbled Missy took the stage to thank her Supa Friends including Timbaland and the late Aaliyah. “This Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award means so much to me,” she said. “I have worked diligently for over two decades and I never thought I would be up here receiving this award. It means so much to me.”

Source: Rap-Up / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Estate Says Ex-Manager Cannot Start A Foundation In His Name Or Use His Likeness At All. 22-08-'19

The Estate Of Michael Jackson
The Estate Of Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson's ex-manager announced today the formation of a foundation in the pop star's name but the MJ estate says she has absolutely no right to do so.

Raymone Bain, who worked with Jackson for many years, held a press conference on Thursday morning where she announced the establishment of the MJ Legacy Foundation to "preserve, protect and defend his name while supporting the numerous organizations he supported during his life."

But Bain does not have the right to use his image or name in any company, even a charity.

A spokesperson for the MJ estate tells The Blast, "Raymone Bain is not authorized to act on behalf of the Michael Jackson Estate nor to use Michael Jackson’s name in any way for charitable or her own commercial purposes. We do agree with her comments about 'Leaving Neverland' and her encouraging a boycott of HBO over its inexcusable disparagement of Michael Jackson’s character."

The estate's reference to 'Leaving Neverland' comes after Bain spoke about the inaccuracy of the documentary and how it is tarnishing his legacy. The estate understandably agrees with that part.

Sources close to MJ's family tell us they have a huge issue with Bain because they feel she "failed as Michael Jackson’s manager" and was eventually terminated from that job in 2007.

Also, Bain sued Michael Jackson in 2009 before he died for $44 million and then his estate after he passed away for over $50 million in two separate lawsuits.

Both lawsuits resulted in dismissals or verdicts against Bain.

Bain also went off about trying to find some sort of will she says may tell a different story than what has been used by his family since his death.

She said, "I have wished, I have hoped and I have prayed that Michael Jackson's will — dated October 6, 2006 — would be found, revealed, discovered, dropped from the sky. Because in it, he painstakingly outlined how he wanted his legacy to be preserved and maintained."

The will has come up several times after Michael's death but at this point, an earlier will has been used for probate by a court in Los Angeles and laid out the beneficiaries as his children and mother.

Source: Blast / Billie Jean


New Documentary Explores 1993 False Allegations With Explosive New Testimony In Michael’s Defence!
22-08-'19

There have been quiet rumblings for the past few months that somebody was due to come forward and speak about meeting Jordie Chandler and what he said to them.

Well that time has arrived! In a new independent documentary ‘Square One’, Danny Wu investigates the false accusations against Michael Jackson from 1993.

The documentary will premiere on 28th September at the Chinese Theater, L.A. and be released on 5th October on YouTube.

 

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Raymone K. BainRaymone Bain’s Announcement About Michael Jackson’s Legacy. 22-08-'19

Michael Jackson's spokesperson, Raymone Bain, made a “huge” announcement today about the late popstar’s legacy, as she hit out at his Estate.

Raymone Bain addressed how Michael Jackson’s legacy has been handled by his estate, which is not run by his family, in a press conference today.

His former spokesperson slammed his estate for not “preserving or protecting” his legacy.

In response to this, Raymone revealed they were setting up the “Michael Jackson Legacy Foundation” to his honour.

“That man has been a victim since his death, a victim over and over again and it’s time for it to stop,” she said.

Raymone said she had enough of “witnessing and questioning behaviour about decisions made by the very person who had been given the charge to protect and enhance his legacy”.

She went on: “In 2019 we should celebrate his genius, a trailblazer, a humanitarian, a man who gave almost 350 million dollars away to various charities and sold over a billion records during his lifetime.”

Raymone, who worked with the King of Pop for eights years before his death, also said in the press conference, Michael’s secret will revealed how he wanted his fortune to be spent.

She announced: “Michael Jackson’s will will be discovered. In it, he outlined how he wanted his legacy to be preserved and maintained.”

Raymone also spoke about the documentary, 'Leaving Neverland', which explored allegations made by two men James Safechuck, 40, and Wade Robson, 36, who said they suffered sexual abuse at the hands of Michael when they were children.

“At the beginning of this year special year we were all confronted with a biased one-sided documentary,” she said.

“I am equally appalled it’s been nominated for five Emmy Awards.”

She added: “Neither I, or anyone on my team would work for or compromise our integrity, turn our back or represent anyone who would wilfully harm a child, I am appalled.

In response to the allegations made in the documentary, the Jackson estate have repeatedly dismissed the film as “an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in” on the superstar.

Elsewhere, Raymone sent out a special message to Michael’s only daughter, Paris Jackson.

“Like your father, you have some immense grace and class, you are beautiful, smart, articulate you’re giving and you were the apple of your father’s eye,” she gushed.

Addressing Paris, Raymone continued: “Your father would speak to me for hours on the phone about his vision for you and for you to be like his best friend Princess Diana.

“have no doubt you will not disappoint him.”

Watch the press conference here:

 

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's Publicist To Make Mystery Announcement About His Legacy. 20-08-'19

Raymone K. Bain
Michael Jackson’s Ex-manager Raymone K. Bain

Raymone K. Bain, who represented the late singer, has said she'll hold a press conference to make a "major announcement" 10 years after the star's death.

Michael Jackson 's former publicist has said she'll soon make a "major announcement" about the late star's legacy.

Raymone Bain, who used to represent the singer, has released a bizarre statement saying she'll hold a press conference to deal with a mandate made by him three years before his death.

Bain, who was Jackson's media spokesperson throughout his 2005 child sexual abuse trial, in which he was acquitted on all counts, told the Daily Star that she's planning to hold a press conference to make "a major announcement regarding Michael Jackson and his legacy... in conjunction with a mandate made by him on October 6, 2006".

It's not known what the "mandate" refers to, but her announcement comes just a few months after controversial documentary 'Leaving Neverland' aired on Channel 4.

The much-discussed documentary featured interviews from two former child companions of Jackson - Wade Robson and James Safechuck - who both claimed the singer had sexually abused them.

The Jackson family have furiously denied the claims made in the film.

Michael died in June 2009.

A new documentary, named 'Chase The Truth', has been made in the wake of 'Leaving Neverland', and it brands the men featured "lying money-grabbers".

The film featured interviews with a number of Jackson's closest pals, including former bodyguard Matt Fiddes and actor Mark Lester.

Fiddes, who worked for Jackson for 10 years, insists Safechuck and Robson's sexual abuse allegations were motivated by money.

He says: "It's always financial. It's hard to understand how these allegations can be true."

Jackson biographer Mike Smallcombe added: "Now two accusers going to sue the Jackson estate.

"All of Michael Jackson's accusers - it's always been about money."

'Chase The Truth' details how Robson and Safechuck launched a failed legal challenge against Jackson's estate before filming 'Leaving Neverland', which aired in the UK earlier this year.

Source: Mirror / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Art Show Opens In Finland Despite Controversy. 20-08-'19

An exhibition of art inspired by Michael Jackson opened Tuesday in Helsinki with organisers insisting it was not a "celebration" of the singer, still dogged by abuse allegations a decade after his death.

'Michael Jackson: On The Wall' brings together old and new works depicting the iconic pop star and his impact on popular culture, by artists including Andy Warhol, American photographer David LaChapelle and British potter Grayson Perry.

The show of 90 works first hung in London's National Portrait Gallery in 2018 to widespread critical acclaim. It then toured in Paris and Bonn before coming to Helsinki.

The German and Finnish shows come after a new raft of allegations that Jackson groomed and sexually assaulted children, detailed in the documentary 'Leaving Neverland'.

The exhibition will nevertheless run in the Finnish capital "as planned", organisers said, with a text at the entrance acknowledging that "current conversations may have changed the way the exhibition is interpreted".

"We can't shy away from these difficult subjects and we of course condemn all kinds of abuse," Arja Miller, chief curator at Espoo Museum of Modern Art, told AFP.

"But we also want to provide a platform for open discussion and for artists' voices," she said.

On The Wall ExhibitionProduced by the National Portrait Gallery and with the cooperation of the Michael Jackson Estate, the exhibition will open on 21/08 and ends on 26/01/2020!

"This exhibition and these artists are not celebrating Michael Jackson, but analysing his meaning in our culture," Miller added.

Miller said some organisations refused to sponsor the exhibition over concerns about the controversies surrounding the singer, despite not having seen the show.

"I'm convinced that if everyone would have seen the exhibition they'd gladly be our partner because the exhibition is so diverse," she told AFP.

Many of the Jackson-inspired works veer between the gaudy and the grotesque, including an oversized golden statue of the megastar with his pet chimpanzee, Bubbles, by Paul McCarthy.

Elsewhere, a life-size portrait by Kehinde Wiley, commissioned by Jackson himself shortly before his death in 2009, features the star in jewelled armour on horseback surrounded by cherubs, after a portrait by Rubens of King Philip II of Spain.

The Romanian artist Dan Mihaltianu's installation draws on the impact of Jackson's seminal 1992 concert in post-Communist Bucharest, using newspaper photos alongside concert footage.

Mihaltianu said that interest in his piece, from 1994, has grown again every time Michael Jackson has hit the headlines over the years.

"He will stay as an icon somehow, you cannot just erase him," Mihaltianu told AFP.

"I remember already when he died, people were kind of, 'OK, now he's got to rest in peace.' But 10 years later, it's a new story coming up."

For more information and tickets to 'Michael Jackson: On The Wall', click here.

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Estate Called Out By HBO Over Wade Robson, Network Wants Lawsuit Dismissed.
16-08-'19

The Estate Of Michael Jackson
The Estate Of Michael Jackson

The Estate of Michael Jackson is being ripped by HBO in their $100 million battle over 'Leaving Neverland'.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, HBO is not holding back in court against Jackson’s estate. They are continuing to demand the estate’s legal action against them over 'Leaving Neverland' be dismissed.

They explain the entire case was brought, “Less than two weeks before 'Leaving Neverland' was scheduled to premiere on HBO, Optimum Productions, John Branca, and John McClain (collectively, “Plaintiffs”) very publicly filed a Petition to Compel Arbitration that aggressively attacks HBO for exercising its free speech rights when it chose to exhibit the documentary, seeks to compel an unavailable 'public' arbitration over an expired contract, and asserts they are entitled to more than $100 million in damages— including punitive damages—allegedly arising from statements made in the film about Michael Jackson.”

HBO takes the estate to task saying, “ The only possible reason why Plaintiffs filed their Petition in court was to attract maximum attention to their public relations campaign against 'Leaving Neverland' and the documentary’s subjects, two men who recount in the film in extraordinary detail how, as boys, they were serially sexually abused by Mr. Jackson”

The continue, “But neither the Estate of Michael Jackson nor anyone else owns history, especially history involving a world-famous and controversial public figure. 'Leaving Neverland’s filmmakers were fully within their rights to tell Mr. Robson’s and Mr. Safechuck’s important stories, and HBO was fully within its rights to exhibit the newsworthy documentary."

Earlier this year, MJ’s estate filed a petition to compel HBO to arbitration over the documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’.

They argued that Jackson had a longstanding contractual relationship” with HBO, and believe there is a non-disparagement clause that was breached. They accused HBO of being in breach of a 1992 deal, which they had with Jackson to air his Dangerous Tour special.

MJ’s estate is seeking all “damages proximately caused by HBO’s reprehensible disparagement of Michael Jackson, which could exceed $100 million should HBO succeed in the damage it is intending to cause the legacy of Michael Jackson.”

HBO has been trying to get the whole thing thrown out of court, denying all allegations of wrongdoing.

HBO says the original contact is very clear any legal issues arising would not be heard in private court. They call the estate’s interpretation of the contact “mere fantasy.”

They said 'Leaving Neverland' only briefly mentioned the 1992 concert and had nothing really to do with the documentary. They also argue the documentary came out more than 25 years AFTER the termination of the 1992 agreement and “long past any reasonable period of time thereafter.”

In a statement to The Blast, the estate of Michael Jackson says, "A contract doesn’t expire just because you wish it so as HBO does here. There is no expiration term in the contract, nor does it terminate as a matter of law. Likewise, the First Amendment does not protect HBO from willfully and blatantly violating its contractual obligations, as it did here."

The statement continues, "The Estate of Michael Jackson is confident that HBO’s latest attempt to avoid its contractual obligations will fail."

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Doc 'Chase The Truth' Brands 'Leaving Neverland' Accusers ‘Lying Money-Grabbers’.
14-08-'19

Chase The TruthFriends of the superstar have filmed a new documentary defending him over the sexual abuse allegations in 'Leaving Neverland.

Michael Jackson ’s friends have called his 'Leaving Neverland' accusers lying money-grabbers in a shocking new documentary.

Friends of the superstar came together to defend him in new movie 'Chase The Truth' over the sexual abuse allegations in the previous Channel 4 doc.

Fiddes, who worked for Jackson for 10 years, insists James Safechuck and Wade Robson's sexual abuse were motivated by money.

He says: "It's always financial. It's hard to understand how these allegations can be true."

Jackson biographer Mike Smallcombe: "Now two accusers going to sue the Jackson estate.

"All of Michael Jackson's accusers - it's always been about money."

'Chase The Truth' details how Robson and Safechuck launched a failed legal challenge against Jackson's estate before filming 'Leaving Neverland', which aired in the UK earlier this year.

It also features Smallcombe going over key allegations he first made in an exclusive interview with Mirror Online earlier this year.

He claimed to have debunked some of the sex abuse claims, alleging incidents that are said to have happened in the Neverland train station couldn't have taken place as the building didn't exist at the time. 

As the documentary was released, Fiddes shared a trailer and posted an explosive message slamming 'Leaving Neverland', the accusers and the doc's director Dan reed.

He wrote: "I expect Wade and James are hiding behind a rock along with Dan Reed somewhere with embarrassment right now!

"I would love to invite Wade, James and Dan Reed to come and challenge us on live UK TV about the man we knew, our friend.

"I doubt you will face us as we know the truth and your gutless!

"We don’t need 4 hours of edited footage to show the truth about our friend Michael Jackson and the lies about him. I have had enough of this nonsense. We told the truth in 1 hour!

"I believe this crushes 'Leaving Neverland' and I hope stops the documentary winning the nominations for the Emmy awards!! Complete Madness!"

'Leaving Neverland' was nominated for a total of five Emmy Awards last month, including a director nod for Reed.

The gongs will be decided on September 22nd.

Jackson died in 2009 at the age of 50. He'd previously been acquitted of child molestation charges and his family vehemently denied the accusations made in 'Leaving Neverland'.

The Jacksons even compared the documentary to a "public lynching".

To watch the trailer of 'Chase The Truth click here'.

Source: Mirror / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Accuser Wade Robson's 2016 Deposition Released In Video Exposing 'Lies Of Leaving Neverland'. 14-08-'19

Wade Robson was videotaped for a 2016 deposition as part of his lawsuit against Michael Jackson's companies, and pieces of it have just been released in a video pointing out all the alleged flaws and issues with Robson and James Safechuck's accusations against the singer.

The video, which has been posted online yesterday (August 13) under the title 'Lies Of Leaving Neverland', is a direct attack on the validity of 'Leaving Neverland', the documentary about Robson and Safechuck's claims they were abused by Michael Jackson.

The video says 'Leaving Neverland' is filled with "provable lies, conflicting accounts, contradictions, staged reshoots, faked scenes, reconstructed memories, critical information omissions, manipulated news clips, discredited source material" and that "key motives" are ignored.

The video is around 30 minutes long and lays out what its makers believe are key holes in the accusers' stories.

 

The first point of contention centers around Safechuck's story that he was molested in the train station at MJ's Neverland Ranch sometime between 1988-89. But, as previously reported, the blueprints for the train station clearly show it was built years later.

The video also uses footage of both Wade Robson and his mother's depositions to poke holes in Robson's abuse claims. In the documentary, Robson says while his family went on vacation to The Grand Canyon, he was assaulted by Jackson. But in the deposition video, his mother testifies that her whole family was on the trip.

The anti-'Leaving Neverland' video also takes issue with alleged "staged reshoots" of key interviews with Safechuck. In the documentary, Safechuck claims he received jewelry from MJ including a wedding ring. But the new video claims the interview was actually filmed as a reshoot "a year and a half" after the first one.

A major moment in the documentary comes when Wade Robson lights on fire to a bunch of Jackson memorabilia he owned. But, as The Blast previously reported, Robson had already sold all items that were worth money through Julian's Auctions in 2011. The auction house said at the time Robson wanted to be anonymous in the sale, but they refused.

During the deposition video, Robson was asked to confirm his testimony from Jackson's 2005 molestation trial where he said MJ never molested him. The lawyer who conducted the deposition repeatedly asked Robson, "That was a lie, correct?" Wade answers several times with, "That was not the truth, correct."

One common theme in the newly-released video is 'Finding Neverland' director Dan Reed's decision not to ask Jackson's family and other alleged victims for comment.

Specifically, Macaully Culkin is used as someone who Robson claimed was also assaulted but the director never reached out to the "Home Alone" star to get his reaction. Audio is then played of Culkin from a previous interview where he says MJ never was inappropriate with him.

'Finding Neverland' has been nominated for an Emmy and it seems the timing of the release of this video is to remind Emmy voters the issues with the documentary.

Jackson Estate attorney, Bryan Freedman, tells The Blast,

"The consideration of 'Leaving Neverland' for an Emmy in any category other than one based on fiction is preposterous. A documentary is commonly defined as a film or video examining an event or person based on facts."

He adds,

"This new video, entitled 'Lies Of Leaving Neverland' and many others like it actually provide real and truthful facts. These same facts and other indisputable evidence were intentionally ignored by Dan Reed in an effort to disparage Michael Jackson who is not here to defend himself. Anyone who furthered this travesty of justice will be held accountable."

Source: Yahoo / YouTube / Billie Jean

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