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Michael Book CoverThe Book 'Michael' By Christophe Boulmé Will Be Released. 12-03-'19

You all know Christophe Boulmé by now, French Photographer and part of the team behind 'Black & White Magazines' & 'HIStory Magazines'. Photographed Michael Jackson for many years and designed few single covers for the King of Pop, also came to London for a one off Exhibition 'Making HIStory' in May 2013.

If you have met the photographer, you will know he was working on releasing a book about Michael Jackson and the project is finally at terms!

His book entitled 'Michael' by Christophe Boulmé which will be released on May 9 (it will be finally June 5) at Harper Collins, is already announced as a beautiful book that all fans of the King of Pop will be sure to own. He promises unpublished photos of Michael Jackson. Sold for 29,90 €, the dimensions of this book will be 9x11 inches.

More information coming soon!

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Michael JacksonMichael’s Streaming Popularity. 12-03-'19

It’s been a bad week to say the least, but despite all the negativity and ridiculous accounts of some radio stations pulling Michael’s music and the 'Simpsons' removing his episode, figures show that Michael’s popularity remains unchanged.

Since the beginning of the year, songs from his solo catalog have been streamed 16 million to 17 million times each week in the USA, with that number staying consistent at 16,497,000 streams, even after the premiere of ‘Leaving Neverland’.

Even the daily listening pattern did not vary much, with the numbers staying solid by mid week (which is often his weekly peak) at 2.5 million a day. Particularly popular, as always, were hits from the ‘Thriller’ album such as ‘Beat It,’ ‘Billie Jean’ and the title track.

Source: MJWN / Billie Jean


Aaron Carter I'd Love To Punch Wade Robson's Face Why Switch Up Now, Bro?!!! 11-03-'19

Aaron CarterAaron Carter wants to fist fight Wade Robson for the allegations he's making about Michael Jackson in 'Leaving Neverland'.

Aaron was on "TMZ Live" Monday to defend MJ's legacy. Aside from the accusations Wade made in the documentary -- which Aaron passionately believes to be false -- he's pissed about a tweet that he says dragged him into the conversation.

It came from an account purportedly belonging to Wade and strongly implies Aaron was either molested by MJ, or knew he was abusing other children.

Aaron says nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to his own personal experience with Michael.

The two of them used to hang out quite a bit back in the day when Aaron was a teen.

Aaron tells us he too has slept in Michael's bedroom, but assures us nothing inappropriate ever happened. He feels the 'Neverland' accusers are lying -- especially Wade -- because they had every opportunity to come forward while Michael was alive, but didn't.

In fact, both Wade and James Safechuck have previously denied Michael Jackson abused them as youngsters. Wade continued to support Michael well into adulthood as well, even testifying on his behalf in MJ's 2005 criminal case.

As Aaron puts it, they're stomping on an icon's grave ... who doesn't have a chance to defend himself now.

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


Macaulay Culkin's Comments Resurface On Michael Jackson Abuse Claims. 11-03-'19

Macaulay CulkinThe documentary 'Leaving Neverland' has led to an outcry against Michael Jackson, with radio stations banning his music, and 'The Simpsons' pulling an episode he featured on from all platforms.

However Macaulay Culkin - known for his unlikely friendship with the pop star, which began when Mr Culkin was nine - has consistently spoken out in defence of Jackson, and denied there was any sexual contact.

Most recently, he spoke about the allegations on Michael Rosenbaum's Inside of You podcast in January 2019.

"For me, it's so normal and mundane... I know it's a big deal to everyone else but to me, it was a normal friendship," the now-38-year-old said.

"It's easy to say it was 'weird' or whatever, but it wasn't, because it made sense. It's one of my friendships people questioned, only because of the fact he was the most famous person in the world."

A younger Culkin also spoke about his relationship with Jackson during the 'Thriller' hitmaker's 2005 sexual abuse trial.

The 24-year-old was called as a witness to the defence, and labelled the charges "absolutely ridiculous."

However Culkin did admit he and the singer used to sleep in the same bed - but reiterates the relationship was never sexual or uncomfortable for him. He says his parents were aware of the sleeping arrangement.

"They never really saw it as an issue," he said in court.

However, he did corroborate part of the accuser's testimony - in 'Leaving Neverland' both men speak about the corridor towards Jackson's bedroom being alarmed.

"There was like a walkway kind of thing, where if someone was approaching the door, it would kind of like 'ding-dong ding-dong'," Culkin said in court.

"When anyone would approach the room you'd hear this kind of... soft kind of alarm."

'Leaving Neverland's director, Dan Reed, did not approach Culkin or Brett Barnes - another young boy who had a close friendship with Jackson - to speak in the film.

"In the end I knew that Macaulay and Brett had made statement consistently rebutting allegations that were made," he told Business Insider.

"I'm not in the business of outing anyone," he said.

"I think we made it very clear in the film that they deny to this day that anything sexual happened, and I'm not about to try and change their mind about that."

Source: News Hub / Billie Jean


Webmaster Dirk
Webmaster Dirk

My Opinion About The Documentary 'Leaving Neverland'. 10-03-'19

I waited after I saw the documentary of 'Leaving Neverland' to express my opinion. The weeks before the docu was broadcast you read everything on websites of the two men who both claim that Michael Jackson sexually abused them when they were children. So I could already imagine what could be seen in the docu, had my opinion since January when I read about the premiere of 'Leaving Neverland' at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

The opinion lay on my tongue but I waited until after the broadcast to let you fans around the world read my opinion via my website 'Billie Jean'.

I did not want to see the docu because it makes me angry, but because I was curious about unseen images of Michael (and those images were there too) I looked at it anyway. I felt with those images again as before when Michael was still alive and appeared on TV, where I enjoyed those images in the documentary. What a look and style did the Michael have?

That interested me in the docu, not what those 2 men told about Michael, in the first part they praised Michael as God in heaven and the 2nd part nothing as bad things and about the sex relationship they had with him. They are bad actors in my eyes, if you are really misused then you are angry and you have no love for that person. They were lying comfortably in the chair without emotion, sometimes a crop in the throat that was made because they knew well that they were throwing Michael with stones.

How, after all those years, you can throw stones at Michael's grave, they were abused for years, and they lied to the lawsuit in 2005 because they still loved him and did not want him to go to jail. That's not right, then they had the chance to tell the truth in the courtroom, if you're an adult and know what happened to you, you're certainly not going to lie to plead the criminal. Their story is wrong because they are lies.

The whole docu is full of lies and is so manipulated so that anti fans get the missed puzzle pieces together to make sure that Michael is a pedophile. Some people who are fans of Michael are already confused so anti fans believe those 2 men for 100 percent.

I myself have never believed in the former sex scandals and now also not. The first scandal was with Jordy Chandler, the Jordy has admitted years ago that he lied about the sexual abuse and his father committed suicide because he could no longer handle it that he put his son Jordy against Michael, they never have shown this on TV and I think they can certainly show that to the whole world. Then the anti fans will think for a moment and say that the stories are not right from the past and the present.

I hope Taj Jackson can find Jordy to interview him, but people have already tried to reach him, he has fled somewhere. If you are innocent, you not flee. Taj Jackson is working on a docu to show the truth to the people and to interview the so-called victims, Jordy Chandler would be the greatest for Taj.

You can see that the mother of James Safechuck is lying, she danced when Michael died and she did not know then that James was supposedly abused by Michael, that was only in 2013 that James told it to his mother. Wade Robson claims that Michael's lawyer convinced him in 2005 to lie under oath, but a little later Wade says that he only remembered the crime since 2012. There are still errors in the document.

That is the weakness of the docu. Michael can not, of course, defend himself against the accusations to him, unfortunately it is sometimes the ones who give the most of which the most is benefited. Michael was a unique and beautiful soul who had the heart of a child and, yes, he sometimes behaved like a big child - full of laughter, joy and playfulness. No bad features to have!

What those two liars achieve with it is that they are nowhere to be discussed. They have done what they will ever regret.

But it is a good thing that Michael does not have to go through this anymore because in the verdict on June 13th, 2005 Michael was in a bad condition, he suffered from the false allegations.

That is my opinion about the document 'Leaving Neverland', can write a lot more, but then it will take too long.

Greetings from webmaster Dirk.

Source: Billie Jean


“I’m Gonna Go With The Facts” – Taj Jackson Shares Details Of ‘Leaving Neverland’ Counter Documentary. 09-03-'19

Taj JacksonMichael Jackson‘s nephew has revealed that he will be releasing a new documentary about his pop star uncle.

The documentary will be a response to the recently released 'Leaving Neverland', which focuses on testimony by Wade Robson, 36, and James Safechuck, 41, who both claim that Michael Jackson sexually abused them when they were children.

Up until this week, Taj Jackson had kept the details of the new documentary under wraps for fear that his recent media appearances defending Michael Jackson’s legacy might be construed as a form of promotion.

Revealing to NME in an interview this week the details of his 'Leaving Neverland' counter documentary, Taj promised that it won’t be just another documentary celebrating the life and times of the King of Pop.

“There’s loads of those already,” he explained. “This is not going to be a puff piece. It’s not going to be, ‘Oh, let’s show Michael Jackson the humanitarian.’ This is about exposing all the things that have been mustering for 20, 30 years, you know?

“It’s going to start off with the 1993 allegations because I think that’s where everything started,” he continued, referring to the first public sexual abuse accusations made against Michael Jackson by Evan Chandler, the father of 13-year-old Jordan “Jordy” Chandler.

In January 1994, Jackson settled a civil lawsuit with the Chandlers for $23,000,000 and in September of the same year the criminal investigation against Jackson was closed.

“It’s going to talk about the settlement in terms of the civil suit and why he settled,” Taj explained. “At one point he was very against settling and angry and then gave in. So why did he do that? So [the documentary is] going to talk about all of that.”

Asked whether he is going to be fair an unbiased when putting the documentary together, he answered: “I’m gonna go with the facts.”

One criticism that keeps coming up regarding 'Leaving Neverland' is that director Dan Reed didn’t contact any of Jackson’s family or legal team to appear and share their side of the story.

Responding, Reed told NME: “It’s not a platform for the Jackson estate to launch their campaign of counter-information. That’s not what we provide. In this documentary, people make very serious allegations about Michael Jackson. It’s not a piece of showbiz shim-sham.”

Taj says he wants to open up the floor to his uncle’s accusers in his documentary.

“If I can find them then one hundred percent [I would like to interview them],” he said. “Jordy Chandler would be the biggest one for me. But people have already tried to reach out to him, he’s fled somewhere.

“I would be honoured because his father was the one who put him up to [accusing Michael]. He didn’t want to do any of it and originally even said nothing had happened. So I would be willing to do that, and with Gavin too.”

According to Taj, filming of the new documentary will start immediately.

'Leaving Neverland' divided opinion when it premiered in the UK this week, with fans taking to the streets of London to protest it being broadcast while radio stations around the world have since banned Michael Jackson’s songs. Controversial adverts have also appeared on London buses in defence of Jackson, while there has also been a surge for his music in the charts since the film aired.

Jackson denied any wrongdoing before he died in 2009.

Source: NME / Billie Jean


Devastated Blanket 'Stops Talking' Following Michael Jackson Allegations. 09-03-'19

Blanket JacksonMichael Jackson's son Blanket has taken the allegations very badly and 'won't talk to anyone'.

Among the victims of pop singer Michael Jackson's alleged abuses, there is one person that has gone mostly unnoticed as he comes to terms with the fact that his father 'may have been a paedophile'.

Blanket Jackson was introduced to the world by being dangle over a third-floor hotel balcony but since that moment, has shied away from any public exposure.

The 17-year-old is said to be 'devastated' by the latest allegations made by Wade Robson and James Safechuck in the documentary, 'Leaving Neverland'.

So distraught is the teen, Blanket has apparently 'stopped talking' as he comes to terms with what has happened, causing concern to the Jackson family.

Blanket, who prefers to be known as Bigi, is looked after by his grandma Katherine, 88, and co-guardian TJ Jackson, who is Michael’s 40-year-old nephew.

Speaking to the Victoria Derbyshire TV show, another of Jackson's nephew, Taj, revealed the depth of Blanket's sorrow.

He said: “Bigi is the most talkative kid at school and he isn’t talking any more. We’re all worried about him.”

Former child star, Mark Lester, who played Oliver Twist in the musical movie 'Oliver'! is the godfather of Jackson's three children and he has echoed concerns for Blanket, when speaking to The Sun.

With Blanket being kept away from mainstream life, Mark has questioned whether this will prepare him for the fallout from the controversial documentary.

He revealed: “They try and shield him from the outside world, which may be not such a good thing. Shield them from certain things, certainly, but to keep him isolated is not right.”

With news that the reclusive teen is now not speaking, Mark said that he would like the Jackson family to get him involved.

He believes this could prove a comfort to Jackson's son, saying: “Blanket could speak to my son. Everyone needs friends — you can’t have too many. We spent an awful lot of time with them when they were growing up."

After such an incriminating documentary, it may take a while for Blanket to come to terms with the accusations, which could make him another victim of the sorry state of affairs, some ten years after his father passed away.

Source: Mirror / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Albums Reenter The Charts Following 'Leaving Neverland'. 08-03-'19

Innocent PosterMichael Jackson’s music is reentering the music charts following the airing of 'Leaving Neverland' in the UK.

The four-hour documentary detailed the graphic claims of sexual abuse made by James Safechuck and Wade Robson. Both allege that the late Jackson sexually abused them when they were children.

After the astonishing accusations were aired on Channel 4 Wednesday (March 6) and Thursday night (March 7), many former fans declared on social media that they would no longer listen to his music.

Despite this, Jackson’s music has reentered the British music charts. Jackson’s ‘Number One’ album currently sits at 43rd on the top 100 British album charts as of Friday evening, and the ‘Essential Michael Jackson’ is currently at number 79, while ‘HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1’ is currently placed at 80.

Additional Jackson albums – ‘Bad’ and ‘Thriller’ – are also back in the top 200 charts.

In addition to radio stations no longer playing Jackson, The Simpsons has also pulled their episode which features the voice of Michael Jackson.

A stream of high profile figures – including Katie Couric, Louis Theroux, Sia and Oprah Winfrey have voiced their support for the alleged victims Robson and Safechuck.

However, the Jackson family adamantly denies the claims, and is currently suing HBO for $100 million (£76 million).

Fans of the late pop star gathered outside Channel 4’s London headquarters to protest against the screening of 'Leaving Neverland' on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

Posters in support of Jackson have also appeared on London buses. The ads use a quote from Jackson’s nephew, Taj, that states: “Facts don’t lie. People do”.

London BusMichael Jackson INNOCENT campaign adverts cover London buses sparking fury.

The poster also includes the hashtag: #MJInnocent. The bus ads were funded by a GoFundMe campaign.

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson’s Former Nanny Grace Gwaramba Claims 'Leaving Neverland' Is False’ Amid Sex Abuse Allegations. 08-03-'19

Grace GwarambaMichael Jackson is at the centre of sexual abuse allegations following the release of HBO documentary, 'Leaving Neverland'. The show explores Wade Robson and James Safechuck’s claims the 'Thriller' singer abused them when they were younger, something his family have vehemently denied. However, the late star’s former nanny has now claimed the show is fake, stating she ‘never saw anything that made her suspect he was capable of child sexual abuse’.

In a statement shared with ABC News, Grace Rwaramba said: ‘If Michael harmed Wade Robson and James Safechuck, they have my deepest sympathy and compassion. ‘I don’t claim to know what happened between Michael and his accusers. I wasn’t there. ‘However, because Michael is no longer here to defend himself, and because I have a unique view of him and the life he lived, I feel compelled to speak out against what I firmly believe to be false claims. The person that Wade and James describe is not the person that I knew.’ Grace worked for the 'Man In The Mirror' singer for 17 years, taking care of the his children – Prince Michael I, Paris and Prince Michael II (Blanket). Speaking about her former boss amid the accusations, she described him as ‘trusting to the point of naïve’.

‘He was trusting to the point of extreme naiveté; always assuming the best intentions in everyone,’ she continued. ‘While he was far from perfect, in my over twelve years of living with Michael, knowing him and his lifestyle intimately, I never saw or experienced anything that led me to suspect that he was capable of child sexual abuse.’ However, a lawyer representing James and Wade had hit out at her statement, claiming she has a ‘vested interest’ in protecting Jackson over the claims. Vince Finaldi told ABC News: ‘Ms. Rwaramba admits in her statement that she does not know what happened between Michael and his accusers.

‘As a longtime employee of MJJ productions she has vested interest in defending Jackson and his estate. ‘It is sad that she had chosen to disparage a victim of child sexual assault and his family in order to do so. This is a continuation of the campaign of false information, character assassination, victim blaming and the shaming that the Jackson corporate lawyers heap on any child or adult who speaks the truth about Mr. Jackson’s sexual behaviour with children. ‘These attacks have kept many of Mr. Jackson’s victims silent. It will not stop Wade or James from speaking the truth.’

Source: Metro / Billie Jean


The Simpsons Pulls Michael Jackson Episode After 'Leaving Neverland' Sex Abuse Allegations. 08-03-'19

Stark Raving DadThe Executives of the Simpsons have decided to mute Michael Jackson based on the so called documentary: 'Leaving Neverland'.

A classic episode of 'The Simpsons' featuring Michael Jackson’s voice will be removed from circulation, the show’s longtime executive producer, James L. Brooks, said.

“It feels clearly the only choice to make” Brooks said of the 1991 episode in which Michael Jackson voiced the character of a patient in a mental hospital who believes he is the pop star.

“This was a treasured episode,” said Brooks. “There are a lot of great memories we have wrapped up in that one, and this certainly doesn’t allow them to remain.”

“I’m against book burning of any kind. But this is our book, and we’re allowed to take out a chapter.”

‘Stark Raving Dad’, which first aired in the United States back in September 1991, sees Homer committed to a mental institution where he meets a huge, bald man named Leon Kompowsky (who claims to be Michael Jackson). Jackson pitched the idea to Simpsons creator Matt Groening over the phone one night and went uncredited for the appearance for contractual reasons (though Kompowsky’s singing voice was actually performed by a soundalike). Jackson wrote the song ‘Happy Birthday Lisa’ for the episode.

‘Stark Raving Dad’ will be removed from syndication, Simpsons World on FXX, and future prints of DVD sets, but Brooks warned the process would take some time.

Source: Wall Street Journal / Billie Jean


Michael Practicing To Dance Footage Released. 07-03-'19

A never before seen video of Michael practicing dancing has been released by Gotta Have Rock And Roll. They have more never before seen footage that they will be posting soon as well.

Gotta Have Rock And Roll is one of the biggest Rock and Roll/Pop Culture auction house in the world and this extraordinary footage is owned by them. It shows Michael circa 1984 (assuming after the infamous Pepsi incident in January 1984) practicing new and innovative dance moves that he would go on to use in the Victory World Tour and his breathtaking solo performances.

 

Source: Gotta Have Rock And Roll / Billie Jean


Music Museums Keeping Michael Jackson Exhibits On Display. 06-03-'19

Megastar Michael Jackson's musical legacy has been getting critically reappraised after a new documentary rekindled allegations of child sexual abuse, but at least two music museums in Detroit and Tennessee aren't scrubbing the King of Pop from their exhibits.

The National Museum of African American Music says some Michael Jackson artifacts will be on display in a planned exhibit called "One Nation Under A Groove," when the museum opens in downtown Nashville in early 2020. The museum has previously released renderings of the building's design, featuring an image of Jackson on the exterior.

Meanwhile, in Detroit, the chairwoman and CEO of Motown Museum said its mission is to share the stories and artifacts of the history of Motown.

"Michael Jackson's musical contributions remain part of the Motown story," Robin Terry said.

Motown Records was the first major label to record The Jackson 5, in which Michael debuted as a young star alongside his siblings, and released their hits 'I Want You Back' and 'ABC'.

Music MuseumsOn October 23, 1988 – Michael Jackson donated a personal black fedora hat and white studded right-hand glove, along with $125,000.

The HBO documentary 'Leaving Neverland' aired detailed'and disturbing stories from two men who say Jackson groomed them for sex and molested them when they were just little boys. Allegations of sexual abuse shadowed Jackson throughout much of his adult life, and he was acquitted on child molestation charges in 2005. Jackson died in 2009. There's been no evidence of major damage to Jackson's estate or his music because of the new documentary.

"The importance of Michael Jackson's music to the African American culture, and to the American soundtrack, is unrivalled," said H. Beecher Hicks III, president and CEO of the National Museum of African American Music in a statement provided to The Associated Press.

"As a part of our One Nation Under a Groove gallery, Jackson will be defined by his music, his importance to pop culture, music videos and his impact on changing the course of popular music in our country. NMAAM has collected some artifacts which will be on display in this gallery, each of which will help highlight these aspects of his contributions to African American music. We understand that, like music itself, legacies are constantly evolving, and that we must be able to evolve and shift as needed."

A publicist for NMAAM said the design of the structure is still preliminary, and they have planned on having a rotating display of artist images on the building's exterior signs.

Source: The New York Times / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson 'Leaving Neverland': Nephew Taj Jackson Says Bizarre Penis Claims Are Vital Clue.
06-03-'19

Paris JacksonMichael Jackson's nephew Taj Jackson is convinced a strange story about markings on the star's penis prove he didn't abuse kids.

The late King of Pop has been at the centre of a storm of child sex abuse allegations following the release of the controversial 'Leaving Neverland' documentary.

It details of the brutal abuse allegedly suffered by Wade Robson and James Safechuck at the hands of the music icon.

The pair tell their stories in the shocking film, which airs in the UK for the first time on Channel 4 tonight.

Just hours before the documentary is due to hit screens, Jackson's nephew Taj - son of Michael's brother Tito.

During an interview on BBC Radio Five Live this afternoon, Taj insisted that the first boy to accuse Michael of child abuse, Jordan Chandler, could be proved wrong.

Chandler's family launched a civil suit against the star and landed a $24 million out of court settlement over the child abuse claims.

As part of his testimony, the youngster said he saw unusual markings on the superstar's penis from his Vitiligo skin condition.

His description was said to match pictures of Michael's penis that were made as part of the case.

However, Taj alleges that Jordan's testimony was flawed because he said the King of Pop was circumsised, when the autopsy after his 2009 death proved he wasn't.

Taj told Five Live: "[Jordan's testimony was] incorrect. Jordy drew a circumcised penis when my uncle was actually uncircumcised. The autopsy proved that."

He went on to add that he though the Chandler case was motivated by money and he hopes he eventually comes forward to talk about what really happened.

Taj added: "We’re hoping one day he comes to talk to us."

Jackson was thrust back into the headlines in January after the screening of controversial documentary 'Leaving Neverland' at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

The late singer's estate has since confirmed plans to sue the documentary makers, and his family condemned the film in a scathing statement, comparing it to a "public lynching".

The 'Thriller' hitmaker was tried on child molestations charges in 2004-2005 - but he was acquitted on every count.

Source: Mirror / Billie Jean


Paris Jackson Believes Her Father, Michael, Is Innocent Of Sex Abuse Claims. 06-03-'19

Paris JacksonBi actress, singer and model Paris Jackson says she doesn’t believe new claims that her father, Michael Jackson, was a child sex abuser.

Paris has also not seen the 'Leaving Neverland' documentary according to entertainment website TMZ.

The aspiring actress, however, is concerned that the 'Leaving Neverland' documentary may ruin her chances of success as a performer.

British newspaper The Sun reported that Jackson told friends she was anxious about how the documentary would affect her acting career.

The Sun quoted a source close to Jackson as saying: ‘Paris had hoped to launch a successful career in acting but fears 'Leaving Neverland' has ruined her chances of it taking off.

‘She was in a movie last year but believes the documentary is already scaring directors away because the abuse her father is accused of may put movie goers off her.

‘It all comes down to marketing. The worry is that any movies she stars in will be derailed if Michael’s abuse scandal is all people think about when they see her on screen. She wants to act but knows this could affect those plans.’

Although Jackson has made no public comment, she posted a message on her Twitter feed to her 1.3m fans on Tuesday (March 5).

‘don’t take life too seriously, life already takes itself serious enough as it is’, she wrote.

Paris Jackson was only 11 years old when her father died. Last year she revealed she was bisexual. She appeared to confirm she was bi when asked during an Instagram Q&A.

“That’s what you guys call it so I guess, but who needs labels”, Jackson replied at the time.

'Leaving Neverland' is a four hour long documentary featuring two men who say they were abused by the global pop sensation, while they were children.

Source: Gay Star News / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Fans Protest ‘Leaving Neverland’ Broadcast In U.K. 06-03-'19

Michael Jackson fans gathered outside Channel 4’s London headquarters Wednesday to protest the broadcaster’s planned airing of 'Leaving Neverland', the controversial documentary about alleged sexual abuse by the late pop superstar.

Jackson’s supporters have called the documentary, by HBO and Channel 4, an unjustified smear on the singer’s reputation. Channel 4 issued a strongly worded defense of its decision to air the documentary in two parts, starting Wednesday evening. It said that showing 'Leaving Neverland' was in the public interest and that viewers could reach their own conclusions.

The protest was organized via the Michael Jackson’s Children United Worldwide – Hospital Fund group on Facebook. It called for people to attend a peaceful protest “to Boycott releasing of disgusting documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’ in UK TV.”

It added that this was the first of several planned protests. “The documentary will be released on Channel 4 early spring we would like to ask you to come and JOIN us on journey of series of protest prior UK release of the documentary to get it banned and shelved,” the group said.

A banner reading “Facts Don’t Lie. People Do” was unfurled at the protest at Channel 4 headquarters. Reports said there were “dozens” of protesters. The Facebook group has 313 registered as having attended.

MJ Fans Protest'Leaving Neverland' protest outside Channel 4 HQ.

James Safechuck and Wade Robson were befriended by Jackson when they were 10- and 7-year-old boys, respectively. 'Leaving Neverland' paints a picture of alleged sexual abuse by Jackson and explores the feelings that led both men to confront their experiences. Variety’s review described the two men’s stories as “overwhelmingly powerful and convincing.” Jackson’s family has strongly condemned the film and rejected the allegations.

Jackson’s nephew, Taj Jackson, also spoke on BBC TV and radio ahead of the broadcast and defended his uncle. “Knowing Wade for many years, it didn’t seem heartfelt to me,” he said of Robson’s contribution to the film. “I don’t trust someone’s word when they don’t have any evidence.” He added: “I’m definitely saying that they are lying. They are suing for hundreds of millions of dollars right now.”

Channel 4 noted that its mission as a public broadcaster included delivering high-quality news and current affairs programs. “It is in the public interest to allow these individuals to tell of their interactions with Michael Jackson,” the broadcaster said in a statement to Variety.

“He was of course a high-profile figure whose work still entertains millions of people but who was previously accused of child sex abuse. Viewers will make their own judgment about the testimony of the two victims interviewed in the film when it airs.”

There were protests when the film premiered at Sundance, although Variety reported that police outnumbered the protesters. Dan Reed’s documentary has already aired on HBO in the U.S. It is set to be seen around the world after a slew of channels bought the two-parter.

Source: Variety / Billie Jean


National Football Museum Remove Fulham's Infamous Michael Jackson Statue From Display Amid Sexual Abuse Allegations. 06-03-'19

MJ StatueA statue of Michael Jackson which used to stand outside Fulham Football Club has been removed from display at the National Football Museum.

The statue of the late singer has been removed from the Manchester museum amid allegations of child sexual abuse against the late singer, which are due to be aired in a television documentary.

However a spokesperson for the museum said they were planning to take down the seven and a half foot monument to the 'King of Pop' anyway as part of a reorganisation of their exhibits.

The spokesperson told the Manchester Evening News: 'Plans have been underway for a number of months to remove the Michael Jackson statue from display as part of our ongoing plans to better represent the stories we want to tell about football. As a result of this, the statue has now been removed.'

The statue was built outside Craven Cottage by Fulham's former owner, Mohamed Al Fayed, after Jackson's death aged 50 in 2009, despite opposition from fans.

Al Fayed told his critics they could 'go to hell' and the statue remained until 2013, when Shahid Khan bought Fulham and had it removed.

The statue, which is in full colour and features Jackson holding a microphone and wearing a sparkly jacket and single glove, was then donated to the museum by Al Fayed later that year.

Accusations that Jackson sexually abused children have resurfaced in a documentary, 'Leaving Neverland', which is due to be shown on Channel 4.

Two men, James Safechuck and Wade Robson, say they were abused by Jackson. His family deny the claims.

Source: Daily Mail / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's Music Gets Pulled From Radio Stations Worldwide. 06-03-'19

Michael JacksonThe stations claim that they're just responding to what the public want.

The 10 year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death is right around the corner, and the iconic singer is back in the headlines over child sexual abuse allegations. HBO's 'Leaving Neverland' documentary has lit another fire under the Jackson controversy, and now radio stations around the world are responding by pulling the singer's songs from their play lists.

In the documentary, Wade Robson and James Safechuck allege that when they were children, Jackson regularly sexually abused them. They shared their stories in graphic detail, complete with a follow-up interview with Oprah Winfrey on 'After Neverland'. Following the doc, dozens of radio stations are refusing to air Jackson's music including New Zealand stations that broadcast to over half of the population. State-owned RNZ said their decision is “a reflection of our audiences and their preferences”. NZME director Dean Buchanan said, “Play lists change from week to week and right now Michael Jackson does not feature on them.”

A few stations in Canada are following suit. The owner of Montreal's French-language stations CKOI and Rythme, and the English-language The Beat, said Jackson's music would not be played until further notice. Media company Cogeco covers 23 smaller stations and won't feature Jackson on their airwaves, either. These radio stations aren't saying that they believe Jackson is guilty of the accusations, but they are just responding to the public's outcry.

Jackson's estate and his family have openly stated that the documentary is completely false. They claim that it is “an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson." However, the film's director, Dan Reed, said, “People will have to listen to his music in the knowledge that he was a prolific child rapist. If they’re comfortable doing that, fine. If they’re not, well perhaps listen to something else for a while."

Source: Hot New Hip Hop / Billie Jean


Official Statement From Adrian Grant. 05-03-'19

Here is an official statement from Adrian Grant the creator and executive director of ‘Thriller Live’ and author of ‘Michael Jackson – The Visual Documentary’:

Michael Jackson is currently being publicly executed over accusations levelled against him by Wade Robson and James Safechuck who he considered to be close friends. Despite the fact that the stories told by these two men have repeatedly changed and are often contradictory, the media have chosen to treat their claims as fact, even though there is no actual evidence at all to back up their allegations. In addition to this they were key witnesses for Michael’s defence in 2005, when he was completely cleared in a court of law, where both men stated they had never been abused by the star. Furthermore Michael was secretly investigated by the FBI for a period of over 10 years and the publicly available report states that they found no evidence of any wrong doing on Michael’s part.

When Michael died on 25th June 2009, I thought he would finally rest in peace, with his musical legacy left for us all to enjoy and his work as a philanthropist there to admire, still having a positive influence around the world.

In the lead up to the broadcast of the documentary, 'Leaving Neverland', more and more celebrity influencers have come out and labelled Michael Jackson a paedophile, with some media organisations denouncing his music or existence altogether. None moreso than Oprah Winfrey. This public lynching is really shameful because, of course, Michael cannot defend himself against the accusations being made against him and, because defamation laws do not protect the dead, anyone can say anything they wish about him safe in the knowledge that they can’t be sued.

Adrian GrantAdrian Grant is a writer and theatrical producer best known for his long-term association with singer Michael Jackson, which led to his creation of the hit West End stage show, 'Thriller Live'.

Let me be clear, I strongly believe that anyone alleging abuse of any kind should have their voice heard. But, in a court of law their testimonies would be heard and cross-examined and evidence would be scrutinised in order to ensure a fair verdict is reached. In this instance, the failure to present any exculpatory evidence or interview anyone who could challenge the accusers’ versions of events makes the ‘documentary’ a totally one-sided X-rated horror movie cleverly edited with the sole intention of hanging Michael Jackson in the court of public opinion.

I have been advised by some not to get involved with this debate. To say nothing and let it pass. But I cannot do that. It would be as morally wrong for me to remain silent, as it is for the media to convict Michael without a fair trial or evidence.

I want to say this about the man I knew for 21 years, travelled the world with and spent numerous occasions at Neverland, hotels and in the recording studio with: Michael Jackson was the most kind and loving person I have ever met. Sadly, sometimes it is those who give the most that are taken advantage of the most. Michael was a unique and beautiful soul who had a child’s heart and, yes, he did sometimes act like a big kid – full of laughter, joy and playfulness. Not bad qualities to have!

Source: MJWN / Billie Jean


'After Neverland': Oprah Winfrey Parses Michael Jackson Accusations. 05-03-'19

Oprah WinfreyCelebrity talk show host Oprah Winfrey waded into the Michael Jackson debate Monday (March 4), hosting an hour-long interview of the men who say the late superstar sexually abused them as minors.

The special aired on HBO after the conclusion of the network´s presentation of a bombshell four-hour documentary entitled 'Leaving Neverland', which has thrown the late Jackson´s legacy into question nearly a decade after his death.

Calling sexual abuse "a scourge on humanity," Winfrey said "this moment transcends Michael Jackson. It´s much bigger than any one person."

Winfrey -- channeling her decades of experience as one of America´s foremost talkshow hosts -- unpacked how Jackson´s accusers began to identify themselves as victims, and why they remained silent for so long.

"He told me it was love," said Wade Robson, now 36. "He told me that he loved me and that God brought us together. Michael was God to me."

Robson said he had testified in 2005 on behalf of Jackson, who was ultimately acquitted of those sexual abuse charges, because "if I was to question Michael and my story with my Michael, it would mean I would have to question everything in my life."

James Safechuck, 41, told Winfrey how Jackson "would cry for you, or he would cry because he´s so lonely. You want to be there for him."

But fatherhood and seeking help encouraged them to speak candidly about their experiences, they said.

It´s not the first public airing of abuse claims against the pop star but the release marks the scandal´s first major explosion since his fatal overdose at age 50 in 2009.

In the special dubbed 'After Neverland' Winfrey referenced her own history as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse -- but did not mention the famous interview she held with Jackson at his Neverland ranch in 1993, which occurred just before the first public accusations dropped against him.

The Jackson estate -- which is suing HBO for $100 million over a "posthumous character assassination" -- has vehemently denied all allegations again's the late King of Pop, and attacked the credibility of both the documentary and his accusers.

"Since my uncle is not around to defend himself, the credibility of accusers matter. And Wade and James have none," tweeted Jackson´s nephew Taj following the airing of the documentary´s first half.

Jackson diehards have swarmed Twitter under the hashtags #MJInnocent and #LeavingNeverland to defend their idol, who died at age 50 in 2009 of a drug overdose.

But director Dan Reed has voiced hope that the film could "inspire other victims to break their silence" and "not feel quite so ashamed."

"Certainly Michael had many more victims," Reed told AFP.

"They are going to come forward when the time is right for them."

Source: The News International / Billie Jean


Corey FeldmanCorey Feldman – “Poorly Made Documentary”. 04-03-'19

Actor and former child star Corey Feldman has posted a few tweets on Twitter about watching ‘Leaving Neverland’. Here is what he had to say;

Feldman, who has spoken publicly about being a victim of sexual child abuse, was friends with Michael and has vigorously supported him over the years. On watching ‘Leaving Neverland’ he said that experience he had with Michael was exactly the same…up until the sex part. Feldman said this is when it “becomes La La Land instead of Neverland”. He says that the two never spoke about sex except for the fact that sex was scary and dangerous.

“MJ never once swore in my presence, never touched me inappropriately, and never ever suggested we should be lovers in any way! If people could hear our conversations they would hear the innocence in them. No hint of perversion.”

Feldman also says that he posses a tape of him and Michael chatting, which he’s considering releasing so the public can heart for themselves the types of conversations he had with Michael. With regards to specifically the accusations made by the Safechuck and Robson, Feldman says (typos corrected):

“I was there around the same time as Jimmy and I saw many kids around (girls included) who I am still friends with to this day. None of us were ever approached by him [Michael] in a sexual way at all! So as much as those two men deserve to have their voices heard, so do the thousands of kids who hung around him that don’t agree!”

He also talks about his knowledge of peadophilia (as mentioned he’s an alleged victim himself) and says that given the opportunity Michael had being along with children, it doesn’t fit the profile that he could have controlled the urges and not abused others. Feldman believe money and abandonment are the key motives from the two accusers.

“Most pedos are serial offenders; they don’t have self control, so given the opportunity, which he certainly had with me and others being alone with no parents around, how did he control those urges so well, while so blatantly sexual with those two boys? It doesn’t really fit the profile.”

He also takes issue with the documentary being completely one sided with no chance of a defense and providing no evidence other than testimony from two accusers who previously in court defended Michael.

In an interview last year with Hip Hop DX, Feldman said of Michael;

“Back then, I would have loved to trade lives with Michael Jackson for just one day. I would do anything. When I was 13, 14, 15, he was it. He was everything. The fact that he was my friend, I just felt so lucky, so honored, what a lucky guy I was to have this amazing pop star at my finger tips basically. I knew one day I could learn and become that great, but those are hard shoes to fill.”

Source: Hip Hop DX / Billie Jean

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