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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
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


Review: Ola Ray Was Michael Jackson's Love Interest In 'Thriller'. She Says His Spirit Visits Her.
11-07-'19

Ola RayIt was the cinematic music clip that ran for 14 minutes – changing the world of pop forever from its release date in 1983.

Featuring dance moves that have lived on for decades through drunk people’s sloppy attempts to emulate them, Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller' film clip is, by every definition, iconic.

The music video was also the first time fans saw Michael in an onscreen romance, as he danced down the deserted street to a zombie-filled graveyard with former Playboy playmate Ola Ray.

Now 58, Ola Ray popped up in the headlines only twice more after the film clip dropped.

In 1992, she was arrested for drug possession, claiming the attention she received after the popularity of the film clip was at the root of her substance use, and in 2009, she sued the Jackson estate for breach of contract.

The former model has penned a book about her time working with the controversial star, titled 'The Thrill Of It', and on Thursday morning, she spoke to Studio 10 about the two weeks spent with the King of Pop, touching on the darkness that followed her short-lived fame.

“I had a lot of people always coming to my house,” she told Craig Bennett of life after the film clip exploded onto screens around the world.

Ray recalls her audition for the film clip:

"When he started to play Thriller, I got so excited," she said of meeting with her agent.

Two weeks later, she scored the role thousands of women had dreamt of, and soon became the source of rumours that her relationship with Jackson was more than just as co-stars.

"Well in a way it was like a real romance," she says of the time spent filming.

"Everyone felt that love. We made it very special."

Earlier this year, the former model told Daily Mail she had a "fling" with the controversial pop star.

“I kissed him for the first time on the set, I kissed him on the cheek, then he asked me to come into his dressing room one day and I went in there and we sat down and had a conversation and we got really close and that's when he kissed me the second time," she told the publication.

“It was a very passionate kiss and, you know, we also did a little something else, but that's all I'm gonna say.”

“I'll just tell you this much,” she added. “He undressed in front of me, I'm not going to tell you anymore about it – you've got to read my book.”

But while she only saw the popstar once more after filming wrapped, The Sun reports it wasn't the last the family would hear from her.

Shortly after Jackson's death in 2009, Ray claimed she had been underpaid from her role in the video and was struggling to get by as a result.

Ray said she was paid around $3400 for her role in the video, but didn’t get another payment for at least two years even though she had signed a lucrative contract.

She also said she was promised 2.5 per cent of the royalties from the Thriller video, but when Jackson died, her contract was changed and she was tricked into signing a settlement agreement.

Ray claimed she was owed millions of dollars in back pay dating 35 years since the video was released.

The case was settled in 2013 by the Jackson estate. It's believed she received almost AUD$80,000 after she claimed her contract had been breached, according to TMZ.

Rather bizarrely, that same year the former model paid tribute to the iconic 'Thriller' film clip in one of her own, set to a track called 'Remember'.

It featured re-enactments of a number of the clip's sequences, including one featuring three zombies walking through a wood, while flashing back to snippets of the old footage.

Ray had also attempted to recreate the dance moves made famous by the late singer.

On Studio 10, when asked of the sexual assault allegations against Jackson by a number of men who claim they were molested by him as boys, she says she frankly "didn't believe it".

The allegations have been thrust into headlines again this year after the 'Leaving Neverland' documentary, which uncovered the claims of Wade Robson and James Safechuck.

"It was horrifying to watch from afar (but) to this day I don't think he was capable of doing that," Ray says.

"Michael made me feel so comfortable with him always laughing and joking. He was so funny," she recalls.

At the end of the interview, she added that she has felt his presence on more than one occasion.

"I've had a lot of different experiences with Michael's spirit. He has come back to me so many times."

Source: Mamamia / Billie Jean


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