Jul 30 2011

Michael and LaToya: Partners in Prank

Category: Family,Photos,Quotes About MJSeven @ 11:32 pm

Michael and LaToya: The Prank Partners

Michael and LaToya: The Prank Partners

Back on July 20th, I shared with you a story about LaToya playing a prank on Michael that really creeped him out.

This was a common occurrence between them when they were kids by all accounts, including Mrs. Jackson’s. Below is another story about the incessant pranks they played on each other, this one from Katherine Jackson’s book: ‘My Family, The Jacksons‘:

Because they still lived at home, Michael, Janet, and LaToya were especially close. Somehow, Janet and LaToya had the ability to turn my increasingly private, driven son into the lighthearted Michael of old — if only for a little while.

They loved to play practical jokes on one another. Michael especially enjoyed tormenting LaToya with fake spiders and tarantulas. He’d place one of his plastic reatures atop the phone in her room, call her, and listen for her shrieks. Knowing how particular she was about her room, he’d also delight in charging through the door and bouncing off her bed, with its white-satin sheets.

“I’ll teach you to be so picky!” he’d exclaim amid her furious screams.

Having been informed by Michael that he was so proud to be working with Sidney Lumet, LaToya conceived the revenge prank of all time.

One day shortly before Michael left for New York to begin filming, he received a call on his private line from “Mr. Lumet’s secretary.” Mr. Lumet was in the neighborhood, the voice announced, and would be stopping by in five minutes to take him out to dinner.

Michael didn’t know what to do first; he wasn’t dressed, and his room was a mess. Somehow in five minutes he made himself presentable, tidied up, and ran from door to door informing everyone excitedly, “Sidney Lumet is coming to take me to dinner!” He then sat down and waited for our security to inform him that Mr. Lumet had arrived. And Waited. I sat with him; I, too, believed that the director was coming.

Finally, LaToya confessed, “Michael, Sidney Lumet isn’t taking you to dinner. That was me on the phone!”

I’ve never seen Michael so angry. He dragged LaToya outside and wet her from head to toe with the hose.

In the late 1970's, MJ drew this picture of his sister La Toya as a prank

In the late 1970's, Michael drew this picture of his sister La Toya

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Jul 20 2011

Mick Jagger followed Michael’s orders; LaToya put him in a “State of Shock”

Category: Family,Friends,Photos,Quotes About MJSeven @ 1:51 am

State of Shock

State of Shock

A story written just after Michael’s passing includes memories of sound engineer extraordinaire Bruce Swedien. One of those memories is when Mick Jagger and Michael teamed up for recording “State of Shock“.

Says the article:

Mick Jagger didn’t hesitate when Michael Jackson told the Rolling Stones singer to warm up his vocal cords before recording their duet “State of Shock” in 1983.

It was a classic recording session a year after “Thriller” had cemented Jackson’s reputation as the King of Pop, according to an Ocala resident who worked alongside Jackson for two decades.

“Mick didn’t hesitate,” said Bruce Swedien, who recorded and mixed many Jackson albums, including “Off the Wall” and “Thriller” – considered among the best all time.

“By then, everyone knew how good Michael was,” he continued. “If Michael Jackson says warm up, you warm up – even if you are Mick Jagger.”

Swedien also remembers Michael’s perfectionism, professionalism and ultimate preparedness – unlike any other artist he’d ever seen:

Swedien said he normally records a singer about a dozen times before getting enough to mix together a perfect vocal track for an album.

With Jackson, it only took two to four takes. And one of those takes would be perfect on its own. But hours of preparation preceded recording.

They would change lyrics, tempo and pitch, working for days and hours on getting the song just right before finalizing the track. Swedien said Thriller was recorded and completed in six months.

. . . it was Jackson’s talent and drive for perfection that kept the singer practicing all night before a recording.

That’s why a typical recording session started late.

“We were up at the crack of noon,” Swedien said, adding that Jackson never started singing until after he warmed up his voice thoroughly for a typical 10-hour day.

Swedien called Jackson a perfect gentleman and “consummate professional” throughout all the meetings.

“He never drank coffee,” Swedien remembered. “He never drank alcohol. He was a fussy eater. I guess he was what you would call a health nut.”

While some may remember Michael Jackson for his well-publicized idiosyncrasies, Swedien will remember him as one of the best prepared artists he ever worked with.

. . .

“He never came in half-stepping,” Swedien said. “Michael was always prepared. I never recorded Michael when he had the lyrics in front of him.”

Swedien said that Jackson’s dedication to his craft was unique. During album recordings, which would sometimes last more than six months, Jackson rarely rested.

While even Mick Jagger knew and respected who Michael Jackson was, his sister LaToya, who now has a best-selling (NYT) book out titled “Starting Over“, once pretended not to know her brother. In a “turnabout’s fair play” prank LaToya played on her prankster brother Michael, she once shocked him by entering the apartment they shared in NYC and pretending not to know him, demanding to know who he was and why he was in her apartment!

That would not have put Michael into such a “State of Shock” except that Michael had just watched a particular episode of ‘The Twilight Zone“.

From LaToya’s 1990 biography:

While in New York we had a very strange experience. I enjoyed playing practical jokes on Michael, just as he did on me. One evening I attended some function with Dick Gregory, and Michael stayed home to relax watching television. He became absorbed in a Twilight Zone episode about a man who loses his identity. Everyone he thinks he knows treats him like a total stranger, until he begins questioning whether he exists at all. For some reason this story made an impression on Michael, blessed with an active imagination. At the same moment I was inserting the key into the door of our apartment, he was sitting in front of the TV asking himself, Who am I? Am I really real?

Why I did this, I don’t know, but on the spur of the moment I pretended I didn’t recognize Michael, staring at him blank faced and asking, “Who are you? And what are you doing in my house?”

Michael jumped on the sofa, aghast. “What do you mean? I’m Mike!”

“But who are you?”

“I’m Mike!”

“But who are you?” I asked him over and over again.

“Don’t do this to me, LaToya!” he pleaded.

I burst out laughing. “I’m just kidding, you creep,” I said, wondering why he looked so agitated.

“No, you don’t understand.” He gulped for air. “I saw this Twilight Zone episode where a guy loses his identity. And I said to myself, ‘If LaToya comes in here and asks me who I am, I am going to die.’ You almost gave me a heart attack.”

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LaToya Jackson’s autobiography/1990-filming the Wiz in NYC 1977

LaToya Jackson’s autobiography/1990-filming the Wiz in NYC 1977

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Jun 01 2011

Former classmate Kathy Hilton: “there was not a kinder, more generous, loving, sweet, smart…”

Category: Family,Friends,Photos,Quotes About MJ,VideosSeven @ 1:12 pm

Kathy and Paris Hilton on CNN, June 1, 2011

Kathy and Paris Hilton on CNN, June 1, 2011

Today, Michael’s former high school classmate Kathy Hilton shared her memories of Michael with Piers Morgan on CNN.

Below, you can watch the video and read the transcript. CNN has not surprisingly cut off half of the interview after it was originally posted – in particular the part where Kathy insists that Michael wasn’t a drug addict:

Regardless CNN’s efforts to hide half of the interview, you can still see it in its entirety (7+ minutes) here on YouTube (sorry, embedding is disabled):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJQZPhtU7Ho

FULL TRANSCRIPT: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1105/31/pmt.01.html

Transcript excerpt: (the portion of the interview where Kathy discusses her relationship with Michael). Again, notice that besides mentioning what a wonderful father and humanitarian Michael was, Kathy insists that he was not a drug addict – he only had trouble sleeping:

MORGAN: Back with the Hiltons. Kathy, this is fascinating. A lot of people claim to have known Michael Jackson. You actually went to high school with Michael Jackson. And you stayed close friends with him right until the end of his life.

And you’ve never really spoken about him much in public, not that I can see. Tell me about your relationship with him.

K. HILTON: We met when I was 13 and he was 14 and developed a friendship and a bond throughout the years. And we always kept in touch. And then when I moved to New York and he would come, and we’d always go to his concerts. And, you know, we started with — we used to make prank phone calls together. And we were little kids.

We had a really great time. And then he came and visited when Paris was born. And then he ended up living at the —

MORGAN: He was there when Paris was first brought into this world.

K. HILTON: She was just a few months old.

MORGAN: Really?

K. HILTON: He ended up moving into the Waldorf for six months when we were living there for eight years. And right before he died, he was at the Bel Air Hotel, where we were living while we were renovating our home. So he was there about three or four months.

So we got to spend, you know, great time.

MORGAN: We talk about misconceptions with Paris. What were the misconceptions about Michael, do you think?

K. HILTON: Well, there was not a kinder, more generous, loving, sweet, smart, smart — I can’t — the most wonderful father. At the Bel Air, he did not have any nanny at all. And when I’d go to pick up the kids to take them somewhere, he’d be brushing their hair and buttoning up the sweater and just so warm and wonderful.

And I just — I love him. His whole family, they’re a really wonderful, beautiful family.

MORGAN: Where were you when you heard he died?

K. HILTON: I had just come back to the hotel.

MORGAN: How did you hear the news?

P. HILTON: My assistant told me. And I literally fell on the floor. And my sister came and picked me up and we went directly to the house, because I thought the children would be there.

MORGAN: Did you go to the hospital when you —


MORGAN: What was the scene there?

K. HILTON: The children and Mrs. Jackson and all the brothers and sisters and just everybody was in this room. And just crying and hugging each other and just in a daze.

And this is a father that was so with his children. He’s dedicated since they were born to raising and being with them. And then Latoya and Randy took me in to say good-bye.

I think if I hadn’t, I would never quite in my head believe. Because even though he’s a friend, he was such a powerful person.

MORGAN: Was he still alive when you —


MORGAN: Did you say anything?


MORGAN: What did you say?

K. HILTON: I rubbed his head and his arms and his legs and his feet and I just — I told him I love him so much and, you know, whispered some funny things to him, and that was it.

MORGAN: Incredibly sad end to his life, wasn’t it?

K. HILTON: And he was so fabulous at the hotel. Up early every morning, playing with the kids. Really shocking.

MORGAN: Paris, did you know Michael well?

P. HILTON: Yeah, I grew up — just my mom — I remember — one of the first memories I have of him was when my mom took us to the music video set of “Thriller.” And we have the pictures still. I just always loved him. I used to go to his concerts and he’d bring my sister and I on stage and we’d sing up there.

I just always loved him so much. He was such an amazing man.

K HILTON: He said to me, Kathy, I’d like to go see Paris. I said, well, she’s out of town. Well, I’d like to see her recording studio. And I said, OK, all right. And I said just jump in the car. It was like 8:30 at night.

I said we don’t have to get any security right now. Let’s just go. Rick will drive. You jump in the back. And so the kids came and we all went up and we were up there at Paris’.

And he loves to look at everything. So he’s looking at all the pictures on the walls. And he loves art. And in her closet and at all her collections of Pinocchio and Tinkerbell and all that.

And he said she reminds me — she — she’s — what did he say? Something like, she reminds me sometimes a little of the way certain things that I like. And he loved the gold and the frames and —

MORGAN: You took him in the studio.

K. HILTON: I took him in the studio and he got to see everything.

MORGAN: And he was an extraordinary talent, wasn’t he? And he took your name, of course, for one of his children. How did that make you feel?

P. HILTON: I was honored.

MORGAN: Was it a direct result?

K. HILTON: You know, Latoya will tell you the story. When we were younger, we all would say that whoever has the first girl is going to name her Paris. And I had the first girl. So I got to do it first. And then when he had his daughter —

MORGAN: Have you seen the children much since he died?

K. HILTON: I saw them a couple weeks ago. We went out and had dinner. And I can’t believe how big they are. We went over there about three weeks ago.

MORGAN: And are they being well looked after?

K. HILTON: Oh, are you kidding? They’re in a new house and Mrs. Jackson is there. They have an incredible, beautiful home, great security. And we had a big family dinner. They went up and did their homework and came down and showed grandma and had their bath and said good night, grandma, I love you. And it was great to see them.

MORGAN: There’s a kind of feeling because I guess of the impending court actions involving the doctor and his death and everything else, that he’d become sort of a pathetic character in the end, addicted to all this medication and so on. Is that an inaccurate portrayal, do you think?

K. HILTON: Well, I can tell you that when he was at the Bel Air Hotel, there was none — there was none of that. Because I had — he was right underneath where I was. And we talked all the time. In fact, if we would be going somewhere in the daytime, he’d say 1:00 down at the fountain. And if I was five minutes late, he was very on top of it.

And he was with his kids. I believe in my heart that as he got into the concert thing, it was hard for him to sleep probably. He was not a drug addict. He had a problem going to sleep.

I mean, this is not somebody that recreationally would abuse something and I guess the levels went up and up and up.

MORGAN: What do you think his legacy will be, Michael Jackson?

K. HILTON: Well, I think that now that he’s gone, everybody realizes what a good person, all the wonderful things that he’s done for charity. And it’s interesting that we don’t hear — well, I won’t get into any of that, but he’s left three beautiful children.

MORGAN: Who will be his legacy, I think.

K. HILTON: Absolutely.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

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May 21 2011

Austin Brown remembers his uncle Michael

Category: Family,Photos,Quotes About MJSeven @ 9:32 pm

Uncle Michael with nephew Austin Brown

Uncle Michael with nephew Austin Brown

There isn’t a day where I don’t miss or think about the amazing memories you gave me. Your presence is always felt and your love has never left. Most importantly through your life people now see what a genuine, selfless, giving, kind, heart is all about and that’s how I know you expect us to also live our lives. By your example we will do the best we can to always make you proud.

Austin Brown, about his uncle Michael

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May 09 2011

Michael’s innocence: It’s not just Mrs. Jackson’s “opinion”

Category: Family,Justice,VideosSeven @ 6:30 am

Stop. Filthy. Press.

Stop. Filthy. Press.

A few days ago, Mrs. Katherine Jackson appeared on the Today show with Matt Lauer. On that show, Mrs. Jackson said that “the biggest lie that’s ever been told” was that Michael was a pedophile.  After the portion of the program containing Mrs. Jackson’s interview ended, Matt Lauer claimed that this was just Mrs. Jackson’s opinion. But it’s not just Mrs. Jackson’s opinion. It was also the opinion of the DCFS who investigated Michael on and off for a decade, and it was even stated, directly or indirectly by his previous accuser, Jordie Chandler.

I mentioned this issue with Matt Lauer on May 4th, Mrs. Jackson’s birthday.  You’ll find video of the relevant interview in that post.

The next day, May 5th, tabloid RadarOnline posted a story whose headline read: Authorities:TheresNeverBeen EvidenceMichaelJacksonWas APedophile!

I also posted the relevant document from the DCFS on my MJJ-777 Facbook Page on that same day, May 5th.  This is the report RadarOnline and the authorities they spoke of to refer to.

Matt Lauer’s comment deserves a post of its own rather than being buried inside another one, a little background is needed about the DCFS investigation RadarOnline’s article refers to, and there is also the issue of the media’s chosen “angle” regarding Mrs. Jackson’s comments.

Just yesterday I shared with you a great article by Deborah Kunesh of Reflections on the Dance about why there are so many negative stories about Michael in the media and how the media shapes our thinking about things. Deborah has since added this DCFS document to her article, as well. Her article explains just exactly why this document and other facts about these cases against Michael are deliberately ignored – censored, blacked out – by the media.

And remember what Deborah wrote about “angle“? This is a journalistic term used to indicate what an editor, publisher, producer, television station manager, etc. wants a particular story to convey. Right now, the media(loids) are busily conveying the “angle“, or the story, that Mrs. Jackson is entitled to her “opinions” that her son is innocent, but that her “opinions” are that of a “loving mother blinded by love” and who doesn’t know the facts.

But in reality, everything Mrs. Jackson has said can readily be backed up by facts.

You see, this document has been available and had been written about on the internet since 2003.  But the media has largely ignored it. They never mention it. Matt Lauer of course didn’t mention it while exclaiming that Mrs. Jackson’s comments were only her “opinion“.  The media knows that most of the general public are not aware of this report from the DCFS. And they are going to do all they can to ensure the public remains unaware of this document and the other facts surrounding these cases. Why?  Read Deborah’s article.

They’re protecting their profits. They’re protecting the industry they made of characterizing Michael as a freak, weirdo, pedophile, and a drug addict. After 3 or more decades, they are not about to reveal their avarice or their lies. That would destroy their corporate profits and make the media look as if they got their stories wrong or misreported them. It would destroy their credibility. But the truth is, they did misreport them. They continue to misreport them. They have lied and continue to lie – by omission and commission. Because reporting negative and salacious stories about Michael Jackson and his life and death has become a very profitable enterprise for them. They are no doubt salivating at the opportunity to rake in more money off of the Conrad Murray trial – by putting Michael Jackson on trial again instead of his killer. The machinery is already in place and has been for decades.

Here again is that DCFS document, and you can read full articles about it here, and here.

DCFS memo dated November 2003 stating that allegations of sexual abuse were "unfounded". Sneddon pressed charges anyway, after seemingly pressing the Arvizos to change their story after the investigation was done.

DCFS memo dated November 2003 stating that allegations of sexual abuse were "unfounded". Sneddon pressed charges anyway, after seemingly pressing the Arvizos to change their story after the investigation was done.

This DCFS investigation actually concluded in Feburary 2003. This report was released in November 2003 – after charges against Michael were filed. The Arvizos had changed their stories between February and November of 2003. But why?

What happened between February 2003 and November 2003? Why did their stories change so drastically?

This investigation was completed and filed before the family changed their mind and decided to extort money from Michael once they found out that they were on their way out due to their destruction of some of Michael’s property at Neverland. They had begun to feel entitled to his hospitality and generosity even though they had abused their privileges there and frankly, worn out their welcome. That sense of entitlement is mentioned in Larry Nimmer’s film “The Untold Story of Neverland“. And, Tom Sneddon’s team were very persuasive in getting them to change their stories because Sneddon had a decades-long agenda of his own — and that was to get Michael Jackson in prison, no matter how he had to go about it.

It’s also worth mentioning that Janet Arvizo was a known grifter, that she had extorted money from JC Penny, and that she had been convicted of Medicare fraud. She would have been an easy target for Sneddon’s agenda and she likely was.

That this family’s story changed so drastically between February and November 2003 is something that should make any sensible person question the validity of these charges against Michael. It should also have caused the media to question it as well and to do some investigative reporting. But – as is their policy, they don’t report on any information that is exculpatory ie: that would exonerate Michael. Thus, you never heard of this document even though it’s been out there for years.

In regards to the 1993 case, Mrs. Jackson also has remarked that Jordie Chandler said that he lied about Michael. She stated that Jordan Chandler admitted that his father was only after money and that Michael Jackson never did anything to him. Yet Mrs. Jackson was accused by Rich Juzwiak in this TV Guide article of “clinging to a document of questionable veracity“. Juzwiak further asserted that Mrs. Jackson was “just a loving mother who is blinded by love“.

This is how the media are now attempting to portray Mrs. Jackson. As just a grieving mother taking up for her beloved son by desperately clinging to anything she can find. This is their “angle“. But Mrs. Jackson was stating facts. Not opinion. Not “blind love“, and not anything of ‘questionable veracity‘.

The Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services absolutely agrees with Katherine that her son never molested any child in cases the department investigated. Michael was fully cooperative during all of his interactions with DCFS. Michael was interviewed for hours without his lawyer. He held nothing back. He couldn’t understand why these allegations were being made against him. DCFS cleared him on any wrongdoing in ALL investigations.

Let’s also take a little deeper look at what Jordie Chandler told DCFS investigators in 1993:

Minor stated he and his father met with Michael Jackson and attorneys for father and Mr. Jackson and confronted him with allegations in an effort to make a settlement and avoid a court hearing.

-Jordan Chandler to Ms. Rosato in his DFCS interview in August 1993

There is no questioning the “veracity” of the statement directly above. It’s documented and on record — and it’s clearly extortion.

In addition to the DCFS’s conclusions, Tom Mesereau had multiple witnesses ready to testify that Jordie Chandler had told several people exactly what Mrs. Jackson claimed: That he had lied about Michael and that Michael had never touched him in any sexual way. Jordie refused to testify at the trial in 2005, choosing to flee the country instead. However, had he agreed to testify, Mr. Mesereau had multiple witnesses ready to testify that Jordie Chandler told them he lied about Michael Jackson because his parents made him do it.

In the video below Tom Mesereau discusses “1108 evidence” and how the State wanted to present previous allegations. The whole video is extremely informative but please carefully listen at 1:56.

Tom Mesereau states:

“... he’s the one that got a settlement in the early 90’s, my understanding is the Prosecutors tried to get him to show up, and he wouldn’t, if he had I had witnesses who were gonna come in and say he told them that it never happened and that he wouldn’t talk to his parents for what they made him say..and it turned out that he went into court and got legal emancipation – his mother came in a testified that she hadn’t talked to him in eleven years…

From Vindicate MJ, Josephine Zohny was one of the potential witnesses for the defense in the 2005 trial, and her name can be found in the witness list. What she had to say was this: during a conversation regarding Michael Jackson’s allegations, Jordan Chandler expressed the belief that the singer was innocent, and when he referred to his father, he said that he had a poor relationship with him, and he made him do things he didn’t want to do.

The only thing that Mrs. Jackson said that may be incorrect is that Jordie publicly confessed that MJ was innocent. The truth is that Jordie said this privately to his friends. But a recant is a recant whether done in public or private. The point is, Jordie’s friends were willing to testify under oath about what he said to them – as stated by Mr. Mesereau in the video above. Jordie was not willing to go to court however. He refused to testify in both 1993 and in 2005 which along with the Arvizos gross inconsistencies, ought to bring into question his allegations against Michael, as well.

Whether Jordie Chandler recanted in public or private does not in any way diminish the fact that what Katherine said is essentially true. To focus on her statement as “lacking in veracity” when the base essence of it is absolutely true, is to ignore the outrageous inconsistencies in this case against Michael as a means of deliberate distraction. This method of distraction is also an oft-used tactic of the establishment media in their endeavor to shape public opinion against a person. In this case, Michael Jackson.

Chandler had also stated that he “feared cross-examination” in that 2005 trial ie: that he feared his lies would be exposed. If there were any truth to his allegations against Michael, this would not have been a factor. After all, remembering details of a story you told 12 years ago can be very difficult. Unless the story is true. But the problem is, it wasn’t. Most people would agree that remembering the details of a fabricated story is much more difficult than remembering something that actually happened.

Vindicate MJ covers the DCFS report as well. Their write-up details the animosity between the LAPD/Tom Sneddon and the DCFS, with Sneddon complaining of DCFS’s ‘shoddy work‘. The LAPD apparently had tried to oust DCFS from working on the 1993 case. But DCFS stubbornly continued their investigations which as their article states, was seemingly very thorough. The DCFS looked into every detail of the graphic story Jordie Chandler told them. To analyse the case, the top DCFS authority was even summoned from his vacation. And, once allegations were made in 1993, the DCFS stayed on the case investigating every allegation that surfaced.

Still, they concluded that allegations against Michael were unfounded.

Michael was under investigation by the DCFS on and off for over a decade, starting from allegations in 1993 up until the 2003-2005 trial. DCFS had to eventually drop the case in 2003 because the Arvizos couldn’t get their story straight. Speaking of “questionable veracity“, this information about the Arvizo’s ever-changing and inconsistent stories, along with the fact that Jordie Chandler refused to testify at all in either case, ought to bring into question the veracity of these allegations against Michael Jackson.

But instead of the media questioning those, they question Mrs. Jackson, her knowledge, her motives, and worst of all, Michael’s innocence. Even after he was fully acquitted.

But wait. There’s more. Remember those humiliating photos of Michael’s private parts? It’s unknown whether DCFS looked at those photos or did any comparison. But, we do know full well that if they were found by Sneddon’s team or the LAPD to match Jordie Chandler’s description, Tom Sneddon would have been prancing around in front of television cameras lambasting the DCFS’s “shoddy work” because they had not discovered this themselves.

However that didn’t happen — because the photos did not match – something that is now confirmed since Michael’s tragic death almost two years ago.

At that time though, there was only one tiny snippet regarding the issue of these photos not matching Jordie’s description in the media. It is as follows:

Photos may contradict Michael’s accuser

USA TODAY (pre-1997 Fulltext). McLean, Va.: J an 28, 1994

Copyright USA Today Information Network Jan 28, 1994

An unidentified source told Reuters news service Thursday that photos of Michael Jackson’s genitalia do not match descriptions given by the boy who accused the singer of sexual misconduct. If so, this could weaken any possible criminal actions against the singer. Already, speculation that the 14-year-old boy may not be willing to cooperate with officials is swirling. The boy’s civil suit was settled out of court this week. The boy’s lawyers say the settlement does not preclude the teen from testifying in a criminal case, though prosecutors cannot force him to testify against his will. Lawyers for both sides could not be reached for comment Thursday.

http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/USAToday/55226686.html?did=55226686&FMT=ABS&FMTS=FT& desc=Photos+may+contradict+Michael%27s+accuser

This is by no means an exhaustive exposé on all the details of these cases. However, as you can see, regardless of the media’s “angle” on Mrs. Jackson’s recently-made statements about Michael’s innocence, everything she has claimed can be backed up by the facts surrounding these cases. Katherine Jackson may be a grieving mother, but she’s not stupid. She knows her son, and she knows all about these allegations against him. She was in that courtroom every day in 2005. What parent wouldn’t if he was their child? And what parent wouldn’t be in that courtroom every day representing their son in the Murray case?

Be aware of the “angle” being used in these media broadcasts and stories. Know the facts. Someone has a blind spot, certainly. But it’s not Mrs. Jackson. It’s the establishment media. And it’s deliberate. And certainly the ‘veracity‘ of some information in regards to these cases ought to be questioned. Specifically, much of that which comes from the establishment media. Don’t buy what they’re trying to sell you about Michael Jackson or his mother without questioning the ‘veracity’ of it. Don’t let your family or friends buy it wholesale either.

What happened to truth? Did it go out of style?
— Michael Jackson
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{ Thanks to Vindicate MJ, Deborah of ROTD and my friends at MJJJustice for providing details I’ve included in this article  -Seven }

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