Oct 30th 2015 UPDATE: Andre Vann aka Gepetto Jackson, Pluto Willaims, Quran Muhammad, Koran Muhammad arrested again according to Metro West Daily News –
Part 2 of our expose on the Bogus Brandon Howard DNA reports, this part will be dedicated to having a look back to see where this idea to become Michael Jackson son all began.
“What’s going on here? It’s an individual who learned to perpetrate a great scam and is not giving up on it,” said DiSpagna. (See full report by HankPhillipi below)
How are Brandon Howard and Gepetto Jackson connected and why are they perpetuating the same “I am son of a famous Jackson, but I never said it outright” scam? Below are some facebook images that Brandon Howard uploaded alongside iconic images of Michael Jackson for comparison. Is there any doubt through his mimicry of Michael Jackson’s mannerisms and posting of these pics that he is screaming that he is Michael’s child? Only difference between Gepetto and Brandon is that Brandon is looking for a much larger piece of pie.
“Sounds like fraud to me” Howard Weitztman
A little history to start – In October 23 2007, Brandon Howard had worked with Lupe Fiasco and produced Fiasco’s Kick, Push II. Important to note, prior to June 2009, Brandon never insinuated or proffered the idea, either by allowing others to assume or assert it for him or by changing his appearance and behavior, that he was Michael Jackson’s son. Nor did Brandon’s music partner Gepetto Jackson, ever make any such claims that he was Jermaine’s son, until Brandon began the ruse.
Note the haircut of Gepetto in the little box – notice how he’s got it squared off at the top to make him look more like Jermaine? This little enhancement plus the shades is an element of the visual ruse both he and Brandon utilize on their facebook accounts. Brandon is a little more sophisticated and has perfected Michael’s mannerisms and will incorporate subtle imagery for good measure. During his inteview with PearlJr., he wore the MJ shaped shades even for the indoor interview, just like Michael did and he sips tea, just like Michael did.
Brandon’s father, August Johnson said after Brandon’s success in Japan the idea of “mystery” paternity took hold and that Brandon would not answer any questions regarding who is father might be. In keeping a timeline it can be supposed that the idea hatched after June 2009, took shape during his presenting his Genesis in 2010 Japan, the ambigious answers during interviews during 2011/2012, posting pics that insinuate a biological connection to Jackson family, then the final media announcement came to fruition in March 2014 with the help of tabloid TMZ, Alki David, Corey Feldman and Dr. Johnny Feelgood.
According to “Smitty Bandz’s” March 7, 2014 video, he claims that he’s worked with Brandon Howard and Gepetto Jackson producing music since 2008. Again, BHoward along with Gepetto Jackson. aka Mr. Vann, aka Showcase, aka Pluto Williams, and as far as a Channel 9 news report goes aka a conman arrested for larcency, have been working together since 2008.
We transcribed Smitty Bandz interesting “facts” –
6:40 “We’ve been working hard with BHoward and the Jacksons since 2008-
6:58 “Gepetto Jackson …I was working with Gepetto when he was with the Neptunes and on stage with Pharrel and all that and everything was crazy . . . and even then he was with B.Howard …we had the Candy Fresh*- B.Howard was in the Candy Fresh even back then and back then they were with the Jacksons”
7:19 “It’s always been a question if the Jackson affliation was real.”
7:46 “Who else can get that close to the Jacksons for one, as far as Gepetto situation?”
8:01 “as far as B’s situation, they said he went to Hayvenhurst on weekends and summers…now he never said that that’s his dad, EVER, he never use his name …”
8:50 “It is what it is.”
OR is it ?
REALITY- In our first report “BOGUS- DNA Proves Brandon Howard to be Michael Jackson’s Son” we detailed statements of Miki Howard prior to and after the June 25th 2009. She has never wavered nor changed details of her life from interview to interview. While it’s true Miki Howard stated in her “UnSung” interview that her sons were picked up and brought to Hayvenhurst on weekends, she never mentioned “Summers” as Bandz claims. She did say her sons were picked up and taken care of “as if they were a Jackson” on weekends. In more than one interview, she has also stated that August Johnson is the paternal father of Brandon and his brother Nicholas.
Why are the words of Miki Howard and the assertions of August Johnson that HE is the father of Brandon Howard being summarily dismissed? August Johnson confronted Alki David during an Inside Edition and demanded a DNA test and said he was Brandon’s father in an interview with NYDailyNews. “My son’s a good actor.. ” Augie Johnson is quoted in another article. Will Alki David have cameras rolling on that process of Johnson DNA test as well? Will TMZ give them a table with the David’s company logo splashed on the wall? Will Corey Feldman be on hand for another “private” moment of BHoward’s. We highly doubt it.
Back to Smitty’s “facts”- he uses the term “with the Jacksons” What exactly does this mean? Yes, there are group photos that show Gepetto and Brandon with Michael’s neices and nephews. Also Gepetto posted a picture with Jermaine on his facebook and Brandon with the brothers of Michael Jackson.
Does being photographed with Jackson family members make you biologically related to them? We highly doubt it as they commonly take pictures with fans from all over the world. According to Stamford police reports “Vann stated, “no” Jermaine Jackson was not his father, he just hangs around with the Jacksons so people think he is.” (see Hank Phillipi report below)
REALITY -The Jacksons have also denied that there is any truth to any blood relation to Brandon. Jermaine spoke to authorities, after Gepetto got arrested for conning people out of thousands of dollars and told them Gepetto is NOT related to him. It is a federal crime to make a false claim to authorities and the denial of Jermaine Jackson should be taken as fact. Yet, Gepetto is STILL aggressively beating on the Jackson bloodline door even more than Brandon AND its all innuendo from the both of them with the same theme, “Secret Son”-
Check out the trailer “Secret Son” some of the dialogue could come straight from Brandon Howard’s recent denial video. Which one of these “cousins” came up with the idea of claiming a famous Jackson as their father first?
The “documentary” word shared by Gepetto & Brandon-
“This spring, I agreed to be a part of a documentary with FilmOn.TV and was asked to give a sample of my DNA. Even though I agreed to this I never expected it to be used in this manner. To this day, I have never claimed to be Michael Jackson’s son nor do I have any intention of pursuing the family’s estate.” – Brandon Howard
Brandon Howard will not pursue the MJEstate because he knows he has NO legitmate or legal claim to do so because the DNA test and results were BOGUS. Brandon states he never self-avowed to be Michael’s son but takes every chance to infer either by vague answers to PearlJr or ambiguiously hint with photos posted on his facebook that link directly to Michael Jackson.
The inference cannot be denied either with the silhouette above, purposefully posed or Brandon’s picture below to strongly imply he is heir to the King of Pop’s throne.
This is not the first time someone has claimed to be the son of one of the Jackson brothers and it most probably won’t be the last. However, Brandon Howard along with his partner in scams, Gepetto Jackson have just taken it up a notch using tabloid media as a tool to cement their claims with images, false statements to victims, and ambiguous answers to interviewers.
When asked directly on Sway Shade radio “Who is your daddy?” Brandon answers “Ask Corey”. What kind of answer is that? A non-answer, a “mystery” answer, that’s what kind and the kind that raises doubts. That is what is so geniusly devious about the non-answer. Corey Feldman, who is seemingly as deelply engaged in this farce as Brandon and has situated himself front and center during the fake “DNA reveal” on TMZ is being used as a front man. Corey claims Brandon is a “private man” but participated in this sham spectacle claiming to be a long time friend of Michael Jackson’s and now a friend of Brandon.
Perplexingly, some Michael Jackson fans have been eager to accept the idea of Michael Jackson having this “secret son” and are turning a blind eye to what Corey Feldman, the promoter of this idea, has said in the past regarding Michael Jackson. It was during the 2005 trial that Corey Feldman used Michael Jackson to garner some media attention only at that time it was insinuations of a negative tilt. Now here Corey Feldman is trying to use Michael Jackson again and has attached himself to Brandon Howard who claims that he’s been dubbed Prince of Pop, as Michael’s “son”. Just recently Corey was quoted as saying his time with Michael Jackson was the most “innocent” of his life.
It’s clear Feldman will swing which ever the proverbial wind blows to get himself some attention- to tag onto Michael Jackson or his so-called “son” Brandon Howard. Just who is using who is the biggest mystery when it comes to these two. Check the tweet from the twitter account B. Howard STAFF thanking Corey Feldman for keeping things “accurate”
It is always a good thing to connect dots and look at timelines to understand any situation and the players involved in perpetuating fraud and that is what Howard Weiztman of the MJEstate believes. “It sounds like a fraud to me,” Weitzman told the Daily News Thursday as noted Howard’s overall relevance in relation to Jackson. “I’ve never heard of the man. He’s never made any claims with the estate or with any recognized tribunal that I’m aware of.”
Unfortunately, the Jacksons are not the only celebrity family being used and taken in by smooth talking grifters. Smitty claims that Brandon was also part of Candy Fresh “even back then” – So was he part of getting black celebrity kids to wear the clothing based on the insinuated connection between them and the Jacksons? In 2009, a website Blackcelebkids posted a article “Celeb Kids Love Candy Fresh Clothing” a set of pictures depicting unsuspecting marks being used as promotional tools.
Even Jermaine’s child Jaafar sported the Candy Fresh item as a product endorsement- What better was to insinuate that Gepetto is also Jermaine’s prodigy than to make it appear that your little “brother” promotes it?
Yet we are seeing, even now, Gepetto Jackson still scamming by posting ads on instagrams trying to hustle models to wear the clothing for ads for this non-company.
While visiting a Twitter account ExposingFakes07 the above screencaps were found which are complaints from models. Perusing this twitter account, proclamations of Gepetto Jackson as being “2nd Generation Jackson” and promoting his tour will also be found. He gets his picture taken with multiple musicians and song writers then post the images and claims to be “working” with them or “signed” by them or in “contract” with legitimate entities.
But is the Gig Up, as they say?
February 28, 2014 Hank Phillipi Ryan investigated Geppeto Jackson -please read this full report – Excerpt:
According to police reports, this guy gets people to give him money for his business ventures by telling them he’s “Gepetto Jackson.” Jermaine Jackson’s secret son and Michael Jackson’s nephew.
Michael Jackson’s nephew? Stamford, Connecticut police investigating Vann told me: no way.
“It’s not true,” said Detective Peter DiSpagna, Stamford, Connecticut Police.
“You know that?”
“We spoke to the Jackson camp,” Detective DiSpagna said.
These Stamford police reports say: Vann stated, “no” Jermaine Jackson was not his father, he just hangs around with the Jacksons so people think he is.
And his Facebook pages are a gallery of Jackson-abilia!
And seems like it works, victims in several states say they’ve given the phony Jackson a total of at least a hundred thousand dollars.
“What’s going on here? It’s an individual who learned to perpetrate a great scam and is not giving up on it,” said DiSpagna.
Anita, who lives in Worcester, says she gave “Gepetto Jackson” fifteen thousand dollars.
“I’m embarrassed, I’m humiliated,” Anita said.
She says “Gepetto Jackson” told her the money was for his album, tour, and to finish his movie called “Secret Son.” He even taped an IOU promising to pay her back. But so far she says he has not.
Again, the “Secret Son” documentary movie scheme pops up it’s weary head.
Smitty Bandz claims Brandon Howard was “in Candy Clothing” – So there are many unanswered questions –
When will these Brandon Howard and Gepetto Jackson intertwined scams end ?
How much is Brandon Howard still involved in Candy Fresh Clothing Scam now?
Just which one of these scammers gave the other the idea of claiming a famous Jackson as their dad first? Stay tuned.
As Corey Feldman tweeted to an MJAdvocate – We will learn the “sickening truth” soon enough. “Sickening” seems to be a rather odd adjective for Corey Feldman to have used for what he believes to be such a joyous triumph for Brandon. Sometimes against all designs, truth eeks it’s way out of the mouths of liars.
It’s very sad that some feel that their own talent and dedication will not garner them the success their desire in life, but to perpetuate a thought based on obfuscational devices, duplicity, and contrivance as Brandon Howard and Gepetto Jackson have done is beyond the pale.
Brandon has a pic on his facebook holding a sign that says BE YOU-
We only wish he would take his own advice.
To counter Smitty Bandz statement “it is what it is” we say-
-It is what it is, except when it ain’t –