The Michael Jackson Allegations Blog

For decades, the media has given the public a false narrative that is biased against Michael Jackson. They have told half-truths wrapped up in semi-factual information to brainwash an unsuspecting public into believing Michael Jackson was guilty of child molestation. We wanted to share with our subscribers a great blog that focuses solely on the Allegations made against Michael. We think it’s a great research that cites sources and allows the reader to come to logical conclusion based solely on factual information regarding the 1993 allegations, the 2005 trial and the failed attempt of Wade Robson to bring a case against Michael’s Estate & companies.

We have posted just a snippet of the blog section entitled “The 1993 Allegations” with a link to the full article. The site was created December of 2016 and we’d like you to promote it on all MJfan sites as well as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram accounts. Please be sure to read it and visit the site often – We must arm ourselves with facts if we wish to push back against the media’s desire to keep the false narrative in place-

This is the ultimate mission of MJJJusticeProject.

We will from time to time be reblogging other articles from this site . We find it to be the most succinct collection of factual information and it focuses solely on the allegations. We want to promote it because it’s important to understand the complexity of all the players involved in the false narrative about Michael Jackson. We consider it a vital bookmark.

The Michael Jackson Allegations

The 1993 Allegations

On August 17, 1993 the Los Angeles police department opened an investigation against Michael Jackson based on an allegation that he sexually molested a 13-year-old boy called Jordan Chandler.  In this section of our website we will discuss the Chandler case in-depth. We decided to go along a timeline which hopefully will make it easier to follow the events as they unfolded and to put them into a context.

While you go along with the timeline you will find links to longer articles. These articles explain the events listed in the timeline in-depth and they are essential for understanding the Chandler allegations against Michael Jackson. In the timeline we may cite one article several times if it is deemed relevant to several events. Our sources are listed at the end of each article.


May 1992 – Michael Jackson meets his later accuser Jordan Chandler and his family at a car rental agency owned by the boy’s stepfather David Schwartz, after the singer’s car breaks down on Wilshire Boulvard, Los Angeles. Schwartz offers Jackson a deal: he would rent him a car for free if Jackson promises to call Jordan who was a big fan of the star. Jackson accepts the deal and calls Jordan a couple of days later. He and the boy’s family become friends.

For details about this encounter and an introduction to the Chandler family see: Michael Jackson’s first accuser – meet the Chandler family!

May 1992-January 1993 – Jackson keeps a telephone contact with Jordan and the boy’s mother June Chandler. According to the Chandlers’ recollections Jackson called them about 8-10 times during this period, so approximately once a month. According to June Chandler she was present throughout all of the phone calls.

February 1993 – Jordan Chandler, his mother and his younger sister visit Neverland for the first time.

March 1993 – June and Jordan Chandler again visit the ranch in March. According to June, on several occasions Jordan asked her if he could sleep in Michael Jackson’s bedroom, because all the other kids were there. She described Jordan as being very pushy about this on a number of occasions but she did not allow him. Jordan did, however, play up in Jackson’s room until 2:00am before returning to his guest room.

March 28-April 1993 – Jackson invites June, Jordan and Jordan’s sister to Las Vegas where they stay at the Mirage Hotel. From then on the family frequently visits Neverland, Jackson’s Century City condo and goes with him on trips in and outside of the USA. The Chandlers claim Jordan and Jackson began sharing a bedroom at this Las Vegas trip, although they do not claim any abuse right away.





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MJGlobal Family Wants Michael Jackson Avenue in Detroit

In mid May 2018, the MJGlobal family celebrated the announcement that the City of Detroit was planning to dedicate a portion of Randolph Street, in the theatre district, by renaming it  Michael Jackson Avenue. However, quite unexpectedly, by mid June 2018,we were heartbroken  when according to Detroit Free Press city announced the plans were suddenly scrapped. Seems it was his own siblings that threw a wrench into these plans to honor Michael, their own brother. A sad and shameful display of shortsightedness and ego. See MJVibe article.

The brothers may not want to honor the little brother that brought them great success with his naturally gifted talent but WE DO .

We urge the MJGlobal family to be actively involved in a massive world wide Twitter/email/letter campaign- 

Michael’s brothers should have no say in whether or not Detroit names a street after Michael. After all that he has endured in our country, when a major city like Detroit wishes to honor him there should be no hesitation in making it happen. His influnece across the globe is undeniable. With every video we see of children emulating his dance, every choir, graduation class or symphony celebrating his music, fashion designers copying his way of dress. It is only right that Detroid honor him as HE is a cultrual ICON and should be treated as such.

A brief history for people who don’t know the Jackson 5 to solo artist Michael Jackson saga. [Skip this if you’re well versed in Michael Jackson and his J5 history and go directly to Campaign Goal section]

Michael the youngest and most talented of the group was lead vocal and he mesmerized Berry Gordy, with his voice and dancing skill. Jermaine stated  “without Jackson 5, Michael Jackson wouldn’t exist” but WE and millions of other Michael Jackson advocates will tell you “Without Michael Jackson, Jackson 5 would not exist”  Berry Gordy, already had signed Stevie Wonder and he wasn’t keen on dealing with more young stars. However, despite these misgivings he finally relented to the pleadings of Suzanne DePasse and met with Jackson 5. After watching little dynamo Michael, Berry Gordy, signed them Motown Records. The hits poured forth, one after another – A list of Top Ten Jackson 5 songs –

With Michael as leader and front man, the Jackson 5 broke records and made many hits for Motown— but Michael Jackson also had that extra oomph, and Berry wanted to explore his chances as a solo artist. Please read, Classic Motown article that explores Michael’s early years as member of Jackson 5 and also his prominence as a solo performer under tutelage of Berry Gordy. Motown Label link

Campaign Goal

Our goal is to have the MJGlobal family impress upon the Detroit City Council the need to continue with their plans to honor Michael Jackson with Michael Jackson Avenue. Michael not only deserves this honor because he was part of the Jackson 5 but because he had his own solo career at Motown and was a mega talented young boy who developed into a world wide Mega Star- There is no other artist that can measure up to Michael Jackson’s status as an entertainer, or any other celebrity who has done as much for humanity all over the planet through his impressive philanthropy.

What To Do

Use contact informaiton of Detroit City Council members below:

LIST of City Council Members names, districts, phone numbers, emails and twitter accounts if available

EMAIL and CALL EACH ONE and Tweet to the ones with Twitter Accounts

Hell even FAX them if you feel so inclined !!

Make is crystal clear that Michael Jackson fans are ready to visit Detroit as a destination just to have our picture taken with his street sign. Every year, Michael Jackson fans visit the United States from all over the world, for the Michael Weeks that include June 25h and August 29th. This destination in Detroit would be a possible MJfan draw, along with the Hitsville Museum, and it could potentially boost Detroit’s tourism numbers substantially.

This August 29th 2018 is also Michael Jackson 60th Birthday and it would be a wonderful day to appropriately honor him for all that he has done, not only for Motown, Detroit but for the world in general. Making a day to celebrate and presenting Michael Jackson Ave to his children Prince, Paris and Blanket would also bring Michael Jackson fans to the city. Don’t forget Motown 25th Anniversary was Michael’s coronaiton.

Implore and Insist that they reinstate the plan to rename part of Randoph St to Michael Jackson Avenue –


Detroit City Council members on Twitter
Tweet to each one  @CouncilmnSpivey, @MsMarySheffield, @Raquel4Detroit, @Scottinthe3rd, @CouncilmanTate, @gcush, @Ayers4Detroit, and @gabeleland

At Large – Council President Brenda Jones (313) 224-1245 (office), (313) 224-4095 (fax),TTY 711 or (800) 649-3777


Contact Person: Stephen Grady, Chief of Staff (313) 224-1245
Scheduling Appointments: Jerline Simmons, Executive Assistant (313) 224-1245,

At Large – Janee Ayers (313) 224-4248 (office) (313) 224-1524 (fax)

District 2 – Council President Pro Tempore George Cushingberry Jr. (313) 224-4535 (office), (313) 224-1524 (fax), TTY 711 or (800) 649-3777,

District 1 – James Tate (313) 224-1027 (office), (313) 224-0372 (fax), TTY 711 or (800) 649-3777,

District 3 – Scott Benson (313) 224-1198 (office), (313) 224-1684 (fax), TTY 711 or (800) 649-3777,

District 4 – André L. Spivey (313) 224-4841 (office), (313) 224-0369 (fax), TTY 711 or (800) 649-3777,

District 5 – Mary Sheffield (313) 224-4505 (office), (313) 224-0367 (fax), TTY 711 or (800) 649-3777,

District 6 – Raquel Castaneda-Lopez (313) 224-2450 (office), (313) 224-1189 (fax), TTY 711 or (800) 649-3777,

District 7 – Gabe Leland (313) 224-2151 (office), (313) 224-2155 (fax), TTY 711 or (800) 649-3777,


The Michael Jackson Social Network is the LARGEST ON EARTH, bar none. Let’s use our collective power as we did before, when his name was restored to Garner School Auditortium after a massive  year long letter writing campaign and  our  petition against  and MJEstate letter of condemnation the Discovery program did not air.   The Michael Jackson Global family is strong and each year, infused with a new generation of young people who understand that his musical genius is only eclipsed by his humanitarian legacy – He deserves this recognition. 


MJ Advocates.. it’s just not enough for us to email, call and Tweet incessantly-  We must notify other fan groups on Twitter, facebook or instagram to also get involved-

Below is a draft list of Michael Jackson Accounts – Some are groups and some are individuals with large followings and on Twitter/Facebook  –

We would appreciate any instagram accounts you can supply and other Twitter and Facebook acounts that we have overlooked. If you know of some to add PLEASE tell us the names and links in he comment section bekiw. However, pls be sure that the groups you suggest are active – we found many that haven’t been active from one year to up to 7 yrs ..

If you are a member of ANY Michael Jackson Twitter or facebook group listed or unlisted below, please post share this article link and/or the Twitlonger with a short blurb about the Campaign. 

Urge others to get involved by tweeting about the campaign. Translate this article and post it in the comment section ..We will create another link for it –

MJFRANCE -2100+ facebook (twitter is inactive)

MJslegacy, Twitter @MJsLegay 1500+followers
Facebook –
website –

MJBackstage – Twitter – @MJBackstage 7300+ Followers

MJFanSquare – Twitter @mjfansquare 411 Followers

MJJSite Twitter @MJJSite 14K+ Followers

SWIFT Twitter @GMJHDvideos – 4400+ Followers

MJ Memorial Germany — @MJJMemorial 787 Followers

FunkyMoondancer – @GastonFranco 745 Followers
(organizes the NYC art exhibit MJ Party Night every year)

MJinArabic Twitter @MJinArabic 7200+ Followers

Michael Jackson Innocent Facebook

All For The Love Blog — Prof. Raven Woods- Twitter @emailraven

LA Corte del ray Pop\
MJVibe Twitter @Mjvibe 674 Followers
(Pez Dan coordinates Mjvibe KingVention — @Pezdann 981 Followers

Genius Michael Jackson Polish

MJ Venezuela – Twitter @MJJFansVnzla 1600+Followers

MJBeats – Brazil TWitter @MjBeats 14K+followers

MJFans Espana @MJFansEspana 900 Followers

MJJLegion @MJJLegion 79K followers(Backup for MJJLegion Twitter @MJJ_Legion 14.5K)

MJJCommunity Twitter @MJJCommuntiy – 49K+followers

Michael Jackson Chinese Fan Community .

MichaelJackson Filipino Fanclub Worldwide
facebook -

MJfanclub Israel – @MJISRL 50Followers

Egypt Michael Jackson — Cairo Egypt Group MJ FanClub Italy,

VindcateMJ @vindicatemj

VindicateMJ2.0 – @sanemjfan 4900Followers

As always MJJJP appreciates being a small cog in the HUGE Michael Jackson Global Machine … Let’s Come Together over Michael

Much love to you all.


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How Harvey Weinstein Used Gossip, AJBenza & Tabloid Head, Dylan Howard to Cover Up His Sexual Scandals

Dylan Howard (Editor of RadarOnline & The Enquirer), A.J Benza (gossip columnist) and The Weinstein Company published stories about Michael Jackson to blow smoke as cover up for stories about Harvey Weinstein-

Excerpt from New York Times

Keeping the Media Close

Shortly after the news investigations of Mr. Weinstein’s alleged abuse were published, A. J. Benza, a former New York Daily News gossip columnist, received a two-word text from the producer: “Help me.”

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Mr. Benza had been integral to the network of friendly journalists — gossip columnists, magazine writers, editors and authors — whom the producer relied on to promote his entertainment empire and sometimes punish rivals or deflect threats.

Over dinner in West Hollywood in late 2003 or early the next year, the men had discussed a plan to help Mr. Weinstein avoid embarrassment. While married to his first wife, he had become involved with someone else, Mr. Benza discovered. A clerk at a Los Angeles art studio where he commissioned a gift for Mr. Weinstein — a painting of a reimagined “Hollywood” sign reading “Harveywood” — volunteered to Mr. Benza that a friend, Georgina Chapman, was seeing the producer. Mr. Weinstein, who would later marry Ms. Chapman, was separated and wanted to keep the relationship confidential until he was divorced, according to his spokeswoman, Sallie Hofmeister.

Mr. Benza, then between jobs, had a suggestion. “I could supply your P.R. girls with a lot of gossip — a lot of stories — and if people come at them with the ‘Harvey’s having an affair story,’ they can barter,” Mr. Benza recalled telling Mr. Weinstein. “He said, ‘A. J., it’s got to be good stories,’ and I said, ‘Don’t you worry about it.’ Collecting a monthly retainer, Mr. Benza said, he reported items on Roger Clemens, Michael Jackson and others and sent them to Mr. Weinstein’s communications team, though he didn’t know whether they were used to trade away stories about the producer. Mr. Weinstein’s spokeswoman said the payments to Mr. Benza were for public relations work during Miramax’s dispute with Disney.

After 10 months, Mr. Weinstein said, “I think the coast is clear; I think we beat this thing,” according to Mr. Benza, who recently had a brief stint as a writer for American Media and also runs his own gossip podcast, “Fame Is a Bitch.”

Mr. Benza and Mr. Weinstein were exploiting a longstanding system of favor-trading between the press and the movie business. Gossip writers need a stream of insider scoops, industry beat reporters need exclusives on the next big deal and glossy magazines need celebrities who can drive newsstand sales. Mr. Weinstein, who wanted glowing coverage, could provide that and more.

The producer often held out business opportunities to those who covered him. He had book and movie deals with writers and editors at  Fox News, The New York Post, Premeire Magazin, Vanity Fair, Variety and elsewhere. In Mr. Benza’s case, a book contract came immediately after he left The Daily News. In interviews, several journalists who had business ties to him said the arrangements did not cause them to pull punches.

He had particularly strong ties to the tabloid giant American Media — owner of The Enquirer, Globe, OK!, Radar Online and others — with which he teamed up to pursue several media and production deals.

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AJ Benza – “He had book and movie deals with writers and editors […] In Mr. Benza’s case, a book contract  came immediately after he left The Daily News.”

It is reported that  Weinstein offered AJ Benza $20k MONTHLY –

In an interview posted on Grubstreet- AJ Benza stated:Screen Shot 2017-12-07 at 2.58.25 PM

“I’d like to think those weren’t the stories we wrote.”

But Benza himself admits quite the opposite:

“Earlier this month, I heard AJ Benza, the host of the celebrity-scandal show “ Case Closed with AJ Benza” tell the podcast host Adam Carolla about his younger days as a gossip reporter in New York City. He hung out with celebrities until the wee hours of the morning, reported out sensational rumors, and constantly traded favors in order to get juicy tidbits for columns at Newsday and the New York Daily News. Most trades involved information he wanted about a particular person at a particular moment––and he would then owe his source a favor in the future.”

“traded favors in order to get juicy tidbits”

He goes on the Grubstreet interview to say –  “I dug for Michael Jackson material, in the 1990’s – I wanted to write interesting, factual stories to hold reader interest, not rumors or slurs. [..] Rumors and slurs reflect on the newspaper.”

Yet we can see clearly in AJ Benza’s -Daily News article “Michael Jackson & Acquaintance With Injustice”  – that rumors and slurs were part and parcel of AJ Benza style, and seemingly depending on who he befriended or unfriended.

“There is no price tag hanging from my sleeve, but there is most definitely a price to pay for my friendship.”

When Margaret Maldonado broke off her friendship with Benza in 1997, because of a caustic slur he used against Michael Jackson, he openly threatens Michael with “Ready, Aim Fire”


“Honest. When Margaret called me in tears, I offered to write a letter to whoever it is that answers the mail at Neverland. She declined. I offered to call. She declined. “I don’t even want them knowing that I’m your friend,” she said. That hurt. I understand it, but it hurts nonetheless. And it’s not just people like Margaret who say such stuff. But that kind of dis has a special sting when it falls from the lips of people I love people who know the blood in my heart is a lot thicker than the ink this paper is printed on. You know who your are, and don’t think for a minute that I don’t know my supply of enemies would double and my list of friends would halve the minute I lost this gig. With that, Michael Jackson should only know that his former sister-in-law’s once-tight friendship with me has saved his skin a number of times, in this column and on national TV. He should know that one phone call from Margaret, and the story used to die. While I’m at it, he should also know I’ve spent nights at the apartment he pays for, with his nephews by my side, and heard nothing but good things about him from their young, unlying mouths. With his army of supporters headed for the exits, Jackson should know he might have just disarmed some of his best soldiers. He’s a general out of control, with the media’s sights still set bullseye on his pretty little nose. And now, there is no more Margaret Maldonado to step in front of the bullet. I’m gonna miss you, baby. But Michael is gonna miss you more. Ready. Aim. Fire.”

Notice how he taunts Michael Jackson I’ve spent nights at the apartment he pays forbut the more telling part of the quote is “with his nephews by my side, and heard nothing but good things about him from their young unlying mouths” 

Michael’s nephews and Margaret only spoke glowingly of Michael Jackson and Benza believed them as they spoke from “unlying mouths” –  If his publishing “rumors and slurs” were based on his hurt feelings, then there is no integrity in his words.

Dylan Howard the purveyor of baseless filth at the helm of Radar Online exceeds the rancor of AJBenza by far- Some of the most heinous articles from Dylan Howard’s Radar Online were the ones published near the 7th Anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death-  A commenter “OTW_” speaks for many in the Michael Jackson global fanbase.

To examine just how perverse this particular Radar Online article was, Raven Woods, author, educator and pop culture journalist, wrote a detailed Huffington Post article detailing and debunking it-  (Her twitter acct @emailRaven -please do follow)

Of course, most other media outlets didn’t redistribute or copy paste the Huffington Post article but rest assured they had copy pasted the Radar Online article ad nauseum-

It was Michael Jackson who said “Good news doesn’t sell”  It’s the baseless dirt that get regurgitated by Mainstream Media over and over, without any research or attempt to locate source information that is trustworthy.

“He had particularly strong ties to the tabloid giant American Media — owner of The Enquirer, Globe, OK!, Radar Online and others”

This revelation that Harvey Weinstein used Dylan Howard who had great influence on many Tabloid broadsheets, doesn’t surprise MJGlobal fanbase, as we have been shouting that these baseless stories needed to cease for YEARS.

More concrete evidence that Dylan Howard protects the sexual deviants in Hollywood is seen when Radar Online threatened  Terry Crews . Crews exposed Radar Online threatening email he received from them AFTER he came out with his claim that Adam Venit, a big Hollywood Agent, “mover and shaker”  sexually accosted him.

The 49-year-old actor made the accusation on Sunday.

“1 day after my @GMA interview, @radaronline threatened me w/ a false story abt me hiring 2 hookers at the 2015 Monte Carlo TV Festival,” Crews tweeted.

His tweet was in reference to his appearance on Good Morning America. He said the next day, he received an email from RadarOnline threatening to report he hired 2 prostitutes while on holiday with his wife in Monaco.

In a bit of an ironic twist and may give many in the Michael Jackson fanbase a deep sense of satisfaction, especially if proven true:

– Dylan Howard has just been recently accused of sexual harassment –

“The AP spoke with 12 former employees who knew about the investigation into Howard’s behavior, though not all were aware of every detail. Philip Deming, the outside investigator hired to examine complaints about Howard’s behavior, also confirmed to the AP that he completed a report.

Many of the former employees who described Howard’s behavior said they had decided to do so after the New Yorker and other news organizations published emails in recent weeks showing that Howard had worked with Harvey Weinstein to undermine allegations of sexual assault and harassment against the movie producer.”

From Huffington Post:

“Ex-employees told the AP that Howard forced female employees to watch or listen to recordings of celebrities having sex for no professional reason. They also claimed that Howard encouraged journalists to have sex with sources to get more information for their stories.

Maxine “Max” Page, a former senior editor at RadarOnline ― an AMI publication ― said Howard’s behavior was “completely unacceptable” and that she reported him to human resources on behalf of two female reporters. Page’s report prompted the company to hire an outside consultant to investigate Howard’s behavior.

Howard has also been accused of helping discredit women accusing film mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, including actress Rose McGowan, The New Yorker reported in November.

Howard reportedly sent his own reporters to find information on McGowan. In one instance, according to The New Yorker, the reporter recorded an off-the-record conversation with one of McGowan’s exes and told Weinstein about the conversation.

AMI also runs the prominent celebrity tabloids Star Magazine and OK! Magazine.”

From Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Gossip editor Dylan Howard faced sexual harassment accusations at another employer after leaving National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc. amid similar allegations 15 months earlier.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press showed former employees at gossip site Celebuzz said Howard asked female employees about their sex lives and once threw a sexual aid at another employee.

An April 2013 letter from an internal investigator said Howard violated Celebuzz’s sexual harassment policy. It did not specify what Howard did but described eight allegations against him.

AMI rehired Howard after he left Celebuzz.

Howard says of the allegations, “There is nothing here that has any truth to it.”

The AP previously reported that Howard was the subject of a 2012 investigation while at AMI. He called those allegations “baseless.”

And the deepest research is always done by Michael Jackson justice seekers and advocates for his truth- For those that love to read and follow great Twitter Threads check out the account @PhoenixLaNegra  as she quite deftly highlights even more bits and article regarding the gossip mongers trying to cover for Harvey Weinstein.


As they say “Karma is a Bitch”

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The Michael Jackson Halloween Special a HIT!! “We’re Takin’ Over”

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2017 is the Michael Jackson Halloween TAKEOVER

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It started off early in July 2017, with Michael Jackson’s Thriller featured in the Stranger Things 2 Second Season preview circulated. So far 12,294,867 views.


Then August 2017, it was announced Thriller3D would premiere at Venice International Film Festival- Later it’s revealed by the MJEstate that plans are to have Thriller 3D released in IMAX theaters next year- as well as, a Ghosts project.

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Then September 2017 – MJ Scream, a compilation of Michael Jackson’s thrilling tracks is released with a Blood On the Dancefloor/Dangerous remix –

Then the Halloween Special Premieres!!

Friday, October 27th, 2017, a new hourlong animated delight entitled Michael Jackson’s Halloween Special aired on CBS, to the delight of televison viewers.

Before airing, the animated special created an air of great anticipation:

“Here’s a chance to trick or treat with the eyes and ears” AP 

“It contumes Halloween as a life-affirming way to explore hope and dreams” CBS

“The special will weave together 25 songs from Jackson’s catalogue, including spookier fare like “Thriller” and “Blood on the Dance Floor,” slightly deeper cuts like “Childhood,” and peripheral hits like Rockwell’s “Somebody’s Watching Me” and the Jacksons’s “Torture.”  Variety 

And the TV Ratings Prove that the magic of Michael Jackson STILL Delivers !!

A Viewership of  5.67 Million for CBS, as only the World Series brought in more viewers.

“King of Pop Michael Jackson was the King of television Friday night (October 27th) as reports indicate his CBS Halloween special, ‘Michael Jackson’s Halloween,’ reigned over ratings and scored yet another win for the network in the process.”   GrapeJuice

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John Branca, co-producer of the Halloween special, who worked with his friend for over two decades, stated: “Michael loved Halloween, he loved animation; he was basically a big kid at heart. We wanted to stay true to and be inspired by Michael and what his tastes and loves were.” 

Michael Jackson, indeed “was a big kid at heart” and we know he had desired to create a Halloween Special as revealed by notes, he’d written to himself.  Screen Shot 2017-10-29 at 8.32.21 PM

What Michael had in mind for a Special, may not have been along the lines as this animation project but it does incorporate Michael’s love for all aspects of the season. It is exactly the kind of platform that attracts younger geneartion to his music.  Michael Jackson was enamored with the thought of trick or treating incognito and with his penchant for sweets, an additional boon for him. Donning disguises while taking on different personas also gave him the ability to feel free, since he could never go out without being physically overwhelmed by fans. 

“I love to trick or treat. I love dressing up like some kind of monster… and knocking on doors. Nobody knows it’s me and I get candy!”

“I missed out on Halloween for years and now I do it. It’s sweet to go door-to-door and people give you candy. We need more of that in the world. It brings the world together.”

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Michael Jackson celebrating Halloween with Cascio family in New Jersey

Michael Jackson understood early on in his career that a legacy of artistic exceptionalism required hard work, planning and preparation. He constantly endeavored to create something new through his talent and wanted it infused with magic. Much of his art was filled with messages of self-realization with belief in ones ability to reach the highest goals, and this Halloween Special encompasses his core principles:

“No matter what, the most powerful thing in the world is the human mind, and prayer, and belief in yourself and confidence and perseverance. No matter how many times you do it, you do it again, until it’s right. And always believe in yourself, and no matter whose around you that’s being negative or thrusting negative energy at you, totally block it off, because whatever you believe you become.” 

It was critical to infuse Michael’s own exceptionalism and magic into this Halloween special and of course, his music takes center stage throughout the fast-paced program.  To partner his iconic dance moves with his music, the director, Mark A. Z. Dippé procured the expertise of Jackson’s former choreographers, the brothers, Rich and Tone Talauega and Kevin Antunes.  Using 3D animation and high tech motion captures, Dippé was able “to bring Michael’s dancing to life in a very rich and deserving way.”

By viewing the Twitter hashtag #MJHalloween it is clear that overwhelmingly, the Michael Jackson fan base appreciated the efforts of the Estate, and all involved in the creation of this Michael Jackson Halloween Special –

Here’s a sampling:

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What was particularly enjoyable was noticing all the iconic Michael Jackson bits throughout the program.  There are many delightful inferences to The Wiz/Wizard of Oz, and Captain EO-

Here’s some of the most obvious iconic Michael imagery.

Bat- Not only had sparkly socks but aviator glasses –

HayMan – Nod to scarecrow Michael played in the Wiz. His trademark white Tshirt and black leather pants / red jacket with gold embellishments on collar. Character is shy but is transformed when dancing.

Gen. Meriwether- One white glove, plethora of Medals/ Military sash & epualettes- Character is a fearsome warrior, fighting against the repression of others.

Franklin Stein– Wore Smooth Criminal white jacket w blue armband/BAD buckle pants- Character is an innovator, inventor and highly intelligent scientist. 

Dangerous Moon- Hung over an Earth Song bridge

Conformulator– Machine using music to defeat evil / Captain EO same premise

Conformity– Wraps MJ in wings / Angel wraps MJ in wings Will You Be There

Maybe the most powerful line was the one from Gen. Meriwether – It really hit very close to the respect, protectiveness and love Michael had for his fans.

“Slander me if you must, but do not insult the honor my troops”

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We give Michael Jackson Halloween Special Screen Shot 2017-10-29 at 11.40.35 PM

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“We thought: Michael deserves to be part of Halloween.” John Branca

So do we!! Thank you, MJEstate!



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Paris Jackson Funding Puerto Rico Relief Through Father’s Estate.

We have always said Michael Jackson’s greatest Legacy are his children- They will be the ones who take up his banner of Philanthropy – They will be the ones who make sure the world understands what their father really was all about-  He traversed the world spreading love, peace and understanding. He created Heal the World foundation so that he could implement the mission he felt God had sent him to earth to complete –

It’s so gratifying to see Paris excited to venture into this realm and follow the footsteps of her beloved father to make a mark of her own. She announced her role as an activist when she accepted to be the new Ambassador for the Elizabether Taylor AIDS foundation.

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Through his Trust, Michael Jackson set aside 20% of his earnings to be earmarked for charity and now his daughter can thrust these resources and her energy into helping those affllicted in Puerto Rico- We admire her so much Screen Shot 2017-10-20 at 2.43.53 PM


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Paris Jackson announced October 19, 2017, that she is working in concert with her father’s Estate are embarking on a Puerto Rico Relief project – On her instagram chat she explained how it came about to her followers-

TRANSCRIPT of Paris Jackson 10/20/2017  on Instagram Chat video regarding #PuertoRico Relief

“Hey, my dudes,

I was talking to my brother last night and he thinks I should really share this with you guys and when he went into depth as to the reason why I should, I completely totally agreed.

Um Basically, um, I know there is like, a good amount of conflicts with regards as to how you feel about my father’s Estate and how they handle certain things –

It’s not really my place to state an opinion about them – besides gratitude right now.
And I say mostly gratitude because there’s certain percentage of my fathers earnings that are specifically supposed to go to charity.

And I recently reached out to them with my team and we said

“Hey, ya’ll, we’re planning a trip to Puerto Rico to do AB and C and were wondering if ya’ll would like to help out with that”-

And they really jumped on it and helped us facilitate this whole trip and they were just really quick to help out, they were super willing, understanding and helpful.

And so, I’m really grateful that all this is being set up and we get to do this.

So yeah i just wanted to share this with you guys-

I’m super grateful to them but also just extremely, extremely grateful that we have the resources to do this as my father worked his whole life, his ass off, thru blood sweat and tears, his whole life, literally his whole life -ALL so things like THIS could get done, and that -HE made shit like this happen.

It’s fucking exciting that I get to be part of something bigger- All thanks to him

So my brother and I felt it important to share that with you guys.

At some point we will go into more depth as to what we are doing in Puerto Rico but for now I just wanted tto Share the gratitude love and the light and all that good shit –

it’s legit man – it’s real important ….

…  See full video here

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MJ Fans of NYC Honor Michael Jackson By Supporting Pajama Program

Screen Shot 2017-08-22 at 1.20.34 PMThere are the simplest of acts that many of us take for granted. Where we can lay down our head at night. What kind of warm, comfy pajamas are we going to wear. What books do we choose to read the children in our lives for their bedtime story. Simple acts we all take for granted.

For children who are in the foster care system, these simple acts are more like a dream deferred. Many children go to bed in their underwear and not knowing what pajamas are. Many are removed from the only home they know and place in foster care. Their “luggage” is usually a large garbage bag. Their entire world is in that bag and many times the clothes they have are the clothes on their backs. Their daytime clothes are the clothes they sleep in. Bedtime should be a restful peace time for every child, but for millions in America that is simply not the case. Children who don’t know a loving home environment or live in the streets that are cold and not safe. For the fans of Michael Jackson, this is not acceptable.

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Michael Jackson Fans of New York has vowed to do something about this. For the last seven years, we have chosen to honor Michael’s birthday by choosing the nationally renowned 501-3C charity the “Pajama Program”.  An organization that is dedicated to provide children with “loving, magical gifts that can offer a new reality.” The Pajama Program turns their words into direct loving action and changes the nights of children in need to those of sweet dreams.

We ask that Michael Jackson fans worldwide join us in this heartfelt crusade to help provide children with a restful, warm bedtime . Michael dedicated his life to encouraging us to “Heal the World” and it is in that generosity of that spirit; we carry on his legacy. It’s all for Love and Legacy. And isn’t that the ultimate test of Michael Jackson’s legacy, LOVE?

If you would like to join Michael Jackson fans of New York, please make your donation directly to the Pajama Program > Make sure you tell them your donation is in honor of Michael.

Screen Shot 2017-08-22 at 1.30.38 PMPajama Program was born from one simple question, posed by a child:

“What are pajamas?”

This was not a question from a child on a field trip to a museum, but from Maria, a young girl living in a shelter who was holding a pair of pajamas for the first time. When she finally understood that the pajamas were a gift, and that before bed she could change into them from the clothes she had worn all day, she asked happily,

“You mean I can keep these for the rest of my life?”

Screen Shot 2017-08-22 at 1.35.59 PMThat was back in 2001, when Genevieve Piturro, Pajama Program’s founder, discovered that the children she read to at a local shelter did not have a caring adult to tuck them into bed each night, let alone a pair of warm, comforting pajamas to change into or a storybook to enjoy before the night descended. Instead, the children she saw there were often relegated to sleeping on a cot or futon, two or three together, still wearing their clothes of the day.

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With bags full with new pajamas and storybooks, Genevieve returned to the shelter to ensure that all of the children there would enjoy a good night. And realizing that this ritual was missing from the lives of many children all across the country, she started Pajama Program to bring love and hope to them all in the form of a loving bedtime.


Melanie Freeman,  MJJJP Admin

The MJ Fans of NYC Twitter Account is @NYCLovesMJ



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“Was Micheal Jackson Framed?” GQ- Mary Fisher, Oct 1994

‘Was Michael Jackson Framed?’

Was Michael Jackson Framed? The Untold Story
By Mary A. Fisher -GQ, October 1994-

The untold story of the events that brought down a superstar.

Before O.J. Simpson, there was Michael Jackson — another beloved black
celebrity seemingly brought down by allegations of scandal in his
personal life. Those allegations — that Jackson had molested a
13-year-old boy — instigated a multimillion-dollar lawsuit, two
grand-jury investigations and a shameless media circus. Jackson, in
turn, filed charges of extortion against some of his accusers.
Ultimately, the suit was settled out of court for a sum that has been
estimated at $20 million*; no criminal charges were brought against
Jackson by the police or the grand juries. This past August, Jackson
was in the news again, when Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis’s daughter,
announced that she and the singer had married.

As the dust settles on one of the nation’s worst episodes of media
excess, one thing is clear: The American public has never heard a
defense of Michael Jackson. Until now.

It is, of course, impossible to prove a negative — that is, prove
that something didn’t happen. But it is possible to take an in-depth
look at the people who made the allegations against Jackson and thus
gain insight into their character and motives. What emerges from such
an examination, based on court documents, business records and scores
of interviews, is a persuasive argument that Jackson molested no one
and that he himself may have been the victim of a well-conceived plan
to extract money from him.

More than that, the story that arises from this previously unexplored
territory is radically different from the tale that has been promoted
by tabloid and even mainstream journalists. It is a story of greed,
ambition, misconceptions on the part of police and prosecutors, a lazy
and sensation-seeking media and the use of a powerful, hypnotic drug.
It may also be a story about how a case was simply invented.

Neither Michael Jackson nor his current defense attorneys agreed to be
interviewed for this article. Had they decided to fight the civil
charges and go to trial, what follows might have served as the core of
Jackson’s defense — as well as the basis to further the extortion
charges against his own accusers, which could well have exonerated the

Jackson’s troubles began when his van broke down on Wilshire Boulevard
in Los Angeles in May 1992. Stranded in the middle of the heavily
trafficked street, Jackson was spotted by the wife of Mel Green, an
employee at Rent-a-Wreck, an offbeat car-rental agency a mile away.
Green went to the rescue. When Dave Schwartz, the owner of the
car-rental company, heard Green was bringing Jackson to the lot, he
called his wife, June, and told her to come over with their 6-year-old
daughter and her son from her previous marriage. The boy, then 12, was
a big Jackson fan. Upon arriving, June Chandler Schwartz told Jackson
about the time her son had sent him a drawing after the singer’s hair
caught on fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial. Then she gave
Jackson their home number.

“It was almost like she was forcing [the boy] on him,” Green recalls.
“I think Michael thought he owed the boy something, and that’s when it
all started.”

Certain facts about the relationship are not in dispute. Jackson began
calling the boy, and a friendship developed. After Jackson returned
from a promotional tour, three months later, June Chandler Schwartz
and her son and daughter became regular guests at Neverland, Jackson’s
ranch in Santa Barbara County. During the following year, Jackson
showered the boy and his family with attention and gifts, including
video games, watches, an after-hours shopping spree at Toys “R” Us and
trips around the world — from Las Vegas and Disney World to Monaco
and Paris.

By March 1993, Jackson and the boy were together frequently and the
sleepovers began. June Chandler Schwartz had also become close to
Jackson “and liked him enormously,” one friend says. “He was the
kindest man she had ever met.”

Jackson’s personal eccentricities — from his attempts to remake his
face through plastic surgery to his preference for the company of
children — have been widely reported. And while it may be unusual for
a 35-year-old man to have sleepovers with a 13-year-old child, the
boy’s mother and others close to Jackson never thought it odd.
Jackson’s behavior is better understood once it’s put in the context
of his own childhood.

“Contrary to what you might think, Michael’s life hasn’t been a walk
in the park,” one of his attorneys says. Jackson’s childhood
essentially stopped — and his unorthodox life began — when he was 5
years old and living in Gary, Indiana. Michael spent his youth in
rehearsal studios, on stages performing before millions of strangers
and sleeping in an endless string of hotel rooms. Except for his eight
brothers and sisters, Jackson was surrounded by adults who pushed him
relentlessly, particularly his father, Joe Jackson — a strict,
unaffectionate man who reportedly beat his children.

Jackson’s early experiences translated into a kind of arrested
development, many say, and he became a child in a man’s body. “He
never had a childhood,” says Bert Fields, a former attorney of
Jackson’s. “He is having one now. His buddies are 12-year-old kids.
They have pillow fights and food fights.” Jackson’s interest in
children also translated into humanitarian efforts. Over the years, he
has given millions to causes benefiting children, including his own
Heal The World Foundation.

But there is another context — the one having to do with the times in
which we live — in which most observers would evaluate Jackson’s
behavior. “Given the current confusion and hysteria over child sexual
abuse,” says Dr. Phillip Resnick, a noted Cleveland psychiatrist, “any
physical or nurturing contact with a child may be seen as suspicious,
and the adult could well be accused of sexual misconduct.”

Jackson’s involvement with the boy was welcomed, at first, by all the
adults in the youth’s life — his mother, his stepfather and even his
biological father, Evan Chandler (who also declined to be interviewed
for this article). Born Evan Robert Charmatz in the Bronx in 1944,
Chandler had reluctantly followed in the footsteps of his father and
brothers and become a dentist. “He hated being a dentist,” a family
friend says. “He always wanted to be a writer.” After moving in 1973
to West Palm Beach to practice dentistry, he changed his last name,
believing Charmatz was “too Jewish-sounding,” says a former colleague.
Hoping somehow to become a screenwriter, Chandler moved to Los Angeles
in the late Seventies with his wife, June Wong, an attractive Eurasian
who had worked briefly as a model.

Chandler’s dental career had its precarious moments. In December 1978,
while working at the Crenshaw Family Dental Center, a clinic in a
low-income area of L.A., Chandler did restoration work on sixteen of a
patient’s teeth during a single visit. An examination of the work, the
Board of Dental Examiners concluded, revealed “gross ignorance and/or
inefficiency” in his profession. The board revoked his license;
however, the revocation was stayed, and the board instead suspended
him for ninety days and placed him on probation for two and a half
years. Devastated, Chandler left town for New York. He wrote a film
script but couldn’t sell it.

Months later, Chandler returned to L.A. with his wife and held a
series of dentistry jobs. By 1980, when their son was born, the
couple’s marriage was in trouble. “One of the reasons June left Evan
was because of his temper,” a family friend says. They divorced in
1985. The court awarded sole custody of the boy to his mother and
ordered Chandler to pay $500 a month in child support, but a review of
documents reveals that in 1993, when the Jackson scandal broke,
Chandler owed his ex-wife $68,000 — a debt she ultimately forgave.

A year before Jackson came into his son’s life, Chandler had a second
serious professional problem. One of his patients, a model, sued him
for dental negligence after he did restoration work on some of her
teeth. Chandler claimed that the woman had signed a consent form in
which she’d acknowledged the risks involved. But when Edwin Zinman,
her attorney, asked to see the original records, Chandler said they
had been stolen from the trunk of his Jaguar. He provided a duplicate
set. Zinman, suspicious, was unable to verify the authenticity of the
records. “What an extraordinary coincidence that they were stolen,”
Zinman says now. “That’s like saying ‘The dog ate my homework.’ ” The
suit was eventually settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.

Despite such setbacks, Chandler by then had a successful practice in
Beverly Hills. And he got his first break in Hollywood in 1992, when
he cowrote the Mel Brooks film Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Until
Michael Jackson entered his son’s life, Chandler hadn’t shown all that
much interest in the boy. “He kept promising to buy him a computer so
they could work on scripts together, but he never did,” says Michael
Freeman, formerly an attorney for June Chandler Schwartz. Chandler’s
dental practice kept him busy, and he had started a new family by
then, with two small children by his second wife, a corporate

At first, Chandler welcomed and encouraged his son’s relationship with
Michael Jackson, bragging about it to friends and associates. When
Jackson and the boy stayed with Chandler during May 1993, Chandler
urged the entertainer to spend more time with his son at his house.
According to sources, Chandler even suggested that Jackson build an
addition onto the house so the singer could stay there. After calling
the zoning department and discovering it couldn’t be done, Chandler
made another suggestion — that Jackson just build him a new home.

That same month, the boy, his mother and Jackson flew to Monaco for
the World Music Awards. “Evan began to get jealous of the involvement
and felt left out,” Freeman says. Upon their return, Jackson and the
boy again stayed with Chandler, which pleased him — a five-day visit,
during which they slept in a room with the youth’s half brother.
Though Chandler has admitted that Jackson and the boy always had their
clothes on whenever he saw them in bed together, he claimed that it
was during this time that his suspicions of sexual misconduct were
triggered. At no time has Chandler claimed to have witnessed any
sexual misconduct on Jackson’s part.

Chandler became increasingly volatile, making threats that alienated
Jackson, Dave Schwartz and June Chandler Schwartz. In early July 1993,
Dave Schwartz, who had been friendly with Chandler, secretly
tape-recorded a lengthy telephone conversation he had with him. During
the conversation, Chandler talked of his concern for his son and his
anger at Jackson and at his ex-wife, whom he described as “cold and
heartless.” When Chandler tried to “get her attention” to discuss his
suspicions about Jackson, he says on the tape, she told him “Go fuck

“I had a good communication with Michael,” Chandler told Schwartz. “We
were friends. I liked him and I respected him and everything else for
what he is. There was no reason why he had to stop calling me. I sat
in the room one day and talked to Michael and told him exactly what I
want out of this whole relationship. What I want.”

Admitting to Schwartz that he had “been rehearsed” about what to say
and what not to say, Chandler never mentioned money during their
conversation. When Schwartz asked what Jackson had done that made
Chandler so upset, Chandler alleged only that “he broke up the family.
[The boy] has been seduced by this guy’s power and money.” Both men
repeatedly berated themselves as poor fathers to the boy.

Elsewhere on the tape, Chandler indicated he was prepared to move
against Jackson: “It’s already set,” Chandler told Schwartz. “There
are other people involved that are waiting for my phone call that are
in certain positions. I’ve paid them to do it. Everything’s going
according to a certain plan that isn’t just mine. Once I make that
phone call, this guy [his attorney, Barry K. Rothman, presumably] is
going to destroy everybody in sight in any devious, nasty, cruel way
that he can do it. And I’ve given him full authority to do that.”

Chandler then predicted what would, in fact, transpire six weeks
later: “And if I go through with this, I win big-time. There’s no way
I lose. I’ve checked that inside out. I will get everything I want,
and they will be destroyed forever. June will lose [custody of the
son]…and Michael’s career will be over.”

“Does that help [the boy]?” Schwartz asked.

“That’s irrelevant to me,” Chandler replied. “It’s going to be bigger
than all of us put together. The whole thing is going to crash down on
everybody and destroy everybody in sight. It will be a massacre if I
don’t get what I want.”

Instead of going to the police, seemingly the most appropriate action
in a situation involving suspected child molestation, Chandler had
turned to a lawyer. And not just any lawyer. He’d turned to Barry

“This attorney I found, I picked the nastiest son of a bitch I could
find,” Chandler said in the recorded conversation with Schwartz. “All
he wants to do is get this out in the public as fast as he can, as big
as he can, and humiliate as many people as he can. He’s nasty, he’s
mean, he’s very smart, and he’s hungry for the publicity.” (Through
his attorney, Wylie Aitken, Rothman declined to be interviewed for
this article. Aitken agreed to answer general questions limited to the
Jackson case, and then only about aspects that did not involve
Chandler or the boy.)

To know Rothman, says a former colleague who worked with him during
the Jackson case, and who kept a diary of what Rothman and Chandler
said and did in Rothman’s office, is to believe that Barry could have
“devised this whole plan, period. This [making allegations against
Michael Jackson] is within the boundary of his character, to do
something like this.” Information supplied by Rothman’s former
clients, associates and employees reveals a pattern of manipulation
and deceit.

Rothman has a general-law practice in Century City. At one time, he
negotiated music and concert deals for Little Richard, the Rolling
Stones, the Who, ELO and Ozzy Osbourne. Gold and platinum records
commemorating those days still hang on the walls of his office. With
his grayish-white beard and perpetual tan — which he maintains in a
tanning bed at his house — Rothman reminds a former client of “a
leprechaun.” To a former employee, Rothman is “a demon” with “a
terrible temper.” His most cherished possession, acquaintances say, is
his 1977 Rolls-Royce Corniche, which carries the license plate “BKR

Over the years, Rothman has made so many enemies that his ex-wife once
expressed, to her attorney, surprise that someone “hadn’t done him
in.” He has a reputation for stiffing people. “He appears to be a
professional deadbeat… He pays almost no one,” investigator Ed
Marcus concluded (in a report filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, as
part of a lawsuit against Rothman), after reviewing the attorney’s
credit profile, which listed more than thirty creditors and judgment
holders who were chasing him. In addition, more than twenty civil
lawsuits involving Rothman have been filed in Superior Court, several
complaints have been made to the Labor Commission and disciplinary
actions for three incidents have been taken against him by the state
bar of California. In 1992, he was suspended for a year, though that
suspension was stayed and he was instead placed on probation for the

In 1987, Rothman was $16,800 behind in alimony and child-support
payments. Through her attorney, his ex-wife, Joanne Ward, threatened
to attach Rothman’s assets, but he agreed to make good on the debt. A
year later, after Rothman still hadn’t made the payments, Ward’s
attorney tried to put a lien on Rothman’s expensive Sherman Oaks home.
To their surprise, Rothman said he no longer owned the house; three
years earlier, he’d deeded the property to Tinoa Operations, Inc., a
Panamanian shell corporation. According to Ward’s lawyer, Rothman
claimed that he’d had $200,000 of Tinoa’s money, in cash, at his house
one night when he was robbed at gunpoint. The only way he could make
good on the loss was to deed his home to Tinoa, he told them. Ward and
her attorney suspected the whole scenario was a ruse, but they could
never prove it. It was only after sheriff’s deputies had towed away
Rothman’s Rolls Royce that he began paying what he owed.

Documents filed with Los Angeles Superior Court seem to confirm the
suspicions of Ward and her attorney. These show that Rothman created
an elaborate network of foreign bank accounts and shell companies,
seemingly to conceal some of his assets — in particular, his home and
much of the $531,000 proceeds from its eventual sale, in 1989. The
companies, including Tinoa, can be traced to Rothman. He bought a
Panamanian shelf company (an existing but nonoperating firm) and
arranged matters so that though his name would not appear on the list
of its officers, he would have unconditional power of attorney, in
effect leaving him in control of moving money in and out.

Meanwhile, Rothman’s employees didn’t fare much better than his
ex-wife. Former employees say they sometimes had to beg for their
paychecks. And sometimes the checks that they did get would bounce. He
couldn’t keep legal secretaries. “He’d demean and humiliate them,”
says one. Temporary workers fared the worst. “He would work them for
two weeks,” adds the legal secretary, “then run them off by yelling at
them and saying they were stupid. Then he’d tell the agency he was
dissatisfied with the temp and wouldn’t pay.” Some agencies finally
got wise and made Rothman pay cash up front before they’d do business
with him.

The state bar’s 1992 disciplining of Rothman grew out of a
conflict-of-interest matter. A year earlier, Rothman had been kicked
off a case by a client, Muriel Metcalf, whom he’d been representing in
child-support and custody proceedings; Metcalf later accused him of
padding her bill. Four months after Metcalf fired him, Rothman,
without notifying her, began representing the company of her estranged
companion, Bob Brutzman.

The case is revealing for another reason: It shows that Rothman had
some experience dealing with child-molestation allegations before the
Jackson scandal. Metcalf, while Rothman was still representing her,
had accused Brutzman of molesting their child (which Brutzman denied).
Rothman’s knowledge of Metcalf’s charges didn’t prevent him from going
to work for Brutzman’s company — a move for which he was disciplined.

By 1992, Rothman was running from numerous creditors. Folb Management,
a corporate real-estate agency, was one. Rothman owed the company
$53,000 in back rent and interest for an office on Sunset Boulevard.
Folb sued. Rothman then countersued, claiming that the building’s
security was so inadequate that burglars were able to steal more than
$6,900 worth of equipment from his office one night. In the course of
the proceedings, Folb’s lawyer told the court, “Mr. Rothman is not the
kind of person whose word can be taken at face value.”

In November 1992, Rothman had his law firm file for bankruptcy,
listing thirteen creditors — including Folb Management — with debts
totaling $880,000 and no acknowledged assets. After reviewing the
bankruptcy papers, an ex-client whom Rothman was suing for $400,000 in
legal fees noticed that Rothman had failed to list a $133,000 asset.
The former client threatened to expose Rothman for “defrauding his
creditors” — a felony — if he didn’t drop the lawsuit. Cornered,
Rothman had the suit dismissed in a matter of hours.

Six months before filing for bankruptcy, Rothman had transferred title
on his Rolls-Royce to Majo, a fictitious company he controlled. Three
years earlier, Rothman had claimed a different corporate owner for the
car — Longridge Estates, a subsidiary of Tinoa Operations, the
company that held the deed to his home. On corporation papers filed by
Rothman, the addresses listed for Longridge and Tinoa were the same,
1554 Cahuenga Boulevard — which, as it turns out, is that of a
Chinese restaurant in Hollywood.

It was with this man, in June 1993, that Evan Chandler began carrying
out the “certain plan” to which he referred in his taped conversation
with Dave Schwartz. At a graduation that month, Chandler confronted
his ex-wife with his suspicions. “She thought the whole thing was
baloney,” says her ex-attorney, Michael Freeman. She told Chandler
that she planned to take their son out of school in the fall so they
could accompany Jackson on his “Dangerous” world tour. Chandler became
irate and, say several sources, threatened to go public with the
evidence he claimed he had on Jackson. “What parent in his right mind
would want to drag his child into the public spotlight?” asks Freeman.
“If something like this actually occurred, you’d want to protect your

Jackson asked his then-lawyer, Bert Fields, to intervene. One of the
most prominent attorneys in the entertainment industry, Fields has
been representing Jackson since 1990 and had negotiated for him, with
Sony, the biggest music deal ever — with possible earnings of $700
million. Fields brought in investigator Anthony Pellicano to help sort
things out. Pellicano does things Sicilian-style, being fiercely loyal
to those he likes but a ruthless hardball player when it comes to his

On July 9, 1993, Dave Schwartz and June Chandler Schwartz played the
taped conversation for Pellicano. “After listening to the tape for ten
minutes, I knew it was about extortion,” says Pellicano. That same
day, he drove to Jackson’s Century City condominium, where Chandler’s
son and the boy’s half-sister were visiting. Without Jackson there,
Pellicano “made eye contact” with the boy and asked him, he says,
“very pointed questions”: “Has Michael ever touched you? Have you ever
seen him naked in bed?” The answer to all the questions was no. The
boy repeatedly denied that anything bad had happened. On July 11,
after Jackson had declined to meet with Chandler, the boy’s father and
Rothman went ahead with another part of the plan — they needed to get
custody of the boy. Chandler asked his ex-wife to let the youth stay
with him for a “one-week visitation period.” As Bert Fields later said
in an affidavit to the court, June Chandler Schwartz allowed the boy
to go based on Rothman’s assurance to Fields that her son would come
back to her after the specified time, never guessing that Rothman’s
word would be worthless and that Chandler would not return their son.

Wylie Aitken, Rothman’s attorney, claims that “at the time [Rothman]
gave his word, it was his intention to have the boy returned.”
However, once “he learned that the boy would be whisked out of the
country [to go on tour with Jackson], I don’t think Mr. Rothman had
any other choice.” But the chronology clearly indicates that Chandler
had learned in June, at the graduation, that the boy’s mother planned
to take her son on the tour. The taped telephone conversation made in
early July, before Chandler took custody of his son, also seems to
verify that Chandler and Rothman had no intention of abiding by the
visitation agreement. “They [the boy and his mother] don’t know it
yet,” Chandler told Schwartz, “but they aren’t going anywhere.”

On July 12, one day after Chandler took control of his son, he had his
ex-wife sign a document prepared by Rothman that prevented her from
taking the youth out of Los Angeles County. This meant the boy would
be unable to accompany Jackson on the tour. His mother told the court
she signed the document under duress. Chandler, she said in an
affidavit, had threatened that “I would not have [the boy] returned to
me.” A bitter custody battle ensued, making even murkier any charges
Chandler made about wrong-doing on Jackson’s part. (As of this August
[1994], the boy was still living with Chandler.) It was during the
first few weeks after Chandler took control of his son — who was now
isolated from his friends, mother and stepfather — that the boy’s
allegations began to take shape.

At the same time, Rothman, seeking an expert’s opinion to help
establish the allegations against Jackson, called Dr. Mathis Abrams, a
Beverly Hills psychiatrist. Over the telephone, Rothman presented
Abrams with a hypothetical situation. In reply and without having met
either Chandler or his son, Abrams on July 15 sent Rothman a two-page
letter in which he stated that “reasonable suspicion would exist that
sexual abuse may have occurred.” Importantly, he also stated that if
this were a real and not a hypothetical case, he would be required by
law to report the matter to the Los Angeles County Department of
Children’s Services (DCS).

According to a July 27 entry in the diary kept by Rothman’s former
colleague, it’s clear that Rothman was guiding Chandler in the plan.
“Rothman wrote letter to Chandler advising him how to report child
abuse without liability to parent,” the entry reads.

At this point, there still had been made no demands or formal
accusations, only veiled assertions that had become intertwined with a
fierce custody battle. On August 4, 1993, however, things became very
clear. Chandler and his son met with Jackson and Pellicano in a suite
at the Westwood Marquis Hotel. On seeing Jackson, says Pellicano,
Chandler gave the singer an affectionate hug (a gesture, some say,
that would seem to belie the dentist’s suspicions that Jackson had
molested his son), then reached into his pocket, pulled out Abrams’s
letter and began reading passages from it. When Chandler got to the
parts about child molestation, the boy, says Pellicano, put his head
down and then looked up at Jackson with a surprised expression, as if
to say “I didn’t say that.” As the meeting broke up, Chandler pointed
his finger at Jackson, says Pellicano, and warned “I’m going to ruin

At a meeting with Pellicano in Rothman’s office later that evening,
Chandler and Rothman made their demand – $20 million.

On August 13, there was another meeting in Rothman’s office. Pellicano
came back with a counteroffer — a $350,000 screenwriting deal.
Pellicano says he made the offer as a way to resolve the custody
dispute and give Chandler an opportunity to spend more time with his
son by working on a screenplay together. Chandler rejected the offer.
Rothman made a counterdemand — a deal for three screenplays or
nothing — which was spurned. In the diary of Rothman’s ex-colleague,
an August 24 entry reveals Chandler’s disappointment: “I almost had a
$20 million deal,” he was overhear telling Rothman.

Before Chandler took control of his son, the only one making
allegations against Jackson was Chandler himself — the boy had never
accused the singer of any wrongdoing. That changed one day in
Chandler’s Beverly Hills dental office.

In the presence of Chandler and Mark Torbiner, a dental
anesthesiologist, the boy was administered the controversial drug
sodium Amytal — which some mistakenly believe is a truth serum. And
it was after this session that the boy first made his charges against
Jackson. A newsman at KCBS-TV, in L.A., reported on May 3 of this year
that Chandler had used the drug on his son, but the dentist claimed he
did so only to pull his son’s tooth and that while under the drug’s
influence, the boy came out with allegations. Asked for this article
about his use of the drug on the boy, Torbiner replied: “If I used it,
it was for dental purposes.”

Given the facts about sodium Amytal and a recent landmark case that
involved the drug, the boy’s allegations, say several medical experts,
must be viewed as unreliable, if not highly questionable.

“It’s a psychiatric medication that cannot be relied on to produce
fact,” says Dr. Resnick, the Cleveland psychiatrist. “People are very
suggestible under it. People will say things under sodium Amytal that
are blatantly untrue.” Sodium Amytal is a barbiturate, an invasive
drug that puts people in a hypnotic state when it’s injected
intravenously. Primarily administered for the treatment of amnesia, it
first came into use during World War II, on soldiers traumatized —
some into catatonic states — by the horrors of war. Scientific
studies done in 1952 debunked the drug as a truth serum and instead
demonstrated its risks: False memories can be easily implanted in
those under its influence. “It is quite possible to implant an idea
through the mere asking of a question,” says Resnick. But its effects
are apparently even more insidious: “The idea can become their memory,
and studies have shown that even when you tell them the truth, they
will swear on a stack of Bibles that it happened,” says Resnick.
Recently, the reliability of the drug became an issue in a
high-profile trial in Napa County, California. After undergoing
numerous therapy sessions, at least one of which included the use of
sodium Amytal, 20-year-old Holly Ramona accused her father of
molesting her as a child. Gary Ramona vehemently denied the charge and
sued his daughter’s therapist and the psychiatrist who had
administered the drug. This past May, jurors sided with Gary Ramona,
believing that the therapist and the psychiatrist may have reinforced
memories that were false. Gary Ramona’s was the first successful legal
challenge to the so-called “repressed memory phenomenon” that has
produced thousands of sexual-abuse allegations over the past decade.

As for Chandler’s story about using the drug to sedate his son during
a tooth extraction, that too seems dubious, in light of the drug’s
customary use. “It’s absolutely a psychiatric drug,” says Dr. Kenneth
Gottlieb, a San Francisco psychiatrist who has administered sodium
Amytal to amnesia patients. Dr. John Yagiela, the coordinator of the
anesthesia and pain control department of UCLA’s school of dentistry,
adds, “It’s unusual for it to be used [for pulling a tooth]. It makes
no sense when better, safer alternatives are available. It would not
be my choice.”

Because of sodium Amytal’s potential side effects, some doctors will
administer it only in a hospital. “I would never want to use a drug
that tampers with a person’s unconscious unless there was no other
drug available,” says Gottlieb. “And I would not use it without
resuscitating equipment, in case of allergic reaction, and only with
an M.D. anesthesiologist present.”

Chandler, it seems, did not follow these guidelines. He had the
procedure performed on his son in his office, and he relied on the
dental anesthesiologist Mark Torbiner for expertise. (It was Torbiner
who’d introduced Chandler and Rothman in 1991, when Rothman needed
dental work.)

The nature of Torbiner’s practice appears to have made it highly
successful. “He boasts that he has $100 a month overhead and $40,000 a
month income,” says Nylla Jones, a former patient of his. Torbiner
doesn’t have an office for seeing patients; rather, he travels to
various dental offices around the city, where he administers
anesthesia during procedures.

This magazine has learned that the U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration is probing another aspect of Torbiner’s business
practices: He makes housecalls to administer drugs — mostly morphine
and Demerol — not only postoperatively to his dental patients but
also, it seems, to those suffering pain whose source has nothing to do
with dental work. He arrives at the homes of his clients — some of
them celebrities — carrying a kind of fishing-tackle box that
contains drugs and syringes. At one time, the license plate on his
Jaguar read “SLPYDOC.” According to Jones, Torbiner charges $350 for a
basic ten-to-twenty-minute visit. In what Jones describes as standard
practice, when it’s unclear how long Torbiner will need to stay, the
client, anticipating the stupor that will soon set in, leaves a blank
check for Torbiner to fill in with the appropriate amount.

Torbiner wasn’t always successful. In 1989, he got caught in a lie and
was asked to resign from UCLA, where he was an assistant professor at
the school of dentistry. Torbiner had asked to take a half-day off so
he could observe a religious holiday but was later found to have
worked at a dental office instead.

A check of Torbiner’s credentials with the Board of Dental Examiners
indicates that he is restricted by law to administering drugs solely
for dental-related procedures. But there is clear evidence that he has
not abided by those restrictions. In fact, on at least eight
occasions, Torbiner has given a general anesthetic to Barry Rothman,
during hair-transplant procedures. Though normally a local anesthetic
would be injected into the scalp, “Barry is so afraid of the pain,”
says Dr. James De Yarman, the San Diego physician who performed
Rothman’s transplants, “that [he] wanted to be put out completely.” De
Yarman said he was “amazed” to learn that Torbiner is a dentist,
having assumed all along that he was an M.D.

In another instance, Torbiner came to the home of Nylla Jones, she
says, and injected her with Demerol to help dull the pain that
followed her appendectomy.

On August 16, three days after Chandler and Rothman rejected the
$350,000 script deal, the situation came to a head. On behalf of June
Chandler Schwartz, Michael Freeman notified Rothman that he would be
filing papers early the next morning that would force Chandler to turn
over the boy. Reacting quickly, Chandler took his son to Mathis
Abrams, the psychiatrist who’d provided Rothman with his assessment of
the hypothetical child-abuse situation. During a three-hour session,
the boy alleged that Jackson had engaged in a sexual relationship with
him. He talked of masturbation, kissing, fondling of nipples and oral
sex. There was, however, no mention of actual penetration, which might
have been verified by a medical exam, thus providing corroborating

The next step was inevitable. Abrams, who is required by law to report
any such accusation to authorities, called a social worker at the
Department of Children’s Services, who in turn contacted the police.
The full-scale investigation of Michael Jackson was about to begin.

Five days after Abrams called the authorities, the media got wind of
the investigation. On Sunday morning, August 22, Don Ray, a free-lance
reporter in Burbank, was asleep when his phone rang. The caller, one
of his tipsters, said that warrants had been issued to search
Jackson’s ranch and condominium. Ray sold the story to L.A.’s KNBC-TV,
which broke the news at 4 P.M. the following day.

After that, Ray “watched this story go away like a freight train,” he
says. Within twenty-four hours, Jackson was the lead story on
seventy-three TV news broadcasts in the Los Angeles area alone and was
on the front page of every British newspaper. The story of Michael
Jackson and the 13-year-old boy became a frenzy of hype and
unsubstantiated rumor, with the line between tabloid and mainstream
media virtually eliminated.

The extent of the allegations against Jackson wasn’t known until
August 25. A person inside the DCS illegally leaked a copy of the
abuse report to Diane Dimond of Hard Copy. Within hours, the L.A.
office of a British news service also got the report and began selling
copies to any reporter willing to pay $750. The following day, the
world knew about the graphic details in the leaked report. “While
laying next to each other in bed, Mr. Jackson put his hand under [the
child’s] shorts,” the social worker had written. From there, the
coverage soon demonstrated that anything about Jackson would be fair

“Competition among news organizations became so fierce,” says KNBC
reporter Conan Nolan, that “stories weren’t being checked out. It was
very unfortunate.” The National Enquirer put twenty reporters and
editors on the story. One team knocked on 500 doors in Brentwood
trying to find Evan Chandler and his son. Using property records, they
finally did, catching up with Chandler in his black Mercedes. “He was
not a happy man. But I was,” said Andy O’Brien, a tabloid

Next came the accusers — Jackson’s former employees. First, Stella
and Philippe Lemarque, Jackson’ ex-housekeepers, tried to sell their
story to the tabloids with the help of broker Paul Barresi, a former
porn star. They asked for as much as half a million dollars but wound
up selling an interview to The Globe of Britain for $15,000. The
Quindoys, a Filipino couple who had worked at Neverland, followed.
When their asking price was $100,000, they said ” ‘the hand was
outside the kid’s pants,’ ” Barresi told a producer of Frontline, a
PBS program. “As soon as their price went up to $500,000, the hand
went inside the pants. So come on.” The L.A. district attorney’s
office eventually concluded that both couples were useless as

Next came the bodyguards. Purporting to take the journalistic high
road, Hard Copy’s Diane Dimond told Frontline in early November of
last year that her program was “pristinely clean on this. We paid no
money for this story at all.” But two weeks later, as a Hard Copy
contract reveals, the show was negotiating a $100,000 payment to five
former Jackson security guards who were planning to file a $10 million
lawsuit alleging wrongful termination of their jobs.

On December 1, with the deal in place, two of the guards appeared on
the program; they had been fired, Dimond told viewers, because “they
knew too much about Michael Jackson’s strange relationship with young
boys.” In reality, as their depositions under oath three months later
reveal, it was clear they had never actually seen Jackson do anything
improper with Chandler’s son or any other child:

“So you don’t know anything about Mr. Jackson and [the boy], do you?”
one of Jackson’s attorneys asked former security guard Morris Williams
under oath. “All I know is from the sworn documents that other people
have sworn to.”

“But other than what someone else may have said, you have no firsthand
knowledge about Mr. Jackson and [the boy], do you?”

“That’s correct.”

“Have you spoken to a child who has ever told you that Mr. Jackson did
anything improper with the child?”


When asked by Jackson’s attorney where he had gotten his impressions,
Williams replied: “Just what I’ve been hearing in the media and what
I’ve experienced with my own eyes.”

“Okay. That’s the point. You experienced nothing with your own eyes,
did you?”

“That’s right, nothing.”

(The guards’ lawsuit, filed in March 1994, was still pending as this
article went to press.)

[NOTE: The case was thrown out of court in July 1995. Read the details

Next came the maid. On December 15, Hard Copy presented “The Bedroom
Maid’s Painful Secret.” Blanca Francia told Dimond and other reporters
that she had seen a naked Jackson taking showers and Jacuzzi baths
with young boys. She also told Dimond that she had witnessed her own
son in compromising positions with Jackson — an allegation that the
grand juries apparently never found credible.

A copy of Francia’s sworn testimony reveals that Hard Copy paid her
$20,000, and had Dimond checked out the woman’s claims, she would have
found them to be false. Under deposition by a Jackson attorney,
Francia admitted she had never actually see Jackson shower with anyone
nor had she seen him naked with boys in his Jacuzzi. They always had
their swimming trunks on, she acknowledged.

The coverage, says Michael Levine, a Jackson press representative,
“followed a proctologist’s view of the world. Hard Copy was loathsome.
The vicious and vile treatment of this man in the media was for
selfish reasons. [Even] if you have never bought a Michael Jackson
record in your life, you should be very concerned. Society is built on
very few pillars. One of them is truth. When you abandon that, it’s a
slippery slope.”

The investigation of Jackson, which by October 1993 would grow to
involve at least twelve detectives from Santa Barbara and Los Angeles
counties, was instigated in part by the perceptions of one
psychiatrist, Mathis Abrams, who had no particular expertise in child
sexual abuse. Abrams, the DCS caseworker’s report noted, “feels the
child is telling the truth.” In an era of widespread and often false
claims of child molestation, police and prosecutors have come to give
great weight to the testimony of psychiatrists, therapists and social

Police seized Jackson’s telephone books during the raid on his
residences in August and questioned close to thirty children and their
families. Some, such as Brett Barnes and Wade Robson, said they had
shared Jackson’s bed, but like all the others, they gave the same
response — Jackson had done nothing wrong. “The evidence was very
good for us,” says an attorney who worked on Jackson’s defense. “The
other side had nothing but a big mouth.”

Despite the scant evidence supporting their belief that Jackson was
guilty, the police stepped up their efforts. Two officers flew to the
Philippines to try to nail down the Quindoys’ “hand in the pants”
story, but apparently decided it lacked credibility. The police also
employed aggressive investigative techniques — including allegedly
telling lies — to push the children into making accusations against
Jackson. According to several parents who complained to Bert Fields,
officers told them unequivocally that their children had been
molested, even though the children denied to their parents that
anything bad had happened. The police, Fields complained in a letter
to Los Angeles Police Chief Willie Williams, “have also frightened
youngsters with outrageous lies, such as ‘We have nude photos of you.’
There are, of course, no such photos.” One officer, Federico Sicard,
told attorney Michael Freeman that he had lied to the children he’d
interviewed and told them that he himself had been molested as a
child, says Freeman. Sicard did not respond to requests for an
interview for this article.

All along, June Chandler Schwartz rejected the charges Chandler was
making against Jackson — until a meeting with police in late August
1993. Officers Sicard and Rosibel Ferrufino made a statement that
began to change her mind. “[The officers] admitted they only had one
boy,” says Freeman, who attended the meeting, “but they said, ‘We’re
convinced Michael Jackson molested this boy because he fits the
classic profile of a pedophile perfectly.’ ”

“There’s no such thing as a classic profile. They made a completely
foolish and illogical error,” says Dr. Ralph Underwager, a Minneapolis
psychiatrist who has treated pedophiles and victims of incest since
1953. Jackson, he believes, “got nailed” because of “misconceptions
like these that have been allowed to parade as fact in an era of
hysteria.” In truth, as a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
study shows, many child-abuse allegations — 48 percent of those filed
in 1990 — proved to be unfounded.

“It was just a matter of time before someone like Jackson became a
target,” says Phillip Resnick. “He’s rich, bizarre, hangs around with
kids and there is a fragility to him. The atmosphere is such that an
accusation must mean it happened.”

The seeds of settlement were already being sown as the police
investigation continued in both counties through the fall of 1993. And
a behind-the-scenes battle among Jackson’s lawyers for control of the
case, which would ultimately alter the course the defense would take,
had begun.

By then, June Chandler Schwartz and Dave Schwartz had united with Evan
Chandler against Jackson. The boy’s mother, say several sources,
feared what Chandler and Rothman might do if she didn’t side with
them. She worried that they would try to advance a charge against her
of parental neglect for allowing her son to have sleepovers with
Jackson. Her attorney, Michael Freeman, in turn, resigned in disgust,
saying later that “the whole thing was such a mess. I felt
uncomfortable with Evan. He isn’t a genuine person, and I sensed he
wasn’t playing things straight.”

Over the months, lawyers for both sides were retained, demoted and
ousted as they feuded over the best strategy to take. Rothman ceased
being Chandler’s lawyer in late August, when the Jackson camp filed
extortion charges against the two. Both then hired high-priced
criminal defense attorneys to represent them.. (Rothman retained
Robert Shapiro, now O.J. Simpson’s chief lawyer.) According to the
diary kept by Rothman’s former colleague, on August 26, before the
extortion charges were filed, Chandler was heard to say “It’s my ass
that’s on the line and in danger of going to prison.” The
investigation into the extortion charges was superficial because, says
a source, “the police never took it that seriously. But a whole lot
more could have been done.” For example, as they had done with
Jackson, the police could have sought warrants to search the homes and
offices of Rothman and Chandler. And when both men, through their
attorneys, declined to be interviewed by police, a grand jury could
have been convened.

In mid-September, Larry Feldman, a civil attorney who’d served as head
of the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association, began representing
Chandler’s son and immediately took control of the situation. He filed
a $30 million civil lawsuit against Jackson, which would prove to be
the beginning of the end.

Once news of the suit spread, the wolves began lining up at the door.
According to a member of Jackson’s legal team, “Feldman got dozens of
letters from all kinds of people saying they’d been molested by
Jackson. They went through all of them trying to find somebody, and
they found zero.”

With the possibility of criminal charges against Jackson now looming,
Bert Fields brought in Howard Weitzman, a well-known criminal-defense
lawyer with a string of high-profile clients — including John
DeLorean, whose trail he won, and Kim Basinger, whose Boxing Helena
contract dispute he lost. (Also, for a short time this June, Weitzman
was O.J. Simpson’s attorney.) Some predicted a problem between the two
lawyers early on. There wasn’t room for two strong attorneys used to
running their own show.

From the day Weitzman joined Jackson’s defense team, “he was talking
settlement,” says Bonnie Ezkenazi, an attorney who worked for the
defense. With Fields and Pellicano still in control of Jackson’s
defense, they adopted an aggressive strategy. They believed staunchly
in Jackson’s innocence and vowed to fight the charges in court.
Pellicano began gathering evidence to use in the trial, which was
scheduled for March 21, 1994. “They had a very weak case,” says
Fields. “We wanted to fight. Michael wanted to fight and go through a
trial. We felt we could win.”

Dissension within the Jackson camp accelerated on November 12, after
Jackson’s publicist announced at a press conference that the singer
was canceling the remainder of his world tour to go into a
drug-rehabilitation program to treat his addiction to painkillers.
Fields later told reporters that Jackson was “barely able to function
adequately on an intellectual level.” Others in Jackson’s camp felt it
was a mistake to portray the singer as incompetent. “It was
important,” Fields says, “to tell the truth. [Larry] Feldman and the
press took the position that Michael was trying to hide and that it
was all a scam. But it wasn’t.”

On November 23, the friction peaked. Based on information he says he
got from Weitzman, Fields told a courtroom full of reporters that a
criminal indictment against Jackson seemed imminent. Fields had a
reason for making the statement: He was trying to delay the boy’s
civil suit by establishing that there was an impending criminal case
that should be tried first. Outside the courtroom, reporters asked why
Fields had made the announcement, to which Weitzman replied
essentially that Fields “misspoke himself.” The comment infuriated
Fields, “because it wasn’t true,” he says. “It was just an outrage. I
was very upset with Howard.” Fields sent a letter of resignation to
Jackson the following week.

“There was this vast group of people all wanting to do a different
thing, and it was like moving through molasses to get a decision,”
says Fields. “It was a nightmare, and I wanted to get the hell out of
it.” Pellicano, who had received his share of flak for his aggressive
manner, resigned at the same time.

With Fields and Pellicano gone, Weitzman brought in Johnnie Cochran
Jr., a well-known civil attorney who is now helping defend O.J.
Simpson. And John Branca, whom Fields had replaced as Jackson’s
general counsel in 1990, was back on board. In late 1993, as DAs in
both Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties convened grand juries to
assess whether criminal charges should be filed against Jackson, the
defense strategy changed course and talk of settling the civil case
began in earnest, even though his new team also believed in Jackson’s

Why would Jackson’s side agree to settle out of court, given his
claims of innocence and the questionable evidence against him? His
attorneys apparently decided there were many factors that argued
against taking the case to civil court. Among them was the fact that
Jackson’s emotional fragility would be tested by the oppressive media
coverage that would likely plague the singer day after day during a
trial that could last as long as six months. Politics and racial
issues had also seeped into legal proceedings — particularly in Los
Angeles, which was still recovering from the Rodney King ordeal — and
the defense feared that a court of law could not be counted on to
deliver justice. Then, too, there was the jury mix to consider. As one
attorney says, “They figured that Hispanics might resent [Jackson] for
his money, blacks might resent him for trying to be white, and whites
would have trouble getting around the molestation issue.” In Resnick’s
opinion, “The hysteria is so great and the stigma [of child
molestation] is so strong, there is no defense against it.”

Jackson’s lawyers also worried about what might happen if a criminal
trial followed, particularly in Santa Barbara, which is a largely
white, conservative, middle-to-upper-class community. Any way the
defense looked at it, a civil trial seemed too big a gamble. By
meeting the terms of a civil settlement, sources say, the lawyers
figured they could forestall a criminal trial through a tacit
understanding that Chandler would agree to make his son unavailable to

Others close to the case say the decision to settle also probably had
to do with another factor — the lawyers’ reputations. “Can you
imagine what would happen to an attorney who lost the Michael Jackson
case?” says Anthony Pellicano. “There’s no way for all three lawyers
to come out winners unless they settle. The only person who lost is
Michael Jackson.” But Jackson, says Branca, “changed his mind about
[taking the case to trial] when he returned to this country. He hadn’t
seen the massive coverage and how hostile it was. He just wanted the
whole thing to go away.”

On the other side, relationships among members of the boy’s family had
become bitter. During a meeting in Larry Feldman’s office in late
1993, Chandler, a source says, “completely lost it and beat up Dave
[Schwartz].” Schwartz, having separated from June by this time, was
getting pushed out of making decisions that affected his stepson, and
he resented Chandler for taking the boy and not returning him.

“Dave got mad and told Evan this was all about extortion, anyway, at
which point Evan stood up, walked over and started hitting Dave,” a
second source says.

To anyone who lived in Los Angeles in January 1994, there were two
main topics of discussion — the earthquake and the Jackson
settlement. On January 25, Jackson agreed to pay the boy an
undisclosed sum. The day before, Jackson’s attorneys had withdrawn the
extortion charges against Chandler and Rothman.

The actual amount of the settlement has never been revealed, although
speculation has placed the sum around $20 million. One source says
Chandler and June Chandler Schwartz received up to $2 million each,
while attorney Feldman might have gotten up to 25 percent in
contingency fees. The rest of the money is being held in trust for the
boy and will be paid out under the supervision of a court-appointed

“Remember, this case was always about money,” Pellicano says, “and
Evan Chandler wound up getting what he wanted.” Since Chandler still
has custody of his son, sources contend that logically this means the
father has access to any money his son gets.

By late May 1994, Chandler finally appeared to be out of dentistry.
He’d closed down his Beverly Hills office, citing ongoing harassment
from Jackson supporters. Under the terms of the settlement, Chandler
is apparently prohibited from writing about the affair, but his
brother, Ray Charmatz, was reportedly trying to get a book deal.

In what may turn out to be the never-ending case, this past August,
both Barry Rothman and Dave Schwartz (two principal players left out
of the settlement) filed civil suits against Jackson. Schwartz
maintains that the singer broke up his family. Rothman’s lawsuit
claims defamation and slander on the part of Jackson, as well as his
original defense team — Fields, Pellicano and Weitzman — for the
allegations of extortion. “The charge of [extortion],” says Rothman
attorney Aitken, “is totally untrue. Mr. Rothman has been held up for
public ridicule, was the subject of a criminal investigation and
suffered loss of income.” (Presumably, some of Rothman’s lost income
is the hefty fee he would have received had he been able to continue
as Chandler’s attorney through the settlement phase.)

As for Michael Jackson, “he is getting on with his life,” says
publicist Michael Levine. Now married, Jackson also recently recorded
three new songs for a greatest-hits album and completed a new music
video called “History.”

And what became of the massive investigation of Jackson? After
millions of dollars were spent by prosecutors and police departments
in two jurisdictions, and after two grand juries questioned close to
200 witnesses, including 30 children who knew Jackson, not a single
corroborating witness could be found. (In June 1994, still determined
to find even one corroborating witness, three prosecutors and two
police detectives flew to Australia to again question Wade Robson, the
boy who had acknowledged that he’d slept in the same bed with Jackson.
Once again, the boy said that nothing bad had happened.)

The sole allegations leveled against Jackson, then, remain those made
by one youth, and only after the boy had been give a potent hypnotic
drug, leaving him susceptible to the power of suggestion.

“I found the case suspicious,” says Dr. Underwager, the Minneapolis
psychiatrist, “precisely because the only evidence came from one boy.
That would be highly unlikely. Actual pedophiles have an average of
240 victims in their lifetime. It’s a progressive disorder. They’re
never satisfied.”

Given the slim evidence against Jackson, it seems unlikely he would
have been found guilty had the case gone to trial. But in the court of
public opinion, there are no restrictions. People are free to
speculate as they wish, and Jackson’s eccentricity leaves him
vulnerable to the likelihood that the public has assumed the worst
about him.

So is it possible that Jackson committed no crime — that he is what
he has always purported to be, a protector and not a molester of
children? Attorney Michael Freeman thinks so: “It’s my feeling that
Jackson did nothing wrong and these people [Chandler and Rothman] saw
an opportunity and programmed it. I believe it was all about money.”

To some observers, the Michael Jackson story illustrates the dangerous
power of accusation, against which there is often no defense —
particularly when the accusations involve child sexual abuse. To
others, something else is clear now — that police and prosecutors
spent millions of dollars to create a case whose foundation never

Mary A Fischer is a GQ senior writer based in Los Angeles. In 2003 she
discussed the issue of extortion used against Michael Jackson by Evan
Chandler again. Her opinion has never wavered.

*actual settlement was more like 15Mil- most of it put into Trust for minor child


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