Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com reports that the mother of the 12-year-old boy who has accused Michael Jackson of child molestation implored her kids to call the pop singer “daddy.” The mother reportedly said to her children, “You can call him ‘daddy’ since you don’t have one.” Friedman’s sources tell him that the mother was so dead-set on bonding Jackson to her kids that she instructed them to call Jackson “daddy” as a way of ingratiating themselves with him. Read more.
Michael Jackson Molestation Case Shouldn’t Affect Janet
February 1, 2004 – Our previous poll asking what affect will Michael’s molestation case have on sales of Janet Jackson’s new album saw 67.5% say it’s all about the music and a hot first single, while guilty by association effect hurts sales came in a distant second with 19.4%. Last spot went to publicity will help sales, which got 13.1%. And after Janet’s Super Bowl half-time stunt, no doubt this isn’t the only issue that will influence sales of ‘Damita Jo’ for its March 30th release.
Michael Jackson Gags Ex Wife With $2 Million
January 31, 2004 – News of the World reports Michael paid ex-wife Debbie Rowe $2million to keep quiet about their children. Under the agreement, Debbie received a “temporary spousal lump sum” of $215,000 and a “non-modifiable spousal support” of $150,000 every year for the next five years.
Michael Jackson Lookalikes Fear Financial Ruin
January 31, 2004 – Michael lookalikes in America fear they are going to be ruined because of the singer’s child molestation charges. “I’m concerned, simply because I love what I do,” Las Vegas-based entertainer Kenny Wizz tells ABC News. “I worry that I won’t be accepted in the same way. I’m a professional. I, like, do the moonwalk, all the old stuff.”
Michael Jackson Told Accuser He’d Make Him A Star
January 31, 2004 – Michael encouraged the boy who later accused him of molestation into appearing in a British documentary with the suggestion of a movie career, a former lawyer for the boy’s family tells ABC News’ ‘Primetime’. William Dickerman says Jackson brought the boy to his Neverland ranch and “gave him some inducements about things that might happen if he did a good job on camera … like he might have a movie career.” The lawyer explained, “I suppose he was trying to clean up his image, put a young boy in front of the camera who says, ‘Yeah everything is OK, he doesn’t sleep with me, there is nothing torrid happening in bed’.”