TMZ has obtained a ruling from a California Court of Appeal, issued Wednesday (February 15), rejecting Michael Jackson’s claim that Debbie Rowe gave up her parental rights. In the decision, there’s a revealing passage from the trial judge who commented on the marriage between Jackson and Rowe. “It was an arranged deal from the beginning… This was not a mom and dad saying, ‘Hey, let’s have a family that we’re going to raise.'”
Georgia Bar Owner Racially Targets Jacko… Or Urban Myth?
February 14, 2006 – According to several online postings, a sign greets patrons outside a bar in Paulding County, Georgia stating: “Is Michael Jackson not guilty because he is a ni**** or [because he has] money?” According to the rumor, the bar’s owner, Patrick Lanzo, says the First Amendment protects his right to have the sign up concerning the singer’s acquittal on child molestation charges last year. The rumor adds that NAACP quickly responded to Lanzo’s sign, launching a petition to urge District Attorney Drew Lane to enact legislation that would force the sign’s removal. Check out the petition here. An online search shows that the majority of the postings about this originate from message boards, while no links to television or newspaper websites, or photographs of the offending sign, appear to exist.
Were Jackson’s Neverland Pets A Lure For Kids?
February 12, 2006 – The New York Post reports guards at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch used to toss live rabbits into a crocodile pit as children played on the grounds. “Considering how little he cared for how these animals were kept, it’s hard not to believe that they were little more than props to entice young children,” said a former high-level employee for Jackson, also requesting anonymity.
Jackson Flying Commercial
February 10, 2006 – Conan O’Brien joked during his Late Night monologue on Thursday night, “It’s been reported that Michael Jackson is so broke that he no longer takes private planes and he has to fly commercial. Yeah. Which finally answers the question, ‘What’s worse than being seated next to a fat guy?'”