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Over the past few decades, Michael Jackson has been at the center of more than his share of controversies. Some of them have been utterly bizarre. Some of them have been despicable.
All of the court paperwork is sealed at this point. As a result, we donít know any of the specific claims he might have or what evidence he might have to support his allegations, but regardless, itís going to be an uphill battle for him. The statute of limitations to both accuse someone of molestation and to make a claim against Michael Jacksonís estate have both passed.
If you want to know why Michael Jackson was such a strange guy during his life, you can probably look to the behavior of his family since his death. From bizarre kidnapping allegations to missing person scandals to almost incessant fights over money, itís been a complete and utter shitshow, and let the record show, itís not getting any better.
Michael Jackson Paternity Backlash: Some Claim Papa Joe's The Real Father, Others Question The Whole Thing
The Michael Jackson thirty-one-year-old baby drama drama just keeps getting weirder because of course. Just a day after a DNA test allegedly proved the ďBillie JeanĒ singer impregnated Miki Howard and in doing so, fathered aspiring musician Brandon Howard, the Internet has collectively pushed back against the tale very hard, offering up two competing theories as to what the hell is really going on.
Go grab a cold glass of water and take a seat. Itís about to get really weird up in here. Apparently, Michael Jackson impregnated longtime Jackson family friend Miki Howard during the early 1980s. Who is she, you ask? She had a string of R&B hits in the late 80s and early 90s and, wait for it, just sometimes went by the name Billie.
After months of testimony and millions of dollars in legal fees, the Jackson Familyís wrongful death suit against AEG finally came to a close today. The jury ruled the large corporation is not responsible for what happened to Michael and therefore, doesnít need to pay even a cent of the more than one billion dollars Katherine and company were asking for.
The Michael Jackson wrongful death lawsuit is, for the sake of simplicity, most often referred to as a battle between Katherine Jackson and AEG, but until today, it was actually far more complicated. Katherine and MJís three children technically filed suit against AEG and two executives named Randy Phillips and Paul Gongaware
Today is Michaelís birthday. Had he survived, he would have been fifty-five-years-old and still more than capable of churning out hit songs and lighting up the dance floor. Thatís why sometimes itís best to forget all the drama for a few minutes and just remember how insanely brilliant MJ really was. He could sing. He could dance, and he could write a hell of a pop song.
Katherine Jackson loved her son Michael during his life, and she has continued to love him after his passing. She apparently thinks about him and even cries for him every single day, but that doesnít mean she thinks he was completely without fault as a parent. In fact, the second she got the children, there was at least one thing she vowed never to do: force the kids to wear masks.
From a detached perspective, the exchange sounds like it would go down as one of the more emotional moments of the entire trial, but the truth is the seventy days (thatís right, seventy days) have been one long torrent of emotion. From Jackson Family members to friends to former employees to doctors to executives, more than a handful of people have been put on the witness stand and absolutely grilled, and a sizeable percentage of them have broken down at some point.
Michael Jacksonís ex-wife and mother of his children, Debbie Rowe, has been called to testify in the contentious AEG/ Katherine Jackson wrongful death lawsuit, and more than likely, her presence will spell trouble for the family in their attempts to blame the death on the large company. The exact words Rowe will use are unclear, but sheís widely expected to say her ex-husband hid his drug use from his family and his employers
Earlier today, Katherine Jackson was in court as part of the ongoing wrongful death lawsuit against AEG, and not surprisingly, she pointed the finger at pretty much everyone but her own son for his downfall. If sheís to be believed, her son was extremely sick and needed medical attention, but instead of giving it to him, the company pressured him to continue moving forward in a decision that ultimately had tragic consequences.
The general publicís interest in Michael Jacksonís personal life was seemingly insatiable during the singerís life, and now that heís gone, the desire to pull back the curtain hasnít really ebbed. Consequently, many media outlets are pushing for Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff to unseal Wade Robsonís molestation allegations against Jacksonís estate.
If Jacksonís family and the attorney for his estate are to be believed, however, Robson is a publicity-hungry liar looking for a paycheck. By his own admission, he suffered a breakdown last year and hasnít worked a whole lot since. In addition, he testified under oath on at least two occasions that Jackson not only never touched him but never attempted to do anything shady during all the time they spent together.
Wade Robson spoke publically about his sexual abuse claims against Michael Jackson for the first time this morning on Today, and the noted choreographer and onetime MJ protťgť certainly didnít pull any punches. Referring to the singer as a pedophile, Robson outlined what he claimed was a pattern of abuse and systematic mental manipulation that forced him not only to be silent about what actually happened but to lie under oath on at least two occasions.