Truth About Jackson
Geraldo: Ever since his June acquittal on child molestation charges, Michael Jackson as you know has been engulfed in controversy, ranging from the bizarre to the comic, everything from reports on his being broke to his begging for a job to mistreatment of his exotic animals back on his Neverland Valley Ranch.
But forget the rumors because today we set the record straight about the rumors about the once King of Pop Michael Jackson.
MJ video clip from the Feb 2005 interview with Geraldo: Summary comments: Celebrities are always a target -- the bigger the star, the bigger the target -- They come after celebrities -- we are targets....
Geraldo: Living on the other side of the world in the tiny Persian Gulf country of Bahrain has not kept the pop star out of the cross hairs. Court filings and claims against him continue to plague the be leagued idol, perhaps straining his legendary fortune and his health.
showing pics of MJ with the Prince, MJ with Bain in London, video clip of MJ coming and going to court along with the pjs clip...
Just a shortlist of recently published claims include Jackson on the edge of financial ruin, Jackson's ex-wife wanting her kids rescued from the middle east and another that he owes $48 million in fees related to his rights to the Beatles musical catalog. Then there's the claim regarding Michael's Neverland Ranch, where if the claims? by animal activists, federal inspectors found his exotic animals in good health after a surpirse inspection.
video clip of NLVR and animals; video clip of MJ in studio wearing black (clip does not appear to be a new one -- I've seen it before). MJ is wearing all black.
Trying to remain out of the eye of the storm in the US, the KOP remains living in Bahrain with his children, where he is putting the final touches on his long awaited hurricane relief song which features artists like Snoop Dogg, Babyface and R. Kelly among many others and is due now for release next month.
Joining me now to sort fact from fiction is Michael Jackson's spokesperson, my friend, Raymone K. Bain.
G: Hi Raymone!
RB: Hi Geraldo (she was wearing a black suit with white piping and a three string pearl necklace)
G: First of all Raymone, you know the rumor that swept the world that he is on prescription drugs, on Demoral, that he is abusing these drugs and he's very, very ill ---
RB: Hmm -- Not true. I've seen him, I've spent time with him, we've been on the phone and there's so many other people who have been speaking to him recently -- there's so many people who have spoken to Michael in the last several months, that can verify the fact that he is not drowning in drugs. It is unbelievable how some of these reports are dissiminated.
G: But how often do you speak with him?
RB: I have been speaking to him quite a lot because as I've said, he has been 'hands-on' with regards to work--
G: So when was the last time you spoke to him?
G: Just yesterday.
RB: Yes. um hmm.
G: Okay so he is focused and you think that he is physically in good shape.
RB: Well I know he's physically in good shape -- I've seen him, I've been in his presence, my team has been in his presence, the artists have been speaking to him constantly back and forth about this project that we're hoping will help tremendously down in the southern --
G: 'I Have This Dream' -- now when is this song being released?
RB: We are looking at releasing it mid-month -- in February -- mid to late February.
G: And will the proceeds will be going to Katrina relief?
G: Was he looking for --
RB: Absolutely not --
G: -- begging for a job in Bahrain?
RB: Absolutely NOT! I was astonished in looking at some major reputable news organizations where the headlines were: 'Michael Jackson looks for a job'! The truth is is that a multi-billion dollar entertainment conglomerate has asked him if he would consider becoming an advisor helping to bring entertainment enterprises to the Middle East.
Don't believe 90% of what you read because 9 times out of 10, it isn't true. And this record is happening, we have some absolutely fabulous artists who are participating and we are hoping that it will help tremendously down in the Gulf region of this country.