MJ News – Michael Jackson (the Official Press Room)

To my fans, friends and family:

As you know, the charges recently directed at me are terribly serious. They are, however, predicated on a big lie. This will be shown in court, and we will be able to put this horrible time behind us.

Because the charges are so serious, I hope you all will understand, on the advice of my attorneys, I will be limited in what I can say about the situation. There will be times when I cannot comment at all. No doubt, this will be frustrating for all of us.

For that reason, I have set up this website to serve as a source of official communications on my case. Any statement that does not appear on this website must be considered unauthorized.

You are right to be skeptical of some of the individuals who are being identified in the mass media as my friends, spokespeople, and attorneys. With few exceptions, most of them are simply filling a desperate void in our culture that equates visibility with insight. We will not engage in speculation. We will not provide running commentary on every new development or allegation du jour. We intend to try our case in the courtroom, not in the public or the media.

I thank you all for your support and understanding.

God bless you,

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson Responds to Media Uproar

Over Search of Neverland Ranch
And a Who’s Who of Hucksters Preying on His Name

LOS ANGELES – We cannot comment on law enforcement’s investigation because we do not yet know what it is about.

We can comment on the malignant horde of media hounds claiming to speak for Michael on this and many other issues. A rogue’s gallery of hucksters and self-styled “inside sources” have dominated the airwaves since reports of a search of Neverland broke, speculating, guessing and fabricating information about an investigation they couldn’t possibly know about.

Michael himself said, “I’ve seen lawyers who do not represent me and spokespeople who do not know me speaking for me. These characters always seem to surface with a dreadful allegation just as another project, an album, a video, is being released.”

Michael will, as always, cooperate fully with authorities in any investigation even as it is conducted, yet again, while he is not home.

Statement on Behalf of Michael Jackson

The outrageous allegations against Michael Jackson are false. Michael would never harm a child in any way. These scurrilous and totally unfounded allegations will be proven false in a courtroom. Naturally, the implications are distressing to everyone who hears them, which is precisely the point.

We are disturbed by the levity of the environment surrounding the announcement of these very serious charges. When the evidence is presented and the allegations proven to be malicious and wholly unfounded, Michael will be able to put this nightmare behind him.

Michael through his attorneys, led by Mark Geragos, has already made arrangements with the District Attorney to return to Santa Barbara to immediately confront and prove these charges unfounded.

Statement on Behalf of Michael Jackson

The big lie against Michael Jackson is anchored in the most vicious allegation imaginable, one that resonates across every culture: the spectacle of harming a child. That spectacle invites outrage, and it should. But this spectacle is rooted in a lie.

Michael said, “Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons. The truth will win this marathon in court.”

Michael is going to defend himself with the force of his spirit, as would anyone falsely accused of something so monstrous.

Michael Jackson Wins Court Order on Illegal Videotape

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Yaffe granted Michael Jackson a court order against the aircraft company XtraJet, which was attempting to sell a surreptitious videotape of Michael and his attorney to the highest media bidder.

“The videotaping of my client conferring with me was illegal and outrageous, as was the aircraft company’s attempt to sell that tape for profit,” said Mark Geragos, Michael’s attorney. “This entire case is about cash, and anyone who believes differently is living in their own Neverland. We will be absolutely relentless in our pursuit of any and all extortionists regardless of how they try to gift wrap their lies in the cloak of justice. Michael is not going to be a piƱata for every money-hungry publicity seeker to strike in the hopes of hitting it rich.”

The videotape was made on November 20th while Michael and his attorney flew from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara for the singer’s processing on criminal charges. The judge’s ruling prohibits XtraJet from releasing the tape until a hearing next month where a permanent prohibition will be sought.

Anyone watching this case can see that new lows are being hit every day. Motivated parties are taking obscene measures to injure Michael with false allegations. We will aggressively challenge the rogue’s gallery of grifters who are seeking dividends from Michael’s ordeal. There is a very real, human price being exacted here, and Michael will do what it takes to safeguard his family and his name.

Statement by Katherine Jackson on Behalf of the Jackson Family

“Michael is innocent. On behalf of the Jackson family, we know these vicious lies are totally untrue, malicious and motivated by pure greed and revenge. Our family totally supports Michael. We proudly stand next to Michael, who we know could never commit any of the acts he is accused of. We will fight with every ounce of our energy to reveal the truth behind these false allegations and the motivations behind those who have falsely accused Michael. We pray for a swift resolution, real justice and we especially want to thank the millions of fans and supporters who have solidly stood by Michael and the family during this ordeal.”

Statement by the Jackson Family

“What the tapes the Santa Barbara sheriff released shows is interesting but what it conceals is vital. The tapes do not address any of the allegations that Michael made but only paint a portrait of what the sheriff’s men did when the cameras were on them, not what they did when no one was looking. We look forward to a further investigation when all the facts come out in due course.”

Michael Jackson In Control of His Business Affairs

LOS ANGELES – Pop Superstar Michael Jackson is in full control of his business affairs and the more than 25 people he employs to manage those affairs; including longtime and ongoing relationships with his accountants, lawyers and advisors. Contrary to an article in the December 30, 2003 New York Times, the Pop icon along with his advisors, is making the key decisions that affect the day to day running of his entertainment empire. The article in the New York Times “Dispute in the Michael Jackson Camp Over Role of the Nation of Islam”, incorrectly reported that the Nation of Islam has taken over Mr. Jackson’s affairs. “The idea that there is some takeover by the Nation of Islam — someone is spinning you,” says Jackson attorney Mark Geragos.

Mr. Jackson is facing charges of child molestation and attorney Geragos notes that these accusations of Nation of Islam control surfaced immediately after the Santa Barbara district attorney’s office engaged a public relations firm. In addition, the Nation of Islam has stated that it has “no official business or professional relationship with Mr. Michael Jackson” and “joins thousands of other people in wishing him well”.

The New York Times also erroneously reported that Mr. Jackson’s official spokesman, Stuart Backerman, resigned on Monday to protest the Nation of Islam’s presence. In fact, Mr. Geragos personally fired Backerman last week for making an official statement on December 20th at Neverland ranch, without the previously agreed upon authorization.

Michael Jackson’s Publicist, Kevin J. McLin Sr.

LOS ANGELES – As a publicist for Michael Jackson, I would like to set the record straight on the dismissal of Michael’s former spokesperson, Stuart Backerman. Mr. Backerman is claiming he resigned over “strategic differences ” with Mr. Jackson’s advisors. This is not true. Mr. Backerman and I both attended the Jackson family get-together December 20th, at Neverland ranch. Both Mr. Backerman and I were present at the media briefing by Michael’s attorney Mark Geragos. Both Mr. Backerman and I agreed not to make any statements to the press without authorization by Mr. Geragos. Mr. Backerman spoke to the press without that authorization and was terminated for refusing to acknowledge that agreement.