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Good afternoon. Michael Jackson? We’re from the Jehovah’s Witnesses. We wondered if you’d go and join some other sect instead. Spitting Image s4e2, ITV 1986
$35 million dollars? I wish I had a son. Come on, one night with Michael. Joan Rivers, Don’t Start With Me, Netflix 2012
Michael Jackson was an unconventional babysitter. Bill Maher, Adulting, HBO 2022
From boy to man he was the king of pop music. But for 30 years a reputation under attack. He said he was misunderstood. His actions harmless. Michael Jackson: A Faking It Special, DiscoveryPlus 2021
‘It’s car crash television, it really is … You’re watching this person holding hands with a twelve-year-old boy, and you just think, what the hell is going through your mind?’ ibid. Kerry Daynes, psychologist
Santa Barbara 2003: Facing fourteen charges and fighting for his career and reputation, Michael Jackson pleads not guilty. ibid.
Despite Michael Jackson’s bombshell revelation that he did share his bed with young boys, he was fiercely defended by his fans. ibid.
‘On balance, taking behaviour alone … The scales are tipping well in favour of Michael Jackson telling the truth about not abusing children.’ ibid. Chris Lansley
‘Latoya goes on television and throws Michael under the bus.’ ibid. Kerry Daynes
‘Once he started on that road to altering himself, I think he became addicted.’ ibid.
‘When I watched the Leaving Netherland documentary, I think that the overall story that these men give is actually very very compelling.’ ibid.
Michael Jackson: the now infamous baby-dangling incident took place in Germany in 2002. Celebrity Scandals That Shocked Britain
To sleeping in an oxygen tent to having questionable friendships with monkeys, Michael Jackson was no stranger to controversy. ibid.
A second set of child abuse charges were levelled at the singer. ibid.
As with Heath Ledger, news of Michael’s Jackson’s death was not broken by a traditional news outlet but by the gossip website TMZ. Deaths that Shocked Britain
It marked the final chapter in a somewhat eccentric life. ibid.
2.26 p.m. on June 25th 2009: Michael Jackson ... is pronounced dead in Los Angeles. Jackson is just fifty years old ... A police investigation that questions every detail of his passing. Autopsy: Michael Jackson, Channel 5 2014
Jackson spent large amounts of money on a skin-bleaching drug called Benoquin. ibid.
Jackson would become addicted to plastic surgery. ibid.
‘Jackson’s hair is not his own.’ ibid.
He became hooked on painkillers ... and even morphine. ibid.
Demerol isn’t what killed Michael Jackson. ibid.
I feel very fortunate to be compared to somebody so incredible. Michael Jackson’s an icon. Justin Timberlake
He wanted to be Peter Pan for ever. Paul Gambacini
His superstardom was overshadowed by ugly charges. So when Michael Jackson died some began to wonder – although sleep-inducing drugs killed him was his soul already shattered many years before? True Crime with Aphrodite Jones s1e8: Michael Jackson, ID 2010
Santa Barbara District Attorney Tom Sneddon opens a criminal investigation. ibid.
In 2002 Michael Jackson decides it’s time to put the salacious rumours to rest; he begins filming with British documentarian Martin Bashir. ibid.
The film was not what Jackson expects or what he was promised. ibid.
The jury acquits Michael Jackson on all fourteen charges. ibid.
I believe that trial destroyed Michael Jackson. ibid.
Everybody who met Michael Jackson thought they were going to profit in some way. Tom Mesereau, Jackson’ defense attorney
He did talk [to Bashir] about his settlement in the early nineties with another accuser, and he said he did it because he didn’t want to put his family through an O J Simpson-type trial. Michael was used, manipulated and undermined by Mr Bashir. Tom Mesereau
Three days ago Dr Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter of pop superstar Michael Jackson who died at his Los Angeles home. The autopsy found Jackson had died from an overdose of the powerful hospital anaesthetic Propofol. The Man Who Killed Michael Jackson, 2011
He then said he left the room for two minutes before returning to find his patient in serious distress. ibid.
Less doctor more supplier. ibid.
Conrad Murray was the last person to see Michael Jackson alive. ibid.
The use of Propofol in a home setting is the most damaging evidence against Murray. ibid.
April 2009 when Murray moved to Los Angeles as Michael Jackson’s full-time physician. ibid.
Jackson’s problems at rehearsals stemmed from his physical weakness and his recurrent insomnia. Years before he had turned to Propofol, a powerful anaesthetic, as a drastic measure to get to sleep. Jackson called it his Milk. ibid.
The testimony of the Prosecution’s expert witnesses is devastating. ibid.
Michael’s final day 25th June 2009: Michael was driven home by his entourage ... Jackson was excited but needed to sleep. At approximately 2 a.m. Murray says he administered some Valium and Lorazepam but refused to give him any Propofol. At 3 a.m. the doctor gave him another drug Midazolam. Jackson still didn’t go to sleep. ibid.
Michael Jackson’s death stunned the world. ibid.
Seven different prescription medicines were found in his body. ibid.
OK, Number One: there, as I know of, there is no such thing as skin bleaching ... I have a skin disorder that destroys the pigmentation of the skin, it’s something that I cannot help, OK? But, when people make up stories that I don’t want to be who I am, it hurts me ... it’s a problem for me. I can’t control it. Michael Jackson, interview Oprah Winfrey 1993
Yeah – Wacko Jacko. Where’d that come from? Some English tabloid. I have a heart and I have feelings, I feel that, when you do that to me. It’s not nice. Don’t do it. I’m not a Wacko. Michael Jackson, interview Barbara Walters 1998
I have my own secret room with a moving wall and mirrors. That’s where I talk to Lee. His is the voice I hear in there. I feel his presence so very close to me. He is like my guardian angel. He’s even given me permission to record his theme song. Michael Jackson
Well what’s wrong with sharing your bed? I didn’t say I slept in the bed. If I did sleep in the bed, it’s OK. I am not going to do anything sexual to a child. It’s not where my heart is. I’d slit my wrists first. I would never do anything like that. That’s not Michael Jackson, I’m sorry. That’s someone else. That’s someone else. Michael Jackson interview
Why can’t you share your bed? The most loving thing to do is to share your bed with someone. It’s very charming. It’s very sweet. It’s what the whole world should do. Michael Jackson
In their innocence, very young children know themselves to be light and love. If we will allow them, they can teach us to see ourselves the same way. Michael Jackson
And I remember going to the record studio and there was a park across the street and I’d see all the children playing and I would cry because it would make me sad that I would have to work instead. Michael Jackson
Ten minutes of silence honouring Michael Jackson. The Office US s6e2: The Chump, Michael, NBC 2006
‘Any interest in the lot at $100? Pass.’ … I knew things were bad but not this bad. No-one, literally no-one, cared about Jackson any more. Jacques Peretti, Michael Jackson: What Really Happened? Las Vegas auction, 2007