Jackson Lawyers In Smear Campaign, Says Former Pr

0
0
Subscribe to Michael Jackson alerts

Michael Jackson's lawyers arranged a smear campaign against the family of his teenager accuser, the troubled singer's former public relations executive claimed in a California court yesterday (02MAR05).

Las Vegas PR ANN MARIE KITE, who worked for Jackson for only six days in February 2003, alleges one of Jackson's attorneys said they would portray JANET ARVIZO - now known as Janet Jackson following her 2004 marriage - as a "crack whore" through the media.

Kite claims she was hired to handle the superstar's crisis management six days after broadcaster Martin Bashir's damning documentary LIVING WITH MICHAEL JACKSON was aired in Britain (03FEB03).

Jackson is fighting 10 felony charges of child molestation, administering an intoxicating agent, and conspiracy involving allegations of child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion in the Santa Maria trial.

Kite told the court Jackson's associates were alarmed after Arvizo, her 13-year-old son GAVIN and other son STAR, suddenly left Jackson's California Neverland Ranch in the middle of the night, only days after the broadcast.

Kite says Jackson aide MARC SCHAFFEL - who is named as an indicted co-conspirator - told her "the situation had been contained. He said they had been brought back to ranch. I didn't understand why we would be upset about them leaving the ranch."

Prosecutors allege Jackson and his associates held the Arvizo family against their will at the ranch in order to force them to help the singer repair his public image following the documentary.

Kite claims she contacted her ex-boyfriend DAVID LeGRAND, a lawyer for Jackson who had employed her: "He said that they no longer had to worry about (the mother) because they had her on tape and they were going to make her look like a crack whore."

Kite went on to refuse Jackson's then-attorney MARK GERAGOS' requests to sign a confidentiality agreement, because "I believe it was designed to shut me up".

During cross-examination, Jackson's lawyer THOMAS MESEREAU JR stressed Kite had never met the singer, most of his associates or the Arvizo family.

Kite agreed some of Jackson's aides, including Schaffel and RONALD KONITZER, were not acting in his best interests.

Mesereau asked, "You said that Mr Konitzer was hired to isolate Michael Jackson and let him create his downfall so that Sony could get the (Beatles back) catalogue back, isn't that correct?"

Kite replied, "Not in those words... Sony was waiting for the opportunity to get the Sony catalogue back."

The fourth day of the trial continues today (04MAR05).

03/03/2005 09:56

Contactmusic

Tags: Michael Jackson - Janet Jackson - Martin Bashir - MARK GERAGOS - Sony - Beatles

0
0
Subscribe to Michael Jackson alerts
Advertisement

More Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury Duet To Appear On New Queen Album

Queen Forever, a new album being compiled by Queen’s guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, will feature a previously unreleased duet between frontman Freddie...

Michael Jackson's Legacy And Earning Potential Live On With New Video "A Place With No Name"

It’s about time for another round of Michael Jackson nostalgia, with A Place With No Name, the first single off his posthumous album, released yesterday....

Beyonce To Receive Vanguard Award At The VMAs. But Mostly, YES, She Will Perform!

Umm, Beyonce will be performing at the MTV Video Music Awards... is anyone really , surprised? Bey is everywhere these days. In the wake of...

Could Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch Fetch up To $85m?

We previously thought Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch would cost around $60m, but various reports are suggesting that the 1040-hectare (2,600-acre) estate could fetch anything up...

Advertisement

Michael Jackson's Neverland to be Sold: What Can You Buy For $60m?

What would you do if you won the lottery this weekend? Buy a yacht? A football club? Well, you could also buy Neverland. Michael Jackson’s...

Jackson Family To Star In New Reality Show - But Who Is Alejandra Jackson?

Members of Michael Jackson's extended family are set to star in a new reality series but most people have never heard of the focus of...

Michael Jackson - XSCAPE documentary 2.0 teaser Video

A new teaser has been released for the forthcoming documentary on Michael Jackson's posthumous album 'Xscape'.

Michael Jackson - Love Never Felt So Good (DM CLASSIC RADIO MIX) Audio Video

The DM Classic Radio Mix for Michael Jackson's posthumous hit single 'Love Never Felt So Good' has been released as an audio. The track featured...

Advertisement

Comments

Michael Jackson Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Michael Jackson

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All