Malicious Rumors – enough is enough
* update * 7/3/07
Michael Jackson Scouted Eastern Shore Houses – Pop Star on Search for East Coast Vacation HomeWashington Post
Sometimes the unlikeliest rumors do turn out to be true. More than three days after the first vague news reports emerged from Maryland’s Eastern Shore of a real-estate-hunting Michael Jackson, the singer’s reps broke their silence on the matter to confirm in part — and deny in others — the story that’s had the rural peninsula buzzing…
Jackson’s D.C.-based publicist, Raymone Bain, called us late yesterday and said that yes, indeed, the King of Pop really did visit the Eastern Shore last week "for about 24 hours," and that he really did scout out some summer-house properties.
But, no, he hasn’t made a purchase yet, contrary to some of the more heated Internet speculation. And he’s not limiting his search to the Chesapeake region: he has since "gone up the coast" to look elsewhere for a vacation place.
Jackson came east with his children about 10 days ago for meetings because "the majority of his advisers and attorneys are on the East Coast." Meanwhile, Bain told us, "He’s always admired the properties on the East Coast because they have a lot of land. Neverland has 3,000 acres — he likes privacy. You can’t find as many properties like that on the West Coast."
The Easton Star Democrat, simply citing "inside sources," reported Friday that Jackson spent the previous night at the historic Inn at Perry Cabin in the picturesque waterfront community of St. Michael’s, although inn managers declined to comment. A wave of subsequent news coverage followed, although none managed to cite any actual sightings of Jackson. Still, WBAL-TV captured video of sheets shrouding the path from the inn’s exit to a waiting limousine . . . which certainly seemed like vintage Jackson.
So, now we know. While she had us on the phone, Bain (who last week was issuing statements denying that Jackson was on his deathbed or had been evicted from his part-time Vegas rental — he simply decided not to buy it, she said) took the time to clear up some other lingering rumors. "It’s so much chaos and confusion," she said. No, he’s not looking to move permanently to the East Coast — just to buy a vacation place. And no, he didn’t come East for a kidney transplant. (Whoa, we hadn’t even heard that one.)
What was the purpose of his meetings out here? "A laundry list" of issues, Bain said. "He’s head of a vast corporation."http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct=us/0-0&fp=468a6ecc53776aa1&ei=X_WKRtOGCo_CowKrvtDkBg&url=http%3A//www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/03/AR2007070301107.html%3Fhpid%3Dtopnews&cid=1117819737STORIES DISSEMINATED IN THE MEDIA REGARDING MICHAEL JACKSON NOT TRUE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Raymone K. Bain
June 27, 2007
Washington, D.C. …. There have been several news reports regarding Mr. Michael Jackson that are untrue, defamatory and malicious in nature.
Mr. Jackson is not bedridden nor on any type of medication…including painkillers. In fact, Mr. Jackson is doing very well, and conducted a meeting with his advisors yesterday, which included Former Attorney General Benjamin R. Civiletti, and Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., among others.
There was no press release issued from Mr. Jackson’s organization regarding any European tour plans. Despite reports to the contrary, Mr. Jackson is currently in the studio putting finishing touches on his music.
Mr. Jackson has not “left” Las Vegas nor is he being “evicted” from his residence in Las Vegas. He decided not to exercise the option to purchase the house. Period.
Mr. Jackson does not believe that his brother, Randy Jackson, has stolen monies from him, nor does he believe that Randy, or any of his family members, would ever steal from him. Reports regarding the same were untrue and malicious.
Contrary to published reports, Mr. Jackson is neither losing, nor is he selling his share of the ATV/Sony partnership. Reports regarding the same are ludicrous, without merit, and are being written without sufficient personal financial information to make such an unwarranted pronouncement.
Mr. Jackson is concerned that his assistant, Grace Rwaramba, is constantly being attacked by Fox News’ Roger Friedman. There have been vicious and untrue reports concerning Ms. Rwaramba, who lives a very private life and has done nothing wrong, but is being attacked for her professional relationship and proximity to Mr. Jackson.
While in his entire career, Mr. Jackson has never uttered a disparaging word to any reporter, nor has he ever used or instructed his security to use any force toward any reporter, there are those whose vehement hatred for Mr. Jackson has reached a level where all journalistic integrity has been lost, in order to write reports for which there is no substantiation, are untrue, written to create a frenzy, or used to try and destroy Mr. Jackson’s image. They know who they are; and, this is a sad commentary…a commentary which Mr. Jackson’s attorneys will address.
Michael Jackson Responds To ‘Malicious’ Rumors
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 28, 2007) — The King of Pop has decided that enough is enough…