Posted On Monday, November 12, 2012 at 08:59:47 AM
New York: The Michael Jackson family saga refuses to die. Out this week, is a book by journalist Randall Sullivan that reveals how the King of Pop’s family, and ‘friends’ such as Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor, took the superstar for all he’s worth — demanding payments for favours and support, and raiding his house after his death.
• Book alleges Michael’s sisters searched his home for cash after his death in 2009. It also claims that good friends like Elizabeth Tyalor (L) charged money for favours
Here are some startling revelations made by in the book, Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson.
Within hours of Michael’s death on June 25, 2009, the women of the clan initiated what became a week-long occupation and search of the Carolwood Drive chateau in Los Angeles where he died.
The first night, MJ’s sister La Toya and her boyfriend Jeffre Phillips entered the estate, loaded black rubbish bags filled with cash into duffel bags and placed them in the garage.
The next morning, Janet Jackson arrived at the front gate with a van behind her. A couple of hours later the van left with La Toya’s boyfriend Phillips at the wheel.
In 2001, the Jacksons demanded $250,000 each to attend tribute concerts planned for Michael’s 30th anniversary in music, even for those who would simply be watching from the crowd. When the family learned that the singer’s take from the shows would reach $10 million, they demanded another $500,000.
With friends like these…
Michael’s ‘good friend’ Marlon Brando charged him $1 million for his rambling video tribute — an awful investment, it turned out, since the Madison Square Garden crowd booed Brando’s ramblings.
Michael’s another famously close friend Elizabeth Taylor came cheap. When she was once asked to participate in a video to help counter some horrible press he received, all she demanded for her time was a $638,000 necklace.
On one occasion, MJ was hiding from his family at Neverland Ranch with his kids, when his family turned up at the gate. Michael tried to have them sent away, the book claims, but they claimed that Michael’s mother Katherine needed to use the restroom.
As soon as they barged their way inside, ‘they literally ransacked the place’ searching for Michael to get him to sign some contracts. The singer, meanwhile, “retreated with the kids to a hiding place concealed behind a secret door at the back of his bedroom closet.”
In tears, he called an associate and cried, “You see what they do to me? Do you understand . . . why I hide from them?”