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    Michael Jackson's Courtroom Appearance 11/13/02





    Michael Jackson unmasked
    By James Langton in New York, Evening Standard
    14 November 2002

    Michael Jackson was forced to reveal his ravaged face in public for the first time. A judge in a California court ordered him to remove his surgical mask before giving evidence in a multimillion dollar lawsuit over a cancelled concert appearance.

    The singer arrived at the court wearing the trademark mask, which he believes protects him from germs and traffic fumes. When he removed the mask inside, the full toll of years of plastic surgery on his face were revealed.

    Onlookers gasped at the sight of Jackson, whose nose was scarred and discoloured and covered with a clear plaster. His upper lip also appeared to be covered with scabs, with a beard covering his chin.


    Jackson is being sued for 15 million by his former concert promoter Marcel Avram, who claims the singer pulled out of two millennium concerts. The promoter says Jackson also demanded 1.5 million in "production fees" for two more concerts in Seoul and Munich.

    Hundreds of fans gathered outside the court in Santa Maria, 25 miles from Jackson's Neverland ranch. When trial judge Zel Canter asked him to state his full name he replied: "Michael Joseph Jackson."

    At this point Jackson blew and tapped the microphone in front of him, causing members of the public - who are allowed into the court on a lottery system - to laugh. Later, he was grilled by Avram's lawyer, Louis "Skip" Miller, who said there were differences between his sworn testimony and his evidence on the witness stand.



    After accusations that Jackson had not even bothered to rehearse for the performances, the singer revealed the details of his concert preparations. "I conceptualise everything," he said.

    "I visualise what I want the concert to look like. I stand in front of the mirror in my bathroom and try out the dance moves. I don't do it in my bedroom because there are lots of games in there and they are noisy. It is a lot quieter in the bathroom.''

    At times the 44-year-old star nodded his head backwards and forwards as if he was listening to music. He went on: "I have to have oxygen on stage because the weather is very humid in some of the countries I perform in. Wardrobe is also very important. If I rip a pair of pants, I have to have another pair."

    Avram said Jackson suddenly backed out of the concerts. He said: "He was going to be paid $15 million for the concerts which was the biggest ever purse." Avram said he was phoned by two of Jackson's representatives and asked to fly to meeting at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. When he got there, he was told Jackson no longer wanted to have anything to do with the concerts. "I was shocked," said Avram. "I had worked the whole year to prepare for this and now he was saying 'no'.

    However, Jackson said Avram cancelled the shows with a single phone call. When Miller suggested the call never happened, Jackson said he had a vivid memory of it. "I remember feeling a little bit upset because I was looking forward to doing the millennium shows. I was so excited about them that I told people in my organisation that we should reach the Guinness Book Of World Records because I felt that these would be the most-watched events of all time."

    When Miller accused him of a "discrepancy" in his account, Jackson said his memory of events surrounding the concerts had improved. "It's not unusual for my mental clarity to be heightened," he said.

    Jackson sued the Daily Mirror in 1998 after it claimed his face had been disfigured by plastic surgery and called him a "scarred phantom".

    The paper later apologised. Jackson says the whitening of his skin is caused by a medical condition called vitiligo.










    He originally came in court wearing his surgical mask


    but the judge made him take it off, and the truth was revealed.

    Onlookers gasped at the sight of Jackson, whose nose was scarred and discoloured and covered with a clear plaster. His upper lip also appeared to be covered with scabs, with a beard covering his chin.





    http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/a...?view=Standard

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    maudit anglais
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    Thanks, I really needed to see that!

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    my god thats gross. and people call ME a freak? no the real freak is Michael Jackson. ewwwwww
    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Ben Franklin

    Remember this motto to live by: "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO- HOO what a ride!'"

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    Gross....utterly gross.

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    Originally posted by Planderella
    Gross....utterly gross.
    I think he was trying to look like Princess Diana...

    ...and by the look of the pictures, he's done it! (Of course, her embalmer may be better than Jackson's plastic surgeon)
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    OMG...

    I had no idea he looked that bad. That is really nasty.

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    HOW?

    I'm getting serious for a second here. How did he pull off the transformation from what was a young handsome black man to a freakazoid semi-white guy with a bothched Tiffany nose? Was it medical, chemical, surgical? How does someone do this? Do any of you know?

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    Its not like he can't afford good Dr's. He looks like the human incarnate of the Friendly Lion with AIDS.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    He looks like a mix of Liza Menelli and Elizabeth Taylor-
    When Jesus said "love your enemies", he probably didn't mean kill them.

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    Are we sure he and LaToya aren't one and the same?

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    Originally posted by plannerkat
    Are we sure he and LaToya aren't one and the same?
    Hey- now that should be in the conspiracy thread!! LaToya doesn't look this bad.. he's hideous!
    When Jesus said "love your enemies", he probably didn't mean kill them.

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    Re: HOW?

    Originally posted by El Guapo
    I'm getting serious for a second here. How did he pull off the transformation from what was a young handsome black man to a freakazoid semi-white guy with a bothched Tiffany nose? Was it medical, chemical, surgical? How does someone do this? Do any of you know?

    Check the link. "The HisTory of MJ's face"

    http://anomalies-unlimited.com/Jackson.html

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    NO

    Seeing this I'm glad the rumours of him wanting to relocate to Cape Town have not come about.

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    Hey!

    I was eating breakfast!

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    Re: Re: HOW?

    Originally posted by SouthSideSlayer
    Check the link. "The HisTory of MJ's face" http://anomalies-unlimited.com/Jackson.html
    I guess I feel sad for the guy now after reading that.

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    I just find him sad, in general. All that success and fame, but that driven childhood. Oh well.

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    MJ in the news again

    What a freak! Check this out from CNN.com. I really wish we could prohibit some people from reproducing. This may be MJ's final backlash. . .


    http://www.cnn.com/2002/SHOWBIZ/11/1...eut/index.html

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    A slightly better photot.


    Thar be gators below MJ.

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    sigh

    someone please take those kids from him
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    I've noticed that although they list the mother of the first two kids, it only says that he also has a 1 year old. But any article I've read hasn't made mention of a mom. interesting.

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    is he yelling? Doesn't he know that this same situation happened where a guy held a baby over a bridge and a sniper took him out? helloooooo.. CPS needs to step in-
    When Jesus said "love your enemies", he probably didn't mean kill them.

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    Michael is saying today that he realizes he made a mistake and would never intentionally endanger the welfare of a child. and the origins of his third child seem to be not known, as he's rumored not to be adopted. Which I should hope not. I can't imagine anybody thinking this man should be in custody of children. sigh.

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    White Baby Flight.

    The amazing thing is that his body bleaching goes clean down to his DNA level, cause that is one white baby.

    Whatever the root cause of Danglemania the facts are this guy needs serious mental help. No stable parent would ever do something like that. I ascribe to the Jay Leno theory that he is growing his own.

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    Originally posted by El Guapo
    The amazing thing is that his body bleaching goes clean down to his DNA level, cause that is one white baby.
    "His" other kid is 100% white also...





    http://www.cnn.com/2002/SHOWBIZ/11/2...aby/index.html

    BERLIN, Germany -- Michael Jackson has admitted he made a mistake by dangling his youngest child over a fourth-floor balcony of a Berlin hotel in front of dozens of fans waiting below.

    The boy, his legs kicking, had what seemed to be a white cloth over his head as the superstar, holding the child with one arm around his waist, held him out over the iron rail of the balcony of the luxurious Adlon Hotel on Tuesday.

    The child, wearing a baby blue jumper, is the reclusive singer's third and youngest, Prince Michael II, Antje Sigesmund, a spokeswoman for the Bambi entertainment award ceremony, told The Associated Press.

    The act shocked some who saw it transmitted on TV, and on Tuesday night Jackson admitted he got carried away when fans below the window asked to see the baby.

    "I made a terrible mistake," he said in a written statement. "I got caught up in the excitement of the moment. I would never intentionally endanger the lives of my children."

    Several scenes of Jackson's visit to the German capital, where he is attending an awards ceremony on Thursday -- including the display of his son -- were featured on primetime German news.

    The Chicago-based advocacy group Prevent Child Abuse America criticised Jackson's behaviour, but said the boy did not seem to be harmed.

    $21m lawsuit
    "It is a painful reminder that even the most well-intentioned among us sometimes act in ways that put children in danger of being abused or neglected," A. Sidney Johnson, president and CEO of the group, told AP.

    AP said security had to remove some who had got inside the hotel, just opposite Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate. Reuters reported that the star had earlier arrived wearing a white surgical mask over his mouth and nose, but later removed it.

    Several fans carried banners, including one that said "Save the Kids," with drawings of children's faces, a reference to Jackson's philanthropy. Another said "Really good to see you."

    Jackson, wearing a bright red shirt, smiled and waved to the fans, then threw a small towel to crowds. He then went inside and retrieved the toddler, using one arm to hold the boy out over the balcony rail, AP said.

    Fans cheered as the pop star appeared with the child, but Jackson quickly retreated into his hotel room without making any statement.

    Little is known about Prince Michael II. People Magazine reported in August that he was six months old. The magazine, citing an anonymous friend, said the boy was not adopted and did not identify the mother.

    The singer also has two children with ex-wife Debbie Rowe: a five-year-old boy -- also named Prince Michael -- and a four-year-old girl, Paris. The couple divorced in 1999.

    In Berlin, Jackson was taking a break from a California courtroom where he testified last week in a $21 million lawsuit claiming he backed out of concerts.



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    Wacko Jacko


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