Fact Checking Michael Jackson’s Christian Faith, Part 4 of 7: So-Called “Christians” Who Have LIED Against Michael!
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
This post will focus on the “faith” of the people who have lied about Michael Jackson throughout the years. These people include “investigative reporters” Maureen Orth and Diane Dimond, MJ’s accusers Gavin and Star Arvizo, Martin Bashir, and former family friend Stacy Brown, just to name a few.
However, the bulk of my analysis will be dedicated to Jason Francia, the son of a former maid who was fired from Neverland (but lied and said she quit), and who was coerced by police into accusing MJ of molestation. The reason I want to focus so heavily on his testimony is because he was a former YOUTH MINISTER at his church! If there is anyone who should have confessed to lying, you would think it would have been him, right? I was going to include him in this post, but instead I will debunk his lies in Part 5!
First, let’s look at Diane Dimond! She is a former reporter of the now defunct celebrity tabloid gossip show “Hard Copy”. Here’s an overview of the show, and you can clearly see that they abandoned the good intentions that the show started with once they realized that sensationalized, tabloid reporting is where the ratings are at!
In the late 1980s, as investigative news shows and daytime talk shows were changing their formats and style, Hard Copy was created by Metromedia Television veterans Mark Monsky and John Parsons Peditto, who told original staffers that the idea was to “combine the stories of 20/20 with the production techniques of MTV.” This would be the show’s format at launch, but it was quickly abandoned due to ratings concerns. Monsky and Parsons Peditto would leave the series within the first season, and the show took on a hard tabloid format after their departure, with stories featuring outrageous content or titillation being featured much more than serious topics, along with graphics in bold and large fonts, and MTV-style camera work.
From 1990 through 1993, in its second, third and fourth seasons, the show was under the direction of executive producer and A Current Affair creator Peter Brennan and a team of Fox Television tabloid veterans that included producers Burt Kearns and Neal Travis and reporter Rafael Abramovitz. Under their control, Hard Copy evolved into the apotheosis of smart, witty and outrageous tabloid reporting. Hard Copy became such a staple of popular culture it was parodied on The Simpsons in the episode “Homer Badman” as Rock Bottom, a show which clearly misrepresents facts in order to create scandal. Meanwhile, the team broke news in the Cheyenne Brando, the Menendez Brothers, William Kennedy Smith, Clarence Thomas and the British Royal Family sagas, while pioneering the “mini movie” long-form story techniques in multi-episode reports on the Chappaquiddick incident, Elvis Presley, and the death of Marilyn Monroe.
1996 celebrity boycott
In 1996, actor George Clooney began a public boycott of Hard Copy and its sister show Entertainment Tonight (both were produced by Paramount Television) after Hard Copy violated a six-month agreement not to air segments about Clooney by airing footage of Clooney and then-girlfriend Celine Balitran on the set of his film Batman & Robin. Other celebrities supported the boycott including Whoopi Goldberg, Madonna, and Steven Spielberg.
Paramount Television eventually agreed to change the way both shows obtained their news. They also agreed not to air “unauthorized footage” of celebrities or “footage that is known to have been obtained illegally.”[2
Diane Dimond was one of the first reporters to break the 1993 child molestation case against MJ, and she has allowed the case to define her career ever since. She and her employers at Hard Copy were a literal thorn in MJ’s side during his darkest hour, as they repeatedly aired unsubstantiated stories from unreliable sources in order to convict MJ in the court of public opinion (and thus increase ratings), and they even paid former employees to lie on camera! (This will be discussed in more detail later on in this post.)
Although Hard Copy was cancelled in 1999, Dimond didn’t change her ways! She kept in touch with Tom Sneddon, the District Attorney of Santa Barbara (where MJ resided), numerous former employees of Neverland who lied and said they saw MJ abusing children, and many others who were connected to the case, and as a result she was tipped off that Neverland would be raided again in November 2003, and she was the ONLY reporter at Neverland during the raid! She was subsequently hired by Court TV, and she helped transform it from a respectable legal news outlet to just another celebrity tabloid show!
I cannot possibly document in this post each and every single devious lie that Dimond has peddled throughout the years, but I’ll gladly summarize a list of posts that go into her background in more detail (which will help those of you reading this who aren’t familiar with her):
1. Fact Checking Diane Dimond’s Lies from TruTV’s “In Session”: On September 16th, 2011 Dimond participated in a roundtable discussion with two of MJ’s closest confidants, and her lies were so outrageous that they warranted an immediate rebuttal! For example, she claimed to have interviewed with “many” families who were too afraid to press charges against MJ! (I recorded the entire program, and I’m in the process of getting it uploaded to YouTube!)
2. Fans United For Michael Jackson’s Legacy did a recent post titled “Turn Off, Tune Out, Shut Off Diane Dimond”
4. The section of the Veritas Project aptly titled “Diane Dimond: Paragon of Deceit”.
5. MJJJustice Project’s post “Dimond – Duplicity is Thy Name”. Another excellent analysis of her clever, yet deceitful spin of the facts. In this post, they analyze her 1995 radio interview on “The Ken and Barkley Show”, which was transcribed in MJ’s lawsuit against Paramount Pictures Corporation (the company behind “Hard Copy”.)
6. Filthy Tabloid Trash’s Open Letter to TruTV, respectfully asking them to reconsider their decision to hire Diane Dimond to cover the upcoming trial. Obviously this letter fell on deaf ears!
7. The Edgy Matters blog post from June 25th, 2004, titled “C-O-N-SPIRACY”” where Dimond was sarcastically “charged” as the #1 co-conspirator in helping Sneddon violate the gag order by planting stories in the media to taint the jury pool and convict MJ in the court of public opinion! And let’s not forget their June 23rd, 2005 post titled “Diane Dimond vs. Journalism Code of Ethics”, a must read!!
Now that we have a good idea of Dimond’s dishonest background, let’s look at who she claims is her moral compass! On July 8th, 2009 she published a post on her blog titled “A Word About Sources”, and a reader left the following comment, and try to keep a straight face as you read Dimond’s response!
Think of that comment as you watch this compilation of Dimond’s “greatest hits”!!
For those of you who were able to stomach all 1 hour and 7 minutes of Dimond’s endless spinning and slanting of the facts, pat yourself on the back!
Now, unto Maureen Orth, the investigative journalist for Vanity Fair who wrote five scathing, vicious, and dishonest tabloid articles on MJ that only had credibility because they were printed in Vanity Fair, when in actuality they belonged in The Sun or The National Enquirer! Here is her bio:
Maureen Orth has been a special correspondent for Vanity Fair since 1993. She started writing for the magazine in 1988 and became a contributing editor in 1989. Orth has interviewed Russian president Vladimir Putin and British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, among other heads of state. She has written investigative pieces regarding the allegations of sexual abuse by Michael Jackson and child abuse by Woody Allen and profiled other controversial figures such as Denise and Marc Rich, Harrod’s Mohamed Al Fayed, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Gerry Adams, Karl Lagerfeld, and Madonna. Orth began her journalism career in 1973 at Newsweek, where she was the entertainment editor and the lifestyle editor and wrote seven cover stories. She went on to become a contributing editor at Vogue, a columnist for New York Woman, a network correspondent for NBC News, and a senior editor at New York and New West magazines. Orth was nominated for a National Magazine Award for Reporting for her article on Michael and Arianna Huffington, which appeared in the November 1994 issue of Vanity Fair. She is the author of Vulgar Favors (Delacorte Press, 1999), a book about murder suspect Andrew Cunanan, and The Importance of Being Famous (Henry Holt, 2002), a collection of her Vanity Fair articles with updates and commentary.
Orth graduated from college in 1964, and moved to Colombia to serve in the Peace Corps until 1966. While there, she founded the Marina Orth Foundation, and has since opened three schools that serve more than a thousand students. As a devout Roman Catholic, she and her late husband Tim Russert (who hosted NBC’s “Meet The Press”) have given generously to numerous causes and charities.
Ok, having said all of that, it makes you wonder how on earth she could write such vicious lies about MJ, who you would think would be a role model to her for all of the work he has done for underprivileged children! Let’s look at the some of the trash that she has written about MJ:
David Geffen, be gone! Steven Spielberg, be gone!” The witch doctor cursing Michael Jackson’s enemies and blessing the tarnished King of Pop himself in a voodoo ritual in Switzerland in the summer of 2000 had promised that the 25 people on Jackson’s enemies list, some of whom had worked with him for years, would soon expire. The voodoo man later assured one close observer of the scene that David Geffen, who headed the list, would die within the week. But Geffen’s demise did not come cheap. Jackson had ordered his then business adviser, Myung-Ho Lee, a U.S.-educated Korean lawyer based in Seoul, to wire $150,000 to a bank in Mali for a voodoo chief named Baba, who then had 42 cows ritually sacrificed for the ceremony.
Jackson had already undergone a blood bath. The pop star, who is said to be $240 million in debt, had paid six figures for a ritual cleansing using sheep blood to another voodoo doctor and a mysterious Egyptian woman named Samia, who came to him with a letter of greeting from a high-ranking Saudi prince, purportedly Nawaf Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, now the chief of intelligence of Saudi Arabia. She had taken an eager Jackson to her basement in Geneva, where, he later told associates, he saw with his own eyes piles of $100 bills which Samia said totaled $300 million. It was “free money,” she said; he could have it, and she could also get him a villa and a yacht. She arranged to have three men fly from Switzerland, at Jackson’s expense, to Neverland, his luxurious California ranch, to discuss further deals. When the hex delegation arrived at Neverland, Jackson asked Lee to authorize $1 million in cash to be brought to the ranch. Lee refused, but Jackson obtained the money by other means. Lee found out about it only when a $20,000 bill came for an armored truck.
Jackson, in turn, sent Lee to Geneva to check out yet another voodoo doctor, whose specialty was pulling money out of thin air. At the Hôtel d’Angleterre, the voodoo man produced a show of sound, lights, and pigeons before leading his visitors one at a time into the bathroom, where the tub was full of cash amounting, he claimed, to $50 million. When they asked where it had come from, he said, “The U.S. Federal Reserve.” There was just one catch: all this money would disappear unless Michael Jackson paid thousands of dollars for the blood of a number of fowl and small animals for yet another ritual. The sacrificial animals were already assembled at a location on the French-Swiss border, waiting to die to make Jackson’s wishes come true. Lee was horrified and left in disgust.
And she didn’t stop there! Here’s another excerpt:
Just the week before, Jackson had testified in a civil suit in a court in Santa Maria, California, near Neverland. He was monosyllabic, dazed, and disheveled, and the tip of his nose seemed to be missing, owing to exaggerated amounts of plastic surgery.
And now do you see why I said earlier that Orth’s brand of yellow journalism belongs in The Sun or National Enquirer? For her to rely solely on the uncorroborated word of a former business associate of MJ with an axe to grind (he was involved in a frivolous civil lawsuit at that time) is indicative of her style of journalism! Let’s contrast Orth to the late, great Ed Bradley, a real journalist who always put honesty, integrity, and objectivity into his work. In this interview with Larry King on February 2nd, 2004, he describes how he could not use unsubstantiated rumors or unreliable sources as a correspondent on 60 Minutes while lambasting the New York Times for printing a false story about him (something that MJ was all too familiar with!).
What’s absolutely ridiculous about Orth’s claim that MJ bathed in a bathtub filled with the blood of 42 dead cows is that a typical bathtub only holds 75 liters of water, while the typical cow has as much as 40 liters of blood! So when you multiply 42 cows by 40 liters of blood each, you get 420 liters, which is equivalent to 110.95 gallons of blood! That couldn’t possibly fit in ANY bathtub! Hell, MJ could take several SHOWERS with that much blood! (Thank you Helena for this information!)
Here’s the scoop on Orth’s source for that story, Myung-Ho Lee: he was one of MJ’s former managers, and in April 2002 he sued MJ for breach of contract for allegedly failing to pay him $13 million dollars. He claimed that MJ signed an IOU (which is a legally binding promise to pay) on September 14th, 2001 in Los Angeles. But MJ wasn’t even in Los Angeles on September 14th, 2001!
He was still on the road with his family, trying to get back to Los Angeles after being trapped in New York City, which was hit with the 9/11 terrorist attacks only three days prior! Here is an excerpt from an article on the lawsuit: (and please ignore the nonsense rumor that MJ, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marlon Brando rode together in a rented car! MJ and his entire family rode chartered buses back to L.A. Here is a story proving that it didn’t happen!)
According to court documents obtained by FoxNews.com, Lee’s suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges that Jackson agreed to pay the fee at a Sept. 14 meeting in L.A. Jackson, however, has filed a sworn affidavit saying that the signature on the IOU is not his, and that he was en route from New York to Los Angeles that day. (Having just performed his 30th anniversary self-tribute concerts in New York a few days before, he fled the city in a rented vehicle on Sept. 11, with pals Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor reportedly along for the drive.) Two others in Jackson’s camp also signed statements backing up his assertion that he was out of town, and that the signature in question does not resemble Jackson’s.
”I specifically looked at the signature that appears at the end of this document above my typed name,” Jackson’s statement read. ”This is not my signature. I did not sign this document and have never seen [it] until a few weeks ago. I would never knowingly sign a document that expressly required me to pay over $13 million to Mr. Lee or anyone else, alone in a room and without review and counsel by one or more of my attorneys.”
MJ countersued Lee and complained that Lee breached contracts and did not act in good faith while giving him bad advice.
Michael Jackson faces more legal woes
February 20 2003
The besieged King of Pop, Michael Jackson, yesterday faced fresh legal woes as he battled a $US13 million ($A22.1 million) lawsuit filed by a former business manager who claims he is owed massive back pay.
A judge in Los Angeles gave the pop icon a little good news yesterday, ruling that Jackson could pursue two complaints responding to the suit filed by his former manager, South Korean-born Myung-Ho Lee.
Jackson alleges Lee breached contracts and did not act in good faith in giving the singer business advice, while Lee claims that Jackson owes him millions in back pay.
Judge Andria Richey rejected Lee’s request to dismiss the 44-year-old entertainer’s claims, saying the allegations were strong enough for him to pursue them.
Lee and his Union Finance and Investment Corporation sued Jackson last April, alleging that the entertainer had reneged on a September 2001 promise to pay him more than $US13 million ($A22.1 million) in back wages.
But Jackson, in court papers filed on December 20, denied he owed the money, claiming that someone had forged his name on an agreement to repay Lee for business advice.
“I did not sign this document,” stated an affidavit from Jackson, currently embroiled in yet another public battle, this time over a television interview in which he revealed that he shared beds with young boys.
According to the suit, Lee began working for Jackson in 1997, giving him business and career advice and arranging loans and setting up investments, after being introduced by another Korean businessman whom Jackson met following a failed charity concert in Seoul.
The lawsuit was settled on June 12th, 2003, and the terms were undisclosed. It was in MJ’s best interest to settle because the civil trial was scheduled to start on June 18th, 2003 and Court TV was trying their hardest to have it televised so that they could sensationalize their coverage for ratings by focusing on MJ’s plastic surgeries instead of the facts of the case!
The “voodoo curse” nonsense was the second worst lie that Lee told to Orth! The biggest lie was that he claimed he witnessed MJ giving alcohol to an then 12 year old boy named Richard Matsuurra in 1998, while MJ was in Japan conducting business with the boy’s father! Orth was so delighted to hear this because it corroborated the Arvizo family’s allegations of MJ plying Gavin and Star Arvizo with “Jesus Juice”, and she printed Lee’s story without even bothering to contact the boy or his father!
However, All references to MJ plying Richard Matsuura with alcohol have been removed from the online version of Orth’s 2004 article “Neverland’s Lost Boys”, but I have ordered from eBay the actual March 2004 issue of Vanity Fair (shown above). The following excerpt is from the online version of the article, which was only recently added to the Vanity Fair website after being taken down in 2009. Notice how the ENTIRE paragraph that I highlighted above is MISSING from the excerpt below!
Michael Jackson refers to white wine as “Jesus juice” and red wine as “Jesus blood.” He prefers the juice and usually drinks it out of soda cans so that nobody will know he is consuming alcohol. In and out of rehab over the years for addictions to Demerol and morphine, the King of Pop also habitually gulped down soda cans of wine, particularly when he was on airplanes. On a flight to Frankfurt in 1999, for example, his former business adviser Myung-Ho Lee, who was accompanying him, had to help the staggering Jackson stand up to get off the plane. “He was lying on the floor by the time we landed,” says Lee. “I told Security, ‘You can’t get drunk like that on white wine,’ and the security people said that it’s not only wine but that he takes pills with it.”
The incident may be telling, because in January, Michael Jackson was arraigned on seven counts of child molestation and two counts of administering an “intoxicating agent with intent to commit a felony” between February 7 and March 10 of last year at Neverland, his 2,700-acre ranch near Santa Barbara, which he has converted into a mini Disneyland for kids. The boy in question in the case—a cancer victim who was 13 at the time—alleges that Jackson gave him wine in Coke cans on a flight from Florida in February 2003, right under the nose of the boy’s unsuspecting mother. The boy knows Jackson’s names for white and red wine, which Lee says “only his inner people know,” adding that it “tells you that the boy spent ‘quality time’ with Michael.” The boy and his siblings, however, have said that “all the kids around Michael” knew about Jesus juice, and that he told them, “Jesus drank it, so it must be good.”
The trip the boy and his family made to Florida coincided with the airing of the British documentary on ABC last year in which Jackson, now 45, told interviewer Martin Bashir that there was nothing wrong with sharing his bed with little boys. It was a very brazen thing for Jackson to admit, given the fact that in Los Angeles in 1994 he had had to pay $25 million to Jordie Chandler and his family in order to settle a civil suit in which Jordie, then 13, charged that Jackson had masturbated and fellated him during their relationship, which ironically also included a trip to Florida. Similarities in Michael Jackson’s modus operandi between the latest bizarre scandal and the one that preceded it abound, right down to the tactics of intimidation and the controversial use of the Nation of Islam for security. In 1993 armed members of tough South-Central L.A. gangs, including the notorious Bloods, were transported to Neverland. The employment of these toughs was said to have sent a strong message to Neverland employees who might have considered cooperating in the Jordie Chandler investigation, not to mention the subliminal message it gave out to other boys and their families who might have been thinking of coming forward.
Here is the interview where Richard Matsuura categorically denied Orth’s and Lee’s allegations! (This debacle is discussed in greater detail in this MJEOL Bullet titled “Irresponsible Journalism Permeates News Coverage”)
So there you have it. That’s the background of Orth’s #1 “source”. The fact that he was “on the record” with his lies is absolutely irrelevant, and adds no credibility to his lies whatsoever, especially now that you know the facts. You know you’re lies are pretty bad and abhorrent when you have to REMOVE THEM after the person you lied about dies!
When you consider the fact that all of the “enemies” on MJ’s “hit list” are still alive, I wonder if MJ was able to get a refund of his money? I sure hope he had a money back guarantee written into his contract! If Orth had any shred of journalistic decency, she wouldn’t have included that voodoo nonsense without first travelling to Africa and contacting each and every voodoo doctor to get THEIR side of the story! That’s journalism 101!
Here is a compilation of interviews that she did in 2004-2005 to promote her trash, and to insinuate that MJ was acquitted due to Janet Arvizo!
Notice how Cynthia McFadden accurately described why so many people felt (and still feel) that MJ was guilty!
“Right or wrong, a majority of Americans seem to feel that Michael Jackson may well have committed these crimes thanks to Maureen and others who have covered Michael Jackson for years and have reported on other allegations, I think a lot of people feel that Michael Jackson may, in fact, be a pedophile, and the question is not as mysterious as it was some of these other cases that we’ve followed.”
Now let’s look at another one of MJ’s media assassins, Nancy Grace! She is nothing but an entertainer disguised as a legal analyst, and her sloppy trial coverage shows it! Let’s look at this laughable interview from March 2007:
I was so appalled by her false assertions that I wrote a rebuttal to her trash, which is aptly titled “Refuting The Legal Analysts Who Lied About Michael Jackson”. In this video taken after MJ was acquitted, look at what Joe Jackson had to say about her and Diane Dimond, beginning at 3:48:
“Diane Dimond and Nancy Grace were not good to us at all!” – Joe Jackson
In 2010, she practically admitted to being a shady, dishonest, and mean-spirited media hack by admitting that she’s been “pretty mean in the courtroom and out”, and now she’s trying to earn her way into Heaven! She announced on her show (of all places) that she would donate $25,000 dollars to a charity that helps disabled adults. Let’s look closely at her motivation for doing this:
“We all know I’ve been pretty mean in the courtroom and out, so this may be my only ticket to heaven,” she said. “So please, I want you to accept this check. It’s for $25,000, it’s part of my proceeds, and God willing, there’s more coming to Wesley Glen.”
Grace needs to pay more attention in her Sunday School class, because she’s misconstruing one of the foundational tenets of Christianity! You cannot “earn” your way into Heaven by doing good works! Christ paid the price for your sins with his death on the cross! All of our good works and righteousness are like filthy rags!
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
Before I move on, take a look at the way Jon Stewart skewered her for trying to convict the Duke Lacrosse players of rape in the court of public opinion, and then taking the night off like a coward on the day they were declared innocent!
Here is the FB page of Stacey Brown, the author of the tabloid tell-all book “Michael Jackson: The Man Behind The Mask”. I discussed his lies in Part 2 of this series, but take a close look at his religious affiliation, and try to reconcile that with his actions!
Brown and I recently had a heated exchange on Twitter, and as you can see from the screenshots below, he has NO REMOURSE for his actions!
When Martin Bashir left ABC’s Nightline in August 2010, he delivered this final message to his viewers:
Bashir references Hebrews 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. What a hypocrite! MJ invited him into his home and his life because he thought Bashir was an angel who would be fair to him and shoot his documentary in an objective and honest manner, but instead Bashir lied and didn’t allow MJ to even edit it before he sold it to the highest bidder (ABC News) for $5 million dollars, and a new job! (I truly believe that his job at ABC News was part of a package deal that required him to be hired in order to air the MJ documentary.) MJ unknowingly entertained a DEVIL! Here is a post I did explaining exactly how Bashir was able to con MJ into doing the documentary, here is a fact-checking of Bashir’s SECOND hit-piece documentary of MJ, and here are Part 1 and Part 2 of my analysis of all of his lies from his testimony!
Here is the Facebook page of Adrian McManus, a former employee of Neverland who was fired for theft (among other reasons), sold numerous lies about MJ molesting children to the tabloids, and had to file bankruptcy after losing a frivolous wrongful termination lawsuit against MJ! In fact, in addition to owing MJ $1.4 million dollars in legal fees, she also owes her sister-in-law $30,584.89 dollars for “willfully and maliciously defrauding” her sister-in-law’s children after her husband died! (We discussed her and her cohorts’ laughable testimony in this post.)
Let’s look at some of the religious groups that she is in, according to her Facebook profile! (I highlighted them in yellow.) She’s a member of “Don’t Give Up On God Because He Never Gave Up On You“, “Jesus Christ“, “Godvine“, and “Farmville Needs A Church“!
Here is an excerpt from her testimony where she ADMITS TO LYING TO POLICE IN 1993!
Mesereau: “You’re saying you committed perjury in the Chandler deposition?”
McManus: “The whole time [I lied].”
Mesereau: “Knowing that it was a crime?”
McManus: “I didn’t think of it that way.”
Now let’s get to the Arvizos, the family who falsely accused MJ of child molestation in 2003. They consist of the mother Janet, daughter Davellin, and brothers Gavin (who MJ was accused of molesting) and Star (who MJ was also accused of molesting, but never charged!). I will highlight a few of their lies, despite their professions of having faith in God.
For example, Star Arvizo claimed that MJ showed him the pornographic magazine “Barely Legal” in March 2003, while he was “held hostage” at Neverland. Under direct examination by District Attorney Tom Sneddon, He identified the specific issue that he claimed MJ showed him, but there was one eennie weenie problem: the issue that he claimed that MJ showed him was actually published in August 2003! It wasn’t even in existence during his “kidnapping” at Neverland!
Here is an excerpt of his direct examination:
14 Q. All right. And then what happened.
15 A. Michael just started to show us magazines.
16 Q. You say “show” you. Tell us what he did.
17 A. He handed them to us.
18 Q. All right. And did you look at them.
19 A. Yes, with him.
20 Q. And did you look at them one at a time or
21 did everybody have a different one at a different
22 time. How did it happen. Tell us what happened.
23 A. We all looked at them one at a time.
And later on, he identifies the particular issue that he claimed MJ showed him as “People’s 86”:
26 Q. Do you remember the names of any of the
27 titles of the magazines that you saw.
28 A. “Barely Legal” and “Playboy.” 1156
1 Q. Were there others that you saw besides that,
2 or are those the only ones you saw.
3 A. Those are the only ones I remember.
4 Q. I’m going to show you a photograph marked as
5 People’s 86 for identification purposes.
6 And that’s — first of all, I’m going to
7 move that People’s 470 be admitted into evidence,
8 Your Honor.
9 MR. MESEREAU: Objection; foundation.
10 THE COURT: We’ll take that up separately.
11 Q. BY MR. SNEDDON: All right. People’s 86.
12 Do you recognize that.
13 A. Yes.
14 Q. Is that an accurate depiction of what it
16 A. Yes.
Now let’s watch Star crumble under Mesereau’s cross examination!
25 Q. Before you testified yesterday you looked at
26 that photograph with Prosecutor Sneddon, correct.
27 A. Yes.
28 Q. You told Prosecutor Sneddon that those are 1279
1 the magazines you had seen at Neverland, right.
2 A. Yes.
3 Q. You told Prosecutor Sneddon that Michael
4 Jackson had showed you those magazines, right.
5 A. Yes.
6 Q. Michael Jackson never showed you that
7 magazine, “Barely Legal,” did he.
8 A. What.
9 Q. Michael Jackson never showed you that
10 magazine, “Barely Legal,” did he.
11 A. He did show us.
12 Q. He did.
13 A. Yes.
14 Q. Well, Star, did you look at the date of the
15 magazine. It’s August of 2003, is it not.
16 A. Well, I never said that was exactly that
18 Q. Well, your family had left Neverland many
19 months before, never to return, correct.
20 A. That — I’m telling you that that wasn’t
21 exactly the one he showed us.
22 Q. That’s not what you said yesterday, and it’s
23 not what you said today, right.
Star told another huge lie when he claimed that he witnessed Gavin being molested by MJ after he secretly walked up the stairs to the second story of MJ’s bedroom and witnessed the act without MJ even noticing. But wait a minute! What about those infamous alarms that went off whenever someone approached the front door of his bedroom? According to the prosecution, their purpose was to alert MJ to someone’s presence outside his bedroom so that he would know to stop molesting kids! The prosecution tried to claim that, by sheer coincidence, the alarms were broken during the time period that the Arvizos were being “held hostage”! Here is Star’s description of the alarm:
8 Q. Do you recall the first time that you went
9 to Mr. Jackson’s bedroom.
10 A. Yes.
11 Q. When was that.
12 A. That was probably the second visit.
13 Q. And do you recall about what time it was
14 when you went to his bedroom.
15 A. Nighttime.
16 Q. Tell us how you — how you got into the
17 bedroom. Tell us the way it is that you get into
18 Mr. Jackson’s bedroom.
19 A. First you walk through a hallway, and then
20 you come through a door, and then you continue
21 walking. You go through another door and you walk
22 up the stairs.
23 Q. Are there any kinds of alarms or bells or
24 anything that goes off.
25 A. Yes. There’s like a bell that goes off,
26 and — while you’re walking through the hallway.
Here is where Star describes watching MJ masturbate Gavin, who he claimed was passed out from being plied with alcohol by MJ:
6 Now, some night when you were at — at the
7 ranch – all right. – did you go up to Mr. Jackson’s
8 bedroom by yourself.
9 MR. MESEREAU: Objection; leading.
10 THE COURT: Overruled.
11 THE WITNESS: Yes.
12 Q. BY MR. SNEDDON: Where had you been just
13 prior to that.
14 A. I was heading to the theater.
15 Q. Where.
16 A. I was heading to the theater.
17 Q. Why were you going to the theater.
18 A. To get some chocolate.
19 Q. How did you get down there.
20 A. The golf cart.
21 Q. Did you get some chocolate.
22 A. Yes.
23 Q. And what did you do when you came back.
24 A. I was heading to Michael’s room to go to
26 Q. All right. Would you tell the ladies and
27 gentlemen of the jury what you did when you got to
28 the house. 1169
1 A. Um, I went through the door.
2 Q. Which door.
3 A. The first door. The first door. And then
4 the second door, it was kind of — I don’t know, it
5 was, like, kind of locked. And so I pushed on it
6 till it opened, and then —
7 MR. MESEREAU: Objection, Your Honor. Could
8 we have a time. Vague as to time.
9 THE COURT: Overruled.
10 Go ahead.
11 THE WITNESS: So I went upstairs, and —
12 Q. BY MR. SNEDDON: Let’s go back. You were at
13 the door, and the door what.
14 A. The door was kind of locked, so I pushed it,
15 and it opened. So I went halfway to where the
16 computer table used to be, and I saw directly into
17 the bed. And I stopped. And my brother was outside
18 of the covers. And I saw Michael’s left hand in my
19 brother’s underwears and I saw his right hand in his
20 underwears, so — so I —
21 Q. Let’s just stop there for a second –
22 okay. —
23 A. Okay.
24 Q. — and ask you some questions.
25 Why were you coming back to the room that
26 night, after you’d gone down to get the chocolate.
27 A. To go to sleep.
28 Q. When you got to the point on the stairs 1170
1 where you saw your brother and Mr. Jackson on the
2 bed – okay. – when you’re looking at the bed, just
3 like we saw it on the photograph here – what side of
4 the bed was the defendant on.
5 A. Left side.
6 Q. And what side was your brother on.
7 A. Right side.
8 Q. And what position was Mr. Jackson in.
9 A. On his back. On his back.
10 Q. And what position was your brother in.
11 A. He was curled up, looking to the left. He
12 was curled up facing left.
13 Q. Now, would that be looking towards Mr.
14 Jackson or away from Mr. Jackson.
15 A. Away.
16 Q. Now, at that time, could you see what the
17 defendant was wearing.
18 A. Socks, underwears and an undershirt.
19 Q. Now, could you tell what kind of underwear
20 it was.
21 A. No.
22 Q. I mean — I’m sorry.
23 A. No.
24 Q. With regard to your brother, what was he
26 A. I can’t quite remember what he was wearing.
27 I’m not —
28 Q. Do you remember what you could see of him. 1171
1 Was there part of him that he didn’t have anything
3 A. Yeah, I know he had a shirt and — he had
4 his socks. I think he had pants or underwears on.
5 I don’t remember.
6 Q. All right. Now, you said you saw “his
7 hand.” Whose hands are you talking about.
8 A. Michael’s.
9 Q. All right. And where were his hands.
10 A. Left hand was in my brother’s pants and
11 right hand was in his pants.
12 MR. MESEREAU: Objection; asked and
14 THE COURT: Overruled. You may proceed.
15 Q. BY MR. SNEDDON: Now, when you say “in his
16 pants,” and who are you talking about.
17 A. Michael.
18 Q. All right. When you saw that, did you see
19 what, if anything, he was doing.
20 A. He was masturbating.
21 Q. What do you mean by that.
22 A. He was rubbing himself.
23 Q. And how could you tell that.
24 A. Because he had his hand in his pants. And
25 he was stroking up and down.
26 Q. Did you see anything else about the
27 defendant while he was doing that.
28 A. No. 1172
1 Q. What else did you see.
2 A. That’s all.
3 Q. Could you tell whether Mr. Jackson had his
4 eyes open or closed.
5 A. He had his eyes closed.
6 Q. Could you tell whether or not your brother
7 was asleep or not.
8 A. He was asleep.
9 Q. How do you know that.
10 A. Because he was kind of snoring.
11 Q. I can’t hear you. You’re going to have to
12 talk into that mike.
13 A. He was kind of snoring.
14 Q. Now, on this particular occasion, how long
15 did you stay there watching.
16 A. Couple seconds.
17 Q. Well, how long is that.
18 A. Four.
19 Q. What were the lighting conditions like in
20 the room.
21 A. The stairs were only lit, and the rest
22 was — nothing else was — had lights on. It was
23 just the stairs had lights.
Larry Nimmer, an expert if videography, was hired by the defense to film Neverland and narrate his footage to the jury because Judge Melville denied the defense’s motion that they take a tour of Neverland. During his filming, he conducted a test to disprove Star’s story about walking up the stairs and seeing MJ abuse his brother by filming a demonstration of how loud the alarms sound when they are triggered by someone coming near MJ’s bedroom! This completely blew the roof off of Star’s credibility, and helped sink the prosecution’s case!
Here it is!
And remember, all of this is from someone who says that God is someone who inspires him, according to his Facebook profile!
Let’s look at a huge lie that Gavin told while on the witness stand! During his initial police interviews, he told them that his grandmother taught him that if men don’t masturbate, they may rape a woman”. But during his direct examination, he told Sneddon that MJ told him that as well! Under cross-examination, he told Mesereau that MJ told it to him first, and then by sheer coincidence his grandmother told him the same thing when left Neverland!
1 Q. Okay. And you testified that Mr. Jackson
2 told you what masturbation is, right.
3 A. Uh-huh.
4 Q. Is that true.
5 A. Yes.
6 Q. And you testified to the jury that Mr.
7 Jackson said that if men don’t masturbate, that they
8 can get to a level where they can — might rape a
9 girl. Remember that.
10 A. Uh-huh.
11 Q. Do you remember saying that.
12 A. Yes.
13 Q. Do you remember being interviewed by the
14 Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department on a number of
16 A. Yes.
17 Q. And do you remember who interviewed you.
18 A. Most likely Steve Robel or Paul Zelis.
19 Q. Do you remember being asked, “Before we get
20 started on the next set of questions, can you
21 describe to us what your opinion is, what you think
22 masturbation is.” Do you remember one of the
23 sheriffs asked you that during an interview.
24 A. I believe so.
25 Q. And you knew those interviews were being
26 recorded, right.
27 A. Yes.
28 Q. Remember you said, “My grandma explained it 1798
1 to me. She told me that — that your — the only
2 reason is because like if — if men don’t do it, men
3 might get to a point where they might go ahead and
4 rape a woman”. Do you remember saying that to the
6 A. I believe so.
7 Q. Why did your story change between that
8 interview and your testimony last Thursday.
9 A. Well, what do you mean “changed”.
10 Q. Well, you told the police your grandmother
11 made that quote to you, and you came into court
12 under oath and told the jury Mr. Jackson made that
13 quote to you.
14 A. That didn’t change. Because Michael tried
15 to explain to me first. And I — he was more
16 pushing on me that men have to masturbate.
17 Now, later when I came back from Neverland,
18 I guess my grandmother saw that I was very confused
19 about sexuality and things like that. And my
20 grandmother explained to me a lot of things.
21 Q. So it just so happened that after Mr.
22 Jackson told you, “If a man doesn’t do it, they may
23 get to a point where they rape a woman,” your
24 grandmother made the almost identical quote to you.
25 Is that what you’re saying.
26 A. Not really. She didn’t make the same exact
27 thing that Michael said. But I’m not exactly sure
28 what my grandmother said. I know my grandmother 1799
1 explained a lot of things to me.
2 Q. Would it refresh your recollection if I show
3 you a transcript of your sheriff’s interview.
4 A. Probably.
5 MR. MESEREAU: May I approach, Your Honor.
6 THE COURT: Yes.
7 MR. MESEREAU: Whoops, I’m sorry.
8 Your Honor, I spilled a little water with my
9 notebook, so –
10 THE BAILIFF: How about you put that over
12 Q. BY MR. MESEREAU: Mr. Arvizo, have you had a
13 chance to look at that page of transcript.
14 A. Yes.
15 Q. Does it refresh your recollection about what
16 you told the sheriffs about what masturbation was.
17 THE COURT: Just a moment, Counsel.
18 THE WITNESS: It refreshes my –
19 THE COURT: Just a moment. Let’s take care
20 of one thing at a time.
21 You may start again on that.
22 MR. MESEREAU: Yes, thank you, Your Honor.
23 Q. Mr. Arvizo, have you had a chance to look at
24 that page of transcript of your sheriff’s interview.
25 A. Uh-huh.
26 Q. Does it refresh your recollection about what
27 you told the sheriffs your grandmother said.
28 A. It refreshes — I can recall what my 1800
1 grandmother was telling me. She was — she saw that
2 I was embarrassed about things like masturbation and
3 growing up, and my mother was telling me that it’s
4 okay to do it. And Michael was telling me that you
5 have to do it.
6 Q. Well, Mr. Arvizo, I understand your
7 position. But when the sheriffs asked you what
8 masturbation was, you didn’t say, “Mr. Jackson told
9 me if a man doesn’t do it, he may rape a woman.”
10 You said if — “My grandmother told me that if a man
11 doesn’t do it, he may rape a woman,” correct.
12 A. I believe so. That’s what you showed me.
Let me give you a visual representation of how laughable Gavin’s testimony was! I have his testimony in PDF format (in fact, I have EVERYONE’S testimony), and I did a search of certain phrases, and look what I found!
During his cross-examination, Gavin said “I don’t know” 137 times!
He said “I think” 120 times!
He said “I don’t remember” 52 times!
And he said “I guess” 30 times!
He doesn’t sound like someone who is very sure of himself, huh? By the way, in case anyone doubts the authenticity of those transcripts, I will show you email correspondence between myself and Michele McNeil, the Official Court Reporter who transcribed the testimony and has possession of the transcripts for sale. I bought someone’s testimony last year, and here is the email proof:
Here is her certification of the testimony that she transcribed:
When you look at the testimony of Gavin and Star Arvizo, who were the lynchpin of the prosecution’s case, it is easy to see that they are nothing but a bunch of lying, grifting, con-artists who were exploited by a malicious prosecution with a vendetta to seek a conviction, and not justice, in this ludicrous case! The Arvizo’s falsely accused MJ of abuse for money they falsely accused JC Penney’s security guards of abuse: MONEY!!! For more information on how Janet Arvizo was able to shakedown JC Penney, please read this post! And for more excerpts of Gavin and Star’s testimony, read this post. I will dedicate an entire series to summarizing and analyzing every single lie told by the Arvizos in the near future, so stay tuned! I cannot do it here because I have to save room for destroying Jason Francia’s testimony, which is coming later in this post!
I know that most of you probably believe in creation, but when you are finished reading my analysis of the Arvizo’s testimony, you’re gonna believe in evolution, because their lies just kept evolving and evolving and evolving!
To further show the hypocrisy of the Arvizo family, let’s read this open letter that was written to them by Azja Pryor, the ex-girlfriend of actor Chris Tucker, who testified for the defense during the trial. This was published on July 4th, 2009, a few weeks after MJ’s untimely death.
OPEN LETTER TO A MICHAEL JACKSON ACCUSER (THE ARVIZO FAMILY)
Subpoenaed by the defense in 2005, Azja Pryor writes open letter to Jacksonʼs 2nd accuser
Dear Gavin, Star, Davellin, and Janet:
After Michaelʼs tragic death last week, I have to say that all the negative feelings Iʼve had towards your family following the outrageous claims made by you Gavin and your mother Janet–against Michael–came back to me tenfold. The pain, disappointment, anger, and betrayal I feel towards you simply cannot be put into words. You have shown me that your greed, lies, and personal gain override any “morals” your family claims to have; and you have proven yourselves to be the kind of people capable of turning your back on the very person who came to your rescue when you were most desperate.
The fact that you falsely accused Michael of the most heinous of acts, and made his life a living hell in what would become his last years is unthinkable; and I am sure some would say, unforgivable. In your attempts to destroy him once again, you, Gavin, accused the man you called your “best friend” of the one thing that you (and everyone else) knew would completely turn his life inside out. You took the one thing we all know that Michael cared about most in life–children, especially children who are suffering, and you tried to turn it into a bad thing. You Janet, as a parent, allowed this, encouraged this, and went forward with the awful lies in an attempt to destroy Michael Jackson and swindle money from him.
Shame on you!
This man did nothing but help your family in their darkest hour. I know Michael was just like my family. We were all pulled into your woeful stories and shared your familyʼs plight as Gavin fought for his life during his battle with cancer. Gavin, you told me that Michaelʼs love helped cure you of cancer. Your entire family praised Michael privately to everyone who would listen, yet turned against him so viciously in public. I have remained silent for many years, but I can no longer do so. Right now I struggle to find the words to adequately write this letter, as I am so filled with anger towards you and pain for the Jackson family.
You call yourself Christians. If this is true I call on you, Gavin, and your mother Janet to finally do the right thing for Michael in death that you never did during his days here on earth. You need to completely exonerate Michaelʼs name and legacy from the awful, disgusting claims you made against him. Claims and allegations that you and I both know are completely false and utterly ridiculous. Whatever your motives at the time to create such accusations are now minute and unimportant.
It is much bigger than you.
We are speaking on this manʼs legacy; a man who positively touched lives around the world. A man who is arguably the greatest entertainer the world will ever know. Michael is someone who shared in your familyʼs pain; opened his home to you and included you in his very own family. He was a human being who never deserved any of this.
Gavin and Janet, you can change your identity and try to hide from the public scrutiny, but ultimately, you cannot hide from the wrath of Godʼs judgment. This is the right thing to do. It is the very least you can do for Michael, his children, and his legacy. Gavin you are now 19 years old, no longer an impressionable young boy under you motherʼs guidance, nor are you a pawn in this grand scheme to assassinate Michaelʼs character. I know your heart, and I know that you are capable of doing what is right. Clear Michaelʼs name of your ugly accusations once and for all. You owe it to him. You owe it to his family. And you owe it to God. Letʼs finally give Michael the ability to completely rest in peace.
July 4, 2009
It seems that Gavin has indeed found God in the last few years! Here is an excerpt of Assistant District Attorney Ron Zonen’s speech at the Frozen In Time legal seminar (held in September 2010), where he gives an update on Gavin’s status:
Where is he today? He’s twenty years old. He’s a 3rd year student at a very prominent university on the east coast. I’m not going to mention the name of the school, but anyone who would like to know come see me, I’ll tell you. He’s an Honor student who has a 3.5 GPA, and a double major in Philosophy and History, and he’s planning on going to Law School! Some of you will agree with that, and some of you won’t. He’s a deeply religious young man, in a relationship with a young woman, for about 2 years, the daughter of a minister. He attends church on a regular basis. He doesn’t drink, doesn’t do drugs. He’s delightful in his presentation. I spent time with him only a month ago. And he’s really doing remarkable well. He has never asked for or taken a penny from anybody about any of the activity of this case. Never. There are standing offers from the press for his story for enough money that would cover his tuition, which is considerable, never mind that he’s on a 50% scholarship. But he has never taken a penny from anybody, and no intention of doing so. He’s accruing debt like college kids do today, but he’s doing just fine. I assume that we’ll have more questions coming up about jury selection, and the trial, and I’ll be happy to answer them at that time.
Here is an interview that Ron Zonen granted on April 27th, 2011, and as you can see he will NEVER admit that he was not only wrong, but that he deliberately ENABLED the Arvizo family in their scam!
Maybe if he truly is a Man of God now, then he’ll do the right thing and come forward to clear MJ’s name. Only time will tell. For more information on Gavin’s whereabouts, and to see how he and many of MJ’s enemies are literally one big happy family, read this post!
Here is a video of MJ, Gavin, and Star taken at Neverland in 2000. You can clearly see MJ giving a bald-headed Gavin a tour of Neverland, and providing friendship and comfort to him in his time of need. You can also see Star pushing Gavin around in his wheelchair, as Gavin’s health was in decline at that time, and hear him talk about how sad he is that Gavin is sick.
And to think that these two little devils would destroy MJ’s life after all that he did for them! Watching this video makes it even more appalling because you can see MJ’s kindness in action!