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The vultures around Michael Jackson have circled June 25th–the first anniversary of his death– for their first attacks.

That’s the day Ian Halperin, sleazy tabloid muckracker, airs his “Gone Too Soon” film on the TV Guide Network. Halperin has already feasted on Michael Jackson‘s remains with a book last year. Now he comes with an editorial film in which he interviews the D list from the Jackson outer circle about their knowledge of Jackson’s life. It will be interesting to see how he handles not having Jackson’ s music in his film, let alone the people who really knew him. Expect much heavy weighing in from the illustrious Tohme R. Tohme.

Even better: June 25th is also launch date for a, ahem, book by Leonard Rowe, erstwhile concert promoter. Rowe was in cahoots with Joseph Jackson  before Michael died to try and wrest control of the London “This Is It” concerts from AEG Live. Rowe and Jackson actually called this reporter a few weeks prior to Michael’s passing, thinking they could enlist my help in this effort. I essentially hung up on them. For a short time, Rowe wormed his way into Michael’s good graces before he was fired. Yes, Rowe was fired in writing by Michael Jackson. Now he wants to sell his side of the story.

The self published “What Really Happened to Michael Jackson, King of Pop” looks like it’s a hoot. On Rowe’s website he’s already given away the introduction. Rowe basically accuses AEG Live of killing Michael. My favorite of his assertions is that “not many people knew that Michael owned 50% of Sony’s entire catalog.” Uh, Leonard, I don’t think there’s a Sherpa in Nepal who doesn’t know that whole story. This is not exactly a revelation.

rowe writes: “I was also trying my best to fight what I perceived to be the evil that was surrounding him at that time.” He says: “In my opinion, AEG had a contract with Michael that was nothing less than a cocked financial gun pointed to his head.  It is my belief that he was being totally exploited.”

Indeed, the only people who certainly intended to exploit Michael Jackson were Leonard Rowe and his partner, Joseph Jackson. These two have their own long history. Joe Jackson actually sued Rowe in the 80s over a Jacksons tour. Not only that, but Rowe is an ex-con. He also lost a lawsuit brought against him as a concert promoter by R. Kelly and was ordered to pay $3.4 million. He also had to pay NeYo $700,000.

In Rowe launched a lawsuit against the William Morris Agency, CAA and other group claiming racism as the reason he couldn’t promote more concerts. On December 30, 2005 ,after losing the case and appealing it, Rowe was finally crushed by a federal appeals court judge. A year earlier, another judge, finding for the defendants, wrote: “plaintiffs raised no genuine issue of material fact and that no rational trier of fact could find for plaintiffs on any of the myriad of claims made in this action.”

According to one report: “Rowe spent time in federal prison in the early 90’s for being convicted of wire fraud for his role in the cashing of a fraudulent insurance check. He has had multiple arrests for writing bad checks.”

Stay tuned because the lunacy has only just begun. There’s word that Brian Oxman, representing Joseph Jackson, wants to file a wrongful death suit against AEG Live. And he is going to accuse AEG of violating the Americans With Disabilities Act, saying that they knew he was a drug addict. To paraphrase Michael Jackson, “I got to be there” when these actions are filed, just to see the looks on the faces of the court clerks.

Oxman was disciplined by the California State Supreme Court last December, for the second time in a dozen years. He was fired by Tom Mesereau, Jackson’s criminal attorney, for among other things falling asleep in court during Jackson’s child molestation trial.

Here’s a story I wrote in 2005 about Oxman getting fired. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,154573,00.html

22 replies to this post
  1. Well were do I start on you all out there about M.J the only person I no of today that gave 300 million to charity and give free tickets to under privage kids but you dont hear about the good things.All I hear is greed,and the changes of his face,and drugs.Well what he had to go threw in life with all the media lot of you would be on drugs to.Joe Jackson I think he payed the price, he gave his life for the (family)that he supported all his life so its your turn to let his kids have the support the need. I love you Michael R.I.P

  2. LETS SEE WHAT HAS MJ DONE FOR THE ENTIRE WORLD..HMM THIS COULD BE INTERESTING,,HOW MANY CHILDREN HAS HE HELPED HOW MANY ADULTS HAS HE HELPED..IF EVERYBODY WOULD LISTEN WITH THEIR HEARTS THAT GOD GAVE THEM ALL THE NEGATIVITY WOULD NOT BE HERE!!! BUT THEY WANT SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT WHY DO YOU HAVE TO PICK ON MJ HE HASNT DONE ANYTHING WRONG ARE YOU LISTENING STOP AND THINK ABOUT IT GOR JUST A BIT HE HASNT DONE ANYTHING HE HAS DONE ALOT OF GOOD IN HIS LIFE TIME..WELL ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS THAT HE HAS MORE 99% THAT LISTENS WITH THEIR HEARTS AND 1% DOESNT SO WE ALL OUT RANK YOU 1%ERS

  3. Leonard Rowe and Joe Jackson weren’t the only MJ exploiters. The ENTIRE GLOBAL MEDIA exploited Michael’s psychological issues, criminal allegations and used them against him. They took those child abuse charges based on no evidence as truth and ran with them. Roger had nothing good to say about Michael before his death, so I don’t understand his need to defend him now.

    The Worst Culprits in Michael’s Demise
    ROGER FRIEDMAN
    D.A. Tom Sneddon
    Diane Dimond
    Nancy Grace
    Maureen Orth
    Diane Sawyer
    Evan Chandler (committed suicide, no member of his family attend his wake)
    Jordan Chandler
    Janet Arvizo
    Gavin Arvizo
    Jason Gracia
    Martin Bashir
    The FBI
    Santa Barbra County Police
    John Branca
    John McClain
    Tommy Mottola
    Dr. Tohme Tohme
    Randy Phillips
    AEG
    Uri Gellar
    Brett Ratner
    JERMAINE Jackson
    LATOYA Jackson
    JOE Jackson
    99% OF INTERNATIONAL MEDIA PERSONALITIES

    the list goes on AND on AND on

  4. Joe Jackson and Leonard Rowe were not the only people who ever exploited Michael. Give me a damn break Roger. Jim Moret (a “former” Michael detractor) and YOURSELF went onto CNN and blamed Michael’s death on Joe????? LMAOOOOOO Nice try. You can add YOURSELF to that list of vultures. Printing falsehoods around Michael’s trial and following his every move like some stalker. Enough is enough. How about the REAL cause of Michael’s misery, which led to his addiction, thus leading to his death. How about that corrupt D.A. Tom Sneddon, the evil character assasin “journalist” Diane Dimond, Gloria Allred, Martin Bashir, the FBI, the filthy extortionist Evan Chandler (who’s now DEAD, by suicide, NO ONE in his family attended his wake), the other set of extortionists Janet & Gavin Arvizo, that pathological liar Jason Gracia, and EVERY journalist/anchor in the ENTIRE global media who painted MJ as a disgusting sexual deviant WITHOUT any concrete evidence. Those are the people who attempted to TERRORIZE, DEFAME, and essential DESTROY Michael. But of course in typical media fashion,media personalities will completely wash their hands of any responsibility they played in Michael’s demise. It’s disgusting. None of you cared about Joe’s abuse before, why should you care now? Soothing your guilty conscience perhaps? Let’s get real Roger. Stop being so ignorant and dishonest. Michael’s addiction did not exist in a vacuum. There were actual causes. He was NOT ready to do 50 shows and the contract AEG had with him was SUSPICIOUS & FRAUDULENT. Randy Phillips, John Branca, John McClain & $ony’s top execs should be INVESTIGATED immediately. We all know the will MJ supposedly left was FAKE and allowed by a judge in the corrupt Santa Barbra County, LA where judges are permitted to take bribes by the unlawful LA County District Attorney Steve Cooley. There’s a lot more going on here than meets the eye.

  5. Roger, it seems to me that you need to add a few more names to the vultures list. i can’t help but see how much money the estate administrator are paying themselves out of this whole deal. and please tell me how they justify getig a royaltied credit on This Is It when branca and dileo had just coe back into the picture a couple of weeks before Michael died? I could see if their credit said for example john branca for the Michael Jackson Estate, but that is not how it reads. it seems to me they are the ones really making the money..ya know?

  6. I will not watch that garbage documentory by Halperin Nor did I buy or read his garbage book! A book that war written obviously to fill his pockets. He knows nothing about Michael Jackson. So he can take his garbage book and documentary and shove them where the sun don’t shine!!!

  7. Hi Roger, Will this ever end? The tacky auction, the dinner with Jackson tunes, I did read Halperin’s book, what a fluffy piece of work! And if Rowe publishes a book, then who wrote it? He certainly cannot speak English so I assume he cannot write it either.
    What will ever remain a mystery are the hours between the last rehearsal and the 911 call, I have no doubts that MJ controlled his own drug consummation but things were going well for him at that rehearsal so why the panic?
    For all the witnesses on the D-list, the public knows better and can draw their own conclusions. MMH

  8. Funkymoondancer,

    No medical expert said he was hooked on anything. I suspect you may know that but for reasons unknown want to act like you don’t. His autopsy is online go read it

  9. Mr. Friedman,
    I think you can add William Wagener to the list of Michael Jackson vultures, though Wagener’s approach is a bit more subtle. He’s asking that each MJ fan send $50 to him so he can afford to write a book defending Jackson.

  10. Thank you, Roger Friedman, for your reports about Michael Jackson.

    The list of vultures is long, & continues to grow: halperin, tohme, leonard rowe, brian oxman and–sad to say–Joe Jackson.

    The world might improve & the air smell fresher if any or all of these disappeared from it.

  11. It is amazing to see all these losers doing that-especially Joe. It is your son for god’s sake.

    The most interesting thing of all will the “documentary”. This guy does not know a thing, and he insists so he can fill in his pocket with some extra cash. Even in death MJ is being exploited! How bad can that be?

  12. I will not be watching Ian Halperin’s “special.”I did not buy his book.Halperin is making money off of a dead man who is not here to protect his reputation.Halperin can not prove any of his allegations in a court of law.
    I will not be buying the equally unreliable Rowe’s book,either.

  13. I don’t get how AEG LIVE said : Michael Jackson is heathly he pass our medical examines with flying colours. We are building and create show,which will start in July. Everything is ready to go. We have footage that show’s Michael dancing,singing,etc.
    Fast forward June 25 comes about, Michael “dies”. Medical Experts state Michael was hooked on “Sleeping pills”.. This addiction was not an overnight addiction. ANY Addiction doesn’t happen OVERNIGHT!
    It seems they where alot of more complices..not just AEG LIVE or Doctor Conrad..who contribute to “push” MJ …there is much more..and in time..we will find out…

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