A coming biography of Michael Jackson, due soon and excerpted in the New York Post over the weekend, is riddled with errors.

Ian Halperin’s book will make salacious reading but is full of fiction, sources tell me. I could have told you that myself.

For one thing, Halperin’s new assertion that Jackson didn’t know what his contract with AEG Live read is nonsense.

This notion came from Jackson flippantly telling a fan a few weeks ago that he didn’t know how he’d do 50 shows, that he thought it was just 10.

As one of my best sources on the AEG matter reiterates: “The contract always called for 31 shows and MJ had agreed to add 19 more when it was obvious how great the demand was.’ He did not die from doing 50 shows over 9 months since he hadn’t done one yet at the time of his death.’ He never collapsed in rehearsal and worked long days both filming the mini-movies and rehearsing at home with Travis Payne.’ He wasn’t supposed to come to stage rehearsals until the entire company was ready.’ This is the way he has always worked.”

So there.

As well: Halperin repeats nanny Grace Rwaramba’s assertion that somehow Michael was made to rent a house for $100,000 that was only worth $25,000 ‘ and that’the Nation’of Islam was somehow involved.

In fact, the house was found by Jackson’s shortlived manager Tohme Tohme, who’has nothing to do with the Nation of Islam. The house is’said to be owned by a Tunisian’Jew.

The irony here is that’it was Rwaramba ‘herself who brought the Nation of Islam into Jackson’s life in 2003.

There’s more, including Halperin’s insane claim that Michael had at least two gay lovers in the last years, that he dressed as a woman and slipped out of the house to meet one of them. Unfortunately, Halperin’s timelines are all wrong. Plus, everyone knows that Michael Jackson was a germ freak. The behavior described by Halperin defies all Jacko-like logic.

Beware these sudden “tell alls” and “expert biographies” of Michael Jackson. You can write anything about the dead. This party is only getting started.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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