Michael Jackson’s estate lawyers won’t be amused to hear this: Jackson’s likeness and music are being exploited by Scientology.

My colleague Guy Adams of the U.K. paper The Independent came across this invite to a December 6th Scientology event in Britain:

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THE OT COMMITTEE CC LONDON CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO a spectacular evening celebrating one of the greatest artists of all time Michael Jackson in true Celebrity Centre style.

‘ Get briefed by a Senior Executive from Celebrity Centre International on the plans for CC London.

‘ Enjoy entertainment in honour of the King of Pop with dance troupe ‘Malfunktion’ and singer supreme Anton Lorien!

‘ Find out what the OT Committee is all about and what their plans are for the Ideal CC London!

Sunday, 6th December ‘ 7.00pm
Fitzroy House, 33-35 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 6DX
Refreshments will be served.

A spectacular evening that you will NOT want to miss!


‘ 2009 Church of Scientology Religious Education College Inc. A non-profit organisation incorporated in South Australia. Registered Office 24-28 Waymouth Street, Adelaide, South Australia. Registered in the UK under company number FC9154. Registered agent in the UK: P D Hodkin, 42/44 Copthorne Road, Felbridge, East Grinstead, RH19 2NS. OT and CELEBRITY CENTRE are trademarks and service marks owned by Religious Technology Center and are used with its permission.

Michael was many things, but he was NOT a Scientologist. Of course, he was married to one ”Lisa Marie Presley ‘‘but he resisted’ the sect’s charms ‘ and hers apparently too.

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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. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also 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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