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The word from the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial in Los Angeles is the usual combination of the sublime and the ridiculous. Sources tell me that Michael’s brother Randy brought a financial advisor to court today to meet his mother, Katherine Jackson. The man was not allowed in the courtroom. So Randy stationed him outside in the hallway. “He wanted this man to meet Katherine and discuss what to do with the money they’re going to win,” the source says. “Randy wants that money, and he wants to make sure it’s divvied up correctly.”

Meantime, Randy was almost tossed out of court today by Judge Yvette Palazuelos. This astute jurist cautioned Katherine Jackson that she cannot bring all of her children into court every day. Seating is limited already and it’s a small court room. Having many Jacksons in the courtroom, the judge reportedly reasoned, would be too much of a distraction for the jury. Mrs. Jackson will be allowed one family member to help her in and out of court. Today both and Rebbie Jackson came with her.

It’s of note that so many Jacksons want to be in the courtroom when money is involved–money they think they will get. When Michael Jackson was on trial for child molestation and conspiracy in 2005, there were many days when Mrs. Jackson was alone in the courtroom. She often sat right behind Michael, listened to all the prurient testimony, and had to be stoic.

Meantime there were also reports today that the AEG lawyers threatened to reveal “Michael’s darkest secret.” What could that possibly be? Don’t we know everything by now? I can’t imagine there’s anything left about the King of Pop that would shock anyone.

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9 replies to this post
  1. This is not about getting any money from AEG! This is to make sure that AEG is tied up in court for so long that they can’t get close to another superstar as long as they’re in business! The Jacksons won’t see a dime and they know this. They just want this money grubbing company to suffer. After this trial, true superstars will look at AEG and say ” I think I’ll pass” no matter how lucrative the contract is! I am hoping that it will re-usher in the age of artists planning their own concerts and guys like AEG being stuck in the background where they belong! As for Faux News….. well there’s a reason they’re called Faux News!

  2. Maybe there isn’t anything left to shock us about the King of Pop Roger, perhaps what will come out at this trial will be just conformation of some of the things that have been said about him for a very long time!
    The Jacksons know what Michael’s “darkest secret” was. If the price is right they will offer it up before AEG get a chance to do so.
    When Michael died various family members were frantically telling the world that Michael was fitting fit and in great shape for his 50 shows in London, now there is a ton of cash up for grabs he was suddenly frail and sick and pushed by AEG to perform. Join the dots people!

  3. When it comes to some of the family members, you should take reports from them, as well as about them, with a grain of salt. They can be difficult to understand, and the media usually go wild and unreliable with anything Michael Jackson. But that notwithstanding, AEG’s darkest secret is not a secret either – by their own e-mails, it’s clear they did indeed treat MJ recklessly and with contempt, and they made it very clear to (former Dr) Murray that unless he delivered, he would risk not getting his contract signed, and not getting paid, since they (AEG) were the guys with the money. AEG were perfectly aware of both MJ’s physical and mental status and previous history. Fans, Karen Faye, Dileo and Ortega all warned them, and they still decided to take a gamble. No matter the motives of some Jackson family members, the lawsuit is legit.

  4. Oh yeah, BTW, during 2005 MJ child molestion BS trial Mrs. Katherine Jackson was never sitting alone in the courtroom. She was @ court with her son, Michael Jackson. The one on trial. Also remember that was 8 yrs ago. The lady is 82yrs old with a disability. She needs assistance with walking.

  5. Oh Roger. This is funny. Ha Ha Ha. I bet this isn’t true. The case just started. Why on earth would Randy invite a Fiancial Adviser so soon. This isn’t a slam dunk. I don’t think baby brother is that stupid.

  6. Roger Friedman = BS

    Michael Jackson already warned us about u….with everything u do everyday, u show us how MJ was so right about u

    “Mr. Jackson is concerned that his assistant, Grace Rwaramba, is constantly being attacked by Fox News’ Roger Friedman. There have been vicious and untrue reports concerning Ms. Rwaramba, who lives a very private life and has done nothing wrong, but is being attacked for her professional relationship and proximity to Mr. Jackson.

    While in his entire career, Mr. Jackson has never uttered a disparaging word to any reporter, nor has he ever used or instructed his security to use any force toward any reporter, there are those whose vehement hatred for Mr. Jackson has reached a level where all journalistic integrity has been lost, in order to write reports for which there is no substantiation, are untrue, written to create a frenzy, or used to try and destroy Mr. Jackson’s image. They know who they are; and, this is a sad commentary…a commentary which Mr. Jackson’s attorneys will address.

    Raymone Bain

  7. The “secret” was MJ’s dependency on propofol… that was the point of Panish’s repeated opening statements. Always looking for something more scandalous, huh? Oh well.

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