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Jackson Disappoints at World Music Awards

16 November 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Michael Jackson returned to the stage at a star-studded World Music Awards in London last night, but only managed to sing a few lines of his hit "We Are The World." Jackson was at the event to collect a Diamond Award for selling more than 100 million albums. But what was billed as a spectacular comeback for the world's biggest star fell flat. Fans outside the Earls Court venue were left fuming when Jackson failed to greet them and then revealed he wouldn't be performing - despite reports he would sing live in the British capital for the first time in nine years. Inside, the arena was only half full. The superstar did make it onstage to join a gospel choir performance of the 1985 song he co-wrote with Lionel Richie - but he barely uttered a line. Jackson was presented the Diamond Award by Beyonce Knowles and also a Guinness World Record for Thriller, the biggest selling album of all time. During an emotional speech, Jackson thanked his friends, family and fans. He said, "I'm greatly humbled by this award. It was my dream that thriller would become the biggest selling album ever. I thank God and you for it's success. There have been so many who have loved and stood by me for the 25 years I have been in the entertainment industry. I'd like to thank my children particularly. Paris, Prince Michael and Blanket (Prince Michael II) for their unconditional love. I love all my fans from the bottom of my heart." »

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Taylor's Nose Job Exposed in New Biography

10 August 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie legend Elizabeth Taylor's plastic surgery secrets are set to be exposed in a new book written by her pal Michael Jackson's celebrated biographer. Author J. Randy Taraborrelli is revealing all about Taylor's remarkable life in in-depth tome Elizabeth, but it's claims the acting great had a nose job in her 20s that will shock many fans. Taraborrelli says, "She had her first plastic surgery when MGM (studio bosses) deemed her nose was too thick." The writer claims Taylor's nose job was performed by the surgeon who worked on Natalie Wood and Marilyn Monroe. Taraborrelli also explores the details of the 74-year-old Hollywood icon's eight marriages and reveals her father was an alcoholic, who was possibly gay. »

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'Queer Eye' Canceled?

2 August 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Groundbreaking reality make-over show Queer Eye For The Straight Guy may have been canceled after three seasons - but the stars of the show insist they are still a huge hit with celebrities. The show features five gay men who make-over unstylish straight men each week on the Bravo network, and since hitting the screen the camp stylists have been asked to revamp the homes of stars including Jennifer Lopez. Queer Eye member Jai Rodriguez says the show won't be returning for another season, explaining, "Well, we haven't been asked back for 2007. It's only been three years, but it feels like so much more due to the overexposure. I started when I was 23. In that first year, I was on Oprah's couch. I was on Ellen (Degeneres). People recognized me. J. Lo is a huge fan of ours. (Queer Eye member) Thom Filicia just re-did her house." The show recently broke new ground again by making over Miles, a transgendered man. Rodriguez adds, "Maybe this is how we are going out with a bang. Everyone (in the group) has big new projects. I'm working on a TV show and a movie in the fall. We just had a tour of the Philippines. We are huge there. Like Michael Jackson in 1983." Update: Regarding the supposed cancellation, Bravo released an official statement saying, "Bravo's Emmy Award-winning 'Queer Eye' has just wrapped its production cycle. These all-new episodes of Queer Eye premiere every Tuesday at 10 PM ET/PT, through the fall season. A whole new season is slated for 2007. Queer Eye remains the core of our Tuesday night strategy." »

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Jackson Jury Reaches Split Decision

17 July 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

In a split decision, a civil court jury on Friday awarded a former Michael Jackson adviser $900,000 - far less than he claimed in the money dispute and awarded the pop star $200,000 in his cross-complaint. Jackson's former adviser, F. Marc Schaffel originally sued him for $3.8 million, but his claims were later reduced to $1.6 million. His attorney ultimately asked the jury for $1.4 million in unpaid loans and expenses before deliberations began in Santa Monica, California on Thursday. Jackson's attorney claimed Schaffel owed the pop star $660,000. In a civil suit, only nine of the 12 jurors have to agree in order to reach a verdict. Earlier in the day, the jurors asked Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Connor if members of the jury were allowed to abstain from voting. The panel of six men and six women also asked if they could award damages significantly different than claimed by the parties and also requested that testimony be read back to them. »

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Jackson in Courtroom "Adoption" Controversy

10 July 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Michael Jackson's attorney has denounced claims his client sent a former business partner on an adoption mission to Brazil, ordering he return with "some boys." In court in Santa Monica, California on Friday, plaintiff Marc Schaffel rejected allegations he had visited the South American country to recruit models for his gay porn videos, insisting instead the Thriller hitmaker had hired him to collect potential kids. When quizzed about his ties with a company known as Latinboys, Schaffel countered, "No, I've not used any Latin models. The main purpose of my trip was Mr Jackson wanted to adopt some boys." However, Jackson's attorney Thomas Mundell is enraged by the suggestion, branding the story a desperate attempt to damage the singer's reputation. He said, "It was an effort to smear Mr. Jackson with a remark that could be interpreted to hurt him in light of the (child molestation) case against him last year." The claims came during an ongoing breach of contract battle, in which Schaffel is attempting to win back millions he claims he spent on Jackson's behalf and was never repaid. »

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Jackson Moving to Europe To Resume Career

28 June 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Pop superstar Michael Jackson, who has been living in Bahrain since he was acquitted of child molestation charges, is moving to Europe. Jackson has fired his business managers and has hired a New York City-based firm to oversee his business affairs. Raymone K. Bain released a statement on Tuesday, announcing she has been named general manager of the new Michael Jackson Company, which will replace Jackson's MJJ Productions. She said Jackson is planning public appearances and will begin performing again. Bain said in the statement, "He is reviewing numerous offers to tour musically, which he plans to embark upon within the next several months. Mr. Jackson has previously announced plans to record an album, which he predicts will be released in 2007." Bain says Jackson has severed times with his Bahraini lawyers, longtime accountants and business managers and has hired a firm "known for restructurings and turnarounds." The revamping is "the first of a sweeping restructuring of his personal and business affairs" and Bain says "he is continuing to build his management team and other appointments will be forthcoming." Jackson is currently in Ireland on "personal business" and proceeding with plans to relocate. »

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Jackson Sued for Financial Misdemeanors

21 June 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Pop superstar Michael Jackson is facing further court scrutiny after a former associate sued for nearly $4 million in unrepaid loans and expenses. The troubled Thriller singer is alleged to owe $3.8 million after the services of F. Marc Schaffel on a charity record and two TV endorsements went unremitted. In pretrial hearings, for which Jackson has been absent, Schaffel's lawyer Howard King claims the star is inept and manipulative. His brief reads, "Jackson carried no credit cards, wrote no checks, carried no 'walking around money' and had people attending to his every need. Jackson hired competent advisers to make business decisions then frequently ignored the decisions being made and...incurred expenses without regard to any rational limits or accountability, as though funds were endless. Although the public may perceive Jackson as a soft-spoken artist concerned only about his creative endeavors, the evidence at trial will show that Jackson is a master at manipulating the people around him." Jackson denies the claims, insisting Schaffel is a "professional swindler" who, on the contrary, owes him money. His spokeswoman, Raymone K. Bain, reveals the singer is not expected to testify in the Santa Monica trial, although he'll be seen in videotaped depositions. Jury selection begins next month. »

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Taylor: "I've Shared Jackson's Bed"

2 June 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Screen legend Dame Elizabeth Taylor once shared a bed with Michael Jackson and his nephews, but there was "nothing odd about it." The Cleopatra star watched Walt Disney cartoons with Bad star Jackson and his young relatives while all were lying in bed. But Taylor, 74, insists the singer's love of kids is completely innocent. She says, "I've been there when his young nephews were there and we were all in the bed watching television - there was nothing abnormal about it. There was no touchy-feely going on. We laughed like children and we watched a lot of Walt Disney. There was nothing odd about it." »

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Jackson Visits Tokyo Orphans

30 May 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Michael Jackson visited an orphanage in Tokyo, Japan, on Sunday as part of his first public appearances since being acquitted of child molestation charges last year. Jackson had jetted to Japan to collect MTV Japan's Legend Award on Saturday, and was keen to make the most of his time in the capital. The Bad hitmaker was thrilled to meet more than 160 orphaned kids between the ages of three and 18 at the children's home in downtown Tokyo. The 47-year-old singer was greeted by crowds of cheering fans outside the orphanage, and he shouted "I love you" in both English and Japanese, with the help of his translator, before going in to meet the kids. Jackson has been living a reclusive life in Middle Eastern country Bahrain with his family since his trial ended last year. »

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Jackson Faces Public in Japan

29 May 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Michael Jackson made his first professional appearance on Saturday since his acquittal on child molestation charges. The 47-year-old thanked fans and "all the people who believed in me" after collecting an honorary Legend Award at MTV's Japan Music Video Awards in Tokyo. Jackson has avoided the limelight since his trial ended last June and has spent much of his time living in the Middle Eastern country Bahrain with his family. Jackson said, "I'd like say to the Japanese people from the bottom of my heart, I love you very, very much. I thank the fans around the world and I thank the fans in Japan. I think you are very sweet, generous and kind people. I thank all the people who believed in me. I believe in you. I love you and thank you for your loyalty." »

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Jackson Custody Appeal Dismissed

26 May 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Pop superstar Michael Jackson is not allowed full custody of his children, a US court has ruled. The Thriller hitmaker was hoping to appeal ex-wife Debbie Rowe's right to parental responsibilities, which she dramatically won back in February after signing them away five years ago. But Jackson's request was turned down by the California Supreme Court Wednesday, which could make it virtually impossible for him to carry on living with the couple's kids Prince Michael, nine, and Paris, eight, alone in Bahrain. Rowe's lawyer Eric George tells the New York Post, "This is an excellent, although not surprising, development for Deborah. This means she can proceed with her claims before the family court without any further delay." Rowe and Jackson were married from 1996 to 2000. »

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Jackson Confirms New Management Deal

19 April 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Michael Jackson has confirmed his new manager is English music mogul Guy Holmes. Jackson has signed a record deal with Two Seas Records, the label he has founded with Bahrain ruler Sheik Abdulla Hamad Al-khalifa. Gut Records chairman Holmes has been named Two Seas Records Chief Executive Officer. The superstar is currently writing a new album which is due for release late next year. Jackson, 47, says, "I am incredibly excited about my new venture and I am enjoying being back in the studio making music." Holmes - who has helped Crazy Frog and Tom Jones top the charts - will oversee Jackson's new album and manage the superstar's other business interests. »

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Jackson Confirms Financial Deal

17 April 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The details of pop superstar Michael Jackson's efforts to stave off bankruptcy have been confirmed by the singer's legal firm. Grahame Nelson, of Qays H Zubi Attorneys & Legal Consultants, have issued a statement on behalf of the Thriller hitmaker outlining his deal with record giant Sony, and the refinancing of his massive loans. He said, "(Jackson) has restructured his finances with the assistance of Sony Corporation of America. Following negotiations with several leading financial institutions, Mr. Jackson has concluded refinancing with affiliates of Fortress Investment Group, the lender that currently holds secured debts that were previously held by Bank of America." On Thursday the New York Times reported Jackson has also negotiated a deal with Sony to hand over shares in his treasured The Beatles back catalogue. According to the publication, Sony could receive as much as 50 per cent of his interests. The deal would bring his stake in the catalogue down to just 25 percent, as Sony already own half of the catalogue following the singer's previous financial difficulties. »

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Jackson Staves Off Bankruptcy

14 April 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Pop superstar Michael Jackson has maneuvered himself out of bankruptcy by refinancing hundreds of millions of dollars in loans. The Thriller hitmaker has also negotiated a deal with record giant Sony Corp to hand over shares in his treasured The Beatles back catalogue, the New York Times reports. According to the publication, Sony could receive as much as 50 per cent of his interests. The deal would bring his stake in the catalogue down to just 25 per cent, as Sony already own half of the catalogue. Jackson has been plagued by financial problems after his prolonged child molestation trial last summer. He is speculated to be $250 million in debt, and was forced to shut down the house on his Neverland Ranch in a desperate bid to save cash. »

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Judge Demands Papers in Jackson Custody Battle

29 March 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Superstar Michael Jackson and his ex-wife Debbie Rowe have been ordered to hand over missing documents from their 1999 divorce file. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Schinder demanded Rowe's lawyer Marta Almli submit duplicate copies of the former nurse's 2001 motion to terminate her parental rights to the couple's two children Prince Michael I and Paris Michael. The Thriller hitmaker's attorneys Michael Abrams and Thomas Hall have also been asked to hand over a copy of the singer's opposition to the motion. Jackson and Rowe married in November 1996, but divorced in October 1999, a year after Rowe gave birth to their daughter Paris. A private judge oversaw their divorce and two years later, a trial judge issued an order terminating Rowe's parental rights. Rowe is seeking to regain custody of the children following Jackson's high-profile child molestation trial last year and his alleged association with the Nation Of Islam. Jewish Rowe has reportedly expressed concern of her children mixing with the Nation Of Islam, because she believes they do not like Jewish people. The couple have been given 30 days to submit the documents. A hearing has been scheduled for May 24. »

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Culkin Forced To Testify at Jackson Trial

20 March 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Macaulay Culkin insists he was forced to testify at pop star Michael Jackson's child molestation trial last June, in order to defend his image. The Home Alone actor wanted to remain on the sidelines during the proceedings, but was compelled to come forward after prosecutor's cited him as an example of Jackson's alleged abuse. He explains, "I didn't really want to (testify). I wasn't planning on getting involved in the whole thing. It was the prosecution who started bringing up my name and saying 'this person did that to me' and bringing in their witnesses. I'm not going to just sit on the side and let people say those kind of things about me. I had to testify really, they forced me into it." Jackson was cleared of all charges against him. »

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Jackson Shuts Down Neverland House

20 March 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Pop superstar Michael Jackson has shut down the house on his Neverland Ranch and dismissed some of the employees on the Californian estate. The Thriller singer, who has lived in Bahrain since his child molestation trial ended last year, is not closing the ranch in its entirety. Jackson's spokeswoman Raymone K. Bain says, "It is public knowledge that Mr. Jackson currently resides in the Middle Eastern country of Bahrain. He therefore decided to close his house and reduce his work force. This is a common practice when a residence is vacant for an extended period of time." Thursday, state officials confirmed Jackson would that day pay his Neverland workers, who demanded $306,000 after complaining they hadn't received a pay packet since December 19. However, acting Labor Commissioner Robert Jones warned this figure could rise, as the singer's payroll records were still being scrutinized. Official figures will be released next week, he claimed. »

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Michael Jackson Averts Lawsuit

16 March 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Pop superstar Michael Jackson has escaped the threat of court action by agreeing to pay the thousands of dollars in overdue wages owed to staff at his closed Neverland ranch. State officials confirmed the Thriller hitmaker will pay his workers today. They have demanded $306,000, after complaining they hadn't received a pay packet since December 19. However, acting Labor Commissioner Robert Jones warns this figure could rise, as the singer's payroll records were still being scrutinized. Official figures will be released next week, he claimed. The Labor Department also revealed Jackson has agreed to obtain workers compensation insurance for 69 ranch employees. The fine for this breach has been estimated at $69,000. Jackson's spokeswoman, Raymone Bain, said she "never doubted (the matter) would be resolved." »

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Jackson Granted Day's Reprieve

15 March 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Michael Jackson was given an extra 24 hours to pay staff on his closed Neverland Ranch overdue wages amounting to $306,000 and fines of $100,000. The extension means the Thriller hitmaker now has until 5pm today to pay the penalty and outstanding wages, before facing possible court action. State regulators made the threat after shutting down the 2,800-acre estate last Thursday and fining the singer and his ranch operators after discovering his workers' compensation policy lapsed in January. Employees also complained they hadn't received a pay packet since December 19. Renee Bacchini, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Industrial Relations, maintained Jackson was "aware" of the extension. She revealed they had been generous with the deadline after the singer's financial representatives contacted the department. Bacchini said, "They are trying to come up with the money. They're trying to work with us." The singer has been living with his three children in Bahrain since July - one month after he was acquitted of all charges in his child molestation trial. »

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Jackson Pay Dispute Could Go to Court

13 March 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Michael Jackson could face another court appearance if he fails to pay staff on his closed Neverland Ranch overdue wages by Tuesday. State regulators made the threat after shutting down the 2,800-acre estate on Thursday and fining the Thriller singer and his ranch operators $100,000 after discovering his workers' compensation policy lapsed in January. Jackson is also due to settle the $306,000 in back pay he owes to nearly 50 workers at his Neverland Ranch. Dean Fryer, a spokesman for the California Department of Industrial Relations, said, "If they don't comply then we file suit to get a judgment. It's pretty clear that they owe this money. We've got all these wage claims. People are telling me they haven't been paid from December 19." Jackson's spokeswoman Raymone Bain said, "He's been made aware. I'm sure this will be resolved." The singer has been living with his three children in Bahrain since July - one month after he was acquitted of all charges in his child molestation trial. »

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