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    Post  EMPATHY on Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:16 am

    I took the information below from this link which please read as it discusses Peter Lopez and his part in Michaels business affairs. It is very interesting and I recommend that you read the posts on the MJDH hoax thread to get a gist.



    It is hard to remember, now, a time when Michael Jackson existed
    as anything other than a spectacle. We are used to his bizarre excesses,
    to those blurry images of his blank, molten face obscured by giant
    black Aviators. We are no longer taken aback by his eccentric public
    appearances with his mouth covered in a surgical mask, his children
    shrouded in gauzy veils. We are accustomed to the oft-repeated tales of
    Jackson's weirdness - that he slept in an oxygen tank, that he dangled
    his baby over a Berlin balcony, that his nose has to be stuck on with a
    plaster.It has, all of it, become strangely normal to us - just
    one more instance of his cartoon madness, to be dismissed with a weary
    shrug. Perhaps the worst thing you can say about Jackson, who once so
    delighted in his own inventiveness, is that he no longer surprises us.But
    back before he became a pantomime myth of his own creation, before he
    stepped over the gossamer line that separates genius from freakery,
    before young boys started spending the night in his bedroom and the
    state judiciary put him on trial for child molestation, Michael Jackson
    was the world's greatest pop star. In his prime, he sold more than 750
    million records, collected 13 Grammys (eight of which were awarded on a
    single night) and created Thriller, which remains, 25 years later, the
    bestselling album of all time.Even now, with everything else that
    has come and gone in the intervening years, people still talk of
    Jackson's halcyon era with reverence, remembering a time when an
    ambitious young black man from Gary, Indiana, grabbed pop music with
    both hands and shook it until the pips squeaked.His influence is
    still felt by today's new artists. Ne-Yo, the Grammy Award-winning
    singer and songwriter whose first album, 2006's In My Own Words, went
    platinum and sold over four million copies, has often been touted as
    'the new Michael Jackson' - an accolade he describes as 'the greatest
    compliment anyone could pay me'.'Michael Jackson is the reason I
    sing,' he said recently. 'I knew Off the Wall backwards, forwards, where
    he took a breath - all that stuff

    ''Musically, he changed the
    game,' says Paul McKenzie, the editor of urban music magazine Touch.
    'When I was growing up, everyone had their favourite Michael Jackson
    track in the same way that white, middle-class kids had a favourite Enid
    Blyton book. His music gave you a sense that things were possible.'But
    whenever anyone talks about Jackson's greatness, it is always in the
    past tense. His talent, once the cause of such manic adulation, has
    become a side-show. It is the single, memorable aria in the broader
    operatic story of Jackson's shattering fall from grace.'I spend a
    lot of time feeling sorry for Michael Jackson,' says Diane Dimond, the
    former Court TV reporter who doggedly followed the Jackson trial and
    wrote a bestselling book about it. 'I don't think that he will ever be
    what he was.'Later this year, Jackson turns 50. It is an
    improbable coming of age for someone who modelled himself on Peter Pan,
    who built a giant theme park, peopled by children and a playful pet
    chimp called Bubbles. It is an age that, for most people, would prompt a
    period of reflection. For Jackson, the reality, as always, is slightly

    Although he once admitted to his former manager that he never
    wanted to perform in public after his 40th birthday, Jackson appears to
    have been forced by financial necessity to contemplate what had
    previously seemed so hateful.From the late 1990s, Jackson got
    into the habit of spending $35m a year while his earnings hovered around
    the $12m mark. Until very recently, he was said to be on the brink of
    bankruptcy. He was paying a rumoured 20 per cent interest rate on a huge
    loan, believed to be worth around $300m, from the Bank of America and
    sold onto Fortress Investments. Last month it was reported that, after
    defaulting on payments, his Neverland sanctuary in Santa Barbara County
    would be sold at auction on 19 March unless he raised the requisite
    $25m. If the coverage is to be believed, it seems that the need for
    untapped sources of income is pressing; yet he has produced no new
    material since his trial three years ago. If he succeeds in beating the
    odds and tours one last time - moonwalking and thrilling us in equal
    measures - it looks set to be the greatest comeback in musical history.Jackson's
    trial, on 10 counts of child molestation, attempted abduction and
    administering alcohol to a minor, proved a tipping point. Although, he
    was found not guilty on all charges, it was also a public relations

    At his arraignment in January 2004, he performed an impromptu
    dance on top of a parked car, to the wild hysteria of the gathered
    crowds. During the trial, he frequently turned up late, on one occasion
    shuffling into court in pyjamas and slippers after claiming he had a
    back injury.Even at his lowest ebb, Jackson seemed unable to
    grasp that his erratic behaviour and weirdness were losing him sympathy
    rather than gaining it. 'I was waiting for him to come to court one day
    and he was running late, so I stepped out to make a call,' says Dimond.
    'There Michael Jackson was with his mother, who was holding a picnic
    basket, and with his bodyguards, and he looked right at me and made this
    violent slashing gesture across his throat.' She laughs uneasily. 'And I
    thought, "Whatever happened to that wispy little voice?"'The
    shrinking nucleus of his diehard fans remained as loyal as ever. When
    news of the 'not guilty' verdicts was relayed to a gathering crowd
    outside court, one woman, bathed in the ecstatic zeal of an Old
    Testament prophet, symbolically released 10 doves into the Californian
    skies. But his supporters appeared increasingly to be a lunatic fringe
    and the public airing of such uncomfortable allegations left Jackson
    reeling. It was, perhaps, the first time he had been confronted with the
    disparity between the way he saw himself and how the public saw him.

    the jurors filed out to give their press conferences and sign exclusive
    publishing deals, Jackson and his three children boarded a private jet
    to Bahrain. It was the beginning of his nomadic phase of Garbo-esque
    solitariness. He spent six months as the guest of Sheik Abdullah bin
    Hamad Al Khalifa, the son of Bahrain's king and one of the few men rich
    enough to subsidise Jackson's entourage for weeks on end.Although
    he claimed that he liked Bahrain because he could wear an abaya, the
    traditional dress of a Muslim woman, and go out to shopping malls
    incognito, some suspected that there was a rather more prosaic reason
    for his sudden disappearance from the States: Jackson was in a serious
    financial pickle.During his extended sojourn at the Sheikh's
    expense, Jackson allegedly signed a six-year agreement with his host to
    record two albums, produce a live musical show and write an
    autobiography. In return for his signature, the Prince built Jackson his
    own recording studio in the royal palace and advanced him $7m. But with
    the money in (gloved) hand, Jackson flew out of the country. This time,
    there was no private plane - Jackson took a business-class commercial
    flight to Germany. To add to his monetary woes, Prince Abdullah
    announced his intention to sue the singer in the High Court.'You
    ask yourself why a man who has just been found innocent would want to
    travel the world like that,' says one former employee who was cut adrift
    without pension or pay-off after several years' service. 'The answer
    is: he's trying to escape his debts - huge debts and lots of them. He
    had no idea of how to save money. For Michael, it was always spend,
    spend, spend. He didn't know what money was worth.'

    A cursory
    examination of Jackson's labyrinthine finances proves almost as
    confusing as seeking to understand the video for 'Earth Song'. On the
    surface, it looks as though his income and assets - his half ownership
    of the Sony/ATV music catalogue including 251 Beatles songs estimated to
    be worth $1bn, the royalties from album sales, the lucrative
    merchandising and sponsorship deals - would more than cover his
    outgoings. But this would be to underestimate the extraordinary largesse
    that is Michael Jackson Inc. For several years in the run-up to the
    trial, Jackson put up the Beatles catalogue, as well as copyrights to
    his own songs, as collateral for roughly $270m in bank loans, which he
    used to fund his increasingly regular spending sprees.'I once saw
    him looking through a magazine and ordering almost everything he saw,' a
    source told an American journalist in 2002. "'I want that motorcycle.
    That bike. This. That..." It was like one of those shows where the
    contestant has five minutes to run through a store and fill up as many
    shopping carts as possible. It was crazy.'Then there are the
    other costs: the out-of-court settlements totalling $25.5m with the
    families of boys who had accused him of child abuse and the upkeep of
    Neverland - $2m a year to cover the annual staff budget, a further $3m
    to maintain and guard the sprawling territory.After the trial,
    Jackson kept spending, but he failed to produce any new material and his
    record sales were declining.

    He was forced to take out new loans to pay
    off the interest on old ones - in 2005, he was rumoured to be making
    monthly payments of $4.5m.A year later, while Jackson was still
    abroad, Sony agreed to negotiate more favourable terms from a loans
    company in return for the right to buy half of Jackson's 50 per cent
    stake in the Beatles catalogue. But the restructuring only held for so
    long in the face of continuous lawsuits from former employees. Thirty of
    his Neverland personnel were suing the singer for $306,000 in unpaid
    wages, while California state officials fined him a further $69,000 for
    failure to provide employment insurance in 2006.So perhaps it was
    unsurprising that Jackson felt the need to get away from it all, but
    when he did so, it was in his usual inimitable style. After Bahrain, he
    went on a brief sojourn to Europe before shoring up in Dubai in November
    and checking into a $9,000 a night luxury suite in the Burj Al Arab
    hotel. Again, Jackson took to wearing traditional Arab female dress, at
    one point walking into a women's public lavatory to the astonishment of
    onlookers.As his bank accounts dwindled, he became like a fevered
    showbiz version of Blanche DuBois and was increasingly dependent on the
    kindness of strangers. In June 2006, he decamped to Ireland, taking up
    residence in the vast Irish mansion of Riverdance impresario Michael
    Flatley in Co Cork before moving into nearby Luggala Castle, renting the
    6,000-acre property (complete with minstrels' gallery) for around
    £15,000 a week.Three months later, he popped over to St Tropez
    for a sunshine break with his children in tow and was pictured by the
    paparazzi wearing a woman's floppy sunhat and high heels. In December
    2006, he resurfaced in Las Vegas, renting a modest, single-floor house
    in the suburbs, where he is still partly based. 'He was in talks with a
    major casino in Vegas about putting on a live show,' says Matt Fiddes, a
    close personal friend and former bodyguard. 'He's not short of offers, I
    know that.'But the show never came off. Last March, Jackson was
    spotted in Japan, signing autographs for £600 a throw.

    In August, he
    moved his travelling troupe into the modest family home of his long-time
    friends, Dominick and Connie Cascio, in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
    where he was seen two months later buying Hallowe'en costumes.His
    friends say that he has assumed the role of globe-hopping house-guest
    in order to escape unwanted press attention and that he has to wear
    these improbable disguises as a matter of necessity. 'Mikey can never
    stay in one place for too long because he will be mobbed,' says Fiddes.
    'He has to swap hotels week after week. I've known him to get to one
    city where he's booked two hotels for a week just in case he's spotted
    in one and needs to move to the other. He changes telephone numbers
    almost weekly. It's not a good life, it's very lonely.' Another source
    says that of his three children, Jackson appears closest to his
    youngest, Prince Michael Jackson II, aka 'Blanket', who often
    accompanies him to meetings.Not even Jackson can keep moonwalking
    away from his problems for ever. With the threat of his home being sold
    from under him, he seems finally to have accepted the need to develop a
    financial rescue plan - and fast.Since the tail end of last
    year, there has been an incremental public relations drive to refocus
    Jackson's core fanbase and to cement his position as a global superstar.
    It has been pushed largely by Raymone Bain, Jackson's spokeswoman, a
    razor-sharp, micro-miniskirt-wearing partner at a Washington-based PR
    firm.In December, she negotiated Jackson's first press interview
    since the trial with Ebony magazine, the biggest-selling
    African-American glossy. In it, Jackson portrayed himself as a civil
    rights pioneer, opening the door for other black artists to have their
    songs played on MTV: 'They [black artists] came to me so many times and
    said, "Michael, if it wasn't for you, there would be no MTV." They told
    me that, over and over, personally.' Ironically, the photographs
    depicted Jackson with an almost entirely white skin-tone, the airbrushed
    smoothness of his face broken only by a pronounced Travolta-esque chin
    cleft.But the 19-page interview and Jackson's highly publicised
    return from exile proved so successful that one American TV pundit was
    moved to exclaim it was 'the biggest comeback since Lazarus'. Rumours
    started to seep out from the Jackson camp that, for the first time in
    almost 10 years, he was working again. 'He's back in the studio, working
    his guts out on new material,' confirms Fiddes.

    'He's his own
    competition. He wants to beat the Thriller album and that's what he's
    working on now.'His management is said to be in weekly
    negotiations with the O2 arena in London to stage a series of concerts
    later this year - the last offer from AEG Live, the consortium that owns
    the Millennium Dome, was believed to be a £5m guarantee for 10 nights,
    with a maximum of 30 nights adding up to £15m. The involvement of Kevin
    Wall, the Emmy award-winning producer who created the Live Earth music
    concert and who produced the spectacular 'Michael Jackson: Live from
    Bucharest' in 1992 - a television special that gave the HBO network its
    highest ever ratings - is apparently also likely. But Jackson is said to
    be wary of returning to do live shows without having new material to
    perform. Despite being hotly tipped to appear at the Grammys last month,
    negotiations floundered at the final hurdle (amid rumours that Jackson
    demanded to be referred to as the King of Pop throughout the show).One
    of the reasons for his no-show is said to be that Jackson has been
    discussing his future with pop impresario Simon Fuller, the chief
    executive of 19 Entertainment and creator of Pop Idol, who recently flew
    to Jackson's semi-permanent base in Las Vegas. Fuller is understood to
    be hesitant for Jackson to sign up to any public performance that simply
    re-hashes old hits, instead looking for more novel ways to return to
    the public arena. Jackson himself may well want to produce some
    substantial new material before staging a complete comeback some way
    down the line.Increasingly, Jackson's inner circle is shrinking
    down to a core group of key advisers. Mindful of having taken bad advice
    in the past, he now relies on the select counsel of a handful of
    eminences grises. One of them is the suave Peter Lopez, a
    highly-regarded entertainment lawyer with excellent Hollywood
    credentials - he is married to Catherine Bach, the actress best known
    for playing Daisy Duke in the television series Dukes of Hazzard. Lopez
    confirms that Jackson is in 'continued dialogue' with AEG Live and that
    there have been a number of 'informal conversations' with both Fuller
    and Wall over the course of the past year. 'All of these I would
    categorise as preliminary, ongoing discussions,' he says, over the phone
    from his office in Los Angeles. 'Michael is very excited to be moving
    forward.'Lopez also insists that talk of a financial crisis is
    'hogwash'. 'Neverland is not being auctioned off, it's simply that
    Michael has changed lenders. This talk emerges from several journalists
    in the US who love to spin things in the most negative way possible.

    facts are the facts and he's had some cash flow issues in the past, but
    it's all under control now.'With the financial situation on a
    comparatively stable footing, Jackson has been able to concentrate on
    recording new songs, many of them executive produced by Will.i.am,
    Rodney Jerkins and Teddy Riley. According to those who have heard them,
    the tracks are near pitch-perfect pop songs for a new generation.Certainly,
    it seems that in spite of his advancing years, Jackson's marketing
    operation is keen to target a younger fanbase. Official Michael Jackson
    profile pages have popped up on social networking sites such as Bebo and
    MySpace and ringtones of all the original Thriller tracks have been
    created for download. Pepsi are using 'Thriller' as the backing song for
    a new advertising campaign for the SoBe Life Water drink and there is
    even talk of the Jackson 5 reforming to take part in an autobiographical
    stage musical.A 25th anniversary edition of Thriller released
    last month showcased new collaborations with Kanye West and Akon.
    Speaking recently, Akon said: 'Just to be in the same room [with him], I
    felt everything I wanted to accomplish in life has been achieved. Some
    artists think regional, some think national, I was thinking
    international. He thinks planets. It's on another level.'Would a
    comeback be an assured success? Interest in the King of Pop has declined
    sharply - when a Los Angeles casino auctioned off 1,100 lots of Jackson
    memorabilia last May, there were barely any takers. His last live
    performance was at the World Music Awards in November 2006 when he
    disappointed fans by singing just a few lines of 'We Are the World'. But
    given that the Spice Girls grossed £100m on their recent comeback tour,
    it's not surprising that one insider privy to Jackson's deal-making
    says 'we're sure he could dwarf that'. That same source is confident
    that Jackson would be physically robust enough to tackle a world tour.
    'I met him recently, and while he is very skinny, he's not frail - he's
    not the zonked-out, doddery character you might imagine by any stretch
    of imagination.'In spite of the obvious risks, it is hard not to
    be caught up in the fairytale that Jackson has spent his life creating.
    Whatever his dissenters might say, he remains one of the greatest icons
    in pop history, a man touched with musical genius, who revels in the
    razzle dazzle of his self-created pageantry. If his life so far has been
    an unforgettable performance, the finale promises to be show-stopping.

    There is no one who could stage a comeback quite like Michael Jackson.
    After all, not even Lazarus knew how to moonwalk.

    "You and I must make a pact, we must bring salvation back,
    whenever you need me, I,ll be there".


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    Post  EMPATHY on Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:28 am

    I cant help but giggle at Michael - he is a 'one off' and though people might read the above article about his spending and think I still find it highly amusing. If the above account is truly what Michael was like 'spending' then I know someone just like him -who also happens to be a virgo. But just like Michael is the most endearing person you could ever wish to meet. Lovely, funny, optimistic and just lives for the day then when the bottom falls out - globe trots until an answer can be found. When I say I know this person well, I mean it!!

    But Michael just like this 'person' is somehow 'blessed'. It may seem odd to say this, but there just seems to me to be 'certain' people that are - and I always feel that they have 'something' that is important that they carry around with them -

    For all the things/objects/possessions that Michael has had, money is immaterial. Now you have to really think about that....and when you really do click with that you will be smiling the way I am.

    Meanwhile the rest of the MJDH hoax thread on Peter Lopez is rather eyeopening and has more information then I have read before. I dont want to make a comment on that.

    Diane Dimond is not liked by me at ALL - she seems to have a spade on her that is never clean - but she will find her popularity will wane terribly just as tarot has said. I thought it was rather amusing about the gesture that Michael was alleged to have given to her - at least it should have shown her he was 'normal' and given to annoyance just like anybody else would who was constantly 'hunted down'.

    This report that I have printed shows just what he had to go through - he needed a HOME - not all this suitcase packing. He has a home now and the rest of them can go .....themselves.

    "You and I must make a pact, we must bring salvation back,
    whenever you need me, I,ll be there".


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