Michael Jackson Sued For Slander and Defamation

I remember a radio show host speaking to Howard Bloom and he stated that after Jackson’s huge rise in the early 80’s, a newspaper editor in Boston specifically requested one of the journalists for the paper to write a story about Jackson every day and it didn’t matter if it was true or not — he wanted something written every day. As all of these stories were coming out, most were unsubstantiated but were printed anyway, the rivaling Boston newspaper began to do the same. This became the pattern for journalism regarding Jackson. Mr. Bloom (who I think was the Jackson PR man during the Victory tour – not exactly sure) stated that he had worked with numerous entertainers, including Billy Joel and a host of others and none of the others could hold a candle to Michael Jackson the person. – So what does that tell us? Any story about MJ whether true or false was printed to bring in a higher audience (and most of the stories were untrue).

Many people don’t know that when Michael Jackson was alive he went after and sued many tabloid magazines for lies, slander and defamation of his character. One of the reasons they can get away with trashing his name now is because he is no longer here to defend himself. His estate cannot go after these people and entities who continue to lie and smear his name. 

Michael Jackson wins $2.7 million in lawsuit

Michael Jackson won $2.7 million in his slander suit against a freelance writer who claimed to have a videotape of the pop singer having sex with a teenage boy.

“Jurors told us that they not only wanted to compensate Jackson and punish Victor Gutierrez, but to send a message that they are tired of tabloids lying about celebrities for money,” Jackson’s lawyer, Zia Modabber, said after a jury decided against Victor Gutierrez on Thursday.Jackson sued Gutierrez for $100 million in 1995, claiming he told “Hard Copy” reporter Diane Dimond that there was a video of Jackson having sex with a 13-year-old boy and that she repeated the comments on KABC-AM.

In 1994, Jackson reached an out-of-court settlement in a sexual molestation lawsuit stemming from the entertainer’s friendship with a 13-year-old boy.

Investigations against the entertainer failed to produce criminal charges. Jackson repeatedly denied the allegations.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/623505/Michael-Jackson-wins-27-million-in-lawsuit.html?pg=all

More to come. Stay tuned.

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