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Post by whisper » Wed May 31, 2006 6:37 pm

This article from 2003 quotes from a statement Liz Taylor released at the time:

Liz Taylor: Michael Is Innocent


Nov. 24, 2003

(CBS/AP) A number of celebrities who know Michael Jackson and were guests at his Neverland ranch have made no public comment since his arrest last Thursday on child molestation charges.

That's not Liz Taylor's style.

The actress, who has been a close friend of Jackson's for many years, came out strongly Sunday in support of the beleaguered star.

In a written statement, Taylor predicts Jackson will be vindicated.

The actress, who has a few things in common with Jackson - including having been a child star, winning every award early in her career, and experiencing more heartbreak than romance - also attacked the way the media has been covering the story.

"I thought the law was 'innocent until proven guilty.' I know he is innocent and I hope they all eat crow," said Taylor, who is refusing to comment on camera as a protest of media treatment of Jackson.


For his part, Jackson addressed his fans directly via a new Web site, saying the child molestation allegations made against him are "predicated on a big lie" and he will be exonerated in court.

The entertainer's spokesman, Stuart Backerman, had said last week that Jackson was putting the site together so he could communicate with the news media and fans. Jackson said in his statement that it would serve as a source for "official communications on my case."

"As you know, the charges recently directed at me are terribly serious," Jackson said in the six-paragraph statement. "They are, however, predicated on a big lie. This will be shown in court, and we will be able to put this horrible time behind us."

Also commenting on Jackson's situation are Quincy Jones - one of the most influential producers in the music business - who says he sends his prayers to Jackson, and rapper Missy Elliot.

Elliot says she prays that Michael Jackson didn't do what he's accused of doing because he is the "biggest influence" in her life. She describes herself as "ready to fight" for Jackson. She says some of her support comes from the fact that she, too, is a celebrity and knows "what it's like to be judged." But Elliot notes that if Jackson is guilty, it's something that he will have to "take up with God."

Others, who aren't in show business but feel they've lived side by side with Jackson, are weighing in with words of support - as did fans in four countries who held weekend candlelight vigils in protest of his arrest.

"He's got a lot of support from people in this valley," says John Cody, 54, who lives in Los Olivos, Calif., and is a neighbor of Jackson's.

"He's an incredibly smart, kind man. He's a moving target, and I think the allegations are bogus," says Cody, a stonecutter who visited Neverland with his two and a half year-old daughter and created a 700-pound stone sculpture for the ranch.

Cody can't say much about the ranch. Jackson requires everyone who enters Neverland to sign a nondisclosure agreement. Even fans who won $2,500 auction tickets for a visit to the ranch had to sign the agreement. And cameras are not allowed.

Jackson's wealth and fame have cast something of a spell over Los Olivos, a quiet, upscale community about 30 miles northwest of Santa Barbara, where Jackson has established himself as a generous benefactor and employer at the same time he has kept himself shrouded in secrecy.

Beyond his occasional forays into town, residents say they rarely see the "King of Pop" and don't know much about what goes on behind the gates of his 2,700-acre estate.

"He's been known to walk up and down the street here," said Sharon Frowiss, manager of Jedlicka's Saddlery Inc., where Jackson recently bought a $229 tricycle. "He doesn't talk a lot."

Most residents claim some sort of tenuous connection to Jackson: They know someone who works at Neverland, they've visited the ranch or they've sold something to Jackson.

Many Los Olivos residents have visited Jackson's playland at least once, either as guests of his 60-some employees or as children on field trips from one of the local schools.

But Jackson is hardly ever home when people come calling.

"A lot of people think he's there to show them around, but he's not there at all," said Jesus Garibay, 23, who worked for four months in the Neverland zoo's reptile wing for $8.25 an hour. "He gives them access to things, he lets them tour and have fun, but he's mostly away."

He adds that ranch employees cannot speak to Jackson unless spoken to first. (whisper note: of course that's not true)

Neverland is so private that local officials weren't aware of potential violations of land-use law there until they saw footage of the property on a national television special last year, said Bill Gillette, agricultural commissioner for Santa Barbara County.

After the show aired, Gillette was allowed to visit the ranch, accompanied by Jackson's lawyers, to check some buildings.

"I got more attention on this than probably for anything else I've done in Santa Barbara County," he said.

A county investigation found that Jackson had failed to file building permits over the past 10 years. "The permits that should have been filed are for everything from a gatehouse and a three-car garage to a primate center, a go-cart track, seven rides at his amusement park and a giant outdoor movie screen," county planner Larry Appel said in September.

Gillette was amazed by what he saw during the inspection. The playland, a miniature replica of Disneyland, was completely empty but children's music blared from loudspeakers, the rides were running and fresh popcorn and ice cream were waiting at the train station.

"They were all set up like they could have visitors at any moment, but there was nobody around but us," Gillette said. "I still don't know if they turned it on just for us or not."

Jackson surrendered to Santa Barbara County authorities on Thursday after an arrest warrant was issued alleging that he committed lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14. He was released on $3 million bail and immediately returned to Las Vegas, where he had been filming a video. Authorities have said they expect to file formal charges sometime after Thanksgiving.

The singer's attorney, Mark Geragos, has said Jackson denies the allegations, and a Jackson spokesman said Saturday that Jackson is "fighting mad."

Geragos - whose previous clients include Clinton friend Susan McDougal, actress Winona Ryder, and former Congressman Gary Condit - is currently also representing Scott Peterson, charged with killing his wife, Laci, and their unborn son.

Loyola University Law School professor Laurie Levenson says juggling two such high profile cases should be no problem for Geragos.

"It's a bit like brain surgery," she said. "Brain surgeons have more than one patient but they're not operating on them at the same time."

Neither case is ready to go to trial.

Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/11/ ... 5208.shtml

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Post by senecajackson » Wed May 31, 2006 6:50 pm

[QUOTE=trenny]I'm so glad she did this interview because some of the tabloids kept reporting that Liz and Mike were no longer friends because she was fed up with him:mad: so now they have to make up some new lies:lol[/QUOTE]

Got that right! lol
It just makes me sad that he feels like he can't come home again. But it is true what Liz said, he needs to be somewhere where he is appreciated and I think where he is now is the perfect place, but I just want to let it be known that there are plenty American fans that still love Michael...at least I can say that on my behalf. He has a legacy here especially in my home town Detroit, Michigan "MOTOWN", and that can never be broken no matter what the American public tries to do or say.
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Post by InspirationMoonwalks » Wed May 31, 2006 6:51 pm

[QUOTE=HeavenSent]Thank you, Veronica.

Sometimes in talking to people I get the impression that they feel as though Michael somehow owes them something. That he NEEDS to stay right in California, regardless of what his heart tells him, regardless of the air of anoymosity that surrounds him, regardless of anything that would put him in a better place mentally--all for sake of saying that Michael is still living on our soil.

I feel sorry for anyone who lives in such a world where so many people expect so many different things from them. Michael should be thru with trying to please and appease people. I was so proud when he took the huge step of relocating to Bahrain to relax. I'm sure he knew in the back of his mind that people would be doing certified wtf's at this. I'm sure he knew that not everyone would be content and pleased. But I'm glad he did. Never in my wildest dreams would I say that Michael would at some point be living in Bahrain. In Bahrain, people! Where ever he lives..Bahrain, Scotland, England, Africa, Compton (lol), I think it's fantastic that he can finally have some semblance of that peace that I know he's longed for. But yet thruout it all, Michael's heart stays with his fans. That alone makes me more happy than if he just decided live his life based on the needs of select handful. I would be really bothered if staying @ Neverland made him conduct his life under resentment.

How come some of us can't let go of the fact that Michael deserves and SHOULD live anywhere on this earth that he pleases? If Neverland doesn't fit his lifestyle or his family's wellbeing any more, then so what? Why must we equate him moving physically, to him abandoning his fan base over here in the US? :unsure: Everything he does from now on music wise will have an American connection. I'm positive of this. Just because he's no longer in our backyard does not mean that he's said good-bye.[/QUOTE]

Oh, I agree! :) I mean, it would be lovely to see him feel at home again at Neverland, but that is totally up to him. Doesn't mean he is "abandoning" anything. For the record, when I was voicing concern in this thread, I was NOT talking about his whereabouts. That's his decision! I was talking about the *silly, IMHO* notion that he should just forget the US as a market entirely. I'm not saying anyone here said that, but as I said before, I've seen that talk on other forums and it bugs me. I was only saying that Michael should not forsake his audience over here, just because he chooses to hang his hat somewhere else. And I don't think he'd do that. I think he KNOWS how much love and support he has here. I'm only angry about all of the generalizations that fans on other forums have made about America in general, saying that Michael should never release music or promote stuff in America again, because of the trial mess. THAT's what's unfair. But I'm pretty confident that Michael would not do that...
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Post by Shannon » Wed May 31, 2006 6:59 pm

[QUOTE=HeavenSent]Thank you, Veronica.

Sometimes in talking to people I get the impression that they feel as though Michael somehow owes them something. That he NEEDS to stay right in California, regardless of what his heart tells him, regardless of the air of anoymosity that surrounds him, regardless of anything that would put him in a better place mentally--all for sake of saying that Michael is still living on our soil.

I feel sorry for anyone who lives in such a world where so many people expect so many different things from them. Michael should be thru with trying to please and appease people. I was so proud when he took the huge step of relocating to Bahrain to relax. I'm sure he knew in the back of his mind that people would be doing certified wtf's at this. I'm sure he knew that not everyone would be content and pleased. But I'm glad he did. Never in my wildest dreams would I say that Michael would at some point be living in Bahrain. In Bahrain, people! Where ever he lives..Bahrain, Scotland, England, Africa, Compton (lol), I think it's fantastic that he can finally have some semblance of that peace that I know he's longed for. But yet thruout it all, Michael's heart stays with his fans. That alone makes me more happy than if he just decided live his life based on the needs of select handful. I would be really bothered if staying @ Neverland made him conduct his life under resentment.

How come some of us can't let go of the fact that Michael deserves and SHOULD live anywhere on this earth that he pleases? If Neverland doesn't fit his lifestyle or his family's wellbeing any more, then so what? Why must we equate him moving physically, to him abandoning his fan base over here in the US? :unsure: Everything he does from now on music wise will have an American connection. I'm positive of this. Just because he's no longer in our backyard does not mean that he's said good-bye.[/QUOTE]
My thoughts exactly, Carla.

People should start thinking of how they are thinking, what they are expecting, and what they want for Michael. You want him to live at Neverland, you want him to make a new, chart-shattering album and go on tour afterwards, you want him to be happy, be a good father, to love his fans around the world - but, not to follow his heart. That's whats sad. Because too many expects too much and don't care about what Michael wants himself.
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Post by InspirationMoonwalks » Wed May 31, 2006 7:10 pm

[QUOTE=Shannon]My thoughts exactly, Carla.

People should start thinking of how they are thinking, what they are expecting, and what they want for Michael. You want him to live at Neverland, you want him to make a new, chart-shattering album and go on tour afterwards, you want him to be happy, be a good father, to love his fans around the world - but, not to follow his heart. That's whats sad. Because too many expects too much and don't care about what Michael wants himself.[/QUOTE]

I for one care. I'm just speaking about all the generalizations being made by some of those fans I talked about. THAT was where my irritation rested. But you already knew that, LOL.
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Post by Shannon » Wed May 31, 2006 7:13 pm

[QUOTE=InspirationMoonwalks]I for one care. I'm just speaking about all the generalizations being made by some of those fans I talked about. THAT was where my irritation rested. But you already knew that, LOL.[/QUOTE]
Don't worry, I wasn't implying anybody here. I understand you totally. ;)
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Post by InspirationMoonwalks » Wed May 31, 2006 7:19 pm

[QUOTE=Shannon]Don't worry, I wasn't implying anybody here. I understand you totally. ;)[/QUOTE]


I know you do. :) I just wanted to make it clear to other posters, as well:8-26-03fruits_apple

As for me, everytime I start to feel sad about stuff like this, I think back to June 13th, 2005 and how HAPPY I was that Michael had even got out of that mess to begin with. As much as I'd love for him to feel comfortable at Neverland again, I really don't care where he decides to primarily live. That's up to him and has nothing to do with his art or his fans (and hello, a celeb can have MULTIPLE properties! :lol) . I just want it understood that he still has MUCH love and support over here and can be a success in this country and this market. I really, really doubt he'd just somehow ignore us and I admit that now that I reflect on it, I don't really think that was what Liz was saying, LOL. It's just such an emotional subject because dammit, Michael Jackson is an AMERICAN, he should feel comfortable in his own native country! And it truly sucks if he doesn't. But regardless of what his ultimate decisions prove to be, I'm more than sure that he has not forgotten his American fans or our support of him. I just want that understood, is all..
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Post by minnie yu » Wed May 31, 2006 8:28 pm

thank you Whisper so much for this up-to-dated video..

its so touchful and happy to see Liz again..she is in good health condition..that's make me feel so good inside..GOD bless Liz...:8-26-03fruits_apple as always...

of course Liz is always MIke's safeguard i had never thought about one day Liz could stop protecting MIke in public..:lol just like what i imagined yesterday..Liz once again..supporting her Mike and protecting him...that's so sweet..

as for where Michael should be live, that's always an old topic i think since last summer Mike left and till right now..its seems like fans still canot get over this topic...i mean..that's not a big deal really....no matter where he is, his heart is always belong to all of us..ALL OF US...just think of MIchael and his babes at the most interest..and just let him be..let him do sth he would love to do from the bottom of his heart..ok....

Michael is very very happpy...we alll see his smile in these days..that's the most important in the world...

Liz is till getting in touch with him and she said MIke sounded very very happy...that's make me smile...thanks...:8-26-03fruits_apple
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Post by Bee » Wed May 31, 2006 9:38 pm

Elizabeth Taylor was AMAZING! Now, I did not see the interview because I do not have cable at home. However, I saw the clips and this woman TOLD THE DAMN TRUTH! She was like, "I was sooooooo angry when they said those things about him". Then she talked about sharing the same bed with the nephews and saying that she had no problem with that and she saw nothing unusual about that. To top that ALL off, she said that she doesn't blame MJ for not living in the States anymore. After what they have done to him, she doesn't blame him. The way that she defended that man was the way that ALL of this man's friends should defend him. She is a TRUE friend and she really cares about MJ. BTW, a bit off topic, but why did Larry King asked her: "are you dead?" when Liz was RIGHT THERE? Oh, Larry...... that guy is really getting there. My goodness.
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Post by MJJ_Lover » Thu Jun 01, 2006 1:09 am

I'm just gonna express my opinion on 2 things here.

Taylor did speak out. :) It's just that the media selectively chose whose statements they wish to exploit and sensationalise for ratings. Taylor's statements have always been in support of Michael, so they don't generate as much attention.

Michael can live wherever he wants to. He needs to do what he's just gotta do. In honouring his needs, he will be able to create with the freedom he deserves. Music is from the heart. He needs to do what his heart tells him to do. At this present point, it's to be where he is. He can do whatever he wants to do! I reckon everyone should give him a break.

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Post by MJISHOT » Thu Jun 01, 2006 4:07 am

[QUOTE=whisper]VIDEO
Elizabeth Taylor talks about Michael Jackson

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that was SO adorable, thanks whisper!!
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Post by MyAngelMJ » Thu Jun 01, 2006 8:40 am

Thanks for the video, Whisper.
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[QUOTE=MyAngelMJ]Thanks for the video, Whisper.[/QUOTE]
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Post by Badine » Wed Jun 07, 2006 1:13 pm

[QUOTE=danaluvsmj]But don't you think his children miss their home? Don't you think they tell Michael, 'We miss home. We're tired of moving around. We wanna go back'?

It's just not fair:([/QUOTE]


If you think about it Michael and his kids couldnt go anywhere in public without being mobbed. Bahrain seems more peaceful. I sure theres less papperazzi there and Michael and his kids get more privacy dont you think? It must be nice there or Michael wouldnt want to live there.

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