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Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 07/15/2009

Fact or Fiction? Reading the Fine Print on Jackson's Life

By Liz Kelly

(Image courtesy Simon & Shuster)

The first posthumous Michael Jackson bio/tell-all has arrived.

Ian Halperin's "Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson" was already in the works when Jackson died on June 25, but sensing the smell of money to be made, Halperin's publishers rushed the book -- updated to include details about Jackson's final days -- into production and launched it yesterday. Already, the book is ranked No. 2 on Amazon.com's Bestseller List, behind a Glenn Beck-penned anti-Government manifesto and just ahead of Dan Brown's newest thriller.

But why spend your hard-earned ducats on an MJ bio when you can get the most explosive allegations right here?

Halperin claims Jackson's greedy circle of employees and so-called friends are responsible for the one-time King of Pop's death.

Halperin writes that Jackson was gay and would wear elaborate disguises when meeting one of his eight gay lovers, who he forced to sign non-disclosure agreements. "He was always dressed as a woman, and very convincingly, to the point no one else would recognize Michael," said Halperin in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.

Jackson, a source told Halperin, would meet his lovers in run-down motels because it was all he could afford.

Halperin says Jackson was high on painkillers when he announced his 50-day London concert series.

Jackson considered a move to Canada when polls indicated that most Americans believed he was guilty of sexual child abuse.

Jackson's insurance company forced him to pay a $20 million settlement to his first child molestation accuser.

The author says though he initially set out to "nail" Jackson on child molestation charges, he was unable to uncover any evidence to support the allegations.

Another book -- the updated "Jacko: His Rise and Fall: The Social and Sexual History of Michael Jackson" -- set for release later this month, claims:

Diana Ross once found Jackson "dressed in her stiletto heels and red toreador pants" and that Jackson insisted servants address him as "Miss Ross."

Jackson was warned by Buckingham Palace to stop sending unsolicited gifts to Prince William.

Two additional Jackson titles are due in book stores Friday: The photo heavy "Michael Jackson: Life of a Legend and Michael Jackson" and "Legend, Hero, Icon: A Tribute to the King of Pop."

By Liz Kelly  | July 15, 2009; 11:35 AM ET
Categories:  Michael Jackson, Reading  
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Comments

"his eight gay lovers"

At first I wondered, "Eight? Why so precise? And why so few?" Ahh, but with MJ included, they would make up a full baseball team- thus clearing us to make "pitcher and catcher" jokes for the rest of the day.

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | July 15, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Hm, I wonder how many of the people making the allegations actually went on the record. Very very few I suspect. That doesn't mean some things might not be the case, but I still see him as a stunted child, not really an adult and incapable of understanding the adult world. I guess there will be a flood more of this stuff to come.

Posted by: lafilleverte | July 15, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Were any of those run-down motels near the Minneapolis Airport or on the Appalacian Trail?

Posted by: mdreader01 | July 15, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

On a more precise note, the "eight gay lovers" statement reminds me of nothing so much as Jon Lovitz's "Pathological Liar" character on SNL. "He...was gay! And he had lots of gay lovers! Seven...no, eight! Yeahhhhh, that's the ticket! And they met in seedy motels! And...and he dressed up as a woman! Yeah, a woman!"

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | July 15, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

You know, Nosy Parker is on to something.

I find it hard to believe these accusations without Jada Pinkett Smith making some weird statement about having had a trust with MJ in the back of a limo.

Posted by: mdreader01 | July 15, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

The man is dead, for heaven's sake!!! Leave him alone. Stop reporting about him. The only ones wanting to keep this alive are the Jacksons themselves and the leeches who feed off them. Michael Jackson had faded into the rock history books a long time ago. He had his run. He had a tremendous talent and squandered it all away. There is no reason to glorify this deviant.

Posted by: panamajack | July 15, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Dare I ask how old Prince William was at the time of these gifts? Also, is this related to why Michael's two sons both are named Prince?

And I admit I laughed out loud about Michael wearing Diana Ross' shoes, but I doubt that item is all that, because:

1) he was probably a little kid at the time goofing around (as kids do), and

2) I can't imagine her letting ANYBODY call anybody ELSE "Miss Ross."

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | July 15, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Did Michael also dress up as JP-S & travel in limos?

Posted by: mat00 | July 15, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

"Halperin's book also suggests that Jackson was secretly gay and once picked up a construction worker in Las Vegas"

Only once?

Posted by: jezebel3 | July 15, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Nothing says true love like a non-disclosure agreement. And then telling all anonymously right after your beloved's death.

Posted by: 44west | July 15, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I still say Blanket was stolen as a baby. Who/where are the biological parents and/or surrogate? Since we seem to know everything else about the man-child including what he looked like naked, why is this the one thing that remains un-investigated, un-speculated, and un-snarked, among the reporting overload? [I am absolutely not suggesting any snark on the child, just how MJ came to 'acquire' him.]
"Eight gay lovers". Hmmm, there's a song in there ....

Posted by: agog1 | July 15, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

"having had a trust with MJ"

That's having had a tryst, folks.

Although I'd also take "truss," given Michael's delicate condition.

Posted by: mdreader01 | July 15, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Did Michael also dress up as JP-S & travel in limos?

Posted by: mat00 | July 15, 2009 12:13 PM
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Nothing but net, there mat00. Brilliant.


Nothing says true love like a non-disclosure agreement. And then telling all anonymously right after your beloved's death.

Posted by: 44west | July 15, 2009 1:02 PM
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As Miss Tina once sang, "What's Love Got to Do With It?"

Posted by: mdreader01 | July 15, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

"Jackson, a source told Halperin, would meet his lovers in run-down motels because it was all he could afford."

I prefer seedy motels myself.

Posted by: jezebel3 | July 15, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

"Jackson, a source told Halperin, would meet his lovers in run-down motels because it was all he could afford."

How many times did he meet lovers in motels, that all he could afford was run-down? Sounds more like he preferred the anti-cachet. Did he used to tell them, "Don't let the bedbugs bite"?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | July 15, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Bawlmer, the PL character could be used in so many situations. Lovitz could do worse than reviving it for 5 minute segments on whatever preposterous tabloid rumor gets the most attention. You should propose that for the Lizard Island Network.

Posted by: reddragon1 | July 15, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

SNL has TONS of material for next season. Can't wait.

Posted by: jezebel3 | July 15, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm disappointed, Liz, you didn't mention that a bunch of stuff was revealed in this morning's interview of Halperin on Howard Stern. I know you listen. It was a great interview. Much more in depth and better than anything one would find on Entertainment Weekly. Included was Halperin's claim that the Church of Sci arranged the Lisa Marie marriage. And he kind of backed down on the number eight regarding his gay lovers. And further delved into MJ's sexual preferences, as well.

Posted by: jlessl | July 15, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Liz, you know I love you, but this is going a bit far. Now we are covering the books about MJ? Can we please stop feeding the media frenzy about this? The man is dead, time to move on to other snarkfodder (or modder).

Posted by: epjd | July 15, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Hooooo-Boy. Michael, Michael, Michael. . .


Anyhow, I've decided that I want James Purefoy even though his new show is lame.

Your friend,

Curmudgeon

Posted by: bmschumacher | July 15, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Slate Rxplainer: What Makes Toxicology So Slow? Why it's taking so long to investigate the death of Michael Jackson
http://www.slate.com/id/2222824

"...If the techies on 'CSI: Miami' can whip up toxicological statements in no time, why does it take so darn long in the real world? / Because there's a backlog..."

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | July 15, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Rxplainer (wow, talk about a Freudian slip!). Should be Explainer.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | July 15, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

What's really awful is that of the three books at the top of Amazon.com's Bestseller List, the MJ bio just might be the least fecal of the bunch.

Posted by: byoolin1 | July 15, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

byoolin, you made me look. Ick. Nast.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | July 15, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

It's close to midnight
the coroner's still working in the dark.
Under the green light
researching what went wrong with Michael's heart.
Where is the brain?
He needs to have a sample for his drug tests.
He goes insane
But right before he begins to shout, his lab tech calls out:

It's in the chiller...

Posted by: mdreader01 | July 15, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I wonder of MJ's brain (or other parts) will go missing? Imagine all the urban legends just waiting to be invented...

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | July 15, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

N_P,

Whether or not MJ's parts go missing will be immeterial . . . someonw will SAY they have.

And, well, you know, it'll be John Dillinger in a bottle all over again.

As ever,

Curmudgeon (I still want James Purefoy)

Posted by: bmschumacher | July 15, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

"It's in the chiller..." -- mdreader01, how you make me laugh. Another tour de force.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | July 15, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

wonder of MJ's brain (or other parts) will go missing? Imagine all the urban legends just waiting to be invented...

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | July 15, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

You mean like Einstein?

Posted by: hodie | July 15, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Uh-huh.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | July 15, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

wonder of MJ's brain (or other parts) will go missing? Imagine all the urban legends just waiting to be invented...

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | July 15, 2009 4:55 PM
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Tonight on the Lizard Television Network:

"Return of The Boys from Brazil"

Evil Brazillian doctor clones zombie Michael Jacksons. He runs an orphanage that seeks out large musical families with abusive, ambitious fathers.

Episode one: Jon Gosslin's application is denied due to lack of talent and ambition.

Posted by: mdreader01 | July 15, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Epi 2, Octomom and her brood's (ahem) DNA donor. Anybody notice that she's not getting so much attention any more. You don't suppose her 15 minutes are over? (Probably too much to hope for).

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | July 15, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

The worms and slimeballs crawl out of the woodwork when there is no one alive to dispute them. It is well known that Mr. Jackson was asexual. Anything for a buck. Where's the proof?

Posted by: lskloven1 | July 16, 2009 12:27 AM | Report abuse

I don't believe a word of it.

Posted by: msame | July 18, 2009 12:21 AM | Report abuse

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