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Bashir documentary killed Michael Jackson: Former Manager

Post by Sophie M. on Mon Aug 31, 2009 12:58 am

Bashir documentary killed Michael Jackson: Former Manager

Dieter Weisner

(Dieter Weisner is a former manager to Michael Jackson)


The biggest entertainer of ‘em all has gone and has left behind memories- some bitter, but mostly sweet.

It was in San Francisco that I first met Michael Jackson in 1993. I was working in the merchandise business and I offered to show him 94 beautiful products. We hit off well as he made me his merchandising man.
In 1996, I went out with him on the HIStory tour. He held 120 concerts around the world and it was unlike anything that I have seen before. Every country we went, including Bombay in India, went berserk even before he touched down. It was a really successful and satisfying endeavor and he was very happy to know that millions still adored him around the world.

Michael was really the megastar that he is made out to be. He knew exactly how to handle his stardom and how to take it forward. But personally, he was a very shy guy. He was not comfortable in the company of strangers and liked to keep to himself.

It is not entirely wrong when people say he was a twelve year old child, who died at the age of fifty. Michael Jackson was child-like: he loved kids and played with them like he was their age, he loved gifting people toys and kept himself in the wonderland of Neverland.

That aspect of his personality made him a humble person. His gracefulness was visible to everybody- his staff, friends and fans. He had the ‘I-don’t-give-a-damn’ air about him when he performed on stage or on camera but in reality he was a genuine friend of those he knew.

Michael and I became very good friends and he invited me to his ranch and asked me to be his manager in 2002. I couldn’t have been happier.

Managing the King of Pop is, undoubtedly the biggest assignment that any PR person can get. Managing him was a full 24/7 task that demanded complete attention and focus.

And it certainly was not easy to keep him out of bad press. ‘Living with Michael Jackson’- the documentary made by British journalist Martin Bashir- was the biggest PR disaster for MJ. It showed him as a pedophile by cleverly editing out the other parts where the journalist praises Michael as a great father.

From that day onwards, I believe, Michael began to die. I never saw Michael as down and out as he was when the allegations of molesting kids came up against him.

Then we made a rebuttal video that turned the whole affair around and Michael was very happy. He then released the song `What More Can I Give` for which he got the `Music Radio Award` in Las Vegas. That it was symbolic needs no pointing out.

But it was not over yet. We were in the Mirage Hotel of Las Vegas, with MJ and his three kids shooting for a new video, when the news of authorities conducting a search at Neverland, broke.

I had a feeling that this could end in a disaster if something was not done immediately. It was the most troubling moment that Michael was in and I was at the helm of the affairs for him.

It was my responsibility to give him the news. I went to his suite, he was sitting by the fireplace and I told him I got some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that the County Sherrif was searching the ranch, but we can fight this and you can stop this once and forever, I told him.

Michael broke down completely and it took three days before he recovered stronger than ever and ready to fight. There were all sorts of spokespersons and lawyers who were not related to MJ but were giving statements during that time. Really, there were so many people who were ready to link themselves up with the King of Pop for any reason. We put a rest to it by issuing an official statement.

Then as all good things come to an end, Michael and I parted ways due to some differences but never ceased to be friends.

In 2008 I heard about his comeback tour- This Is It. That was quite a surprise because we knew he would never stage such a comeback. Clearly, his financial conditions forced him into it. But 50 shows? I thought that was a bit too much. He could have done one or two shows but given his poor health, fifty was an impossible figure.

While we waited patiently for his concert in London’s O2 arena, the devastating news of his death arrived. I was and am shocked beyond words. It was simply unbelievable and took a lot of time to sink in that Michael Jackson, the super-duper star, was no more.

Two weeks before he died, I talked with Michael on phone and told him how his fans were so worked up about his concert. I was surprised to hear that he wanted me back.

I don’t believe there is any foul play behind MJ’s untimely demise but an investigation will reveal the truth. In the end, I think his lifestyle caught him- prescription drugs, exhausting practice sessions for ‘This Is It’ and loneliness above all. He was surrounded by people who encouraged his drug habits and even he began thinking that he gets good ideas when on dope.

The most endearing memory of him for me would be the way crowds upon crowds of people reacted to his presence. And this was in each and every country he went.

Michael Jackson is no more, but there is little doubt in my mind that he will be remembered as the most exciting superstar and Legend forever.

RIP MJ.

As told to Shashank Chouhan of Spicezee.com

Source:
http://spicezee.zeenews.com/MJBirthDay/fullstory.aspx?id=34088
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Re: Bashir documentary killed Michael Jackson: Former Manager

Post by GirlSaturday on Mon Aug 31, 2009 1:23 am

Interesting... especially the part where he references that MJ thought that he got good ideas when on dope. I wish that there was a way to verify if former employees were actually who they claim to be. Technically the public has no idea how many managers someone has unless it is a very public figure such as Frank DiLeo. These other people could be accurate or just people looking for the 15 minutes of fame. Heck I could tell you guys that I am MJ's former hair stylist. Who would know if it were true or false?
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Post by mysticallymagestically on Mon Aug 31, 2009 2:05 am

He was surrounded by people who encouraged his drug habits and even he began thinking that he gets good ideas when on dope.

What a way to honor him, you jerk, by stating something like this that will be most likely be used by Murray's defense team. Rolling Eyes
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Post by Lorrie on Mon Aug 31, 2009 2:13 am

Sophie M. wrote:He was surrounded by people who encouraged his drug habits and even he began thinking that he gets good ideas when on dope.

I've grown SO jaded when it comes to all of these never-before-heard-of people slinking out of the woodwork to claim they were just the best friend in the world to Michael. It's odd how so many swear they are/were his BFF, and then go on to say in the next breath how lonely he was. Since Michael apparently had no less than a gazillion best/close/very good friends (if you believe all of these attention whores), when in the world did he have time to be lonely, let alone take enough drugs to make him a hardcore addict?

Most of this article is the same ol' same ol'. The part that gets me, though, is the "dope" reference. Who said Michael was using dope? I thought the story was prescription drugs.

Dieter Weisner is nothing more than another nobody trying to get his 5 seconds of fame on Michael's back. And he's either stupid if he doesn't now the difference between dope and prescription medication, or he's implying that Michael was on more serious drugs than just medication. Neither sounds like a person who would be a "very good friend" of Michael, if you ask me.
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Post by EarthAngel90 on Mon Aug 31, 2009 3:15 am

I wouldn't believe this mess - I saw him personally doing this & Real Friends don't help a "addiction" ... they stop it .... none of those people were never his friend ... just bad business associates w/ private words & connections & the rest are huge attention whores.
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