Michael Jackson was the focus of a lot of controversy during his lifetime, the most famous (and awful, if true) of which were the multiple sex abuse charges for molestations he allegedly committed against underage boys. While many of the witnesses and defendants were found to be unreliable or flip-flopped on their stories, the sheer volume of “victims” was enough to cast doubts in the mind of much of the public, and it unfortunately tarnished what was an incredible musical legacy.
Of course, Jackson has been dead now for several years, so it seemed that all of the uproar would have faded away… but of course it hasn’t. In fact, there are now new charges against Jackson by now-36-year-old James Safechuck, who claims he was molested by Jackson when he was 10-years-old during the filming of a Pepsi commercial in which they both appeared.
After multiple visits to Jackson’s home (some of which were chaperoned by his parents) and several all-expense-paid cross-country trips, Safechuck joined the pop star on his “Bad” tour, which is when he alleges the first incident of sexual abuse occurred.
Though specifics of the abuse claims are redacted in the papers, Safechuck says it first happened at the Hotel de Crillon during the Paris portion of Jackson’s tour.
The papers allege Jackson gave Safechuck jewelry as a “reward” for sexual favors and taught him code words so others wouldn’t learn about their sexual activities.
Of course, the Jackson family has denied this and gave a statement to E! News on Wednesday, refuting the claims.
“Mr. Safechuck’s request to file a late claim against the Jackson Estate so he can recover money from Michael’s beneficiary will hopefully be rejected,” says the statement. “This is a person that made his claim five years after Michael died, more than 20 years after the incidents supposedly happened and has given sworn testimony that Michael never did anything inappropriate to him.”
But uh, back to Safechuck and his fuckery:
Claiming he was the first to stay at Jackson’s famed Neverland Ranch after it was built, Safechuck states in the papers that the pop star “installed chimes in the hallway to his bedroom” so he could be warned of people approaching and had a “secret closet” in his bedroom where he engaged in sexual activities with Safechuck.
During the four years that Safechuck claims the abuse took place, Jackson engaged in sexual acts with him “hundreds of times – on tour, at Plaintiff’s home, at DECEDENT’s apartment/condominium … at DECEDENT’s … Condominium … and at Neverland,” the papers say.
When Safechuck hit puberty at 12 years old, Jackson began “grooming him for separation [that] spanned several months” and focusing his attention on a younger boy named Brett, Safechuck claims. Eventually, Jackson stopped sexually abusing Safechuck but continued supporting him financially and put him in touch with industry people to guide his career, he adds.
There’s actually going to be a case (against whom, I’m not exactly sure, considering the defendant is not only not there, but uh… not alive?) in September surrounding these charges.
I’m not sure what to think, to be honest. I certainly don’t think it’s completely impossible that Michael Jackson was a child molester, but I also don’t 100% buy into it. On the one hand, I feel absolutely awful denying any potential victim’s experience, especially if the abuse is true. On the other hand, it’s an unfortunate fact that famous people are the victims of shit like this often because it’s easy money for awful human beings who see nothing wrong with ruining someone’s life and reputation by accusing them of unthinkable things.
What do you guys think?
August 8, 2014 at 11:00 am by Jennifer
Madonna doesn’t seem to know what season it is [Lainey Gossip]
Claudia Romani wears another new thong to the beach [Moe Jackson]
How do men feel about “text speak”? I bet you care! [Romance Beat]
Jonah Hill gained all his weight back again [Celebslam]
Britney Spears is in underwear and her body is killer [Drunken Stepfather - NSFW]
Aw, look at how pregnant Rachel Bilson is [Popoholic]
Diane Kruger tells some serious truths about LA people [I'm Not Obsessed]
Oh right! Totally forgot January Jones is still a thing [ICYDK]
Conan O’Brien and Larry King shared a pot brownie last night [Celebuzz]
Any ideas about what the hell is wrong with Steven Tyler? [The Frisky]
Some celebs take really adorable selfies with their kids [theBERRY]
Guess what Metta World Peace wants to change his name to? [The Blemish]
Michael Fassbender played with his band on Colbert [Celebitchy]
Kanye West‘s deposition really isn’t going well [PopBytes]
Well, Nicki Minaj‘s new video is really something else [Drunken Stepfather - NSFW]
We need to talk about Michelle Rodriguez‘s bikini body [Moe Jackson]
Hugh Jackman is definitely getting sexier with age [Romance Beat]
Yes please to Nina Dobrev in very short shorts [Celebslam]
Chrissy Teigen got her boobs out for her new Esquire shoot [Popoholic]
Kristen Stewart has some lofty career goals [Lainey Gossip]
Kate Upton really covered up in Elle [Drunken Stepfather - NSFW]
Charlize Theron was a bitch to Tia Mowry [I'm Not Obsessed]
Lovely – Katy Perry has some thoughts on fame [ICYDK]
Chris Pratt‘s high school pictures are pretty adorable [Celebuzz]
Apparently curvy women want the validation of men? [The Frisky]
Will Arnett just can’t keep a straight face [The Blemish]
Nice… skeleton, Katy Perry! [theBERRY]
Beyonce and Jay-Z really might break up soon [Celebitchy]
August 8, 2014 at 10:00 am by Jennifer
Alright, so it’s not really what it seems… but it’s still going to give me nightmares! Kourtney Kardashian is currently pregnant with her third child, and she must’ve been feeling a little nostalgic for her first pregnancy yesterday, because her Instagram #TBT photo was one of her doing the naked pregnancy shoot… right next to a photo of her mother Kris Jenner doing the same. WHY, GOD, WHY?!
To add insult to injury, Kourtney kaptioned (yes, intentional) the photo with: “I got it from my mama.” Well, yes, and that’s unfortunate for all involved.
I must say, Kris had a pretty spectacular mullet going. Plus, you’ve got to hand it to her plastic surgeon(s) – she only looks about 10 years older than that pic these days, all thanks to the wonder that is cosmetic surgery!
August 8, 2014 at 9:00 am by Jennifer
Miley Cyrus seems pretty hell-bent on losing her damn mind on a daily basis, and her latest move is a rather hilarious one. Miley is so badass that she just loves tattoos, and her new one says something pretty ironic, considering its owner: “LOVE YER BRAIN”. Uhh…
There are so many treasure troves to delve into here. First of all, there’s the spelling of “your” as “yer” – very country bumpkin, nice tip of the hat to her redneck background, etc. Then there’s the fact that Miley Cyrus – a woman who is very much into causing all the synapses in her brain (as well as in the brains of anyone watching her) rapidly misfire – has got a tattoo calling for deeper thought and homage to the wonderful organ that is the human brain. Something just doesn’t match up there.
Also, not sure what’s going on with the hair lately. I know it’s an awkward time when you’re growing out a short ‘do, but this is like, Miley goes kawaii but without the cuteness (so not kawaii at all).
Anyhoo, Miley got this done at Bang Bang in NYC, where all the celebs go.
From US Weekly:
“Miley reached out to me as a spur of the moment invitation,” Bang Bang, who has inked Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Katy Perry, tells Us Weekly. “I went over to an apartment of a friend of hers. They were having a fun little pool party with a small group and looked like they were having a great time.”
“She wanted to get ‘Love Yer Brain’ tattooed on her arm,” the artist continued. “It’s her favorite Flaming Lips song and she liked the message.” Cyrus has been collaborating with the Flaming Lips in recent weeks, hanging out with frontman Wayne Coyne and recording a music video with the band called “Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain.”
Ohhh, okay, it’s a flaming lips song. I get it… sorta. I really don’t get the bizarro relationship between Miley and Wayne Coyne, though. It’s weird and makes me sorta uncomfortable.
As for “Bang Bang” himself, way to lose your dignity as a tattoo artist (and a human being?), bro. Telling US Weekly that Miley was having a “little pool party” and “looked like they were having a great time”? But wait – there’s more!
“We spent a few hours designing it together, making sure the font and everything looked good,” he said. “The tattoo itself went by very quickly. When we finished she was like, ‘Oh man, I want to get something else now!’”
Cyrus, 21, went on to do just that. “She decided she wanted to get a little moon,” Bang Bang told Us. “When she said that, I told her I’d been thinking about getting a moon myself for a while now, so we got them together. I tattooed her first, it went quick and then I gave her the tattoo gun and taught her how to use it.”
“I actually pranked her,” he tells Us Weekly exclusively. “When she went to first put the tattoo needle to my skin I screamed like it really hurt and she jumped up shaking! She took a walk around and settled down. We laughed about it after she tattooed the moon on my finger. She actually did a really good job.”
This is hardly the last set of tattoos that Cyrus has planned for her oft-exposed body. “We’re talking about doing some more tattoos together later,” Bang Bang added. “We had a nice little visit, she was a great client.”
This guy sounds like a real prize piece – which is to say nothing of Miley, of course. A grown man fangirling out over a 20-year-old girl just seems slightly wrong. Do none of these people have anything better to do with their time? I mean, tattoos are fine – I have a couple small ones myself – but the things Miley is permanently putting on her body will probably be rather regrettable if she ever comes out of the drug-fuelled haze that made her get them in the first place.
August 8, 2014 at 7:30 am by Jennifer
Robert Downey Jr. certainly had his share of run-ins with the law in his youth, and also did a bit more than dabbling with drugs for quite a few years, as well. It seems his former lifestyle has rubbed off on his son, however, as his 20-year-old son has now been charged with felony drug possession.
As TMZ previously reported, the 20-year-old was arrested in June after cops noticed he was a passenger in a car in West Hollywood … smoking something out of a pipe. Authorities say Indio — who appeared in “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” — was in possession of cocaine.
Sources tell TMZ … Indio — a first-time offender — is automatically entitled to a drug diversion program.
In addition to the felony, Indio has been charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Robert Downey Jr. thanked the L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. for what he called “their intervention.”
Jeez, what’s wrong with kids? Here’s hoping he can get some help, serve his time and turn his life around like his father did.
August 8, 2014 at 6:30 am by Jennifer
Mariah Carey and Jermaine Dupri may have been friends for years and may even have made some pretty good songs together in the past. However, it seems his management skills leave something to be desired in Mimi’s world, because Jermaine’s out of a job less than a year after he started it. Oops!
From The San Francisco Gate:
A statement released by Dupri reads: “I’m a very hands-on person when it comes to my work. I put my all into every project. But when I’m not allowed to do what I do, then I know it’s time for me to move on. Mariah and I enjoy working together and will continue to make great music together in the future.”
Carey hired Dupri in the middle of production of her 14th studio album, “Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse,” which she had been working on for the past two years.
The record was finally released in May, but had a disappointing debut in the U.S. selling just 58,000 copies in the first week.
Carey had previously been managed by music veteran and former “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson
She has now reportedly hired Def Jam Recordings president Kevin Liles, who also manages Jay Z and Ludacris, to oversee her career, according to Billboard Magazine.
Oh, dear. I mean, look – Jermaine Dupri hasn’t been relevant since the late ’90s, so I don’t know what she was thinking hiring him to begin with. Apparently he had some homes in foreclosure and was tight on money, so maybe she was just being generous?
Whoever she gets on board next, I hope they’re good because I don’t want to see Queen Mariah go down like that. Also, I can’t remember – has Jermaine always had a face like a smacked ass or is that a recent development?